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A Memory of the First Holy Communion.

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Which first gave to thee thy Lord, When temptation sorely tries thee

With its base and flatt' ring word.

Forget Him not when earthly glory

Smiling weaves for thee bright dreams,

Let Him be thy dazzling sunlight,

Which outshine all minor beams.

Think of Him when keenest suff'ring
Binds the thorns about thy head;

Never shall He basely fly thee,

If thou hast from Him not fled.

Think of Him when still and noiseless
Comes at last the hour to die;
His thou art!-let this sweet comfort
Guide thee to THY HOME ON HIGH!

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mortify one passion, however small,

is a greater help in the spiritual life than many abstinences and fasts-ST. PHILIP NERI.

Precious Pearls from
Golden Sands.

(God and J.)

ISTEN to the charming words which a mother once surprised to hear from the lips of her children.

They were two, a brother and a sister, seated before an open book. The little brother wearily regarded the page which he was to learn by heart, and the sister, a little older, seated at his side, with some sewing in her hand, was charged to urge him to his task.

"Come, study, Paul!"

"Oh! do you not see, I can't! But it is not my fault; I can do nothing when I am not in the HUMOR."

"Not in humor! Then you should put yourself in humor."

"I do not know how."

"Because you wish to work all alone."

"HOW ALL ALONE?"

"Yes; WITHOUT THE GOOD GOD. Oh! it is very wrong to withdraw the good God from all that we do! It is the way now, it seems: but it is a very bad way. Good papa says that nothing, either in the family or in the country, should be done without God. Vainly would we appear to

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To the Bl. Virgin Mary.

VIRGIN, purer than the light!

Mother of God! Thy welcome Name,

Linked by a Mother's dearest right,

Still by thy Son's its place must claim.

To form Thy Jesus' Sacred Heart,

Mary! Thy heart its life-blood gave;

With His in joy it bears its part,

With His it bleeds, mankind to save.

In vain an entrance do we seek,

To Jesus' Heart, except through thine;

To thy dear Son, O Mother! Speak,

And bid His Heart enkindle mine.

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Precious Pearls from
Golden Sands.

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(God and J.)

ISTEN to the charming words which a mother once surprised to hear from the lips of her children.

They were two, a brother and a sister, seated before an open book. The little brother wearily regarded the page which he was to learn by heart, and the sister, a little older, seated at his side, with some sewing in her hand, was charged to urge him to his task.

"Come, study, Paul!"

"Oh! do you not see, I can't! But it is not my fault; I can do nothing when I am not in the HUMOR.'

"Not in humor! Then you should put yourself in humor."

"I do not know how."

"Because you wish to work all alone."

“HOW ALL ALONE?”

"Yes; WITHOUT THE GOOD GOD. Oh! it is very wrong to withdraw the good God from all that we do! It is the way now, it seems: but it is a very bad way. Good papa says that nothing, either in the family or in the country, should be done without God. Vainly would we appear to

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succeed; it would be like erecting a column: without first putting a large stone to support it, it would fall."

No, we are never in THE HUMOR when we are ALONE; and however sweet life may be in a material sense, if it be passed in isolation, it is habitually sad.

We need a companion in our LABORS, our JOYS, our SUFFERINGS, our THOUGHTS; we must live JOINTLY; we must labor with some one, and above all, for some one. Then labor is more useful, suffering lighter, and joy more intense.

Oh! why not make God this COMPANION Which we need so much!

Behold the practical result of accepting God as the HABITUAL COMPANION OF OUR LIVES.

God is not a purely IDEAL Being. He permits us to draw NEAR to Him, as to a PERSON with Whom we may have continual relations; and this PERSON is a FRIEND Whom we know to be KIND, TRUE, DEVOTED and POWERFUL, a Friend Who, every moment, will answer our appeal, and Who will say to us even in a sensible manner, I AM HERE; a Friend, Who, according to the intensity of our love for Him and our attention to Him, Will PROTECT, INSPIRE and GUARD us, Who will act in us and about us with a great delicacy, and Who, if we accept Him as MASTER, will with all the solicitude of a mother for her child, make us kind amiable and virtuous.

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