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time; proceed from the same mo- full house, and was supported by tives, and tend to the same conse- . the whole strength of the opposiquences. It is admitted that the tion. It cannot be denied that his Catholies still consider as intruders lordship’s plan, brought forward all those who are in possession of for- with temper, and urged as useful, feited estates; and Ireland has been rather than necessary, gives rise to forfeited so many times over, that a very different question from the every farm in the country has been Annual Parliaments and Universal held by this unpopular title. These Suffrage of former days. But the facts bear with great weight upon scheme, nevertheless, is completely the Catholic claims. As long as felo de se. Lord John proposes to there is a hope, even the slightest abolish boroughs, and multiply hope, among the Irish peasantry, county members, in order to of expelling the present proprietors, strengthen the aristocracy, and and 'recovering what they still away the monied and mercantile inthink their own, there must be dan- terest. It happens, somewhat un. ger in encouraging the religion for fortunately, that the borough syswhich the property was sacrificed. *tem is aristocratic from beginning
One facų asserted by Mr. Ellis, 'to end. And if his lordship deand confirmed and explained by stroyed his father's snug seats for Mr. Plunkett, appears to deserve Tavistock, and gave him two new more attention than it attracted. ones for Bedfordshire in their stead,
A Catholic Priest, was present at a it seems to us that he would leave shocking outrage and murder, and matters much as he found them. can identify several of the offend- He cannot intend to annihilate no ers; but it is not thought expedient rotten boroughs but those which to call for his evidence, because, are supposed to be in the market. in the first place, it would endan- He cannot intend to clip the treager his life; and, in the second, it sury, and leave the Duke of Dewould deprive him of all future in- vonshire and Lord Fitzwilliam unfluence over his flock. We do not touched. He must know that a "deny that there may be circum- House of Commons, exclusively stances sufficient to justify such a aristocratic and countyfied, is not proceeding-but they must be of exactly qualified to make laws for the strongest and most alarming na a nation .wbich owes six hundred ture. What would be said in Eng- millions to the middling and lower land, of suffering a Teacher to go classes of its own inhabitants. These unquestioned upon such or upon would be the results of his lordany other pretence?
ship's scheme, and they afford us a Lord Johu Russell's motion for pretty good security against its Parliamentary Reform attracted a success.
NOTICE TO CORRESPONDENTS. ; H.; Sevi; B. C.; R.; have been received, and are under consideration.
M*'s communication has not been forgotten, but upon second thoughts, we have doubted the expediency of inserting it.
The letters of Catholicus have been carefully considered, and we are convinced that he has mistaken the sense of the author on whom he comments.
The Chardstock Case, the Parliamentary Proceedings respecting Church Briefs, and several other articles, are únavoidably postponed.
Erratum.--In our last Number, page 209, for 1669 read 1599.
SERMON ON CHARITY. tians, as we may learn from that
lovely and interesting picture, which 1 Cor. xiii. 13.
has been left of them by the pen And now abideth faitli, hope, Charity - their inspired historian.
these three--but the greatest of these “They continned stedfastly in the is Charity.
the Apostles' doctrine and fellow
ship, and in breaking of bread," WERE we required to express in one (an expression considered to be equiword the effects of our most holy valent to their receiving of the Lord's Religion, that word would surely be Supper)—" and in prayer; and all Charity; not as it is too commonly that believed were together, and had understood in the limifed aceep allthingscommon, and sold their postation of alms-giving or aets of posi: sessions and goods, and parted them tive beneficence, but as it compre- to all men, as every man had need." hends all those kindly and benevolent It is thus magnified by the Apos. affections, in whatever way they may tle Paul in his Epistle to the Ro. shew themselves, which constitute within us the principle of Love. For “Owe no man any thing but to it may be worthy of remark, that love one another,"_.e. let this be wherever, in our translation of the your chief consideration, the main New Testament, we meet with the duty that you bave to perform, to words Charity or Love, the original love your fellow-creatures; "for he is the same in both cases, and the that loveth another, hath fulfilled two words are to be considered as the law. For this, thou shalt not equivalent, and are used indiscrimi. commit adultery, thou shalt not kill, nately for each other.
thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not An early mention of this beneto. bear false witness, thou shalt not lent principle oceurs it one of our covet: and if there be any other Lord's last discourses with his dis- commandment, it is briefly compreciples, wherein he makes it the dis. hended in this saying, thou shalt tinguishing badige of a Christian's love thy neighbour as thyself. Love profession.
worketh no ill to his neighbour ; "By this, says HE, shall all men therefore” resuming his former asserknow that ye are my disciples, if ye tion, he concludes, “ Love is the have love one fo anothrer; and a new fulfilling of the law." commandment give I unto you, that The same language is used, the We love one another."
same exhortation given to the other It shone forth'with peculiar lustre Churches. in the conduct of the early Chris. The Galatians are reminded, that REMEMBRANCER No. 42.
“in Jesus Christ neither circumci- tation to this effect; grounding our sion availeth any thing, nor uncir. love of the brethren on nothing less, cumcision, but faith, which worketh than “ the love that God has maniby love."
fested towards us."-An exalted The Ephesians are exhorted to source this! and, when duly con“ walk worthy of their vocation, sidered, the bighest possible encouwherewith they were called, with all ragement that could be offered ! lowliness and meekness, with long Herein,” says this aged Apos. suffering, forbearing one another in tle, “ is love" -- love in its bighest lore."
perfection ; “ not that we loved To the Philippians he writes, “If God;"_far otherwise—for we were there be any consolation in Christ, in enmity with him through our if any comfort of love, if any fellow- sins,“ but that he loved us, and ship of the Spirit, if any bowels and sent his Son to be the propitiation mercies, fulfil ye my joy, that ye be for our sins." “ Beloved,”-it is like minded, having the same love, in this affectionate manner that he being of one accord, of one mind.” addresses bis Christian brethren ;
For his Colossian, and the same that in the very act of admonishing, for his Thessalonian converts he offers he might be an example of what he up his hearty prayers, and thanks- taught—"Beloved, if God so loved givings, for that he had “heard of us, we ought also to love one anotheir faith in Christ Jesus, and the ther.” love which they had to all the Saints.” Interesting, however, as this Epis.
. To l'imothy he repeats the decla- tle is, (and possibly on none of the ration that he had before made to the sacred writings do 'we dwell with Romans, “the end of the command- more delight than on those of this ment is Charity-out of a pure heart, Apostle), and full on the subject of and a good conscience and faith un our present consideration, still must feigned.”
it yield to that more detailed account And in the rules that he sends to of the comparative excellence, and Titus for the government of the Cre- nature, and duration of Charity, tan Church, he specities Charity as which the Apostle Paul has given an essential qualification of the us in the chapter from which the aged:
text is taken. “That the aged be sound in Charity.” The Apostle was writing to the
St. Peter holds the same strain, Corinthian Church, who appear to and calls upon the Christians gene. have been favoured beyond every rally, to " love one another with a other, with a profusion of spiritual pure heart fervently,”-and “ above or miraculous gifts for the advance. all things," says lie, “ have fervent ment of the Gospel. charity among yourselves'-adding “ Ye come bebind," saith be in thereunto this strong encouragement, the opening of bis Epistle, “ in no " for charity shall cover the multi- gitt; in every thing ye are enriched tude of sins:"_shall, through the by him in all utterance and in all merits of your Redeemer, procure knowledge.” In the 12th chapter for you the forgiveness of your tres. he specifies these several gifts. “To passes, as it has led you to over. one is given by the Spirit, the word look and forgive the trespasses, the of wisdom,”—a full and accurate personal injuries, that you may have comprehension, through the imme. received from your brethren. diate revelation of God, of the mys
From the Epistle of St. Johu it teries of the Gospel ; “to another would be idle to extract the numer the word of knowledge by the same ous passages that inculcate the duty Spirit”—knowledge of those aptient of love. The whole of his first Epis- prophecies and writings of the Old tle is almost one continued exhor. Testament, which may tend to the
conversion of the Jews; “to ano The smallest was as undeserved and ther faith,"-or a firm belief, and as much above the utmost stretch deep and accurate understanding of of human power as the greatest, the general scheme of the Gospel, Noindividual could reasonably boast the result of a careful examination over another; fur he had nothing of its evidences, and a diligent at which he had not received, and the tendance on the preaching of the same hand that gave, might in a Apostles; “to another the gift of moment withdraw the gift What healing ;” “ to another the working then should have pervaded the Coof miracles ;" “ to another pro. rinthian Church, when assembled in phecy”-in its largest sense, as it the full exercise of their several gifts, contains the ability to preach, as but one intense feeling of thankfulwell as the prediction of future ness to (iod, who had so honoured events; “ to another discerning of and blessed them; and of love tospirits” that is, of the thoughts and wards one another, selected as they hearts of men, no less than of the thus were, to work together for the truth of their pretensions to be in- advancement of one common end? spired; “to another divers kinds of But the case was far otherwise, tongues with their interpretation." “ It hath been declared unto me of
And, answerably, as it would you, saith the Apostle, that there are seem, to these, the Apostle goes on contentions among you.” Dissatis. to enumerate the several officers fied with the gifts that had been which it had pleased the Almighty severally bestowed on themselves, to place over his Church ; “ Apos- the individuals of this divided Church tles” endowed with the wisdom that were envying the endowments one of was from above; “Prophets," duly another. What course then does informed in the full import of the the Apostle take to heal these unsacred Scriptures, and ready to turn happy differences ? the weight of antient prophecy to "I admit,"-we may thus expand convince their Jewish brethren ; his argument, " that the gifts differ “Teachers" accurately taught them in their value; that the best gifts are selves, and able to instruct others in a laudable object of your pious amthe whole scheme of the Christian bition and earnest prayers; nay, I faith; “ Miracles,” or persons in. would say to you, 'covet,' desire earvested with the gift of working mira- nestly the best gifts ;' but yet shew cles; “ Healers, corresponding to I unto you a more excellent way to the gift of healing; “ Helps," or obtain them, than you seem to be assistants in the ministry, to the gifts aware of; and what is in truth far of prophecy; “Governments” to the better and more lasting than them discerning of spirits ; and lastly, all. You wish to be active ministers diversities of tongues," or persons of the Gospel, and enriched with the miraculously impowered to speak or most glorious of those miraculous interpret different languages, as the gifts with which it has pleased the necessities of the infant Church Almighty to assist the weakness of might require.
his infant Cburch. It is a praiseUnder such signal marks then of worthy desire: but in the indulgence the peculiar favour of God, what of this desire have you not forgotten should have been the feelings of the your distinguishing badge as ChrisCorinthians ? None of these gifts tians ?” were of their own procuriug by any “Though I speak," says this enerwit or study, of theirs : they were getic Apostle—and he puts the case altogether the free and unmerited in his own person, that he might communication of that “one and give the less offence," though I the self-same Spirit, who divided to speak with the tongues of men and every man severally, as he pleased.” of angels,” though I possess the
miraculous power of speaking every be burned ; and yet” am uninfluenlanguage on earth, and even the lan. ced by the spirit of “Charity," the guage of the angels in heaven, glory of my martyrdom, the abun" and” yet, forgetting my private dance of my alms, the greatness of duty as a Christian, “ have not Cha- my faith, the extent of my knowrity;"—the love of God and man ledge, and the power of speaking working within me, “I am become with the tongues of men and angels, as sounding brass, or a tinkling cym- “ will protit me nothing." And bal,” giving out as these do, a sound wherefore? Because in the pursuit under the agency of a higher power, of the means of advancing the cause but myself the meanwhile as unani- of religion, I have, in my conduct, mated in a spiritual sense, as these forgotten the substance of religion material substances are in a natu- itself. For what is Charity but the ral.
substance! Look at its fruits, and And though I should be so pre. acknowledge its great and compreeminently inspired with the gift of hensive excellence. "prophecy,” as to “understand” Like forbearance, it “ suffereth clearly and fully “all” the “mys. long,' and avengeth not itself; but teries,” that are hid under the law rather givetlı place unto wrath, reof Moses, “and all” the “know. membering the Scripture, “vengeledge" God has declared by the ance is mine, I will repay, saith mouth of his Prophets from the be, the Lord.” ginning of the world even till now; Like mercy, it is “kind," apd and though from a diligent exami- tender-hearted, forgiving as it hopes nation of the character of my blessed itself to be forgiven. Master, and the purity of his reli, Like contentment, it " envieth gion, and the amazing power of his not,” bul rejoiceth with them that miracles, and the exact fulfilment of do rejoice. every prophecy in his person, I Like discretion, it “ vaunteth not
should have" arrived at the high- itself,"—is never over-bearing, but est possible degree of "faith," so singularly cautious of inadvertently that in the strength of this faith I wounding the feelings or interests of could perform the most difficult its brethren, work, even (to use a proverbial ex, Like humility, it is not puffed pression) to the removal of mountains up, or rendered wise in its own con
and yet with all this, “have no ceit." Charity, I am nothing :" I may be Like modesty, it “ behaveth pat very useful as a preacher of the itself unseemly," but renders to all Gospel, but as a Christian myself their dues ; to its superiors respect, with the conditional hope of heaven to men of low degree condescension before mine eyes, “I am nothing" and regard. of no worth whatever in the sight of Like generosity, it “seeketh not God, and without any chance of its own” to the exclusion of the attaining, through Christ, to the welfare of another ; yea, rather kingdom of heaven.
shaping its conduct by that admo. " And though” in the magnifi- nition of the Apostle, “in honour cence of my heart, or out of a love prefer one another.” of the praise of men, or with a view Like weekness, it “ is, bot easily to the advancement of my temporal provoked.” interests, “ I bestow all my goods to Like simplicity, it “thinketh no feed the poor," and in my tenacity evil," — Like godliness, it “ rejoicetla to the opinions that I may bave es not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the poused, or out of a shame to retract, truth."-Like kindness, it “ beasa or a vain-glorious boast of continu eth," or rather ccvereth and keeps ing to the end, “I give my body to out of sight, (where duty requires