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narrative, I pressed her hand, and She smiled, and taking a little said: “You do not know all the picture out of her prayer-book, she good you have done me. What I wrote on the back of it the words, have heard from you this day will “Omnia ad majorem Dei gloriam ;" influence my future course more and gave it me as a keepsake. than you can perhaps imagine."
HANDMAID AND QUEEN.
Behold, thou shalt conceive and bear a Son-
And celebrate above one never-ending May.
SANCTITY A CHARACTERISTIC OF THE DIVINE
INSTITUTION OF THE CHURCH.
The glorious character of sanc- sians, 5th chapter, “ Christ so loved tity as a peculiar distinction of the the Church and delivered himself true Church was announced by the up for it that he might sanctify it, ancient Prophets, bestowed by cleansing it by the larer of water in Jesus Christ, and comniemorated the word of life, that he might preby the Apostles. By the mouth of sent it to himself a glorious Church, Ezechiel (37th chapter), the Lord not having spot or wrinkle or any thus speaks: “I will set my sanc- such thing, but that it should be holy tuary in the midst of them for ever- and without blemish.”' more, and the heathen sanctuary When we state our proposition, shall know that I the Lord do sanc- that the Catholic Church solely and tify Israel, when my sanctuary shall exclusively possesses the mark of be in the midst of them forever.” sanctity, the mind seems to hesitate In the same way that Christ prayed whether it shall yield to the convicfor unity, he also prayed for the tion of a self-evident demonstration sanctity of his flock: "I pray not or glance at the bright array of (17 John) that thou shouldst take testimony which makes this very them out of the world. Sanctify proposition as positive a truth as them in truth. Thy word is truth. ever yet enlightened the mind of As thou hast sent me unto the world, man. Her foundation has been I also have sent them into the world. laid by no other than Jesus Christ; And for them do I sanctify myself, her first teachers have been no that they also may be sanctified in others than bis A postles; the suctruth. And not only for them do I cessive pastors who have continued pray, but for them also who through the work of the ministry, have their word shall believe in me." sprung from no other source than We also find this essential mark of the one originally and forever sanctity set forth by the Apostles. opened out by the Saviour, to carry St. Peter, in his lst Epistle, lst the tide of doctrine and moral legchapter, declares that Christ has islation, in full copiousness and regenerated his followers, “ Unto purity, unto the end of time, withan inheritance incorruptible and out an addition from any tributary undefiled, and that cannot fade, re- stream. This affirmation is so perserved in heaven for you, who by fectly true, and so elevated above the power of God are kept by faith the need of argument, that even unto salvation, ready to be revealed the concessions of those who wish in the last time.” In the second to be esteemed our opponents, must chapter he says: “But you are a satisfy every unbiassed mind. For, chosen generation, a kingly priest- let us harass patience, by winding hood, a holy nation, a purchased through every tortuous labyrinth, people, that you may declare his or passing over the extensive scenes virtues, who hath called you out of through which ingenuity and madarkness into his marvellous light.” levolence have ever led the spirits St. Paul gives similar evidence: opposed to the Catholic Churchwriting to the Romans in the first stand with them in any age, dischapter, he addresses, “ To all that cuss any point of doctrine-the are at Rome, the beloved of God, call. whole of what they can say amounts ed the Saints." Writing to the Ephe- to a declaration that she at some period became corrupted. In the God. Ever holy has been that immeantime they must admit her to portant record of the will of heaven, be the parent of Christianity, and equally holy has been the instituit is to the avulsion from her bosom tion which kept intact the holy dethat they trace their origin. Thus posit; and they who now would they freely cast disgrace and in- build their religion solely on that famy around their birth; they have volume, must be well persuaded of no Paraclete illumining the skies its sanctity; but this they never with fiery tongues, but fing over would have known if the Catholic and around their cradle the murky Church had not made it safe and clouds of error and superstition. conspicuous as the means of her The throes of the parturient mother instruction, the history of her oriare represented in eight hundred gin, and thence we conclude that years of agonizing error ; the birth sanctity is thus the mark of her of the pseudo-reformation was an doctrine, associated as it has been effort to slay the parent; their first with the very existence and preserbreathing was her revilement, and vation of divine revelation. Christ their only inheritance is a scripture never said that he would preserve which must be unsafe and insecure the sacred Scripture, but he most to them, whereas they took it as positively declared that he would they say from polluted bands. But preserve the teachers of bis doclet us leave heretics to remove that trines in all truth; for them alone tremendous difficulty of their own he prayed that they might as a creation, whilst we glory in the fact ministry be holy like himself. To that the Church had her birth, her these alone and not to the Scripture foundation, her first administration the faithful are referred for instrucin sanctity. How long or short tion under pain of reprobation. that endured we need not discuss, But where are those preachers to she was established by Christ, be found? Most certainly in the therefore she has the mark of sanc- Church, where the very Scripture tity.
has been safely and originally Here we might rest satisfied with found; in the Church, where alone the brilliant glory of original sanc- we can touch a link of testimony tity so clearly impressed upon the passing up from age to age, until Church, and which fills the whole we stand before Jesus Christ saycircuit of time with its effulgent ing, “ Teach whatsoever things I light, leaving to all adversaries no have commanded.”
, existence but the dark penumbra But some will
say, . We also engendered by the heavy exhala- have the Scripture.” Yes, you have tions of their dreary spirits. But it as a stolen document, but not as perfect like the Lord, this sanctity a sacred deposit; you have it with is conspicuous under every aspect; an assumed right of private judg. therefore we turn to behold its emi- ment, but not with the positive nence in the doctrines of our command of teaching it; you have Church. With her alone the sa- it, and so has the Mohammedan who cred deposit of truth has been found iningles a portion in his Koran ; during so many ages, in the course you have it, and so has the Brahof which, everything in the world min, who mingles a portion in his has been changed, and whilst Ce. Vedas and Puranhas; you have it, renthian, Arian, Nestorian, Manic and so has the Jew, who makes it chean, and various other pretending the substance of his Talmud. But systems have been borne away by the Catholic Church holds it as she the lapse of time, her hand alone ever possessed it, the original prohas held safe the written word of duction of her teachers, a testimony
for her commission, a record of the hearts and minds, and to preserve early labors of her ministry. There- the internal tranquillity of states; fore by her original and integral because it is founded on obedience right of possession in this sacred to legitimate authority, and not on fountain of truth we establish the independence of all authority; on sanctity of her doctrine. There is respect and not on contempt for sanctity in the law as it is written, fathers and mothers; on the denial there is equal sanctity in the law and not on the idolizing of self; on preached, and the same must be the reciprocal sacrifice of one for found in the organ of its expression. another, which is the bond of an
Take the whole range of doctrine immense community, united by the in which she exercises the gift and same faith and the same law, and right of teaching, and in all she is not on a principle of hatred and most holy, and so perfectly uni- isolation, and dispersion; in fine, form, that not one single article because in its dogmas, in its mo. presents a blemish. Indeed, this rality, and in its worship, it teaches, is so true, that our fiercest enemies nourishes, and vivifies without are obliged to draw upon their ceasing, respect for the maxims power of imagination, to invent and traditions of fathers and supeappropriate objects for their spleen. riors; veneration for all that is Take her canons and her cate- ancient, universal, perpetual, and chisms, and there you find every repugnance against all separations moral precept of the law of nature, and all fundamental innovations.” every strict command and counsel (Restoration of Political Science.) of Jesus Christ. Take her ap
Let us pass to the mysterious proved books of instruction, from doctrines of faith, and upon these the days of her Cyrils, Chrysos- taken singly or collectively we betoms and Augustines, down to her hold the clearest mark of sanctity. Kempises, Bourdaloues and Masil- Ample proof may be drawn from lons, and throughout you find the the fact, that every insult which same indignant censure against ignorance, bigotry, and illiberality vice, the same exciting motives could invent is poured out against proposed to raise glorious concep- these doctrines, by men who find tions of every virtue. The doc- no principle for their arguments trines of heretics claim for patron- but error, no proof but misrepreage the wealth, talent and respecta- sentation, and no confirmation but bility that fumes away its silly hour wild invective. Such opposition on this scene of vanity, but the being made--scripture and sound Catholic Church is eloquent in reasoning being abandoned—a repraise of the widows' mite, her markable testimony is afforded to gospel is preached to the poor, she the strength and sanctity of our makes enemies by resisting the faith, and a concession of the weakproud, and urging humility upon ness of parties requiring such meathe arrogant oppressor. All that sures for their maintenance and is calculated to make the perfect defence. Our doctrines alone are saint and useful citizen, the careful reconcilable with the written word parent, and the faithful friend, is of God and human reason. They the holy effort and perpetual object have ever been the subject of faith of her zeal.
in an individed church, and thus I may produce the testimony of a reason is safe in yielding submislearned Protestant: “Of all reli- sion to the highest authority, viz., gions (says De Haller), the Catho- the wise and saintly of every age lic is without question the most and nation; also they adequately proper to maintain a union of explain the sacred Scripture by the voice of a teaching ministry, whilst affixed by the fact of a right of out of the pale of the Catholic teaching, which is traced up by her Church, the doctrines presumed to alone, through the voice of her pasbe founded on the Scripture, are tors, till the moment when Christ derived from the private judgment said, “ Teach whatsoever I have of individuals, totally unauthor- commanded you,” but she alone ized; and persons believe not what has her doctrine marked in the soever Christ commanded, but manner ordained by the Saviour. whatsoever their own reason sug. In the sixteenth chapter of St. gests, and ultimately their whole Mark, we read the commission of doctrine is a mere human conjec- teaching given to one party, and ture, not founded at all on the Bible. the obligation of believing to anThose who are separated from us other, and then the mark was set must say (according to their prin- forth in the following words, " And ciples), that without the Scripture these signs shall follow them that they would not bave any Christian believe. In my name they shall cast knowledge; but in the case of the out devils, they shall speak with new Catholic, whether there be a scrip- tongues. They shall take up serture or not, he has the faith of pents; and if they shall drink any Christ in the voice of the Church, deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; and having this as the peculiarity they shall lay their hands upon the of our church, we have exclusively sick, and they shall recover.” And a holy doctrine. For we must re- the Evangelist says that “the member that, no other provision preachers went forth, the Lord for the diffusion of his truths has working withal, and confirming the been made by the Saviour except word with signs that followed." a teaching ministry independent of Now the Catholic Church having Scripture; this teaching is now and indisputably the commencement of has always been present only in her existence with a doctrine that the Catholic Church; therefore she thus appeared marked, she holds alone diffuses sanctified truth com- exclusively that distinction of sancing directly from Jesus Christ. The tity; it belongs to her alone, for, Saviour did not order a Bible to be no other community that written, or distributed, or read in broke away from her pale has prohis cburch; but he certainly or- duced any of these signs. ;
She dered the people to be taught by a holds by right of inheritance the certain class of persons appointed value of these primitive signs until for the work of the ministry, at- some new system shall divide the tended by his own abiding Spirit, honor by producing a similar testiwhich gives its influence to faith mony. For which I guess we shall and morals in a way that never wait long enough. could be communicated to any But, the mark of sanctity is the written, liseless document. There- sole property of the Catholic fore the Catholic Church being the Church, not only as regards the only organ of the faith in its origi- signs attending her first teaching nal form as it was communicated in the apostolic age, but even in by Christ and expressed by the the subsequent ages, when her opApostles, and she alone being able ponents would have us suppose she to trace out this gift unto the very became corrupted. That a miracfirst moment of her institution, she ulous power is not so frequently has the mark of sanctity in her exerted now as in the days of the doctrine. Moreover, examining her Apostles is universally acknowldoctrine taken collectively slie not edged, nor is it required for the only holds the mark of sanctity benefit of the faithful, or the con