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THE GUARDIAN, FEBRUARY 22, 1974 PAGE 5 Wandering Aramean i e$ the Israelites "... my Its are not your thoughts, lre not your ways it J h who speaks' (Is []' Abraham for instance. Oae went looking for Ill e to become the father of mm nation the last person ld choose for-the job Ill e a 75-year-old man with n wife. Yet, that's just Uod did when He chose  tAitAM the "wandering en,', was about as s a candidate as could be i fr the job. But God ,aim and told him, "I will tl'ou a great nation; I will fou and make your name it will be used as KNOW YOUR FAITH Sponsored Arkansas State Council Knights of Columbus a promise and if little else going had faith -- faith leave the relative of his family's in search of a to him by this called him. HAM was still human, and like so many of believed in contingencies. Of believed that God after him and his was to fulfill God's e. Nevertheless, very prudent his wife, Sara, sister when he was journey to Egypt famine. patient with all, he had just I F ANYON E went looking for someone to become the father of a great nation, the last person he would choose would be a 75-year-old man with a barren wife. Yet, that is just what God did when He chose Abraham. gotten over being a pagan. So when the Pharaoh decided to take Abraham's "sister" for his harem, God protected her from harm and saw to it that she was returned to her husband. BUT ABRAHAM still hadn't gotten the message that when this God, Who had ealledhim, promised something, He would make all the arrangements. Abraham didn't have to do anything but believe and do what he was told. But alas, Abraham became concerned COULD A MONK'S THING BE YOUR THING? Those of us who are Monks at Subiaco Abbey. a Benedictine center of activity. feel we are doing our thing for God and His people We all have gifts of talent and ability which God has given us The way we use them is in a communal life of prayer and work and all other shared activities We would like for you to consider the possibility that our way of life might be your thing, too why not write us for information so that when you choose to do your thing, Subiaco will be considered It could be that a monks thing is also your thing THE VOCATION DIRECTOR SUBIACO ABBEY SUBIACO, ARKANSAS 72865 renedict "That in ell things God may be glorified" I 1974 i SUNDAY MISSAL I Every Catholic should have i a HISSAL...of his OWN! AT MASS... for complete participa- ' tion and understanding. AT HONE ... to guide their Christian Life and personal spiritual reading. Order (Ordinary) of Mass is rinted in two l [ra ,- -- P co ors atetl ia rge type. The people's parts are all clearly tia -_aeavy bold type for quick identification. Large .Ra,,_ ! over 100 popular hymns .... ideal for s 'aLl use and numbered for quick Reference. .Yof Prayers... for Confession, Communion, etc. ciirnary of the teachings of the Second Vatican handy size.., fits pocket or purse. BOX a: Please send the following I /'1// 1974 SUNDAY MISSAL (HARDBACK)... $1.80 | L sales tax 06 postage 16 I 1 tIBACK)...$1.2,0" sales tax :04 postage.16 I lllllllltill Itl i111111 I! Iliill IIII l P ADDRESS ........................... I ............ ..... ...... I about all the descendants he had been promised . . . more numerous than the stars, Yah- weh had said. So Abraham and Sara decided that it was up to them to do something to get this great nation underway. They invoked a custom of the people from whence they had come that provided for a barren wife to permit her husband to have children by her maidservant. The children were then legitimatized by their ac- ceptance by the wife. SO ABRAHAM and Sara agreed that he should go to her maidservant, a handsome Egyptian girl named Hagar. Hagar conceived a child and gave birth to a son. He was named Ishmael. Sara accepted the boy, but not without a tinge of jealousy and hurt, and Abraham realized that he had a problem on his hands. BUT liE LOVED Ishmael, and what 86-year-old man would not love his first-born son? But Ishmael was Abraham's and Sara's way of im- plementing God's plan -- not God's way. SO GOD told Abraham that His way was for Sara to have a son. Sara, who was eavesdropping, got a good laugh out of the prospect of having a child at her age. But sur- prisingly, Sara did have a son. He was called Isaac. Abraham was proud of Isaac. What 100-year-old father wouldn't be? But Isaac's birth spelled more trouble for Ish- mael and his mother. The law of their land said that a natural- born son took precedence over one born of a maidservant. Sara's jealousy increased with her new-found fertility and she demanded that Hagar and Ish- mael be sent away. ABRAHAM realized that he had not had sufficient faith in God's fulfilling His promise, but he loved Ishmael and pleaded for him. And God promised that Ishmael, too, would sire a great nation. Abraham learned his lesson in faith and when God told him to sacrifice Isaac . . . he didn't hold back. His faith was well placed because God saved the boy who was to become the link between Abraham and the descendants promised to him. AS CHRISTIANS, we are called upon to believe in the Good News of Jesus Christ. We must fully accept that He has made it possible for us to return to the Father only through Him. Yet how difficult it is for us to accept this simple promise of redemption I St. Paul told the Corinthians that "the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God." That seems like another way of saying "... my thoughts are not your thoughts, my ways are not your ways..." 1974 NC News Service Freedom Implies Freedom And Respect for Others By Father CarlJ. Pfeifer, S.J. objectives of religious awareness that freedom and TWO RECENT experiences set me thinking about the im- portance -- and difficulty -- of helping people grow up free but responsible, aware of their rights yet respectful of the rights of others. In both cases I was the dinner guest of friends. When I arrived at Harry and Jane's shortly before dinner, I was delighted to see them and their four children. I was a bit late, so we sat down almost immediately to dinner. The children ate fast and then left the table. Two of them sat down on the floor beside the table and . turned on the television. The other two played games on the other side of the table. There was almost continual shouting back and forth since the TV was quite loud. Harry, Jane and I were unable to talk because of the noise. It was unfortunate and frustrating because we had not seen each other for several years. PAT AND JOAN welcomed me a week or two later to their home. Their two children were there to greet me, too. We en- joyed the children for a half- hour or so, before dinner. The two boys ate dinner quickly and then went off to play in an ad- joining room. Pat and Joan and I had a long conversation as we quietly finished our meal. It was an enriching experience. These two experiences caused me to reflect on the importance of helping the young grow both in a sense of freedom and in a sense of responsibility. We need to guide the young in awareness of their rights and in a respect for the rights of others. Like most education, education to responsible freedom begins early, normally in the home, through quite ordinary hap- penings. TIIESE TWO experiences may not be typical of either family I visited. But I could not help thinking that Pat and Joan's children were being taught to resepct the rights of others while learning to enjoy their own rights. Harry and Jane's children gave little evidence that they were con- scious of the rights of their parents and guests to be able to converse. I'VE HAD similar ex- periences in classrooms. In one class children listened to each other, took care of and shared school equipment. In another class there was little evidence of respect for things or other people. It seems to me that one of the education both at home and in school is to enable youngsters to become aware of their own freedom, their own rights. Part of such learn!ng involves the rights implies respect for the freedom and rights of others. Freedom involves respon- SEE FREEDOM ON PAGE 6 Sister Domiaica, O.&B. 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. 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