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PAGB FOUR THE GUARDIAN, SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 1922. iii J i *, , i Published Weekly by THE CATHOLIC PUBLICATION $OCIITY of the Diocese of Little Rock 3o9 WEST SECOND STREET Eatcred aM econd-clsms matter March =x, zgIx, at the II, Odloicc at ]Little Rock, Ark., under the Act of CongreH of March 3, s9. SUBSCRIPTION PRICE, $2.0 THI YEAR CIIANGE OF ADDRESS When a change of address is desired file sublmribvar Ihould five both e old and the new address. CORRESPONDENCE Matter intended for publication in The Guardian should rch no not r than Wcdn',day morning. Brief news correspondvae is Ilways wem The kindnc of the clergy in this matter i *l cordialiT appr- r3at. Very Rev. A Stocke.r, O. S. B., l). D ................ Editor-in-Chit'4 itev. Co. 11. McDermott ........................ ManJl[in E Fit All communications about "The Guardian" should be &ddreed to the R. Geo. lI. McDermott, 309 Wet Second Street. OI"F1CIAL APPROVAL The (uardian is the official orgall of the Diocese of Little Rock, and I pray God taut it may bc an emnest champ,on in the caul ot right, ustic sad trutl* and an ardent defender of the religion which we all |ore  wall. I eztend to it my blessing with the sincere hope that hs =reer may be lotg and ropcrou. I IOHN B.'MORRIS. Bilhop o| Little Rock. Little Rock, Ark., April 29, 1922. WORDS BROUGHT HOME. Our Editor-in-Chief, the Very Rev. Dr. A. Stocker, O. S. B., in a recent editorial bespoke the exacting conditions attached to the editing of a weekly paper. Guardian readers can well ap- preciate the calls upon this busy churchman, as Prior of the New Subiaco Abbey and professor in the lecture halls. Added to all this, were the weekly editorials for The Guardian, papers which have placed his name high in the journalistic ranks of Catholic editors. He has recently cele- brated hi tenth anniversary as our chief editor, with an unfailing record of timely receipts of his popular papers in this office. This week came his letter, with the fearful tid- ings that he found himself obliged to take at least a week's respite from all activities. After a Holy Week spent in Little Rock, with" Cathedral attendance, the preaching of a short retreat and a Passion sermon on Good Friday night, his strength found its overlimit, and by his physi- cian's advice he reluctantly gave over his many and exacting duties to seek what we all hope will be his, a full and early restoration of health and energy. o Month of May! M/ry's days! Let us share them with her as her devoted children. -O-O We are glad Hays resigned from the Harding cabinet. He entered the motion picture business &s general director just in time to can a noto- rious comedian.. Congratulations, Mr. Hays! O-0 WELCOME VISITOR. It speaks well for a visitor who does not wear out his welcome for ten long yeai, s of weekly visitations. Rt. Rev. Monsignor John F. Noll and (his) Our Sunday Visitor has been welcomed now for a decade in quite every corner of our land and the welcome is ever on the increase. On May 7th, Our unday Visitor celebrates its tenth birthday. Under Father Noll, now a Mon- signor, and his most efficient staff, this four-page weekly has attained a height of merit in the propagation of Catholic truth and practices. It has a wide field, made so by its own peculiar and particular endeavors. It is an apostolate all in itself and by itself has rendered a' service to'the Catholic Church of America beyond, far beyond, our computation. It has made more enlightened our Catholics, converted many non-Catholics to the true faith, and perhaps has attained its great- est success in softening the edge of religious prejudices by kindly showing our non-Catholic neighbors the Way, the Truth, and the Life of the Holy Roman-Catholic Church. It has lived most truly to its motto--The Har'monizerand the more remote sections of our land, where ignor- ance and prejudice more prevail, the harmony of its Christian teachings, attuned to knowledge and kindness, has wrought noble work for our Church and people. The congratulations of l'he Guardian on this tenth birthday of Our Sunday Visitor; may it wax stronger and it decades be many and blessed. * , , , 0-0 " VAGARY OF INDIVIDUALISM. t The discussion of the Boston Baptists on the Second Comifig of Christ is likely to add two more camps to this multisected church-body. No d6ubt we soon shall have to distinguish between the Millennial Baptists and the anti-Millennialists. Associate Editor Chapman of Our Sunday Visitor, refers to this interesting movement in a recent article on "Dissension in th Baptist Fold," and points out the vagaries of mind when "freedom of thought" becomes a tenet. He writes: "Sermons are being preached, books and pamphlets circulated, and the Baptist fold is rap- idly dividing into two camps each accusing the The is interesting the ',atholic Church the has a clear and teaching regarding econd Coming -and 'so has free from such out- breaks as have, from time to time, rent the va- rious Protestant denominations on this topic. One non-Catholic denomination, of comparatively re- cent origin, makes its peculiar teaching about the Second Coming the central point of its faith, from which it takes its corporate name. Other denom- inations have lost membership on account of such discussions which have been forced upon them periodically. Every generation sees the point brought up and stressed in one way or another. Both sides in the controversy appeal to the Bible, sometimes even making use of the same texts to prove directly opposite teachings. Of course there is no one in any non-Catholic denomination / who even el,ms to be able to settle the matter authoritatively. Even the Baptist church is un- able to declare officially what is, or what is not, its teaching on this point. "The natural and inevitable result of such lack of authority, which follows from the application of the Protestant principle of 'Private Judgnent' is that each non-Catholic denomination is subject to continual division and subdivision. A group of earnest people become interested in some one par- ticular doctrine, usually to deny it, but sometimes to affirm it, and, not finding themselves any longer in agreement with the rest of their denom- ination they separate themselves and form a new denomination. The result, in some four hundred years is some four hundred Protestant denomina- tions. Roughly the rate of division is one a year. It is possible to observe the process going on in one or more of the denominations at any time, and the present agitation among the Baptists is a typical example. "The Catholic Church (it is well to point out) has preserved its Unity of doctrine and practice unchanged, not only during the last four hundred years, but the sixteen hundred years of Christian history preceding. This it has been able to do because it possesses the authority to definqlbelief, to set bofore its people a definite and logical sys- tem, within the sphere of which the individual mind is at liberty to exercise freely, but only so long as the unity of the faith is preserved. This is something {vhich the average non-Catholic finds it hard to understand, for to the non-Catholic mind 'freedom of thought' means license to carry any vagary of individualism to the limit, and freedom also to set up a new 'church' whenever a sufficient number can be found to agree with the individual vagary. It is easy to see what be- comes of Truth in such a system. As an objective reality it vanishes from the face of the religious world. But its {,anishing is gradual and progres- sive, it does not disappear all at once. It is only now, at the end of four centuries of Protestant 'freedom of thought' that the net results can be- gin to be estimated, and those net results are nothing more nor less than a negation of every doctrine whicll was part of the deposit of faith in the beginning. In place of a definite, reason- able and coherent body of belief, the Protestant world displays a maze of negation, a labyrinth of questionings to which no realianswer is or can be given. And still the work goes on as the 'house divided against itself' gradually settles into the shifting sands qpon which it is built." O-O- INFLUENCE OF CATHOLIC WIFE. The following article by Admiral William IS. Benson of the United States Navy is the second of a series to be written for the Baltimore Catholic Review, by vonverts to the Catholic faith, giving their reasons for their conversions. ADMIRAL BENSON tIEARS CALL, I was born on a plantation in Georgia, about ten miles frown Macon, in September, 1855. My parents were Methodists, and I was brought up in the Methodist faith after the "strictest order of the Pharisee." I naturally inherited a strong religious feeling. In the autumn of 1869 or 1870, in attending what was called in that section of the country a "Re- viva] Meeting," I joined the Methodist Church and tried to live up to those teachings and re- quirements until I became convinced of the truth of the teachings of the Catholic Church and was blessed with the gift of the true faith in the spring of 1880. Influence of Good Catholic Wife. In 1876 I met my wife, who was a pious Catholic lady, and in 1879 we were married. While I had lived, or tried to live, strictly up to the require- ments of the Methodist Church, I never felt quite satisfied, as my judgment always made me feel that a real religion must be of a more dogmatic character. I can recall, even now, the attraction that a Catholic Church and Catholic ,people had for me as a boy. I remember with special in- terest the feeling I ahvays had when a student at the Naval Academy at Annapolis whenever I heard the bells of St. Mary's Church ringing. They seemed in a way to appeal to me, and, while I was not so conscious of that appeal at the time, I have since realized I did feel there was some- thing about it tlat was always drawing me n that direction. After meeting Mrs. Ienson and becoming en- to in of 1876 I natural] took up the of Catholic Church and its teachings and a deal of Cattlolic litera- as "The Invitation Heeded the works Cardinals ewman and g and other Catholic works. Two years of this time I [the bland and bluff unauthorized canvassers, who spent in South America, where the Catholic Church is practically the only existing church. I labored under the discouraging influence of my mother, who was bitterly antagonistic to the Cath- olic Church and its teachings. My father died in October, 1877, and, while he was a most pious member of the Methodist Church, he was always most liberal in his feelings toward Catholics. Had Depedece On God. After my marriage, of course, my interest in the Catholic Church and its teachings became more earnest and I felt more strongly than ever my duty to study and, if possible, to understand its teachings. I did this with an unbiased mind, as nearly as was possible for me to do. I always had a most earnest feeling" that here was and could be only one source of correct teaching, and I asked most earnestly that I might be guided to it. I soon reached a state of mind in which l fully realized that the Protestant faith and teach- ing were most illogical and untenable and that no intelligent man could trust his soul's salvation to any such teaching. During the short interval when I realized that there was no hope in the past, it was a serious question with me as to whether there was any hope in the future, but the strong dependence on God and His Providence helped me to tide over this period and to believe that there was. Authority i)z Religion. My reasoning was something along this line: If such great wisdom has created not only me and the rest of mankind, but all the wonderful things of creatidn, it must have created each one of us for some special purpose, and if we, the creatures of this Creator, fully live up to and comply with all the demands made on us, in ordinary justice we should receive light and guidance in the way that would bring us to an eternal reward. Of course, in studying the doctrines and teach- ings of the Catholic Church, at first there were a great many points it was very difficult to under- stand and accept, but one by one during my study and reading, by the Grae of God, these difficul- ties were overcome and I could accept them with clear understanding and reasoning until they were finally narrowed down to the one of confes- sioll and forgiveness. :his particular article of faith for a long time was impossible for me to accept until one day, in discussing the subject with an old parish priest, who was rather blunt in expressing himself, stated to me in a somewhat curt manner that it was absurd for me to say that I could accept cer- tain things, believe certain things and not bhlieve others. He said: "If you have any faith in God, and He has done any of these things you say He has, you cannot possibly fail to accept everything, because He is an Infinite God, infinitely just and infinitely wise, and you are imputing imperfections when you say you can accept certain things but that He who has established the Church and teaches articles of faith could err in this one thing. Consequently, you must either believe all the Church He has established teaches or you cannot logically be- lieve any of the teachings." These arguments were so convincing and im- pressed me so strongly it was impossible for me not to accept the logical situation as an earnest seeker for Divine light on the subject. While at sea on the old Constitution in the winter of 1879 and 1880, God was good enough to clear away all the doubts in my mind and bless me with the light of the Catholic faith, and from that day on I have never had any doubts on the subject. "The Faith of Our Fathers." I will say, in this connection, the book that had the greatest influence in clearing up doubts I had in the teachings of the Catholic faith and under- standing its doctrines was "The Faith of Our Fathers," by Cardinal Gibbons. That book has always impressed me as Divinely inspired and as one that carries with it a special blessing. I was baptized by Monsignor Preston, who was then the pastor of St. Ann's church, on East Twelfth street, New York, he himself being a con- vert. This was in the early summer of 1880. I was confirmed by His Eminence Cardinal Mc- Closky, I think, in June or July, 1880, at a church somewhere in New York City and in the vicinity of Fourteenth street and Sixth avenue. Since that time my principal reading and study has been Catholic literature or works, treating of the subject, and I am thankful to say that my travels throughout the world and my reading and ,tudy have only tended to strengthen my faith and to increase my zeal. SELF-PROMOTING. The South is a great field for promoters of every description. Agents are ever on he front porch, ringing our bells and with glib tongues of- ]fering "the best ever" to our gullible people. Our Catholic homes are th objects of too many over- i solicitous and ever soliciting canvassers "for Cati- ] olic literature, bo0ks,, magazines and periodicals. authorized the Bishop or the )arish )riest. These are generally ed from the or the of if'he Guar- If so, they are of con We warn ,ur Catholic ]with pious appeal put over fake schemes today, and tomorrow are off with the good money of un- suspecting Catholic people. These fakirs, for in- stance solicit subscriptions for some of our best. books and papers. They have a bonus to give, a pious picture, a medal, a crucifix, a prayer book and the very latest, up-to-date door-bell artist offers a participation in Masses with each sub- scription. We have no sympathy for, our duped friends, who hand over the cash thinking they , are helping the cause of the Church, when in fact , they are the victims of a wiley promoter. Remember: No person is authorized to collect money or subscriptions for money for any Cath- olic purpose not endorsed by the parish priest or the Bishop of the diocese. o-o ( TYPICAL SOCIALISTIC MEASURE. , ' I Representative Layton, of Delaware, deprecat- ing the socialistic and communistic tendencies dis- played in the legislation proposed during the pres- ent Congress, classes the Towner Bill to create a Department of Education, as a typical measure of this kind in an address to the House. Of it Mr. Layton, who has had long experience , in government affairs in Washington, says: "This bill creates a department--a new Cabinet membpr and starts with an initial appropriation of $100,000,000 for the avowed purpose of ex- tending education at a time when the last census shows that illiteracy is steadily decreasing, nd that the States and all our private institutions of' learning are progressively accomplishing the very purpose of the bill. The measure if enacted into law would Prussianize education in America; place all education in the hands of the Govern- ment; and mold the national thought after the whim of the head of a department. ,The depart- ment of education would be a vast political ma- chine operating in every schoolhouse in the land. Its political power would be incalculable by reason of its opportunity for propaganda for any purpose the department might see fit to inaugurate. "The very history of the country would be at its mercy; principles of any kind of political economy could be ingrained in the minds of the new generation, and the whole Nation molded in the same universal form which one man would fashion. It is said that the provisions in the bill specifically preclude any infringement upon the I liberties of the States. How imbecile an argu- ment! How insulting to common intelligence! Anyone knows that any man of force with $100,- 000,000 at his command could have the whole 'i school establishment of the United States eating out of his hands in less than a year if every word  . U, of the bill was a proclanmtion of State liberty and freedom. The power of the Secretary to in- terfere by mere suggestion; the opportunities for advancement or promotion at his command, if one was complainer; personal abbitions such as manifest themselves in all human life and such as were revealed so clearly in Germany under the same government system affecting the very high- est of her distinguished professors in her univers- ities all would make a mere State superintendent of education with every subordinate compliant i and submissive followers of whatever policy the august secretary of education, with his millions, might desire to establish. Millions more money here and more. millions to come." QUESTION BOX How nay one get rid of distractions in prayer? Quite frequently it is impossible to get rid of  our distractions unless we stop praying. Do not let distractions worry you if they are not wilful, because such distractions are not sins, though , they may be somewhat of a hindrance to the full benefit of our prayers. It is practically in]pos- sible for the average person having many respon- sibilities to be entirely free from distractions. What is the best way to make a general con- fession and to prepare for it ? : The best[ way to make a general confession is not to make it at all uitless it is a matter of necessity or has been advised by your confessor. If you have made one general confession,do not think of repeatg it. If you forgot to tell mortal sin in that confession, merely mention one sin and no more. If certain sins come back to you, try to forget about them, accept the torment of their remembrance as a mortification. Is it true to say that the Bible is an infallib teacher? It cannot be truthfully said that the Bible is infallible teacher because many texts in the need explanation; many things in the Bible to mderstand and the two hundred ent m mr all belief from Bible and other s the Hble is not an !