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L. I. C. & M. I. eitfTK&b MflpWtQ ia&NS^M- The Messenger of the Catholic Church (Cambro Breton Mission), LLANRWST, North Wales. Vol. I. 12th December 1909. No. 17. t$? rfe» *f«» *$» •$* *&* •&* *&* •$• ^ 4* •$• *$* •$* *^ •&* *&• *&• *$* **!«* •$* *i?«* ^ *&* •&* *&• *&• *&• *s?«* ^ 4? *^ One day, " when Jesus was come down from the mountain," after His first sermon, " behold, a leper came and adored Him, saying : Lord, if Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean. And Jesus... touched him, saying: I will, be thou made clean;... (now) go, shew thyself to the priest...—And, when He had entered into Capharnaum, there came to him a Centurion, beseeching Him,"...and saying : " Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldest enter under my roof, but only say the word and my servant shall be healed...And Jesus said to the Centurion : Go, and, as thou hast believed, so be it done to thee." (St. Matth., vni, 1—13). This Gospel, my dear Parishioners, with its double miracle, is of interest to every one of us, for it contains an important lesson, that we must all learn, and records miracles, the like of which are renewed over and over again for each of our souls. What is the leper ? The poor penitent coming to be cleansed. Our cleansing is effected in the Sacrament of Penance, if we confess our sins with sorrow in our heart and a resolu¬ tion to amend. Now, our Blessed Lord is " coming down from the mountain," for we will, in a few days, celebrate the solemn anniversary of His nativity at Bethlehem. IE we be¬ lieve in His goodwill and His power, are we going to remain unwilling to approach the Master and seek for mercy?—Then, having, like the Centurion, asked our Divine- Saviour to " say the word " and having been "healed " by means of the Sacrament of Penance, let us, with faith and confidence, come and receive the Bread of Life,-—Jesus Christ Himself, who, from His lonely tabernacle, utters, as of old, the same consoling words: " Come to me, all you that labour and are burdened, and I will refresh you " (St. Matth., xi, 28).—There are things which, once done, are done for good and for all, such as Baptism and Confirmation. But it is not so with Confession and Communion : we must seek for¬ giveness as often as we fall, and we need daily bread for our souls as well as for our bodies... Dearly beloved brethren, is it too much, on my part, then, to expect you all, this Christ¬ mas, to make a good confession and to piously receive Holy Communion ? G.M. TBEBAOL, O.M.T.