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Pago Six I I I THE REAL PRESENCE Continued from Page ()tie. it may mean the motive that induced the mind to form a judgment. Again, it may mean our rational] power of thinking in general. Again it may mean according to Kant and other metaphysicians the faculty or act of inference, or the mind passing from known premises to a conclusion. It is in this latter sense that m0˘aphysicians use it. The meaning, therefore, of your objection is this: The Real Presence is repugnant .to the nfind's faculty or act of inference. The mind in reasoning compares twa ju˘gments, true or false, and affirms their agreement or disagreement; hence judgement, true or false, cannot be re. pugnant to reason. Reason as all act of inference, being indifferent to the truth or fallacy of the premises, does not contradict any proposition, and eonsequently does not contradict t'lm proposition affirming the Real Presence. 12. Objector--"]f reason cannot de- termine what a thing is, what motive have we to believe the Real Pres. ence" Reason can determine what a thing is if it have true premises to work upon• The motive of belief in the Real Presence is divine veracity. 13. Objector--"I do not see or know how one substance can be changed into another without a corresponding change in the accidents or appearance, or how the aceident:s can remain after their substance is gone." What you do not see and what yea do not know is the same to you as that which is not. You have no right to raise an objection on what you do not see or know. It is aT. uuteasonable. act when based on acknowledged ig- norance. Your inability to know "how" a thing takes place is no evidence against the fact that the thing takes place. If you reject everything you do not know the "how" of, you will believe nothing, not even your own existence and consciousness, or even that yea think. 14. Objector--" The words of our Lord, 'This is My body,' are to be taken in a metaphorical or figurative sense, meaning this bread represents My body." This is a gratuitous assumption, not justified by the text, or by the circum- stances when the words were uttered. At the Last Supper our Lord gave to tits dis#Aplcs what I{e promised to give them, as recorded in the sixth clmpter of St. John's Gospel. IIe there promised to give tlmm His real flesh and blood. ]n that chapter IIe said: "I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any man shall eat of this bread he shall live forever. And the bread that I will give is .My ]lesh, which I will give for the life ef the world." The few therefore strove among themselves, saying, how can this man give us His flesh to eat? Then Jesus said to them, "Verily, verily, 1 say  unto you, except you eat the flesh ef the Son of man, and drink Itis blood, you have no life in you. hoso eat- eth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, hath eterl,al life, and :[ will raise him up ca the last day, for My fesh is meat indeed, and My 1.deed is drink indeed. ]lie that eateth My flesh and drinketh My blood dwellcth in Me and ]: in him." Many therefore of lIis disci- ples when they :had heard this s'fid This is a hard saying; who can hear it? From this time many of ltis disciples went back and walked no more with Him. To those that still remained Ire said: "Will you also go away?" Then Simou Peter answered ]lim: "Lord to wlmm shall we go? Thou hast the Words of eternal life." • Here we have an account of the awe- inspiring promise. W.hat is promised is our Lord's real flesh and blood. Tile rel)eated asseverations of this fact ex- clude all figurative sense. Now what was here promised was a reality; and it was realized at the Last Supper, when our Lord took bread and blessed and broke it and said to His apostles: "This is My body," and of ;he wine, "This is My blood." Now, if these words are to be taken in a figurative sense it would follow that Christ (lid not fulfill IIis promise to give ]Its real flesh and blood. A figure of a thing is not the thing. Those who believe ill tile Divinity of Christ cannot afford to believe He failed in ]tis promise, and gave His] apostles a figure for a reality. To ful- fill the promise our Lord's words must be taken in their literal, plain souse, as those in His presence understood them. ]5. Objector--" When our Lord said: 'This is My body,' he used the verb 'is' in place of the word 'represents' because there is no word in the Syro- Chaldaic, the language Ite spoke, that means to represent." The first to make this statement was Dr. Adam Clarke, who had a reputa- tion as an Orientalist. These are his words: "In the Hebrew, Chaldee-Syri- ae languages, there is no term which expresses to mean, signify, or denote; though both the Greek and Latin abound with them. Hence the :]:Is. brews use a figure and say 'Tt is' for ' It signifies. ' ' ' Yes, Dr. Adam Clarke, reputed an Orientalist, staked his reputation on the truth of the above statement. So did Dr. Hat(well Horne in his work on the Scriptures. Oa the authority of those writers the statement of Dr. Clarke is eomumnly believed by non- Catholics. But the statement is not true. This Cardinal Wiseman demonstrated by quoting from authors who wrote in the Syro-Chaldaic language. [n :his book ou tl, e Ieal Presence, page 261, tie shows tlmt there are no less than forty- five words in tire Syho-Chaldaie lan- THE ] ...... guage that mean "to signify," "to represent. ' ' If our Lord, in the language lie spoke, had wished to say "this repre- sents My body," I[e could have used any one of these forty-five words to say it in. lie used nolle of them., lie said: "This is My body." 16. Objector--"])id not; our Lord explain His words when lie said: 'It is the spirit that qnickeneth, the flesh profiteth nothing? May we not then lake his words in a spiritual sense? What do you mean by a spiritual sense? A spiritual presence is a real presence, not as yet] seem to think a figurative or met;spherical presence. '1'hose present when lie spoke thought lie utcant lhat the). were to eat llis flesh cut from llis body nr from Ills corpse. ]t was this erroneous idea that shocked and horrified them. To remove this error our Lord said, "lt is the spirit that quickeneth; the fleshs profit- eth nothing." :in other words, dead flesh, uuanimated, unquiekeued by 1Its i spirit, woul d profit nothing; lint His living body, animated by lIis spirit, is the body I[e referred to when IIe said: "Verily, verily, I s'ty unto yea, except you eat of the flesh of the Son of Man and drink ]tis blood, thou shall have no lifo in you. lie that enteth My flesh and drinketh My blood dwell. eth ill Me and I in him." The flesh present in the Sacrament is the body of Christ, quickened by Itis spirit. Of it He said: "This is My body." 17. Objoctor--"If I were to admit the truth of the doctrine of the Real Presence it would not follow that the presence is by transubstantiation." You are wrong; it follows necessarily because in no other manner couhl the words of Christ be true, except by transubstantiation--a change of sub- stance, tlis words are: "This is My body." lie did not say, "I am with this bread or in this bread." Tiros trepanation and companation are ex- cluded; they contradict our Lord's words: "This is My body." These words can be true only by transubstan. tiation. They are true. "CHRISTIAI SCIENCE" AND ITS FOUNDER. By Rev. T. V. Shannon, ill Extension. The one enigma that has engrossed the reading public of America during the past few months is Christian Sci- ence. Jt was brought to the fore by tile recent death of its founder, or rather discowrer, as Mrs. Eddy l:.cferred to have it. There are as many opinions as there are writers. The apparently noncom- mittal judgment of a majority of the newspapers shows the work of a very alert press lmreau, and the special edi- tions issued by some papers serve tel point the fact that the Christian Sci- ence organization has in every large community a body of substantial, if not wealthy, men. The weather-vane of the press shows moreover that that which wus the subject of the :'.okesmith S()UTI!IEI00N GUA1H)IAN teu years ago is now a factor of such womlnence ns to demand respectful space in a mctropolitan daily. Indeed, queer "ts it may seem, Christian Sci- ence has recruited ninny of its a(lhct ents from the newspaper ranks. These men have not ]()st any of their cunning in accepting the creed, and have had uo small sh'n'e iu the furtherance of: the cult ia giving it wide publicity. Their faith ill the press has m:ttcriab llealth" there is left no doubt that the founder of Christian Science re- garded herself as of equal standing, as a 1,ropounder of religion, with the Sec- ond Persou of the 1Hessed Trinity. And ill more tlmn one 1,1ace she modestly assumes precedence to the Virgin Moth- er of God. (!ountcmtnce has been given to 1)rclmsterous significance of the wor( "mother" which Mrs. Eddy ussumed to herself. ized in a daily t):tlmr published in Sos- So we have a religion without any ton in the interest of their creed, in moral codc, without a God, without ally this. too, they ,'cad us :t very telling moral conscience, without a sense of lesson. I moral responsil)ilitv. These charges may The Catholic press, almost without lm denied by the individu'd, but, if exception, dmnolishes tile entire cditic, of Christian Science by laughing it out of court. Catholic editors can find no excuse for its existence. They brush it aside as an arrant hoax, the proof, if ally wore needed, that the American lmblie is the ]nest gullible and most easily exl)loited in the universe. They point out that a charlatan like l)owie in a compass of a few years, rallied to his standard thousands of followers an( millions of dollars, and the bottom fell out of the boom in a day. They look for its early dissolution among tile contending factions that are sure to ,riso in the seramble for power and position. A few of the Catholic editors have aimed their philosophical shafts at the system, and have to their own satisfaction demolished foundation and superstructure. The old epigram that Christian Science is neither Christian nor scientific, unless science be syn- onymous with unknowable, is made to do service. That ridiculous book, "Sci- ence and Health," is shown to be un- meaning jargon. Yet the mystery per- sistshow has it won so ninny con- verts to its nebulous insipidities and worse platitudes? Here it is a tempta- tion to lug in that much-worked word-- psychological. For surely here is a i)sychological problem. ]f we add of our own account that the religion of Mrs. Eddy ]s entireiy without charity and philanthropy, the indictment against it seems overwhehn- ing. ],'or charity and philanthropy are (lie very watchvwords of modern relig- ious endeavor, even apart from any supernatural motive. ]t is hard to con- celve nny religion so entirely bound up with self, so entirely a matter of per- sonal concern, so essentially a passion- ate striving for personal comfort, and so entirely lacking in any idea of ser- i vice. Its remoteness from ordinary ills, :ttmrt front sickness, ('lasses it as a companion of a ]uddhistie sect, com- )letely out of setting in this occidental world of ours. To say that Christian geience Ires rejected'a personal God is no arrnign- mont. The official teaching, rambling und incoherent though it is, denies a personal God. In a wilderness of verb- iage, str.ngely reminiscent ef the gnos- ,tics of earlier period, we may gather that Christ is tile Son of God, but Jesus is not. And in teachings not quite so official as "Science and words have not lost all significance, and indeed under tile adept manilmla- lions of Mrs. Eddy they have beeu deeply shorn of meaning, these charges are substunthlted 1)y the ollieial teac,h- ings of the church. And lest these teachings be impugned, we are told that the book and its anther were foretold in the Al)ocalypse. She is tile nfighty angel sent by God, and she brings the second advent. Tile nfisccllaneous readings of Christian Science journals shadow the process of deification that is going forward in the case of Mrs. Eddy. The unassuming autobiography of Mrs. Eddy is hardly what a scholar would calia critical life. Due allow- qnce being made for the weakness of human nature when confronted with tile task of impartially setting dowu in cohl type the innermost details that only the writer knows, not every one can be a Saint Teresa, nor yet a Rous. seau. ]"or a naive piece of writing, and a special bit of pleading, the auto- biography deserves a niche l)y itself. It is not rare to find a woman a hero- inc to herself, but rudimentary delicacy forbids the elaboration of the convic- tioa into a voh|me. Permit this choice bit of quotation. It ought to disarm any brash critic from rushing in where angels fear to tread. "I gained book knowledge with far less labor than is nsually requisite. At ten years of ago I was as familiar with 'Lindley Murray's Grammar' as with the Westminst(;r Catechism, and the latter I had to repeat every Sunday. My favorite studies were natural phi- lOSOl)hy , logic and moral science. From my brother, Albert, I received lessons in the ancient tongues--Hebrew, Greek and Latin. After my discovery of Christian Science most of the knowl- edge I had gleaned from school books wufished like a dream." As to the "ancestral shadows" of Mrs. Eddy, sl, e took full poetic licence to choose her ancestors. They were all eminent and decent. In years to come they will be remenlbere(i by the dis- tinction she gave them in her auto- biography. As to historical facts there is a notable reticence. Itowever, noth- ing goes unhidden .today. AlasI for the perversity of the driving .historian, who in cold blood dug up facts that are, to say the least, disconcerting. The somewhat angelic narration of Mrs. aturday, March 2.5, 1911 lU I I .i Eddy gets a rude jolt in telltale notes .... and authentic anecdotes. These show this third-degree widow as an exacting, ill-tempered, hysterical and impossible person. It does not square with our eherlshed ideas of a religious reformer --a seer, prophet and saint--this pic- IUI'O of [t fretful nervous wonlan wllo iu fits of t:tntrums, h'ld to be carried up and down stairs, and even rocked to sleep iu a huge cradle, made ex- pressly for her. The exactions demand- ed from those about her rendered lifo burdensome. The inevitable end of all bcr servitors was dismissal, with b" ,: i],vective, often followed witl] unrei, - ing hatred• Even when beyond th.'. - mediate re'lch of "t ready tongue tre:˘ couhl not escape from the more cruel • tccusation of Malicious Animal Mag- netisut practiced against her. For with more than usnal 'tcumen, she had log- ically contended if 1)enefit could be had through absent treatment, so likewise could evil be (lone. The list of all who colsl/ired fOr :her death through M. A. M. was constantly added to. '1'o the end of her life she accused Mrs. Stet- son of launching this dreadful power against lie]'. And there are not want- ing some who blame the former pupil with the death of the beloved mother. These things do not clear up the mys- tery. Say what you will, the spectacle of an al;lateur faith-healer who came by chance on the manuscript of a quack named Quimby, leading a checkered life up to her fortieth year, at sixty the undisputed he'ld of one of the most active non-Catholic sects, and at ninety the absolute dictator of nearly a rail- lieu people, with a church superbly or- ganized, controlling millions of dollars, whose word was as revelation, is noth- ing short of marvelous. Centuries from ]tow 1)cople will doubt the phenomenon. It is at once easy and difficult to ac. count for her great success. Aho exac- tions for membership were not severe. The prime requisites were the purchase [of "Science and Health "--at a high 'price, to be sure, anl a new issue at each revision; the singing of some dog- :gercl hymns in the service, and the elimination of all ministers. There was to be no preaching, hence no heresy. The teaching of the non-existence of sickness and death rounded out the de- mands. On the organization she had a hold so complete that it will require the service of legal luminaries to de- termine how this power may descend to her successors. ]t will not do to say that necessarily the appeal of this new faith is to the few. There are enough imaginary dis- cases rampant in America to engage all the Christian Science lecturers that fif- ty colleges could turn out. Authori- ties differ, but probably two-fifths of so.called diseases are purely imaginary. There never has been a religion that promised so much and demanded so lit. fie here on this earth. To rid the worhl of pain, disease and death! That Continued on Page 7. i . "[ ABSOLUTE AUCTION SALE OF , NEWTON ADDITION, PULASKI HEIGHTS 240 Choice Lots in the Best Subdivision in Arkansas, Directly on the Trolley Line Between the Jockey Club and Forest Park HN I I I I We Shall Sell at PUBLIC AUCTION, Commencing Monday, March 27, 2 p.m., Sharp. Sale Will be Conducted by Dammers & Gillette. i i i EVERY LOT TO BE SOLD AT PUBLIC /00UCTION NONE WILL BE SOLD AT PRIVATE SALE i HII Hll HIHI I ,i i i i i ii Dofft Fail to Attend the Sale the Opening Day, AT 2:00 P. M. SHARP ii u I I ii i i 'O ET THERE: ii ii MONDAY, MARCH 2.7, 1911, COME THE FIRST DAY SO THAT YOU CAN SECURE FIRST CHOICE. i |11 i ,  . . RI,MEMIEI! This property will be sold regardless of price! The situation is ideal l The location is exclusive l And the future (considering present improvements) eml)hasizes the fact that this property will be the :highest pri˘.ed of any in or about Little loek for residential purposes. LITTLE ROCK IS DESTINED TO BE A GREAT CITY B(ffore wc realize it we will have 100,000 pol)ulation and talking aboa]t 200,000. This city can't build north on account of the Arkansas River; can't go east on account of 1he bottom land, whieh bhe river overflows, not' south because of Fourehe ]3ayou, therefore MUST GO WEST. Evidence of this statement is best shown by the fact that more than two millions of dollars have been spent n Pulaski Heights district alone• Why did these, our best business men, put their money in the land west of the city? They know the city can't .build in any other direction. The Little Rock Railway "and Idcc, tric Company increased their power plant to supply 200,000 population, the Ilome Water Company to supply 150,000 and he Pulaski Gas Company to supply 100,000 population. W.ItY DID THEY INCREASE TItEIR CA1 ACITIES Because they realize that in only a ew years Little . Reek will have that i)opulation. NATURAL GAS J, UNE 1. I ii WARRANTY DEED ANY ABSTRAOT GIVEN BY MERCANTILE TRUST CO00IPANY Who gmrantees the title to these lots will be a.bsolutely free from all ineumbranees, and on which any bank will loan you money. AND ALL TAXES PAIl). 'INSPECTION SOLICITED. Visit the property before the sale. Come today or any day, and go over the •property• TERM00 we .,ill a]most let yOU ]nake your own ternls. Ten 'per cent at time of sale, the bahmce 2per cent in monthly installments. pay all cash, a discount of 5 per cent will be given. WE SELL TO WHITE PEOPLE ONLY. ' THE SIZE OF YOUR PROFITS will not depend on "how mueh" or ",how little" money you have now, but "how wisely" and "how safely" you invest it now. THINK FOR YOURSELF --how much Little Rock Real Estate has made for OTItERS. Don't regret! Profit by TItEIR experience! YOUR opportunity will BE on MONDAY, MARCH ,,0.7, 1911, THINK HARD NOWl This is the greatest oi)t)ortunity EVER offered the public in Real Estate! ]]UYand be ON]'] of those to tali of profits MADE and NOT of •  ) profits missed l REMEMBER, that you need not be an LXf ERT on wflues, when yOU buy at an AUCTION SALE. EVERY BID made at this sale will be a ",bona fide" expression of what SOMEONE ELSE is willing to pay for the property. When you increase that amount and are the successhfl buyer, you know exactly how mueh SOMEONE EDSE is willing to pay and is REA'DY to put up HIS money to back tIIS judgment. DON'T BE AFRAID of y.our OWN judgment. Don't be afraid to BID! Real Estate has proven to ,be the most SAFE and SOLID foundation on which to build a fortune. $1,000 Worth of Beautiful Presents Given Away Free--300 in All. 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