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THE GUARDIAN, AUGUST 20, 1927 ! Published Weekly THE CATItOLIC PUBLICATION SOCIETY of the Diocese of Little Rock 807 WEST SECOND STREET t~aterad as second-class matter March 21, 1911, at the postoffice at Little Rock, Ark., under the Act of Congress Of March8, 1879. SUBSCRIPTION PRICE, $2.00 THE YEAR " ~--~ CttANGE OF ADDRESS When s change of address is dcslred the subscriber should give the old and the new address. CORRES PONDE]:qCE ~/atter Intended for pubticati~n in 2'he Guardian should reach us a~ ]~t~r ~han Wednesday mor!dng. Brief news correspondence is h~ay~ x~elvome. The kindness o the clergy in this salter is cer- tltnly al:~preciat ed. RE~r. GEO. H. McDEI~MOTT ...................................... Managing Editor All aomman~cations ab~mt "The Guardian" should be addressed to t~ Roy. Oeo. H. McDer~mtt, 307 West Second Street. OFFICIAL ORGAN The Guardian is the official organ of the Diocese of Little Rock, nd i ~rit God t~hat it may be an earnest champion of the cause of I ~gJht, J~tice and truth and an ardent defender of the religion which we all love a~ well. I extend to it my blessing with the sincere hope tl~t ~t$ e~treer ms)," be long and prosperous. t~ JNO. B. MORRIS, Bishop of Little Rock. AUGUST 20, 1927 Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost. o- A Christian conversationalist is one who has virtue enough to ask pardon for even innocently hurting another's feelings. o Father Marquette, who floated down the Mississippi, landed at a Quapaw village on the Arkansas side, about twenty-five miles above the mouth of the Arkansas river, in July, 1673. O NON-CATHOLICS IN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS There are I0,000 non-Catholic students in the Catholic colleges and universities of the United States. They are about 20 per cent of the total attendance. Their number and their propor- tion have been increasing year by year. By their presence in these Catholic institutions they magnify the problem of sui lying the addition- al buildings, teachers and faculties that are re- quired for a growing Catholic population. This preference of non-Catholic parents and students for Catholic schools is not merely a compliment these institutions and their teach- ers; it is also an impressive lesson--in many cases a rebuke--to Catholic parents and stu- dents. It is not lightly, surely, that these non- Catholics sacrifice their prepossessions and risk the criticism of their non-Catholic relatives and neighbors when they choose Catholic schools. Their choice is dictated by concern for the spiritual welfare no less, if not more, than for the educational advantages which are guaran- teed to them in Catholic institutions. Non-Ca- tholic parents know that in Catholic schools their children will be safeguarded from mater- ialism and atheism and every other menace to their Christian faith, and that they will learn from the example, if not from the formal pre- cept, of their teachers the love of God and the claims of religion and m orality. In all this non-Catholic arents and students testify in an eloquent and effectual fashion to the excellence of Catholic education. They must one day become a powerful influence in quiet- ing the suspicions and allaying the prejudices with which many Catholics regard the Church's schools. They and their children, it may be, will some time stand between those schools and the grand assault which the enemies of the Catholic Church are planning. Meantime these non-Catholics are shaming the Catholic fathers and mothers who are de- priving their children of proper Catholic train- ing. How many Catholic young men and young women are electing to 'attend secular schools when they might be enrolled in their own ? That question reveals an unpleasant aspect of the situation. It is a comfort, indeed, that 10,000 non-Catholics are to be found in Catholic col- leges and universities, but they are no fair equivalent for the Catholic youth who, out of Y deliberate chose of their parents or of their own volition, are attending non-Catholic insti- tutions. LOYALTY (Southern Messenger, San Antonio) i One of the world's largest newspapers carries permanently on its editorial page the famous toast of Stephen Decatur: "My Country: In her intercourse with foreign nations, may she ever be in the right; but my Country right or wrong !" That creed is, in the eyes of many, the su- preme expression of patriotism, and as such proudly proclaimed to all the winds "that blow. Suppose, however, that the editor of a religious journal should have the audacity to hoist a banner with the words: "My Church, right or wrong" what kind of reception would he re- ceive from the super-intellectuals of our day? It is easy to imagine. He would be put down as a spineless; marrowless, brain-less, soul-less, wilMess, hireling, one who had surrendered the God-given r ght to use his intelligence before pledging his allegiance. .(Continued in Last Column.) Sources of National Prosperity and Ruin By REV. F. JOSEPH KELLY, Ph. D. in Truth Mazaglne God judges among the nations of the earth, as among individuals, and recompenses, into i their own bosoms respectively, all their meas- ures and practices whether for good or for evil. He marks their characters, detects their moral tendencies, sees all the motives from which thes act, and the principles _on which they frame their policy; and brings on them the natural result, in spite of all their efforts to turn it aside. Survey the past history of empires, from generation to generation, follow them dowh the course of ages; take any people we please, of whom we have accounts sufficient- ly particular, and it is surprising how faithfully their f te has followed their conduct, and how exactly it has answered, sooner or later, to their moral character. If we look back into the Old Testament, w'e shall find there a strong confirmation of the doctrine we have proposed. The Jewish people were perpetually admonished in the most sol- emn manner that their nation would fare just as they themselves conducted; that their public and national prosperity depended on their obedience to God's laws, rather than on any worldly wisdom by which tl ey might manage their concerns. The fact was always brought to their minds that God would advance them to prosperity or confound them and all their wis- dom accordingly as they walked in His fear or trampled on His everlasting laws. In the law given to them from Mt Sinai they were assured that so long as they harkened diligently unto the Lord they would be blessed and their enemies should be put to flight; but if they re- fused to keep His commands they should be erally fulfilled, not only in the dreadful scene of their final destruction, but in every stage of their career. May we not take this as a warn- ing to oar selves, and to our nation? When we think of these things we confess we cannot but turn an anxious eye to the prospects of our beloved country; especially when we see so few of our fellow citizens apparently aware of what it is on which our fate is suspended, when we see them so generally relying for na- tional galvation on mere political maneuverings, without looking to anything deeper. If there is any truth in the Old Testament, let the ex- ample of ancient Israel awaken us in season and remind us where our real danger, as well as our safety lies -in those moral principles which underlie all government, and all political meas- ures. Let it not be supposed that the case of the Jews was an exception to the general rule of God's government, nor that He interfered in some peculiar way to regulate their fortunes by their moral deserts, as He does not with other nations. We may see the same-principle exemplified with equal regularity in the history of every other people with which we are equally acquainted, Look back to ancient Greece, through her annals that have come down to us. As long as her states preserved their hardy, frugal and uncorrupted manners, in public and private life, they stood uncrushed, a little band of indomitable spirits, against the world in arms. What was it that' overthrew Greece at last? The same that has undermined all other extinct republics{ their moral integrity gave .way and every form of vice became general. Such, too, is the history of that most gigantic power which ever overshado ved the earth old Rome. After five centuries of iron rule and of unobstructed prosperity, corruption entered and spread through that huge republic, changed her government to a despotism, and steadily wrought out theTuin of the empire, slowly but fold pulse of our entire community; and that will be a sufficient safeguard to us. Our peo- ple are distinguished above all others for their enterpris:e and shrewdness, and they will there- fore take good care of themselves, for their own interests will lead them to see to this. And what is more than all, we have privileges, social and religious and civil, above those which any other nation enjoys, more light, more freedom, more advantages of every kind; and with our keen jealousy of our rights, there is no danger of our they will have no rulers but their appetites and humor all voice of sincerity and truth nothing but the treacherous and adulation will be endured. the case, all government g scheme of management for poses and becomes only a a counting-house of ambition. no longer be, T\rhat is right, but wh gratify the popular passion, and time most advance the private cipled demagogues. The conduct 'is wholly disconnected from the or, rather, is set against them; but little philosophy or religion to: result. The practical lesson which throwing them away:, But then, has it ever tions force upon us as citizensis come into our thoughts that just in proportion lLet every lover of his country, cursed as a people in all their possessions. How well as individuals is false we shall be called often do we f nd the prophets repeating to them It strict account for the talents He has placed these terrible declarations? And we know lin our hands; and when that day of reckoning from their history that these warnings were lit- comes, Judge of all the earth will do right.' to the greatness of these privileges is the mag- nitude of the account that we, as a nation, shall have to render for them before the world, if there is a God above and around us, to bring us to a reckoning for our use or abuse of them? We know that our privileges are great indeed, but this very fact will fill us with more anxiety if we regard the matter in its true light. To whom much is given, much will be required. This is God's inexorable law, which our country can neither evade nor put off. And now, is there anybody who thinks that the improvement of our community at large in virtue, in honesty or justice between man and man, in sobriety of manners, in frugality, in political integrity and public principle, is our improvement in these respects, at all commensurate with the blessings God has intrusted us with? We do not like to speak in the tone of alarmists; but we do de- clare this is a most fearful question. It touches the very vitals of our national well being. We confess we dare not look it straight in the face. Unless our doctrine that God judges nations as surely. Rome with her colossal frame of iron was hard to die. She lay in the mortal agony four hundred years; but her death was as cer- tain as fate from the hour that moral rottenness had infected all the bones and sinews of her body politic. The same eternal law of the moral worlddetermined the issues of all nations since that time. And those who come after us will certainly find the same allcontrolling principle illustrated in the history of our own country, whether we are wise enough to see its opera- tion or not. We suppose the common vague impression, with those who have never thought closely on this matter, is, that what is called the love of liberty, joined to a good degree of political in- If we as a people have learned to do unto others as we would they should do unto us; if we shall have grown better under our privileges, more upright, more devoted to principle in all our transactions, public and private, if we shall have shown mercy according to our power, then we may hope for His forbearance for such imperfections as shall still remain among us. But if, on the ottier hand, we shall have grown worse in spite of our blessings, more ambitious, more grasping, more determined on perpetuat- ing old wrongs, more unprincipled and corrupt, heedless of what is right in itself, and regardful only of temporary expediency, or of a narrow self-interest, our fate will be sealed. Our bond of national union will prove to be but a mass of smoking flax, setting us all in flame. We shall break up in confusion as others have done be- fore us, from similar causes, and this last ex- periment of a free government will go out in shame. No policy under heaven can save us. Are not these conclusions themselves self- evident? That there is a just God in this world, and that He holds nations accountable to His law. Nations as well as individuals have their being, live and move in Him. He is agound them on every hand, enterpenetrates, pervades them, with His all-searching justice, like a consuming fire; marks their character, their doings, their secret motives,/and judges them accordingly. Men do not, indeed, see Him at work in palpable form; and therefore, perhaps they never think of these considerations. But every measure, every course of policy, is arralgned before another tribunal than that of public opinion; at a tribunal where justice is sure to be done, whether men do it or not. There are in every nation counsels deeper than those we see play- ing on the surface. God is behind the scene; and just as offr purposes comport with His eternal law will they prove ultimately salutary or blighting. We may illustrate the subject in a clearer manner, perhaps, by suggesting a more analyti- cal treatment of it. So far as our country is con- cerned, the way in which the casd naturally operates is this: In republics, it is the people themselves who are the nation. Of course, if they become corrupt, all is corrupt; but while they remain sound, all is sound. The adminis- tration may fall into errors or commit faults; but there is something back of it to retrieve these mistakes, by the regular working of the system; just as a wound in a healthy body is healed by the vital development from within, while a diseased constitution inflames and ag- gravates every sore. The government, on the whole, is what naturally grows out of the great _ oflieu" s~riot moral integrity, they will no longer re ard I it in others, nor require it in their legislators l or rulers. If they become vain and extravagant -] ficiency: We have an excellent form of govern- ment, the best on the face of the earth. The spirit of freedom beats strong in the thousand- !the permanence of our free stitutions take heed, to mark danger and our real safety lie. cal action let the eternal and virtue be kept paramount. measure, no matter how expedient it conflicts in the least with Strive without ceasing for the wrongs, and especially for the cancerous growth of divorce. Do our power to reform the vices community, and to bring the and the public manners to the purity and righteousness. ence we have, let it be sacredly promotion of sobriety, temperance firm integrity among our fellow remember, we are thus reaching springs of national prosperity, de all the measures in which the of the day is engaged. (Continued From First Yet, which attitude Is more reaS of avowing unfaltering a motive which admittedly may be intent and consequence, or unswerving loyalty to the Truth, are always able to recognize it as cause it was g ven to us as can neither deceive nor be Catholic knows that in matters morals, his Church is always many of us are courageous for Her when, in matters of sometimes, though rarely, to be Loyalty is a beautiful thing; it is exaggerated, as in the case there is still something so noble the heart instinctively thrills in sentiment. What a help would cause of our reli on if every P: so every Bishop, could be he may under any circumstance spontaneous and undivided fealty flock ! PRAISES SOME CA Just the other day we heard remark that seeing the motorrne i cars of New York tipping their they passed a Catholic Church, lasting impression on cities one sees this practise corn by Catholic laymen. Likewise, tom of 'saluting priests by time the priest is almost have to return the salute a while walking a single block. the case here in the West. Out of reverence for the House Christ's abiding there, every should give this outward faith, when he passes a cathO Southern Courier, Oklahoma. CLOSED FOR THE During the heated period of everY no unusual thing to see signs churches in large cities ed for the Summer." Nor is it items in the newspapers to the , pastor of ------ Churc the Summer with his family How would it strike to see such a sign on a God takes no vacation during does a good Catholic attempt to to Him no matter how hot or may be, and he is absolutely he desires to attend Mass or ments he willnever see the labeled "Closed for the Summer' graph, Cincinnati.