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PAGE Z ARKANSAS CKIHOLIC MARCH 10, 1991 A lot of words pass through a publication's computers. Some words are merely necessary, others informative, still others inspirational. And sometimes, words can re-create lifetimes. That's why I always derive a deep satisfac- tion from exploring the lives of priests and religious who have gone to touch the face of God. To explore old newspaper clippings, off3- cial documents, hand4vritten notes, photo- graphs - all telling the story of a person's life -is to share in a special way the life of someone I never knew. Such was the case with Msgr. LouisJanesko, whom I never met, but have come to know. Old newspaper clippings, some older than I am, showed me a highly esteemed and well- liked fellow who touched people in every part of the state. He built schools and churches, worked with the military and the Red Cross, the Knights of Columbus and Holy Name Societies, dvic leaders and women's group~ He was often honored with church dinners and civic luncheons, and was remembered fondly by Catholics from rural Crawford.wille to urban Little Rock. Last week, in his Viewpoint arfide, Msgr. John O'Donnell said that the Catholic Church ']aas the longest memory and experience of any institution functioning on the planet." I thought of his words as I constructed Msgr. Janesko's obituary article. I think that every Catholic shares in that collective memory, which records for all time the lives of those who have served the Church. Msgr. Janesko's 54 years as a priest echo the centuries of service given the Church by his predecessors in the religious life, as well as those years being given now, and those to come. They echo the service given in Europe and Africa, Russia and Central America. The Middle Ages and the Fast Century of the Christian Era. Msgr. Janesko's life as a priest was a life in the history of the Church, reaching far beyond the confines of the State of Arkansas and the 20th century, It reached as far back as Gen- esis, and as far forward as Revelations. In that way, every Catholic in history knew him. DKH O CATHOLIC ~ pull~l~148 tirr~, a y~mr, t0r $15 per y~ar, I~ tl~ ~ Dioc~e of Llnle Rock,/~tmt~m C~ Inc., p.o. B~ 7417, 2500 N. Tyk~ SL= Uttle Rod~ AR 72217. (501} 664-0340 [IzAX 664-9075] .... PUBUSHER Most Rev. Andrew J. McDonald, Bishop 9 4 MANAGING EDITOR Rev. AIbeff d. Schneider EDITOR Deborah K. Halter CIRCULATION MANAGER Agnes Knirtig ADVERTISING MARKETING MANAGER Ron M. Hall PRODUCTION MANAGER Rev: James M. Schtatz EDITORIAL / PRODUCTION ASSISTANT do Marie Smith Th~ ~ pmtaCe paid at utle Rock, AEL B~ houm are 8:30,4, Monday - Fdday. ~ on Ho/q Days and na~onal hollday~ OffloN ate 10c=ed In Mon~ Hail, SL J0hn~ Cerai~, 2500 N. Tyler ~.. Littlo Rod~ AR 72207. To sub~dl~, INmd $15 with your.namo, addmu and parish toth0 addrum above ..... Sometimes maybe we get mixed up. Right now I'm thinking of several ways in which we seem to live in a mixed-up world. About life: A woman found parts of an aborted baby in a garbage bag. She was arrested and sentenced to five days in jail for attempting to remove trash bags from a dumpster. Maybe trash gets more legal attention than aborted babies. The news item didn't report anyone else won- dering how the aborted baby got there. Two pickets at an abortion clinic were arrested for loitering. Nothing was done about what was happening inside the "clinic." Maybe it's because can be spelled out and stance cannot. About peace: dtizens who practiced nonviolence were arrested for protesting against armaments in an area where weapons of violence were kept. The in- struments of violence were protected by law;, the unarmed people were not. A citizen who held up a peace sign along a street was cursed by some passers- by. "Hae citizen was sent home by the police lest the sign be a disturbance. Someone eLse holding up a pro-war sign was not cursed and so was not dismissed. About the environment: we deplore Rev. Davld Flusche, OSB the ruin of nature and the dangers to life which come from our living standards, but we continue to use the products that lead to envi- ronmental de- struction and en- danger lives for generations ahead, because we find that they meet our present desires. About prayer: structure and substance often seem to have no relationship. Maybe it's because structure can be spelled out and substance cannoL So some of us attend Mass because struc- turally we are supposed to be there, but our presence is simply a matter of sending our bodies to church, where we fidget until it's over, or rather until it's almost over when we make our escape. During this past year I took part in an ecumenical reconciliation service. People of various faiths came to me. The Catholics ?!i!iiiii!iiill followed the structure to the letter instead of using the smacmre to get to the sub- stance. Others got right to the substance of their sins, but there was no structure to help them to repentance or absolu- tion, though I could and did pray with them for forgiveness. Which reminds me. Sometimes in confession I am assigned so many Our Fathers and Hail Maws as a penance. I breeze through those prayers and think, that's once; and again, and that makes two times; and so on until I reach the assigned number. I fred that I have fol- lowed structure completely, and have not induded any substance, which probably is why I never assign a number, but rather suggest a topic to pray about or something to do. Lent may be a time to think about the differences between structure and sub stance of everything in our lives. In the Gospel of the FLrst Sunday of Lent, we heard Jesus tell us to reform our lives. That does not mean that we have been evil, but simply that our lives need to be req'ormed to erase the paradoxes we live by. This kind of re-forming our lives and thoughts could be a help to us and to our world in prayer, environment, peace and life. Then perhaps our world would be a less mixed-up place. (Rev. David Flusdte, OSB, un42es from SuU~.) J BXI l-l_,l rlI Iiev. John Dietzen am excited and enthusiastic ocer Ihe di- rection my faith journey has brought me, but sad because of the hurt it is causing my fam- fly.In 1982, I became the fifth living member of my family to become an ordained Protes- tant minister. In 1988, after much soul- searching and prayer, I was re- leased from my or- dination and at Eas- ter 1991 I hope to be confirmed into Roman Catholi- cism. This decision has pained my parents. I feel torn bet~_-en respect and love for them and my love for the Catholic Omrch. Wh~e we are not engaged, my special friend and I do plan to marry. Recently my father shared his hurt that he oauld not lead the marriage vows and could not baptize my chRdren as he had his other granddu'ktre~ though I intend to request Ihat my father par- fidpate in the wedding service as much as is allo~d. The wedding will be essentia~ Calhollc- Protestant. The issue for my father is that Protestants feel separated became of unfa- ~ty with the liturgy and becatme of ex- clusion from the Eucharist. To assist worshiping Protestants at our wedding, I hope the priest wm aIlow me to type the liturgy from the missal into a bulletin format that could be followed by my family and friends. Is this pom'ble? Situations like yours are always and inevita- bly extremely sensitive and painful. I think your suggestion of a worship aid for everyone to use at the wedding is an excellent one. If you include the words of familiar hymns and prayers it may help your family and friends to realize you have not left as much of your heritage as they assume. Another suggestion. Protestants usually re- late quite easily to our Liturgy of the Word. It is the Liturgyofthe Eucharist which confuses them and makes them feel they are involved in something far too "Catholic." Yet nearly every Protestant denomination, certainly including yours, reverences the Lord's Supper, even when not celebrating it frequently. How about putting something like this in your leaflet for them? "At the Last Supper on the night before He died, our Lord Jesus Oarist celebrated a sacred meal with His dis- ciples. He took bread and wine, said This is my body;, this is my blood,' and told them to eat and drink. He then said, 'Do this to re- member me.' "Thus, the Lord's Supper (called by Catholics the Mass, or the celebration of the Eucharist) is sacred to all Christians. Catho- lics obey this command of Jesus each week, but in a special way at the most important limes in people's lives. "This Eucharist of our Lord Jesus will be part of today's marriage ceremony as we re- member and thank God our Father for what Jesus has done for us. "We are all invited to unite ourselves, and especially the bride and groom, to Jesus Ou-ist and to share His death and resurrection in our lives." I have found that some explanation like this does much to help other Christians at least understand what we (and they) are about in a marriage ceremony, even if they cannot fully accept it. Good luckl com 1992 CNS andjust as the &,zrt, so must up, so everyone who believes in him may eune ete, afi. John 3:14.15