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THE GUARDIAN; JANUARY 29; 1982 PAGE 7 / Pastoral Musings Candlemas U'S' 1= By Msgr. John B. Scheper malLEMAS IS the old when effective artificial Laity! name for the Feast of oittgc#sentation -- Feb. 2 -- aciat candles are blessed II b ributed. ofs'Oeession is held to rnorate the entrance in th J fi Temple of Christ, the " -bf - C the World, and the "' ation of the Blessed oject.' This Feast is y t#ted forty Biblical days lis a'J hristmas. It is also the )onsOgt the Purification ot (called in our Liturgy on Frching of Women after tth). I!es, in the earliest aes, were used as ,s,. g lights at Mass, as ,.diy ls of Christ, light of the I.m J and as signs of pleas s..di# intercession of saints. Were and are also =.yu.4ted to the newly- ...a d as symbols of new : Sunday OOam .... HOVERING flame of o' ='hdle, changing wax into Jiv M rrn, shining light, has le symbolic of God's ,v u,s, which changes and I the hearts of people to ass. for Him and for one m i,r. ay MaS$ Con hailed the Infant , as "a light of .a,y uqtion to the gentiles and  so to your people Israel." "i ird is often referred to ;u =ay S oa.  of light. In an age f ly Mass day M# P, 8 45 a.! Otto by vscc '",sss' OTE (Unafilm) ...This M,s* .Wing and poignant man film is a powerful , ,,s, {ana.bgut a gang of nomad ..: s ,' a|it It  Shd:finiot:lwY  '" aaeh and, because of o,.t sc involving ,v Massf enes MISS  lighting was practically unknown, darkness was a fearsome thing, whereas light was a blessing. One of the great antiphons of the last week of Advent says, "0 Orient, splendor of eternal light and sun of justice, come and enlighten those who sit in darkness." AND ON Christmas night, the shepherds were enveloped in heavenly light -- "the glory of God shone round about them." Epiphany is referred to as the Feast of Lights, since Christ's bright star illuminated the way for the Magi and "stood over the place" where He was. Candles have throughout the centuries been a symbol of Christ, the light of people, the light of the world. For in- stance: the light of the candle at baptism, the light of Christian faith and the can- dles of the Easter Vigil, the light of the Risen Christ. IN THE true spirit of the law of prayer as the law of faith, in the Messing of can- dles, Jesus is called the true light. In the candle, the white wax signifies purity and the flame signifies the light of faith and the warmth of charity. REVIEW for Film and Broadcasting. graphic sexuality and violence and because of the extreme sordidness of its setting, it has been classified A-IV, adults with reser- vations, by the U. S. Catholic Conference. hutch) I ntinued from Pg. 6 ences in each of the 170 es so each see can set - ---.tatural family nlanning "" to promote and co- u,, s:te activities at the t o #-r,#- oots. According to the various associations m natural family will be invited to In the over-all project. include such ttions as the Couple to WOOMB and Life and Natural Foundation. will the co-operation of which are in con- With the Church's on marriage and and adhere to the set down in the "Humanae to Msgr. stressed that the Seeks to encourage Bishop an expansion of natural family planning knowledge at the local level. A key element will be the training of com- petent teachers of natural family planning and the education of married couples in the latest and safest NFP techniques. The bishops' natural family planning office also will maintain contacts with national professional organizations such as the Catholic Health Association, National Conference of Catholic Charities, Marriage Encounter, Engaged En- counter, Christian Family Movement, Teams of Our Lady, National Council of Catholic Women, Catholic Daughters of America and the Conferences of Major Superiors of Men and Women Religious. The estimated cost of the initiative will be $150,000 a year or $450,000 for the three- year program. The decision to sponsor the program has been discussed on several oc- casions by the Board of Directors and was adopted at a meeting of the board's Executive and Finance Committee. It was pointed out that the Knights' commitment to the U.S. Catholic bishops is similar to that made earlier to the Canadian Conference of Catholic bishops which will co-ordinate the efforts of all diocesan family life offices and various natural family planning groups. Canadian Knights will offer key resources and manpower to facilitate the teaching of natural family planning. / Dolores Curran Talks With Parents Alone In The Crowd I SAT in a restaurant in Germany and ordered the day's special blindly. I didn't have a clue as to what I might be getting -- raw steak, eel, or a tiny roasted chicken like I saw some people eating. The only words I understood on the menu was "tomaten- cremsuppe." But what in the world was "rah- mhackbrater?" I'd soon find out. Around me swirled German words and laughter. A man pulled a chair out and sat at my table, a custom in German restaurants. He said hello and began a conversation. I responded helplessly with the international language of illiteracy in another's tongue: a smile, a shake of the head and a hands-up gesture. He nodded in understanding and turned his attention to the menu. I watched as other tables filled with strangers and noticed how quickly they became table friends. An American couple entered the restaurant but when they were escorted to a table already half-filled with Germans, they beat a hasty retreat. l WAS reminded of the late Marshall McLuhan's ob- servation that American homes are such public places that we escape into the public for privacy, whereas European homes are just the reverse. They tend to keep their homes private and enjoy others in public places. When we go out to eat, we want privacy, a table all to ourselves. We don't intrude unless we are invited. Yet, we welcome strangers into our homes for dinner, meetings and even business. I'm sure my table com- panion was disappointed. He wanted to talk and had he not been so courteous, he probably would have moved to a more congenial table. As it was, we smiled and looked around the room and ate in silence. He passed me the bread, I passed him the mustard. That's the pity of being illiterate -- we're reduced to gestures and we miss so much. Unreasonably, I wanted to speak to him in Spanish, a language in which I can get along, at least. I've found that whenever I am in a foreign environment, I reach for my only foreign tongue in desperation. But I was afraid he might know Spanish and start reeling it off at a pace I couldn't comprehend and that would be disastrous. So I did as I do in any tense situation -- I ate. ! DON'T know which of our cultures is better -- privacy at home or privacy in public. I suspect the Irish have the best solution. They respect one's privacy in a pub or coffee house until you ask them a question and then they become open and congenial, asking questions and sharing stories. At first, they seem unfriendly but when you get on to the system and begin asking directions or advice, you leave three hours later with new friends and warm feelings. Of course, it helps to share the tongue, if not the brogue. My food finally came. It was meatloaf with a won- derful sauce. I was both relieved and disappointed, relieved that it wasn't liver, disappointed that it wasn't something we don't have at home weekly I paid the waitress and left, feeling very alone. However, my German companion made a final attempt to relieve my discomfort. He rose and bowed courteously,, wishing me a pleasant "Auf wiedersehen." "AUF WIEDERSEHEN," I replied and left, regretting that I didn't know him any better than when he sat down. There were so many things I could have asked him. As it was, all I could do was smile and pass the mustard. 1982 ENTER THE LITE BEER $200,000 WORLD SERIES OF TAVERN POOL It's the Richest Pool Tournament in the History o! the Game! Local, Regional & National Play $200,000 in cash awarded at the National Championships IJ $25,000 top prize for both 8-ball and 9-ball winners __