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The Catholic bulletin. [volume] (St. Paul, Minn.) 1911-1995, May 01, 1920, Image 3

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It is frequently said of us Catho
lics, that we are not readers of Cath
olic literature and there is no denying
it that we deserve the reproach. We
are also charged with not being able
to give an intelligent answer to ques
tions asked us regarding our religion.
Again we are at fault.
We cannot attempt a jd^ense by
saying we need more or better Cath
olic literature, says the Catholic
Tribune. We have the best of books,
and a generous supply of good maga
zines and newspapers. We have
leaflets and booklets costing only a
dime or nickel, giving us explanation
of Catholic truths.
And we have the real and only ser
mons that teach self-same doctrine
which Christ Himself taught while
yet on earth. Io we appreciate all
No, the fault does not lie en tbr
other side of the question. lame
rests with us, and a shame it is upon
We have a well worn and handy ex
cuse for this as well as our bits of
neglect.—"I am so busy, I have no
time." It is a busy world, and a busy
period of time. What does all our
rush and bustle amount to.
Our busiest men and women are
dropping oft' every day, having their
manifold duties, closing their eyes on
this world and opening them to
another. "The workman dies, but the
work goes on." So many of the things
that we are busying ourselves and
worrying uuivelves over, amount lo .-u
If oniv fifteen minutes a day were
given to close intelligent reading on
Catholic subjects, it we carry only one
clear idea, one bit of knowledge of
what we have read, it will mean more
than we realize if persevered in. You
may insist that you read more than
That every day? Remember that one
chapter or page thoroughly read and
understood, means much more than
volumes skimmed over. The point is
that we carry the knowledge gleaned.
Our beautiful religion is worth
more of study and deep thought than
most of us are giving it. It is a thing
to be deplored. Let us unite in
thought on this matter. Let us talk it
over together—realizing our lack and
hasten to correct it. Let us net only
subscribe for Catholic papers and
magazines, but read them, and read
them with attention and thorough
Whether we are to say what we
think, on not, ttejiends on
what our thoughts are and how they
will affect others. There are some
thoughts it is a sin to hide. The peo
ple who smother a good thought be
cause they are afraid of being mis
understood or laughed at, take upon
themselves a dangerous responsibility.
To conceal a kind thought is some
thing for which there is no excuse.
There are other thoughts which it
is a pity to allow to get beyond your
own brain. It is unfortunate indeed
to have them, but at least yoQ can
resolve that they shall never get out
side of their birthplace. If you think
this world is a dreary, dismal place,
what is the good of saying so? If
morbid, angry thoughts have taken
possession of you, stamp them out as
you would a breed of snakes.
Be brave enough to speak the
thought which should be spoken, no
matter whether it is likely to be pop
ular or not. And he strong enough
to hold in leash the thought which, if
it. should escape, would work harm to
Rev. Bernard Vaughan is one of the
best, known critics in the world, who
gives his views on present day social
problems. He is especially well known
in the United States and Canada,
where he has traveled extensively.
We must humanize persons first be
fore we can civilize and Christianize
them, says Father Vaughan.
Any one who looks around him at
the life of today can see that we
fast becoming a pagan people. Little
is thought of Christianity. If you talk
to the ordinary man about religion,
he looks at you as if you were speak
ing about, some strange thing in a
strange language. He does not un
The feverish, riotous life that is
being lived gives little time for high
thinking. People seem to have no
time for long sermons or plays. They
want swift words and swifter impres
sions. That is why I think there is
a great chance for the motion picture.
It is quick in movement and intensely
direct in its appeal.
Moving Pictures Praised.
I'd love to run a motion picture
theater myself—but I'd take care to
elevate my people to see that they
would rise from sphere to sphere, not
spiritually, but humanly, to the high
est character.
But I would go further and say that
the motion picture ought to have God
in it. I don't mean that there should
be no brightness or merriment and fun
in the pictures—we want plenty of
that always—but that where it can
be done, they should put Him in.
Films Are Anti-Saloon.
Another thing about, the cinema and'
its power for good. It keeps men and
women out of saloons, and that is
much in its favor. My pet aversion in
the typical saloon or public house as
we see it in England today. Men and
women are, I'suppose,.driven to it in
seeking rcttcl fpbui. the sordidi sJ£mu»
in which they are forced to live. C!od
knows,' ihey haye little cnouffli^ 1i«h f
~'V V: .r.". y v
liiness. j-j _-w ... 2
1 It is a bold thing to say, but I de
frankly that the1only pleasures
\ye in England have to offer the peo
ple in the slums are immorality and
drink, and until we do something bet
ter for them we cannot hope for a
speedy regeneration.
Better Pleasures Needed.
All I can say is that men must have
so-called fcomes utterly unworthy of
humanity when they are forced even
from a slum attic to find pleasure in a
bar where the atmosphere is reeking
from the fumes of drink and the
smoke of shag tobacco. It is high
time we provided pleasure houses and
refreshments less unworthy of Chris
tian civilization.
I want to see trysting halls so
splendidly lighted that in the summer
they may be open to trap the sun
beams. I want a room with palms
and shrubs in it, and fountains play
ing and marble tables galore, where
a father may take his wife and chil
dren. Let there be some song and
music, bright and diverting, and let
the family party recreate itself for
work after rest and play.
Clubs for Workers Favored.
i.' us give the workingmen and
working women a club in which they
can lounge, read, feed and smoke as
the leisured classes do in Pall Mall dt
Fifth avenue. We are brothers and
sisters all, and all sections of the
community, according to the meas
ure of their means, should be pro
vided for in their leisure hours just
as they are in their working time.
Let us show the world that Chris
tianity promotes healthy and legit
imate pleasures, and let us prove that
the game of life is not played by top
pling over as many of God's com
mandments as one can, but by keep
ing them up stiff against the four
winds of Heaven.
Healthy Fun Elevates.
Long experience tells me that the
happy family is the one in which
there is plenty of fun, brightness and
pleasure, and you cannot have a bet
ter advertisement for Christianity
than the .sight of family parties en
joying themselves together, with God
in the midst of them.
That happy family will not be cre
ated among the poorer classes in the
cities of the world so long as their
only escape from the sordid realities
of their wretched homes is the reek
ing saloon and public house. It must
be made possible for them to lead
saner and more human lives. As I
have said, they must be humanized
first, and civilization and Cliristianiza
tion will come afterward.
Hut the whole restless and feverish
mode of life must be arrested. It is
not only bad home* that- are driving
men'ancf w6me3 t? fecit^ffierft ind un
healthy pleasures. Many among the
upper classes already have set the
pace. Improperly dressed women are
seen in all classes—dressed as if out
of a remnant show, dressed in a way
that can only appeal to the unholy
desires of men.
Vice is a thing of a day love lives
for eternity.
The lily is regarded as a saint
among llovvers, and the reason lilies
are so largely used in the decoration
of churches is not only because they
are the most perfect of floral type,
but because of their symbolic mean
One beautiful old belief about the
lily relates that the candidates for the
Vrgin Mary's hand after having sought
the Lord's blessing, each left his own
staff in the temple in the evening. The
next morning the dry rod of Joseph
was found green and blossomed with
lily flowers.
Another pretty legend is that Mary,
on her way to the temple, plucked a
lily, and upon pressing it to her breast
it became white. Lily of the Virgin,
"Madonna flowers," and several other
mystical names were given to the lily
and have reference to this legend.
I)o you know that in our system
there are influences ever at work
which debauch the young and wreck
lives almost at their threshold?
These are the deep-seated sources
from which come dispirited men,
broken women and underfed children,
says the Catholic Citizen.
How many of you have ever stopped
to think that in economics, dependen
cy is waste?
How many of you have ever stopped
to think that a very large percentage
of that waste is preventable?
Let me illustrate: Here are great
factories with their dangerous machin
ery unguarded: here are others with
their air laden with steel dust and en
ergy, which cut and destroy lung tis
sues, each sending out annually its
army of derelicts—factory junk.
Here are great companies employ
ing thousands of boys in their night
messenger service—the majority of
these boys Catholics—a service which
Mayor Brand Whitlock of Cleveland
says is "a blind alley industry, with
a gambling den and a house of pros
titution at one end and the bread
line and the penitentiary at the
other, an industry which furnishes
more thieves and petty criminals than
any other occupation."
Here are tenement houses—pest
holes—destructive alike of the moral
and physical life of their denizens
here are storekeepers defrauding the
poor by short weights and short
measures: here are milkmen starving
and .poisoning babies with impure and
.aduNe.rafod tuilk: lie if are obsccjie
picture shows debauching the minds'
and hearts of the young: air forces
yo dragging ^their yicilmi
straight down into dependency.
These, I repeat, are tfc? purees Irpm
which the great army of dependents
is ever being recruited.
What are Catholics doing about it?
What is the St. Vincent de Paul So
ciety doing about it? Do you not
see the great problem? Do you not
appreciate fully where and how it
concerns you and me? And yet just
a short time ago I was talking to
the spiritual director of one of our
conferences about this and he asked
me—asked me seriously—"Do you
consider that work charity? Do you
think it is St. Vincent de Paul work?"
Why, it is charity in the highest and
noblest form it is the charity which
says to the strong, thou shalt not op
press the weak to the unscrupulous,
thou shalt not defraud the poor to
the .vicious, thou shalt no longer de
stroy the sweetness and the innocence
of youth. I believe that those who
are doing this work are not only
filled with the charity of Christ, but
that, however much they may struggle
and fall, however much they may at
times grope and miss the way, they
are instruments in the hands of God
to work out the higher destiny of the
human race.
We Catholics think too much in the
past tense, we are too prone to
preach patience and endurance when
we should preach study and thought
and righteous anger. As an eco
nomic law every wrong has within it
self one element of self-cure if en
dured long enough there is sure to be
created ultimately a public sentiment
so strong that the cure is effected
by process of revolution but why
should it be necessary to await the
result of the cure by such a process
when in very many cases, by joining
forces with the big-hearted, broad
minded men who are on the firing
line, we anticipate this law of self
cure and demand that those thin
which are wrong shall be made right
not in the future, not at some other
time but now.
St. Augustine says: "Thou givest
bread to the hungry, but better were
it that none hungered." If I could
I would have that sentence blazoned
in letters of gold in every rectory and
on every altar in the world, so that
whenever charity is preached, there
too, might be preached the principles
of preventive work I would have it
blazoned in letters of gold in every
conference room in the world, so that
whenever Vincentians are gathered
together they may learn the great
truth that it is easier to shove up
the boulder on the mountain top
than it is to stop it after the rains
and the frosts have undermined its
foundations and it has started to roll
towards the valley below.
Revolt against authority is an evil
that will always be with us. It is
older than mankind, for it has been
the cause of the fall of the angels
and it will no doubt exist as long as
free agents may rebel against"" the
Will of their Creator, for pride will
not brook the restraint of a superior
The revolt of the intellect against
the divine teaching constitutes heresy,
writes an author. Heresy, in spite of
the common error to the contrary, is
not of a comparatively recent origin.
It is, if not a necessary, at least an
unavoidable growth on the tree of a
the Xicolaites mentioned in the Apoc
divine teaching authority, and is, in
fact, a constant recurrence from the
apostles down to our own days, from
alypse to the Modernists who were
condemned by Pope Pius X. Heresi
archs may come and go their sys
tems may thrive and dwindle their
errors may be clearly exposed and
thoroughly refuted, and yet heresy un
der some form or other will still be
with us. It should not, therefore, be
a cause of surprise to hear that as
early as the time of St. Augustine
who died in the year 430 A. D., this
great convert from heresy and great
est of the doctors of the Church could
enumerate eighty-eight heresies from
Simon Magus, the contemporary of
the apostles, to Pelagius, the last in
line of the leaders of unorthodox
If heresies of all times have a fam
ily likeness in this, that they are,
one and all. a revolt of the intellect,
they resemble each other likewise in
the selection of their weapons, both
offensive and defensive. From St.
Augustine's words we may glean that
the following are some of their favo
rite arms and tactics.
1. Truth is no consideration, when
there is question of scoring against
their spiritual mother whom they
have abandoned.
2. They will savagely attack 1he
ical or imaginary evils of individual
members of the Church, as though the
Church herself were responsible for
3. At the same time they seem to
be unaware of the fact that they them
selves are living in glass houses.
4. They will furiously pillage
Scripture oit its most violent invec
tives against all that is vile and de
testable, and hurl them insolently at
the fair spouse of Christ.
5. To manufacture proofs for their
own system, or to attach undue im
portance to insignificant events, in or
der to show forth their own righteous
ness is not always below their sense
of honor.
6. They do, indeed, wrest and twist
the sacred text "to their own destruc
tion" (2 Pet. 3:16), being either un
able or unwilling to see the meaning
of the Scriptures in its context and in
its corporate unity, and, on the other
hand, indulging freely in fanciful in
terpretations of obscure passages.
It goes without saying that these
remarks do not apply to those who
having received heresy as a sorrowful
heirloom, live, deprived of their fam
ily rights in the Church which is the
house of God, the pillar and ground
of the truth (1. Thn. 3:15) and yet.
arc more Christian than sectarian,
and attach themselves more to the
truths which heresy has retained when
it broke away than to the errors which
it ttfeU ty graft ou tlw ancient §tock.
In the joint pastoral of the Bishops
this passage occurs: "We heartily
commend the beautiful practice of
family prayer. 'Where two or three
are gathered in My name, there am
I in the midst of them.' If this is
true of the faithful in general, it ap
plies with particular meaning to those
who are members of the same house
hold. The presence of Jesus will
surely be a source of blessing to the
home where parents and children
Paid Advertisement- Prepared by the THE HOME AND COUNTRY LEAGUE,. E. H. DAVIDSON. Sec'v, #5 E. Fifth
s Not
unite to offer up prayer in common.
The spirit of piety which this custom
develops will sanctify the bonds of
family love and ward off the dangers
that so often bring sorrow and shame.
We appeal in this matter with spe
cial earnestness to young fathers and
mothers, who have it in their power
he Time has come when every American must take his stand
for or against American principles. Labor and Capital are
gradually drawing together. They are understanding each other
better than ever before, and a spirit of conciliation is noticeable
throughout the land. If Capital suddenly developed a spirit of
overbearing autocracy, Labor would recoil and refuse to parley.
On the other hand if Labor aligns itself with the sworn enemies
of our government and country, if it sails under the socialist
banner, it will be forced to capitulate when the pirate craft is
sunk. Every decent man desires to see Labor receive all its
rights, all that it can fairly ask no decent man will favor any
system that is going to overturn the foundations of our consti
tution. If you join a bush league you must expect to be con
sidered a bush leaguer. Socialism got its way in Russia
America is too precious to become another scene of soviet orgies.
The old adage about Tell me your company, still holds good.
FAMILIES, Our Entire FUTURE is at Stake.
St, Paul.
to mould the hearts of their children
and train them between times in the
habit of prayer." The "special earn
estness" of the Bishops in appealing
needs to be seconded by "special
earnestness" on the part of parents
in responding to the appeal. How
many have read the pastoral?

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