THE NEW NOVICES ARE ARRIVING
SEPTEMBER has a very special importance for many religious communities for the custom has grown up of receiving new novices at about this time of the year. It used to be quite common for novices to enter at any time, but it seems to have proved more convenient for all the aspirants to arrive in a batch. As to numbers, there has been a marked improvement in many congregations. One large teaching order of nuns arc expecting 12 novices this September, another has 15 and a third 18. We ought to remember to pray for all those who are setting out. In my own order September 8, Our Lady's Birthday, has always been a red letter day. The tradition goes back to penal days. New novices enter on September 7, the secondyear novices take their vows on September 8 and some 14 years later they are ordained on September 8. Our final profession. by long tradition, is on another feast of Our Lady, February 2.
Hope or Despair
THE Harvill Press has done us all a good turn by publishing a translation of Fr. A. M. Carre's book "Hope or Despair." The value and importance of the book may be seen at once in this quotation from the first chapter: "There is no doubt that Hope is somewhat of a stranger to the pulpit. Under the names of trust and abandonment it is something that is recommended to souls but it is seldom treated of in itself, in its rich content. the essential part it plays in the life of the redeemed people; nor do we deal with the objectives which keep it full stretch—Heaven and the Saviour's return in glory which assures eternal happiness to
His Mystical Body," "There is a spice about Hell." Pierre Emmanuel has written, " but Heaven has lost its savour." Hope or Despair is not easy reading but it fully rewards all those who make the effort.
IT is the joy and purpose of a gossip column to hop from subject to subject—so over from Heaven and the hopes of it to Lewis's of Leeds. A week igi fpur of us were going on a picnic and on a Friday. We paid a visit first iT1 Lewis's food counter and explained about abstinence to the girl in white behind the ham sandwiches. She withdrew for a moment to consult some exalted person and returned to throw her heart into Catholicism and its needs. Eggs were produced from somewhere. special , sandwiches were prepared in keeping with the commandment and we could not have received more attention at the Vatican itself. It there is a moral in this other than gratitude it is that non-Catholics are deeply interested in helping us to keep our rules.
SlX months ago in this column notice was given of the verse prize offered by the Melbourne Sodality of Our Lady. News has just come in that a reader of this column, Bernard Dickinson, of Liverpool, submitted a verse for the competition and hag been awarded the gold medal. Congratulations and thanks all round.
THOSE interested in Catholic Action and in the cell or unit method may like to know of the Training Day to be held at Ealing on Sunday, September 18. This day has been organised entirely by a group of boys from St. Benedict's Abbey School. It is to be held at St. Anne's Convent, Ealing. kickoff 11 a.m. If you are interested and would like to attend, send a card to Richard Quinton, 8. Jordan Road. Perivale. Greenford, Middlesex. The charge with lunch and tea included is six shillings.
AN old and valued joke is on the rounds again and has been told to me twice this week. In its best form it tells of the eentleman in a taxi who pulled up ii.itside a London pub and said to a lounger: " I'm trying to trace an old sailor with one eye called Peter Robinson. D'you know anything of him?"
" No Gov.," replied the man thoughtfully. "What's the name of 'is other eye?"