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THE GUARDIAN, FEBRUARY 15, 1974 PAGE 5 G WHETS the appetite, giving the ly what he needs, but what he would like and sometimes what he shouldn't have. ,ba Rether Carl J. Pfeifer, S.J. SROUp of high school _.ts Once asked me to help "arn to pray. They had . Unaber of approaches to LWithout much success. I ed several more I)  of prayer. They were f.e SUccessful with my [Uons than with their I0 [us attempts But they ,Wanted tolearn to pray. n[aY, I suggested that they 'rj aaily newspaper as a |o s to prayer. Almost newspaper every day has The Israelites... They Presumed Being Chosen by God Implied Privilege Instead of Responsibility By Steve Landregan THE PROPHET, Amos, is one of the most compelling figures in the Old Testament. He was a fearless firebrand with a great gift of psychological timing. Like most of the classical prophets who were specially called by God to admonish or instruct His people, Amos' beginnings gave no indicationof the task he was to be called upon to perform AMOS WAS a country boy, a shepherd and a dresser of fig trees, when God called him from his small village of Tekoa in the Judean hills. Unlike some other Old Testament prophets, Amos didn't resist the prophetic call, but left his sheep and fig trees and went north to the Kingdom of Israel which had split off from Judea after the death of King Solomon. AMOS REALIZED that if he were to communicate God's solemn warning to the Israelites, he had to first per- suade them to listen. He went about this in a clever and fascinating way. Going to the great shrine of Bethel, Amos climbed to a vantage point and bellowed out in a voice that was immediately heard by all assembled in the courtyard below. HE BEGAN by naming the crimes of the pagan neighbors of Israel and prophecying their punishment by God. "For the three crimes, the four crimes of Damascus, I have made my decree and will not relent," he prophecied in God's name. He predicted the destruction and punishment of Damascus, and the Israelites cheered. Then in quick succession he prophecied a similar fate for the Used as a Means of Prayer pictures and stories about people loving, suffering, marrying, divorcing, warring, making peace, acting selfishly and selflessly. At least one image or account each day may strike a cord in oneself or give KNOW YOUR AI[H K0rC Sponsored By  Arkansas State Council Knights of Columbus rise to a feeling of thanks, sorrow, fear, or love. All these can become food for prayer. THE STUDENTS found using a newspaper for prayer a helpfully creative technique. They were stimulated from day to day to thank God for some particular good thing or person, to ask His help for someone in ed S,,UL 00SEARCH IV.Ocation is a beautiful happening. The spectacular i 'rated loveliness of the Person of Christ is everything aeverywhere. The Olivetan Benedictine Sisters know i .as teachers, nurses, laboratory technologists, artists, sC]ans, domestic service, administrators, pharmacists, Care Work and in all ways they can show their love for '' Remember a vocation is non-existent unless the soul SfYfbe ??i!eT:!:Untdh!:stgirrm!S:ef i!ii! Will stands at the altar of decision. Jow Will you serve Him? How much do you care? How lch love can you give? WORTHEN Vocation Directress Holy Angels Convent Jonesboro, Ark. 72401 Bank & Trust Comp'y, N.A. A Nabonat Bon Pacesettr Member FDIC and Federal Reserve System need of help, to praise God for His presence and care, to ask His forgiveness for their own and other's sins and failures. From that experience with prayer, we discovered that the newspaper provided a wealth of material for religious education in general. Magazines, television, and radio were equally valuable resources. For example, we set about ex- ploring ads as we reflected on the purpose of life and true values. Advertisements proved eminently suitable for such an investigation. Ads are really a kind of mirror reflecting con- temporary man's sense of values. AT FIRST GLANCE this may seem very superficial. A close look at the typical ad! reveals a kind of incredible unreality. Few of us seriously think that using a certain toothpaste or mouthwash will dramatically change our personalities. Anyone but the most hopelessly naive realizes that there is more to personal relationships than using a certain perfume or hair- oil. Yet, a second glance at ads reveals that they are geared at people's felt needs and deep desires. Most of us want to be more attractive, to be loved, to fel secure. It is at people's felt needs that ads aim, and they normally respond to these needs not with scientific facts or logic, but with symbols and images. BECAUSE ADS are imaginatively geared to touching people where they feel needs and desires, they can be successful even when one perceives their lack of logic. Modern advertising is based on serious studies of human motivation. More money, time and hard work is expended on the average ad than, on some textbooks. Therefore, there is reason to expect that a cross- section of successful ads may well provide insight into what people today are looking for in life. Ads can image man and his values to himself. So, our class began collecting ads that caught their interest. We set out to discover what motives were hidden under the images and words. "What does this ad appeal to in man?" "What need does it respond to? .... What value does it assume people cherish?" "What does it imply about man and his purpose in life?" THE YOUNGSTERS found the investigation interesting. They kept scrapbooks of ads, together with their own reflections on life's meaning. They discussed what they were learning from the ads with what their Christian tradition taught about man. They compared the values underlying the ads with Christ's teaching about what is really important in life. The ads helped them look more closely at life in the light of Gospel. That experience suggests to me that, at least from time to time, as we explore various themes of Christian life, it may be stimulating to take a serious look at the ads in newspapers, magazines and on television. We may from time to time find, as well, that these same sources can be a help toward meaningful prayer. IF YOU WOULD like to test some of the possibilities and techniques of using ads in religious education, you might look at Discovery in Ad- vertising, by Richard J. Payne and Robert Heyer (New York: Paulist Press, 1969). But don't hesitate to just pick up your daily newspaper or turn on-the television and explore for yourself what the ads suggest about human life and values. Most of all, try to perceive what questions they raise in your own mind about what you really are looking for in your own life,and how that squares with your Christian faith. @ 1974 NC News Service Ilmlllllllllllllllll m [ TUTOmNG i I that's really effective I 1 l ,./'7 I I ( Park Plaza Center 1 II  Phone 664-2880 l , Learning Foundations ." 1 The Tutoring Center L..,,..,,,,,,,,.,,,,,,...,,.,,, pagan kingdoms of Gaza and Philistia, Tyre and Phoenicia, Edom, Ammon and Moab. EACH TIME as the prophet predicted the direct fate for Israel's infidel neighbors, the cheers grew louder. Finally he cried out . . . "For the three crimes, the four crimes of Judah, I have made my decree and will not relent." The crowd fell silent. Judah was not a pagan nation, but the sister state of Israel whose citizen's were covenanted to the One True God. "Because they have rejected the Law of Yahweh and failed to keep his precepts, because the false gods which their ancestors followed have led them astray, I am going to hurl fireon Judah and burn up the palaces of Jerusalem," Amos prophecied. PERHAPS " this strange prophet was right, the citizens of Judah had indeed turned their backs on the One True God -- so they cheered, louder than ever. The atmosphere must have been almost like a pep rally with the Israelites cheering God's just punishment upon all their neighbors. BUT THE atmosphere changed quickly when Amos looked sternly at the crowd and said, "Thus says the Lord: For the three crimes, the four crimes of Israel, I have made my decree and will not relent: . Then the shepherd-turned-- prophet directed the angry words of God toward the i Sister Iminica, O.S.B. Israelites whose cheers had turned to shocked silence. ONE BY ONE he scored them for their crimes against the covenant God had made with them and their ancestors: Oppressing the weak, enslaving the poor, worshipping pagan gods, ignoring the covenant, of all of these things he accused them and more. He charged them with religious hypocrisy and self-righteousness, with silencing the prophets sent to them by God. Then, as if to illustrate the truth of his accusations, the High Priest Amaziah ordered him out of the shrine. But before Amos finished he prophecied God's punishment upon the Israelites, including the conquest and exile, the destruction of their luxurious homes and city, the desecration and destruction of their shrines, and a famine, notof bread and a drought, not of water, but a famine and drought of the word of God.. THE ISRAELITES had presumed that their chosenness by God implied special privilege instead of special responsibility. Their presumption was their downfall for within a few decades their nation had been destroyed and carried off into exile, never to be heard from again. The voice of Amos speaks clearly to us today, 2,600 years later. A reading of this short but powerful prophetic book provides a fine examination of conscience for any Christian. 1974 NC News Service St. Andrew's Day Care 503 E. 6th St. (One block west of Sheraton Hotel) Little Rock, Ark. Children 3 - 6 Open 6:30 A.M. to 6 P.M. Licensed by Health Department For Information, Call 374-0520 - ALSO - BENEDICTINE STUDIO OF MUSIC Classes in Piano, Organ, Accordion and Gnitar. For Information Call: Sister Philippa, O.S.B. 376-2703 View of Gwbcke Hall, klnl oral/hcguwnqb hll ucro$$ pud u 7tk kale i hqD's Geff Cnrse. GEORGETOWN PREPARATORY SCHOOL Grades 9-12. Established 1789 Catholic boarding and day, college prepara- tory school for boys of all denominations. 93- acre campus near D.C. 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