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Palma's Particular Examen, 860

Peter's Journey, etc., 285

Potter's Rupert Aubrey, 859

Primaute, La, et l'Infaillibilité des Souveraines

Pontifes, etc., 576

Proceedings of the Convention of the Irish Ca-
tholic Benevolent Union, 287
Progressionists, The, and Angela, 281

Quinton's The Money God, 282

Reverse of the Medal, The, 288

Sainte-Germaine's Only a Pin, 574

Sermons for all the Sundays and Festivals of the
Year, 428

Sign of the Cross in the XIXth Century, 429
Snell's Isabelle de Verneuil, 430

Sour Eugénie, 142

Southwell's Meditations, 574
Stewart's Limerick Veteran, 719
Suema, 428

Sunday School Library, 430
Sweeney's Sermons, 428

Taylor's Lars, 430

Thebaud's The Irish Race, 432, 718
Thompson's Hawthorndean, 430
Threshold of the Catholic Church, 572
Truth and Error, 142

Two Thousand Miles on Horseback, 286

Valuy's Directorium Sacerdotale, 574
Visit to Louise Lateau, A, 574

Walworth and Burr, Doctrine of Hell, 571
Wild Times, 284
Wilfulness, 285

Winged Word, A, etc., 572
Wiseman's Essays, 431, 575

Wiseman's Lectures on the Church, 143





VOL. XVII., No. 97.-APRIL, 1873.


MODERN Civilization has no higher or more important question to deal with than that of ameliorating the condition of the poor, the unfortunate, the ignorant, and the vicious. Governments are and can be engaged in no more appalling work than that of legislating wisely in regard to these classes, and in seeing that not only are their inevitable wants provided for and the public interests protected, but also that their rights are secured in fact as well as in theory, and that the instruments employed in these exalted spheres of public administration are suited to their purpose, and are guarded against degenerating from means of amelioration into agencies of oppression, cruelty, and injustice.

There are two chief motives which lead to the care and provision for the unfortunate members of the social body-charity on the one side, and philanthropy on the other. Religion inspires every motive for this great and holy work, and of all the virtues which religion inspires, charity is the

highest, purest, and best. Charity is the love of God, and of man for God's sake. That God of charity has revealed to us that, of faith, hope, and charity, the greatest is charity; that he that giveth to the poor lendeth to the Lord; that he who performs works of charity to the least of the human race performs them ipso facto to the Lord, creator and ruler of the universe; and that the eternal doom of every human being at the last dread day will be decided by this great test. Christianity itself, like her divine founder, is charity. The church of God, like her Lord and Spouse, is charity. She is imbued with and reflects his divine essence, which is charity. Charity arises from no statute or arbitrary decree, which might or might not be made according to the option of the legislator; it is the essence and motive of all good. It exists in the very nature of things. And as the love of God by man is the first and necessary relation of the creature to the Creator, and as our fellow-creatures exist from God, and

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1873, by Rev. I. T. HECKER, in the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington, D. C.

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