(Some correspondents have criticised the Catholic Herald for giving space in its news summary to the death of Jean Harlow, the film star. We print the following from the French Catholic paper, Sept) :
Jean Harlow is dead.
I knew her once in Hollywood. She was as beautiful as she appeared on the screen, with a very young smile and with hair which surrounded her face like a halo of light.
On my return I showed her photograph to a friend. " To think that there is a woman behind that," he said, pointing to the exaggerated make-up.
In truth, there was a woman behind it, a woman whose life was stormy, whose soul was certainly not as clear as the glory of platinum hair.
Of millions who have admired her on the screen, how many have thought of praying for her, of praying that the divine splendours of the other world should not be refused to her because she possessed beauty of body?
Hollywood is a land without stars, despite all its mirages where a humanity, physically admirable, forgets that it has a soul.
In the peace of a little country church
I prayed a long time for the Jean Harlow I had seen, some months ago, in the fictitious gaiety of the studios.
I feel that God must be very merciful to these souls of " enfants terribles." A flower, a beautiful animal, sing the praises of the Lord by the mere beauty of their creaturehood.
Jean Harlow was also a praise of the Creator because all beauty is a distant reflection of the God who made it.
It would only be simple Christian charity it those who enjoyed the screen thought occasionally before God of the poor Stars who, themselves, know nothing of the real light.
GUY DE LARIGAUDIE.