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Page 8 Janua 17, 1998 EEDS FAITH ARKANSAS ' CATH : A]'hat's so ordinary about Ordinary Time?" This question was posed many years ago by a budding young liturgist. I must admit that it stumped me. In those days I knew as little about liturgy as your aver- age Heinz 57 mutt does about the stock market. But questions like this always seem to challenge a priest to learn and grow. Ordinary Time is the name we give to the "ordinary" part of the Church's cal- endar. During this time we pause, catch our collective breath as a Church, and "just relax a while." We need to do this because during the rest of the worship year we have been intensely preparing for, celebrating and then savoring the peak times of the year -- that is, Christmas, Easter and Pentecost. But there is certainly nothing ordinary about Ordinary Time. The focus remains on Jesus' teaching and the basic salvation i Isaiah 62:1-5 Coflnthians 12:4-11 John 2:1-12 Fr. William GouM message. During this part of the year, we are. called to live the Christian life fer- name ... a glorious crown ... a royal dia- dem" and refers to us as "My Delight." God enjoys His people, joins us to Him- self in the closest possible relationship ("As a bridegroom rejoices in his bride, so shall your God rejoice in you.") and finds happiness in us. Pretty powerful stuff, isn't it? Then St. Paul says that the Holy Spirit has given many gifts, ministries and "works" to God's people. He has done this so that we might help each other and, in so do- ing, build up the Church. "ro each per- son the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good." Spiritual gifts are never just for our own personal benefit, vently and with devotion, but for the welfare of all. For example, let's look at today's Scrip- Today's Gospel does not simply re- ture readings, count the story of Jesus' first miracle. It is The prophet Isaiah reminds us as a not just about a marriage feast that took Church and as individuals that we are pre- place in Carla of Galilee. St. John uses it cious in God's sight. He gives us "a new as a kind of parable. After all, Jesus Him- self described the:reign of God in te* Nanc of a marriage feast. ,XHOta We who are- part of God's Kingd are to do as Jesus did. When we tiWAS] something lacking or people in need,bple. are supposed to help in whatever wayS n s en . . v can. Wh ever we are wilhng to se jns in Jesus' hands,, we make it possible for I 18 Ma to work miracles. He will take our %a out wl and change it into "wine" -- but notb.life ordinary wine. "What you have dontDr" keep the choice wine until now." ander In imitation of our divine Master, taal A1 ' e -- who are God s beloved are to use th fe Ri- He gives us to help others. ~. "What's so ordinary about Ordi~Mium' Time. Quite frankly, nothing is. I~,,,~ Sir KO( that s because all times and season Ldr extraordinary when we are dealing ~e" .a ltl God and His grace. , 'It' Father William Gould s weeklycolu~w onS 11' sponsored by Little Rock Scripture Study, y, wl trch fi When a young woman wants to be a priest, offer St. Therese as an example I know Pope John Pad says women canyour life. You and your parents should be not be ordained. But my problem is I happy about that. really think I have a vocation to be a priest l would suggest at least two important and help people the way priests can. facts for you to think about. One of my teachers said I shouldn'tFast, there is nothing at all wrong with feel that way since the pope says no, but your wanting to be a priest. Other great and I do. I want to do what God wants, and I holy women have had the same desire. pray about this a lot. But what should I Surely you have heard of St. Therese do? of Lisieux, one of the most popular and I am 14 years old. My mother suggested influential women of modem times. It is I write and ask for your help. well-known that she wanted desperately You deserve congratulations for reflect- to be a priest. She could never under- ing and praying so much, and looking stand why that was not allowed. for God's will about what you will do with As she spoke of the %onders we shall WHO: John Michael Talbot WHAT: Concert INHEN: Saturday, January 31, 1998 7:00 p.m. Christ the King Church Little Rock INI : To benefit the 1998 Honduras Medical Mission HOW: Admittance with purchased ticket only Tickets $15.00 ea. or 2/$25 Cash or Check Only Make Checks Payable to: CTK Honduras Mission Fund or call: (501) 225-6774 Check and Order Must Be Received by Friday, January 23, 1998 Name: Number of TK:ke Address: Amount F.ndosed: II | II | ' Moll To: Connell II . Christ the King Catholic Church II , 4000 North Rodney Porlmm Rd. ' Uffie Rock, AR 72212 II | amiNmlmmnaljliim mliimBiniBImm mmmmmmnmmmmmmmm H i ! li l ! l l ! | li II l | i l l l II pitol . . . each In those muaUons we sLmnlv ha, t- ~ ,ATIe O bypass that desire, accept in love the . OFcll W that results and go about our work .. trcnm1 coming a saint in other ways. Wh There is nothing weak or second-# fie see in heaven," Therese said, "I have a feeling that those who desired to be priests on earth will be able to share in the honor of the priest- hood in heaven." St. Therese, incidentally, was never shy about { ,qlION protesting laws Ft. John Dietzen and policies she thought were wrong. She disagreed strongly, for example, with Church regulations of that time severely restricting reception of holy Communion. Some years after she died, when Pope Plus X greatly relaxed those regulations he acknowledged St. Therese as the one who inspired him to do so. Second, it is important in our spiritual lives to remember that sometimes we may have strong desires, for really good and holy things, that for whatever reason are impossible to fulfill. acting this way. We do what we can to cM'------ what we believe needs changing, bUCT don t let these limitations make us bi e" keep us from being useful and happyl r -- - exarffNanc Again, St. Therese is a pertect ~'~ ' She made clear her disagreement CHOLI( the various restrictions placed on wo# but she didn't let that stop her. ~AS/ She went on doing what she coul~tesorn and became a saint who accomplished ~larly good during her life and after her ~ in than most of the rest of us dream of 4nged Late this past year, on the 100th {~_t fo~ versary of her death, Pope John ~'Fher, declared Therese a doctor, a pre-e~ mov~ teacher and saint, of the Church. "J-he S~ So she is an excellent model Be~t Do rageous for those things you beliecOache,, right. 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