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PAGE 10 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC FEBRUARY 25;| qj J Catholic Office for Emergency Relief and impact on the processes of educating Refugees, I recalled that already in the dren and young people in particul~¢'~ encyclical letter "Pacem in Terris" Pope John mutual respect, tolerance and a spiti had emphasized the urgent need to recog- service at every level, both in private nize the rights of refugees precisely because public life. In this way many problen '] Wuhingto, n (CNS) - Here is the text of Pope seek a welcome in other countries of the they are persons. I stated that it is our be more easily overcome, jJ John Paul Ils Lent 1990 message, world, which is our common home• Only a obligation always to guarantee these inal- 5. I also address myself to you, my few of them are allowed to re-enter their ienable rights, which are inherent in every brothers and sisters who are refugees: Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, countries of origin because of changed human being and do not depend on pre- united in your faith in God, in m",p] 1. Each year the approach of Lent affords circumstances within those countries. For vailing conditions or socio0-political situ- charity and in undaunted hope, All me the opportunity to invite you to make the rest, the very painful experience of ations" (Insegnamenti IX, 1, 1986, p. 1751)• world knows your problems And good use oLti , favorable moment, this "day flight, insecurity and an anxious search for Thus it is a matter of guaranteeing to refu- Church is near to you with the help of salvation (cf. 2 Cot. 6:2), so that it may an appropriate place to settle continues, gees the right to establish a family or to be her members are working to provide, be lived intensely both as a time of conver- Among them are children, women - some reunited with their families; to have a stable, though they realize that it is insufticien sion to God and of love for our brothers of them widows- families that often are split dignified occupation and a just wage; to live order to alleviate your sufferings, good J and sisters. Lent calls us to a complete apart, young people whose hopes have been in dwellings fit forhuman beings; to receive and understanding on your part are. adequate education for their children and necessary. You are rich in your own mayChangehear°fthemindLord'sandvoiceheartinvitingin orderus thatto turnWe workfrustrated'and anddeprivedadUltSofUprootedall theirfr°mmaterialtheir young people, as well as adequate health don, culture, traditions and human;t to him in newness of life and to make possessions, their houses and their home- care - in a word, all those rightS solemnly spiritual values. From these you canal ourselves ever more sensitive to the suffer- land. sanctioned since 1951 in the Convention of the ability and the strength to begin aO ings of those around us. 2. Considering the extent and the seri- the Umted" Nauons" on the Statute for Refu- life. As much as r"n ssible, too must This year, I wish to emphasize the prob- ousness of the problem, all the Church's gees, and confirmed in the 1967 protocol and assist one another in the places [ lem of refugees and make it the subject of members must be sensitive to this appeal, on the same Statute. you are temporarily being hosted. our common reflection. The'enormous and inasmuch as they are followers of Jesus - 4. I am well aware that in the face of this We who are Catholics will accompa ! ] increasing flow of refugees is a painful reality who Himself experienced the condition of grave problem, International organizations, and support you on your way, as we r c,.:[ which no longer touches only certain re- a refugee - and bearers of the Good News. Catholic organizations and movements of nize in each one of you the face of gions of the world, but extends to every Christ HimseLf, in the moving Gospel pas- various types have worked intensely, with the Exile and Refugee, who said: ~I~s0~ continent sage read in the Latin Church on Monday the support and collaboration of many as you did it to one of the least of As people without a homeland, refugees of the first week of Lent, wishes to be iden- people, to provide adequate social pro- brothers and sisters of mine, you diditI , tiffed and recognized in every refugee: I grams. I thank them and encourage them me." (ML 25:40) John Michael Talbot was a stranger and you welcomed me .... I 6. At the beginning of Lent I invol e [ was a stranger and you did not welcome lead us to reaffirm and • g y ry p " and Staff me." (ML 25:SS,4S) oncern tor retugees must fullness of grace and light that flov¢ • the redeenun m ste oft he ass o invite you to experience Christian These words of Christ must lead us to a hi hli h " " resurrection of Christ, so that every hn L,t growth and healing on the "'holy careful examination of conscience with g g umversa.y recog- ual and a. ecclesial g oups and mountain",., regard to our attitude "toward exiles and ,ni~,,a,4 1,1 ..... ~'.,.1.~.. communities within the church maY,A refugees. We find them every day in somany ~.~ u~u~lacua 11~eH~ ...... a.a~l g, me xnsp rauon ana energy neeu " a of our parishes. Infact, for many of us they to s ow " 'tof~ h even greater concern, since it is practical works of solidarity On belaa have become next-door neighbors who are clear that although much has been done, it brothers and sisters who are exiles in need of charity, justice and solidarity from .is still not enough• The number of refugees refugees. In this way, comforted all Christians• is growing, and the resources for receiving loving support and interest of otherS; r~[ 3. For this reason, I address to you, the and assisting them often prove to be inade- gees may recover joy and hope in ord [[ individual members and communities of the quate, continue along their difficult path, Catholic Church, this urgent Lenten exhor- Our first commitment should be to take May my blessing bring forth an ration: Seek to help our brother and sister part in charitable initiatiyes, to animate and dance of the Lord's gifts upon those i MARY, PROPHET FOR OUR TIME refugees in every possible way by providing support them through our testimony of love, will respond to this pressing appeal, ii March 23~25 a welcome that will lead to their full partici- so that in every country they may have an " !:[ Considers Mary, Mother of the Lord in pation in the everyday life of society. Show terms of Scripture and with particular attention to her presence as a prophetic voice today; with Ft. Martin Woher, OFM, resident chaplain, Little Portion Retreat Center, former director, Alvema Center, Indianapolis; and Deacon Samuel Hilburn, director, Little Portion Retreat Center; author, teacher. TOBIT WEEKEND March 30 - April I A weekend conducted for over 2,500 engaged couples. Provides guidance in self- help program to build a successful marriage; team couples and Fr. Martin Woher, OFM, innovator of programs designed to meet needs of engaged and married couples. Write or call for information and complete 1990 schedule: Little Portion Retreat Center at MORE Mountain Route 4, Box 430 Eureka Springs, AR 72632 (501) 253-7379 them an open mind and a warm heart. Concern for refugees must lead us to reaffirm and highlight universally recog- nized human rightS, and to ask that the effective recognition of these fights be guaranteed to refugees. For the presenta- tion, on June 3, 1986, of the John XXIII International Peace Prize to Thailand's SMITH "Your One Stop Office Furniture 8, Supply Center" 812 Garrison * 782-0311 • Mike Cullerl * Bill Conrath * Pat Cullen South 28th St. 72956 Sheets 1248 Van Buren, AR 474-5036 Polyethylene bags Liners Ben Gosey, President Washington, DC - Remember Lent? Remember the weeks of denial, sacri- fice, fast, abstinence and penance? Unfortunately, these negative aspects are all many Catholics remember when they think of Lent, says Fr. Kevin Irwin, a theology professor at The Catholic University of America. People are so busy doing things (or avoiding them) that they lose sight of the season's element of hope. The 40-day retreat known as Lent, the theologian contends, also is de- signed to be a hopeful time, one during which an individual is encour- aged to refocus on the paschal mys- tery of Christ. When Lent begins this year on Feb. 28, the imposition of ashes will be more than a simple reminder of an individual's mortality. The ashes, Fr. Irwin explains, are a positive re- minder to turn again to the Lord, to identify more deeply with the" paschal mystery. This process of personal con- version, he adds, is meant to continue until the day one is called from this life to the next, where ashes, fasts and sac- ,,!1 a raments no longer will be need C[ There all will be assumed into the ] tery of Christ. In the days following Ash wedn ¢[ Lenten readingp ys ra' ers sharp¢ [ .... notion of one's total reliany ..I God. Deep reflection brings to the price, not the prestige, election as a follower of 1 The Gospel challenges %#1 • grow in faith. There are sages of humiliation, sufferi g l[ self-emptying, but there als° [ promise of glorification, of a "7, i to new life. By the time the Passion is re tbt] Good Friday, Fr. Irwin sayS' i01 catholic community is prepg: g[ deal with it from the perspeCtl the hope and glory flowing fro ] Resurrection. ] Finally, at the Easter vigil, the ings recall the great momentS history of salvation, culminating iP il[ • " IJ ~! ResurrecUon. The Easter ht explains, offers each individ0 opportunity to be made a sharer iO i [ whole of the paschal mystery, i]