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IN A FEW WORDS

Bugs WHAT converted you to the Catholic faith ?" " Bugs," replied Professor Haldeman. " No matter how tiny the insect. I have found that the God Who made it provided one organism that controlled all parts,

and kept them working together. I believe that when He was making so big a thing as His Church, He would do as much for it. There is only one Church with such a single controlling organism. That is why 1 became it Catholic."-Melbourne Advocate.

" Eisenhower Believes in Prayer " I OFTEN ask myself where the pre

cise news value of a headline like " Eisenhower Believes in Prayer " lies. A contemporary of ours which used this head last week has occasionally had a variation on the lines, " Mr. X

Believes in God." Are we to infer that it is remarkable that a fellow like Eisenhower should believe in prayer in which case Eisenhower might have something to say ? Or ate we to infer that prayer or God are honoured because they have actually been selected for attention by the Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Armies ?

Dialogue Mass in Africa

From a Uganda Missionary's letter:

" HERE at the mission school of

" two hundred boys, the Dialogue Mass has become a weekly feature. Every Friday morning at 7 a.m. is the school boys' Mass, at which the whole school attends. Besides the Common Prayers of the Mass, they also recite the Kyrie, Gloria. Credo. Sanctus, Pater Nosier and Agotus Del along with the priest. When one considers that over forty years ago Calvary and the Mass were

unknown to these people. it will be agreed that something has been achieved in the sharing of " my sacrifice and yours." It may seem very presumptuous and boastful of me to forward this information. Yet, perhaps what is being done by African boys may serve as an example to our schools at home

FRANCIS J. Yens (Rev.).

Churches in India ICERTAINLY am much Indebted to soldier correspondents who write to me so regularly to give their impres sions of Catholic life and Catholic places where they may be serving. I hope my readers also enjoy the short extracts I am able to give from their letters from time to time. Here is a correspondent telling us about some of the churches he has seen in his journey. ings to India.

" I am playing about with a camera from time to time and trying to gather together a representative collection of pictures of the cathedrals and parish churches of India, both interiors and exteriors. They really are an extraordinary collection. They range from the massive Gothic style Cathedral of San Thome in Madras to the miniature St. Peter's, of Delhi, from the tiny and dilapidated misfortune of Calcutta to the equally unfortunate pro-Cathedra! of Bombay. The parish churches have the same extraordinary range Some critics here aver that there Is nothing in any of the arts which can be spoken of as specifically Indian ; nowhere is this more displayed than in the village churches. In one Madras township there is a massive Spanish Baroque facade which is seen from miles along the railway track as one approaches Seen from the rear the church presents the appearance of a matchbox propping up a postcard The fa├žade is all there is! It is propped up by long poles and the tiny mud chapel huddles behind it. I tried to describe in one letter the effect of the village churches of the Salsette region ; here at least we have a sort of Luso. Indian compromise, and some of the churches have the simplicity of a Mediterranean village church. The more pretentious and wealthy ones are not so pleasing. The Indian likes vast texts sprawled in stone across the-face of the church. ' In Reparation to the Sacred Heart," Come Unto Me All Ye that Labour,' or similar slogans In half-a-dozen languages, the same in fact as the temple decorators delight in put dog on their work. Coloured washes arc a favourite Indian exterior finish; most churches are yellow or white ; Sao Salacao, in Mahim, a Bombay suburb.

Is blue. I've Iivejust returned from Mass in the Cathedral at New Delhi. This is not an unpleasing church and has a certain grace with its two slender towers flanking the main door, and its goodly shaped dome. It stands on a street that radiates from the Secretariat group of buildings, but is sadly obscured by a squat Indian police station that stands in the centre of the roundabout and spoils any effect that the church designers had in mind from the podlion they selected. I have not yet found out which building was first in position, but the Cathedral is worthy of having this ridiculous obstruction swept away. The Cathedral staff appears to be small and though there is Sung Mass (a form of Low

Mass I do not like), there is no High Mass, except on the Great Feasts, which seems to me a pity. I feel that the Cathedral of the imperial capital should at least have the full order of services of the Church. I suppose it can't be done. The interior of the church is imposing, and cool, with its genet ously proportioned arches and great heights, The High Altar is backed by a pleasing mural of the Last Supper.

though the edges, as the church is apsidal in shape, tend to appear distorted from the nave."

Three Cities SOME day a collection will be made of prophetic warnings which anticipated the present crisis in human affairs. When that is done, there should be reference to Sholum Asch's big novel concerning Jewish life in Warsaw, Petersburg and Moscow entitled Three Cities, a translation from the Russian of which was published in 1933. It is not often that 1 attempt novels of such a size, but this large volume has kept me plodding through its 862 pages by reason of its knowledge of pre-Bolshevik Russia, of the Russian character and of the Russian Jew, but chiefly on account of its relevancy to the situation to-day. No one who read this book carefully should have been surprised by Russia's phenomenal victories. And it is curious to think that it was written by one who was not himself a Russian, unless it is true, as Asch says, that it is the Jews who are the best Russians.

Tailpiece AGUEST from Switzerland tells me that he never thought it possible that the Second Front would begin before May 30. We had to get in the Whit-Monday Bank Holiday.

JOTTER




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