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[, T,' " ,i , PAGE TWO ]1 u i i i i m Published Weekly by THE CATHOLIC PUBLICATION SOCIETY of the Diocese of l.ittle Rock 309 WEST SECO'ND STREET Entered as second-class nlatter March 21, 1911. at the l)OSt,fftcc at Little Rock, Ark., under tile Act o[ Congress of March 3, 1879. SUBSCRIPTION PR.ICI,', $2,00 "I'I[F, YEAR CItAN(;E OF A])I)RESS V4hen a change oI address is desired hc subscriber should give botl* the old and the new address. CORRESPONDENCE atter intended for publication in The Guardian should reach us not k, .r than Wedne.sday nlorning, Brief news correspondence is always welcome. The kindness of the clergy ill this matter is cordially allllrC- elated. REV. GEl). II. McDERMOTT. ................ ...Managing Editor AI communications about "The Guardian" shoul(I be addressed to the Rev, (;co. H. McDermott, 307 "West Second Street, OFFICIAL API)ROVAL Tile Guardian is tile official organ of the Diocese of l.ittle Rock, attd I pray God that it may I)e an earnest chamllioil In tile cause of right, ustice and truth and an ardent defender of tile religion which we all eve so well, I extend to it lily blessing with tile sincere hope that its career may be long and prosl)erous. 1 JOHN B. MORRIS, Bishop of Little Rock. Little Rock, Ark., March 17, 1923 Passion Sunday--upon which we enter Passion- tide to ponder the Lord's self-abasement, "looking on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of faith, Who, having joy set before him endured the cross, de- spising the shame, and now sitteth on the righ hand of the throne of God." 0-O. St. Joseph's Day Monday, March 19--a day of great devotion to the Spouse of the Blessed Virgin, the patron of the universal church, as also the patron of the death-bed. Let us go to Joseph, that he may be with us now and at the hour of death. 0-0 ............ St. Patrick's Day must recall to the h'ish peo- ple the great apostle and his conversion of the Druids to Christianity. Many are now imploring him to clear the minds and soften the hearts to- ward a conversion of Irish men and women to the spirit of a united brotherhood for Ireland's sake. -0-0 A,very striking proof of the little influence which the Church wields in this section was fur- nished recently by a writer on etiquette who has been contributing a series of articles to tlte morn- ing paper. In giving the proper procedure for church weddings, there was no provision made for the Nuptial Mass which, of course, takes place in the forenoon. All so-called fashionable wed- dings in this section take place in the afternoon! 0-0 Those who are disposed to condemn all modern writers of light literature must learn to except Irving Bacheller, who, in an address before the members of the Twentieth Century Club House, bitterly critic,sing erotic literature, had this to say: Ninety per cent of the people today are what I call abnominable people, concerned only with things of the flesh. Only a small minority care for the intellectual and the spiritual. We are fighting a tendency among the young writers, the present-day pagans, who are cultivating these children of the flesh. I would rather have a ser- pent in my home than the unclean literature of the present." 0-0 A writer in The Month for February asks the question: "Is England a Protestant country?" and he answers: "Only in so far as it contains a considerable Protestant element in its popula- tion." It seems from statistics hat the majority of people in England are not in any real practical membership of any Protestant church, and it is probably true that the majority are outside any continuous Christian influence, And this, in spite of the views of the London Times, bears out what Cardinal Bourne said about the vague char- acter of the religious teaching which obtains in non-Catholic schools. But in discussing the ques- tion, whether or not England is a Protestant country, it should not be overlooked that the rulers of England must be Protestant. 0-( Rarely do wives share brilliancy with their husbands, but evidently Mrs. Wilfrid Ward has some of the power of expression which was the glory of her husband, for after insisting that the increase of energy within the true Church is of common knowledge; she proceeds to tell how that religious revival may be utilized. "But what Catholics need to recognize fully and clearly," she writes, "is that it depends on themselves whether the religious activity of. men's minds at this mo- ment is to bring them to the kingdom of God, or is merely to grow into a natural religion, into some form or forms of paganism, or in the very spirit of anti-Christ. "In the mysterious dispensation by which the human race has been made so terribly dependent upon one another, the magnificent responsibility of guiding this movement of men's minds is laid upon the present generation of Catholics, and they have no, choice in the matter." 0-0 ST. PATRICK'S DAY A venerable preacher has said that while all 'he saints tr'ied to live as nearly as possible to the life of our Divine Lord--some imitating Him m some His and sufferin life--St, had the THE, GUARDIAN, SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 1923 privilege of imitating. Our Lord in both His hid- den and His public life. The saint gave his elect the spirit of devotion, the spirit of prayer, the spirit of suffering, as well as the spirit of action. And it is this multiform spirit that has preserved the courage and the faith of Ireland, even when the hunger of her women and little children has tempted her to betray her trust. Through cen- turies, the one cry that has gone straight from the Irish heart is "God bless the Pope;" and, for this loyalty to Christ's Vicar, the Irish have given up their houses, their lands, their wealth, their lives. Imagine what they had to suffer in those days whe' they heard Mass at the peril of the,l: lives in open fields, with a rude log for an altar, and sentries posted to guard against surprise! "No priest that has carried the blessed Sacrament round an Irish Church," says another priest, "can forget the spontaneous exclamations of piety, the soft Irish murmurs of prayertnd love from no prayer book, but straight from the people's hearts that followed His progress. We often hear of art for art's sake alone--in Ireland it is art for God's sake, or no art at all." Generosity, chivalry, piety--these are the offerings which St. Patrick's people, the world over, make to Christ. Those who are attached to Erin by birth, kin- ship or faith can have no better theme for St. Patrick's Day than Erin's imperishable devotion to God and His Holy Church. Truth. 0-O LAE(I'ARE SUNDA Y The happy way in which sorrow and joy are mingled in life is well illustrated by the Church when She instituted Laetare or Rejoicing Sun- day in mid-Lent to encourage'the faithful to  on and finish the season of repentance." The custom of blessing the Golden Rose for one or other of the Catholic sovereigns on that Sunday is being revived by Pope Plus XI, and here again the joy of doing so is restrained by the diminished number of those who are eligible to receive it. The University of Notre Dame inaugurated the custom of giving a medal which is an adapta- tion of the Papal custom of conferring the Golden Rose, and it is safe to say that the Laetare medal will continue to be bestowed year after year on the Sunday from which it derives its name, for Catholic sovereigns may disappear from Europe, but good Catholics on whom the medal is con- ferred will, God helping, be always found in America ire abundance. T. , o-o- MENTAL HEALING It is said on excellent authority that the most important chapter in the history of medicine is that which concerns with remedies which healed for a time and later lost their power, and that explains the eagerness with which people try new remedies, and in this connectior it is curious 'to note that the credulousnessof people does not de- crease with progress in education. The percent- age of patent medicine consumed in is much higher now than it was forty years ago. If this be true of the history of medicine ad- ministered by the ordinary medical man, it ,is much more true of the history of mental healing, with its Wider scope for imagination, and. that explains the vogue which a well known French- man had in this country, and the still greater vogue which his imitators promise to have for, not to mention the books of Coue at all, one popu- lar magazine is now carrying advertisements of eighteen different books on auto-suggestion and mental healing. As a Catholic paper, published for the benefit of our readers, we are not concerned with the ex- istence in every century of men engaged in men- tal healing, which is capable of a very simple ex- lJlanation, but we are concerned with the latest phase of it as set forth by the well known expon- ent of auto-suggestion. It may be that when the novelty wears" off, grid its clever system of advertising will stop, Coue- ism will go the way of all the other "cures that have failed," but in the meantime .it is 11 f hr Catholics to know that there is danger oa: con- flict between it and sound philosophy and theolo- gy, for to admit the doctrine of mental healing as it is now so popularly championed, would be to 'do away with that personal responsibility which is the keystone of moral philosophy as taught by the Church. If man's consciousness is controlled by the unconscious, it is futile to talk of moral prin- ciples, and all effort on the part of the Church to teach them is vain. T. O-O A DISTINCTION It does not often happen that one is so Well known that he is recognized by his initials. For years one of the most popular papers in England was "T. P.'s Weekly," T. P. being the initials of Mr. O'Connor, a well known member of the House of Commons, and now it will have to share the distinction with "G K. C.'s Weekly," and, of course, no discriminating reader of The Guardian needs to be reminded as to whom those well known initials belong. some have that of g number Chester, on would need an organ of his own to give expression to his robust and original views, and his conversion to the Catholic Church made hat need still more pressing; and the demise of the New Witness, to which he frequently contrib- uted, made it inevitable. From what we know of Chesterton we feel sure that the new paper will be what its .prospectus announces, namely, "A weekly review of politics, literature and art, with a definite democratic program and a delib- erate popular alpeal." Evidently the Catholics of England are looking forward to "G. K. C.'s Weekly" with great in- terest and expectations, for this is the way that Mgr. Provost Brown, Vicar-General of the South- wark diocese, in a letter to Mr. Chesterton wel- coming the project, writes: "We need a paper in London that is not afraid to publish news which is true even though it be unwelcome in some quarters, nor to comment on current events witi courageous outspokenness. One is sick of the modern mealy-mouthed philanthropies and longs to have facts faced and real remedies applied." T. 0-0 POWERFUL PASTORALS With a zeal worthy of those who are called by the Holy Ghost to rule the Church of God, with a grasp of the situation which shows they under- stand the psychology of keeping in touch with the crowd, and with a vigor of expression which is most becoming in the educated men that they are, the Bishops of England cling to tradition and, as in former years, keep up the edifying practice of writing Lenten Pastorals. Beginning with His Eminenc Cardinal Bourne Of Westminster, they each and all catch the key- note of Pope Plus X1 by calling attention to the fact so much to be deplored that "the habit of life which can be called Christian has in great meas- ure disappeared." If then, the Christian tradi- tion of England in matters both of belief and of conduct, is to be revived, preserved and extended, it must be done through the children. His Emin. ence called attention to sound principles of edu- cation and the need for Catholics to conform to those principles in the education of their children. "It would be idle," said he, "to maintain that those who attend the publicly provided schools receive an education that is Christian. Even of the schools which owe their existence to the efforts of n0n-Catholic religious organizations, there are very may where the teaching of religion is so vague in character that it can rarely succeed in the minds of those who receive such teaching." His Grace the Archbishop of Cardiff, writes: "We are unable to look upon a school as a true place of education unless the religious faculty, as well as others, is there developed, and unless re- ligious knowledge, as well as other knowledge, is there impartedY And so it goes through each and every Pas- toral, if the moral condition of the world is to be improved, if the materialism of the world which is running wild is to be controlled,'if the "Peace of Christ in the Kingdom of Christ" is to be re- stored, two distinct responsibilities must be kept in mind the responsibility of bringing p their children in the knowledge and practice of the Catholic religion, and the responsibility of as- signing to suitable teachers that part of the edu- cation of their children which they are unable to impart themselves. This doct:rine bearing upon the building up of the Catholic tradition is inspired by the Pope's Encyclical and demanded by the Code of Canon Law. T. --- 0-0 CHESTERTONISMS "By this time it must be obvious that every ingle thing in the Catholic Church which was condemned by the modern world has no been re- intr'duced by the modern world and always in a lower form. The Puritans rejected art and sym- bolism and the decadents brought them back again, with all the old appeal to sense and an dditi0nal to sensuality." The rationalists reject: healing, and it was brought back by Yankee Christians who not only proclaimed supernatural healing, but forbade natural heal- ing. Protestant moralists abolished the confes- sional and the psycho-analysts have re-established the confessional, with every one of its alleged dangers and not one. of its admitted safeguards." In his own terse style Chester,on has given any convert's reasons for joining the Catholic Church. This is how he puts it: "There are only two rea- sons that are really fundamental. One is that he believes it to be solid, objective truth, which is true whether he believes it or not; and the other that he seeks liberation from his sins. If there be any man for whom these reasons are not the main motives, it is idle to imagine what were his historical and emotional reasons for joining the oldreligion; for he has not joined it at all." 0-0 EGYPT Egypt, the land of wonders, the cradle of an- cient civilization, has acquired a new interest, i from the that are bein ried on Lord tx En re- ported to us in this country prise of the New York Times. The Church was established in early period and made great age, Alexandria, and other places, the use of the Coptic Rite it never terest in the West, but now that the arousing the attention of all history, it is to be hoped that its will be put before us with some with which the press is describing porelain and its ancient relics. EDITORIAL PASSION IN SIN Judge Timothy D. Hurley, of the rior Court, believes that divorce ter of passion and sin and marital would curtail it or deter its ing the divorce courts by the guilty corespondent. Says shall continue my fight to punish and 'other woman' in love triangles; ion the nation faces a condition archy and general breakdown of the sanctity of the home. It is far satisfied husbands and wives into illegal association with in order to drive the faithful ing divorce. Or where there is marrying this interloper, it is seating that homes should be panionship of both parents by the ance of the one parent in this ship."--Catholie Register, Toronto. SELF-IMPORTANCE Your death and my death are portance to ourselves. The black stripped off our hearses within will dry, hurt hearts close again, level with the churchyard, and away the world wags on. It does and those who are near us, ness of the vacancy wears off, much either.- Alexander smith in WHOLESOME The celebration of St. Patrick'S would be more-in keeping with the lations, than in merry song, da A day of prayer and inte that unity be restored to the her hopes realized in an unclouded sun of happy peace should be the wholesome of humility and a spirit of. rues which will save civilization" AT IT AGAIN The Literary Digest has built lation on the much-c an absolutely unbiased, of selected opinions from all licists on both sides of discussion. Of late the Digest has shown in its reproduction of very the Catholic Church, the individual Catholics. Of course, when called to ;ests vehemently that procure "the other side" of the We fancy the Digest does not know the existence the splendid Catholic published in the United But we see signs that and through their colleges moving to decrease the Diges cling to renew their su[ a publication which makes a ing their faith. Rochester BUILDS Anent the burning of tions be it said that the Church or a Catholic school or age is about as effective a the burning of the American citizenship. Every insult to fires of patriotism. And olic edifices only builds while building is faster than the Rapids Vigil. A QUEER VII Frederick Chamberlin has Defense of the Virgin Queen: prove that Queen Elizabeth chaste woman. But he deliberately circulated virtue to ward off u liances. Poor bloody Bess. applied to her, it has to be gi Despite the gallant tury admirer, people must place her, while of greatness in her, with the ever polluted power. And as England Catholic ter.