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just shall live by faith ;" and from hence sprang the vital, moving principle of the Protestant Reformation. Indeed, we have in the deepest superstitions and grossest abominations of the Papacy, proofs that God brings “light out of darkness." The sale of indulgences for the erection of St. Peter's, opened the eyes of Luther to the sordid corruption of Popery. And its recent blasphemous dogmas of the “Immaculate Conception of the Virgin," and of the “Infallibility of the Pope,” have done more to shake the faith of nations in its truth and authority, than all opponents beyond itself could accomplish.
Already light and liberty dawn upon Italy, so long crushed down under the darkness and bondage of Popery. The Pope's regal power is broken. He only rules with civic authority over the small, circumscribed Leonine city of St. Peter's and the Vatican. The ecclesiastical corporations of monks, friars, and nuns are now being quickly dissolved, and their revenues appropriated for the real benefit of the people at large. Evangelical Truth is freely proclaimed by the Waldensian and by other Churches. And Wesleyan-Methodists have their educational establishments, their chapels, and their schools in the great central cities of Italy. At NAPLES a large Methodist church, with ministers' residences, and with school, is now being built; and already there is in that city a living church of converted Italians, who, under the Rev. Thomas W. S. Jones, their zealous pastor, are organized for Christian fellowship, and for Circuit services and agencies, not only in the Neapolitan city itself, but also in towns and places of the surrounding region. At Rome, Methodism is now converting into a chapel, ministers' residences, and schools, a large palace, purchased at the cost of £10,000 ; and around Sig. Francesco Sciarelli and his Italian associates in Evangelistic labour, are gathering church-members, and workers for the Lord. The highest municipal authorities of important places in the neighbourhood open freely for the use of Methodist Evangelists their town-halls, andnotonly attend public services themselves, but, by the constabulary" under them, protect the preachers from insult and injury. At PADUA the Rev. Henry J. Piggott, B.A., our General Superintendent for Italian Missions, has a palatial building occupied for educational purposes and ministerial residences; and in that old city of learning he has a depôt for Evangelical literature, Church organization, and public religious services, which have been crowned with signal success, and which have roused the jealousy and ire of Popish authorities and emissaries. At PARMA, MEZZANO, VICO-BELLIGNANO, SPEZIA, CREMONA, PAVIA, BOLOGNA, MILAN, SALERNO, COSENZA, AQUILA, and MESSINA, Methodism has devoted Italian Evangelists and pastors, who, with their converts and people, are labouring for the salvation of the populations around them. This beginning of Methodism in Italy has heen within the last few years; and by its characteristic fervour of worship and service, and its multiplication of Evangelical agency, may be confidently viewed as destined by God to take its share in delivering Italy from the darkness and thraldom of Popery, and of translating it into the kingdom of His dear Son.
F. J. J.
In the Gospel narrative of our this; for when he makes a profession Saviour's ministry on earth, how of his blameless life, Christ does not much there is of sorrow and sadness contradict his assertions, or expose in many of the scenes there depicted! his hypocrisy. Modestly and reverOf the multitudes who came to Him, ently he approaches the Great one there was, bowed down by no Teacher. Doubtless the fame of the bodily infirmity, stricken by no new Rabbi had reached him, and crushing bereavement, yet whose willingly would he have yielded the case was very sad; and all the obedience of outward form or ceresadder because he left the Saviour mony, had such been demanded of more unhappy than he came, and him ; for the fact of his coming to “went away" (voluntarily) “sor- Jesus, and proposing the question rowful.” The young ruler had great which he did, proclaims a soul of riches, and an influential position; pure and lofty aspirations, moved and he had much more than this. by a spirit of unsatisfied desire. He possessed an unblemished moral He knew not peace. Surrounded character, and the habits of virtue; by worldly good, he yet felt “'twas in fact, a certain degree of goodness not the whole of life to live," and and of grace. We may be sure of that eternal life was something
above and beyond ; something better ness of loss, of disappointment, and and greater than the life he was of self-conviction. Possibly he might leading He thought highly of say inwardly as he slowly turned Christ, but yet knew nothing of the from that gracious Presence, love which would have prompted He is right; I did not know myhim to cleave to Jesus, and follow self; my treasure is below, and my Him in all conditions, and at every
heart also. I have gone to Him, cost. The world possessed his heart. and He sees me through. I know Though blameless in his outward it by that tender, pitying look; and life, he was wanting in the possession yet I have left Him.” Sorrow did of the faith by which we are sayed. not prevent his going away, nor What says Christ to him ? “ Take
make Christ abate the conditions up the cross, and follow Me." Kind, of discipleship. We may go away but uncompromising reply! This sorrowful, yet our sorrow may be was to the young ruler a hard only that of desires unfulfilled, and doctrine, and he could not receive hopes disappointed. Our tears may it; like one who would gladly regain be no baptism of life ; we may die health and soundness, but who thus, thinking to the end of life that shrinks from the healing medicine
heaven is worthy, yet eternally and the surgeon's knife. So, though mourn its loss; that Jesus is true, an anxious inquirer, he was only and eternally mourn our rejection saddened by the reply : though Jesus
of His truth. There are special loved him,-and doubtless there was times when we leave Christ, when much to love,-yet he “went away
we are brought near, and have to sorrowful.”
make our election; deep religious Important lessons are taught by convictions may come home to us, the narrative. Are we anxious, ill or a change of outward circumstances at ease, saying, “What shall we may require us to make a stand; a do ?” Let us, instead of striving new position in life, or new commerely to do more and do better, panionship, or reflection may
be cease from our own doings, which induced by the closing and the often need, not simply improvement, opening year. We may have asbut detection and rebuke. Eternal pirations, we may have regrets; we life may be professedly the object of may even have Christ's loving pity; our aims and desires, whilst eternal yet all goes for nothing, if we leave death is really in our hearts and Him. Our going away thus must ways. We may be even ingenuous indeed be sorrowful, for we turn our inquirers, and after all “ go away.” backs on heaven, on holiness, and on Though Jesus “ loved” the young
God. ruler, He could not save him unless Let those who are following Christ he had complied with the conditions persevere, and cleave to Him; let of salvation. To act thus would not those who have fallen, or are waverbe so much saving men, as "forcing ing, beware, lest they crucify in a machines.” Christ wept over Jeru- sadder manner, not the corporeal, salem, yet left it, unrepenting, to its but the spiritual Christ, and for doom. And Christ may even now
themselves destroy their only hope love you, and you may yet not be of salvation. saved. The ruler was "sad at the
M. D. saying.” He knew then the sad
BY THE REV. BENJAMIN SMITH.
THE PRECIOUS METALS practically acknowledge this in time OUTVALUED.
to secure the treasure. Wisdom is
here affirmed to be of greater value “How much better is it to get wisdom
than the precious metals. By “wisthan gold! and to get understanding rather
dom” we understand the disposition to be chosen than silver!”-PROVERBS xvi, rightly to use the knowledge we 16.
possess, especially in the most imWhat an amazing revolution portant matters. Those who attain would take place if some morning such wisdom are better off than those this true saying was to become who gain or discover much of those generally and really believed ! metals which are generally designated Bibles thick all over with dust would “precious," and which are, in most be brought out of the closet or chest. civilized countries, coined
into Gilt-edged Bibles, hitherto cared for money. We will give the so-called like chimney-piece ornaments, by precious metals a fair chance. The being dusted and replaced, would be instance of finding shall refer to opened and read. Shop shutters in the most valuable of the two, and the week evening would go up with the discovery shall not be an ordinary a hearty good will, for the lads Few of us expect to find, in would be off to chapel or church; California or Australia; in the ironand, when they arrived there, they trade, cotton-trade, share-broking, would find that employers of all or farming, a larger windfall. John sorts were there before them, having Deason and Richard Oates were their time at their own disposal. originally Cornish miners, but the On the Sunday, first following the tin-mining of that county was in a reception of this truth, what would very depressed condition; and, like be done? If churches and chapels many Cornishmen, John and Richard were opened from morning to night, were poor enough. In consequence there would scarcely be a chance for of hard times, they left their native all to hear one sermon who wished land, and went to the gold-diggings. to hear two. Then what pressing For some reason or other, perhaps near to His throne Who giveth because they were too poor to purwisdom to all who ask, giveth chase a more likely lot, or to reach “liberally, and upbraideth not.” If such a lot with sufficient provision, such a change in the market-price these two Cornishmen worked at one of things took place as
of the earliest gold-fields which had suggested, and the real value of been dug out for many years past. things warrants, multitudes would There they toiled with small success begin to dig for the most precious and not very large expectations. article of all who never did so before; There were, however, portions of the and many of us who have been, for ground which had not been prea long time, digging in a dreamy viously broken. At these they and lazy manner, would be amazed at laboured, and tried to hope. Here, our own apathy, and begin earnestly one day, about two inches beneath to work with both hands.
the surface, they struck an immense Though this declaration is certainly nugget of gold. It weighed two not generally believed, it is true; hundred and ten pounds, and was and the most sceptical will eventually declared by competent authority to prove it to be so. Happy those who be worth £9,000. This was certainly
a very wonderful discovery for two scraped together by his father, poor Cornish miners to make, and hastens to purchase headaches and the tidings thereof were enough to heartaches, misery and disgrace, turn the brains of hundreds of ill- ruin, present and eternal, with awful paid clerks who might after all, if speed. As there are always many they forsook their desks, work for who are willing to join the heir in years at the diggings and get less spending his money, and others eager than at the desk. But let us look to defraud him, the task of getting at this marvellous find. What real through the estate is frequently good could be got out of that lump accomplished in a marvellously short of gold ? As it lay on the ground it space of time. It often happens was neither useful nor ornamental.
that beggary, delirium-tremens, and A man could not even make a
death consummate the swift ruin. dinner of it, as he might, if very The unhappy man, thus cut off in hungry, of a turnip of equal size. the midst of his years, who has only What would come out of it for its gained more abundant wretchedness, lawful possessors would, of course, deeper disgrace, and a speedier end depend on what they would do with by means of his huge heap of gold, it. No doubt, first of all, they would had certainly better have secured sell it. What then? How would wisdom. Religion would not have they employ the money they received consigned him to an untimely for it? There are several ways in gravo. which they might do so. Could Gold is frequently greedily hoarded. they, anyhow, make it equal -Those who have much proverbially wisdom ? How do rich people use
desire more. If they come into postheir money?
session of the treasure while appetite Gold is, too often, speedily wasted.- is strong, they will probably lose Some men are so successful that, sight of the pleasure of hoarding in towards the close of their lives, they seeking to gratify their senses. But are really perplexed concerning if those who have much once begin investments. What with looking to make it the business of their life after old investments and inquiring to secure more, they will most likely for new ones, they are constantly prosecute that task to the close of engaged. Rents and interest and life. Their energies will become dividends and profits flow in increasingly concentrated on making largely, that they can never get rid the heap larger. In this endeavour of the question, What shall I they may possibly succeed. Realized purchase next? The man dies, of capital, if large, tends to increase. course; and, of course, he leaves all But wherein is the blessedness? his property. Then frequently comes Slaves have in olden time been the process of scattering. It must directed to raise a vast heap of stones take about the same time to get out to mark the burial-place of some a cargo of timber, corn, iron, or coal, hero, or of some slain foe, whose as it required to ship the cargo. discomfiture added greatly to the But it certainly does not need as victor's fame. That was a weary work many years to squander a heap of as the slaves brought from a distance money as to collect it. The silly the huge stones. They might well young man who has been made wonder how large their tyrant sillier by inheriting the vast store intended the cairn to become. The