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THE GUARDIAN, JANUARY 4, 1974 PAGE 5 We Plus They Equal Us Y Father Carl J. Pfeifer, S.J. 'E PLUS THEY Equal " I recently came across  simple formula in an ar- )0 I was reading. I jotted it cn at the time (un- unately, without a reference " . g Y :s source) and hun it on m. ,ietm board. It is so simple, l, so suggestive. "We Plus  r-qual Us!" e first half of that clever rnula lays bare the ,indices that find un- Lrllscious expression in our Y conversations. "We," of .,.,se, are people who share Y" views and feelings. my" includes just about _...)'yone else. If I am white, l]eY', may embrace all non- If I am a man, "they" gel take in the other half of the human race, women. If I am rich, "they" may be poor. Just the opposite naturally holds too. To the black, "they" may be all non-blacks. For women "they" may refer to men. To the poor "they" can be the rich. . YOU CAN GO on substituting all kinds of groups for the "we" and "they" to fit your own experience. Whatever the specific groupings, "we" are normally O.K., to be trusted, appreciated, rewarded. "They," for some reason, are viewed with suspicion. "They" may be "lazy," "ambitious," "heretical," "closed," "con- servative." In. any case "we" and "they" are felt to be dif- ferent. As our language betrays our inner attitudes, so does our YOUR FAITH Sponsored By Arkansas State Council Knights of Columbus KNIGHTS of COLUHBUS 'lr Insurance Representative JOHN E. 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A careful look through the daily newspaper will show how widespread a reality is the lack of equal rights for large segments of American citizens. Discrimination exists in American society and in the Church. IF THE FIRST half of the equation suggests how people tend to divide the world into "we" and "they," the second half of the equation reveals one of the major tasks of religious education. Religious educators - such as parents, teachers, preachers, writers -- face the challenge of helping people realize that "we plus they equal us!" In more traditional words that means helping people realize that all men are brothers and sisters, deserving equal respect, equal rights and equal opportunities. That is part of what Christians mean when they call God "our" Father. Jesus said that we are to love others as we love ourselves. That is another way of saying that "they" equal "us." Jesus goes further and urges us to love others as He loves us -- as He loves them! St. Paul reminds the first Christian communities that there should be no discrimination between rich and poor, male and female, Jew and Gentile -- all are one in Christ. His message is restated in very clear terms by the Second Vatican Council: "With respect to the fun- damental rights of the person, every type of discrimination, whether social or cultural, whether based on sex; race, color, social condition, language, or religion, is to be overcome and eradicated as contrary to God's intent." (The Church Today, 29) AN IMPORTANT part of religious education, then, would seem to be the effort to help individuals come to grips with their prejudices. To be a Christian implies the recognition of the dignity and rights of every human being. We need to educate ourselves, our young, our old, to resist .every form of discrimination and to resist acting our personal prejudices. The command of Jesus to love one another needs to be tran- slated into language that relates concretely to the "we" and "they" in our own lives. IN ADDITION we need to help our people recognize the existence of institutionalized prejudice such as racism or sexism. It is one thing to come to grips with one's individual prejudices, and quite another thing to face the fact that certain social, political and religious structures or in- stitutions are radically discriminatory. We need to help our people look not only at their own hearts but at their in- stitutions, including the Church. This is particularly imperative in adult religious education -- to move beyond eradicating personal prejudice to over- coming institutionalized or structured prejudice. We have the challenge to enable in- dividuals to realize that "we plus they equal us ?" and then to draw personal and social conclusions from that realization. ) 1973 NC News Service I Don.t Be Confused About the Faith W Read The Guardian II THE PARTHENON at Athens was built as a pagan temple and later served as a Christian church and Moslem mosque. The Parthenon shows some of the destruction rendered when it was blown up in the 17th Century while being used as a powder magazine by the Turks. The ,non Stands Today As a R ,!igious Symbol (,td By Steve Landregan IT WOULD be difficult to say what is the most familiar. The Eifel Tower, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, St. Peter's Basilica, the Sphinx and the Pyramids at Giza, all would be in the running, but each of them would be challenged by the classical grace and beauty of the Parthenon at Athens. Most school children can tell you that the Parthenon is a pagan temple that is the most dominant structure of the Acropolis, the seat of classical Athens. Few would know that it also had been a Christian church and a Moslem mosque. OFFICIALLY the temple is known as the temple of Athena Parthenos, or Athena the Virgin. It was built by Pericles and was dedicated in 438 B.C. after 10 years of labor. It took an additional six years to complete the intricate carvings and decoration. It was dominated by a colossal statue of Athena, the patroness of Athens, and is regarded as the outstanding example of the Greek Doric style. The designer, Ictinus, incorporated a number of op- tical illusions in order to give the temple a more perfect appearance when viewed with the naked eye. SCARCELY a surface of the building is truly vertical or horizontal, each being carefully curved or thickened to com- pensate for the distortions of perspective. It is a rectangular building with two sides having eight evenly spaced columns. The other two sides have 17 evenly spaced columns. The length is double the width, plus one. It was in the fifth century that the temple was converted into a Christian church, dedicated to Hagia Sophia, Holy Wisdom, as was the great church in Con- stantinople. 1N 662 it was rededicated to the Virgin Mother of God and underwent substantial remodeling of the interior. When the Turks captured Athens in 1458, the Parthenon became a mosque and a minaret was built on the south- west corner. Two centuries later when the Venetian army was beseiging Athens, the Turks used the temple as a powder magazine. One of the Venetians' heated canonballs struck the powder and the building was severely damaged. It deteriorated from that time onward through plunder and neglect Many of its sculptures were removed and are now in the Louvre, the British Museum and elsewhere. Others are still in Athens. ON HIS VISIT to Athens, St. Paul undoubtedly viewed the magnificent temple but there is no reference to it or to the Acropolis in Scripture The altar to the Unknown God that attracted Paul's attention was located on the road leading from the Athenian port of Piraeus to the Agora or public square and market at the foot of the Acropolis. It was atop the Areopagus, a large stone outcropping close to the Ac1:opolis, that the apostle made his speech before the leaders of Athens announcing that he was proclaiming the "Unknown God" to whom they had built an altar. HIS SPEECH was pretty much of a failure, although he converted one member of the Areopagus Council, Dionysius, a woman named Damaris, and a few others. An ancient tradition records Dionysius as the first Bishop of Athens, martyred in 95 A.D. 1973 NC News Service SOUL SEARCH Are you among many who search His exact purpose and anticipate the excitement of a new life! Here is your chance to throw your arms around the Master and say, YESI Dear friend, you are beatiful in God's eyes no matter who you are, where you come from, what you are or what you have been. You may be concerned over world events, you may not have all thepieces put together, or you may be hung up on this or that but this very moment may be the time and place of His choosing. Receive His love graciously and return it generously ! "May the miraculous breath of God blow you, gentle soul, where God is and we are. In finding you He sweeps our sky, splashes His love across new dimensions of our work and causes great happiness and deep joy. Your search is ours because He loves you and we care." Vocations Directress Holy Angels Convent Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401 RESERVE NOW FOR EARLY DELIVERY 1974 one book with the Mass for i every Weekday of the year. COMPLETELY NEW WEEKDAY MISSAL for the year 1974 that gives all texts for each day's Mass throughout the year. 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