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PAGE FOUR THE GUARDIAN, SATUR DAY, FEBRUARY 7, 1920. Published Weekly by THE ATtIOLIC PUBLICATION SOCIETY of tho Diocese of Little Rock. 309 WEST SF,COND STREET ]ntered as second-class mat.l r March 21, ]gEl, at the postoffice IR IAttll Rock. AIk,, under tile Jtl i of (&apos;ongrcsR ot March 3, 179. m Subscription Pr:e, $2.00 the year Change | Addrese When a elange ot addres is deeired the subscriber should give both the old and the new address. Correspondence latter intondl for publication in The Guardian shauld reich ue It later thau Wedneliy morning. Brief news correspondence is IIWays welcome. The kindness of the clergy in this nmtter is cordially ecilted. Vq/ Ro. A. Stocker, O, S, B., D. D .................. Editor-in-Chief lira,. Fatward A. Fiannery ........................ Contributing Editor II'v. G. It. McDermolt ........................... Manigmg Editor All ommtflicationa about "The Gnirdiau" should be addressed to Rev. Gee H. McDermott, 3o9 West Second Street. OFFICIAL APPROVAL The Guardian is the official organ of the diocese of IAttle Rock, and I pray God that it may be an earnest ethnpioh in the cause of right, justice and teeth and an ardent defender of the religion which we all love so well. I extend to it my blessing with the sincere hope that its career may be long and prosperous. JOHN B. MORRIS, Bishop of Ltttle Rock. Little Rock, Saturday, February 7, 1920. Tile president of Panama has been nom- inated for re-election. Itus success is a point in question rather than fourteen points. There too, he kept within his own zone. O-O The Guardian congratulates its Contribut. ing Editor, the Rev. Edward A. Flannery, of Connecticut, on attaining the Silver Jubilee of his ordination and on tile splendid testimonial of his congregation on the occasion of lfis twenty-fifth anniversary. O-O British democracy gives England her re- liable assets in peaceful Canada and Australia. British imperialism gives her the troubles of India, Persia, Egypt and ]ireland, where she is holding donfinion over unwilling subje, cts by means of military force. It may not be bigotry, probably it is but the lack of politeness when tile editors of some of our "big dailies" blue pencil copy carrying a priest's name of Rev. Father Soandso, making it read "Rev. Mr." Popular and polite term- inology should not be mixed up with theology when visioned by the orthordox editor. We learn that tehre is a rule in some sanctums never to call a priest "Father," except "Father Jolm," and then only when his medicine is taken by the inah. Even if we are bigoted, we can afford to stretch our politeness to the point of popular practice. O-O The Rt. Rev. Mgr. Barnes, Catholic Chap lain of the l Tniver.;- ,,t' ovr,,,.,l, wha soent a great part of the last three years of the war in America, delivered, some time ago, a lecture on American Catholicism to the University of Liv erpool Catholic Society. Among other things he said, as reported in the London Universe of November 7, that in all probability in the next few years or so another Cardinal for Americ,, would be created to fill the place of the late Cardinal Farley. Among probable candidates he mentioned Archbishops Mundelein, Glennon, tIanna, Shaw and Hayes. ,  7, A (,RLAq.I,R MENACE THAN B( I ,SI:H.V1.SM (Catholic Press A sso(.iation) The writer used to live, in I}ennsylvania; six years ago he moved to Coh)rado. l)ivorccs were fairly common in the city where he spent his boyhood: but still they were rare enough that a divorcee was pointed out on the street as :a curiosity. ,, i! But in Colorado .... phew! And Colorado, ] am toht, is typical or the, west. Jus! al)out l mlr the marriages in Denver land on the rocks. 'This is not a nice thin I:o writ(; about one's lmme city, but it is the truth. A newspapcr v()l}(lfln ttl]l(, to scc nle, I1 few (]as ago. "l intended tc call up the wire of Mr. So-andSo," slledc, c]are,], r(d'erring" to a manhigh up in newspaper circle's. "but l thought I had 1}el.t(;r i'illd out to wt,,m he is nlarri('(] j]|st al present. You know these west- erners. If was lu('kv ]. did. Wife No. I has a SUCCeSSOr. ' ' There are many virtues that the east could harn or the west: the peol)le out here are more charitabh;, less hypocritical and have a mmfl}cr ()f other good points that their eastern corn- -patriots have in a far less degree. But the di- vorce virus is spreiding in the west, and it is bound to infect the east. It does not take a phy- sician to know that. when one-halP of the l)ody is badly poisoned the rest is in danger. The only way to cure tile divorce evil is by legislation. "i-llardly nny two states bavc the same laws concerning marriage and divorce," says the last report 0f the lJ. S. Secretary ot! the Interior (page 80). Five pr six represent- ative Protestant bodies are urging uniform di- vorce laws ; it is to 1)e hoped that a definite wa will be found to assist them thr{mgh Catholic philosophy of all the Ralt)h Wahlo FnlePsons chamlels. I()f all the worhl sink into i:he nightmare of the Cololado is a notorious divorce center be-I lOVing el: daJ'lness+that ]}]'((,ludes the entra]m(, r 1 { cause of its loose h@slation. A judge who has d(' ]i'll{. 1 ]l Jl, finally, St. Lukf, s])okesnlan or sat ell the divorce bench for yeal:s tohl ]ne per- solm]ly that the chief cause of "re>marriage" was extravagance in women ]hell: ]'e, al hus- l)ands could not give them as much as they wanted, so they lint out ]help lines and caught another sucker. Parents out here are not rigorous enough with their children. When a boy in his 'teens is alh)wed unlinfited use of the family automo- bile, and no questions are asked upon his return home; or when gMs are allowed to keep their male company until after midnight; or wh(:n parents raise no el)joe]ion upo]l seeing their sons or daughters going around with "grass widows" or "straw widowers" well, it isn't 'exactly guaranteed to give the youths a high conception of morality. We Catholics must remenfl)er that over half of the people of this country arc pagans. They never go to (;hurch and rarely utter a prayer. How call we expect them to 1}e fh;ce, nt? And if we follow their standard of conduct, ac- cepting without protest the type of amusement in which they revel, or the general h)ose way they have of looking upon things, ]wed we, be suPpriscd if our chihh'en, like theirs, will have no respect whatever for the marriage relation? Matthew J. W. Smith, Edit()]: "Denver Catholic Register." TI!IE IIOUSIt] OF GOD In New York the other day we witnessed a scene which is worth while recording. Right in the center or tile worM's money real'k(;], where sky-towering' temples o1: Manmlfm re- mind one of the pride of ancie, n t days, when men atl:mnl}ted to build a tower that would reach up to the heavens, there is, over-shadow- ed by tile n-lany-storied architecture of secular l}uildings, a little, Catl]olic chur(d]. To be sure there are hundreds of the, n] in the great metropolis where Cattmlicisnl has perhaps more adherents than in any other city of the world, and what we are going to record aboul this particular church ]]lay be verified in the case of other churches ot! the great city as well. But since we speak as an eye-witness we can vouch only for what we lmve seen. On that Monday morning, then it was Janulu'v 26 wlmn the sidewalks were crowded with people hurrying to their 1}usiness, we saw with our ()wn eyes how the tittle churclllittle m coral)arisen wit]l the lmsi]less lmlaccs around it--attracted scores of those who were passing l}y its Ol)en (leers. It was like a bee-hive going in and coming out. Only, we surmise, it was not honey that the visitors carried in, but their bit- ter <;ares in order to excllangc them for a sweet, conlfortin thought. We went jn ourselws, drawn by the current and there olJserved young mid old. in{v] and women, kneeling in adoration l}ePore the tabernacle. ]t was anothei' world, where the true God held sway and not the idol oP Malnmon. 'iThc ati]losphere, seenied charged with devotion. The niagnetisn] of the llidden God, there 1}eilc, ath the burning lamp, was felt. The co]ltrast be,- tween without and within Inade the heart iilelt with wondering emotion. Ah! What is it in the little chu]'eh that ('auses ltle wa]idered to fall out of line whe]l he exercises such a powcrt'u] atl:raetion7 What f'onleS netlr the portals (}f tile (}hu]'ch? What un(lerlies thi law oP gPavitation? It is Jesus, dwelling" in the tallerna('le, (.ailing out in ac- cents sweet and solenm: "Conic to me, all yc lhat are burdened and heavy laden and I will refresh yon." If a nlagnet gives evidence of its nature by its power of attraction, surely the drawin. force that nlakes tile little Catholic church such'a sing'ulal- phen01ncnorl in a mater- "' "" i ' ' {) lah.,t c age shows it to be the ab d{, of God, the, magnet of solils. S. r3 E P 1 i'I:[ A N Y A N1 ) AI! l L l{ t e ;l, ]',](,ssed Virgin, %vii() w{/s or{laine(t ot' l!]deli s ' ".Ink(, u l) n n(l t) Cl'llS]l the :erp(..nt s ]lea(l, r, , read." " 1 , .1 a({, up and road tile li]l)istles and (]os])els the (}hur(;h so wis(;ly al}])()i.'tif)]ls fo]" t r /our consideration ()n these six 8un(la)s after ] Epiphany. / Ji[erod, as all fashionable Jerusahm] with ]lJin, was troul}led at the ,spe , ',( (,]i of tile Wise M(qi. As well lie nlight 1}e. And we with ]iini. For, ;iust as t]len there was no thought ()f A]ner- lea, Catholic or otherwise, only as in the lnind of God, so, t(} us, a fe, w ten years or so ago, lhere was lie thought to be incepted of all Epipl]a]ly Octave and the, praying for a unity of faith. Yet, through thepurple vistas of the ages, the call was sounding eve],, ewm to Amer- ic.a as to l)aniascus all{1 the one strn(;k 1}lind. Read the Scripture narratives, l!]pistles first and then the C:,osp(ls,, as tim Church s(} wisely 6utportions them for consecutive Sundays. They are : Episths: First (St. Paul), "we, being many, are one t)ody in Christ." Seceded, (St. Paul) be "install] in prayer." ]]o]y Name Sunday (Acts), "This is the stone w]lich was rcjecied 1)y the buihlers." Third (St. I}aul), "Be not wise in your own conceits. * * " If it 1)e possible,, as much as is in ,yon, having peace with all men." Fourth (St. ]?null "Love t]lerefore, is the fulfilling of'the law." Fifth, (St. I>aul), "All things do ye in ttle nanm of the lord, Jesus Christ." Sixth (St. Paul), "Wait for his Son froln heaven, Je, sus." (1ospels: First (St. Luke), "Behohl, thy father and I have soug]lt thee sol'rowing." Second (St. John, who, something ",o{}d," rrom out ot! (alilee where, Nazareth was, caine) "And the mother ot! Jesus was there." ]loly Name Sunday (St. Luke), "]t is na]ne was ('all- ed Jesus, which was called by the angel." Third (,St. Matthew), "The cMldren of the kingdom shall lie cast Out." Fourth S (,t. Matthew), "Tile winds anti the sea ol}ey him." Fifth (St. M:atthew), 'Gather up first the coekh; and bind it into 1)undl6s to burn." ,S']xth (St. M,ttth' " e,) "A wonmn took (leav(gl) and hid. * * * I will utter things hidden." Such is the scripture story. Such is the Epiphany that was. e Who are, going to nmke An]or]co, Catholic nmy well take heart of cour- lge in our atteil]pt. A \\;volnall colnpo, ssed 1111/11 in the day. ot! Adan]'s sinning. ]it was a wo- man, too, who, in the final gospel story, hid the. leaven that was to fructify the whole mass into lit, e-giving pr6p{wties. And it is a we]nan, the Woman, to whom the, destinies of America are d(;dicatefl--The Imlnaculate Conf..option. Thus is the story concerted. Thus is the Epiphany, as the Manifestation of God to men, niade plain. ]]erod fcal'ing and the mother (}f Jesus with ]is. Tile sto]le of stumbling and the Nanlo the angel called. The ,casting ()lit Of t}le roles (}nee, chosen an(1 the nomination of the other with whomve are todwell in peace. Love ruling over wind and wave. q h{, eoclde el! the bnser ba]ld of ns burned into as]leS, wllile other hosts rise in tlle narile of the L{)rd. .All the time waiting for "his Son from heaven, "' ,, J{,sus, Whom, as leaven in a ]neasure o:t! meal, :1 WQiilnli tl)ok and hid to be in tinle 1;he l,ight alnO]lg the  enti]os born. S . >. u(,h, too, is Epip]mny An(1 After, to the eventuating of which we of the Catholic Press are devoting our tilnc and talents. We shall succeed. Not pert mps in our own span of years. ]t nlatters not. But wl]al; Isaias said will one. day srircly conic to pass: "The l)eoph; 1lint walked in darkness llive seen ix gl'eat light." And one (lay, in the, ]gpiphn]iy And After that is, ]eaven, Matthew an{1 John and Paul and Luke will show us tlii; Light that lmth en- lightened us and through us the Gentih,s. For such is Epiphany meaning.'--Rev. '" " "Th, Tal)- ,John I. %helan, Ph. ])., I(htor ol, (, let," Brooldyn. , --, _ _ . (Catholic Press Association) I t,,, ,', :i,,.,io,, of ,:,,, S,,vi,,,,,. by ,;h{ I, Ol [E.qTION #00C)Y and thc calling of the (ellh](s--that is the sub-If '  '' l ) i * T j('cl el our story. ] or the pcopl{, ttlat alk-I, _ _ l I l (IP I (r ' ' ((l hi dnrkncss hay{ SCCll a ,r{at lib, lit; (17saias) With a view'of furni,hing information on points ot doctrine an, discipline not touched ut}onln onr leading articles we are tlllt (I ' ' I p I '' fl i I n(l a.'ai]l t]lC gret proDh(.t ( .eh siaslicus) ,1,. co],,=n to .. Thnse who are seeking inforraatinn Iho.14  k "s}lewe(l what COU](I co]he to pass forever." ,csi,na e,rl, i, the week. For the woridcrful econonly el' the ChuPeh is! (r   su(!h thai, ill apportio]lin thf, Scriptu]'{s to be ,'end on the Sundays in which is included the l]pit)hany tinie, ii tells us the complete s of just what Epiohany, anMit'estatio] "l;he (fall." "Take up an(] ]'e Augu:;tin(,. "Take up and in echo. Saint Matth(m, first o1 :;an, (',(}!lvert(,d int, o unpa]{ ;rigs of Jesns. Then :nto protagonist p lay the wisc m, n r{ .'heir own countI:7 ,s when struck --St. Paul. of -ine theory of 1, teats of Jesus Hi Are miracles performed in our (lay? )er:[:ormed every to the outside basilica of vii0s ]ilan to siflvation lie will not co]npel him. ]te will ]lot :intel'fere with t']'ee will. Tlmt all llieli liiig'hl; know the way to eternal life Go(l institut((I a living (hurch an{1 ])laced upon it nlal'ks 1,13' which it ]night bc known. ]f ilion wouhl pl'ay for light to know the right and col]rao to :l!ollow it tiicre would be nmre real (}iristians. The, fault lies not in God but in the perverse will of man. FVhen will our bodies and souls be united? Our 1)odies will rise f]'oni the grave and be united each to its proper soul on the (lay of the last judgnie]lt, r"'li , 1.1 S llliiO]i will 1)o accon]plish- ed by tile power oli A]nlighty (lot1, Who will crone in the Person.of His Son to judge man as a creature composed ()t! body and soul. I/a soldier knows that he 'is about to tall i'nto the hands of the enemy may he commit suicide? Th( l!'it'th Cfm]ma]ldnlcnt of God forbids us to take hunian life. Suicide is wilful self- nmrder. ]t usurps the exclusive right of God over life and death. There are circumstanccs lm(ler which one may take the life of another nlan 1}ut there is no circun]stanee under which one n]av end his own lit!e. If! a soldier vacate the, post over which he had been placed on guard because he niight suffer some great in- convenience he wouht be 1)randed as a coward rl and a traitor, iI{, suicide is a coward. He trics to escal)e tile responsil}iliti(,s and sorrows of lille, lie is a fool because he would invite ,'e , tenlporal pain. eternal tor]nents to f,s ,apt, a For how long shouhl a person remain in church after receivin.q Iloly Communion? The practice of tha]llsgiving after Holy Co]nnlunion is unfortunately falling into disre- pute. ]if we 1}e]ieve that we have received the Body and Blood of our Glorified Savior in Holy Conlnmnion we certainly would spend a few precious mo]nents with ]{im while Hie is present in our hearts. Hc actually remains with us as h)ng as thc!co]lsecrated Species remains. We would ]lot wish to specify a certain time that shouM be spent in tllanksgiving after lloly Connnnliion, lint think that at least fifteen minutes shouhl 1)e spent in adoration and praise of ou]: Eucllaristic God after we have received tlim in l[oly Cimununion. Would ,the Catholic Church permit her members to boycott a merchant who would ot contribute funds for the Catholic Cause# The Clmrch would not permit anything that is contrary to justice and such an attempt as 0u describe would certainly be contrary to justice and equity. Catholics seldom, if ever, organize a public campaign for the raising of funds in support of a cause that is purely Cath- olic. If an appeal is made to the general public by those working under Catholic auspices, it is n]ade in I}e]la]t3 ot, an institution that in its (.]rarity worksk for Ill], without dise, riniination. Thus, for exanip]e, when a ]iospita], under the nmnagenmnt of some Order of Sisters needs to l}e enlarged for the good of the gen.eral public and an active campaign is waged, the public is called uI)on because it' is the one. to l}enefit. But if that hospital would close its doors to non- Catholics and would receive patients who were of the Catholic Faith, then those in charge would ot and could not expect contributions froni non-Catholics. ]f a I]ifH1 in business would stoop to distributing literature that villifies the Church, as we know personally of men who do such things, then one could not blame the Cath- olic for refusing to patronize the merchant who is willing to take his money but at the same tinle strikes with the poisoned fangs of bigotry at the Faith which is the dearest possession ofl his lleart. Although venial sins are said not to exclude us from the grace of God, are we not bound to confess them as well as mortal sins, else we would not be free from all sins# Venial sin, whMi is all offense against God in a lesse, r nlattel" (h)es not rob the soul of sancti- fying grace but it does diminish the grace of God in the soul of the sinner and lessens the love of the Creator for llim. We receiw the Sacra- ment of Penance in order that the. grace of. God may free the soul from sin. If one is conscious of mortal sin that sin must be confessed else the Sacrament is not vilidly or licitly received. If one is conscious of mortal sin and venial sins, they must mention the nlortal sin and they may confess the venial sins though they are not ob- liged to do so. Venial sins may be forgiven in other ways than through the reception of the Sacrament of Penance, as, for example, through the use of prayers, good works, etc. While it is there is not a strict obligation of confessing ial sins, yet the penitent shmfld always strive mfess these sins sincerely and be heartily for them otherwise no,definite or notice- ogress can be made in the spiritual life. y by close scrutiny given to our daily words and actions that we are able to those predominant lesser faults that lessen the love of God in the heart little lead to more serious fmflts us from the friendship of God.