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PICTORIAL LIFE OF JESUS.
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With Explanatory Comments
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REV. BONAVENTURE HAMMER, 0. S. F.
With Verses, Original and Selected, -
KATHERINE E. CONWAY.
PUBLISHED BY CHARLES- WILDERMANN.
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FR. PETRUS BAPT. ENGLERT, O. S. F.
Provinciae S. Joan. Bapt. Minister Provincialis.
THE CHILDREN OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH,
The Lambs of the Flock,
HOPE OF THE FUTURE,
These pages are Affectionately Dedicated.
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"For you are bought with a great price."
i Cor. 6. 20.
TEhe object of the following pages is to give a concise account of
the principal events in the life of Our Divine Lord and Saviour Jesus
Christ, with comments suited to the comprehension of children. The
compiler has used, mostly, the very words of the Gospel to present the
doctrine and works of Jesus, and circumscribed the sacred text only when
it was deemed necessary in the interest of clearness. His aim was to
impress the events connected with the work of man's redemption on the
minds of children; therefore appropriate verses were occasionally introdu-
ced, these being more easily committed to memory.
It is obvious that some of the narratives and comments need further
explanation by parent or teacher. If this be duly given, it is to be hoped
that a frequent and attentive perusal of these pages will teach children to
imitate their Divine Model, Jesus, Who "advanced in wisdom and age,
and grace with God and men." (St. Luke 2, 52.)
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Cfii r i s f m a i
Our Holy Church celebrates, under the name of Christmas, on the 25th of December
of every year, the memorial feast of Our Saviour's birth. It is hailed with delight by young
and old, lofty and lowly. On this great feast we stand in spirit on the plains of Judea,
and hear the joyous anthems of the angelic hosts breaking on the midnight air, and announ-
cing, peace to fallen man. We are invited, on this solemnity of the Church, as the shepherds
were invited by the angelic choirs, to approach the manger and to contemplate the humility
and poverty of the Divine Child.
Socially, Christmas has become almost universally a season for the interchange of
friendly gifts. It is the time set apart by long usage to family gatherings. But not by mere
feasting and gift-making should the day be marked. It should be a day of praise to Him
who has bestowed on us the grace of redemption, and of thanksgiving for it and for all
Once more the Infant Jesus comes His smile dispels all dread and fear,
To welcome all with outstretched hand, His birth makes all around us bright;
To bring bright joys to Christian homes, And happy children far and near
And happiness throughout the land. Are kneeling at their Saviour's side.
O Infant blest, we pray to Thee,
Make pure our hearts like unto Thine;
And grant us that in heaven we see
Thy glory, human and divine!
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Tie -Birfi of Jesus.
then the time ordained from all eternity was come, Jesus, the Son of God, was
made man, and born in Bethlehem, the city of David, although Mary, His mother, and
Joseph, His foster-father, were of Nazareth, a town of Galilee. The reason why Bethlehem
became the birthplace of Jesus was this: Caesar Augustus, the Roman emperor, under whose
rule the Jews had fallen, being very ambitious and proud, wished to know the number of
his subjects living in each country subject to him. So he ordered the inhabitants of every
province to be enrolled in the town of their ancestors. In obedience to this order everybody
went to his own city to have his name registered. Mary and Joseph, therefore, as descendants
of David, had to go to Bethlehem. It was winter when they set out from Nazareth. When
they reached Bethlehem the inns were filled, and Joseph and Mary could find no shelter
anywhere. At last, tired from their long journey, and seeing that there was no hope of
finding room in the town, they went to the outskirts, where there was a cave before which
a stable had been built. Here they entered and screened themselves as well as they could
against the cold blasts of a bleak December night. This was the place in which the Blessed
Virgin Mary brought forth her Son, who was the Son of the Most High, made man for
our redemption. When Jesus was born, she wrapped Him in swaddling-clothes and placed
Him in a manger.
Jesus was born in a poor, mean stable for the consolation of those who live in
poverty, and it was the poor and humble that were chosen to look first upon Him in His
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Ohou camest from Heaven to Earth that we
Might go from Earth to Heaven with Thee;
And though Thou foundst no welcome here,
Thou didst provide us mansions there.
A stable was Thy court, and when
Men turned to beasts, beasts would be men;
They were Thy courtiers; others none;
And their poor manger was Thy throne.
No swaddling silks Thy limbs did fold,
Though Thou couldst turn Thy rags to gold.
No rockers waited on Thy birth,
No cradles stirred, no songs of mirth;
But her chaste lap and sacred breast,
Which longed Thee first, did give Thee rest.
Hfe fiepfierdd adore fie Infant Jeud.
"JLnd there were in the same country shepherds watching and keeping the night-
watches over their flocks, and, behold, an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the
brightness of God shone about them, and they feared with a great fear. And the angel said
to them: Fear not, for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, that shall be to all
the people: for this day is born to you a Saviour, who is Christ, the Lord, in the city of
David. And this shall be a sign unto you: you shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling-
clothes, and laid in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the
heavenly army, praising God and saying: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace
to men of good will. And it came to pass, after the angels departed from them into heaven,
the shepherds said to one another: Let us go over to Bethlehem, and let us see this word
that is come to pass, which the Lord hath shewed to us. And they came with haste: and
they found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger." (St. Luke II, 1-16.)
The shepherds entered, prostrated themselves before the Divine Child and adored
Him. They offered to God, in His poverty, the poor man's homage and the poor
From the manger Jesus seems to say to us: See, how poor I have become for you!
Will you be forever longing for the comforts and riches of the world, and complaining
when you are deprived of them? Will you repine, because you have to bear some little
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'6ie 5hree iking'.
I three Kings came riding from far away,
3elchior and Gaspar and Baltazar;
Three Wise Men out of the East were they,
And they traveled by night and they slept by day,
For their guide was a beautiful, wonderful star.
The star was so beautiful, large and clear,
That all the other stars of the sky
Became a white mist in the atmosphere,
And the Wise Men knew that the coming was near
Of the Prince foretold in the prophecy.
Three caskets they bore on their saddle-bows,
Three caskets of gold with golden keys;
Their robes were of crimson silk, with rows
Of bells and pomegranates and furbelows,
Their turbans like blossoming almond trees.
And so the Three Kings rode into the West,
Through the dusk of night over hills and dells,
And sometimes they nodded with beard on breast.
And sometimes talked, as they paused to rest,
With the people they met at the wayside wells.
'Of the Child that is born", said Baltazar,
"Good people, I pray you, tell us the news,
For we in the East have seen His star,
And have ridden fast, and have ridden far,
To find and worship the King of the Jews."
And the people answered: "You ask in vain;
We know of no king but Herod the Great!"
They thought the Wise Men were men insane,
As they spurred their horses across the plain
Like riders in haste who cannot wait.
And when they came to Jerusalem,
Herod the Great, who had heard this thing,
Sent for the Wise Men and questioned them;
And said: "Go down into Bethlehem,
And bring me tidings of this new king."
So they rode away; and the star stood still,
The only one in the gray of morn;
Yes, it stopped, it stood still of its own free will,
Right over Bethlehem on the hill,
The city of David, where Christ was born.
And the ThreeKings rode through thegate and the guard,
Through the silent street, till their horses turned
And neighed as they entered the great inn-yard;
But the windows were closed and the doors were barred,
Only a light in the stable burned.
And cradled there in the scented hay,
In the air made sweet by the breath of kine,
The little child in the manger lay,-
The child that would be king one day
Of a kingdom not human but divine.
His mother, Mary of Nazareth,
Sat watching beside his place of rest,
Watching the even flow of his breath,
For the joy of his life and the terror of death
Were mingled together in her breast.
They laid their offerings at his feet,
The gold was their tribute to a king;
The frankincense, with its odor sweet,
Was for the priest, the Paraclete,
The myrrh for the body's burying.
And the mother wondered and bowed her head,
And sat as still as a statue of stone;
Her heart was troubled, yet comforted,
Remembering what the angel had said
Of an endless reign and of David's throne.
Then the Kings rode out of the city gate
With clatter of hoofs in proud array;
But they went not back to Herod the Great,
For they knew his malice and feared his hate,
And returned to their homes by another way.
Henry W. Longfellow.
fiqe 1Tise Jl2en from ffie East.
j7bout the time of the birth of Jesus, three wise men came from the East, pro-
bably from Arabia and Chaldea, to adore the Infant God. They were very rich and powerful
personages, and are thought by some to have been kings. They were deeply learned in
the science of astronomy, and one night discovered a star, much larger and brighter than
the other stars. As they knew that a prophet, named Balaam, had foretold that about this
time a Divine Child should be born to redeem the world, and that His birth should be made
known by the sudden appearance of an extraordinary star, they set out at once for Jerusalem
sure of finding the Infant Redeemer. The star moved on before them pointing out the way.
When they arrived at Jerusalem, the star disappeared, and they asked all they met, "Where
is He that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East, and we are
come to adore Him." Herod, the king, hearing this, was troubled, and all Jerusalem with
him. He at once called together the priests and doctors of the law, and inquired of them
where Christ should be born. They answered, "In Bethlehem of Juda." Then Herod,
privately calling the wise men, sent them to Bethlehem, saying, "Go and diligently inquire
after the Child, and when you have found Him, bring me word again, that I also may come
and adore Him." Having heard the king, they went their way. They were no sooner out
of Jerusalem, then the star appeared again and went before them as a guide. When they
arrived at Bethlehem, it stood still over the place where the Infant Jesus lay. And entering,
they found the Child with Mary, His mother, and falling down, they adored Him. Then
opening their treasures, they presented their gifts: gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having
been warned in sleep that they should not return to Herod, they returned another way to
their own country.
S'fe Feqsf of fle furificofion of fMIe u3lesed Virgin 1l2ary,
also called Qandlemas.
'he Presentation of Jesus, and the Purification of Mary, are kept as one feast by
the Church on the second day of February. Those who would enter in the spirit of this
feast, must consider the humility and obedience of Jesus and His Virgin Mother, and resolve
to imitate them. Jesus presented in the temple offers Himself to His Divine Father. He
consecrates to the glory of God His desires, words, actions, even His live. Remember that
you have been consecrated to God by baptism, and ask of Jesus the grace faithfully to keep
your baptismal vows.
Although the law of purification did not apply to the Blessed Virgin, she submitted
to it in order to give us an example of obedience and humility. What a lesson for those
who are too proud to keep the precepts of the Church!
This feast is also called Candlemas, from the custom in the Church of blessing and
carrying lighted candles in procession on this day. The intention of the Church in this cere-
mony is to have us renew our faith in Jesus, and to remind us that He is our light. He
was the light which the holy Simeon had longed to see; his heart had yearned unceasingly
for the Redeemer, and, at last, his hope was fulfilled. Excite in your breast the same senti-
ments of faith, love and gratitude, which animated Simeon.
Qie fre enfafion of 'edud in flie 'emple.
It was a law of the Jews, that every first-born child should be presented to God
in the temple by the parents, and redeemed by an offering. If the parents were rich, a lamb
should be offered; and if poor, a pair of young pigeons, or two turtle doves. At the end
of forty days, Mary repaired to the temple that she might fulfill this law. Though Mary
was descended from the kings of Judea, she was too poor to offer a lamb, and Jesus, to
whom everything belongs, was redeemed by a pair of doves. At the time the Blessed Virgin
presented her Son in the temple, she herself submitted to another law, by which all women
who had borne a child were, at the end of forty days, to present themselves, in the temple
for their purification. Although this law did not oblige the Blessed Virgin, who had become
mother in a miraculous manner, she submitted to it, that she might give an example of
obedience and humility.
At that time there lived in Jerusalem an old man, called Simeon. As soon as Mary
and Joseph had entered the temple, he met them, for it had been revealed to him that before
his death he should see the Saviour. He took the Child in his arms, and full of joy cried
out: ,,Now, O Lord, dost Thou dismiss Thy servant, according to Thy word, in peace;
because my eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of all
people." (St. Luke 2, 29.) Then he foretold to Mary, that one day a sword of sorrow
should pierce her heart, from witnessing the sufferings of her Son. While Simeon was
speaking, a prophetess, named Anna, entered the temple. She also took the Child in her
arms, and, praising God, went fort, publishing the news to all who were looking for the
redemption of Israel.
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The Lady Mary journey far,
Her Baby at her breast;
To Egypt went the wanderers,
By Herod's wrath opprest.
They travelled slow and painfully,
The Mother and the Child,
And patient Joseph guarded them
Through desert drear and wild.
They travelled on their cheerless way
For many a weary mile,
Till overcome by sore fatigue,
They paused to rest awhile.
A robber's cave the resting-place
These holy exiles found,
Where good St. Joseph made a couch
Of leaves upon the ground.
And when returned the robber band
With rich, ill-gotten store,
A wondrous vision greeted them,
Its like ne'er seen before:
The Lady Mary sat within,
Her Baby at her breast,
While issued from the cave soft light
And strains of music blest.
"Whence came ve all? What do ye here?
And whose this wondrous Child?"
Regarding them, a robber cried-
The Babe awoke and smiled;
A smile so sweet, so full of love,
The robbers, half in fear,
Surprised, spake amongst themselves:
"What marvel have we here ?"
The Lady Mary answered them,
Her Baby at her breast:
"Good sirs, we are poor wayfarers,
And tarry here to rest.
A cruel tyrants wrath we flee;
He sought to slay the Child."-
Again the Babe within her arms
Upon the robbers smiled.
"A tyrant's wrath !" the robbers cried,
"Then Herod is his name!"
The Lady Mary answered, "Yes,
To hide from him we came."
"And well it was ye fled from him!
Yea, well it was ye fled!
In sooth ye welcome are; bide here,
Nor Herod's vengeance dread!"
And so the Holy Family
In Egypt did abide,
And lived in peaceful poverty
Until king Herod died.
The Lady Mary's only Son
Is to be crucified,
And on a cross between two thieves,
The one on either side.
Now of these thieves one anguished is,
And to the Saviour turns;
The other unrepentant jeers,
And all God's mercy spurns.
But He, who came to ransom all,
To die, that we might live,
In loving pity lifts His eyes
The sinner peace to give.
And as the robber in amaze
Beholds the God-Man here,
He 'minds him of the wondrous Babe
In desert-cavern drear.
Then, lifting up his voice, he weeps,
And unto Jesus cries,
Who answers, "Peace, today thou'lt be
With Me in Paradise."
Mary A. A. Conroy.
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Aing Herod, finding that the Wise Men did not return to him, resolved on the
destruction of the Child Jesus. With this intent, he issued an order that all the male
children, two years old and under, in Bethlehem and the surrounding country, should be put
to death. But God defeated his wicked purpose: for one night, when the Holy Family,
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, were asleep, an angel appeared to Joseph, and said to him, "Arise,
and take the Child and His Mother, and fly into Egypt, and stay there until I shall tell thee;
for it will come to pass that Herod will seek the Child to destroy Him." Joseph arose at
once, and together they set out on the long and tedious journey.
From the example of Jesus, persecuted in His tender years, let us learn to submit
with resignation to the decrees of Providence, which rules everything with infinite goodness
When Herod was dead, an angel appeared again to Joseph in his sleep, saying,
"Arise, and take the Child and His Mother, and go into the land of Israel; for they are
dead that sought the life of the Child." Then Joseph arose, and taking Jesus and Mary,
began the journey back to his native country. But hearing that Herod's son, Archelaus,
reigned in Judea instead of his father, and fearing that he might seek the life of Jesus, Joseph,
warned by God, retired into Galilee, and went to Nazareth, the birthplace of Mary, and
there took up his abode.
Tfihe fiild Jesu feacfiing in fie Temple.
Mlho teacheth in the temple?
It is the peerless Child,
Jesus, the Son of Mary,
That Virgin meek and mild.
Before the heavenly Teacher
The sages humbly bow,
For ne'er such words of wisdom
Were heard on earth till now.
Yea, old men sit in silence,
And by a Child are taught
In words of golden meaning,
With priceless knowledge fraught.
So young, yet with such wisdom,
So gentle, yet so bold,
In speaking to the elders,
His message to unfold.
Ah, can these men of learning,
Who listen to His word,
Doubt that the Son of Mary
Is Jesus Christ, the Lord?
He brings His Father's message,
He does His Father's will,
Yet sinful men deny Him,
And seek their Lord to kill.
And shall that Child, all sinless,
Die for a sinful world?
Without that costly ransom
We were to ruin hurled.
Dear children, your Redeemer
You will in faith receive;
Jesus has called those blessed
Who see not, yet believe.
The CGild Jes in fie Temple.
The solemn feast of the Pasch was prescribed by the law of Moses to the Jews,
and they had to go every year to Jerusalem to observe it. Mary and Joseph faithfully
obeyed the law. When Jesus was twelve years old, He accompanied them to Jerusalem.
In making this journey, many from the same place would join to form a large traveling
party. The Holy Family traveled to Jerusalem and back in one of these companies of their
kindred and towns-people. The festival being over, Mary and Joseph set out on their return
to Nazareth. Jesus remained in the temple without their knowing it. Thinking that He
was in one of the companies, they went a day's journey -before they felt any uneasiness
about Him. Then they sought for Him among their relations and friends who were returning
with them, but Jesus was not to be found. Not finding Him, the afflicted parents went back
to Jerusalem to look for Him there.
For three days, with great anxiety and grief, they searched through all the city, and
did not find Him. At the end of the third day they went into the temple. There they
found Jesus sitting among the teachers of the Jewish law, listening to them and asking them
questions. All that heard Him were astonished at His wisdom and His answers. The
sight of her Son filled Mary with joy, and she said to Him, "Son, why hast Thou done so
to us? Behold, Thy father and I have sought Thee sorrowing." But Jesus answered, "How
is it that you sought me? Did you not know that I must be about my Father's business?"
By this answer Jesus wished to teach us that when there is question of God's work,
no motive or consideration should ever prevent us from performing it.
And He went with them to Nazareth, and was subject to them. And Jesus advanced
in wisdom, and age, and grace with God and men.
Thle -fidden Life of jesuqs.
The Gospel makes no mention of what Jesus did at Nazareth until He began
His public life, except that He was subject to His parents, and advanced in wisdom,
age and grace with God and men. Here we have in a few words the perfect model
of the life and virtues of every Christian child. He was subject to His parents that
you might learn from His example to respect and be submissive to your parents, to do
at once, and without murmuring what they require of you. Can you refuse to obey
the commands of your parents, and tell them that you will only do what you please,
when you see Jesus, the Lord of all things, obedient and submissive to Joseph
As Jesus grew up in wisdom and holiness, so, too, should you advance in wis-
dom, piety and virtue as you advance in years, that you may obtain the grace of God
and all the blessings of heaven. From this day forward let it be your earnest desire
to become every day more obedient, more modest, more charitable and pious.
Dfie Firsf Disciples of Jesus.
Jor thirty years Jesus lived in obscurity at Nazareth. When the time was come
that He should begin His public life, He was baptized by His precursor, St. John the Baptist.
Then He was led by the Spirit into the desert, where He fasted forty days and forty nigths,
and was tempted by the devil. Some time thereafter Jesus came again to the place where John
was baptizing. When John saw Jesus coming To him, he pointed to Him, and said, "Behold
the Lamb of God, behold Him who taketh away the sins of the world." And John gave
testimony, saying, "I saw the Spirit coming down as a dove from heaven, and he remained
On the following day, as Jesus was walking on the banks of the river Jordan, two
of the disciples of John, named Andrew and John, saw Him. They went to Jesus and
remained with Him during the day. Toward the evening, Andrew brought Simon, his brother,
to Jesus. A soon as Jesus saw him, He said, "Thou art Simon, the son of Jona; thou
shalt be called Cephas, which is interpreted Peter." The next day Jesus saw Philip, and
said to him, "Follow me!" And Philip hastened to find his brother Nathanael, and told him
that Jesus of Nazareth was the Messiah. And Nathanel said to him, "Can anything good
come out of Nazareth?" Philip answered, "Come and see!" And together they went to
Jesus. When Jesus saw Nathanael coming, He said: "Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom
there is no guile." Nathanael said to Him, ,,Whence knowest Thou me ?" Jesus answered,
"Before Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig-tree, I saw thee." Filled with awe,
Nathanael bowed himself before Jesus, and acknowledged Him to be the Son of God. He
became one of the disciples of Jesus, and was afterwards known by the name of Bartholomew.
Jesus determined to surround Himself with a small body of trustworthy followers,
limiting their number to twelve. They were to form the closest, innermost circle of His
disciples, and to be His friends and companions. In seeing and hearing Him, they would
gain experience; in the opposition and trials they met in His company, their fidelity would
be put to the test, and, in the end, they would be qualified for the special work for which
they had been chosen-to be sent forth to preach and to repeat the miraculous work of
their Master, as evidence of His divine authority. He made His selection from those who
had been the longest with Him. They were all simple, unlearned men. Their names were:
Peter, Andrew, James, called the Greater, John, Thomas, James, called the Less, Philip,
Bartholomew, Matthew, Simon, Judas, Thaddaeus, and Judas Iscariot, who became the traitor.
One day Jesus asked the Apostles, what the people generally thought of Him. The
Apostles answered, there was great difference of opinion; some taking Him for Elias, some
for Moses, and some thought He was a prophet. Then Jesus asked them what was their
own opinion on the matter. Peter answered in the name of all, "Thou art Christ, the Son
of the living God." When Jesus heard this unqualified acknowledgment of His divinity, He
said to Peter, ,,Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona. Thou art Peter, (which means a Rock),
and upon this Rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against
her. I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatsoever thou shalt bind
on earth, shall be bound also in heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, shall be
loosed also in heaven."
Peter was thus the first of the Apostles who made a public profession of the divinity
of Christ, and for his faith, Christ made him the chief among the Apostles, and the future
visible head of the Church, which his legitimate successors, the Bishops of Rome, or Popes,
are to this day.
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_Vreat multitudes followed Jesus to hear Him preach, and Jesus taught them, healed
their sick, and performed other miracles. A miracle is an effect produced by the power of
God contrary to the laws of nature. It is certain that God can perform miracles, as He
is all-powerful; and as it is He who has established the order of nature, He can change and
suspend that order. Jesus confirmed His doctrine by various miracles. He made the blind
see, the deaf hear, and even raised the dead.
On one occasion a great multitude had assembled in the desert and remained there
until evening, listening to the words of Jesus. When the day was far spent, the Apostles
proposed to send the multitude home, as they had nothing to give them to eat. Jesus asked
what they had. The Apostles answered, "There is a boy here who has five loaves and
two fishes." And He commanded them that they should make the people all sit down by
companies on the grass. And when He had taken the five loaves and two fishes, looking
up to heaven, He blessed and broke them, and gave them to the Apostles, who distributed
them among the people. There were about five thousand men, besides the women and
children, and yet there was not only enough for all, but twelve baskets of fragments were
left over. When the people saw this great miracle, they said, "This is of a truth the
Prophet that is to come into the world." And Jesus, knowing that they would come to
take Him by force and make Him king, fled into the mountain, Himself alone.
Tie Promise of flie blessed Sacramenf.
The day after the miracle of the loaves and fishes, the people came again in great numbers
to Our Lord, who was near Capharnaum. He told them that they came to Him because they had
eaten of the miraculous bread, and warned them not to labor for perishable bread, but for that bread
which never perished, and which He could give. And He said, "I am the living bread which came
down from heaven. If any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever; and the bread that I will
give is my flesh for the life of the world." When the Jews heard this, they asked, "How can this
man give us His flesh to eat?" But Jesus only repeated what He had already said, in a stronger and
more impressive manner, and concluded with these clear and decisive words, "Except you eat the
flesh of the Son of Man, and drink His blood, you shall not have life in you. He that eatheth my
flesh and drinketh my blood, hath life everlasting, and I will raise him up in the last day. For my
flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed." Many of the disciples, when they heard these
words, were very much troubled, and because they could not understand how Jesus could give them
His body to eat, and His blood to drink, went away from Him. ButJesus continued to affirm this
incomprehensible mystery all the more, and at last turned to Peter, and asked him if he would also
leave Him. But Peter declared he would not, but would believe it; not that he understood the
doctrine, but because Christ, who had said it, had the words of eternal life.
:fie Insiifufion of tle Blessed sacrament.
The promise of Our Lord, that He would give us His body to eat, and His blood to drink,
was fulfilled by Him at the Last Supper. While sitting at the table with His Apostles, Jesus took
of the bread that was before Him, and holding it in His sacred hands, lifted up His eyes to heaven;
then He gave thanks and blessing the bread, gave it to His Apostles, saying, "Take ye and eat:
This is my Body, which is given for you." By these words Jesus changed the bread into His
adorable body. Then He took the chalice with wine, and giving thanks, blessed it, and gave it also
to His Apostles, saying, "Drink ye all of this, for this is my Blood of the new testament,
which shall be shed for you and for many for the remission of sins. Do thisfor a commemoration of
ze." By these words Jesus changed the wine into His Blood; and by the words, "Do this for a
commemoration of me", He ordained the Apostles priests, and instituted for all time the adorable
Sacrament of the Altar, in which He is present in our churches, and comes to us in Holy Communion.
We know, by faith, that Our Lord Jesus Christ is present in the most holy Sacrament of
the Altar, and yet so few think of visiting Him in our churches. Whe should show our belief in
His presence by many pious visits to the church, and by our profound respect and devotion during
Mass and the other services of our holy religion. Moreover, we should often receive Him into our
hearts, after due preparation, in Holy Communion. The Church makes it obligatory on every
Christian come to the years of discretion and duly instructed, to receive Holy Communion at least
once a year, during the time of Easter.
Children who have not yet been admitted to Holy Communion, nevertheless may and ought
to have an ardent desire to receive Jesus. This ardent desire to receive Our Lord in the Blessed
Sacrament is called Spiritual Communion. This is so excellent an exercise, that according to the
teachings of the saints, it produces in the soul, when made aright, effects resembling those follo-
wing the actual reception of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.
jtsil Ble23in fie qfiildren.
One day the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who, thinkest Thou, is the greatest
in the kingdom of heaven?" And Jesus, calling unto Him a little child, set him in the
midst of them, and said, "Amen, I say to you, unless you be converted and become as little
children, you shall not el tlr into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever, therefore, shall humble
himself as this little child, he is the greater in the kingdom of heaven. And he that shall
receive one such little child in my name, receiveth me. But he that shall scandalize one
of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a mill-stone should be
hanged about his neck and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea. See that
you despise not one of these little ones; for I say to you, that their angels in heaven always
see the face of my Father who is in heaven."
On another occasion, after teaching, Jesus sat down to rest, when the women brought
their children to Him, that He might bless them. The disciples, anxious to spare Him,
rebuked them and tried to keep them back. But Jesus said to them, "Suffer the little children
to come unto me and forbid them not: for the kingdom of heaven is for such." Then
Jesus laid His hands upon the children and blessed them.
1firizf and ftle ~iildren.
"Suffer the little ones Now at Thy altar-shrine,
To come to me:" Thou dwelling there,
So our sweet welcome runs, Unto Thy Heart Divine
Lord, given by Thee. We breathe our prayer.
Oh, for that close embrace, The world, though it caress us,
That fond caress;- Can give but woe:-
Their glory and their grace, Lord, Lord, unless Thou bless us,
Whom Thou didst bless! We dare not go.
K. E. C.
TtC attardiai'l jj1l, 81.
ijow great is the dignity of the hur
to watch over every person living in this wo:
the guidance of this heavenly spirit, and to a,
Dear Angel, ever at my side,
How loving must thou be,
To leave thy home in heaven to guide
A little child like me!
Thy beautiful and shining face
I see not, though so near;
The sweetness of thy soft low voice
I am too deaf to hear.
I cannot feel thee touch my hand
With pressure light and mild,
To check me as my mother did,
When I was but a child.
But I have felt thee in my thoughts,
Fighting with sin for me;
And when my heart loves God, 1 know
The sweetness is from thee.
nan soul, when an angel of heaven is deputed
rlid! How careful must we be, then, to follow
void everything which displeases him!
And when, dear Spirit, I kneel down
Morning and night to prayer,
Something there is within my heart
That tells me thou art there.
Then for thy sake, dear Angel, now
More humble I will be;
But I am weak, and when I fall,
Oh, weary not of me!
Oh, weary not, but love me still,
For Mary's sake, thy Queen;
She never tired of me, though I
Her worst of sons have been.
She will reward thee with a smile,
Thou knowst what it is worth;
For Mary's smiles each day convert
The hardest hearts on earth.
Then love me, love me, Angel dear,
And I will love thee more;
And help me when my soul is cast
Upon the eternal shore.
One day Our Lord took the Apostles Peter, James and John with Him up into
a mountain. He singled them out, because they were hereafter to be the only witnesses
of his awful agony in Gethsemani. It was towards evening, and the three, having finished
their nightly devotions, laid themselves down on the grass till called. Meanwhile their
Master continued in prayer. His soul rose above all earthly sorrows, and He became
transfigured. He appeared in the glory of His divinity, and His garments shone white
as snow. His face glowed with a light like the sun. The Apostles awakened. They
gazed, awe-struck, at the wonder, when, behold, Moses and Elias appeared in glory like
that of the angels. They conversed with Jesus. Peter, beholding the glory of the Lord,
said- to Him, "Lord, it is good for us to be here. If Thou wilt, let us make here three
tabernacles: one for Thee, one for Moses, and one for Elias." And as he was yet
speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice out of the cloud said, "This
is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear ye Him!" At these words the
Apostles fell upon their face and were very much afraid. But Jesus came and touched
them, and said to them, "Arise, and fear not!" When they lifted up their eyes, they
saw no one, but only Jesus, who commanded them to tell the vision to no one till after
He had risen from the dead.
3 e i 3 S'!
Jesus, the very thought of Thee
With sweetness fills my breast;
But sweeter far Thy face to see,
And in Thy presence rest.
Nor voice can sing, nor heart can frame,
Nor can the memory find
A sweeter sound than Thy blest name,
O Saviour of mankind!
O Hope of every contrite heart,
O joy of all the meek,
To those who fall how kind Thou art,
How good to those who seek!
But what to those who find? Ah, this
Nor tongue, nor pen can show;
The love of Jesus, what it is,
None but His loved ones know.
Jesus, our only joy be Thou,
As Thou our prize wilt be;
Jesus, be Thou our glory now,
And through eternity!
Jesus friumpfianfly enfers Jerusalem.
The time drawing near, when Jesus was to begin His sufferings for the redemption
of mankind, He went with His Apostles towards Jerusalem. Coming to the village of
Bethphage, near Mount Olivet, He sent two of His disciples there, saying to them, ,,Go
into the village that is over against you, and you shall find an ass tied, and a colt with it.
Loose them, and bring them to me. And if any man shall say anything to you, say that
the Lord hath need of them, and forwith he will let them go." The disciples did as He
had commanded them, and brought the ass and the colt. They laid their garments on them,
and He sat on the colt.
Meanwhile, news had reached Jerusalem that Jesus was about to enter the city in
triumph, and a great number of the pilgrims from the various towns and districts of Palestine,
and from Jewish settlements abroad, who had already gathered there for the celebration of
the Pasch, set out to meet Him. They spread their garments on the way, cut branches
from the palms and olive-trees, and strewed them before Him, whilst they cried, "Hosanna
to the Son of David! Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in
As Jesus drew near the city, looking on it, He wept. Then He cried out, "O Jeru-
salem, if thou hadst known the things that are for thy peace! But now they are hidden from
thy eyes. The days shall come, when thy enemies shall beat thee flat to the ground, and
there shall not remain of thee a stone upon a stone." And entering into the temple, He began
to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought, saying to them, "It is written,
My house is a house of prayer; but you have made it a den of thieves." Thenceforth, the
chief priests, and the scribes, and the rulers of the people sought to destroy Him.
It was Sunday, five days before His death upon the cross, that Jesus made His
triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The purposes for which He entered the city with so
much solemnity, were:
1. To present Himself as the promised Messiah and King of the Jews, whose
triumphant entry into Jerusalem the prophet Zacharias had predicted.
2. To draw the Jews, by the fulfilment of this prophecy, to the belief in Him.
3. To show that it was of His own free will that He gave Himself up to the
death which He was, in a few days, to suffer.
4. To keep before them the true spirit of His kingdom-meekness and love-and
thereby to show that it was a spiritual, not an earthly kingdom.
5. By this solemn entry He foreshadowed also His victory over Satan, the world,
sin and hell, and proclaimed Himself King of our hearts and Prince of Peace.
Of all this the Church intends to remind us by the blessing of palms and the
procession which follows it on Palm Sunday. At this blessing she moreover prays God
to protect those who carry the palms with devotion, and to give them grace to go forth
flourishing with good works, openly confessing Jesus and v .lli.ig in His footsteps, till,
with Him, they enter the heavenly Jerusalem.
Jesus in ftie garden of gefflsemani.
The time having arrived, when Jesus was pleased to deliver Himself into the hands
of His enemies, He celebrated with His Apostles the supper of the Pasch as the law ordained.
After the Last Supper He went with them into a garden, called Gethsemani. Entering, He
bade His Apostles sit down and rest, while He went to pray. And taking with him Peter,
James and John, He began to grow sorrowful and sad. And He said to them, "My soul is
sorrowful even unto death. Stay here and watch with me." And going a little farther, He
fell down upon His face, praying, and saying, "My Father, if it be possible, let this chalice
pass from me. Nevertheless, not as I will, but as Thou wilt." Then rising, He came to
the Apostles, but they were asleep. And He said to Peter, "What, could you not watch
one hour with me? Watch ye, and pray, that you enter not into temptation. The spirit indeed
is willing, but the flesli is weak." Again, the second time, He went and prayed, saying, "My
Father, if this chalice may not pass away unless I drink it, Thy will be done." And He
came again, and found them sleeping, and went away. And He prayed the third time, saying
the same words. And His sweat became as drops of blood, trickling down upon the ground.
And there appeared to Him an angel from heaven, strengthening Him. Then He came to
them and said, "Sleep ye now and take your rest; behold, the hour is at hand, when the
Son of Man shall be betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us go: behold, he is at
hand that will betray me." As He yet spoke, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him
a great multitude, with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the ancients of the
people. And he that betrayed Him gave them a sign, saying, "Whomsoever I shall kiss,
that is He; hold Him fast." And forthwith coming to Jesus, he said, "Hail, Master!" And
he kissed Him. And Jesus said to him, "Friend, whereto art thou come? Judas, dost thou
betray the Son of Man with a kiss?" Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus, and led
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Vef i'em ani.
2.ight above Judea's mountains
Folds her mantle like a pall;
Soft the shadows of her pinions
Over hill and valley fall;
Sad Gethsemani, above thee
Seems a darker shadow thrown,
Where the Saviour kneeleth lowly
In His agony alone.
Blessed Lord, what bitter anguish
In that dreadful hour was Thine,
When the powers of earth and heaven
Seemed against Thee to combine,
When the angel, bending o'er Thee
Held the flaming chalice down,
And revealed the fearful torture
Of the Cross and of the Crown.
By Thy chosen ones forsaken
In that dark and bitter hour,
When a surging sea of sorrow
Swept Thy soul with fearful power-
They, unmindful of Thy anguish,
Slept while foes came rushing on,
Leaving Thee to brave the fury
Of thy enemies alone.
O Gethsemani, mute witness
Of the agony of God,
Consecrated by His sorrow,
Ever holy be thy sod.
Mercy in His Heart with Justice
Striving, there the victory won,
As He cried, "Oh Heavenly Father,
Not my will but Thine be done!"
Often from Thy path we wander,
Agonizing Son of God;
We would walk to heaven on roses,
While on thorns Thy feet have trod:
Teach our hearts that it is only
By the Cross the Crown is won;
In our darkest hours of sorrow
Let us say, "Thy will be done!"
Jesus is condemned fo Decafi.
lIfter Jesus had been led captive, the chief priests and the ancients of the Jews
took counsel against Him, that they might put Him to death. He was led to the house of
Annas, one of the priests; thence He was sent to Caiphas, the high-priest. All manner
of accusations were made against Him by false witnesses. But Jesus remained silent until
Caiphas adjured Him by the living God to tell whether He was Christ, the Son of God.
Then He answered, "I am." The high-priest, hearing this, rent his garments, and de-
clared that there was no need of further evidence: by their laws, who made himself God,
After Jesus was condemned by the great council, the soldiers took Him into a large
hall, and there began to mock Him and spit upon Him. Blindfolding Him, they buffeted
Him, and then tauntingly asked who struck Him. Thus they treated Him all night. Next
morning Jesus was led before Pilate, the governor of Judea, that he might sentence Him to
death. After hearing the accusations against Him, Pilate said, "I find no fault in the man."
But hearing that Jesus was from Galilee, he sent Him to Herod, the governor of that pro-
vince, who was then in Jerusalem. As Jesus would not satisfy Herod's curiosity by answering
his questions and performing a miracle, the wicked king mocked Him, clothing Him, for con-
tempt, in a white garment, and sent Him back to Pilate, who still hoped to save Him from
death. There was a custom among the Jews that, on the feast of the Pasch, the governor
should release any prisoner whom the people chose. He therefore presented for their choice
Jesus, or Barabbas, a thief and assassin. But they chose Barabbas, and when Pilate asked
what he should do with Jesus, they cried ut, "Crucify Him!" Hoping to save Jesus, and
at the same time to satisfy the Jews, Pilate ordered Jesus to be scourged. The soldiers led
Him into a court-yard, stripped Him, and tying Him to a pillar, scourged Him. After this,
mocking Him, they put a purple garment on Him, and platting a crown of thorns, put it on
His head. For a scepter they put a reed in His hand. Pilate, seeing the pitiable condition
of Jesus, thought the sight of Him would appease the Jews. He led Him out on a high
balcony, and presenting Him in His misery, said, "Behold the Man!" But the barbarous
people only cried out the more, "Crucify Him!" And Pilate, at last, passed sentence of death
L"cce Homo!" Rome's proud ruler
O'er Judea's fallen land,
Thus addressed the Jewish rabble,
Pointing with his sceptred hand
Where the Saviour, meek and lowly,
Calm and uncomplaining stood,
While the mob, by fury blinded,
Loudly clamored for His blood.
"Ecce Homo!" Robed in purple
By His blood more deeply dyed,
Crowned with thorns, a reed His scepter,
While the cruel Jews deride,
Bound and blindfold, thus they smite Him,
In mock homage bending low,
Saying, "Tell us, King of Israel,
Who is he that struck the blow?"
"Ecce Homo!" Whe behold Him
Bruised and bleeding, faint and lone,
Chosen friends and loved disciples
In the hour of trial gone.
Through thy streets, O fated Zion,
Fiercer shouts of vengeance ring,
Lord of all, by all forsaken,
Earth disowns and slays her King!
"Ecce Homo!" Lord of glory,
We behold Thee, scorned, reviled;
May Thy sad and mournful story
Make us humble, patient, mild!
Bind our hearts to Thee for ever,
That we may earth's pomps lay down,
And, at last, in endless glory
See Thee wear Thy thornless Crown!
edus died on fhe Gro>s.
Jifter Pilate had condemned Jesus to death, the soldiers took Him, and placing a
heavy cross on His shoulders, led Him forth to a place called Calvary. As Jesus passed
through the streets of Jerusalem, His strength failed, and He fell several times. His executioners
seeing that He could not carry the cross any farther, compelled a man named Simon, of
Cyrene, whom they met, to carry the cross. Together with Jesus, two thieves were led
forth to be crucified. When Jesus reached Calvary, He was stripped of His garments, and
nailed to the cross, which was then, raised up, and He hung upon it suspended by the three
nails. There stood by the cross His Mother Mary, John the Apostle, Mary of Cleoptas
and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw His Mother, and John, the Apostle whom He loved,
He said to her, "Woman, behold thy son!" And to John He said, "Behold thy mother!"
And from that hour St. John took care of the Blessed Virgin. St. John represented the
faithful of all times, and Mary, becoming his mother, became ours also.
About noon on the day on which Jesus was crucified, the whole earth was covered
with darkness for three hours. At the moment of His death the earth trembled, the rocks
split, the graves were opened and the dead arose; the veil of the temple was rent from top
to bottom. After the death of Jesus, one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, thus
opening His Sacred Heart, out of which gushed forth blood and water. When the cen-
turion of the guard of soldiers who stood by the cross, saw the miraculous occurrences
which followed the death of Jesus, he cried out, "Indeed this man was the Son of God."
The multitude struck their breasts, and returned to Jerusalem filled with awe at what they
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Jit the cross her station keeping
Stood the mournful Mother weeping
Close to Jesus to the last;
Through her heart, His sorrow sharing,
All His bitter anguish bearing,
Now at length the sword had passed.
Oh, how sad and sore distressed
Was the Mother highly blessed
Of the sole-begotten One!
Christ above in torment hangs,
She beneath beholds the pangs
Of her dying glorious Son.
Is there one who would not weep
Whelmed in miseries so deep
Christ's dear Mother to behold?
Can the human heart refrain
From partaking in her pain,
In that Mother's grief untold?
Bruised, derided, cursed, defiled,
She beheld her tender child
All with bloody scourges rent;
For the sins of His own nation,
Saw Him hang in desolation
Till His spirit forth He sent.
Oh, thou Mother, fount of love!
Touch my spirit from above,
Make my heart with thine accord:
Make me feel as thou hast felt,
Make my soul to glow and melt
With the love of Christ, my Lord!
Holy Mother, pierce me through,
In my heart each wound renew
Of my Saviour crucified;
Let me share with thee His pain,
Who for all my sins was slain,
Who for me in torments died.
Let me mingle tears with thee,
Mourning Him who mourned for me,
All the days that I may live:
By the cross with thee to stay,
There with thee to weep and pray
Is all I ask of thee to give.
Virgin, of all virgins best,
Listen to my fond request:
Let me share thy grief divine!
Let me to my latest breath,
In my body bear the death
Of that dying Son of thine!
Wounded with His every wound,
Steep my soul till it has swooned
In His very blood away;
Be to me, O Virgin, nigh,
Lest in flames I burn and die
In His awful judgment day.
Christ, when Thou shalt call me hence,
Be Thy Mother my defence,
Be Thy cross my victory;
While my body here decays,
May my soul Thy goodness praise
Safe in Paradise with Thee!
Thc fl2oflier of borrows.
Tfic fcsurredion of Jetup.
bringing life and peace and gladness
To His people from the grave,
Jesus rose at break of morning
Mighty in His strength to save.
Having rested from His labor,
Waking from His sleep by night,
Morn brought back the Well-belov6d,
Crowned with many crowns of light.
He, the King in all His beauty,
Whom the prison could not hold,
Rose with glittering spear and helmet
Gleaming in the sun like gold.
Oh, the rest and deep rejoicing
After warfare, after toil!
Rest for those who reap the harvest,
Joy for those who take the spoil.
Risen Jesus, long the nations
Waited with desire for Thee;
Now the dragon Thou hast smitten,
Now hast made Thy people free.
Glorious One, in dyed apparel,
Conqueror by a fearful strife,
Thou didst cover Heaven with triumph,
Bringing gladness, peace and life!
H. A. Rowes.
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TB e Risen Cfirisf appeared to jii;Disciple;.
Jesus was crucified on the Friday before the great Sabbath of the Pasch. Toward
evening, Joseph of Arimathea, a member of the great Jewish council and a secret believer
in Jesus, came and asked Pilate for the body of Our Saviour, and, with Nicodemus, took it
down from the cross. They embalmed it with precious perfumes, and wrapping it in fine
linen, laid it in a sepulcher which was cut in a rock and situated in a garden near Calvary.
Fearing that the Apostles might steal the body and declare that Jesus had risen, the chief
priests and pharisees asked Pilate to place his seal on the tomb and set a guard to watch it.
Pilate told them to do it themselves.
On the morning of the third day, Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of James, and
Salome, came to the tomb. On the way they began to consider how they would roll back
the stone that closed up the entrance to the sepulcher. When they arrived, they found the
stone rolled back, the tomb empty, and an angel, in the form of a young man clothed in
white garments, stood beside them and said, "Fear not! You seek Jesus of Nazareth. He is
not here; He is risen." Mary Magdalene, weeping, stooped down and looked into the sepulcher,
and she saw two angels in white sitting in it. One of them said to her, "Woman, why
weepest thou?" She answered, "Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not
where they have laid Him." And turning back, she saw Jesus standing; but she did not know
it was Jesus. He said to her, "Woman, why weepest thou? Whom seekest thou?" Thinking
it was the gardener, she answered, "Sir, if thou hast taken Him away, tell me where thou
hast laid Him." Jesus said to her, "Mary!" She, turning, said, "Rabboni!" (which is to say,
Master). And she went and told the disciples, "I have seen the Lord."
That same evening Jesus appeared to His disciples, who were gathered together for
fear of the Jews. Standing in their midst, He said to them, "Peace be to you. As the
Father hath send me, I also send you." When He had said this, He breathed on them, and
said so them, "Receive ye the Holy Ghost. Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven
them, and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained. Whit these words Jesus instituted
the Sacrament of Penance. From this time on, until His ascension, Jesus appeared at various
times to His Apostles, and instructed them.
Jesus ascends info heaven.
On the fortieth day after His resurrection, Jesus appeared to His Apostles for the
last time on earth. Among other things, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem until
the Holy Ghost, whom He promised to send them from Heaven, should have come upon them;
after which they should go forth to bear testimony of Him, not only in Jerusalem and Judea,
but even to the ends of the earth. This promise of the Holy Ghost was fulfilled ten days
afterwards, when the Divine Spirit came in the form of fiery tongues which rested over
After Jesus had finished speaking, He led His Apostles out to Mount Olivet. Then
He said to them, "All power is given to me in heaven and on earth: go into the whole
world and preach the Gospel to all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and
of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: and behold, I am with you all days, even to the con-
summation of the world." Then He lifted up His hands and blessed them. And while they
looked on, He was raised up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. He ascended
into Heaven, where He sits at the right hand of His Father.
And while the Apostles were still looking up to Heaven, two angels, clad in white
robes, stood by them, and said, "Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye looking up to Heaven?
This Jesus, who is taken up from you into Heaven, shall come as you have seen Him going
into Heaven." And the Apostles returned to Jeursalem, to await the fulfilment of the pro-
mises made to them, and having received the Holy Ghost, they went forth to teach all
nations, as the Lord had commanded them.
Tnie FecaRsl of ffie Jscension.
To remind us of the glorious ascension of Jesus into Heaven, a great feast is ob-
served in the Church every year on the fortieth day after Easter Sunday, and that day is
called Ascension Day. The word ascension means to rise or move upward, and Jesus rose
up to Heaven without any external aid, by His own divine power.
Although Jesus ascended into Heaven, He has not altogether withdrawn His corporal
presence from us; for by a wonderful effect of His omnipotence, He remains present in the
Blessed Sacrament, as our faith teaches us. He is also spiritually present with His Church,
continually enlightening it with His Spirit, as He had promised to His Apostles: "Behold,
I am with you all days, even to the cosummation of the world." (St. Matth. 27, 20.)
bhe life of Our Divine Saviour Jesus Christ is the noblest and
most fruitful study for young and old. The influence of His life, His
words, and His death, has renewed the face of the earth. To believe
in Him leads to life everlasting, to follow Him is perfection, to be united
with Him in Heaven is eternal bliss. Jesus is "the stone which was
rejected by the builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither
is there salvation in any other. For there is no other name under heaven
given to men whereby we must be saved." (Acts IV., I -12.)
What has been related here of the life of Jesus, and much more
of what He did and what He said, is found in the four Holy Gospels.
"But there are also many other things which Jesus did." (St. John, 21, 25.)
It is a part of Catholic teaching that Our Lord did many things and said
much, of which no mention is made in the Sacred Scriptures, but which
is handed down to us by the tradition of the Church, over which He
placed, as infallible guide in matters of faith and morals, the successor of
St. Peter, the Holy Father, or Pope. But "whatsoever things were written,
were written for our instruction." (Rom. 15, 4.)
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Eifiorfafion on tIe Imifafion of ihrisf.
33 f. :lonavenfure.
Impress upon your heart a true image of Our Lord Jesus Christ: how humble
He was among men, how kind to His disciples, how compassionate towards the poor,
to whom He likened Himself in all things, and who seemed to constitute the favorite
portion of His company! Consider, how slighting no one, He did not flatter the rich;
how free He was from the cares of this world, not anxiously intent upon the necessaries
of life. Consider, how patient He was when offended, and how meek in His answers,
not revenging Himself by cutting replies, but desirous to conciliate His adversaries by
humble and meek words; how patiently He bore troubles and want, and how com-
passionate He was toward the oppressed; how He descended to the imperfections of
others, not despising sinners; how peaceful He was in His whole demeanor. Consider,
how anxious He was for the salvation of souls, for whose sake He deigned to become
man, suffer and die. Consider His fervor in prayer, and how ready He was to serve
others. Regard Him as your model in all your actions, when speaking and when silent,
alone or in company. You will thus enkindle your love toward Him, obtain His friend-
ship and grace, and perfect yourself in every virtue. Let it be your sole desire and
prayer constantly to meditate on some mystery of His live in order to excite yourself
to love and follow Him: for the more we are intent upon His virtues, the nearer will
we draw to Him, and finally, we will partake of His heavenly glory. Amen.
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