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[y^REy - . guy ' ''And , sliut." l xxr. ; 10. The not expect to \ find the Soot closed upon them. It was their own foolishness that resulted-in tfcis keen disappointment. .And in the'fitory 'of their humiliation is suggested to us a "sid"truth—-that ire may unconsciously, unwittingly, have the door -to all that is 'best and worthiest closed l on us. - I ii-fri-nTr very.few people purposely Tβfuse to seek theJbest things of life. But indifference and neglect may become a sin and close the door of life's be3't "blessings. There are lines of conduct that tre may follow, and we never dream that iwe are raising barriers between ourselves and the best. There aie certain things that =we may do until we will no longer respond to the best thoughts and "feelings. ' . "_ . Danrin tells us that in early life he ivras very fond of music, found great pleasure in reading Shakespeare. But in after years he so concentrated his mdnd and soul on the investigation and etudy of nature that ihe lost his' taste for music, no longer cared for Shake- ' epeare. The great" poet no longer made an appeal, the faculty of anusde became atrophied. He had no quarrel -with Shakespeare or music—they had not changed. He still knew the one to be ihe greatest poetical genius of the centuries, the other one of God's avenues speaking to a man some of his best emotions and aspirations, and yet there eras no longer anything in the soul of Darwin that responded to their appeal jCarwittingly he had closed tha door on Shakespeare and music. it may not be a" serious .matter to close -4he door for a time on music and jpoeiiy, but there are -things that -we dare not shut; out". of our Jives even for a day- Every irfluence that makes for development, the uplifting, the noble, the Christlike, -fche ideal, ire must be careful that (we do not intentionally or thoughtlessly ghat out. And every day as we go forth jto meat life ~we are consciously or unicansciQusly opening or shutting the door to life's beet things—in our ithaaghi, in our emotions, in our acts, in !our friends, in ourjunrasemente, in all jour habits* ..." - . _-■■ ■Wβ may think lightly of tttiese things »jLtil Borne day •when ■Wβ have an imyortairfc choice' to make, a critical temptation to. face, an undertaking to carry through that may affect our wTiole destiny. And if we have not been living in <£he.. -way *hat -will-enable -us to make ihe right choice,-meet" -fche' temptation or sneceetL in. tha" nnddrtaisng. we, Jibe jffifr.'ioolMJK. .Sirgina, Shall find. ine door ehlrfc- .-"- -■-■■'■ ---.--. — —~ .- Our whole life is eencerrned. in .every choice ■Wβ make,, in every temptation wo master, in every undertaking we accomplish. P£rhajJsCw.e' never meant to £he iloor on purity, and poweiy-en character success, but eomeho-w they (have escaped into the' tjiin distance. We - meant to grow indifferent. to -the appeals, made upon .the. eonlj.by. "higher ifchings, nor to grow hard toward our i ellow,~npr .to let life's best opportunities clip, int suddenly our eyes are open and !we"flnd that the door is ehufc. Like the fbolisH 'yirgins]" itnbugKflessly jre'Mte feEiriJthe door pii-Jthe Master."." ... C-»~ •" -->. J.i~ \ „„, .' U CHIIECE NEWS AND NOTES, is ' ' -. . . . CEheSev. G..8. Monro, arepprted at the last meeting of the Auckland. Presbytery ihsct the..aum.;o|, £310;:-Jiad r 'been .raised tog him for echolarshigs,-and that-eleven thereby. ,- The GP-re&bytery- - passeffi a "hearty vote bl ~tp-Mr. Munro' "for. Ijis services, in Ithis .gonnecAien. ... ;.._ • ,:" ; ■TTfi* cohhecfion :thelS'elv?yn .:centenr lify celebrations,, St, Paulfs, as the oldest parish in 'Anckland,' iwiH- hold" special services _on the jj&thjctf- this month. The ißishoß of Waiapu -will jsreacb. in th&mprnjng) -and -BisTiop of-« Auckland at nighJ. It'Vas in St. Paul's Church; that the. marQared Bishop -Patteson :TV.as ordained, and .as ;the Selwyn, Memorial (Fund is to be partly to a memorial -;Tsing" .at St.' John's, great interest should- centre ■ "An old Colonists' gathering is to be.held in the afternoon*."" 1 " " ! ."* ■ i, ;" ;.V. ■ St. "Da-vid-'s-PresDyterJan Church Mission charge at Morningside nas been aiithQrisqd' Auckland Presbytery to borrow on securilgr-of the jierty. Of that~sunY £200 is ta be devoted to the "payment of. the' existing Eior%age,'-'end; the balance. 5s to be utilisr. Ed f or Jiecessary improvements.' ■' -" The Rev. K. Appleton (master of Selmja College, Cambridge) died about six :weeks ago. after a few days 1 illness,- He n?ras one of lie- signatories to the letter published in the "Times" about, the Selr* iwyn centenary, in vrMch -was- advocated laising a. fund to.be devoted to the College" at Cambridge named after the celebrated Bishop of New- Zealand, and the iwing at St. John's College. The deceased clergyman, who was a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge,; gained the Chancellor's °medal, and 7 tpo.k a second-class in the Classical Tripos. He -was ordained in 1874; -wa;s chaplains of the two great Bishops of ihirhani, lightfoot and ■Wescott, junior and senior Dean .of Trinity College, Cambridge. After something like fifteen years -of TJniversiby life,, he accepted the rectory- of. ■■ St. George's, Camberwell, South I/ondon," a pbverty-strieken district. ..- Then he. became Warden of Trinity :College, Camhridge. After 4 ' nine years' service in the CamierWeil SCssion," he: accepted the college-living of Ware, in Herefordshire, .■where re remained fox about two years, β-fter -which he -was appointed Master of Selwyn College. ...>. .-"-'- f \ The Rev. .-A.-Miller .brought uniier the notice of. the "Auckland Presbytery at its" last sitting the qnestion.of the hardship inflicted on the employees of the Post: Office in consequence of the .dispatch of maSc feel Sunday evenings. After a brief discussion, it was decided to refer the matter fo the" Cdminittee for. Religion and Morals..:. ~-'-'■, ■'"' - - Eev. James Mackje has been appointed to take charge . of; the Presbyterian church at Helensville. and the; districttherewith, for~a period of six : It was reported to. the."-Preebytejy at its sittings this week that who recently Indw,'Jogking out for a suitable field for the "Church's operations, -will reach Auckland next: week. Dr. Porteous is- expected to" deliver a series of addresses "in" Auckland upon missionary /-work.'.. L:J-> ... /■■ T The Bishop of rAucklana.' (Dr. Keligah) 'visits" the 23rd and;24fch-he"is:to attend a sitting :of the Maori ; Chxiroir 1 at Ngaruawahia,
; The 27thj of this month Is speech day at the Diocesan X3irls'.High School. The Eishop'of Auckland' will" preside. ■'-The -annual-meeting of fcheSoeiety, for •the Prevention of: ■ Cruelty... to IWoinen and- Children .-.takes place: 'on ~ the. 29bh. ; HiV JNeligan.( Bishop lot .Auckland) irwill' prSsidej;;" £%..■_ i/:.. VY.V. ":'■. : The Smith i£s accepted tie position p'f; Principal of the Diocesan School, Eahgbon, Burcnah, which has been offered him by the Bishop of Bangoon;" Sir. Smith wae the first Bishop John Selwyn scholar at Selwyn -College, Cambridge. • His Eminence 'Cardinal Mbrah; speaking at the Hibernian Society's annual breakfast in Sydney, said: citizen in this free land of Australia must use his vote, which is his rifle for the maintenance of the spirit-and, integrity of the country, and to enable it' to attain "its destiny. I am sorry to" say, judging from public reports in the irtess, that it is really astounding to find sometimes in an. electorate of, say, 10J0OO voters, only 2,000 or 3,000 avail themselves of their votes. They cannot complain if their representative does not employ his influence and position.in Parliament to carry out the mandate the electors gave him. Every man and woman —-now that the womanhood of Australia is entitled to the franchise— should vote according to conscience for the person whom they believe best suited to carry; out their wishes, to maintain the integrity of the State, its freedom, and assert its rights, and who will, moreover, make that due progress in promoting the happiness and welfare c& the country which the representatives of the people should make. I cannot too strongly impress this matter upon you, especially as we Catholic voters are identified in this connection with our Protestant fellow-citizens. Sometimes people say, "We should vote for. a Catholic,' but I say any man who offers himself to you for election on the sole ground of being a Catholic should be laid aside. Do not vote for him." The N.Z. Young Men's M&thodiet Bible Class Union's camp at Kohimarama this Easter proved most successful, being attended 'by delegates' from all over the Dominion. On Goods IPriday the Key. G. S. Cook preached, then followed a conference in the afternoon, at which papers were read by the Key. W. Sinclair and Mr. G. M. Fowlds. In the evening a combined tea and meeting wae held in the Pitt-street Methodist Church. On Saturday morning there was a swimming race, and in the afternoon a Marathon run from Newmarket. to Kohiraaraina. Seligiouß services were held on Easter Sunday, and on the Monday folowing a sports meeting was held. This being visitors' day, fully 1000 were present,, amongst them being the Hon. G. Fowlds. .In the evening the camp broke up. Next year it is proposed to hold the Easter camp at Dunedin. A. petition has been presented to the Auckland Presbytery, praying that, the •charge at Waiuku 'be divided. The following committee was appointed to visit the district and report at the next meeting of the 'Presbytery.—Revs. W. Trotter, J. Caldweil, and A. A. Murray, At a united meeting of the officebearers, of Knox Church, it was unanimously decided to invite the J. Gibof St. Andrew's* Presbyterian Ghurch, Wellington (author of "The Christ of the' Cross"), to preach at the anniversary, service to be held the *■ last Sunday in April (25th). Mr. Smith has' written consenting to conduct the services, and he will also give his famous lecture on Tennyson, entitled "The Poet of Beauty and Love," on Thursday, April 22nd. ' ' '.' ; ' •In a Northumberland! coast village ccapel. the ■ preacher referred to Christ's fisherman disciples; as "rough, ignorant, uncouth types of men." v "Hey, etop thadj mister," dramatically interrupted a fisherman worshipper. "Don't talk that ■Vfay about fishermen," continued the interrupter, who wentjon to. loudly declare that they were as good" as those in any other'-'waliu.of. life. Coigrgation" and pTeacher. were alike so surprised at the incident -fchatjthe man delivered his protest unchecked. The pastor afterwards res/umed his sermon. On May.the first, the ceremony of the dedication of the I new • Orphan Home buildings at -tPapatoetpe -will take place. ■The Eev. Marinaduke Warner, Angli r c&iL Home' Mission 1 priest at Taranaki, is at presentstaying in AucHa.nd. While at Canybridge, before taking his degree, •he, wiii. some other undergraduates, enlisted, in the and served tiirough the 36er "war as a private, "for ■which he has a medal - and clasps. For some time he , ?>vas. drafted with'-the "tibuth fact, served most of the campaign them. At the conclusion of war he "returned to Cambridge and took his degree. He was chapluin" and'Jbiirser at Ely Theological Cok lege. ;; .'_•-.. '. ; '~'■, Booth a-ttained his. SOth birthday iaet week. A great public meeting as to i>e Iheld in Auckland , on Ascension Day, May 23rd, in connection "with the Selwyn Centenary. His Excellency the Governor has consented to lay the foundation stone of the Patteson wing at St. John's College in the afternoon, and at night there is to be ,a big public meeting in the Choral Hall, wlien speeches will be made 'by the Governor, also % the Hon. Dr. Findlay (Minister for 'Justice), Mr. Justice Cooper, Mr. -J. H. Upton and the ißishop of Auckland. The aim is to make these oeleT)raiions national in character. Services are to be held in Lichfleld Cathedral on the 23rd and 25th of April, and it is probable • there will be similar services in St. Paul's, London; "The: whole of the offertory-at tliese centenary celebrations is to" "be divided "between the Selwyn College, Cambridge, andthe' PJat-teson wing at St. John's."College, Tamaiii.
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