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THE GUARDIAN, MARCH 5, 1982 PAGE 5 Brlanges Constantly d fro - CBS i ;rien of' outst/ )f-the-! the dd ( dcBrii s wil ted tOy Neil Parent I on , 1 P'I ASKING questions ;iologver even thought of in ation class." was an active in his 40's, attending a on the faith journey Like most other he was begin- recognize the many lis faith had grown ildhood.. ing to workshop Kenneth Stokes, of the workshop adults understand mic aspects of their its relation to their Faith: L nique For All ,:)f Us stormed because of the with each stage of life? If not, multiplicity of factors that why not? make up our personal lives. A middle-aged husband, SEEING FAITH in father and worker is bound to dynamic terms helps us to see be at a different place in his the active nature of our OUR FAITH is continually being molded and transformed by the multiplicity of factors that make up our personal lives. A man who is a husband, father and worker is bound to be at a different place faith development than, say, a thought about young coed who is yet to that way before" is experience some of the more enthusiastic pressing responsibilities of of those ,ha attend aduitlife. ys. understood, experience of unique as our Our faith is being tran- PIANOS NEAL Center University Ark. 72204 TIIAT IS not to suggest that the husband and father has necessarily progressed in faith further than the coed has. But his experiences, presumptions and ap- preciativeness of faith are bound to be different. What are some of the im- plications in saying that our faith develops? 1. We should periodically assess where we are-on our faith journey. Are we where we want to be? Has our friendship with God grown and become more intense relationship with God. He is always there, ca!ling us to closer union with him. The events of our life become the very steps of our faith jour- ney. Sometimes, the recognition of how far we have developed in some aspect of faith can be startling. One exercise used by Stokes ,t . asks partmpants to compare their moral attitudes today with those of their early 20's. Upon completing the exer- cise, one middle-aged woman observed that when she was in her early 20's, issues of sexual morality were the ones that got most of her attention. ALTHOUGH HER remark drew laughter, the ensuing :er Little Rock Guide Can This Space Paint Tools , Wire "Everything in Hardware" STANLEY HARDWARE CO. 753-2470 1012 W. 34th North Little Rock MEDIC Pharmacy, Inc. Locat ions 11524 Rodney Porham 224-0303 5901 West 12th 664-3907 6221 Asher A-ve 562-3740 - Bryant Center 847-3596 discussion revealed that she was not referring to the flame of passion dying out with age. What she wanted to say was that, over the years, she had come to recognize the im- portance of other moral issues, too, like those of charity and social justice and peace. The perspective of her moral thinking had broadened. 2. There are a great diversity of faith experiences among people. Therefore, we need to be careful not to presume that our experience of faith holds true in the same way for others or that it is the only correct one. The divine mystery cannot be confined or adequately expressed through the single experience of one believer -- be that person saint or Pope. 3. BEcAuSE OF the diversity of faith experiences, we need to share our faith stories with one another. Since each of us has only very limited insights into the divine mystery, we can greatly benefit from learning how God works in the lives of others. Indeed, one important function of the Christian community is to be a gathering place where God's people can share their faith stories. 4. Finally, the fact that faith develops in our lives calls for  believers to be ready and willing to assist one another in ShoeStore their faith journeys, /l _ especially during major enter events of life or transitions. These might include the birth BAAmIInCAnl of a first child, the times when aday thru Saturday grown-up children leave .... , ,pingCenter-NLR tr.,._ J .__.. home, or when a family moves into a new community. LYON WE NEED to have people around who are highly sen- 0R CO,  sitive to the unique and Phone 753-6161 with our selection at personal ways God works in other people's lives. Drive Rock, Ark. ' BlUR STOLE Rexall /right. T.E. Mattax "ISTS one [STREET ATHCOTE & Draperies LARGE .ECTION OF FABRICS "The Shop of Qual!ty'" 312-6486 NG 2204 West lOth St. Little Rock Wedding Invitations- Napkins Wedding Programs- Informals Accessories Let us help make your Wedding "A One Of A Kind Wedding" also see us for your general printing and supplies We Also Make MEMORIAL CARDS ARROW PRINTING AND STATIONERY COMPANY 1611 So Main Street Little Rock, Arkansas 72206 372-2296 In recent years, the notion of faith as a developmental process has gained con- siderable recognition and acceptance among 'theologians, researchers and church officials. The American bishops took up this idea in their National CatecheUcal Directory, "Sharing the Light of Faith." They wrote: "Because the life of faith is related to human develop- ment, it passesthrough stages or levels; furthermore, dif- ferent people possess aspects of faith in different degrees. "Tills IS true," the bishops contin.ued, "of the com- prehensiveness and intensity I k The Guardian sells for its advertisers, q9 in his faith development than a young coed who has yet to ex- perience some of the more pressing responsibilities of adult life. (NC Photos by Mimi For- syth and Ellis Herwig) with which (people) accept God's word, of their ability to explain it and in their ability to apply it to life." ; 1982 NC News Service HOPE IS MANY THINGS,,. THE HOLY FATHER'S MISSION AID TO THE ORIENTAL CHURCH AN OPEN LETTER TO ALL OUR READERS Dear Friend: There are 1.8 million refugee s in the Holy Land, each one the voiceless victim of a war that began 34 years ago. Mostly children, they are torn to shreds by war's aftermath. We mend them best by giving them hope. Hope is $5 that can provide a pair of shoes, food, clean blankets, a chance to receive the sacraments. Hope is a handful of practical-actlon people - priests, Sisters, and qualified volunteers - who leave their own homes and become refugees in the Holy Land for the refugees. They are people who feed, teach, heal, clothe, mend, fulfilling the love-mission of Jesus Christ, in Beirut, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Cairo, Damascus, and trouble points in between. Their strategy is service - the works of mercy, person-to-person, in the name of Jesus Christ. Just $25 will help one of them care for s refugee for a month. There is hope in the heart of the blind child in the Gaza Strip because he is learning a trade In the Pontifical Mission Center for the Blind. In Abu-Dis, outside Jerusalem, an elderly Muslim prays contentedly to Allah because a Sister from Ireland Is at his side. It costs Just $65 a month for his complete care. Six Sisters from India - a physician, two nurses, three social workers -- live In Jordan, to work In the camps. They are no better off than the refugees. All six can live, teach, and work for only $150 a month. We beg you to help us keep hope alive for the refugees. Please pray for us and share what you can. Use the coupon below, rll write personally to thank you for your gift. Gratefully yours In Christ, Monsignor Nolan Dear Monsignor Nolan: Please return coupon with your offering ENC'OSEO ..=E FiNo $ C A FOR NAME STRE(T CITY STATE ZIP CODE THE CATHOLIC NEAR EAST WELFARE AeliOCIATION NEAR EAST MISSIONS TERENCE CARDINAL COOKE, President MSGR. JOHN G. NOLAN, National Secretary Write: CATHOLIC N(AR EAST WELFARE ASSOC 1011 First Avenue * New York, N.Y. |0022 Telephone: 212/826-1480