generation growing up, to follow on when this hasgone, which will more powerfully illustrate thespirit of Christianity than we have ever done ? is aquestion to which those who are parents among us,and instructors of youth, must strive to provide ananswer. For all we can say is, that the fault, if faultthere be, and the deficiency, if such also there be,lies not in the weakness of the Great Teacher,,or the incompleteness of His mission, but inthe dulness and deadness of heart of those uponwhose ears His voice falls with no effect " I amcome that they might have life, and have it moreabundantly." And modern society requires life,revival, renewing, whether it be the society of purelyfashion, or of wealth, or of intellect ; and we declarethat Christ has (and He alone) this life to give, andHe gives it without stint or reserve, unconditionally(except the requirement of faith in Him) to allwho desire and seek it.Let us look, then, at one aspect of modern life— society, so called — and see if the element of Christianity might not raise and sanctify it Is itnot capable of expansion and extension there } Foris it not in its power, or at any rate in its desire, of doing good somewhat restricted and confined ; fordo we find, as we have a right to expect from aDigitized by VjOOQICJfident}% anD Jfozfi of ^ua &ixi%t 169large body of Christian men and women, such adecided expression of the feelings which shouldcharacterize Christian brotherhood ? Is their con-versation such as becometh Christians ? Are notmany of the stories about our neighbours repeatedfrom lip to lip, and from door to door, with a:motive and intention very far from the spirit of Christ?Putting aside the question of the much foolish jesting, which obviously is not convenient, are therenot too often occasions when levity degenerates-almost into profanity, and a so-called good storyis repeated at the sacrifice of modesty, perhaps of truth?Are we ashamed or are we afraid to take Christfor our companion in life's walks ? Is our companysuch that He could not join us? Are our festivitiesand pleasures of such a character, so frivolous andso foolish, that His presence would be a constantcheck and rebuke ?