||THROWING THE FIRST STONE - This statue,
teaching the most impressive lesson of charity, was the work of
Professor Rodolpho Bernardetti, of Brazil. "But Jesus," says St.
John the Evangelist, "went unto the Mount of Olives. And early in
the morning he came again into the Temple, and all the people came
unto him; and he sat down and taught them. And the Scribes and the
Pharisees bring a woman taken in adultery; and having set her in the
midst, they say unto him, Master, this woman hath been taken in
adultery, in the very act. Now in the law, Moses commanded us to
stone such: what then sayest thou of her? And this they said,
tempting him, that they might have whereof to accuse him. But Jesus
stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground. But when they
continued asking him, he lifted up himself and said unto them, He
that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
And again he stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground.
And they, when they heard it, went out one by one, beginning from the
eldest, even unto the last; and Jesus was left alone, and the woman,
where she was, in the midst. And Jesus lifted up himself and said
unto her, Woman, where are they? Did no man condemn thee? And she
said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said, Neither do I condemn thee: go
thy way, from henceforth sin no more."|