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21st May 1937
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Page 15, 21st May 1937 — A NATION'S BEST ASSET Mgr. Hins1ey's Words To The Empire's Catholic Youth
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A NATION'S BEST ASSET Mgr. Hins1ey's Words To The Empire's Catholic Youth

Youth has had its own special share, in the 'Metropolis, in the events hinging upon the Coronation. In the Royal Albert Hall, on Tuesday evening, a vast Rally of Empire Youth filled the Royal Albert Hall. The following day witnessed a great gathering of Catholic youth, including large numbers from overseas, in Westminster Cathedral, where the Archbishop cif Westminster gave Benediction and delivered to the Empire's boys and girls the address summarised below.

His Grace based his address on the text (Gen. xliv, 12): " He began at the eldest and left off at the youngest." Mgr. Hinsley said that he presumed that his hearers, as good Catholics, read and studied the Holy Scriptures. During those Coronation days he had welcomed many Catholics from different parts of the Empire, but not until then had he spoken to a great gathering of boys and girls.

A Writer's Omission A non-Catholic writer, the Archbishop remarked, had lately said: "There is no one single thing in the world today of such surpassing value as a boy or girl educated up to the age of twenty-one, because into that boy or girl has been poured all the wealth of the science and culture of past generations, and in that boy and girl rest the hopes of the generations to come." That was true enough; but the writer did not give the strongest reason why they looked upon boys and girls of fifteen to twenty-one as the best asset of any nation. The youth of a nation was supremely valuable because into each one of them had been infused an immortal soul, marked out for an Eternal destiny.

As Catholics: As Youth

Mgr. Hinsley then welcomed and counselled his youthful congregation in considerations addressed to two separate aspects in which he saw the boys and girls before him.

He saw them, in the first place, as Catholics, and he touched, in this, on the one-ness of the Church and her teaching throughout the world. He saw them. next, as young, in a blessed youth which gave them the future, and he bade them cultivate strength.

To the boys His Grace urged that they

should be strong in body and in soul. A young man today," he said. " is tempted to listen to talk of liberty—I believe in selfreliance, founded on strength of character. I believe in the freedom wherewith Christ has made us free. I believe in liberty safeguarded by the observance of God's law: there is no liberty without law."

For the girls there were words of direction in piety, in seriousness, in the domestic virtues. The late King George the Fifth, Mgr. Hinsley reminded them, had said that " the nation is built on the happy, wholesome homes of its people." It was the sensible Catholic girl who made the good Catholic mother; and the mother created the home.

Vocations Turning to a deeper note, the Archbishop spoke of the likelihood that in the great congregation before him were boys, surely, who were destined to be priests, girls who would devote themselves to;God in corn

plete self-sacrifice. Should that special call come, he prayed that they might be true to it.

The virtue of service, spiritual and temporal, formed the concluding consideration of the address. One service His Grace asked the boys and girls to do for the King now crowned: regularly to pray for hint.

Finally, the visiting youth from overseas were dismissed with this farewell injunction:

" Now you go back. You will think often of the King who has just been crowned and of the great scenes of the Coronation in this vast city, the Metropolis of the Empire. There is a thought I want you to carry away with you, a thought well expressed by the poet, Rudyard Kip ling. He wrote a poem called ' Recessional.' Some say it was a sort of turning point in his career—a new outlook on life. He had seen the Empire in its vastness and

in its grandeur. Might not its worldly splendour make men forget the only King Who is above all kings, from Whom all kings and powers have their authority, the

King of kings, Almighty God? This is what he wrote: 'Still stands thine ancient sacrifice—a contrite and a humble heart.'

" Take back with you a lowly spirit, a self-sacrificing spirit, a will ready to serve and to obey. Then you will be strong in the world. Not theories, but men and women; not cleverness, but character: not plans on paper, but personalities."




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