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i PAE FOUR THE GUARDIAN, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1920. 4 m , PuhliJhld Wdkly by THE CATHOLIC IUBLICATION SOCIRTY of the Dioewe of Little Rock 309 WFT SECOND STREET Entered e second-class matter March 21. 1911, at the postoffice at 4Little Rock. Ark.. under the Act of Congress of March 3. 1879. SUBSCRIPTION PRICE $2.00 THE YEAR j / y,., [ I " L,, , p. ,t&apos;,  ". 7 ' c ." Change of Address When a change of address is desired the subscriber should give both ttlo old and tho new addrees, Correspondence Matter intended for publication in The Guardian should/reach u uot later than Wednesday morning. Brief news correpondeuce is tlways welcome. The kindness of the clergy in thls matter hi cordial|y sppreiated. Very Rev. A, Stocker, O. S. B.. D. D .................. Editor-in-Chief Roy. dward A. Flannery ......................... Contributing Editor Bey. Gee. H. McDermott ...........  ................. lnaging Editor All communications about "The Guardian" should b addressed to tha Rev.' G. H. McDermott. 309 West Second Street. OFFICIAL APPROVAL The Guardian is the official organ of the diocese of Little Rock, nd I pray G,d that it may be ,an earnest champion in the cause of right, justice and truth and an kr,lent dcfen,ler o the religion which we all love so wall. I extend to it my blessing with the mmcere ]tope that it career may be long and prosperous. JOHN B, MORRIS. J Bishop of Little Rock. ! lAttle ]oek, Ark., Septeml)or 25, 1920. It is lieginnhig to take on t.he looks of it .ward eallipaigll. o-o After tlleVorld Series the Le'g'ue (;t' Nations will collie to the bat again. O-O Second thoughts of many wise politicians are directed toward Johns<m, MeAdoo or IIoover. Too l'lte mw; we have lo take our political medicine once every four years. Seine dose it is for 1920. Two pills; ike your choice. O-O Smwden, a/Rear Admiral of the U. S. Nvy, may have his official powers as the military governor of Santo l)omingo, but he should not be allowed to use thcm in proselytizing the peo- ple of the l)onfiniean republic. O-O It is gratifying to note that Catholic parents Mm do not send their children to the Catholic schools are the exeeptipns in all the parishes of the.'diocese. Thank clod theiexeeptions are so few. + o-o Little Rock and Arkansas are begilming to realize the fact that there is one institution iu their midst acquiring'extended luerit afar and deserving notice at honie. St. Vineent's Infirm- ary and its Tl'aiuing School for Nurses is one of our blg assets and consistently growing. O-O ' " ] IScorgia holds the lead when it conies to] illiteracy, contempt of law, moonshining and I lynching and now she letds Toln Watson of I nmlodorous fame to a sea{ ill the United States I Senate. He is of no particular party, just a Watsonite, and no doubt lm will be sat upo n by tile decent senators. o-o. There are hundreds of our young men and women losing a grand' opportunity for self ad- vancement by'not appreciating the Evening .Schools with their open doors. The K. of C. Schlbol in Little Rock has a large registration, but the opportunities are there for many more. ,It means an effort now, but it insures a brighter future for the earnest and ambitious man or woman. .o-o , "Those who think they can wipe out labor unions," says Bishop Tihen of Denver, "ha.ve another guess coming. In Egypt mid' Persia, long bfffore Christ, labor organizations existed. And go it was all down through the centuries. Sometiuies'their name differed but all the time the idea was tlie same." ----O-0 Bolshevism and anarchy do not spell terror :.." to sonic of, out'American bigots. Their one great fear is the Catholic Church; hence we  '! ,/find them reorganizing for another futile effort to' i, id America of the Catholic Church and its influence. Their latest parturition gives us the "Protestant Party," intend'ed to inobilize and capitalize all anti-Catholic elements a;s a cQalition against their Catholic fellov citizens. o-o I According to the FederM ])epartment of Labor the, cost 'of,our hl'd coal follows the ac- tion of, the mine 9wners wllen they raised the price Of coal one dollar per tolx to offset the in- crease in wages given by the cmnmission,'which co st:,the ope'at0rs 0nly fifty cents a ton. Thus .: the ifine owners have made during the past six months fifty cents a ton more'than requh'ed to pay the wage fimreases. And so it goes along every lfim of ;industi'y despite tim political bluffs handed out to us from platform and porch.. We want Fedmal action nmre thtm Fed- Low Episcopalians, Methodists, or Presbyte- rians, it would be hard sledding. Along the Lambeth lines Episcopacy is the terminal point and the very word seems to imply Rome as the eventual destination. None of tile sects seeln to desire a through ticket just now, so the Lam- beth schedule of 1.920 leaves all tile Protestant churches on side traeka in the church storage yards. There is no nnion station for theln, other than Rome, and there is none of them willing to get. out ell the niain line and CO di- rectly to the City of llnity, the See of Peter. .O-O "Babe," Ruth of home run fanle is the prod- uct of St. Mary's Selloo] of Baltinlore, Md., and was tutored hy lhe proficient Xaverian Broth- ers. Ret!erring to this school in it recenl; speech at (Jhlcag'o, tile hero hitter said'. "I learned sonmthing lnore than baseball there, l: learned the nieaning of the word ',bey.' I was taught that a nlan, in order to gel on in this world, nnlst take care of himself, obey the lowsel (:lo<t, of the state and of na- ture, and keep everlastingly on the trail of what lie ,\\;'IIIIS. ' ' The +tr/,:ansas Gazette thus applauds sucll filie senliment editorially : "_It wonM seemingly be ix fine thing, between lnsehall seas(if'IS, to send lhis SUl)er-hall player il I) and down lilt; country to talk in tile schools ttild ilnl)lant in the lilinds of youth the sound O.lld v.'hllll,sOlne ln'inciples that he stated so stl;Ollgly alld so succinctly ill his ]'enlar]is at Chicago." o-o . OPTIMISM When boys are entered at school you hear l'rom ahnost each re@her that her boy is the brightest and best boy that can be found any- where. And if these good women happmi to refer to their husbands, the latter are,almost invariably tim most generous and considerate of husbands that adorn a home. Of course these good ladies have not had a chance to ob- serve the good qualities ,of other boys and men; or, at least, they have l{ot been in the habit of drawing coniparisons. Now this excellent practice of refraining from maldng emnparisons is a distinct source of optinlism, and consequently of contented- ness. Bright things become dull in the dazzling splendor of things still brighter. Why should you invite that splendor to dim the pretty fea- tures of your attractive home? Look within and turn your eyes to.'your real comforts in- stead cff spoiling your jay by always gazing mlt of your window at the palatial mansion of your neighbor. Does your frugal meal mt satisfy your appetite and keep you in better health and strength than the banquets of the giutton? Is your Ford not quite as serviceable as the Chandler Six of your neighbor ? ,Truly, it is envy begotten of everlasting com- parisons that spoils the happiness of mny a man and wmnen. But while they are foolish who allow their joy in life to be blighted by looldng always beyond their natm'al horizon, the extravagant rich Who are fond of displaying Choir wealth are both foolish and criminal. Criminal, because they.slap tile poor mail in the face; an& foolish, because they rouse his anger against the existing order. As drunkards have brought about prohibition, so the extravagance' of wealth has a natural tendency to bring about revolution. S. .O-O HOME SICKNESS. oral reports, i -o-o .... g over the terms under which the Confet, ence, rcent!y held, in England, rove a union of the various Christian bodms, e fi d tit the 'Congregationalists woifld have the They are free Cr (r l i Each year, at the lie,innin, of the scholastic term,' one notices a peculiar distress ammlg the newcomers in t boarding school. Though new, and perlaps better than at home, the.surround- ings of the school do not at otme fill a certain vacuum ill the hearts andsouls of those boys. In Common par.lance t!my have :'the blues," un- biddefl tears flow fr0ni their eyes, and, in ag- gravated cases, tlmre is an Mm0st irresistible tendency of running away from school, running to the centre of gravitation for which their heart is achipg--their home, whore papa and mamma, broflmrs and sisters, loom up with a new force of altraction. This shows tltat man lives not off matei'il things alone. The' sights and sceneries of his native place, the kind voice mid smiling face of father and mother are feeding the souI as much as bl'ead  an'd 'meat feed the body. Torn away from these familiar, scenes, the soul languishes like a tl0wer or tree deprived of its native air and soil. Howeve/', while certain plants can simply not subsist in certain climates, man has a great power of accommodation. Provided he llas the fortitude to trimnph over the first assaults of .lome sickness, he can manage to feel at home under ahnost any circtmstances. But this doe,4 not, mean :that man is equally well off under any circumstances. 17rein the very fact that effv- ronment is part of his llfe, we,shg,uld conchlde that his personal,worth depeflds very much on the character of ,his environment. As healthy or unheal food builds up or tears down the body, -so a rirtu0us or vicious enviromnent but: for th e , Parents, )  their chilL" dren go away from' the sweet and elevating at- mosphere of their home, for the sake of afford- ing theln the opportunity of a higher education, need have no feat', if they send'their children to a Catholic boarding school. The Catholic boarding school is, for the Catholic boy or girl, the best substitute for the Catholic honle. I left. the chihh'en have Fathers or Mothers who look af|er'their bodily and spiritual welfare, mM who exercise lhe necessary amount of vigilance. Fronl the standpoint or' mental discipline, which is so essential during the ycars of intense work when the, young people are pursuing ttmir ]Jig'her studies, the boarding school is oven pre- ferable to tlre tmme. For the honlo cannot possibly be free from social distractions w]iicll would wilhdraw the young niind from intense !al)plieation td studies. S. O-O , TIlE I)ECII,:NSION O1 r11E ,SPlhl'l. Amcril,'a of Seplenibor 15, discusses an essay on Blaise l ascal, which appeared origin-flly in Hochland froln the pen of l[crnmnn Bahr. Pascal who, similar to St. Paul, St. Francis, St. Theresa, had enjoyed, according to his Memoirs, tin oxperinienlaI knowledge of G.od, was m)t willing, like these saints, to retfirn fr(im his ecstasy to lhe world to" live lliele anlMst earthly c(mditions in which the ideal of Christianity is nevel" fully realized. On the contrary he wished, as it were, to fix his ecstasy and to see the pert'eetion of hi's vision realize, d ifl the lives of lnen. But wherever Pascal ttirned his eyes ill the actual world, he nowhere found his ideal realized, lqvel'ywhoro his mathelnatical nfind found the genui]m idea pat:odio(1, not nlaking allowance i'or the fact that spiritual things, whenever they enter the rcahn of actuality, must suffer a declension be- cause of the imperfection of men. Pascal's pride could no brook this declension, and his whole hatred burst forth against the Jesuits, who, with deep psychological ap'preciation of men's limitations in this world, showed lelfiency o , \\; . towards nlen and a spu'lt o[ accommodation to their weaknesses. Pascal could have become a saint like St. 'rancis if he had possessed the latter's hu- mility, which alone can grasp the truth of life. Pascal's Church could consist of saints alone, wouht be a sect of world-hating penitents, the church of the Jansenists without a ray of joy hi t)fis world. It was two hundred years later W]len another, Tolstoi, labored at the realiza- tion of Pascal's di'cam, while'Dostojewski, at Iirst treading iu the footsteps of Tolst0i, "dis- covered the law of the dee!ension of the spirit, and, though not happy in this world, blessed it with colnnfiserating love. Pascal's and Tolstoi's way of thinking is not an exceptional phenomenon in history, It ap- pears again and again in different.variations. The aims may be in diametrical opposition, the point of departure is the same. Both Pascal aud the hero of revolution dread the declension of the spirit: the former shows hi aversion by flight, the latter by light. A declension from the political or social ideal is not to 'be tolerated; the French revolution employed blood and iron to compel the acceptance of its political, the revolution of the 20th century uses the same methods to compel the acceptance' o{=It, s social ideal. Ever3wdiere in life we discern, in the applica- tion of moral maxims, declensions from the ideal. The same holds good in regard to the religious ideal. It is the spirit of Pascal not to redogn'ize this declension. It is the spirit of Pascal and Tolstoi to wish to erect pure Mes- sianic kingdom' of the social order on this 'earth, such as the dreams of Socialism forecast, forever hitting upon tile declension of the spirit in tMs world and forever refusing to acknowl- edge it as ml actual facL Hmever, hile' modern Socialism and Bol- shevism !lave the same point of departure with Pascal, they pursue their way hi opposite di- rections. What rite.latter want is no longer an uncompromising subjection of the world to fixed principle: on the contrary tile accommodation is to be on the part of the principles to the world. All the so-called ethical ,movements qt the l'9th century show this tendency. Beeads after all, ideals never .succeed fully in th( world, one ha's begun 'to' doctor the ideals.' The humiliation of defeat in the pursfiit of a lofty ideal is anticipated and obviated by pressing dom the ideal. ' Or duty in this world is humbly to do the will of God as far as our limit,tions permit.' For the imperfection of our achievement, as far as this is s@ject to tim law of the declension of tlie spirit, we are no,t reiponsible. In this lies I . the highest genres of Catholicism that, equipped witlia detailed' knowledge, gained by centuries of observation; of the pychie laws that govern the actions of men, it knows how to reckon with , I thd weaknesses of men, and' on the basis of this knowledge has built p a culture that is equally distant from the impossible idealism of a Pascal arid from the weak surrender of spiritual and moral principles that has characterized the cul- movements 20th If a maz sets fire to his house sure,nee 'what mu,,s't he do to have ,qiV('n? r A man who bm'ns down his insurance is a thief. If he re he nmst make restitution. The cast under the rules governing any sin eVellth Connnandnlont. Why is it th[t people commit after goig to confession, mo n, th Because }lunlan flesh is weak, can ]lardly be expecled until we place lleawm in which Sill is .People who go to confession coniniit real, serious sins. They of liially ilnperfeetions which they without delilmration, ahnost in preparing" for cont!ession, their perfe(!tion lllakes the fault appear iloud part it really is. Such persons are trot With an colne their daily inipe[fectim, andf.0[:: one or the meavs tlie) emph)y. If itl;:e., wo,.k, tion of real, sorioliS SillS, confessed i,o!oe duri nmllth, it may bc that a good pul'poS0d deal ol = " , "" r al' uch as nlent was wanting, at least tile ..ii ' t aEi t n avoid t]le oecasion of the sin. Bu -. llt: - ,  lail:e 'orgapiz wea];/lleSS of ]llllltaU natul'c, nob -, " - , exlf:,'m with to serve God perfectly, s the tJ.e . ti,0000se repeated sins. 7to J the  ' aae er IV]to C(f,t (Jr(t'#,t'a (.51)G/),,.,'(ltlO;., Y ' " ' -..ni,ork was co'usins lo marry? Can lhey oe tw'-o ,']11.:1 blems Catholic Church cveu for very ,</rear,:[..:. The bishops of 'the United faculty of gr;antiiig disI pedilnent ot; consanguinity, and elude the relationship of first Church forbids the nlarriage of rally relaxes that discipline for sons; the authqrity that grants tions is to decide whether or reasons are present ill a t rigges of first cousins are/ slates 1)y civil law, and of lions wouhl be granted for use in'! Naha'e often nmnifests her ,narriagcs, and that is one Chuf'ch forl)ids thealL If this sonal va]ae for you, it will be drop the thought of such a Bainb of the ; Cathofic ( hington, he pa charities: Work," s: l.With such ,With sucl effectiven( of the  at the of the hi atholic, [should ] outset, * value o l ,earnest it con / Why is the Socality of the single women only when the a married woman and a mother? There is no essential, Sodality of the Blessed Virgin brace every member of a male, married and single. We of God's Blessed Mother and protection. But for the sake r:ecognition of the different #omposing a parish, it lms becolnO traditional to r(strict membership ed Virgin's Sodality to the sin paTish. The young men and are usually enrolled in the 1-Iol and the married women in the Christian Mothers or the Rosary It is entirely a,question of der. ,In some places there is the entire congregation-- the Blessed Virgin; this general Soc rious divisions embracing tle pious and charitable endeavor a well organized Catholic parish. custom aumng us is to have the Blessed irgin restricted to the Was Christ baptized by There ig absolutely no proof baptized by immersion. All the portraying Christ's Baptisln standing in the River' Jordan poured on His hed by St. John. ] ' The water, of th"e River .Jo! low i moreover, since it ple to go barefooted in .Pale Baptism by pouring, the riveI place. :4Jnderstald that the" not hold that a Baptism by Valid. The Church has always validity of Baptism by the l)<)uring of water confers andbecause it is the more baptizing people of an o Cllurch' adopted it as the wmfld you baptize one who immediately after being road, or in an automobile would you baptize one who on Ms deathbed in the Baptism be necessary for fro' all people to could le baptized if the cd