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The Catholic Layman
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We, therefore, see no reason to change our opinion, that the practice of the Roman Catholic Church is fairly represented by the illustration which we employed in our last number-namely, that the relation which, in the practice of the Roman Catholic Church, the saints and especially the Blessed Virgin hold to God is much the samne as that which, in the British constitution, the Prime Minister holds to the Queen. Mr. Power says that to make our illustration good we should prove that Roman Catholics offer no prayers to God, and that they repudiate His worship. Our illustration requires no such thing. Any one looking for favour from the crown thinks it right to attend the Queen's levees, or else to address petitions to the Queen, even though he knows that the granting these petitions may depend very much on the favour which his claims may find in the eyes of the minister. Mr. Fower tells us also that we must show that Roman Catholics hold that God has no choice but to grant the saints' request, and so that the real power rests with them. We are not bound to show this in order to make our illustration good, because in the theory of the British constitution the Queen has a choice, and may, if she likes, refuse to bestow offices on the persons recommended by her ministers. In practice, however, these are the persons on whom she alwv;ys does choose to bestow the offices. And Roman Catholic writers miintain just as strongly that no doubt God has a choice not to grant the saints' requests, but that in practice He always does choose to grant them. We quote, as proofs of this, a passage from St. Liguori's Glories of Mary, chap. ii., section i., and could accumulate more in abundance from the same work. " St. Peter Damian says that the Virgin can do what she wishes in heaven as well as in earth; for she can raise them that are in despair to hope of salvation. All power, writes the saint, is given to thee in heaven and on earth, and nothing is impossiule to thee, who art able to obtain even for them that are in despair hopes of salvation. He afterwards adds, that when the Mother goes to ask any favour for us of Jesus Christ, who is called the holy altar of mercy, where sinners obtain pardon from God, the Son has such an esteem for the prayers of Mary, and is so desirous of pleasing her, that when she prays, she seems to command rather than to entreat, and appears before Him rather as a lady than as a handmaid. .... St. Bernardine of Siennadid not hesitate toutter this great sentence, that aU things, even God, obey the commands of Mary. By these words, lie in reality meant that God hears all her prayers as promptly as if they were commands. Hence, St. Anselm, addressing Mary, says-O Virgin, God hath exalted thee so as to give thee this privilege, that ;ith Iimn thou canst do all things. The Lord, O cern, s:iintfoin, &t-., will now be rapidly coming into ue for house feeding the stock. Cut close, that none be wasted. Keep under cover for six hours after cutting before using, that the more watery particles be evaporated, and avoid heaping too miuch tigther, to prevent fermentation. Top-dressthe lucerns, clovers, ryegrass, &c., immediately after cutting, with rich compost or liquid manure. Poultry.-Pay attention to the younc chickens; let them have a warm, sunshiny, sheltered place to walk in, with free access to green and inisectiferous faod. Set more clutches of tho:e you are nmost desirous of increasing. Feed young turkeys on boiled nettles, chopped fine, mixed with well hoiled potatoes, or, in lieu of those, wih sonime g ,od oatnmal. Keep them carefully from damp. Attemus to the young gosiings, they require soft feeding; anl allow both thetm and young ducks free access to water in fine weather, but keep them away from it in damp, wet weather, or you will loose many from cramp. Pigs.-Fat pigs should be disposed of before the montmh commences, and all others kept in store condition. Green clover, vetches, &c., may be given them in their yard, cr if a clover field can be exclusively devoted to this stock, they will be maintained in health, strength, and good growing condition till the end of the season, when food more auapted tor attemng comes in pkintillly.