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dangers and misfortunes under soul, and of the unwavering faith which they had groaned. The ex which sustains and animates him in voto without number with which all that he does. It is on this acthe walls are covered as with tapes- count therefore that this holy Pontry, form an obvious testimony of tiff has exhibited so much solicithe favours which have been re- tude, so much pomp, to render this ceived there ; and the immense deposit precious in the place in treasures, composed of the offerings which heaven itself has placed it. of all the Catholic world, prove This providence of our almighty authentically the veneration which Lord, who for five ages has watched they have felt for this sacred place, over his work with singular care, and force conviction upon every and preserved to us a monument impartial mind. All in short serves so worthy of veneration, proves ev. to prove how fully the faithful were idently that this sanctuary is the persuaded, that it was in reality the object of his complacency, and as sacred house of Nazareth, in which this house has been the abode of our Lord and his holy Mother had the daughter of so many kings, it dwelt, and the miracles continually has inspired very recently the worwrought in this sanctuary, fully de thy son of the first monarch of the monstrate how willing the Lord is world to take it under his royal to augment the glory of this divine protection. Antiquity, splendour, asylum.

tradition, magnificent presents, colIt is not then surprising, after lections of people from the most miracles so unheard of and long distant countries, all tend to prove continued, that so many holy and that this sacred pledge has been respectable persons should have confided to Loretto, as a present come from the most distant coun- which she has received from the tries to this holy place, to offer the hand of God himself. Holy city, homage of their piety and respect, fear nothing then while thou shalt and that they have left there proofs possess this celestial treasure, while so sincere and liberal of their ven- thou shalt render thyself thus woreration. It is not more astonish thy, peace,abundance, security, joy, ing that sovereign Pontiffs have happiness, shall form thy portion. granted to this sanctuary so many New Zion, more happy shalt indulgencies, privileges, and liberal thou be as divine grace shall gifts.

be poured out upon Italy, upon If a father, a husband, a friend, the whole world, but especially take delight in looking upon the upon the pious prince who has portrait of a son, of a wife, of a taken thee under his protecfriend, how much more are Cath- tion. Doubt not but that thou olics entitled to enjoy the sight of shalt secure to thyself the blessing one of the most ancient represent- of heaven which is never wanting ations of the Mother of God. Mas- to sustain the throne of wise and ter and only sovereign of all that virtuous kings who favour the exists, it is not surprising then to church, its principles, and its laws. see the real head of the universal So many proofs, in fact, so many church taking so much care to in- testimonies of persons the most crease if it were possible the celeb- respectable, ought to close the rity and worship due to Mary. mouths of unbelieving critics who, Among so many other things which seduced by a spirit of contradiction respect no less the affairs of heaven and malignity, wish to attempt to tban earth, his tender piety has obscure the glory of the great made him consider this object as Sanctuary of Loretto. It is not by one of the most worthy of his fine superficial opposition, neither by sophistry that one can be made to of silver, upon which is written in doubt of the truth of the translation Latin and in French, the consecraof the sacred house ; undoubtedly tion which the people of Canada inhabited formerly by the very au- made of their persons to the church gust Mother of God. The house of Loretto in the year 1684. where the divine word became in. A book of devotion decorated carnate, for the salvation of the hu- with precious stones, by Henrietta man species. The house where the Queen of England, sister of Louis Lord of the Universe has lived and XIII. Two crowns of gold loaded been educated. Glory immortal with diamonds and precious stones. to Jesus Christ, to his eternal Fa. These crowns ornament still the ther, and to the Holy Spirit who head of the Sacred statue : by the lives and reigns in all ages. Amen. queen Mother of Louis XIV.

An infant of gold representing [The description of the Sacred Chap

Louis XIV. at his birth carried by el, and the enumeration of many of its

an Angel of silver, which weighs splendid gifts, with the names of the

100 marcs, and the infant weighs donors, many of them of great fanie 48 marcs, by the same Queen. and distinction, together with its cost

A heart of gold embellished with ly ornaments and foundations for mas- precious stones, with two eyes of ses of immense expense, the translator gold also, and garnished in the passes over.]

same manner, by Christine of As I write for the French in France wife of the Duke of Savoy. particular, I cannot resist the in

A Castle of silver representing clination I feel to describe the va

that of Vincennes, by the Prince rious gifts which the kings of France,

of Conty, brother to the Great predecessors of Napoleon the great, con have made to this Sanctuary, the

A silver statue of the holy Virobject of their piety as it is now of gin, by a religious monastery in the special protection of Prince Paris, 1643. Eugene, viceroy of Italy.

A statue of silver of the great

Conde represented on his knees, Gifts ex voto, offered to the church by th

by the same prince. of Loretto by the Kings, Queens A picture in silver representing and Lords of France.

the Duke of Montpensier on his One lamp of silver, by Catherine knees before the holü virgin.by Loude Medicis, wife of Henry Second.

is of Bourbon, duke of MontpenAn extremely rich vase made of sier. 1571. a sapphire stone, surmounted by

A picture in silver, which reprean angel holding a lily formed of

sents the citadel of Tournon, by precious stones, by Henry III. Madam Claude of Tournon.

A jewel representing Marie de A silver lamp weighing 60 marcs, Medicis, wife of Henry IV, enrich- by the duke de Gregui Charles ed by a great number of diamonds. Sciara. Present from this Queen.

A lamp of silver which belong. Two angels of silver bearing each ed to Louis de Marrillac, Marshall a taper always burning at the foot of France. offered by Renede of the grate, before the sacred stat. Marrillac. ue, by the duke d'Epernon.

A silver statue of the virgin, by A lamp and a silver ship, by Louis Perrochel, counsellor of the the city of Paris.

Parliament at Paris. Two silver lamps, by the Duc A picture of silver, by Chade Joyeuse, 1584.

vigny. One heart and two picture frames A picture in silver representing

the city of Nancy, presented by ly given, as well as many others the city. Communion cups of sile which I do not mention, that I may ver, by the cities of Lyons, of avoid a description minute and weaPuyen, of Velay, etc.

risome. A very fine diamond, by M. Mon. In the Sacristic (or vestry) where chy.

the treasure is, there are valuaA great heart of gold, by Paul ble pictures. That which repFrancois.

resents God contemplating the huA robe for the sacred statue, by manity of Jesus Christ is the work Marie Leczinski, Princess of Po of Guercino; the others are by land.

Andre' del Sarto; and by TintoA heart of gold, and a part of the retto. ornaments of silver, added in 1763. Every day here is celebrated.

A grate which separates the al A legacy of six thousand crowns tar of the holy virgin, by the l'Ab. was left as early as 1634 to procure be de Che're' Conseillen ala cham- a solemn Mass for the Royal family bre des comptes de Paris. Legacy of France every week, and there is by his will.

one regularly performed in the holy

chapel every Saturday in the year, Gifts recently offered to the church with music for the king and Royal of Loretto.

family. There is a daily Mass for A cup of gold garnished with Madam Duchess d’Aiguillon. The brilliants and with diamonds, giv- foundation for this is two thousand en by his majesty Joachim Napole- four hundred Roman crowns, and on, king of Naples.

has existed from the year 1642. Another magnificent cup of gold, Every year, 26th August, a solemn embellished with rubies and chrys- feast is holden by Louis King of talized stones, offered by the prince France. The expense is borne by Eugene, viceroy of Italy.

the Bishop and Governour of LorotAn encensoir and navette of gold, to, and the consuls of the city are given by the Queen wife of the same bound to assist. Canons are fired. prince,

Many Lords and ladies have given A superb ostensoir, ornamented similar proofs of their piety and with emeralds and garnets magnifi. generosity by thus giving foundacently wrought, present from the tions for Masses. Queen of Spain, wife of Joseph Napoleon Bonaparte.

Another great ostensoir in gilded metal, ornamanted by silver cherubims, rock crystal, and decked with GLEANINGS FROM REJECTED PAPERS, rubies, presented by a Spanish Prince.

A PERIODICAL work, in a succession Three flaggons of rock chystal of years, will have accumulated to itgarnished with gold.

self a great variety of papers which, A magnificent ornament of bro. for vari

for various reasons, it was not expedicade, ornamented with flowers of ent to publish. Some were laid aside gold. Two silver lamps, present of

for badness of style, and some for badthe great Marquis del Campo of

ness, or barrenness, of sentiment. Spain, who gave also one hundred Roman crowns for the utensils of Some were anticipated by others, or the vestry.

were otherwise out of time. Some All the jewels which ornament were behind the spirit of the age, or the sacred statue have been recent behind its intelligence. Many contain

ed valuable thoughts, but were too one of our sages, is the plague of much encumbered with useless or er wise men and the idol of fools.' roneous matter to be worthy of print. An appeal to custom is no uncoming entire. Among them all, if one mon apology for evi! practices. would be at the pains to look them

We can exclaim against no popular over, there might be found some useful,

vice, no misuse of religion, no peras well as some curious things. We

version of moral principle, but cushave bestowed a vacant hour upon

tom is offered as an excuse. To

fall in with custom is an easy, a them, and have brought forth a selec

popular thing, but it is a principle tion, of which the following are a which if admitted must tend to the portion.

utter ruin of any man, or nation of

men whatever. DOUBLE DEALING.

On the other hand, want of cusAll transactions in secular affairs tom is as often pleaded as a reason should be equally guarded and for not doing this or that.-Ib. honourable. Persons entering into contracts in trade and business,

FALSE CHARITY. who so shape their terms as to af- When and where we can put a ford an opportunity of getting away favourable construction upon what from the obligation, are highly may have some appearance of evil criminal before God. Some think about it we are certainly bound to God will not narrowly inspect pe- do it. But shall we dare to procuniary matters, but they will do nounce a thing done upon a good well to look into this, and see motive, or hope it is so, when there whether God passes over such is no evidence that it is, but the matters. In the first days of the evidence is to the contrary? It is church it became a practice with often said, that we cannot see into some who possessed estates to sell the heart, and therefore should not them and deposit the avails in the judge of motive. True, we cannot common stock of the church. Ana- see into the heart, but we can see nias, a professed disciple, sold what comes out of it, and it is by his possesion and brought a part of what comes out, that we ought to the price, pretending it was the judge of the state that is within. whole, and laid it at the apostles' We dare not ascribe any bad thing feet as others had done. His wife to a good motive ;-a good heart too was privy to the deception and out of its treasure bringeth forth acted her part in carrying it on. good things, and an evil heart, evil And both were struck dead on the things. Shall I hope and believe spot for prevaricating. An awful that that is done for the glory of warning to prevaricators.-Fast the Redeemer which is clearly Sermon, on the Sin and Folly of tending to pamper self-love ?Prevaricating

Shall I say that a man is offering the sacrifice of righteousness unto

the Lord when it is to be seen TIIE PLEA OF CUETOM. 'that he is offering sacrifice to his The Jews justified many of their own net and burning incense to his proceedings from the custom of own drag? Shall I express a hope their fathers, while the same pro- that a thing is done in charity and ceedings were pursued only be for the good and wealth of Christs' cause they were pleasing to them- whole church, when that same selves, but the fathers were made thing is directed and is tending to the stalking horse. Custom,' says the gratification of pride, of bigotry,

of self-love, of mere party and fore we must think, and let party spirit ? To go this length in think, and have charity.” And so charity is to level all distinction be- we must on minor questions, as tween virtue and vice-between de- Paul had. Whether a man should pravity and purity-between Christ eat meat or only herbs, or whether and Belial. It is to confound in he should observe some particular one mass, good and evil, and to days or not, these were indifferent fill up the great gulf which God has things. But it was not indifferent fixed between heaven and hell, and whether a man should, or not, be a to cast up the high way across it, blasphemer, an idolater, an adulso that the societies of the two terer, a thief, a busy body in other worlds may no longer be each a men's matters. separate and distinct people.-16. All that scoff at sin will God at

length scoff at, and upon such sinTREATING TRIFLES AS THINGS OF ners will he at last pour out his in

IMPORTANCE, AND THINGS OF IM. dignation and an horrible tempest, PORTANCE AS TRIFLES.

this shall be the portion of their

cup.-16. Some men attach an importance to a mere outward ceremony, to a GOD NOT DECEIVED BY THE OUTform of worship, to the mode of ad

WARD APPEARANCE. ministering an ordinance, to some internal regulation, some by-law, Before men, a great deal of our in the affairs of Christian society; secret intentions and designs may and rather than omit or waive this be concealed, but before God, all is little thing, they would suffer half open, from him nothing is hid. the kingdom of Christ to be deran. And it is to God that we are acged. While on the other hand, countable : it matters but little, some men, or the self-same men, how long and how well we may conwould have little scruple upon a duct ourselves to the approbation grand point of doctrine-upon some of men ; if God is not pleased with bold line of discipline-upon what us, he will hang on our skirts and is essential to the gospel and glory hover about us as an enemy. It of Christ. The Jewish Pharisees may be some time, before God will treated things in this way: the discover to us his displeasure, and tithe of mint, anise, and cummin, this will be so much the worse : they considered a great thing—but and as it affects nations and churchthe weighty matters of the law, es, it is terrible. God has given justice, mercy, faith, these were his law—the precept is plain, but trifles.- 1b.

men think the precept may neatly

be avoided, and so they equivocate MAKING LIGHT OF SIN. and ease off, and God gives them

their way for a while, but at last The nation of Israel had gone it comes upon them.--Ib. great lengths in sin, but they made light of it. They said that “Every HOW TO GAIN TIIE DIVINE FAVOR. one that did evil was still good in the sight of the Lord, and that the It is a plain path--the plain path Lord delighted in them.”—“ Fools of sincerity: and nothing is so easy make a mock at sin.” And so this as to please God. He requires system of prevarication goes on. nothing that is unreasonable, and he They say, "We think and see dif- has told us exactly what he would ferently, and have a right so to do, have us to do; and he will make, on the same subjects, and there- too, every allowance for our igno

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