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The young doctor had not com- by an agency superior to human pleted his sentence, when the moth- skill. er rushed into the street, and stop- The Devotions of the month of ping two poor girls, exclaimed: May were completed with renewed * My child is dying! Go to the fervor. At its close a small chapel con vent—to the shrine of our Lady was erected at the end of the church, of Loretto_begin a novena.” The the expenses of which were genermessengers of faith sped to the ously defrayed by the inhabitants church. Arrived there they lit two of the town. A costly altar was candles, and commenced the no- erected upon which the 66 chère vena. At the moment when they Dame” of the pilgrim knight was knelt before the statue, the young placed. A confraternity was estabphysician noticed a change in his lished under the name of our Lady patient, and a few hours later she of Loretto. We had seen the little slept calmly. On the following day girl kneel perfectly well before the at eleven o'clock A.M. she Altar of the Madonna, and were brought, clothed in blue, and laid personally acquainted with the phybefore the little black statue, where sician. Will our readers wonder her parents consecrated her for seven that we were among the first who years to the Mother of God. She enrolled themselves as members of was perfectly cured, one deep healed the confraternity of Our Lady of scar alone remaining to bear witness Loretto, or that we welcome the to the miracle. The physician de- month of May as the anniversary of clared the child had been restored the happiest periods of our life?
TAE PRIDE OF LEXINGTON. A Tale to shame any of the startling pictures
of the American Revolution. By which decorate the play bills on the Monseigneur William Seton, author of boards of our most sensational variety Romance of the Charter Oak, The theatres. The clinax of the tragedy is, Pioneers. New York: P. O'Shea. however, skilfully kept in the back1874.
ground of this tale, while the romantic We can cheerfully recommend any story of her affection and its ardent regood thing that fans the flame of the Cen- ciprocation is made the basis of a firsttennial excitement, and we know of noth- class love tale. The sentimental side of ing better calculated to do so than just the amorous passion being thoroughly such books as this. The plot enbodies depicted by the heroine and her ambithe sad and well-known story that has tious lovers, while the comical phase is made the blood of many an American developed in the courtship of the Colonial school-girl curdle, and fired the indigna- Hudibras, " Billy Smith ” with widow tion of many a history-poring urchin, McNeal. There are also some spirited viz, the murder of Miss Jane McCrea. descriptions of the early battles of the
Well do we remember the melancholy Revolution and other historic events of interest we ourselves were wont to take the times. The reverend and distinin our juvenile days in the picture of guished author is well known as a relathat tragic event as printed in Gold- tive of Archbishop Bayley, and the smith's history, and which represented author of the serial novels mentioned in the luckless lady being dispatched by two our heading. They are all purely hissavages, who were dragging her through torical, and we think it a pity that a the woods and brandishing two toma- writer who possesses Monseigneur Seton's hawks over her in a style that would put taste for the patriotic, together with his
well-known devotion to the church, and THE NEW MANUAL OF THE SACRED
Piet & Co. 1874.
itself. Month after month its works
crowd our table, an almost exbaustless
treasure of beautiful sentiments and de1873.
votions, as though the hearts of the faithOur delay in noticing this little book
ful were endeavoring to reciprocate in has not been due to any demerits on its
as much as possible the boundless tenderpart. It is a very gracefully written
ness of the Heart of Jesus. story of convent life, tending to show
These latest additions are certainly most the happy influence of a conventual edu; valuable. Blessed Margaret Mary was cation in restraining the passions and the propagator of the devotion to the moulding the crude characters of young Sacred Heart, she having been specially girls, so that they may show forth in selected by our Lord as the recipient of after-life amid the worldly follies of the its most special graces. Admitted to the social circle the graces of Christian
most intimate union therewith and comwomanhood. It is printed on rich tinted manded at the same time to reveal its paper, and attractively bound in blue
tender mercies to men, and cause as far and gold.
as possible the spread of a devotion SNATCHES Song. By Mary A. thereto, which by the divine blessing has
McMullen (Una). St. Louis : Patrick now become as limitless only as Catholic-
ity itself, surely then the desire to know Some books should be ignored by the something of the origin and growth of critic because of their utter worthless- this devotion, as well as the personal hisness, and some should merit the same tory of the amiable and favored daughfate because they are above criticism. ter of St. Francis de Sales, on whom Miss McMullen's book belongs to the
such rich honors were la vished from the latter class. Readers who have for years
source of the divine bounty, should inpast been delighted with “ Una's 'i de- sure its special perusal. lightful poems as they appeared from time to time in our Western Catholic To meet the special want of confraterjournals, would almost laugh at our at
nities and devotees of the Sacred Heart, tempting to say anything in the way of is the province of the second work, and blamo, or at our hope of adding anything most admirably does it fulfil its mission, to their so-deserving popularity. They presenting a variety of beautiful devoare rich in imagery, noblein diction, and tions which cannot fail to quicken the perfect in metaphor. We have carefully piety of the faithful. We have especiperused the entire volume to find one ally noted the number of beautiful litpoem, which if presented to our readers anies and devotional methods of hearing would give them in a special manner an
mass in honor of the Sacred Heart. We idea of the authoress's powers, but we recommend, however, that in future confess that the rare equality of merit editions the binding be of a less gaudy has baffled our purpose, though perhaps, style and more suitable for use in public. the story of “ Eva'' concentrates within
We venture to assert that if any person itself most perceptibly the versatility of were to carry one of these books to High the writer's talents, and our Irish friends Muss the glaring red and gold binding will be specially pleased with the many
would make the bearer a centre of attracstirring poems which refer so gloriously tion and a source of distraction to the and so tenderly to their native land, surrounding congregation, for which while the few brief verses, " What would very grievous sin Messrs. Kelly & Piet my mother say ?" though probably the would have to answer in the valley of least poetical in diction, are tho most Jehosaphat. There is but one day in the touchingly eloquent in sentiment. year on which the book could be appreTHE LIFE OF BLESSED MARGARET
priately displayed, and that is the Feast
of Pentecost. Apart from this external Mary ALACOQUE ; with some account defect, we not only cheerfully but earof the Devotion to the Sacred Heart. nestly recommend so admirable a collecBy the Rev. George Tickell, S. J. tion of prayers. New York and Montreal: D. & J. Sadlier & Co. 1874.
In the multiplicity of studies that live in the world, and depart from claim attention, there is one which it with a haunting sense of baving is strangely neglected in modern failed of their destiny, and made culture and education. We refer shipwreck of life. They shuffle out to the study and analysis of human of existence with a helpless and character and motive. It ranks pitiable retrospect upon a lifethird in the paramount subjects drama, formless, confused, and inthat demand from all some thought- consistent. ful and earnest examination. The It is a blessed thought that God knowledge of God, of ourselves, and has come to our rescue in our efof our fellow-men, constitutes a forts to master some knowledge of noble philosophy, the patient search- himself. Whilst there is such a ing into which at once affords the thing as natural religion, experihighest moral, intellectual, and ence and history have demonstrated social discipline, and the most abid- its inadequacy. The Creator has ing and satisfactory results.
marked out for us a road in which Strange as it seems, however, the the wayfaring man, though a fotky majority of men go to their graves cannot go astray. But though this with the vaguest notions, and some- glorious truth cheers the child of times in complete ignorance of the the Church, to him the unerring inrelations in which they stood to their terpreter and guardian of divine Creator and their fellow-men. From truth, it brings not its comfort to carelessness, or the irksomeness of those outside the household of the self-study, or positive unwillingness faith. Hence the apathy into which to learn the position and responsi- most non-Catholics settle down bebilities which as men they were cause of the troublesomeness of rebound to know and to assume, they ligious study and controversy, and
the limited and vague knowledge of this course, holding ourselves in - God, which unaided reason can ac- readiness to abandon an interprequire. The mass of mankind have tation if some German Bible-stuno taste for religious speculation, dent, after twenty years' search, and in order to shirk the trouble of should find a punctuation point in investigation they will accept any some of the manuscripts which comtheory which does not exact deep pletely changed the received readthought; any sentimentalism which ing! We would not have even the will satisfy the heart without task- satisfaction of following in the wake ing the head; or any preacher who of learned doctors, for they discan manage to soothe and put to agree more than any other class. sleep the spirit that clamors for Our study would begin at nowhere, argument and proof.
and, after an exhausting pursuit, If we had not the Church no would end where it began. doubt we should be just as reluc- Wherefore we do not wonder at, tant to undertake the task of Moore's and scarcely find it in our heart to Irishman, who set out in search of a blame, our sectarian friends for religion. Speculation in matters of meekly and wearily folding their religion is to the average mind re- hands, and allowing their favorite pulsive, and to all minds barren un- minister to do all the work of the less it leads into the Church. The Pope and Ecumenical Councils, in way of authority is the only way in expounding faith and inculcating which man, in religious matters, morals. It is refreshing to hear can be led safely, satisfactorily, and Brother Jones, who has had the wit(what is of great moment to such ness of the Spirit, discourse in the à naturally lazy creature), with most assured manner on themes of great comfort and convenience to tremendous import and consequenhimself. So far from the authorita- ces. It is pleasant to believe that tive way being a slavery or despot- the brother, to borrow a usual ism, it is our redemption from com- phrase of his, knows all about the plete thrall to the few who would "great Gospel plan of salvation." relieve us of the trouble of thinking Perhaps some of his hearers would for ourselves.
like to share in the enthusiastic Suppose God had established no glow of his devotional fervor, and teaching authority to which in doubt the plenitude of his religous knowlor ignorance we could go, but had edge, and wonder how he got both, imposed on us the terrible task of but the congregation accepts the finding out his truth, say even by brother without question. our private judgment and interpre. much easier to feel than to reason; tation of the Scriptures. Who of to believe than to examine the us would or could devote his life to grounds of belief! And so we have hunting up Hebrew verbs and Greek millions of men throughout Chrisparticles, the knowledge of which tendom that believe in, with and bewould prove necessary to the com- cause of Jones and his brethren in plete understanding of the Scriptu- the ministry. ral text? What absorbing amuse- Whatever justification listlessment would we find in poring over ness in religious study may claim, Biblical lore of every description; there is, however, no reason for in burrowing among the ruins of carelessness in the examination of Jerusalem in search of Scriptural the social, political, and merely antiquities; in interviewing Jewish human tendencies of the age in Rabbis on Hebrew customs; in which we live. To study mankind reading the ponderous tomes of all is a duty which we owe both to the commentators; and even after them and to ourselves. This study
It is so
should not be prosecuted in the Yet one would think that nothspirit of obtrusive curiosity, much ing is easier than the portrayal of less with selfish or malicious intent, human character. Mankind spreads but for our own guidance in dealing before us as a vast book, which we with men, and the good which our never tire of reading. Every revelknowledge of their bent and disposi- ation of a phase of character intertion will enable us to do for them. ests us. This revelation is the atOur essay is designed to point out, traction of history, biography, and particularly to that class of our romance. It lends a peculiar charm readers whose youth and inexperi- to the tea-parties of Mrs. Grundy. ence expose them to the danger of It forms the soul of conversation. fanciful notions about life and men, If we talk to a friend on the subcertain helps and hints in the study limest themes and most momenof the average human character tous events, in the discussion of encountered in our day and land. which the element of human char
Viewed simply in a seifish light, acter only incidentally enters, he this study is pre-eminently advan- hears us listlessly, compared with tageous. The man that can read the eager attention with which he his fellow-men is always their mas- will learn that Brown, the cashier ter. It was the boast of the first of such a bank, has absconded with Napoleon that he was never de- a half million. ceived in his estimate of a man's Personal observation holds the character, and hence the incom- chief place in our study. An illitparable and invincible array of mili- erate man, who uses his eyes and tary and diplomatic talent that sup- ears, can pass a shrewder judgment ported and guarded his throne. We than the learned philosopher, whose find that the successful politician, spectacled eyes see only books. lawyer, editor, and business man Each in his own sphere is forced to is always one who controls his fel- develop powers of special obserlow-men by his superior knowledge vation. A police detective instincof character in its general and in- tively notes. One clergyman can aldividual inanifestations.
most invariably recognize another, It is a flattering delusion which even independently of his peculiar all of us cherish, that we possess dress. It is remarkable that a the key which unlocks the secrets Catholic can generally distinguish of hearts. We plume ourselves one of his church from a sectarian. upon our penetration; and it fre- We fail to benefit by this intuitive quently takes several severe shocks perception, because we never reto rouse us from our complacent flect opon its law or cause, or seek infallibility. The truth is, the study any explanation of the immediate of human character is a science, judgment we form. There is likewith fixed laws requiring close wise a subtle instinct which moves studies, and with experimental pro- us to trust in some and distrust cesses which each student must others. Whilst the law of symcarefully watch. How frequently pathy and antipathy should alwe are surprised at the discovery ways be subjected to and ruled by of baseness and treachery in a reason, it is remarkable how wontrusted friend; how frequently derfully and even providentially amazed at the discovery of depths correct are judgments so formed. of affection and regard, in a seem- A man that fights down the instincingly indifferent acquaintance. Our tive antipathy which he forms to first lesson should be, that human another, does so at his own peril, nature is full of surprises; surprises, unless the reason of the dislike be however, which follow certain laws. trivial, sinful, or unfounded.