Cardinal Griffin's Health
AM very happy to be able to say.
on a most unimpeachable authority, that there is every hope that His Eminence the Cardinal will be at work again sometime after Easter. He may well leave the hospital towards the end of the month and will then naturally require a period of convalescence. But after that all should be welt. Every effort will of course be made for some time to prevent him from overworking—and this anti-Cardinalitial conspiracy, by the way, will be one in which many people can help. They need not bother him without genuine cause.
The Evidence of Ashes HOW she knows I cannot say, but
a correspondent writes to say that " out of the 3,000 Catholics in Cambridge, about five kept their ashes." This was to suggest the pros and cons of keeping or wiping off the evidence of your ashes. It is true, of course, that many people may wonder why you did not wash that morning, but others can be intelligent enough to be interested. Thus my secretary tells me that she was asked by a man in Fleet Street wh.• so many people had got black marks on their foreheads ? From every point of view, this is one up for Fleet Street. I can still remember how edified I was in Dublin one year when practically everyone in the street carried the marks of corrupt mortality on their high and low brows.
Comics in the Sacristy
THE introduction of Catholic A comics into the sacristy is the latest device to solve the problem of keeping altar-boys happy and
content, according to St. Peter's Post, the attractively presented Winchester magazine. Perhaps Fr. Basset will institute one of his competitions for new ideas to solve the problems of altar-boys and choir-boys.
Home from Home ONE of those responsible for the Challoner Club project tells me that it is mainly inteneed to meet the needs of the very many Catholics of London who have not had a proper home for months and years and are so often therefore not in aposition to relax, to get away from things, to meet other Catholics socially, and so on. This is a very important matter, and the provision of a Catholic home from home in the evening at a very small annual charge is bound to be welcome to many. Though I feel that the one need in the case of a more elaborate social club is a very central address —this is where the ill-fated Gatti's project would have scored—Pont Street is accessible enough for most people who would in any case have to travel some little way. The plan obviously deserves every support.
Yorkshire's St. Walburga's
IN reference to our recent picture of St. Walburga, I must point out that Yorkshire also has a St Walburga's—at Shipley, which thriving parish has recently opened a new secondary school in co-operation with neighbouring parishes at Cot tingley Manor, In this connection I have to confess that we nearly made a bad bloomer, having only retnembered Lancashire's St. Walburgai in Preston at the very last moment, which accounts for the fact that Preston was hastily printed " Perston."
Warning THE wife of a doctor begs me to re mind readers who may have been moved by Philomena's recent reference to camphorated oil that it is a dangerous poison — panicularly dangerous in that it will not respond to an emetic. Small children are capable on occasion of drinking anything, even camphorated oil, and therefore the bottle should be kept away from them. Talking of what one can eat, a party solemnly ate through chips fried in dog's cod-liver oil the other day because no one dared suggest that something was wrong. I was one of the party. Whale steak was positively tasty by comparison.
A Well-known Painter and the Catholic Art Show THE way rumours get about ! I
have had a number of complaints about the recent Catholic Art Exhibition, and among them was the story that a very well-keo wn Catholic painter had had his works refused. I could not believe that, though my informer had heard the story from an apparently good source. So I got in touch with the painter in question and was. of course. told that it was nonsense. He had not submitted any work, but had gone to see the show, and thought it had much improved under the presidency of Mr. GoodhartRendel. It is a pity. however, that he did not submit any work. as the prestige of these worthy attempts to show representative work by Catholics would be greatly helped by the co-operation of the best-known artists. He did, however. make the constructive suggestion that a separate room might well be assigned to architecture, in view of the high quality of Catholic work in this field at present.
Two Conversations . Overheard
In a Catholic household:
HOUSEHOLDER: "This is a HOUSEHOLDER
business about Cardinal Mindszenty, isn't it ?"
Catholic daily help: "Oh, I don't know ! He's only one in a thousand, like that priest who got married the other day."
Outside a Catholic church:
Parishioner: "I wish my refrigerator worked as well as that church."
Another: " Yes, and by the way, wouldn't the doctrine of hell be brought home to us better, if freezing and not burning were suggested as expressing the pain "
Wise and Otherwise
It was never intended by the Church that baptism should be a hole-in-the-corner business on a weekday or Sunday afternoon when there is no-one present except the family."--The Rev. L. M. Charles Edwards (Anglican).