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PAGE 6 THE GUARDIAN, JANUARY 18, 1974 Pastoral Musings '" Almsgiving--A Mark of the People of God By Msgr. John B. Scheper------ THE POOR and needy are dear to the heart of Almighty God. Holy Scripture, the Old Testament as well as the New, is filled with admonitions to almsgiving. Let us ponder these words in the Book of Sirach : "To the poor man, however, be generous; PRA00q COUNTY BANK JOE DOLAN Insurance Agency "MR. INSURANCE" All Lines of Insurance Member of FDIC "The Bank That Backs The Community" Hazen, Arkansas keep him not waiting for your alms; Because of the precept, help the needy, and in their want, do not send them away empty-handed. Spend your money for your brother and friend, and hide it not under a stone to perish; Dispose of your treasure as the Most High commands, for that will profit you more than the gold. Store up atmsgiving in your treasure house, and it will save In Carlisle... TRY FULCHER FIRST! FULCHER HARDWARE Carlisle FARMERS UNION INSURANCES Property • Life Farm Liability See our local agent or write Lewis J. Johnson Manager Phone 565-1548 3320 Mabelvale Pike P.O. Box 4317, Asher Station Little Rock, Ark. 72204 you from every evil; Better than a stout shield and a sturdy spear it will fight for you against the foe." (Si, 29, 8-13) HELPING the poor in the spirit of Christ is the safest investment man can make. You place your possessions in the "Bank of God," where the in- terst rates are high, in a Bank that can never fail. It is frequently said money is the root of all evil; this is true in many cases, for too great a concern for wealth, diverts the mind from God. Such a man lives for time and not for eternity. He is governed en- tirely by selfishness, which is the cause of unhappiness. HAVE YOU ever met a happy miser? Holy Writ tells us something about the use of wealth, when it states: "Wealth ill becomes the mean man; and to the miser, of what use is gold? What he denies himself he collects for others, and in his possessions a stranger will revel. To whom will he be generous who is stingy with himself and does not enjoy what is his own? None is more stingy than he who is stingy with himself; he punishes his own miserliness. If ever he is generous, it is by mistake; and in the end he displays his greed. In the miser's opinion his share is too small; he refuses his neighbor and brings ruin on himself. The miser's eye is rapacious for bread, but on his own table he sets it stale• My son, use freely whatever you have and enjoy it as best you can; remember that death does not tarry, nor have you been told the grave's appointed time. Before you die, be good to your friend, and give him a share in what you possess. Deprive not yourself of present good things, let no choice portion escape you. Will you not leave your riches to others, and your earnings to be divided by lot? Give, take, and treat yourself well, for in the nether world there are no joys to seek. All flesh grows old, like a garment; the age-old law is: All must die. "(Sir. 14, 3-17) THE ABOVE is truly a meditation for all of us, especially forall whom God has blessed with the goods of this world. Let us read the above passage again and again, so that its lesson will truly become part of us. Ever Wonder... • . . if many of today's problems could not be solved by a new set of regulations to regulate the regulators? Fuel Crisis Foreshad'()ws Crii,: Of Fertilizers, Foo(l on Far:00: By Msgr. John George Weber NCRLC Co-directtor Most people do not realize that nitrogen-based fertilizers need natural gas from which to be manufactured• Therefore, a shortage of natural gas means a shortage in fertilizers• A one- million-ton shortage of nitrogen and a 700,000 ton shortage of phosphates has been forecast by the United States Depart- ment of Agriculture for the 1974 crop year. A shortage in fertilizer will mean a reduction in food ac- cording to the present method of farming but it would not be if more natural methods had been preserved. However, the shortage does point out another of the many direct relationships between energy and food production. The concern of many is not with the relationship but rather with the controls of the nation's energy supply. CBS news November 29 showed vividly the impact of vertical integration in the oil industry when Walter Cronkite piled one block of- styrofoam upon another in explaining the oil control of energy in the United States. More than 50 per cent of well- head production is controlled by eight major oil companies. More than 60 per cent of the Report Shows One-Man Farm Most Efficiently Run Farm A new study by the Economic Research Service -- USDA (ERS-519) -- published last August, states: "The fully mechanized one-man farm, producing the maximum acreage of crops of which the man and his machines are capable, is generally a technically efficient farm. From the standpoint of costs per unit of production, this size farm captures most of the economies associated with size. The chief incentive for farm enlargement beyond the op- timum one-man size is not to reduce unit costs of production, but to achieve a larger business, Poll Indicates Change of Mind By W.E. Scales Arkansas Farm Bureau People are changing their thinking on price controls in dramatic fashion, judging from the results of a recent Harris poll. Remembering their- recent experience with price freezes, people have changed their minds from their previous position in favor of across-the- board price restraints and more government controls. By 54 to 32 per cent, the public felt before the end of the beef price freeze that "farmers will not send their beef to market while prices of beef are con- trolled." By 72 to 16 per' cent, consumers rejected the proposition that "all beef prices should be controlled and a system of rationing of beef should be introduced." Custom Steelguard Radial with 1 polyesterGUard againStcordrOUghbody, ride-a strong 6 0UARDS TO HELP 2 Guard against penetrati°n under the tread- double steel belts. Guard against wet skids - four deep grooves to channel water from under the tread. more output, and more total income." This study was prepared in answer to questions posed by a Congressional subcommittee. The researchers developed models of "technically op- timum farms" for seven specific types of farming across the country. John E. Lee, director of Commodity Economics Division, wrote in the foreword, "The results at first seemed startling, particularly in view of the aggregate statistics on farm size in the United States. But one-man farms this large are already found in many farming communities." The researchers point out that the "technically optimum" one- man farm is larger, requires more capital, and demands higher level of managerial talent than is found on most one- man farms in the country today. There are many reasons for this. The 12-page study deals only with economics. It does not deal with the social values of a family on the land. The National Catholic Rural Life Conference has championed the family farm more for the spiritual and social values associated with the family farm than for the economics. Although the "technically optimum one-man farm" requires massive capital, good managerial ability and more acres than most one-man farms now have, the spiritual and social values will go a long way in making the family farm the most desirable form of producing food and fiber. PROTECT YOU 6 WAYS processing and distrie M. by the same eight mall The question askedLs was, 'Are the major ned parties responsible- present energy crisis A sequential questionS., much of the blame r with our governmes:: i much lies at the doorst *nn Arab-Israeli conflict?" ! ae t Evidence is being g tot various interests. ._ olZiei Congressional c -e hearings have reve$ e refining capacity is..P, a: utilized and some ys refineries actually cup: production during the mi of 1972 when a shortag existed. According to th Geological Survey, oilla States has untapped amounting to 80 til nation's 1971 consumpl 1 reserves 100 times iV consumption. The Political ti q Project in its report--: energy crisis points o0h, the last 17 years the oilus has been steadily cutti.M its exploratory drillii,S', and natural gas. In .'- million feet were drb', 1972, this figure had deis, 86 million feet, a cdP.Iv almost 60 per cent.'ad September and OctobeJ -S S. exports of oil and'ad were more than 1.7- barrels a month, do, 'evi Carlisle'l 1 Drug Cavil00 ir(l -,]ed PRESCRiPTiv/ PAT COOKlro, Registered Phar-- • TI.. ' I Carl,isle • A f°cl TIRE SERVICE PROCTOR STUTTGART - 922-6979 Guard against sluggish handling- special stabilizers built into the lower sidewalls to provide positive reaction to changes of direction. PHONE- tread and sidewall to work indepen- dently of each other. Mrs. Joe Marg) Breen AMERICA'S FINEST CARPET MOHAWK - LEF Alford's Est. 1886 The House of Cm'lm I0.0 Lexington DIAL 98.-8616 Fort Smith, Ark. 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