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M A L A Y A CATHOLIC LEADER, S A T U R D A Y ,

DEATH OF REVEREND MOTHER ST. EMILE. It is w i t h d e e p r e g r e t t h a t we record t h e d e a t h of R e v e r e n d Mother St. Emile , f o r m e r S u p e r i o r of The Convent, S e r e m b a n . The late R e v e r e n d M o t h e r was born in F r a n c e in 1874 a n d a f t e r joining t h e S i s t e r s of t h e Holy Infant J e s u s , a t t h e i r M o t h e r - H o u s e in P a r i s , w o r k e d for s e v e r a l y e a r s in F r a n c e and S p a i n . H e r a r d e n t zeal, for t h e s p r e a d of t h e Kingdom of God, i n s p i r e d h e r t o volunteer for mission work, and in 1923 she a r r i v e d in M a l a y a . S h e w a s at first a t t a c h e d t o T h e Convent, Kuala L u m p u r a n d in 1924 w a s named S u p e r i o r of T h e Convent, Seremban. H e r e , h e r g r e a t c h a r i l y and kindness of h e a r t endeared her to one a n d all. T h e poor and distressed a l w a y s found in h e r tHe reh'ef and consolation t h e y needed While s h e w a s S u p e r i o r h e r zeal and activity s h o w e d t h e m s e l v e s in t h e much needed e x t e n s i o n s m a d e tc t h e S e r e m b a n C o n v e n t : a special wing, added t o t h e e x i s t i n g orphanage, a beautiful h o u s e for poor babies, a n d a spacious block of classes, w e r e successively u n d e r her able direction. In t h e b e g i n n i n g of 1934 h e r health g a v e w a y , a n d seeing t h a t

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h e r illness was serious, it w a s proposed t h a t she should r e t u r n t o E u r o p e , hoping t h a t a cooler clime m i g h t prove beneficial; b u t t h e good Religious expressed t h e desire t o die on t h e Mission-field s h e ioved so well, and for which she had made t h e sacrifice of home and country. In October s h e came t o Singapore where medical skill did much t o prolong h e r life; b u t evidently it w a s not p a r t of God's plan for t h e energetic a n d devoted Missionary t h a t she should recover. On t h e m o r n i n g of Sunday, 28th Jury, it was clear s h e w a s s i n k i n g fast. His Excellency, Bishop Devals, kindly came himself to a d m i n i s t e r t h e last S a c r a m e n t s , a n d a s t h e Reverend Mother w a s fully conscious a t t h e t i m e , s h e joined in t h e p r a y e r s w i t h h e r well-known spirit of piety a n d deep faith. T h e kind Reverend M o t h e r became unconscious a t a b o u t 4 o'clock, and passed a w a y peacefully a t 7.30 p.m. * a t T h e Convent, Singapore, surrounded b y t h e m e m b e r s of t h e c o m m u n i t y . R.I.P.

TO R E A D E R S : I t i s a p l e a s u r e t o a s k y o u r c o - o p e r a t i o n i n our e n d e a v o u r t o e l i m i n a t e m i s t a k e s t h a t m a y a r i s e r e g a r d i n g t h e delivery of y o u r copy of " T h e Malaya Catholic Leader." 1. Did y o u g e t y o u r c o p y o f T h e M a l a y a Catholic L e a d e r ? 2. W a s t h e w r a p p e r i n t a c t ? 3 . Did y o u r a c q u a i n t a n c e s g e t t h e i r c o p y ? I n s p i t e of all o u r c a r e , e r r o r s w i l l c r e e p i n t o t h e a d d r e s s e s and w e w a n t y o u t o s e e t h a t a l l i s w e l l ; if n o t , p l e a s e l e t u s k n o w . W e w a n t t o b e o f s e r v i c e t o y o u a n d w a n t y o u t o h a v e n o difficulties oyer " T h e M a l a y a Catholic Leader." Please a l w a y s advise u s without delay when changing your address i n order t o e n s u r e g e t t i n g y o u r c o p y . If y o u h a v e f r i e n d s w h o w o u l d l i k e t o s e e a s p e c i m e n copy of T h e Malaya Catholic Leader, please send their address.

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P. J. R. IYER The m o m e n t y o u m o v e w e s t w a r d b e yond P o r t S a i d a n i n v i g o r a t i n g d u l l n e s s pervades i n a n d a r o u n d y o u , y o u f e e l that a new and vigorous life is infused into y o u , and y o u b e g i n t o w o n d e r t h a t when y o u are s o m u c h affected i n a n instant, w h a t w o u l d b e t h e effect o n those born a n d l i v i n g i n t h i s w o n d e r f u l l y bracing c l i m a t e . W h i l e y o u a r e i n t h i s state of w o n d e r m e n t y o u r e y e s fall on the majestic s t a t u e above the sea, of Ferdinand de L e s s e p s , w h i c h s e e m s t o invite s t e a m e r s t o t h e S u e z C a n a l — t h e worlds most important waterway— which t h e f a m o u s E n g i n e e r i n g e n i o u s l y brought i n t o b e i n g , a n d w h i c h t e l l s y o u t h e m a r v e l l o u s effect o f t h i s c l i m a t e on human b e i n g s a s L e s s e p s , a n d y o u n o more w o n d e r . A s y o u p r o c e e d a c r o s s t h e Mediterra nea n, y o u n o t i c e w i t h a d m i r a tion t h a t e v e r y a p p r o a c h a b l e s p o t on islands o r m a i n l a n d h a s b e e n p e r f e c t e d . You c a n n o t s e e a n y w a s t e land in E u rope. The w e s t e r n e r s a r e m a s t e r s of N a t u r e and t h e E e m e n t s . T h e m o r e a p l a c e offers difficulties f o r i m p r o v e m e n t , t h e better i t i s m a d e t o b e c o m e . I n s t a n c e s are l e g i o n . T o m e n t i o n o n e o r t w o : — T r i e s t e i s on a v e r y u n e v e n s p o t , a n d a spot like t h a t in the E a s t would have been an u n i n h a b i t e d a n d dangerous waste. W h e r e a s t h i s m a r v e l l o u s c i t y i s one o f t h e m o s t t h r i v i n g p o r t s of I t a l y , day and n i e h t . a n d a f e a s t t o t h e e y e s b y night. T h e s h a l l o w l a e o o n w h e r e o n t h e world-famous a n d t i m e - h o n o u r e d V e n i c e gracefully stands, would h a v e been outRide E u r o p e , p a r t l y c o v e r e d b y w a t e r and n a r t l y b y a q u a t i c v e g e t a t i o n and probably a s e t t l e m e n t o f p i r a t e s . B u t on this difficult s n o t t h e h i s t o r i c "Queen of the Adriatic S e a " h a s been drawing the w h o l e w o r l d t o i t . 7

Take any a r t or science. Though it m a y n o t p e r h a p s b e s a i d t h a t all t h e a r t s and s c i e n c e s h a d t h e i r o r i g i n in

Europe, it has to be certainly admitted t h a t t h e y a r e all w e l l n u r s e d a n d p e r fected there. You are not only conv i n c e d of t h i s w h e n y o u g o t o t h e v a r i o u s universities, institutions, museums, pict u r e g a l l e r i e s , public b u i l d i n g s , e t c . in a n y c i t y i n E u r o p e , b u t also y o u a r e l o s t i n a d m i r a t i o n , w o n d e r and a m a z e m e n t , j W h e n y o u h a v e s e e n all t h e s e , y o u g r a n t j w i t h no g r u d g e t h a t t h i s p o r t i o n of m a n k i n d i s d e c i d e d l y o f a s u p e r i o r stuff. A s t u d e n t of h i s t o r y l o s e s h i m s e l f i n R o m e — t h e E t e r n a l City, a c o m m e r c i a l t r a v e l l e r l o s e s h i s w a y in t h e b u s y s t r e e t s of L o n d o n — t h e h e a r t o f t h e world's c o m m e r c e , a t o w n p l a n n e r i s l o s t in admiration in Paris, a university man i s absorbed i n c o n t e m p l a t i o n i n O x f o r d o r L o u v a i n and a l o v e r of N a t u r e i s l o s t in admiration in the bewitching lake of Lucerne. Y o u n e v e r c o m e across w i t h idle o n lookers. Turn where you will, you s e e p e o p l e m o v i n g in g r e a t h u r r y a s i f t h e y v a l u e time more than money. Every o n e in a n y s t a t e of l i f e d o e s c h e e r f u l l y w h a t h e h a s t o do, and e n j o y s h i s w e l l earned r e s t from the toils of t h e day. T h e c o n v i c t i o n t h a t m a n is m a d e t o w o r k and be happy, seems to reign supreme everywhere. N o indignity is attached t o any trade, profession or business. Labour is respected. T h e b o u n d l e s s C i t y of L o n d o n defies you to imagine how its eight millions a n d odd a r e d a i l y f e d and c a r r i e d a b o u t f o r their various avocations b y conveyances above or under the ground—the tube is a marvel. Paris comes next. N o o n e c a n f a i l t o be i m n r e s s e d b y t h e splendour a n d b e a u t y o f P a r i s , t h e m a r v e l l o u s i m m e n s i t y of L o n d o n , t h e a m a z i n e i n d u s t r v of t h e B e l g i a n s . N a t u r e in h e r g r a n d e u r in S w i t z e r l a n d a n d t h e g l o r i e s of t h e dead p a s t o f R o m e .

3rd A U G U S T , 1935.

Book Review DOGMA. " C h r i s t i a n i t y is C h r i s t / ' By C. C. Martindale, S.J. (Sheed & W a r d , pp. 310, 5s.) " W e preach C h r i s t crucified, u n t o t h e J e w s indeed a stumbling block and unto t h e Gentiles foolishn e s s , " said St. P a u l (1 Cor. 1, x x i i i ) , and t h e f u n d a m e n t a l point is t h a t we do p r e a c h Christ in C h r i s t i a n i t y . T h i s t r u t h goes t o t h e v e r y roots of Catholic teaching. Submission to t h e W a y , t h e T r u t h a n d t h e Life is by w a y of crucifixion. W i t h C h r i s t , a g a i n in t h e words of St. P a u l , w e a r e crucified t o t h e Cross—His w a y , His t r u t h a n d His life m u s t be a crucifixion t o all a n d it is j u s t h e r e t h a t m a n y " p u t t h e i r h a n d t o t h e plough arid look b a c k " ( L u k e xi, 6 2 ) . Those w h o a r e not of t h e fold follow in H i s p a t h , in m a n y cases, a s long a s t h e way pleases t h e m ; t h e y fellow H i s t r u t h , a g a i n , a s long a s t h i s t r u t h goes n o t a g a i n s t t h e i r idiocyncrasies; t h e y live His life a s long a s t h a t life does not in a n y w a y m e a n d e a t h t o self. In o t h e r w o r d s , so m a n y a r e worshipping self in mind a n d in h e a r t while a t t h e s a m e t i m e , professing t o be followers of t h e M a s t e r . L i t t l e w o r r y if t h i s concerned only t h o s e outside t h e fold! W i t h P e t r i n e i m p e t u o s i t y , * resolution is m a d e t o "follow T h e e w h i t h e r s o ever Thou g o e s t , " b u t h u m a n n a t u r e , not i n f r e q u e n t l y , fails, and a p a t h of one's own choosing is selected. H o w s t r a n g e t h e r e m a r k to t h e effect t h a t " w e o u g h t t o r e t u r n t o C h r i s t i a n i t y a s preached by C h r i s t . " A p u r e C h r i s t i a n i t y is s o u g h t out. T h e S e r m o n on t h e M o u n t is set u p a s t h e s t a n d a r d of living—when t h e principles t h e r e in enunciated a r e n o t a g a i n s t t h e grain. B u t H e w h o said "Love your e n e m i e s " also said " T h o u shalt nojt c o m m i t a d u l t e r y . " A p u r e r form of C h r i s t i a n i t y i n d e e d ! Many who a r e proclaiming on t h e housetops t h a t t h e y desire a r e t u r n t o t h e t e a c h i n g of C h r i s t in all it$ simplicity set aside t h e daily acceptance of t h e cross—a condition laid down as essential for discipleship. Does not C h r i s t i a n i t y p r e a c h w h a t C h r i s t p r e a c h e d ? Catholic C h r i s t i a n i t y undoubtedly does so. If we, as Catholics confine ourselves t o t h e b a r e fulfilling of t h e l e t t e r of t h e law, if we g e t £b H e a v e n b y s queezing in somehow, we can h a r d l y call ourselves C h r i s t i a n s . Catholic C h r i s t i a n i t y insists upon t h e o b s e r v a n c e of C h r i s t ' s principles; t h e C h u r c h never did t h i n k t h a t t h e s a v i n g of one's soul w a s a n easy m a t t e r . She intends, a s C h r i s t did, t h a t life should b e a continuous d e a t h t o self. H i s way, H i s t r u t h , H i s life imply losing one's life so a s t o save it. Too m a n y refuse, in t h e i r foolish pride, t o die intellectually. W e all r e m e m b e r t h e d e a r old dog in t h e fable. H e stood on t h e bridge and c o n t e m p l a t e d t h e bone reflected in t h e w a t e r and dropped t h e reality of h i s own choice, t o find himself b i t t e r l y disappointed. T h i s is b e i n g d o n e all t h e world over b y r e a s o n i n g c r e a t u r e s . H o w ever, in t h e s e d a y s m a n y a r e clinging t o t h e b o n e of p r e s e n t reality, so t h e y t h i n k , a n d in t h e i r agnostic p r i d e a r e t u r n i n g a w a y

f r o m d r e a m s a n d fancies, a s t h e y ^escribe t h e m . All t h i s t h e w r i t e r of t h e s e sermons has made unmistakably clear. Once more, t h e w o r d s of t h e p r o p h e t a r e fulfilled t o t h e l e t t e r — " M y people have done t w o evil t h i n g s : t h e y have left Me t h e f o u n t a i n of w a t e r and h a v e built t o t h e m s e l v e s cisterns t h a t hold not w a t e r " ( J r . ii, 12). " B e a s tonished, O ye h e a v e n s , " s a y s t h e p r o p h e t . I t would seem t h a t life, w i t h so m a n y , is a continuous comp r o m i s e . A n d yet t h e r e can be n o compromise w i t h C h r i s t t h e King. " I , if I be lifted UD, will d r a w all t h i n g s t o Myself" (John xii, 3 2 ) . T h i s h a s happily been fulfilled in t h e lives of countless t h o u s a n d s b e c a u s e C h r i s t i a n i t y is C h r i s t and h a s proved itself t o b e no one else. We cannot recommend too s t r o n g l y t h e above series of s e r m o n s which go down r i g h t t o t h e r o o t of t h i n g s a n d leave n o s t o n e u n t u r n e d t o prove conclusively t h a t C h r i s t offers C h r i s t i a n s t h r e e t h i n g s : reality, suffering a n d serv i c e ; r e a l i t y and not s h a d o w s , suffering a s p a r t and parcel of life on e a r t h , a n d service w i t h n o r e s e r v e s , w i t h no compromises. N o question h e r e of ideals t h a t c a n n o t be r e a l i ^ d : "My g r a c e is sufficient for t h e e , for power is m a d e perfect in infirmity" (2 Cor. xii, 9 ) . God would not be God w e r e H e t o demand t h e impossible of frail h u m a n n a t u r e . R. T. A. Be quick t o practise t h e perfection you p r e a c h t o o t h e r s , r e m e m b e r i n g t h a t t h e best lesson i s t a u g h t by deeds, not b y w o r d s . H o w often i t is t r u e t h a t t h e y w h o h a v e v a s t s t o r e s of v i r t u e on t h e t o n g u e h a v e little in t h e h e a r t ! * * * * While goodness and g r e a t n e s s m a y *be, a n d a t t i m e s a r e , r o u n d t o g e t h e r , too often is i t t r u e t h a t v i r t u e is sacrificed for s o m e m a t e rial a d v a n c e m e n t . Men of t h e world, w i t h a shallow appreciation of m o r a l w o r t h , c a t e r t o t h e acknowledged leaders in social, commercial and political life, forgetful of t h e old s a y i n g t h a t a l t h o u g h i t is good t o b e g r e a t , it is g r e a t t o b e good. St. J o h n C h r y s o s t o m .

A SYMBOL If is difficult to express the reverent Jove w e feel fof those w h o are gone. A funeral here and a Symbol of remembrance aid and comfort the bereaved.

SINGAPORE CASKET C O PENHAS ROAD. SINGAPORE.

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CATHOLIC MALAYA BEREAVED. DEMISE OF H.E. DR. EMILE BARILLON D. D. RETIRED BISHOP OF MALACCA