By Fr. Bernard Basset, S.J.
Holy Saturday HOLY Saturday belongs to Our " Lady. From the time of Our Lord's death until his resurrection on Easter morning, she was, in the words of the ancient writer, " the one pillar of the Catholic faith." As you know. it was the custom of the Church from the early middle ages, to dedicate each Saturday to Our Lady. and two votive Masses for Our Lady of Saturday have survived Irons the ninth century. Now the reason given by Durandus and others for this practice is that Our Lady alone remained faithful on Holy Saturday. St. Robert Bellarmine put in a word for Mary Magdalen whose loyalty was constant hut we rightly
turn joyful day. on this half sad,
h Happy Easter ,," AND lastly Lord, in this our
A special blessing for those friends we beg, Who are not able in our joy to share, Whose ' Happy Easter • means an Easter egg."
Paper shortage THE tragic shortage of English Catholic literature should make us all careful about the use of our old pamphlets and papers. and also apostolic in our efforts to send them to our friends abroad. Many readers of this column have been generous in sending magazines to the Madura missions and others have been feeding Patrick Cooley and the groups in Nyasaland. Both these addresses will be supplied if you care to write. Now comes a similar appeal from D. M. Cavanagh, the president of the Association of Our Lady of Fatima in Uganda.
Uganda's needs mR. Cavanagh tells us that in Uganda they manage to obtain and sell the English Catholic papers at one shilling a copy. Some European Catholics are able and willing to pay this for their weekly paper but the Africans cannot afford it and yet long for literature about the faith. Old papers. magazines. pictures, stories are urgently needed to counteract the influence 'of other types of English reading and propaganda which are always in plentiful supply, " We are a larAssociation," he writes, " running on cell principles; you could help our work tremendously if you would send us any old papers." "The address is D. M. Cavanagh, P.O. Box 292. Kampala. Uganda. Br. E. Africa.
AS a change from words and to " celebrate the feast of Easter fittingly, I am publishing part of an Easter card for my readers drawn by the children of Haywards Heath. This picture grew out of a competition. At first the plan had been to publish the best of some hundred individual pictures and then it was suggested that we should put the open and empty tomb in the middle and that each child should add one character. This has been faithfully done. Each artist has added a figure of his or her choice and tried to portray the right expression of wonder and joy.
Tailpiece A CK NOW LEDGEM ENT should " he made to someone unknown for the charming story about Archbishop Amigo who once saw two little boys in a London park building a house of day and mud. He asked them what they were doing and they said that they were building a cathedral. -' If you build a Cathedral," said the Archbishop, " then you will want a bishop." "Yes," said one of the urchins," but we ain't got enough muck for 'im."