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THE GUARDIAN, MARCH 19, 1982 PAGE 5 fo Suffe" r rlng nd nd per Sometzmes Inscrutable 'anta live [ By Neil Parent as tOR FRANKL would about suffering. As a Frankl and his were arrested Nazis and sent to camps. By the World War II, his mother, wife and had died at the hands Nazis. Only he and his Survived. to lecture extensively on the "Man's Search caning," the in- psychia- [he horrors of the brutality, the and cold, the ever- threat of death either SUbhuman camp con- gas ovens. BRUTALITY and of the Nazi con- KNOW YOU AITH Sponsored By Arkansas State Council Knights of Columbus 892-4536 62 West Arkansas 72455 centration camps . un- fortunately were not an isolated chapter in human history. Crimes against humanity have been our lot since the beginning. And they account for only a fraction of the story of human suffering. Natural disasters such as K. of C. Conclave Final Plans Set Pine Bluff -- Final plans have been made for the an- nual State Knights of Columbus Convention scheduled here April 23-25, it was announced by Denis J. Dandeneau, convention chairman. Registration starts at 9 A.M. Friday, April 23. The conclave will conclude at noon Sunday, April 25. Highlight of the convention will be a banquet, dance and presentation of awards Saturday night. Deadline for housing reservations is Friday, April 9. McDaniel APPLIANCE AND FURNITURE COMPANY G. E. APPLIANCES PHONE 892-5231 106 E. EVERETT POCAHONTAS fe LADLES and MEN'S APPAREL Always at Popular Prices MOST MODERN BEAUTY SHOP 151 TOWN BURKE'S SHOP ................ PHONE 892-3191 FEED CO. t Pocahontas, Ark. Sale and Dependable Since 1903 RANK OF POCAHONTAS Ark. Phone 892-5286 Member F.D.I.. Pharmacy, Inc. The REXALL Store John A. DeClerk, R. Ph. Ark. 'Z EQUIPMENT COMPANY Highway 67 and 62 at "Y" tox 130 - Pocahontas, Arkansas 72455 PHONES: 892-$2S4 International Harvester I!l Farm Machinery Oldsmobile disease, flood, famine and earthquake have claimed their own massive numbers of victims. Think of the in- famous bubonic plague (black death) of the 14th century when a third of Europe may have perished. Records in- dicate that, in some cities, the casualty rate was as high as 70 per cent. THEN THERE is the emotional suffering that permeates much of life: the disappointments, frustrations and failures of one kind or another. All of us, regardless of our state in life, have ex- perienced these. What are we to make of this legacy of suffering that courses through human history like some massive river of misery? What possibly can be the sense of it all? What meaning can we give it? Albert Camus, the 20th- century French novelist, found human suffering an overwhelming obstacle to his own belief in God. He once told an audience of priests in Paris that he could not reconcile the existence of suffering with the notion of a Church Refuses IRS Demand Ames, Iowa (NC) -- A Catholic church in Ames has refused to co-operate with demands by the Internal Revenue Service to garnishee the wages of an employee who is a tax protester against the nuclear arms race. Thomas Cardaro, employed by St. Thomas Aquinas Church as a lay campus minister for the parish's Catholic Student Center at Iowa State University, owes the government $828.23 in 1979 and 1980 federal income taxes. He has refused to pay the taxes because of his religious beliefs. He used the money instead to help found and run Loaves and Fishes Hospitality House, a shelter and meal center for the poor. Father Thomas Geary, administrator of the parish, said an IRS representative from Des Moines, Iowa, served levies four times to the parish secretary, each time loving God. CAMUS INDICATED he could more easily understand suffering by adults, but that he never could accept the suffering of innocent children. How could a loving, caring God, he asked the audience, allow pain for small children? People of faith down through the ages have grappled with similar questions. In the Old Testament, the Book of Job asks how an innocent person could suffer. While the Book of Job offers helpful insights into the problem of suffering, it does not resolve all of its paradoxes. There is much about suffering that continues to evade our understanding. BUT ONE thing is clear for the Christian: Suffering is not irreconcilable with the notion of a loving God. In Jesus, God not only identified with our humanity, but took on our suffering as well. Indeed, the last hours before the crucifixion ended on the tragic double note of physical and mental pain. Jesus was nailed to the cross and then abandoned by his most trusted friends to die alone. If Jesus, God's son, can willingly submit himself to such abuse, then somehow suffering has meaning in the plan of salvation. It is not irreconcilable with God as lover. JESUS' SUFFERING has meaning because he em- braced it for our sake. He suffered so that we might find life in God. In effect, Jesus turned pain into love. As followers of Jesus, can we learn to turn our pain into love, finding in suffering the God who is love? It seems so to me. THERE IS something about the nature of suffering that pulls us out of ourselves and calls for a different way of being in the world. Our values and perspectives frequently change under the influence of suffering. Some things that once were important suddenly cease to be; others assume new importance. The world that we have carefully constructed for ourselves can get turned around by suffering and, in the process, we stand a good chance of encountering God. Suffering can clear away those preoccupations that make it difficult for us to see God who is always before us, beckoning. WE MAY not see clearly Keep Current Read The0uardian declining to wait to meet with the pastor. He said he was II-L--..aL--_  frustrated at the lack of personal contact and called the IRS office, but the per- sonnel there were unwilling to discuss the matter. Henry tienhart Any size Bus available, from school bus to luxury air conditioned coaches. HOUSTON-BIGELOW BUS LINES ILRROW COACH LINES 2715 W. 10th 666-9891 l LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE Establish, re-establish or deepen your relationship with Christ! Yield to the action of the Holy Spirit in your life. LIFE in the SPIRIT SEMINAR 8 week course starting Sunday, Mar. 21st at 4:00 P.M. Fitzgerald Hall at St. John's Catholic Center. Call 663-9170 or 565-0702 DESPITE THE marvels of modern science, people throughout the world continue to suffer. Whether it is physical or emotional, the pain is just as real. Christians are called to respond to the suffering of others, (NC Photo from Wide World) how our suffering has meaning, or how God intends to use it for us or for others. But we do know that our suffering can lead to God. Jesus' suffering gave way to the resurrection, to a new union with God. Our suffering can take us on a similar path, if we let it. For Christians, Jesus has pointed the direction. 1982 NC News Service LENT AND LEPROSY THE HOLY FATHER:S MISSION AID TO THE ORIENTAL CHURCH CHRIST SO LOVED LEPROSY VICTIMS HE WORKED MIRACLES TO CURE THEM If Lent so far has not been meaningful, if you haven't done enough, you still have time to make it worthwhile. How can you best keep Lent? The answer is we must make sacrifices on our own. In easing the Lenten regulations of fast and abstinence, the Holy Father recommended in. stead that we deny ourselves voluntarily and share our abundance with the poor and suffer- ing. More than 10 million people still suffer from leprosy. Here's what your Lenten gift for them will do: TO CURE VICTIMS HERE'S WHAT OUR PRIESTS AND SISTERS NEED [] $5,000--Builds a pre-fab clinic in a far-flung village. [] $3,000--train ten native Sisters in nursing. [] $1,500--provide an operating table. [] $575--buy a whirlpool bath. [] $200--purchase a microscope. [] $100--give the clinic a sterilizer. [] $95-- provide a wheelchair [] $40--buy 1,000 vitamin tablets. [] $30--give a hospital bed. [] $15--give him (or her) a hand-walker. [] $10--give the clinic a blood-pressure set. I-1 $9-buy Dapsone tablets for 9 victims for a year. [] $8.00--buy 12 thermometers. [] $5.00--100 vitamin tablets. [] $3.00--a pair of gauze scissors. [] $2.25-- a 1 lb. jar, Sulfadizine ointment. [] $1.75--100 gauze pads (3"x3"). Dear Monsignor Nolan: CA ENCLOSED PLEASE FIND FOR Please NAM( return coupon with your STREET offering CITY THE CATHOLIC NEAR STATE ZIP COD[-- EAET WELFAIIPE AIIIIOCIATION NEAR EABT MISBIONB TERENCE CARDINAL COOKE, President MSGR. JOHN G. NOLAN, National Secretary Write: CATHOLIC NEAR EAST WELFARE ASSOC. 1011 First Avenue New York, N.Y. 10022 Telephone: 212/826-1480