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P,GE 6 THE GUARDIAN, MARCH 5, 1982 0 God, Be Merciful to Me a Sinner THERE CAN be no doubt that a polarization is taking place in the Catholic Church in the United States. It would be impossible to tell how many men, women and children are still trying to hold on to the religion which has come down to us from Jesus Christ and the Apostles. Which is the religion of the Publican? Or, how many Catholics there are who would like to make friends with the world and change to the worldly religion of the Pharisees? Cardinal Newman preached a sermon in the University Church in Dublin on "The religion of the Pharisee, the religion of the natural man." In it, he explained the dif- ference between the Catholic religion and the religion of the Pharisees. "DEUS PROPITIUS esto mihi peccatori" (0 God be merciful to me a sinner). "These words set before us what may be called the characteristic mark of the Catholic religion, as con- of worship and schools of one shape or other, is belief, which in early or later times have spread over the earth...Such an avowal is not simply wrung from the lips of the neophyte; or of the lap- sed; it is not the cry of the common run of men alone, who are buffeted with the surge of temptation in the wide world; it is the hymn of the saints, it is the triumphant ode sounding from the harps of the Blessed before the Throne, who sing to their Divine Redeemer, 'Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God in Thy Blood, out of every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation...' "But we are engaged in considering the actual state of man, as found in this world; and I say, considering what he is, any standard of duty, which does not convict him of real and multiplied sins, and of incapacity to please God of his own strength, is untrue; and any rule of life, which leaves him contented with himself, without fear, without anxiety, without humilitation, is deceptive; it is the blind the religion of the whole earth, beyond the pale of the ] tI00Curran Talks II With Parents II Lent and Family L re." Stage 2 together or even went to and books availabg:AssA t'' parents develop ' rituals so meaniof Fire children and familips Catholic Church." AND THE Cardinal points out exactly what it is that makes the Catholic Saints different, "The Catholic Saints alone confess sin, because the Catholic Saints alone see God... "God it is, Who brings into religion the true devotion, the true worship and changes the self-satisfied Pharisee into the broken-hearted self- abasing Publican. It is the sight of God, revealed to the eyes of faith, that makes us hideous to ourselves; from the contrast which we find our- selves to present to that Great GOd at Whom we look...we are contented with ourselves till we contemplate Him... "Yes, my brethren, it is the ignorance of our un- derstanding, it is our spiritual blindness, it is our banish- ment from the Presence of Him Who is the Source and Standard of all Truth, which is the cause of this meagre showed up at a family retreat with the news that although they had been married for eight years, they had not been to church or prayed together at home in all that time. "But now that we have a baby, we figured we better start looking at the religious side of our marriage," they ex- plained. This phenomena isn't unique. But what goes on between couples spiritually is often more decisive than what goes on between them and their parish. Beginning a family is the second stage in family life and one of the most crucial to a couple's eventual marriage. Let's look at what's going on in the relationshi p exclusive of faith. First of all, it's the most stressful stage in marriage and family life. Suddenly, there's a new and demanding member -, The Baby -- who cries for attention and changes the roles and life- styles of partners who church before the baby," admitted the wife, "but now it's an important part of our life. I just wish we hadn't waited until we had a baby to experience it." Couples or single parents with young children can use Lent as an excellent time to do an all-points survey on their family faith environment. If they haven't shared frankly- their hopes in bringing up religious children, this is a good time todD it. Frequently, we find a mother who expected a father to be a strong faith model once the children came while he expected nothing of the kind. These contradictions give rise to emerged feelings of anger which can further divide a couple undergoing the strains of the developing family. FURTHER, THE family can use Lent to start some simple prayers and rituals which they can continue after RAY AND TROll "The lest in Shoe o Phone GGG-9 2903 trasted with the various forms leading the blind, yet such, in "The VACATION CAPITAL of Arkansas" POTTERIES SEE HISTORY'S OLDEST ,ART .%TON AVENUE IN HOT SPRINGS A. KEN WATKINS F PHONE 5OI-262-2OO2 RT. 6, BOX332 ADVERTISING LAYOUT, ART, PHOTOGRAPHY heartless religion of which men are commonly so proud.. WHETHER WE have a revelation of God or whether we are banished from His Presence will determine how we pray. Catholic prayer is the raising up of our minds and hearts to God. Jesus taught Catholics how to pray, when He taught the "Our Father." Prayer is the lifting up of our minds and hearts to God. To do otherwise and call it praying, according to Car- dinal Newman, is to make a mockery of praying. It is also noteworthy that both the Publican and the Pharisee "went up to the Temple to pray." THE BEST time to pray is at Holy Mass, the best place is before GOd in the tabernacle YOUR HOT SPRINGS GUARDIAN REPRESENTATIVE in Catholic churches. Father Charles McGinnis 13 Graduate From $Vl Little Rock -- Com- ! KFlrCH[NS U*NI |M|TFD I CRAFTSMANSHIP OF THE PAST TECHNOLOGY OF THE PRESENT SUPERIOR QUIETNESS * RELIABLE QUALITY CEILING FANS WE CREATE THE WORLD'S FINEST KITCHENS 2223 Albert Pie Phone 32 !. 1334 HAPPY HOLLOW MOTEL 2 blocks to bath houses all color cable TV away from city traffic refrigerators in all kit- - downtown in a park chenettes and rooms 230 Fountain St., Hot Springs Mountain Drive, Phone 501 321 2230, Hot Springs Nat'l Park, AR 71901 EMIL E. 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Graduates were Shawn Blazer, Mabelvale; Barbara Bryant, Benita Kelley, Barbara Miller, Melanie Nesbitt, Patrick O'Dwyer, Glenda Ray, Michael Stokes and Fred Ukno, all of Little Rock. Evelyn James and Greta James, both of Benton, and Angela Page and Yvonne Reed, both of North Little Rock. Travel Service Arkansas Bank & Trust Company ED KRENZELOK Manager 624-461 ! 624-5397 Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas previously had pretty much control over their own lives. THE NEW mother is frequently frightened ofthis new responsibility and exhausted by the physical and emotional demands made upon her. Previous priorities like parties, appearance, work, time with spouse and a neat home become secondary. She is often too tired or distracted to focus on her husband and his work as she once did. The father, on the other hand, has equally new responsibilities. He is ex- pected to be a partnering parent, but without much power in the process. He is expected to support his wife emotionally, economically and physically without detracting from his job. He frequently feels as if he's been moved to second or third place in his wife's life. This woman who has always been so interested and supportive in him and his work doesn't seem to care about him as much any more. That's the way it can be in families, but it doesn't have to be. Many couples find they can weather this shift in family relationships and even enrich it by building a strong religiots strength into the childhood years at home. The couple I mentioned earlier senses this need and in talking with them, I found that their belated focus on family faith opened for them a new dimension to their eight-year- old marriage. "WE NEVER prayed Lent ends. 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