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PAGE 3 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC FEBRUARY 18, 1990 "Boned," from page 2 tered. Years ago, at a meeting with physicians, I was smiling as I was intro- duced to people, including a doctor who stared at me in an unfriendly way. Fie turned to the man next to him and said coldly, Wou can't trust people who smile. They're after something." daItesuppose that was supposed to intimi- me. But his reaction only made smile more. I countered with, 'Couldn't it be that people who smile are simply happy types, optimistic about life?- Conscience robers AC hel Js inmates He didn't answer. I remember reading a report a few Years ago by a University of Michigan PSYchologist who was looking into the 8f-a ily situation children. of delinquent e said he had observed a common denominator. Without condemnation lore that 80 percent of these par- eats are punitive non-smilers. I have No world, flease One can kill the spirit more than the body. neVer met a delinquent's parent who :Warm, encouraging and smiling," James . McConnell said. ., "Frowns are a type of psycho-pollu- uon that is as deadly as smoke fumes ar mercury in drinking water," he added. One can kill the spirit more eg laS!lY than the body, I susvect. We ate against polluted air and water. e we ought to legislate for more s .'ling, to improve mental health." , Anyone who has studied the effect of h ug ter on health agrees it is the best edicine anyone could want. Laughter nefits the lungs, clears the respiratory .tera, provides a healthful, emotional UU et and counteracts boredom. . I think the matter of laughing ought he taken very seriously. I am smiling, COurse, as I say this. CpYffght 1990 CNS Fgg Dear Editor:. Just want you to know I really appre- ciated your excellent articles on the right to life issue and abortion. I found them sound and thought provoking. I stand with you on the Central Ameri- can issue also. Thanks for being another "con- sdence" prober in our diocese. Sr. Gertrude Grabber, OSB Fort Smith Dear Editor:. I want to commend you on your very sensitive and insightful recent stories about abortion and Jamaica. You have explored the hearts of the underprivileged and the oppressed in these articles without judgment or condemnation. You have shown us how few choices they have, or feel that they have. Christ challenges us to love and aid those who suffer and sin (including ourselves), rather than condemn them. Your skill as a journalist enables us to comprehend the iksues and the people. By understanding their needs, fears, and dreams, we can better know how to relieve their suffering. Thank you. Keep up the good work. Betsy Speck-Kern, PhD Little Rock Dear Editon On behalf of the unborn I want to thank you for all that you did to help us speak out for those precious inno- cent human beings who cannot speak out for themselves. The Lord provided us with a perfect day and then spoke to so many hearts who had never come, II & C II thus swelling our ranks to unbelievable proportions. It was truly a momentous occasion in the history of the Arkansas pro-life movement. I want to thank you for the coverage that you gave us in the issue preceding the march. I know that many of the articles must have given Catholics the spark they needed to come and join us that Sunday. For this we are most grate- ful. Thank you, too, for saving space in the jan. 28 issue, which I know must be hard to do at the last minute. We also appreciate all of the advertising you did for us weeks in advance of the occa- sion. Thank you again for everything. Anne Dierks Hot Springs Dear Editor:. Free at Lastl I too have the same feeling about the new policy. No longer will I be forced to subscribe. I will continue to support the paper, in hopes one day you'll print news and events of our state, our diocese, instead of all across the world. I receive the national Catholic papers so I expect my local paper to keep me abreast of happen- ings in my own community and diocese. I especially resent the frequent opin- ionated articles implying without men the world would be a marvelous place to be. We seldom receive the paper before Monday. And quite often it's Wednes- day. I have talked to many subscribers, who also claim their paper to be late. nm Shelby Higden (We mail the paper the same day each week. Delivery (or lack of it) by the postal service is beyond our control, although we have repeatedly filed complaints. We're always anxious to report local news; how- ewr, we have to hear about it before we can pint it. - Ed.) Dear E, ditor: Thank you for your support in min- istering to the men who are herd in the Max. Sec. Unit. We have had ten more men accept Jesus Christ as their savior. The Arkan- mm Catholic newspapers that you have sent have played a big part in these men's decisions, and I am thankful for this help. We pray that our helpers receive many wonderful blessings from the Lord for their kindness towards those behind bars. We plan a baptism on Feb. 15. Seven more men will be baptized into the family of God. My thanks again for being part of the ministry to the men here. Dennis Pigman, Chaplain Tucker A point of view is more valuable when It's shared .... Share yours with our readers in II WIDIIV on page 2 We want to hear what you have to say. Columns should be about 500 words, and address a single topic. ARKANSAS CATHOLIC IIII I IWII P.O. Box 7417 Little Rock 72217 Fr. John Oletzen grants of mar- it is not for a to be pres- the mar- Ceremony. you, is valid in eyea of the Church him. My ago you said that if a dispensation from this summer in her college The rabbi will officiate, since hmhand Jewish. But the , Priest in the is nmking no commitment to be at the service. If a priest is not present to marry her I feel it will have a definite effect on the mar- .. I think your desire that a priest be present for the marriage of your daugh- ter is commendable. It is important, however, for parents who find them- selves in the same situation to under- stand and accept some important fac- tors. When the local bishop dispenses from the requirement that Catholics be married before a priest, this means that wherever and by whomever they are married that marriage is recognized as valid by the Church. As long as the person officiating is legally empowered by the state to perform marriages, the two people are as married they would be if they were married before a priest. (Most Catholics are not aware that the requirement to be married before a priest is very recent in Church law. Even into this century, in most parts of the world a marriage that was valid in civil law was valid also in the Church. This is true even to this day in many countries of the world, including some parts of Western Europe.) Another factor is that as long as his presence is not required for the valid- ity of a marriage, a priest may have other obligations that must take prior- ity over his being there as a pastor or friend of the family, no matter how much he might like tO do so. I have had this very experience. Parishioners were to be married in a Protestant or other church at the same time we were committed to celebration of a marriage or other event in our own parish. I am confused by your remark that the absence of a priest at her marriage "will have a definite effect on her marriage. They certainly have talked with the priest several times in prepara- tion for their marriage. If the priest has followed basic Catholic policy, he has done everything to prepare them for their marriage that he would do for any other couple. With minimal intelligence and sensi- tivity they would understand that his absence at the marriage is no indica- tion of lack of interest and concern for them. (,4 brochure outlining the basic prayers, bdi,fi and/m c ts of the Catholic faith is available by sending a stamped se f-addressed envelops to Ft.Holy Trinity urd 704 N. Main St., Bloomington, IL, 617010 99o ors