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way you can make up for the past, Often enough he thought of Mr. and besides, unless you do so, you Vale's opinion that Alice was "too will always be in the power of this good for him.” He thought of it Deane, who knows your secret.” at night when he saw her return
Charlie winced at that; there pale and weary from her teaching, had been one little selfish thought but always cheerful and bright to mixed up with his gratitude to welcome bim; he thought of it in Alice, and that was satisfaction the morning when they parted, he that he could go and pay the ac- to his business, she to the fatigucounts without his employer getting ing walk along the dusty streets to to know about the affair at all; he begin her task-and this was his was some time before he could doing, the consequence of his weakrecognize the necessity of disclos- ness, his self-indulgence. So three ing his secret ; however, he tried months dragged on-Alice Dormer to be brave, and to believe Alice's had just completed the term of assurance that God would bring teaching for which she was already all things right if he only trusted paid-that was a weight off her him.
mind. It was terrible work to go into She need not now continue her that little inner counting-house and work, for their small income preask to speak to Mr. Vale, and then vented it being actually necessary, choke and stammer to find that the but her little pupils had grown to words were not forthcoming; but love her so much that Mrs. Hudson Charlie had to go through it and would not let her go, but begged bear the anger and reproaches of her to try it for at least another which he deserved so justly. But quarter. So Alice went on for when Mr. Vale declared he should three more weeks of work, then dismiss him, that he was unfit to she began to flag, and to grow faint be trusted again, Charlie grew des- and weary when night came, and perate and pleaded so earnestly for to go to bed wondering what ailed another trial for his sister's sake her, whether she was growing fan-his sister who was beginning that ciful or whether she was going invery day to work for him—that his deed to be ill. And then one mornemployer pitied him and at last not ing, in spite of all her determinaonly forgave him but promised to tion, she could not rise, but tossed keep the matter secret, provided about feverishly, wishing-ah! how there was no repetition of any vainly—that her mother was there similar offence.
to speak to her in her gentle voice, “And I shall watch you, sir, you and lay her hand upon her burning may be certain, so take care of head; but before night that longing yourself, and if you listen to my and all others were gone, and Alice advice I would say be very kind to was unconscious of everything and your sister, for she's too good for every one round her, talking at inyou," and then Charlie was sent tervals of her childish days, and out of the counting-house feeling then lying half asleep to start up to more humbled and asbamed than utter some frightened explanation ever he had done in his life before. about “Charlie" and the money
But God loved him then in his and Mr. Vale. humiliation, better than in all his All the anxiety and dread she days of careless happiness, and the had gone through had overwrought fall and its consequent suffering her mind, and then the daily exerand shame did a work in Charlie tions of teaching which followed Dormer's character which nothing proved more than her strength else would have accomplished. could bear, and this was the result.
The doctor pronounced it nerv- wish bade fair to be realized, and ous fever which would cause Charlie was already talking of the lingering illness, and it was indeed time when he shall make a nice a weary time before poor Alice was little home for Alice, and he herself again, but at last she began dreamed bright visions of prosto recover and slowly regained her perity and wealth all to be shared health and strength.
with her, some of which may come The person in whose house they true and some of which will be lived nursed her as tenderly as a never realized. mother could have done, but it was But Alice's great happiness is to Charlie who spent nights in watch- see Charlie what his mother hoped ing by his sister's sick-bed, who and prayed he might be-faithful devoted every moment that was his in his duty to others, and although own to waiting upon her, and who the thought of his temptations and tried during her recovery to antici- fall can never be anything but sad, pate her slightest wish, and so she thanks God who has brought make some small amends for all she so much good out of all the evil. had suffered for his sake.
Her other early hope and desire And Alice's goodness and self- seems as far as ever from being sacrifice had made an impression realized, for Charlie needs her still, on her brother's mind which never and she has learned to see that faded. He went on steadily in busi- there lies her work of God, that in ness and regained Mr. Vale's con- her own home in quiet daily duties, fidence so entirely that at the end all unknown and unnoticed by any of the year he rose to a higher post; human eye, she is best fulfilling the he learned to resist the temptations divine will, and so she is contentwhich came in his way from the leaving herself, her future, and all company into which he was some that may give joy or sorrow, in the times thrown, and became so saving hands of him who has been so good, and industrious that his mother's so merciful in the past.
THE DIVINE INSTITUTION OF THE CHURCH
EXHIBITED BY THE FAITH AND PRACTICE OF CATHOLICITY IN
TO THE BIBLE.
The absolute necessity of divine whole of the good tidings, which faith is manifestly established by the apostles were ordered to preach the Apostle in his Epistle to the to every creature, adding,
He Hebrews (11:6) where he says, that will not believe shall be con“Without faith it is impossible to demned.” please God;" and it is inculcated
The necessity of divine faith beby many other portions of_the ing so urgent, and its extent so sacred volume (John 8:24; Eph. comprehensive, it is consequently 6:16; Mark 16:15). In the Gos- a matter of the most vital imporpel of St. Mark our Divine Master tance for those who hope for salva. not only declares faith to be essen- tion through Jesus Christ that they tial to salvation, but moreover ex- should be in possession of some tends its necessity not merely to certain rule which may determine,
or two articles, but to the among the almost innumerable contradictory principles circulated by who sincerely seek it? No, such men, as the genuine doctrines of things cannot be entertained for a revelation, what are truly the good moment even in slight suspicion. tidings preached by the apostles, It follows, therefore, from the to disbelieving which, condemna- foregoing considerations, as also tion is annexed by the mouth of from many positive testimonies of the Saviour of the world. For the sacred writings which are truth can be but one ; and of the familiar to all, that God has been multitude of contending religions pleased to appoint a guide whereby claiming to possess it, one only all those who sincerely seek the can be that religion which Christ truth may, amidst the conflicting came from heaven to reveal, which controversies which perplex manhe enjoined the apostles to teach, kind, be directed to it; and since and with which he promised that faith, to be divine and supernatural, the spirit of truth should abide for- must exclude all doubt, it follows, ever.
moreover, that the guide appointed That it is consonant with the by God must be secure from every divine wisdom and goodness to error; for if “the blind lead the furnish with the necessary helps blind both fall into the pit." those who are in earnest in their Those outside the Catholic desires of discovering the true doc- Church, one and all, maintain that trines of belief, no one can reason- the only guide from which we are ably doubt. Can we indeed be- to learn the doctrines of revelation lieve that Christ should have at- is the Holy Bible. Scripture, they tached so much importance to his perpetually exclaim, is the sole rule preaching and instructions as to of faith. It is laid down by them have devoted thereto three whole as a primary fundamental principle, years of fatigues and contradic- that the Scriptures contain every tions, that he should have enjoined doctrine of belief, to the express the ministry of the word on his dis- exclusion of tradition and a diciples as one of the most important vinely authorized exposition : " So of their duties, that, following the that (as some express it) whatever example and precepts of their Di- is not read therein, nor may be vine Master, his disciples should proved thereby, is not to be required have exhausted themselves by their of any man, that it should be belabors and travels in dispensing to lieved as article of faith." mankind the doctrines they had Against such principles we contend received from the Redeemer? Can as being erroneous, and our object we believe all this, as we are bound will be adequately accomplished if to do, and at the same time enter- we shall be able to show, tain such an unworthy idea of the 1st. That the doctrine concernlove and power of our Saviour, as ing the sole and exclusive suflicito imagine that knowing the ob- ency of the Scriptures is not subscurity of human judgments, the stantiated by proofs, either evident various situations in which men are or presumptive. placed, the endless varying inter- 2d. That it is contrary to the expretations which would be hereafter press language of Scripture itself. given to his words, he should have 3d. That it is in contradiction been so regardless, whether his with the general belief and pracdoctrines were believed in the same tice of even its abettors, and that sense taught by him, as not to have it leads to the most dreadful conappointed some certain means, sequences. through the help of which the truth In the first place, then, the prinmight easily become known to all ciple of the sufficiency of Scripture
having been opposed, not much many of the best biblical scholars, more than three centuries ago, to are of opinion that the latter is the the universal belief of Christendom, correct translation of the Greek ought to appear manifest by the original. But supposing, not admost unexceptionable proofs, and mitting, that Christ directed them those too from the written word of to search, are we thence to conclude God. So demonstrative ought to that he referred to the Scriptures be those proofs as to admit of no as the sole and exclusive rule of solution. For, as Protestants ac- faith? Not at all; to do so would knowledge no visible authority be downright blasphemy. For he whereby the true meaning of the was the way, the truth, and the life, Scripture may be determined, the and having called on all the flock very fact that the meaning of the to hear his voice as the good sheptexts, urged in support of the ex- herd, he could not have referred to clusive sufficiency of Scripture, can the Scriptures from himself. It is be shown to be inapplicable to the plain that he rebuked them, for point, cuts away from Protestants (like many modern Bible readers) the foundation on which their proof whilst they thought to have life stands. Now where are those mani- everlasting in the Scriptures, they fest passages of Scripture in their would not come to Christ that they favor? Not one can be produced! might have life; and although the Some texts of the Bible are brought Scriptures gave testimony of the forward for this purpose, but they Redeemer, so graceless, so blind, have been solved triumphantly were those self-sufficient, all-suffiover and over again by Catholics. cient, and insufficient Bible readers, I beg the sincere inquirer after that they put the holy one to death. truth to weigh, without partiality, In the seventeenth chapter of the the passages from the Scripture Acts of the Apostles we find the which Protestants usually allege Bereans praised because "they re. on this question, and he will, I am ceived the word with all eagerness, confident, be convinced that not one daily searching the Scriptures uheof them goes far enough to estab- ther the things were so." Here there lish the position which it is intend- is not a word in favor of the Protesed to prove; they merely recom- tant position. We are told that mend the study and practice of the these men received the word with lessons of faith and morality that all eagerness. Whence did they reare taught by the Church, but do ceive it? Was it from Scripture ? not make the Bible the only and No, but from Paul and Silas, who perfect rule of faith.
were preaching amongst them. As an evidence of what I affirm They afterwards searched the I will direct attention to a few Scriptures; and why? Because texts. In the fifth chapter of St. they were told to do so; because John it is related that Christ said they were referred to particular to the Jews, “ Search the Scrip- portions by their teachers, othertures, for you think in them to have wise they would not know what life everlasting, and the same are particular portion should be read. they that give testimony of me; and He would be a senseless man who you will not come to me that you would pretend to say that Paul, may have life.” It is, at least, after giving them the word, yes, doubtful whether Christ spoke im- the word of life, would afterwards peratively, ordering them to search, praise them for searching for moor whether he merely stated what tives of assent or dissent.
Anthey did, saying, “ You search." other passage which I will notice St. John Chrysostom, Beza, with has been boastingly produced, although it is an evidence against the divine founder of the Christian the very system which it was sup- religion did not intend that the posed to uphold. This passage is Scriptures should be the exclusive found in the Second Epistle to rule of faith. For had he so deTimothy, third chapter, fifteenth signed, had he thought that it was verse; “ From thy infancy thou impossible for tradition to preserve hast known the Holy Scriptures, in their purity his divine revelawhich can instruct thee to salvation tions, it is quite improbable that by the faith which is in Christ he would have omitted to charge Jesus." Timothy was brought up his disciples with the important from his in fancy in the fear and obligation of committing to writ love of God; accordingly he knew ing a full exposition of all the the Scriptures, not by his own in- truths which he communicated to dependent reading, not by his own them for the information of manexposition, but like the
the other kind. Now our opponents ought Hebrew youths who were taught to show that Christ did issue such in the synagogue, as St. Paul had a charge to his disciples. But neibeen, who says, in the twenty-sec- ther the language of Christ nor ond chapter of Acts, third verse, that of the inspired writers, nor " At the feet of Gamaliel he was the conduct observed by the lattaught according to the truth of the ter in publishing the New Testalaw of the fathers.” Did Timothy ment, nor any testimony of the form his creed through his own in- primitive Church, afford the least terpretation of what he had thus probability for such a conclusion. learned ? No, but by “the faith Nay, it appears that the very conwhich he had in Jesus Christ.” trary is the case. How did he obtain that faith? By As it was by preaching that the instruction of Paul, who had Christ communicated his divine told him in the preceding verse, doctrines, so by preaching did he “ Continue thou in those things commission his followers to maniwhich thou hast learned, and which fest them to the world. St. Paul, have been committed to thee, know- instead of referring to any coming of whom thou hast learned mands that he should write the them.” So, Bible or no Bible, revelations he had received, deTimothy was to continue in the clares in the following terms the things he had beard, and he was nature of the obligation to which to apply his scriptural knowledge he was held: “If I preach the according to the standard" of Gospel, it is no glory to me ; for woe faith in Christ Jesus.”
is unto me if I preach not the GosBut if evident proofs from the pel.” In like manner it is rather inspired writings in support of the to his preaching that in many exclusive sufficiency of Scripture places he makes reference, than to are wanting, presumptive proofs, his written epistles, or the written supposing, not admitting such to gospels of Matthew and Mark, exist, are of no service. For, which were then published. though ever so cogent, they can- Moreover, had the apostles renot alone suffice to show that the ceived an order from Jesus Christ doctrine they uphold is an object to commit to writing all the docof divine faith ; since divine faith trines which mankind were to becannot rest on probability or pre- lieve, would any of them have desumption, but only on the clear layed its fulfilment, as St. John testimony of God.
did, until upwards of sixty years On the other hand, we have the after the ascension of Christ ? strongest reason for believing that Would only five out of the twelve