THE MYSTICAL BODY OF CHRIST
Till Iiiwz.,ion initialed by Mr. Thislicthwaitc's article of February 9 .s.1,,,,, .. ho signs of abating, and it .11 (It soon be necessary to distinguish qiI T.,, i 1,10 ihe main lines of thought that hare been expressed in the (, ,0 ,,, rl, II !ti. ti (it'll. to focussilig altentlon fur the future upon rrnaill turf, li' ft" .,foluc.•ilis Bun hare sort ired the ordeal of pubtle criticism.
lb nun hitt, 11 e print Ilits 'week a fresh suggestion, having some affinities with others that have been made, bat coming this time from an Anglican reader, .31e. Bert Watts.
Por fEE/XVII 3 of space err hare been obliged to print only a selection of passages from his contribution, but we hope ii e hare !O en the ;fist of it. Naturally in itiuhTilig it he had in mind the siwrial ni1PCu1lies uf Muse within his on ri communion who think like hini, but what he says may profitably be Flialied by ail of as.
We append lu it a short statenient by Mr. Bernard Wall, putting a suggestion already made. by hien into COncreti form fur immediate consideration tiy Muse whom it interests.
The only other contribution for which we hare space this week stresses a distinction between Iwo forms of the Catholic life—two forms Which, as Mr. Baybould himself admits, are not aniugunl6lie and in fact yo back together literally to the days of the Apostles, We shalt hare more to say on this point another week. It ix enough for the present to cull attention to the fart that the Ito) practical suggestions printed this week, us well as 31r. Thistlethwaite's original proposal, alt seek to find some way of Being for ( alholics that shalt at the sante lime enable them to share inure ilLTBill rn the I id rist life 'within and provide a stepping-off place fur militant actiun against lli, forces of evil without.
By BERT WATTS
TI1E article b. 1dr. Remind Thistlethuaile Tlw :1101111 1.IINV in the modern Nvorld," inch appeared in catholic !fro rail 011 Indiruary 9, and the ensuing orrestieutlence on the subject, have helm most micros-ling awl opened up Li. subject wh:ch demands the attention uiiit consideration of all t'atholle minds in 1,:ligland let-tiny. .1s the editor has saki in his foreword to Alr. Th.lbitcqh\vaite's firbt article. there is HT1 urgent need for hold and construefive Le linn in the rata. of the Silent Revolution ilitily working itself out iu the social atirl moraL sphere of twentielh-centucy lire.
Danger of Ellasphemetis Zeal
It. \Aiiemphasized by a correspondent led in sympathy with mr. Thistle thx\-aitc•s onstritetIve suggestions that 11 CalhOlicisin means anynto,,, it mauls seeing tl itiu4. as theyreally arr. The 11;inger at voi I. ihis coeres
purulent hints is easy to see If Es the nr the epportni11.1 optimist who, wants, Hi his own small way, to do the
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Against all this it must be remem. bored that the corporate action of Christians in many seemingly significant questions has been Instrumental in the building of our
Catholic heritage. It is, moreover, as Mr. Thistlethwarte says, the mode of action traditional to Christianity.
Ono of the primary and most Important idc,as OF the medieval Church wati or the unitc of life. All learning, '.a.bour and polai.•s, \\ ere but pint or
One 11111110(1 1111' Chrisorin life.
Cramping Secularism 'The; nature of things in. the sOnlat life of to-day has been completely changed, and religion, its basic mut
sut,tainit g. racior, xvhere it hii not been completely removed and destroyed, .1s It legated to ;A Sintlii Watertight. compartment. This state
of affairs cannot bill affect the lives of Catholics, for they, as others, live in the world, and the world lives round thorn with sonic of the same moulding and narrowing effect.
'rite %yule nitIcrence III Mc ,-.\10■11. ui the permeation or religion into everyday Jill lietween the curiy and medieval loll the present ago has oceasioned 11,0 seeking of a temporary subs' nine nir Catholics to-day. Only tlinsc whose lot It has been to conform -ownli■es in the necessary limitations leIiiIrI hi y secularism win realize he spiritual and intellectual. poverty Of this mixed and unnatural existence,
11111.11 ol the joy or Christian 1118 1 taken away.
The Natural and Christian Basis Tao solution, u eourse, Iles mainly in lite restoration of natural lullUly lire.' Tliht however, leaves out Ine individual CathOlic who, by treasons chiefly of necessity, is conipelled m live in this atmosphere at secularism 011(1 11 forgo Ille greater pirt or MC Joy and iovettness which eonies or a hie IN holly cOlifOrMed to the abining prin, lides or the faith.
Numerous are the families In England to-day having but a single tepresentative of the Catholic faith in their midst. I know from experience how this state of affairs in family life is the cause of much unhappiness to young Catholics, for when there is not active oppo sition or open persecution, what is inore intolerable than the soul-destroying apathy of those with whom we live?
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of the sacred unity family lite.
Special Difficulties of Anglicans
The position of the Anglican to-day is, however, often more difficult and involved than that of the normal Catholic, whose life at least is strengthened by Ihe background of that peace and unity nf being :1-1 communion with the Holy See and haying ttn guide Iii faith Lind morals and social
lire. The evils or the ficformallon and tho intrnsion of the philistine state intn the direct mg If things
spiritual ti ,110. hren idrgety instro iiirtital 111 deSlr''‘111:1' 110background
f. Anglicans, cil;JI, ii I 11V sail stale disonion, we at least arc bound to scot: a temporary substitute_ For these Individuals I suggest the establishmtnt of small lay communities having as a background a simple but definite rule, and under the general direction of their parish priest. In the qinet and ordered lire of the house would he found the means of attainment In that. peace passing all understanding, the first great r8sett1ial for progress in the spiritual fire.
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and vulgarity of secularism WI:QM Ilee0Me lIlblglilflia ti The precious spare ti4110 of la■ -foil: would
not be wasted in il,e 101,jUI e011VellI:ons of the present order of things, and opportunity would be given by study and ordered life for the oprntlig lip or the great field of catholic C ulture.
such a scheme would supply the trio soctallsin which others al .e vainly seeking by the false and godlese, methods of Communism, 11 Would supply lii lands or protertion agninie
Ilie ihe Silent lteVolutlen in lIlt lii will ;There.
The forewiet tusk or um catholic fully 1-; lo provide it elarting-011 growill lie lie baltle With llie thing!) which Ihrouleti t ithinerge our Guth 1,11,• herilagr. in the sett Of
1,(1. liIanirii, iliih1slIi1itr, indindr,a1 bolshevism and militant alhelstit.