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faith. 3. Therefore, a congregation of such is not a congregation of faithful, or a true church. 6. Therefore, their communion ought to be deserted."
Lady Throckmorton shewed the paper to her favourite Stillingileet, who being unable to reply to it in a satisfactory manner, she at length became a Catholic.
There are many anecdotes scattered through these memoirs, which serve to enliven them, and constantly keep up their in
MIRACLE WROUGHT BY PRINCE HOHENLOHE.
To our well-beloved the Catholic Clergy, and People of the
United Diocess of Kildare and Leighlin, Health and Benediction.
We announce to you, dearest brethren, with great joy, a splendid miracle, which the Almighty God hath wrought even in our own days, and at the present time, and in the midst of ourselves. We announce it to you with a heart filled with gratitude to Heaven, that you may unite with us in thanksgivings to “ the Father of mercies, and God of all consolation, who consoles us in every tribulation,” and who has even consoled us by restoring miraculously, Miss Maria Lalor to the perfect use of speech, of which, for six years and five months she had been totally deprived! Our gracious God " who causeth death and giveth life, who leadeth to hell, and bringeth back therefrom,” has been graciously pleased to have regard to the prayers and the faith of his servants—and looking to the sacrifice of our altars, and to the merits of that blood which speaketh from them better than the blood of Abel, to loose by his own presence, and his own power, a tongue whose functions had been so long suspended. But we hasten, dearly beloved, to impart to you, as it is the duty and the privilege of our office to do (Trid. ses: 25. decr. 2.) the particulars of this prodigious cure.
When, in last February, we had been engaged, according to the custom derived from our fathers, io preaching a part of the Lent at Montrath, we were waited on by Mr. James Lalor, of Rosskelton, who stated to us, that his daughter, then about eighteen years of age, had, for the last six years, been deprived of the use of speech, in consequence of a severe and protracted illness which, at that period, had affected her that he had recourse in vain to every medical and surgical aid within his reach, and had now no hopes of her cure, unless from the mercy and goodness of God. That having heard of the miracles lately wrought through the prayers and interces-, sion of the prince de Hohenlohe, he expected, that if his highness could be engaged to implore Heaven on behalf of his child, that she might be restored to the use of speech-that, assured of our disposition to serve him, he applied to us, entreating we would state the matter to the prince, and request. the intercession of his highness. Mr. Lalor was accompanied by the clergyman who usually attended his family, and who added some particulars noticed in our letter, marked in the Appendix, No. 1, and which, in compliance with Mr. Lalor's wish, we wrote in a few days after to the prince. . On the first day of the present month, we received the letters from Bamberg, marked Nos. 2 and 3, and immediately wrote (No. 4) to the very rev. N. O'Connor, rector of the parish of Maryborough, our rural dean in that district, ayd in; whose vicinity Mr. Lalor resides. The letter of this rey. clere, gyman, marked No. 5, gives a detailed account of the miracle as it occurred, and exhibits a prodigy, only different in kind, but not inferior in magnitude, to the raising of the dead to life. He, who, at the gate of Naim, put his hand to the bier, raised the widow's son to life, and gave him to his mother, bere spoke to the heart of a faithful servant, loosed the tongue which in : firmity had paralysed, and restored a happy daughter to the embraces of her parents. We ourselves have participated in their joy, on conversing as we have lately done, with this favoured child of Heaven.
Exult, then, dearly beloved brethren, and rejoice that the Almighty God has thus visited you his people, reanimating your faith, enlivening your hope, and exalting your charity ; .consoling your sorrows, relieving your distress, and healing your infirmities; preparing in your sight a table against all who af
flict you, and orging you, by these manifestations of his power and goodness, to rely upon his Providence, “ whereas he has care of you."
Signs and wonders are not necessary at all times, nor in all places; yet they have never ceased in the church of God, because He is always in the midst of his people, and must fulfil his promise to them, “ that whatever they ask the Father in his name will be done for them;" but in our times it is meet that signs and wonders should, in some degree, revive, because error has pervaded the earth, and the very foundations of the faith have been assailed. Hence it is just that the Lord should arise to judge, as it were his own cause. Therefore it is that ourselves have beheld him,"reining with a strong hand, and an outstretched arm, and with anger poured out,” on one day chaining a persecutor to a rock, on another dissolving the league of infidels, or by prodigies compelling his very enemies to exclaim surely the finger of God is here."
At this time, and at this place, it is worthy of his providence that the light of his countenance should be shed upon his faithful people. We have long experienced the truth of his prediction to those who were to walk in his footsteps, and carry
after them their cross, namely that the world would rejoice, but that they would be sad';" and the present period has added sorrow to our sorrow, and pressure to our distress. Our religion is traduced-our rights are withheld-our good name is maligned - our best actions are misrepresented-crimes are imputed to us, against which our very nature revolts--our friends are silenced, and our enemies insult us, and glory in our humiliation. It is meet therefore, and just, that He, for whose name and faith we suffer, should cast upon us a look of compassion, lest we faint in the way, or be overcome by temptation—that He should comfort his people, and renew to them, by visible signs, an assurance that be watches over them that a hair of their head will not perish, and that, possessing their souls in patience, they may expect his return "to wipe away every tear from their cheek, and fill them with that joy which no one can take away from them."
To these and such like sentiments we desire, dearest brethren in Christ, that you turn your attention, and, having your hearts elated at this late event, that you renew your confidence in the Lord, so that, “ denying impiety, and worldly desires, you may live soberly, piously, and justly in this world, expecting the blessed hope, and the coming of the glory of the great God, the Saviour Jesus Christ, who will reform the body of our humility making it like in figure to the body of his own brightness.”
Above all, we beseech you that you do not belie your pure faith by your evil deeds, nor glory in your name and your profession, to the prejudice of those who are not gifted like yourselves. If miracles belong to you, because you are of “the household of the faith," do not assume any pre-eminence over those less fortunate of your brethren, who have left their father's house, and gone into a strange country to dissipate his goods. Our God, the Father of all, only sighs for their return, that he may meet them at their approach, clothe them from his wardrobe, and feast them at his table. You are his own children, and all his goods are yours," if by good works you make your calling sure ;” but you should pray unceasingly, that the son who had been lost should return, that he who had died should be restored to life.
Before we conclude this, our brief address, dearly beloved, we shall avail ourselves of the occasion it affords us to renew our admonitions to our good people of the diocess of Kildare, from whom we have just returned, that remembering our charges to them they may continue to exhibit, as they did, during our late visitation of their several parishes, those sentiments of .christian piety, of patience-those habits of industry, of a willing, obedience to the law, of which we daily and hourly, whilst among them, received or witnessed the most convincing proofs.
We speak not to those few incorrigible sinners, who, in defiance of the laws of God, and of the country, and regardless of our advice, continue to expose our good name to disgrace, our religion to obloquy, and the peaceable inbabitants of their own country to terror and taxation; but, we speak to you, dearly beloved, who compose almost the entire population of this ancient and privileged, and always respectable diocess, and we implore of you, that you continue to cherish peace and patience, and to bear with injuries rather than inflict them. We have heard, and we know that calumpies are poured out as from a full vial against you ; but, let us hope, dearly beloved, that they are not wilful--that they want the malice of design !
In times when the minds of men are deeply anxious and "strongly agitated, they cannot divest themselves of friendship and hatred, of fear and love; and when these passions prevail, they impart their own colours to the subjects of deliberation, and sway
the subject of the most enlightened men! we ourselves have our fears which are groundless, and our antipathies - which are ill-founded; we are often a prey to false alarms, and
impute to others thoughts which, perhaps, they never once con"ceived yet, we overlook our own mistakes.-We pardon our own errors, and why not, dearest brethren, mete to others as we Would measure to ourselves? Is it not a rule of equity to do so? Is -it not the law of the gospel ? Time will restore the dominion of
truth--facts will disprove the strongest and the foựlest imputations ----patience will soften down the anger of our opponents and charity will sweeten even the bitterness of their gall. They will yet blush at the injuries they have done us, and finding no justification for themselves in your reproaches, they may yet relent, nay, they may forgive, and be numbered among your friends; but the storm of passion must be first allayed. Who has ever been converted till he cease to hate? Who has ever repaired an injury whilst he was upbraided with injustice ? Recall to your minds, dearest brethren, the situation of those whose proceedings you complain of, and see whether that 66 charity which thinketh not evil,” may not excuse their errors, and palliate their faults; Have they not imbibed with their mothers' milk prejudices which nothing but education, of which many of them are destitute, and a free intercourse of Catholics, could remove ? The nurse told them you were a nation of idolaters, their pastors pointed you out to them as followers of Anti-christ, their books of instruction represented you as the enemies of God, the laws proclaimed to them that you were disaffected, and the courts of justice not unfrequently announced it in judgment. When the law and the prophets were thus perverted to condemn you--when, from the pulpit as in the nursery, you are denounced as heathens and publicans--when the titles of popery, the pride of conquest and of ancestry, the laws of the empire, the maxims of the