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SOME BOOKS OF THE WEEK

Two Heroic Lives

et. eeceit • eh-eh-nee. le. :he lien II. 1,. Hieiettes. r3■1. (mele. es. tele Aimee/ He IVli ry Fr. Icilio ittneltend by Teresa Novi. ouseley, k 6d..

Reviewed liy el.eliti.ellET \oleENZIIS 1 el it is a triesei iliat evely netem he,

A. it, s 11 diSlin4lliSlIi11:4 1114 ir LJ 1 lilt' 11131 salals IlaP-4 pri■vcd I I aivc_ ilt:ijii'il ii heroic degree

leen we must ael-oril tu IliIv Ow mark of a special Iniel of heroism. .11i exageeratien, so le speek, or hereisiti. Certainly it \toe the mare or IlleSe tWO

.101-11.11 (.01.14)1ellk.l1.1. already eartunized. and l'adre Lino who. in cur own time, reincarnated the sublinie folly or hie either, Si. 1-*111,11.-1,

St. ..110511.1. 1011.rilt.11 40 Was hOrll ill uurthern Indy in Lee, :mil les Hughes

is at pains le sheetles iigainsi the background cif the troubled times in W'111.1. h. he lived, it preettreer and frieint of Iton Bosco, lit e persoitilley and the work tvhich he ;eel-leered were no less rennithalele than that of nice yetunger • As a. preleenlit Try el II i r hurelt or Connie Oiristi in Turin, he Was klIONVII OS tile -111100t1 (:;iltrin," end It wils there that a elianee eick cull wolohile to the

fate v.110 vere taken ill In Ore

street-, of Turin, Beginning in i\vo

small roonne edit lour bode, and in efele or set-backe and eppositien. Ii e founded Ilie " Little Meuse lit I/14 die

14r0Viderlee". all inst iI.umbiiiii Ii iii Ia. day in,dges 10,01Ni inhat setanIe mu iIiirIi setanIe mu iIiirIi

ha:' never had d penny of invested cap:tel.

etery telt' by Fr. Hughes gives the fleet:dire er his inlet in Providence.

He flung out or the v.-inch-Fethe la..o riiri'c of nieney they Ited m the houee," 11N-inlet, one of the Iteneelleitte, the reitgregation of eislers he hate formed 10

are fur Imeetin derelicts for W110111

110 ION& re511011.5thle. Seemed worned by their flreineed nee deem. -lame 'sorry iihout flee iselle !-fl if. "it hee ii Li' I w 1 Olt° the W01 iii III felt'h

JOSepll Cd.lI1Ufell4.1 died, 1.4.0rii out by his ciliate to inlet:line human mieers fee the love of God, iii leen In tee) lewas eationized, a eeek before St, Julie flostee

The etoey of Padre Line, ilf Parma, teenisleied -front the herein by Tere511. Nevi, 'eider the title 1..:1,:.ititroi\i‘,1„.,rkt tier ii Wotres, is leised 4+11

F i6rol i fli ra 1111,1 du PO rifle, by

1..tiric1-1 qtri , Tlij !Hilo book his. much of Me t harm In the erighlai " Floe ere," Padre trill", Alpinolo elatipas10 gee hint hIS run name, had In his most Int.-able makenr, eoniething or Brother Juniper as x-ell tee the eon stimirig charily of St. I:ratites. The story of his eeris anenig net onte;este of the Men end in the prison is one of the roost moving and touching that can le imagined.

The Poet as Citizen

The UN I 111i11 f )1111T Papers. Ile sir \tiller Ouiller-Cotiell. (Cambri(lge I ilk ci -riy Press, tte. eel.) Illeeeeed ti :k1.1111sEti:111

al iii, lIfeivehe essays by

Peen-setteuilier-omiele .111

" eenyeeit and iroland_ " g.:ven as Olic f.aillOrldge.

They are di ithel ititu three relegoterie and comptie• "The poet as Cliezen." -First, Aid In criticise-tee and eeverai essays en N.anum; topes.

Jim his etectiseion or an. lent and foreleg1i ecotone or the elle at trio poet to society, Profeeeer QuitterCeueln treating his sebteel histott. eally, says: "One must aerne that Ii the MORI! Christianity, as, tnierpreted by the Fathers. and later hy iii oteitedi Chun Ii. epeir rum tor r1.11111/1,.' tillrfdy II.. is mistake!' in thinking that pectiev -wine out or the lives of those elm lived In what itt -;t-s "tee futheis tightly teeter; 11-111 niarl, ages.'

The melt aim AN 101111'11 01 11141 1.d:-:-.:01111101Y 1 1111'11 1 WI preparing their Hells for oeferred celestial

trite reatitie," were them poet.ry, ...IS their exquisite mystic:at Iiteriettue .re\eals, Poetry became, not the namIneed tit theology, lee one Lind the 1/1111g.

Thl " I iitiiim 11t III tirlale speare" talk It, ombieni Iroma it li..1111 ‘'ieW, 11 is,

51101114 uneeitint Iltritughout. it dm-Eldenthe mei Mid the lei, in

reirt111P:' 111.r..•ar, Iii 11.1.ei11 1.1

Sliakt'sl.P.ti•i lI 111 liltProtestant revolt, rigeine Om inn 1,1 (lovainal lit I.taHl. II EiTais aa. that the exigt-neies or hi,. plote relebreo the titisemi -',iif juel euelt control or a "▪ ill as towhees exerchse. liosrtlind

I, all te:ample: under a niumere eye 5110 NV0..111.1 ha\ e foune eseepe Into the II rest a diftirldt 11111tler. So with the ether ineteette heroine,. Ter. tragic:

heroines neteoti the Ignorance that a limeter n. eteenee implies to insh ae !hey i I II I ii their iinticeng, from these. 1■„‘ it 1,0111j:., the geniality end weectoni, the Itnowledgii erel eeperiettee 'which 1-'1-D1esser teettlereseieh lute brinight hi the

ceptiettion til lti difiteell themes, 1.vhttbsF in nn way eliseitring the eirieny of his treilimete, make Iles a mere, riCit.

111.• sIllrleat .1111L 111111111.1a1111;; ;aid 1111crest7.71g Iii the general fealle'r.

Liturgy and Laity

1,i0Irgu Mid 1r, By the

lien W. (ortioe. 6d.)

licyjmf,d to r11111,. bre.vit■ eiteple direeteese 4•f 'hIrril t wilt., Ito Ill... 'hIrril t wilt., Ito Ill...

liIargt■ral HIP atake I blhLiihItI 11".

11111 r1adta;,4 111,.!

(•\ ea lat-awa 0 exeel ny einn IIWYP

1I1Cf. 1111• 1I1Cf. 1111•

ny einn IIWYP io.e many perish mienepee

et papal igiuticiiines. nothine tit

fere aril It tlJ1.i Ii I eon-hip among Ire: faithful., The appt-el for ermine:in morship, the wee-mere oil mane, enteal nature requiring 1,1,1111e weiship. and the franl. adinissien ihet dieutien, \chilli elicited be elinitilitied end Ill I iter-eel elinet ee pen with tem Islltix%e in praise of Wel, le lint helped. tt lilt" the particular elennit 111 V.-11/1111

.11:iy happoll 14.1 11..es net knot% hire," Iu ilitittil properly," are all full of good soften

The devout and Nvell-inetrusteil Celliolie may aleci learn filen It. tiOrd011 1.11-0,A grave a Mistake it ie tit forget.

" social ehararter iif lee they seer:intent ef the Altar." 'I he reverend 1,1b1 $111.11 their reception of ttuly communion ink' a private matter between them selves and 0111* 1.1.1e5std I.DI'd , CIO not honour our Blessed Lord Ily turning our leeeption 4.4 111C Holy Ineltariel into a private devotion. The ifolySacrifice of lit elase ie a platen' act, It is a fanitly litisittess . .

Wt.;Ire aleo reminded Mal Ntineally the reeemtion of HolyCommonest, Nyjlt take place during the NIass end not retteitle it . . Iii this way ihe It 111' 1)}1 t II re! Or 1110 StlerfiloPol is neet vividly portrayed." The conclusion of the wileie twiner or Public woleltill is l'1,1

es to eteellip nod" and '' the Illergy is the solemn public worehip of tied . . front the liturgy, therefore, shall we learn to do God's will."

We have but hinted at the value and significance cif Fr. Gordon's instruc tions. The book must he tetad to he ilppreciated.

The second ediuort or 1111 'icy\ and revieed tinreey of Church. 11h4ory hy Iteritsird is linev in Mt; fiend-.

• 11,e publieliere. Nearly 70,euti copies

„,1 iirsl edition erre eon'.

For a Minority

.4 Froward Child. By Walter de la Mare. (Faber and Faber, es. 6de Beviewed by FRANCIS BLIMErr

THAT niiiwrity, for it must he a minority, however distinguished, that delights in Me. de la Mare's subilety and in his prose, will, no doubt, be grateful to hint for Froward ClUld. It is a slight thing, stery iiv phantasy or mural tale or ehrtue etmay be its correct deseripewe len in spite of its slightness it is eon-main uf elusive phantasy, fear and (well horror.

A girl cat Christmas eve travels by train front Loridue to Dorset to spend Flit' feast with her fiance and his mother. She is full of dreams and 'tameness and a longing to travel alone when, as the train moves off, a wretched old man flings himself and

his carpet-hag into the carriage. Ile ferces his enigmatic conversation upon her, tier-suedes her to a ridiculous search cif the train, and in her absence front the carriage disposes of the earpet-bag. Finally he slips from the train himeelf. The misery in his eyes, the -wretche(Iness or his appearance, obsess lair with pity end e. growing herron en that, when officiate appear and tfuestion her, elm demee ell knowledge of the old man.

But the climax, and lession. 15 bet'

rfroate iy Charles ithe fiance). Ile is :eweto perceive her distress, is too en•tipied with this or that, of no real I III pcftlance, that more immediately et-el-erns himself. Two personalities Ise tine another.

• le there -nothing in this misera.hie \'_ 1111(1 earl make us realise-others? " Thin' legged along in the crib: " .end tine smelt chamber they were ,ehering. even than a, reit:wineoinparb mime though they sat then: leagues apart, jogged eilently on into tune and space." Conlieuity but no eontuct.

Another Outline

.4 modern Ilistory of Europe :

Edited by J. Hampden Jaeeeon etollanez, los ed. nee) Ite.viewed by I teieeell 1 .elerWATER

THIS work cons's!, of four parts. the Tliilullti Age;.;, tly OliVer 'Welch; hit SIXteerlth and Seventeenth Centuries.

by P. tiordon Walker; the Eighteenth Century end the Devolution. by H. HOW:1111: alld the Nineteenth Cettalr2,*

Mai the NVar, by C. .1. PenneMotile Hughes. Each 01' these parts can he bought as a Sel-qtrate volume at es. 6d. net.

The object or the work. the. Miter tells 115, 15 "to tell the story or EurOpe during tie lasI ti ii centuries frum the eland,

poin1 or the posi.wa t. geneyation"whattAer that nen' mean. "With the turn of the cemeury," he say, "the hieTelenet found himsett lost: Nalues were fluctuating and every idols feet were seen to he of clay. The textbook writer could no longer tal:e Tor granted the oulloolt or his readers and was reduced to writing for a. sect-Belloc: for the Catholics, Wells for the Rationalists, Marriott lut the Tories and Trevelyan [Cl' the Liberals," so far, not too bad. But lie goes on, "The time has come to ehatige all that. Among the post-war generation there is, 1 believe, a 1(101 dictumattitude of mind, rigid arid 1, etonplacent than that

or the Vieturiens, bul none the less art attitude. '1'u define it is not the bustness of the historian; it is enough for hen that it exists and that once again it is possible to write textbooks that are not sectarian."

To write history in view of an attitude of mind that it is rag the writer's business to deline is an undertaking that the middle-aged and old might well boggle ut. Still, the prospective reader must, net he pet off by this manifesto.

It is not possible to cover a thousand years or European history t i i a thousand pages withoet scrappiness and dieproporlion, hut i lu writers have done their beet to be lively with such intractable masses of material. The middle aeee are entrusted to n. Catholic, for. says the editor sensibly, "What Could he 11101.1; futile than a description or media'valism by a writer who has ne Meer knowledge of the spirit or Catholicism?" In the second book the stress is on the tee:mon-11r and social changes of the 16th and 17th centuries, the Ihird is an essay in diplomatie history, anti the fourth postulates the inevitability of the War Of tele. In alt four some curiously old-fashioned ideas and judgments are met with. For example, Mr. Welch speaks of the crusedes quite romaindeally: hut it is a great pity he did not have oversight or the work of his eollaboraturee me should then have heen spared such fantastic statements as, "The first great task of the eesuits 'as the redefinition of (lathelle doetrine al the Council of Trent, which the Pope put under their charge.* anti ethers like it (e.g.. the footnote on rapid nfalhibii i iy, p. Mee Five years agn a. writer. NVI10 in hie forty-eighth year had all the virtues of youth and none of the drawbacks, published an account of Europe from the earliest limes in a volume rather shorter than the one -under review: refer to a Histere of Europe, hy the late Fr. Bede Jerrett. The work of Mr. Hampden Jaekson and his team, interestine thought it is. does not dispinee Fr. Bede's as an nhjeetive and reliable I ext-hoot,.

Tent TOW ft. TV W. G. Bosworth,

F.S.A fleurrie Gales and Washbourne, es. 6d.) A jolly gond eddition iii la.O.W. serifs of inexpensive children's honkee all about. travelling eiretises and menageries, well told and well flies

',rated. Any elrene tan of any age will Teatt it with interest.

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