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L. I. C. & M. f. \\x 4 &t | in it -y "v li (Cambro Breton Mission), Llanrwst, North Wales. Vol. I. 25th AUGUST 1910. No. 3. 4» 4* 4* 4* 4* 4» 4* 4* •&• 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* *$• 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* WHO'S THE LOSER? ►•♦—<- 0, my friend, — whoever you may be,—do not try to excuse yourself for not practising your Eeligion, for you yourself and only you are the loser. When you quit the Church or neglect, your religious duties for my reason, you are hurting yourself immensely, and hurting others by your bad example, but you are not hurting the Church. If you mean it as a revenge, you are takiug revenge, not agaiust the priest, bishop or people, but against God Him¬ self; for it is He Who requires you to live up to tbe Church: "He that despiseth you (the Church), despiseth me," says Christ himself. Let everyone assure himself that,—though our little Parish or Mission, being so small, might miss him a little,—the Catholic Church cau do without him and a few millions of others, and be the grandest institution on earth still. She has done it. When Henry VIII. of England threatened to leave the Church and take millions of people with him, should the Pope not grant him a divorce, the Pope answered : " For youe sakes, I hope you will not leave the Church ; but, if you do leave her, the Church will live on without you ! " Eemember also that the Church cannot dispense with God's own laws or requirements; if people will not comply with them, they must stand the consequences. As God does not need you in Heaven, neither does the Church need you on earth. But since you do need Heaven, if you consult your best interests, so do you need the Church,—as She is the way to Heaven. Satisfy yourself that you cannot get along without the Church of Christ. ('The Calendar,' Buffalo). Besides, my friend,— if you have practically left the Church, although you may still like to call yourself a Catholic,—remember that, by refusing to live up to your Faith, you are abusing God's grace (and a very special one, too), and, consequently, endangering very foolishly your eternal salvation. You mean, I suppose, to die a Catholic; but, then, remember that "God is not mocked," and that generally one reaps what one has sowed. Another important question. " Did you ever consider the responsibility one incurs who leaves the Church or does not practise his religion ? If you live a good Catholic and raise your children good Catholics, in a few centuries there may be thousands belonging to God's Church because you were a good member; but leave the Church or stop the Faith with you, and in a few centuries there will be thousands of unbelievers who might be Catholics had you remained faithful to the Church." Examine your conscience, dear reader ; and, if you have reason to blame yourself in this respect,—if you have not been, so far, as practical and practising a Catholic as you should have been,—without any further delay make a good and sincere act of contrition. And, then, come quickly to your Saviour Who " is calling you back to His fold and your forefathers' faith ; oh ! come then to Jesus and say how you love Him, and vow at His feet you will keep in His grace : ah I love Him then, love Him, for the dark night is falling, and the light of His love shall be with you in death I " G.M. Tkebaol, o.m.l