Page 4, 18th February 1955

18th February 1955
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Page 4, 18th February 1955 — IN A FEW WORDS By Jotter

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The Country of the Popes

negative remedy). has always been disliked on principle, by the British at least, and, in so far as it has been applied, has had little effect. Legislation against objectionable publications exists. but even when applied it can never be a positive weapon. The same holds for the countless articles and letters. indignantly complaining and ardently exhorting. published in papers and periodicals throughout the world, of which 1 have a collection before me from The Spectator, The Standard, The Sunday Express. Catholic Herald. and so on. Complaints have even appeared in the Russian Press—(Krokodil, Treed, KP)."

I wonder if he includes the excellent article in Green and Gold!

Easter Duties


HAVE a letter from a priest correspondent who begs me to make it clear that nowadays in all England, Wales. Scotland and Ireland the time for fulfilling the Easter Duties is from Ash Wednesday to Trinity Sunday. The time used to vary in different places and dioceses. Now it is everywhere the same in these Islands. Another point he makes is that the time dots not end with Trinity Sunday for y Church law the delinquent is still bound to fulfil the duty 'as good as possible'; he is guilty of being late with them and not having fulfilled them punctually, unless of course his P.P (or confessor) has extended the time for him individually. Service people are allowed the whole year." While 1 am about it, I might add that an annual confession for those who have fallen into mortal sin is obligatory, and it is recommended for all. It need not be made within the above prescribed times.

Put it in your car I CANNOT imagine a more de lightful birthday present for any Catholic traveller — especially a motorist—who is interested in tracking down Catholic England than giving him the "Map of Monastic Britain—South Sheet" (Ordnance Survey, 9s.). The popularity of articles we have been publishing on the general line of "Know Your Catholic England" proves how interested many are becoming in associating rambles, tours and holidays with visiting or looking for spots of historic Catholic interest. and I have heard Dom David Knowles' hook on Monastic England sold particularly well because of all the information it gave about monasteries, priories and so on which once covered the country. This coloured map of the whole of England and Wales, printed stoutly on cloth, is easy to follow and it synchronises with modern roads. There is a brief intr isuction and an index. It ought to share a place in every Catholic's car with St. Christopher.

Leader Hollis?

I AM sure many readers would have been interested to hear Chnstoper Hollis's lecture to the University of Leeds on "Can Parliament Survive?" which is printed in the current issue of Encounter— one of the few reviews where an article of substance can nowadays find a space. I know few writers who can make a difficult subject easier or more pleasant to read. and that without vulgarising it. A study of this article should rid its readers of a good many preconceptions about Parliament, Parliamentary Government and Democracy— three different things. Mr. Hollis has many practical points of reform to make—not least, it seems to me, the very simple of one of having far more free debates in the Cqmmons when Governments should not stand or fall by results. But I wish that instead of confining himself to lecturing, he would lead a popular movement to put into practice what he so excellently preaches.

Beauty THE following contribution has been sent by a reader. It may give some of us a motif for Lent. " It had rained heavily during the night, but the morning broke brilliantly fine blue skies and sunshine. In the afternaan I sat enjoying the sun.

"Seated on a bench with rough grass all around which had not been cut for some time, 1 saw suddenly a beautiful diamond hanging on a blade of grass! I realised how true is the saying: • A diamond of the first water.'

" I moved my head ever so little. I saw an exquisite pale green stone, pellucid, sparkling. It was shaped like a rectangle with a sharp edge cut off each corner. Another move, I beheld an oval ring of vivid flame such as one catches from an opal. it was much larger than the other 'stones' . . Again, I saw an ice blue square, I repeated this experience many time. ' When it was time to go, I left all that beauty hidden beneath a drop of water and a blade of grass! " Is it not the same in the spiritual sphere? There are beauties hidden in our souls which need only the rays of God's grace and our co-operation to bring to light. Kneeling before the Tabernacle the light will be given us."

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