SIR.-THE CATHOLIC HERALD of November 19 reported the death of the late Rev. W. L. Arrowsmith in London on November 14.
Fr. Arrowsmith was always the true intellectual, strengthening the Christian and philosophical spirit in action; he was always the reliable guide to the soul asking true qualitative development. To the man outside the Faith, and who was yet anxious for more brotherliness in the world, he was "the saintly Father."
The Father never ceased stressing. when in this life. the importance of the work of dealing with the world, which work must be done-like all work by individual effort. He wanted Catholics to concern themselves more with instructing the average man-the man in the street -and his belief was that this man was not looking upon religion as the normal solution of the problem of the world, whether political, social or personal, for the simple reason that he is not knowing enough about religion. According to the Father, plain people can be expected to accept religion when they see it meeting the bigger needs of man; it can be accepted that they will do much more for the Church when convinced of the utility of it.
The need of the day, as Fr. Arrowsmith taught, was the need of the co-operation of every Catholic of experience, of energy. and of knowledge of what the Church teaches. in a positive campaign to tackle the situation of the world as it is (his belief was that we miss some realism by neglecting to read any of the best sellers), and to get at the heart of individuals: He held that it would have to start with the study of human nature. and that it would have to combine Catholic thought with practical life.
George H. Gledwell 352 West I 5th Street,
New York II, N.Y.
Flags Flown SIR, Your correspondent, TwIlf. Tolhurst, may he interested to know that. in one parish at least his suggestion is carried out regularly. Being a patriotic Catholic layman, and having a flagstaff in my garden, I regularly hoist the Flag of St. George, the Papal Flag and the Union Flag on appropriate days, thus:
Flag of St. George on feast days which we share in common with our separated brethren as follows: Circumcision. Epiphany, April 23, Easter Sunday. Ascension, Whit Sunday. All Saints' and Christmas.
Papal Flag on specifically Catholic feast days as follows: Corpus Christi, SS. Peter and Paul, Assumption, Kingship of Christ and Immaculate Conception. to which will be added next year the Queenship of Mary.
Union Hag on the following State anniversaries: Accession Day, Queen's Birthday (and official celebration). Empire Day, Coronation Day, Duke of Edinburgh's and Queen Mother's Birthdays, and Remembrance Sunday.
A similar procedure is followed by the parish church itself, except that the Union Flag is not hoisted thereoh as it is felt that this flag is hardly an appropriate one to fly from a church.
R. M. Marshal,
Lieut.. R.N. (retd.) Sillwood, Aspley Guise, Bletchley, Bucks.