SwiCatholic Community Centres are excellent but would take time to establish, while the problem of the leakage has been before us for many years and it is to be feared that it is growing rather than diminishing. Could it be tackled before the children leave school in fact, from the time of their first Cornmunion? Are there enough mature Catholics in Great Britain who could devote a few minutes a day to pray for the lambs of the flock those who having made their first Communion. have to face a difficult world, whether or not they succeed in the difficulties they face in the II plus exam? But prayer must be followed by action, or rather, action must flow out from prayer, so would these mature Catholics follow up their prayer by visiting (at the request of the parish priests) the homes of those children who are less likely than others to "make the grade" as the Americans say? Visit with humility and patience and listen, with sympathetic understanding to the joys and sorrows, the trials and disappointments of the parents, who are the real sponsors for the children we teach, and who will, we hope, form the next generation of Catholics the nucleus of a Catholic Britain to come. We need today a friendship which will transcend the boundaries of the age which is past and that which is to come-to surmount the differences of background and education and to see only the real human problems which arc the same for every human being. Only on this basis of love and friendship can the Mystical Body of our Lord be built up. Today, as in the early days of Christianity we need to hear the words: "See how these Christians love one another."
A beginning might be made if two or three would volunteer and gather together.