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PAGE SIX " THE GUARDIAN, FEBRUARY 19, 1943 Archbishop In Tribute To Our Chaplains 00ission Crusade Unit Is Heroic Priests Of War-Stricken ajor Organization With World Follow Saintly Examples Military Delegate In Eloquent Tribute To Catholic Chaplains, At Consecration Of Bishop McCarty, New Military Assistant Presented herewith is the text of eloquent tribute paid by the Most Rev. Francis $. Spellman, Archbishop of New i  Yosk and 4m Military Delegate, to the priests ho are serving as chaplains with tle armed forces.  Archbishop Spellman delivered his inspiring remarks at a luncheon on the oc- casion of the CAIGmmetlon of the Most Roy. William J. McCarty, Military Delelte. "For Christ, therefore, we are ambassadors." "We are co-lab- ourers with God," as St. Paul says. We are mediators between eternity and time, heaven and earth, sin- les God and sinful man. "Every high priest taken from among men is ordained for me in the things that appertain to God, that we may offer up gifts and sacrifices for Him." The priest is the champion of Christ and the cause of Christ. He knows that the foolishness of this world has its cure in the wis- dom of Christ; the injustice of this world, in the justice of Christ; the greed of this world, in the pov- erty of Christ; the hatred of this. world, in the love of Christ; and ] the wars of this world in the peace ] of Christ. To the errors of this[ world, the priest applies the doc-[ trines of faith; to the wounds of[ this world, the medicine of grace; to the difficulties, doubts and de- [ spair of men, the priest offers the I inspired teachings of the Church which is not only the visible house of God but also the invisible and mystical body of God's Divine Son. Congratulations Snodgrass & Bracy Drug 110 Main Street LITTLE ROCK, ARK. Modern in methods, unchanging m principles, the priest unites the past with the present, the old' with the new, the changing with the changeless. He has no new formu- las for freedom, but he offers the principles of thought and of ac- tion which can make "and keep men free. Keeping Close To Christ The ultimate mission and defini- tion of the priesthood are to be found in the priest's oneness with Christ, his identification with Christ, his following of Christ. Archbishop Spellman A priest, therefore, cannot hope to be worthy of his priesthood ex- cept by keeping close to Jesus Christ, and the aqhievement of his priestly vocation is determin- able in the measure of his con- formity in all things with Christ, his Divine Model. Founded on the sacramental character of Holy Orders, up- builded by the tireless activation of the Holy Spirit, the true priest moves always forward like St. Paul, "forgetting the things that are past." He has but one objec- tive and to that objective, he di- rects all his aims and consecrates all his energies. "The goal of his supernal vocation is Christ Jesus." ! A priest, therefore, must strive- ceaselessly for light and for .trength to measure up to the sub- lime dignity of his calling, to play J well the divine role in which he fihds himself cast, or else in a varying degree, he will fail in his vocation. Sanctity is, therefore ,Bunte FINE CANDIES W. S. COMPTON COMPANY Distributors LITTLE ROCK ABSTRACT (0. Incorporated Abstrm:ts---T[tlo Insurance--Escrows 215 Louisiana Street  Tel. 9266 Little Rock, Arkansas Reading from left to right are Chaplain Francis MeKee, stationed at Muroc Field, Calif., Chaplain Francis X. Murphy, now stationed Somewhere in the Pacific, and (lower right), Lt. Ed. J. McCor- mick, with the army flying school at Pecos, Texas. These three priests finished their training at St. John's Seminary, and Were ordained to the Holy Priesthood by His Excellency, the Most Rev. Bishop. Father McKee, a native of Phil- adelphia, entered St. John's Semi- nary in 1930, and after ordination served as pastor of Our Lady of Hope Church at Hope, and had the care of the Stamps and Magnolia missions. He was an assistant at St. Edward's at Texarkana in 1941, where he was statlonel until call- ed to the armed forces. Father Murphy was a chaplain at St. Bernard's Hospital, Jones- boro, before receiving his call to the army. His first appointment was as assistant for St. Edward's Church, Texarkana, from which he worked in the Foreman and De- queen Missions. Father McCormick served as pastor of the DeQueen and Fore- man missions, and as assistant at Immaculate Conception Church, Fort Smith. He was then appoint- ed as pastor of the Immaculate Conception Church at Hoxie, from where he was called. not an accident of priestly life. It is its very essence. Passing from the inspiration that theological considerations of the priesthood bring to us, we re- ceive additional stimulus from the historic panorama of our brothers in the priesthood, of those who have gone before us in time into eternity. From that first intrepid band, dispersed like seeds carried by the breath of the spirit across the face of the earth, from Peter, John, James, Bartholomew and the whole apostolic band' with Paul and Mary and Ignatius !Martyl, Cyril and Athanasius, Chrysostom and Basil, Ambrose of Milan and that Magdalen of the Fathers, Agustine of the flaming intellect and heart, Bene- dict and Bernard of the Moun- tains, Dominic of the Cities and Francis of the Valleys and Hills of Umbria, (hiding his profound reverence for the priesthood' in the lowliest of the priestly orders) how glorious the processional'vis- ion of the march of priests of Jesus Christ along the highroad of hu- manity! Ignatius, the wounded soldier of Spain, becomes the heart- wounded lover of Christ and spiritual father of the great and priestly Company of Jesus. Philip Neri of Rome teaches men the joyousness of God's service and his contemporary, St. Camillus de Lellis, finds Christ suffering in the wretched hostels of the age and makes the Red Cross the symbol of merciful, ministering love. Francis de Sales converts: a diocese from heresy and en-I kindles in a nation's noblest souls I the fires of Divine Love Thomas J a Becket, in the transformation ofJ Holy Orders, passes from a world: i ly king's ambassador to the crim- on glory of sainthood and martyr- / # Congratulations dom. How glorious the unending procession, swinging down the archways of the years. Patrick had lit the Easter fire on the hills of Ireland and the fJame is now being carried in a thousand holy Celtic hands back to re-light the horde-extinguished Christ-Light of Europe. Present- ly we find Peter Claver, the Apostle of the Negroes; Vincent de Paul, a spiritual flame in inspir- ing core for children, the sick and the poor; Damien becoming the priestly leper of Christ and for Christ, and on the glorious pro- cession of our brothers in the priesthood marches exalting through the corridors of time. Nearer To Our Dy And now nearer to our day, Edmund Campion finds his martyr's grave and the sun rises on a Second Spring in England with Newman as its eloquent and saintly herald. The Cure' of Ars !teaches the world how the priest- hood radiates from the humblest of villages, while Cardinal Lav- igerie leads the last and most Christ-like of Crusades as the Founder of the White Fathers. But now we are no longer vis- ualizing a procession. It is we ourselves who are marching. Our hands are clasped with those of our brother priests--heroic, priest- ly prieststhe chaplains serving in and with our Army and Navy. 1Vay God bless them, for we are so very proud of them and of our kinship with them. Already and again already in this war, and again tomorrow, the seal of priest- ly blood is set on the scroll of our nation's martyred heroes. Their sacrifices make us grateful to be their brothers. Our work at home, while less manifest and less heroic, is newr- theles of great importance, for all who share the priesthood of Christ know that hidden, valiant, humble laborers have also broth- erhood with Christ, our Captain; Christ, our King. The role the priest is called upon to play, or rather to live, is a mighty one of love and of service. Christ's priesthood presupposes and demands complete and abso- lute consecration of the individual, tlj.e full-giving of oneself to God. Let us all remember this at all times and let us pray to God that in our own day the ranks oil Christ's priesthood shall not lack priests who shall follow in their holiness the exemplars of the past. Let us ask God to bless, to sancti- fy our heroic chaplains and our hard-working priests in the vast: network of the Catholic world, that they and tkll of us "may by Students At St. John's The Monsignor Aretz Mission Crusade is an organization form- ed and administered by the stu- dents of St. John's Seminary. Its officers are elected annually and they supervise the work of the student body in their task of lend- ing spiritual and material aid to missioners both at home and abroad. To this society no need is too trivial, no assignment too arduous which might have for its ends the progagation of the Faith and the substitution of light for darkness, and' of truth and joy of soul in the place of spiritual hung- er and want. Meetings are held monthly for the purpose of trans- acting business and acquainting the members with the life and activities of those who are spread- ing the word of Christ in the four corners of the earth. In the past year the work of the Seminary Crusade Unit has been tremend- ously furthered by the generous interest and constant support of His Excellency, the Most Rev- erend Auxiliary Bishop. Bishop Fletcher was the honored guest at the. traditional Mission Rally. His address to the students ling- ers,in memory, for the interesting facts, and practical and inspiring direction he gave. A representa- tive of the Mission Crusade is sent to the Annual National Conven- tion of the C.S.M.C. This con- tact with Crusaders from all over the country gives a vitalizing touch to the meetings. At a meeting a week hence, the Crusade unit is looking forward to an address to be given by the Very hey. Msgr. James E. O'Con- nell, president' of Catholic High School. A major activity of the organ- ization is the' Correspondence Course which not only acquaints many non-Catholics with the teachings of the Church, but also instructs those of the Faith who would otherwise find it difficult to obtain instructions. Among other enterprises might be listed the Remailing Committee, which collects and distributes Catholic Literature. The Spiritual and Entertainment Committees are ac- tive in unifying and promoting the spirit of the student body. The members of the Monsignor Arez Mission Crusade endeavor to aid missions by constantly peti- tioning the all bountiful Missioner to look kindly on the work of His representatives and to reward their efforts with a rich harvest. They ask the Eternal High Priest to supplant the human frailties of His messengers with the power of grace. They ask Him who per- severed even unto the death on the cross to give to His laborers the strength of persevering in their arduous tasks when the hori- zon seems dark and success re- mote or out of the picture. While the material means of the Unit are limited, they suffice, with the help of donations, to car- ry on the Student Missionary proj- ects and to make a gesture of ap- and of some small as- sistance to the pressing needs of priests on the Missions. Among the sources of revenue are the Re- ligious Store, ,the Confectionery Store ond the Tailoring and Cleaning Service. the grace of God and the prayers of Mary, our Mother, be less un- worthy of the deathless knight- hood of Jesus Christ. The Seminary Crusade Unit seeks to provide both for the cause of the Missions and the develop- ment of the future Missioner. The sacrifice of time and effort are the Seminarian's offering to the grandest of all causes--the spread of the love of God in the hearts of men. Practical contact with the Mission field and exercise in the works of zeal tend to foster the Seminarian's apostolic spirit and to stimulate his work of prepara- tion for the years to come. The Seminarian Crusader does not labor under the delusion that he will be of enormous material assistance in spreading the work of God, but he strives to be part of a spiritual dynamo for the Mis- sions. This is to act upon the ad- vice of Archbishop Mooney: "Mis- sion success is essentially super- natural .... and prayer is the lever that opens the flood gates of God's Mercy." .:. Former Senator Gives Congratulations to Bishop Morris M. J. Siesel And Company Shoe Findings Congratulations and Best Wishes To The Ordination Class \\; 1943 Service Unit KANSAS CITY TITLE INSURANCE CO. Capital $1,000,0OO.O0 Title  Is the Only Gusran/ml Proteon Agnst Real Istate Title Losses Rubber Heels 913 Main Street e Little Rock, Arkansas AL RUST and NCE LIPSMEYER 50th Anniversary Of Ch!eago Cathohc Paper Chicago. (C)--A 140-page has been issued by The New official Catholic newspaper of Archdiocese of Chicago, to fifty years of continuous tion. In a letter written ess express his appreciation of work and worth" of the its golden jubilee, the Most Samuel A. Stritch, Archbish0 Chicago, asks: "How would the reaches of reli been shortened in our if there had not been during fifty years The New World?" The history of The New written by the" hey. Edward Dailey, its editor, is a of the special jubilee book. Nephew Of Bishop Lynch Killed In New Guinea Dallas. (E)--The Most hey, seph P. Lynch, Bishop of has been advised that his Sergt. Bernard Joseph St. Joseph, Mich., has been in action in the New Guinea Sergt. Clarke was among the to join the armed forces Joseph when the war was j clared. He was one of City Block For School of Bishop Lynch in the Lake Providence, La. (E)Form- forces of the United States. er United States Senator Joseph members of the Cathedral E. Ransdell has given a city block celebrated Masses for the "for the purpose of assisting in the of his soul when the tragic establishment and maintenance in was received. perpetuity of a school for Colored people." The' plot contains 20 lots, each 30 to 150 feet. Senator Ransdell is a Knight of St. Greg- ory. The property is adjacent to the recently-erected Blesed Martin de Porress Church, in which Senator Ransdell took an active interest. The parish of Blessed Martin de Porres was established last year by the Most Roy. Daniel F. Des- mond, Bishop of Alexandria. At that time there were known to be only three Colored Catholics in the parish boundaries. The Roy. Jams J. Walsh, S.S.J., is pastor. Biography 'Of Catholic Diplomat New York. (E)  A thorough sketch on the life of Robert Daniel Murphy, the American Catholic diplomat, who paved the way for the U.S. armed forces invasion of North Africa and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for his work, appears in the Feb- z'uary issue of "Current Bi- ography," which Is published here. Congratulations to Bishop Morris And The Ordination of ! 943 Remembrance Flower Shop LITTLE ROCK, ARK. Congratulations To The Ordination Class of 1943 We who li'e in this diocese, whether Catholic or not, know of your grand workmay it continue for many years to come, PEAL GROCERY 9th and High Phone 2-1129 Congratulations STANDARD LUGGAGE SHOP 303 Main Street Little Rock, Arkansas To His Excellency The Most Rev. John B. Morris and to The Ordination Class of 1943", The management of Wright's extend sincere con- gratulations and best wishes on this joyous and hopeful occasion. , WRIGHT SERVICE CO., Inc. J. E. Wright, Pres. J.O. Mayhugh, See'y-Treas. LFFFLE ROCK, ARK.