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Page 6 March 21, 1998 e.ed olC 'o.’ ARKANSASr.; CATHOIJ If you could win any award, what would you want to win? Why? Nobel Peace Prize. I would like to be able to make a major difference in the world with so many problems in the world. I would also like to know that the world was at least a little bet- ter because of me. John Lamm Victoria Zachary Biology award in my sophomore class because I like science and want to make my parents proud. They help me a whole lot. Plus, my dad is a bi- ologist. I would like to have a good career in science and try to make the world a nicer place to live in. People's Choice Award for Best Ac- tress. It would prove that I could achieve my goal. Staci Pillows Angela Hayes Academy Award. I want to win the Academy Award because it is the highest and most prestigious award for motion picture actors. I would love to be recognized by the world as the best actress because I love to act. Honors Gradu- ate. To help me get into college. Till Foster cZ> The children were sitting on their floor mats. David raised his hand. "1 have a ques- tion, Sister. It's been on my mind for a long time." "Then I hope I can help. What is it, David?" "If God is so good, why does he make bad people? Why does he send them to ... you know ... hell?" Paula raised her hand. "God knows ahead of time who will be bad, right? Why does he even make people he knows won't go to heaven? Isn't that mean?" "Those are verygood ques- tions," said Sister. "It all has to do with what makes us people. How are we different from animals?" "We can decide things for ourselves," said Jeremy. "Good answer! We have Can you find the five apples in Adam and Eve's garden? Then color the pretty plants! must have real choices." "It was really terrible of them to break that rule, wasn't it?" asked David. "Yes, it was. God had given them so much out of his love. In return, he one thing. How could they break the only rule he gave them?" "So," said Paula, "we have free will, too?" "Yes, God sent his own son to pay for what Adam and Eve had done. He died on the cross to give us all another chance to be happy with hir~ in heaven. That's what he wants for everyone.-H doesn't want anyone choose to turn him. He gives us chance to love him. But he won't force anyone." "Like Judas?" said MisSY, freewill,"saidSisterMaryanne. They were never sick They He only gave them one rule. He "Why did God make that "He was with Jesus for yearS' "To have free will we must didn't have to work. All the toldthem not to eat the fruit of rule? Was he trying to trick but he turned away." rn have real choices." animals were friendly. Godgave one tree." them?" asked Jeremy. "That's right.Jesusgavehi "Like Adam and Eve in the themailofthatoutofthegood- "That sounds easy to me," "Notatall!Godwant___3speople everychancetobethekind0f garden?" asked Missy. ness of his heart." said Marie Elena. to be good. He wants them to person he was meant to be." "Yes," said Sister. "Think The children were listening "It was! They had everything be happy with him in heaven. David raised his hand. '! back to the way it was for carefully. They loved to hear they needed without that tree. But AdamandEvewerepeople. think lunderstand, Sister.G°d them. God had created a won- stories about the Garden of They could have lived happily They had to have some kind of doesn't make bad people, derfulplaceforAdamandEve. Eden. ever after. Then God would choice, ortheywouldhavebeen They choose to be bad thern" Hegavethem everything they Sister continued, "God made have taken them straight to no different from animals. As I selves." could possibly need or want. itveryeasyforthemtobegood, heaven to be with him."said before, to have free will, we "Exactly!" said Sister. II II II II II II II II II II II II II II II II II II II III I i I i E E i I i I i i I I I E E E E i I i i E i i E i E I iE E E E E E i I I i i I III I E E W W i i I I E E E E I j I I I m I III Ideas lot Lenten pncticel Write these Lenten Intentions on pieces of paper. Put them into a box • Make a get-well picture for some one who is sick. that you have decorated with ribbon, flowers and crosses. Each day, * Write a letter to someone who lives alone. draw an intention from the box and practice It for the day. • Smile at everyone you see today. • • Go into your closet and pick some clothes that do not fit • Give up your favorite snack for the day. • Make an Easter card for someone. • Help someone wlth his or her chores. illilllllllillllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllil I I Imagine that your family adopted a baby who had no ADOPTED home. All of you did everything you could to make sure that the baby was healthy and happy. When the child ANIMALS grew up, he turned his back on all of you. He gave you APPRECIATE nothing but trouble. He broke all the rules. He stole from CHANCE you and lied about everything over and over. He was CREATOR never grateful for what you had done for him. That's the DESERVE way he lived his whole life. What kind of treatment would he deserve? FAIR God has adopted all of us. He has given us everything FORCE [~I., ~--~ ,~, ~,~.-~IN and asked very little in re- FREEWILL • • • --~."~\,,(,' ~, '/ .... III turn. Some of us, though, ........ ....... FRIENDLY IllI ........ ~,-,,, ,ill never appreciate what he Illl.l+ has done. We break his FRUIT II[l'l'[' ’'Y/??'~ ........ ~ ~,~tl rules and refuse togivehim GOODNESS • ,~ ...... ,... the love and respect he HEAVEN • si/• • • w*~t . ..... deserves. God is a good, HELL ......... loving creator. But he is turn their backs on him QUESTION and his love do not de- RULE serve to be happywith him TREE in heaven. Take a walk and thank God for the birds and trees around you. Don't complain all day today. Read the Bible. Give several cans of food to a food bank. See if you can think up some ideas of your ownl • • • • WIlE • i II IIE EIIIIEIII • • • II • • I I • • •ll•Wil •~ Instructions: Look for the words in the word list in all of these ways: left to right, top to bottom, right to left, bottom to top, diagonally and backwards. K O R Y I L Y L D N E I R F R GOOD N E S S MH WK MU L ADOPT E D I O O E E L L Q I H R G R O T A E R C E E A U B K K H E V R E S E D H T N E E DAYBE QL C QT N E I $ F C T W Q I P S K I E T C MT F RNS P QVS U A V F K A I I O E A U Z B R A I A C U L O S BRE HJ F E CS PUNSN A P I CWCHE J B H Z X A M P K F D E I R R E Q D OC B L D I QC E P L R I E AGOQM N Z B R P K A L T A R MG A H E R R A I WH X X T F T J R M These responses are from l Oth graders in the Blessed Sacrament Parish religious educa- tion program in Jonesboro. Their teacher is Sister Mary John &tier, OSB. iii!!i!ii~