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(1910) [MARC] Author: Mary Karadja
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The Divinely-ordained Means of Grace are misused
to such an extent that they have almost ceased to be
instruments of life eternal.
Baptism—the Sacrament of Repentance and Re-
generation—is administered to unconscious infants.
CoNFiEMATON—the Sacrament of Interior Illumina-
tion—is conferred upon unripe youths and maidens.
The Eucharist—the Sacrament of Divine Com-
munion—is granted wholesale to men and women
steeped in vice.
Penance—the awful Ordeal of Inner Judgment—
is transformed into a yearly function, a more or less
superficial whitewashing.
Extreme Unction—the utter yielding up of the
Will, the Sacrament which claims the most intense
personal effort—is performed upon poor wrecks of
humanity too feeble to have a will and often entirely
Holy Orders—the Sacrament conferring upon
Manhood the highest dignity which can be conceived
—is granted to all those gentlemen who choose the
clerical profession.
Marriage—the most stupendous of all the Sacra-
ments—is supposed to be instituted in order to legalize
the amours of Jack and Jane
What is this if not " CORRUPT following of the
Apostles " ? The sad fact that the Sacraments are

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