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Boston Jesuit (Newspaper) - April 23, 1831, Boston, MassachusettsCatholic Semi Inele i a or of Jjo a a tic a a of a a a a is nets Pao Nobis i is Contra nos air in cd ii Roa i so no is i s a rom. Viii. A vat. Vol. It. Boston 8atiudav, april 83, 1881. So. Xxxiv. The Jesuit published weekly to appear every saturday by William Smith for the proprietor at s3 per annul in Advance. All communications must be Post paid and directed to the editor of the a a Jesuit a Boston mass. The abject is to explain Dit Huc and defend the principles of the one Holt Catholic and Apo Tolic Church. Orrice Brumfield Street. The Triumph of truth in the conversion of the Rev. J. A. Mason from the tron of methodism to the Catholic Fuith. By himself. Continued from Page 258, a vhf. 33. From what Lias been said the candid Reader will discover a wide difference Between the minister of the reformation mud my antagonist of the Catholic Church. How Slouf fling inconclusive and foolish the one How close cogent and conclusive the other. Rut this did not arise from the bad talents of the former but from the badness of his cause. A a error is always by this time every Man of conscience and sound mind will perceive that my Means of information were not few and that 1 did not submit to a change of principle without the most Lahore \ de investigation and positive proof. And what will such readers for such readers Are the Only persons whose opinion i value what will such readers think of or. Jewett and his open insinuation that i became a Catholic for bread 1 should be sorry to make such a charge against or. Jewett or or. Chettle or any other methodist preacher although i might do it w Ith much greater reason As every one knows who is intimately j acquainted with the system of methodism and As i have experienced at the expense of my purse for Many years. However i have Learnt to trample such charges under my feet to consider them the Best arguments of the weakness of their cause and from the Pinnacle of my integrity to look Down with pity and regret upon the Man who is so devoid of principle As to make them. And indeed what Benefit can the Catholic religion derive or what profit can the person himself Hope Lor who becomes a member of the Catholic Church without conviction he closes up All the avenues of worldly greatness or Friendship and he incurs the torment of a guilty conscience and an awful Prospect of the divine vengeance for Ever. As the controversy proceeded my mind became increasingly uneasy. I became convinced that the Rule of Faith was the word of god As taught by the Church of god. I saw there could not lie Unity of Faith without divine authority nor an infallible knowledge of tins Faith except the authority teaching it be infallible. 1 saw that every generation of Man needed the same Means of knowing the truth in the apostolic age and that this could i not be the Case unless the Church teaching it was visible infallible and Indef Tible. Another thing which flashed conviction on my mind was that wherever the Church of god exists it is the duly of every human being As far As possible to be a member of it and this obligation must be a doctrine of this Church since she must teach All Neces Sory truths. Now 1 asked am i obliged As a matter of salvation to be a methodist i am not. Of any other sect ? no. None of them pretend this obligation and yet if they were the Chuich of god they must pretend it. On the contrary the fact that protestants in not pretend any obligation but Tell a Man he May be saved without being a methodist or calvinist or of any other sect this would go to prove that a Man May be saved without being a member of the Church of god. 1 also saw that the doctrine of justification and works done before justification As taught by the methodists was very defective. 1 saw considerable contradictions in the doctrines taught by their preachers particularly in the direct witness of the spirit Christian perfection baptism and others. I saw that the most ignorant of men were constituted teachers to the disgust of tho sensible the scandal of the sober minded and the disgrace of religion. And now my situation became As delicate As it was distressing. I Durst not open my mind to my family because of the trouble in which it would involve them. If i looked around me All was doubt and uncertainty. If 1 looked into futurity All was dark and ominous. To stay where i am said i is dangerous if not destructive. To go into the Catholic Church is ruin to my character my peace and perhaps my prospects in the world. Nor do 1 like the Catholic Church. In Point of Friendly Intercourse and personal convenience i prefer methodism to every other people. Much doubt also seemed to hang Over the Catholic Church i hate tyranny said i to myself and i expect it i love Liberty and i shall find bondage i detest Coppery and superstition and yet i must entangle myself in its trammels and Crouch to its Trumper. All my relations and Dearest friends were methodists and yet 1 must abandon them All. Thus Here i was admiring and yet hating believing and vet doubting seeking and yet wishing to Fly from the know ledge of the truth. Reader if thou Hast a soul to think or n heart to feel even shouldst thou blame my conduct thou Wilt pity my distress. My Days were spent in anxious thought my nights in sleepless agitation. Not to listen to the dictates of my conscience was to Compromise my salvation and Rush headlong into the pit of perdition. On the other hand to follow the guidance of this Monitor was to launch on a sea of calamity of which i knew neither Bottom nor Shore. 1 had enjoyed much happiness in methodism from ignorance of catholicity and the persuasion i Felt that methodists were the people of god. Its principles bad been amalgamated with my nature and its children had been to me the excellent of the Earth but now All must be sacrificed. A the social if Rillton

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