OPENING OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC
SCHOOL-CHURCH AT RANDWICK.
The School-church of the Immaculate Conception, which has been erected at Randwick by the Franciscan Fathers, was publicly opened and blessed by Archbishop Vaughan yesterday afternoon. It will be remembered that the foundation-stone was laid some four months since ; and the building, although simple in design, and presenting modest proportions, will no doubt prove a great boon to the Roman
Catholics of the district in which it is situated.
The Archbishop arrived about 1 o'clock, at which time the edifice was crammed to its utmost capacity, and on entering he was greeted with loud applause. Amongst the assemblage were the Rev. Dr. Gillett, St. John's College ; Mr. W. B. Dalley, Q.C. ; Rev. M. A. Holahan, Rev. J. S. Joyce, Rev. P. Hanrahan, Rev. L. Dunne, Mr. T. Butler, Mr. E. Hollingdale, Mr. F. M'Dermott, Mr. Fleming, Mr. A. J. Brady, Mr. A. Watkins, and Mr. R. Stephenson.
The ARCHBISHOP was escorted to a dais, from which he delivered the following address :— Ladies and Gentlemen,— Father Hanrahan told me the other day that he was going to open this school-church, the foundation-stone of which was laid by me some few months ago, and he asked me to come and bless the building and deliver an address. That I should consent to bless the building, in the ordinary forms of the Church, will surprise nobody; but that I should so easily consent to deliver another address may possibly be considered by some somewhat remarkable, inasmuch as I seem to be continually talking and putting forward my ideas and hammering at the same subject, when it might be thought I had better keep quiet and hold my tongue, and let things take their course, according as the current happens to carry them. And no doubt that would be by far the
easier plan for me, and I should save myself a world of trouble by letting the boat be carried down the stream, instead of pulling with a steady will in a different direction. But, ladies and gentlemen, it is not my calling to sit idle in a boat, and content myself with watching its movements ; my calling is exactly the reverse of this. I am a puller. My vocation is to write and talk in the right direction—to take a big oar in each fist, and pull steadily and constantly so long as there is any pull left in me. (Applause.) The Council of Trent says that the praecipuum munus Episco- porum—the principal duty of bishops—is to preach, and I am but fulfilling that duty when I am using my tongue and pen, as it seems to me, for the good of my fellow man. Truth is exceedingly powerful, and it will prevail in the end, if it be the truth. Thus I account to you and to others for my readiness to give my services on these occasions; thus I explain to those who may think it remarkable that I should talk so much—why I am so ready to speak to the world if it will only listen to me, and to preach the Gospel of the Christian Church. (Applause.) So far for prelude and apology. Now, what am I to speak about to-day ? What will be in keeping with the occasion, and, at the same time, practical for the hour in which we live ? I have been thinking this: here are we, men and woman, living in the nineteenth century; here is a school built by the Fathers of St. Francis, who draw their spirit from the thirteenth—here, on this spot, where the nineteenth century and the thirteenth meet, unite and harmonise. I am refer- ring, of course, to the Christian spirit of those centuries, which springs from the same Divine source. Well, there is another point that strikes me, and it is this—that all men, in every age and in the lowest as well as the highest condi- tions of civilization, hold up something before them as what is called, or has been called, the summum bonum—the supreme end of life ; and the direction of the two great currents of human energy depends upon what it is men con- sider that summum bonum to be. I speak of two main currents, because, from what I can draw from a wide view over the expanse of history from the first till now one thing seems perfectly evident—that the multifarious ends which men propose to themselves as worth living for, and to be lived for, can be summarized into two. And those two ends can be sufficiently expressed by saying that one vast mass of humanity lives for itself, and is its own summum bonum ; and another vast mass lives for something not itself—lives for God, and makes Him, not itself, the summum bonum. Draw a man out of the crowd composing the first mass, and compel him to tell the truth, and say what he lives for. He will declare to you, " I live to enjoy myself." Draw a man out of the second great assemblage of humanity, and ask him what he lives for—what is the end of life—and he will
incontinently reply, "I live to enjoy God." The one crowd is on a mighty raft, made with hands and floating down the stream, the other is in the great Ark of Salva- tion, tediously and laboriously working its way against the stream towards those everlasting hills upon whose summits the eternal light of Heaven plays continuously. I admit, of course, the existence of all the cross currents and eddies and whirlpools, which create their confusions and reactions in the great activities of human life ; yet still the main directions are but two—either with the stream or against, either in the direction of what I may call subjective enjoyment, or of objective worship—either in the direction of earth or of heaven. (Applause.) Now, we can trace the action of these two great tendencies all down the ages, and in the history of every people. Confining myself to the history of the world since the time of Christ, we find these two tendencies embodied in two great powers which, representing opposite and antagonistic principles, have ever been in struggle. I refer, speaking broadly—as one must on a very broad subject—to the Church and " the world," such as is meant by the Scriptures. "The world " of the Gospel is the embodiment of the principle of self-enjoyment : " the Church " embodies, and has ever embodied, the principle of enjoying that which is not self, the enjoyment of self's Creator, of God Almighty, as the summum bonum. Again, since world and Church are in vigorous contact, and are engaged, day and night, in an internecine war, it follows that each must be affected in its members by the other. The Church herself is not com- posed of angels fighting in celestial, invulnerable armour. She is not made up of men screened with a Divine shield, covering them against bruises and wounds. Just the reverse. She is composed, so far as she is vîsible to mortal eye, of men and women with the same root of pride, passion, and self- love as springs in the hearts of those who are champions of " the world." She has no promise that her children, her spokesmen, or her soldiers shall never die in the battle, or prevaricate or turn traitors in the field. Indeed, that they should thus behave has been foretold by Divine lips, and is proved, als! in every century of the world to be but too true an account of many amongst them. There were scandals in the Upper-room, scandals amongst the Twelve, and there have been such, from the highest to the lowest, and will be to the end. But whilst this is the case, the Church abides ; and, shaking from herself the dust of battle, proceeds conquering, and to conquei, all down the ages Min mav fail, she vi ill not tail (-Yppl tuse ) Her highest and her trustiest may desert her nnd turn iii uust her, but since sho is supported bv the ev erl isting Anns, und not by individuals, however able, she smvives thom all, md does her work without them ( ?Applause ) In substance und in principio the same living eutit) that she wus at the Day of Pentecost and in tho Middle Ages, she is now in this glare of the nineteenth cenruiv The principle of her being, that which makes her speulicnllv what she is, aud not something else, is, and hus been always one, nameh, the principle of mo sum ionia, of making the enjo)inent of God the summum bonum of existence J7o this urmeiple the Spirit of God Himself has kept her steady , indeed, it is but the expiession of His tiuth und His wi«dom, as manifested in a societv of which Ile Himself is the vital eneras and tho onlv «e let ot an imperishable hie Bab)Ion mav fall, and impeiuil, etcnnl Home mi) d"Ci) -
Quench d is the (.oldiii st itue s ni)
Ihe breath of heiven hath swept uway
AAhit toiling earth billi l tie.ti
Se-itterniK wise neat tam! eiattv hand, As bieepes stn w ou oi m s stiand
ïhefvbiics oi a child '
(applause) But whilst this is tho case with the highest of human creations, this one imperial, spiritual kinBdotu holds herown, and remains in her piuco through the abiding presence of an influence vi Inch cannot be quenchid for oue simple and solid reason-because it isdivmo It is not for me, ladies und gentlemen, to insult v oui understandings b) bunging proof befoie )ou of the lickleness and insecurity ot hum m institutions at this time of da)-the pugi s ot 1ns toi) uri strewid with their wiccl s <i oven uioie milv the pages of histoi vale the reoouls ot then use, their niatiiriti, and their fal!, following one upon tho othci with suth persistence as to produce, m the leider, a sense of drenri
ness and monotouv -a feeling that ull the highest creations of man aie bom, like himself, only to dciav Amidst all this chango-as if placed in Btabilitv in ordir to bo tho measure of instability-the Church has remained all down the ages-and, from all I can seo, seems likely to lemnn in her place of power (Applause ) Even those who hue never belonged to this great st cut) of Chnstians look upon it as unique in the histor) of the woild And we, whilst we admit the peccability of tho human elemeut belonging to her, eumot but pLrceivo that tho Chuich has dono a work resembling the woik of noothei society on earth Draper, the most violent und partial of hei modem opponents, is compelled to acknowledge the immense use she has been to the human familv He sa)s-he is, in spito of himself, forced to sav-whilst summing up tho Church's work m the Middle Ages, that tlnough hei action " the idea of an ultimate accountabihtv toi per
sonal deeds, of which the old Luropeana bud an indistinct perception, became intense and precise Ihe sentiment of umveisal charity was exemplified not onl) in individual acts, the remembrance of w hieh soon passes aw av, but in tho moi e permanent institution of establishments foi the relief of affliction, thespiead of knowledge, the propaga- tion of truth Of the gi eat ecclesiastics, manv had i ison from the humblest ranks of society , and these men, true to then democratic instincts, were often found to be tho inflexible supporters of right against might Lvcntunlly cominee to be tho depositoues ot the know ledge that theu existed, thoy opposed intellect to bruto force, in many instances successfully, and b) the exanijlo of the organization of tho Chuich, yihich AMIS essentially republican, thev bhovved how icpresenta tivo systems ma) bo mhoduci-d into tho State Nor w as it ov ci communities and unlions (hat tho Chun h displayed hei thief power Never m the woild before w is theiesuthuMstem lrom hei centiul so it at Home, h i Rll-seemgeye, like that ot Piovidenco itself, could cquallv tako in a hemisphere at a glance, or examine the pi tv ato life of am mdiv ldual Her boundless influence enveloped kings in then p ilaces, and rehev ed the beggar at tho monas- tery, gate lu all Europe there was not a man too obscmo, too insignificant, foo desolate foi her Sm rounded bv hei solemnities, even one íeceived his mime nther iltei her bells chimed at his marriage, her knell toiled at his funeial
She extorted from him the secrets of his life at her confes- sionals, and punished his faults by her penances In his hour of sickness and trouble her servants sought him out, teaching him, by her exquisite litanieB and prayers, to place bia reliance on God, or strengthening him for the trials of
life b) the examples of tho holy and just Her nnprs had un elheuey to uvo repose to the souls of bis dead When, even to his tnends Ins lifeless body hud become an oil ii'f in the miine of Gol she received it into lui- consecrated "tound, mci under her shadow bo usltd till tlir .neat recloi.iii"' day Fiom little li tier thin i sliyf sh i us d 1 s v ite to be his equil and, lui din mm ti have noie thin JUC met lu r îecoaii cn»e fi i til o ii ble d els in i lum friend at every fireside Dis- count ti mum? nil impuie love, sho put lound that lircsidt tin children»! onf m ithci, uud made that motliei little less thm s mod in then cyfs lu a"'es ot liwlcssness and npmt unions a people but i step above savages, she vinuieitcd the inviolability of her precincts against the h mci of pen < r, and made her temples a rctugo and siretinrv for the de pairing and oppressed Trulv, she y as tho shido v of a great rock m manv a weary land
(Cheer ) "stich, 1 say, is the testunon) extracted by the lone ot events, fiom the mouth of one of the bitterest opponents ot thoCithohe Church in modern days Well, I wippo e that few p« iplo will deny that Catholic priests badu munptrtin *ounin,f the L athol t Church It is tho f i=hio i in some people to deer) the Catholic clergy as pitnnsof i"noi mee and enslavers of the people's minds I et such hi"h and mighty critics p nntto any other class of men wh) hive hid a hand in creating ever)thing ipproacmng ti lins Rie.it «-mutual empire, and then wf may begin to listen to them (Cheeis ) They de lire the Chun h to bo a merely human institution-an institut) m cieile 1 by nun, by prie tcraft Well, then, let them show some olhet kind of "ciaft" which has even unrn ii hid ton uds setting on foot so ubiquitous so povvci ful and « i splendid an oigam/ation as that which has no (ompcei in tim history of th» woild lot such persons ask Di iper to point out uti) human institution of which he can speik m toi ins mi) thing like those used by Limselr of the Catholic Clinch mil wo will then be^in to ft c1 some inteiest m Ibeir tilk but until they have done that wo must be allow ed to look upon their words as not much better than wind, which h ii little weight in the balance of reason and sense CippItiUao ) It my el iss of men has earned a nght to 'te ich nil intions," it is that c1 iss which has extoi ted from a rabid American philosopher such praiso as could not without absuidit), bo spoken îegarding anv other W eil, ladies and gentlemen, this is b) the way I nm deilmg with tho thirteenth century and the nineteenth, and with the \ummu n bonum which men set before themselves In the thirteenth century human society was composed of men and women with like passons to onrselvcä fho Church wus engaged in her mission as sho is to-day She pointed to her summum bonum then, as she does now The world was on the same tiufkof self-enjoy mont as it is at this hour, and the human element m the (rreat Spiritual Empire showed itself to be but hum in Hie vei) greatness of the power she had attained to becmu a temptation to her children , and her wealth, her influence, her supremacy over the minda of men, were not without their danger to that carnal weakness which accompanies ever) institution which has to grapple with, and use, the things of earth Ihen, us now, her Inchest cluldreu weio men, and not angels , and sometimes they turned out to bo vei) wicked men, instead of being light to the w orld and salt to tho earth They dropped the mummil bonum or the Christian life and adopted that of the world they ought to have converted, und damaged the influence of that society of which th°> should havo been the foremost champions Gomteniporary writers speak of man) of thocleig) of those times as being absolutel) effeminate in their manner of living The lummum bonum of the world had been adopted bv many dwelling in the v erv house of God The true leaders of îeligion had to contend with iniquity and sin within the precincts of the Sanctuary, as wellasou'sidein the tuibulent world of the age in which thej hied I think it well we should dwell upon this The fart of Judas being one of tho twelve does not even tend tojpiove that the doctrines of that sacred college were doetnnesof traitors and murdereis Itsimply shows that evil-the blackest and basest evil, can be found m the highest and holiest places and that in spito of grace and the v er) presence of the Redeemer, free will ma) blacken the human heart, t Applause ) So was it m the dap pre- ceding the day s of St francis, of Assisi Corruption had entered into holy places, and the Church required some strong influence to ud her of the unworthv elements which were clinging to her life I will quote tho words of eye-witnesvea who were filled with indignation at what thev saw, to show jou what I mean t? Bernard exclaims, in his da) -" Infant scholars, beardless boy s, are promoted to ecclesiastical dignities for their gentle blood, and pass from under the ferula to the government of the Church, sometimes thinking more of the emancipation from tho rod than of the authority with which thev are my cted , better pleased to havo e=caped one con- trol than to have assumed another" Thirty vear3 Inter Peter of B,ois writes -* O empty glory, O blind ambition, 0 miserable thirst after earthly honouis, O that desire of dignity, that worm that gnaws the heart, that rum of the soul . W hence has the plague come upon us, whence has tur exeeiablo presumption the hardihood with which it excites tho unworthv to aim at dignities-men whose eager- ness m pursuit is proportionate to their untitness for office ? lhriuth eveiy avenue, without concern for body or soul, the e unhappy men fling themselves upon the pastoial chair which has becomo for them an envenomed seat, and for all a sonice of peidition" I might quote Cardinal de A itry, Godfrey of i roy cs, and above all, Elinand, to show youth it there yyero tiaitors in the camp, as well as enemies in the field und that many of those whose very piofession it was to insist cn the summum bonum of the Christian, insisled, at ill events, in the practice of their lives, on the wen turn bonum of the world. They turned tiom living to enjo) God to living and making use of their position as ecelesiasties to enjoy theniselv es Perhaps there
is no a<*e of the world so full of violent contrasts as what nie called, andaré well called, "the ages of faith,'' such violence wickedness, bloodshed, and rapine, such prevari- cation, atheism and inhdelitv on the one hand, and such gentleness, heroism, humility, chanty, self-abasement, such ndent woiship and unswerving faith, upon the other 1 he lieice cry of "st Bernard and others against the abuses i f ecde lastics, ot itself shows how vigorous a life the Church was living Tho principle of living to enjo) God exprès ed itself in more startling manifestations than ithas ever done since thoso days of spiritual ferment, and the ver) action of ancvilspint in high or hoi) places created an opposing force, tho strong energies of which, for example, in the Oidor of St 1 rancis are manifest- ing themselves this very day and in this very place f wo great societies w ere raised up to check the evil of the middle ages namel),-the Orders ot Chivalry and the Orders ot Mendicants-societies of laymen who, to be- come exponents of the tine MU i mun bonum in the great lay world, associated themselves togethei in Orders of hoi) knighthood and societies of clergy who, entering into a high and holy pact to renounce all human things, manci pated themselves to the exclusive senico of religion 1 hese two orders filled the woild of the thirteenth century. They represented the reaction of "Live to enjoy God," against that of ' Live to enjov yourself " The Ordere of Cbivuliv were as the salt of the la) woild No doubt bad men could be lound amongst them , but I am speaking of them ns an Oidei , and, in that sense, the) represent a splendid pi otest on the part of the laity against the domi- nant vices and imperfections of their dav Take one in- stance for example, ef their spirit of mortification, which opens out a world of religious thought by its suggestiv eness. James de '\ itrv speaks of one in a company ot knights as being soseveie with hunsclf,so mortified in his food, so fre- quent in his v igils and fastmga that the slightest shock would thiow lum from his hoise His brothien in arms used to call him "Mr Bread-ind-witer His companion, whenever he fell fiom horseback most ehc-itubly picked him up till, at 1 ist he get so tired ot such fiequent nets of charity that, puttin., linn un h it e back foi the last time ho shouted out lo lum, "3 igmiii Pam-et-eau, piene/ garde a vous, car si you-, vous l.isse? chou de nouveau, je vous abandonne " Mr Bread-nnd-viater, now mind yourself for if )0U let y our elt tumble oft again, I shall abandon )ou to your fate (Laughter) Ihi stuv of De "N îtix s, though it has of com so its ridiculous side, speaks volumes with regard to the principle I am insisting on " beigneur Pain-et-eau, ' howevei extravagant he may havo beenmhiB austerities, pi oves one thing, that the Orders of Chivalry aimed ata summ im boniah which did not make selt-euioyment the one end ot lue Now as the Ordt rs of Chivalry represent the re iction agaiust the world s summum bonum amongst tho laitv, so the Mendicant Orders, and, espe enlly, that ot "st francis of Assisi, represent its lcactiun lound tho altai The .parents of St Tiancis, according to Collano, whoso life ot bun I read years ago with gieat delight in tho "Bollandtsts," were well to-do middle class people of Assisi His father was a mci chant and looked well after the main chance Neither his mothci noi his fathei seem to have tioubled themselves much about the tnimng, moral oi otherwise, of their son Ibis neglect soon begun lo beat its fruits Ftancis, it ap- pears, remained at home till five-and-twentv years of age, and, up to that time, lived a dissipated, nols), rollicking life He became the leader of fashion amongst the young exquisites ot Assisi and possessing hy el) parts and great viv icity, being a capital singer, and naring a good diges- tion, ht liv ed as fast a life us it was possible for a ) oung man, in his position, to live In dress and in his talk, and in his whole beanng, he seemed to be about the best exponent in Assisi of the punciplo of the world, of its summum bonum, ' Live to enjo) thy seit ¡suddenly when fave-and-twenty pai s of age, in ths midst ot all this dissipation, he was struck down b) a temblé sickness Dnnng this
period a completo i evolution was wi ought in his I unud The iiimmun bonum of the world had been cast out, the summum bonum of the Church had taken possession of lum Ibis is tho most expeditious way of expressing the gieat change produced dmmg his sickness When ho was just able to walk with tho help of clutches he crawled to the door, and looked out on the world spread bonenth Ins feet, bo became conscious of the gie it change that had come over his whole moral and cpintuil being lhe summum bonum had changed ile now despised what before had been his one attraction The world was as a dried up leaf-a broken, faded flower. When well enough he retirod into lonely crypt, and pondered over his mental condition, and the piineiples which now, for tho fust time, seem to have presented themselv es to him m all then force Ho de- termined to deduato himself wholly to the service ot re- ligion He sjld his horso and hno clothes, and, for a whole month, liud sollt ir), m n dark cavern or pit, whore ho
prapdtoGod and did oxti erne penance for his life of dissi- ' pation When ho cunie foi th, so changed was he, the peoplo ot tho tow n thongnt ho had gone mad, and hunted him with shouts and y elis, and pelted him with mud and stones Ho minded them no*- Ile lenottnced his patrimony, and had but ona burning desue that dovouied him like a fire full of hungry Hame, the desiro of enjoying God, and making all others enjoy Him too. francis was raised up, I say, pur- posely to restore to the ecclesiastical life of many, that yvhich they had lost-, und to rekindle amongst Christian sotiety. both lav and elerie, that fire of affection wñich had.
suffered greatly through the pressure of the world It is almost miraculous whit one man can do who is thoroughly detached and completely in earnest especially when he is filled with that spirit of another world, which is the animat- ing principle of tho saints So far as I have reid, 1 have nevti met anything equal to his life ot intense love for God 01 equal to his simplicity, and vehemence of heart aud of affection All he saw and all he touched
ecmed to thrill with the ono supreme influence which now possessed him He went preaching bare-foot,
thrash the towns and villages of Italy A poor idiot . fir t joi- d him, then ¿Egidius thon Philip and four otheis I The) ol'cn beheld him carried up in ecstasy Many joined I him Ho founded an Order based on povert) and hum hty I and wonderful simplicit) And wo arc told that tho ertect | of these men s lives upon the world at largo was such as
seemed almost to hingo the very face ot society His love ] of Christ wis vencment and consuming He could not , steadily pronounce the Holy Namo and the intensit) of his | devotion to the Passion of our Lord was evidenced b) tho impiint on his emaciat"d bodv of the marks of our Lord a own wounds Not only men but even the very beasts of the held, ail the birds of tho air, wero controlled by him The power of the summum bonum which now possessed lum
seems to have wen him an influence such as wo may sup- pose Adam to have had over the brute rr ation before the full He would pi each to the birds OÍ the air, who seemed attenlivo to his voice and the swalhws, who wero building their nests and twittering round his cell seemed obedient to I113 comm ind His most touching pr i) er shows his Bpint bettor than any words ot mine -" O most high Almighty, good Loid God, to Theo bolong praise, glory, honour, and all blessing Praised he my Lord God, with all His cieatures, and especi illy our brother the sun, who brings us theda) and who brings us the light fair is ho, and shining with a very "icat splendour O Lord ho signifies to us lhee ' Praised be my I oíd foi oui s ster the moon and for the stars, the which He has set clear md lovell in the heavens Praised be my Lord for otu brother the wind, and foran and clouds, cilm and all weither, by which Thou upholdest in hfoalluea tures Prused be my Lord loi our sister the water, who is very serviceable unto us, and humble, and precious and clean Praised bo my Lord for our brother the hrc, through whom Thou givest us light in darkness and he is bright ind pleusant, and very mighty and strong Piaiscd bo my Lord tor our mother the earth, which doth sustain U3 and keep us, and bnngeth forth divers fruits, and flowers of many colouis, and grass Praised be my Lord for all those who pardon one another for His love's sake, and who enduro weakness and tribula- tion blessed aro they who peaceably shall endure, for Ihou, O most Highest, shalt give them a crown Pimsed be my Loid for our sister the death of the body from whom no man escapeth Woe to him who dieth in mortal sin ' Blessed are they who are found walking by lhy most holy will, for the second death shall have no pow er to do them harm Praise ye, and bless ye the Lord, and give thanks to Him, and serve Hun with great humility ' Within a few years this most remarkable man collected together into hu Order, that ia, by the y ear 1219, over live thousand brothers They came to him from ev ely quarter of the world their heroic lives of prayer, penance humility, and love biought new salt upon the earth Thitty-hv e y ears later, there were 800 conv erts and at least 20,000 religious belonging to the Order, a century later there wero 150,000 brethren whilst at this moment that 1 speak there are 40,000 persons in 1 ranee belonging to tho Third Order alone (Applause) Now, I ask you, ladies and gentlemen, if the spirit of St J?rincis would not bo a good thing to encourage in this nineteenth century ? The I world is the world still Its one persistent cry is " Enjoy
thyself St Francis still cne3 out, " Fnjoy God" St Francis has come here to Now South Wales from a far distant land to sustain this great principle ot the summum bonum Ar"e there any men worth noticing who can object to this i (Hear, hear ) Dowe not all love gentleness, and charity and peace, and the ardent loveol God above all things-' "Ves, oven the most petverse cannot deny the ex- istence of, though ho may shut his eyes to the light ot the day The worst and wickedest is constrained to admit that the fashion 01 this world soon passes away, and its summum bonum ends with robust health, if for a few years it be attained whilst the love, the supreme love of our Master only then begins m its true intensity when things treated hav 0 run their course, and the flashing gales hav t been opened to the true believer Ma) St 1 rancis-Fi anctsius pauper et 'tumilis-may he dwell with us, and bring amongst us those »weet yet masculine virtues which, in his d ty, purged the earth, and VA ere to it a salt and light I feel great pleasure in declaring this sehool-churoh opened His Grace finished his addiess unndst loud and continued applause
Mr W B DAI LEA then rose to speak, and was warmly received He said My Lord, I should have preferred to remain silent thi» afternoon, for 1 feel sute that thoso whom I am addressing are moro disposed to dwell upon y our eloquent address, and to linger on the beautiiul picture y ou have drawn of the illustrious St Trancis than to have their thoughts distracted by any words of mine I cannot help feeling that the Franciscan Fathers ought to be very grateful to you for this splendid introduction It stems, my lord, but y esterday since we stood about the foundation of this church and school and offered to the childron of Him to whom a grateful posterity has given the name of the Seraphic I ather our sincerest and heartiest wishes for their success And to-day the m itenal part of the labour then so auspiciously undertaken has been com- pleted, and this unpretending, modest, but conv enient struc- ture is ht for occup ition Its wulls seem to hav e risen by en cnuntment But w e know th it it is the magic of pure chanty, of thorough earnestness, and of victorious self denial (Apnlause) The building itself has no pretensions to architectural richness or magnificence At this time and under the conditions in which we are placed, the limits of Catholic sacrifice are sufficiently enlarged, and to increase the demand upon religious generosity bv any unessentiul circumstance would be alike inconsiderate and impolitic Numbers of such structures as this will have to be distri- buted all over the country and it would be a sacrifice of true religious feeling to lavish upon the costly decora- tion of a few that which would suffice for the foundation and maintenance of many (Applause) "lhereis no need," says a great architectural critic in a most fascinating and well-known book, "There is no need to ofiend bv importunate self-proclaimant splendour The simplicity of a pastoral sanctuary is lovelier than the majesty ot an urban templo ' And I behev e that the saintly founder of the Tiauciscans impressed upon his disciples that it was not by thevttstnessand splendoui of the temples, but by the grandeur of the sacrifices made by tho peoDle w ho w orsbipped in them that his followers should be 1 now n on earth I hey have heie, my I ord, raised their first house It will shortly be consecrated bv the piesence ot the hundreds of the little
Catholic children from tho greit chanty opposite, for whom, during their residence within those walls, it will be the parish church (Applause ) The other day 1 was reading in a great biography of au illustrious saint a description of the kind of training which, as a little child, he received at the hands of the monks ot Monte Cassino, nearly seven hundred A ears ago 1 hat kind of training will be found, I trust and behev e w ithin these humble walls, as perfect as it was found within the walls ot that magnificent mountain abbey, which is glorious with the treasures and memenes of so many cen-
turies " The children, say s the biographer, "were ton- I fided to the care of a large hearted and God-fearing man ' Ihe one object was to fill their soul with God to teach them the power of knowledge and the force of love, to edu- cate the intellect and to punfv the heart ' You, my lord, will remember the picture, for it was painted by your hand in the great literary work of your life-" The Life and Labours of St I hornas of Aquiu " (Applause ) I trust tint v ou may be spared to see hero that which von have descubed with, so mich power, for which you have struggled so bravely, so unselfishly, and so successfully
Donations were then solicited, and in a very short time ovei £100 was received the Archbishop then pronounced the Bimdictw Dominus Novae, and assisted by Dr Gillett, blessed the edifice according to the Pontificale I his terminated the proceedings, and before departing tho°e present gave cheers foi the Archbishop, and honoured Mr Dalley with a similar compliment