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duty, which are by many learned fession, to make us withstand the men amongst themselves con- devil and to regain the friendship fessed not to be contained in of God.”—Prayer Book for the Scripture.
Young, p. 272. But, unfortunately, Christ nowhere tells us that Confession is necessary like Baptism and Holy Communion, and all that the Ritualist can do is to infer and contort, and “ twist a fact to suit his theory.” “Q. 13. Since the Scripture may
" Your faith must be entire, be misunderstood, have they no because it does not rest on your judge to determine the sense of it? own private opinion.” “You
A. They say it belongs to the must not choose your own religion, Church of Rome to judge of the but believe all the truth that God sense of Scripture, and no one teaches in His Church.”. The may presume to interpret the Plain Guide, published by Scripture contrary to the sense MASTERS & Co., p. 5. which Mother Church hath held and doth hold.
What the Church doth teach “ As to the first assault ; if the is the express Word of God, and enemy begin to tempt you with what is taught against the sense his false arguments, retire at and consent of the Church is the once from the understanding to express Word of the Devil.”
the Will, saying, “Get thee behind me, Satan, father of lies, for I will not even hear thee; enough for me to believe what the Holy Catholic Church believes.” And do not, as far as possible, give place to questions about the faith, however plausible they may seem, but regard them as prompted by the Devil in order to stir up anxiety. But if, however, you are not in time to turn your thoughts quite away, stand firm and unmoved, so as not to yield to any reason AUTHORITY
SCRIPTURE which the adversary may allege; for all will be garbled, or wrongly quoted, or misinterpreted, although it may appear to you to be good, clear, and conclusive.
And if the subtle serpent demands of you what the Catholic Church believes, do not answer him, but seeing his device, and that he only wants to catch you in your words, make an inward
act of more lively faith; or else to make him burst with indignation, reply, that the Holy Catholic Church believes the truth ; and if the Evil One should ask in return,
6. What is the truth?” you reply “Even that which she believes.”—The Spiritual Combat, pp. 206–7, advertised as the
English Catholics' Library. This blind guidance tallies with renunciation of the mental powers quoted in Part II. on pages 124 and 125. Yet another
AcT OF FAIтн. “I most firmly believe, O my God, whatever Thy Holy Catholic Church believes and teaches, because Thou, who art the unfailing Truth, hath revealed it to her.”. English Catholics' Vade Mecum,
ACT OF FAITH. “I believe, O my God, all the truths Thou hast made known to us by Thy Holy Church. I desire to live and die in this faith. O Holy Church of Christ, the more men hate thee the more will I love thee! * Lord, draw close the bonds that bind me to Thy Church ; give me a spirit of perfect obedience to its lawful pastors. In its bosom I was made Thy child, and in its bosom would I live and die. Amen.”—Prayer
Book for the Young, P. III. This sounds very much as if we are blindly to hug and kiss the chains of our mental slavery, and to obey the priest as the truthful minister of a truthful Church in disobeying our great High Priest's (Jesus Christ's) command to “Search the Scriptures,” † a command the early Church thought fit to comply with; but the modern Church is too knowing. It is a case of the “ Almighty She” (so ably exposed by the World of Cant), whose voice, so loud, so dictatorial, and anon so sweet and insinuating, drowns the real and identical words of our Saviour. At the same time
* The opposition shop.
St. John v. 39.
| Acts xvii. II.
that the Ritualist teaches this belief in the infallible Church, a consciousness seems to pervade him and to occasion the words, “Don't put the Church above the Saviour; if you do this you sin very much, and must pray for pardon.” Page 72 of The Plain Guide, which reeks from first to last with Churchosophy, if one may coin a word.
Q. 20. Whither do the souls of “It is true that the overflowing those go that die in a state of love of God bestows upon the grace, but are not sufficiently souls in purgatory a happiness purged from their sins, or have beyond expression great, but then not had a plenary indulgence for this happiness does not in the the remission of them ?
least diminish the pain, rather the A. Such go to purgatory, a place pain is constituted by this love of torment in the other world, finding itself unimpeded : the near to Hell, where they are to more perfect the love of which continue until they have made God makes the soul capable the full satisfaction for their sins, and greater the pain. In this manner are thoroughly purged and pre- the souls in purgatory at the same pared' for Heaven, whereinto no time experience the greatest unclean thing can enter.
happiness and the most excessive pain; and one does not prevent the other.” St. Catherine of Genoa, quoted on p. 15 of The Waiting Church, by WALTER PLIMPTON, published by G. J.
PALMER. Q. 22. Of what continuance is “I commend unto Thee also, the punishment of that state? O Blessed Saviour, the souls of
Å. It is but for an appointed the faithful departed. Comfort time; and the person is to con- them with the light of Thy countinue in it until he is purged from tenance; give them the pardon his sin and has suffered the punish- of all their sins : and accept for ment due to it.
them our prayers and the pure sacrifices which are offered in Thy Holy Church.” Prayer
Book for the Young, p. 56. Q. 23. Is there no way by May the Judge, before whom which the souls of those that are thou must appear, accept thee, in purgatory may be delivered
purge thee from all earthly stain, out of that prison, and their time purify thee with the purification of torment shortened ?
of the sanctuary, and draw thee A. They may be helped and into His bosom of endless rest, delivered by the suffrages of the forgiven for evermore. Amen. faithful that are alive, that is by * May the place of waiting be prayers, alms and masses, etc.
to thee refreshment, light, perfect cleansing, endless growth of divine beauty,” etc. - Prayer for the departed. Canon Carter's Treasury of Devotion, p. 314.
Perhaps the reader had better turn to St. John v. 24, where Christ certainly does not teach the existence of a place of even the mild purging and cleansing of the Ritualist where departed souls seem to need “comfort.” If at once in Paradise like the thief the purification is unneeded, but probably thieves, criminals and such like do get straight to heaven, but the superior saints, like God's holy priests, need an extra cleansing before they can enter into His presence. If so, this is as it should be, because Christ says, “I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Q. 29. Of what doth the ser- Prayer for the intercession of vice in the Church of Rome con- Saints. — Treasury of Devotion, sist?
p. 10, Canon CARTER. A. It consists of prayers and Prayer to Guardian Angel, see hymns offered to God, angels, p. 9. and saints; of lessons taken out Acts of Faith, p. 5. of the Scriptures and legends ; Devout Life and Spiritual and of the professions of faith in Combat abound with legends. the Creeds.
Q. 32. What are the objects FORM OF CONFESSION. of worship in the Church of “I confess to Almighty God, to Rome?
Blessed Mary, to all Saints, and A. Besides the Blessed Trinity, to Thee, my Ghostly Father," Angels, the Virgin Mary and etc., ending with “Wherefore I Saints. †
beg Blessed Mary, all Saints, and Thee, my Ghostly Father, to pray, to_the Lord our God for me.”—English Catholics" Vade Mecum, p. 35. On p. 42 of the same is a « Petition for the prayers of the Blessed Virgin and the Saints.”
“ Call upon the Lord asking also for the help of the Blessed Virgin and all the Saints, and then you will be certain to gain the victory."-Spiritual Combat, p. 52, advertised as English Catholics' Library.
" And at other times we may also ask for graces through the prayers of the Blessed Virgin and other Saints, who have great
* St. Matt. ix. 13.
Refer to Matt. iv. 10, as to whether either Romanist or Ritualist obey God's command.
power before God, in that He is pleased to honour them now, who honoured His Divine Majesty during their sojourn on earth." -Ibid., p. 148.
"By these memories mother's pains for her child),
you will bring to bear a sweet pressure upon the Divine Son, who is ever ready to hear your prayer.”
Lastly, contemplate the most Holy Virgin herself, remember. ing how Divine Providence from all eternity has chosen her to be the mother of the Author of grace and pity. So there is no one beneath her Blessed Son, so full of tenderness, no one whose prayers are so powerful.” “No one ever faithfully asked that her prayers might be granted to them and asked in vain.”—Ibid., pp. 156-7.
“Daily entreat the Eternal Father and His Beloved Son, and ask for the prayers of the Blessed Virgin, that St. Joseph, the spouse of the Blessed Virgin,
may also aid you.”—Ibid., There is a Ritualist church in this neighbourhood where a picture of the Madonna and Child is hung over a small altar with flowers, etc.; and this church was ministered to by a member of the Society of the Holy Cross.
Q. 33. What honour do they “ Thus :-On Sunday honour give to the Angels ?
the nine quires of the Angels.”A. 1. The Church of Rome Spiritual Combat, p. 160. teaches that Angels are to be “Let Michael be my guard ; worshipped, invoked and prayed let Gabriel enlighten me; let to, and they have litanies and Raphael console me. Amen.”prayers composed for this purpose. Vade Mecum, p. 126.
Litanies and prayers to God for the assistance of His Holy angels abound in all ritualistic books. As a converse to all this St. Paul shews us in Heb. i. 6, that “all the angels of God worship Him," that is Christ, and in Rev. xxii. 8, 9, St. John tells how he “fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not;