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complishment. Our cause the cause of our Holy Mother--must ultinately prevail, though, to our untrusting shortsightedness, the issue appear at times doubtful. Then let us, strong in this belief, go forth to meet the shadowy future, without fear, and with a manly heart.”
" Voice of the fearless saint !
Beat high for truth, but, doubting, cower and faint-
S. JEROME'S LOVE.
SEMBLANCE most beautiful! sacred be thy woes,
Thy lifelong faith, and firm undying love;
Celestial converse seeking from above.
The hallowed shadows time o'er thee hath cast;
Of deep devotion, is of ages past.
The penitential chant doth solemnly arise-
A torn and bleeding heart's true sacrifice.
To prayer and holy meditation given-
C. A. M. W.
(From S. Cyril.) Every deed of Christ is a boast of the Catholic Church, but her boast of boasts is the Cross; and knowing this S. Paul says, “ But God forbid that I should glory, save in the Cross of Christ.”
For wondrous indeed it was, that he who was blind from his birth should recover his sight in Siloam ; but what is this compared with the blind of the whole world ? It was a great thing, and passing nature, for Lazarus to rise again after four days, but this grace extended to him alone; and what was it compared with the
dead in sin throughout the whole
world? Marvellous was it that five loaves should issue forth into food for the five thousand; but what is that to those who are famishing in ignorance through all the world? It was marvellous that she should have been loosed who had been bound by Satan eighteen years; yet what is this to all of us, who are fast bound in the chains of our sins ? Now the glory of the Cross has led into light those who were blind through ignorance, has loosed all who were held fast by sin, and has ransomed the whole world of men.
And wonder not that the whole world was ransomed; for it was no mere man, but the Only-Begotten Son of God, Who died on its behalf. And yet one man's sin, even Adam's, had power to bring death into the world; but “if by one's man offence death reigned” over the world, how shall not life much rather reign " by the righteousness of one ?” and if because of the tree of food they were then cast out of Paradise, shall not believers now because of the tree of Jesus, much more easily enter into Paradise ? If the first man formed out of the earth brought in universal death, shall not He who formed him out of the earth bring in everlasting life, being Himself Life? If Phinees, when he waxed zealous, and slew the evil-doer, stopped the wrath of GOD, shall not Jesus, Who slew not another, but gave Himself up for a ransom, put away the wrath which is against men ? Let us then not be ashamed of the Cross of our SAVIOUR, but rather glory in it. “For the preaching of the Cross is unto the Jews a stumbling-block, and unto the Greeks foolishness,” but to us salvation; and “to them that perish it is foolishness, but unto us which are saved it is the power of God." For it was not a mere man who died for us, as I said before, but the Son of God, God made Man.
Further, if under Moses a lamb kept the destroyer at a distance, did not much rather the “ Lamb of God, which taketh away the sins of the world,” deliver us from our sins? The blood of a brute animal gave salvation, and shall not the blood of the Only-Begotten much rather save? If any disbelieve the power of the Crucified, let him inquire of the devils ; if
believe not words, let him believe what he sees. Many have been crucified throughout the world, but by none of these are the devils scared; but Christ having been crucified for us, when they see but the sign of the Cross, they shudder. For those died for their own sins, but Christ for the sins of others; for He "did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth." It is not Peter who says this, for then we might suspect that he was partial to his Teacher, but it is Esaias who says it, not indeed present with Him in the flesh, but in the Spirit, contemplating aforetime His coming in the flesh. Yet why now bring the
Prophet only as a witness ? receive the witness of Pilate himself, who gave sentence upon Him, saying, “ I find no fault in this Man;" and who, when he gave Him up, washed his hands and said, “ I am innocent of the blood of this Just Person.
There is yet another witness of the sinlessness of Jesus, the robber, the first man admitted into Paradise; who rebuked kis fellow, and said, “We receive the due reward of our deeds ; but this Man hath done nothing amiss; for we were present, both thou and I, at His judgınent.”
Jesus then really suffered for all men; for the Cross was no illusion, otherwise our Redemption is an illusion also. His death was not in appearance, for then is our salvation also a tale. Being then in the flesh like others, He was crucified, but not for like sins.
For He was not led to death for covetousness, in that He was the teacher of Poverty ; not for smiting or striking hastily, for He turned the other cheek also to the smiter; not for despising the Law, for He was the Fulfiller of the Law; not for reviling a prophet, for it was Himself Who was proclaimed by the Prophets; not for defrauding any of their line, for He ministered without reward and freely. He sinned not in words, or deeds, or thoughts, " Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth; Who when He was reviled, reviled not again ; when He suffered, He threatened not ;" Who came to His Passion, not unwillingly, but willingly; yea, should any dissuading Him say even now,
“ Be it far from Thee, LORD," He will say again, « Get thee bebind Me, Satan.”
And wouldest thou be persuaded that He came to His Passion willingly? Others die without their own will, in that they know not of their death; but He spoke before of His Passion,
Behold, the Son of Man is betrayed to be crucified !" But knowest thou wherefore this Friend of man shunned not death? It was lest the whole world should perish in its sins. “Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man shall be betrayed, and
be crucified ;” and again, “He steadfastly set His Face to go to Jerusalem."
And wouldest thou know certainly that the Cross is a glory to Jesus? Hear His own words,-not mine. Judas set about betraying Him, being ungrateful to the Master of the house. Having but just now gone forth from His table, and drunk His cup of blessing; yet, in return for that draught of salvation, he sought to shed righteous blood. “He who did eat of His bread, lifted up his heel against Him." His hands were but lately receiving the blessed gifts, and within a little while, for the wages of treason, he was plotting His death.
And being reproved, and having heard that word, “Thou hast said,” he again went out. Then said JESUS, “The hour is come that the
Son of Man should be glorified." Thou seest how He knew the Cross to be His proper glory. Further, was Esaias, when he was sawn asunder, not ashamed } and shall CHRIST be ashamed when dying for the world ? “Now is the Son of Man glorified.” Not but that He had glory before ; for He was “glorified with the glory” which was before the foundation of the world. He was glorified as Gov ever, but now He was glorified in bearing the Crown of His patience. He gave not up His life by force, nor was He put to death violently, but of His own accord. Hear what He says,—“I have power to lay down My life, and I have power to take it again.” I yield it of My own choice to My enemies, for, unless I chose, this could not be. He came, therefore, of His own set purpose, to His Passion, rejoicing in His noble deed, 'smiling at the crown, cheered by the salvation of men; not ashamed of the Cross, for it saved the world. For it was no common man who suffered, but God in man's nature, striving for the prize of His patience.
Let us seek the texts in proof of the Passion of CHRIST; for we are met together, not now to make an abstract exposition of the Scripture, but rather to be made assured of the things which we already believe. Now, therefore, I begin from whence the Passion began. Judas was the traitor who came against Him, and stood, and speaking words of peace, and plotting war. The Psalmist then says concerning Him, “My friends and My neighbours drew near against Me, and stood.”
And again, “ His words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.” “Hail, Master !” and he betrayed his Master to death; he was not moved with His warning, when He said, “ Judas, betrayest thou the Son of Man with a kiss ?" saying, as it were, this to him, Recollect thine own name; Judas means confession; thou hast come to terms, thou hast received the money, make confession quickly. “Hold not Thy peace, O God of My praise; for the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against Me. They have spoken against Me with a lying tongue; they have compassed Me about also with words of hatred.” But that some of the chief Priests also were present, and that the bonds were before the gate of the city, thou hast heard before, if thou rememberest the exposition of the Psalmist, who has told the time and place, how they returned at evening, and hungered like dogs, and encompassed the city."
Attend also in respect to the thirty pieces of silver. will say to them, If it be good in your sight, give me my price, or refuse,"+ &c. One price is owing to Me from you for My healing the blind and lame, and I receive another; for thanksgiving, dishonour,--for worship, insult. Beholdest thou how * Ps. lix. 6. Sept.
+ Zech. xi, 12. Sept.
the Scripture foresaw these things ? “And they appointed My price at thirty pieces of silver.' How exact the prophecy! how great and unerring is the wisdom of the Holy Ghost! for He said, not ten, nor twenty, but thirty ; exactly as many as
Tell also what became of this value, o Prophet! Does he who received it keep it, or does he restore it? And after it was restored, what becomes of it? The Prophet then says, And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them into the House of the LORD, into the refining house.”+ Compare the gospel with the prophecy.“ Judas,” it says, “repented himself, and cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed.” Those conscientious Jews, forsooth, the High Priests of that time, seeing Judas repenting, and saying, "I have sinned, in that I have betrayed the innocent blood,” reply, “What is that to us ? see thou to that.” Is it, then, nothing to you, the crucifiers ? But shall he who received and restored the price of murder, see to it, and shall not the murderers see to it? Then they say among themselves, “ It is not lawful to cast them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.” Out of your own mouths is your condemnation : if the price is polluted, so is the deed polluted ; but if thou art fulfilling righteousness in crucifying CHRIST, why receivest thou not the price of it? They bound JESUS, and led Him to the hall of the High Priest. And wouldest thou know and be sure that this also is written ? Esaias saith,
“Woe unto their soul, for they have taken evil counsel against themselves, saying, Let us bind the Just, for He is troublesome to us.”I And truly, “Woe unto their soul !” Let us see how. Esaias was sawn asunder, yet after this the people was restored. Jeremias was cast into the mire of the dungeon, yet was the wound of the Jews healed; for it was the less, in that it was a sin against man. But when the Jews sinned, not against man, but against God in man's nature, “Woe unto their soul!” He says, Let us bind the Just." Could He not then set Himself free? some one will say; He Who freed Lazarus from the bonds of death after four days, and loosed Peter from the iron hands of his prison? Angels stood around ready, saying, “Let us burst their bonds in sunder ;" but they held back, because their LORD was pleased to undergo it . Again, He was led to the judgment-seat before the elders. Thou hast already the testimony to this,—“ The LORD will come into judgment with the ancients of His people, and the princes thereof." And the High Priest, having questioned Him, and heard the truth, is wroth; and the wicked" minister of wicked * Zech. xi. 12, Sept.
+ Zech. xi. 13, Sept. Isa. iii. 9, 10, Sept.
Isa. ii. 14.