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THE GUARDIAN, MARCH 29, 1974 PAGE 5 W yi Ov orr ng er Laws Makes Praying Difficult IOMENT FOR PRAYER in Thanksgiving before a recess is one of the "rules" for begin to grow in a freedom which permits knowledge to become of their lives. Law$ OOd Rules Express Love alistzcally Measured By Father Joseph M. Champlin way the priest and thus keep his scriptural passage, standing or style of celebration from taking sitting at the right moment, are WELL-INTENTIONED and on an excessively subjective significant elements which generally good laws still can tone or quality, contribute to good worship. sometimes hurt innocent human beings. This is not a NEVERTHELESS, the WHEN, HOWEVER, a priest, particularly original ob- priest, and others, including lector, or person in the pews servation, but I experienced an members of the congregation, becomes anxiously preoccupied illustration a short time ago at should never judge observation with them, it becomes difficult 0'Hare airport in Chicago. of rubrical laws more important for that individual to relax and While changing planes, I had than cultivation of a prayerful pray from the heart. In such stopped at a flight information spirit, cases, thelaws for worship have center near the entrance of two Reciting the correct prayers, come to take precedence over seemingly endless corridors proclaiming the proper the liturgy itself. which lead to many departure gates. A middle-aged man Pastoral Musings walking with a cane stepped up next to me and inquired of the gracious attendant: "HOW FAR is the gate for my Must W.e flight to Fort Lauderdale? If it is a long way, I'll never make the plane. You see, I have an In artificial leg." She quickly called the main terminal and asked for a wheel By Msgr. John B. Scheper-- chair. Th e man waited, minutes sped by, yet no help arrived. IT WAS INDEED a lively described angels as a mere Take-off time for his plane was argument. Even though the figment of the imagination? Get now dangerously close, so the door to the next room was with it, the old is out and the concerned clerk telephoned closed, the conversation was new is in. We are living in a again for assistance, loud enough to be overheard modern world." without any difficulty. The Yes, indeed, we are living in a #l IN THE MEANTIME, I dispute seemed to be about modern world. Perhaps there noticed a wheelchair at the religion, more particularly have been some teachers of .'llathercarlJ Pfeifer, S.J. adjoining counter of another about angels, as was clearly theology and Sacred Scripture, S0L.PIRST CLASSES as a .|ust of small children were KNOW YOUR FAITH Sponsored By Arkansas State Council Knights of Columbus airline. Would they let me indicated by one of the "con- who have been "maybe borrow this, take the anxious testants," when he said, "You careless" in statements con- ,o*',rience I'd like to forget, traveler to his gate and im- mean to tell me you still believe cerning angels. fears have passed since I mediately return it. The a!- inthese fairy tales" Wherehave THE IMPORTANCE OF tendants at both spots hesitatea, you been these "ast several  aced[.ers, buta grouPthe OfmemoryfOUrth then finally, with reluctance, years  Don't yo2 know that theologians should not be un-  Ins vivid agreed. . some modern theologians have SEE MUSINGS ON PAGE 6 ,v8 . . already a priest at the Upon my return the clerks ,j t had volunteered to teach indicated their hesitation came l l Ill l I l I Ill IN B l l 1 II Ill l l I B l l 11 local CCD program, not from a lack of trust in me, --- ',lleof the situation, I was but because of company ' "IL'' T'I TJ'N i.y priest these 20 nine- regulations and fear that they _m - - |" il i'' I1 . m " '.U'Year-olds might ever .......... might be liable in case of an 1 ILJ 1, I I II ,, ]lMo el ...... +o,+ xtvifh n hang them.' "when me normally needs to be channeled .. . . ----   v .- ----- ,m  accluent, n [.[s de .... children begin to arrive give through social structures in   m lll mrmineQ to De very ._ f l" "' "" " PERSONS WHO arrive at  that s really effective, m -, u .... . _ __. them your u J attention, order to be effective in com- .uerstanuln d.u . , 'lll I g' - - "Learn each child s name -- munity situations. One of these hospitals in emergency I  -- "A,." was caretm not to .... r harsh u,-" ,,.  ...... make name tags 1I necessary -- s: so that you can address each structures is law. Experience situations occasionally may feel m PM r { N, - ...... I1 shows me, too, that freedom is victims of similar cold .- vj I,arl I'laga L.enlrer m us jF[INTENTIONS were good, individually and personally." protected and enhanced by procedures which appear to   ...... m, us place laws over lives.  MIOne oo4-6ou m  result was chaos. The "Do not shout at the children, good laws. "Do you have insurance? i  m '''graders did whatever but expect and demand that While my care for those What is your Blue Cross v .- -, us . l)leased Several were they follow agreed upon fourth graders was nuImber? I illllll lltfml lbuIllfiO][lS II  ._Wandering around the procedures." The other rules unrealistically unstructured, :ot here condemning :li_m. By the time I gently were equally simple, they did not experience my lll ted one to his place, Those simple laws now seem affection for them. Neither did such rules or even criticizing _    m ei was up and moving, so naive, but for a rank amateur they enjoy the freedom to learn, them. I onlyraise a concern lest 'lhe lutoring Center -" /[ trst few classes saw little in an elementary school Nor could I exercise my we become slaves to man-made . " " . . , . . i.. freedom to teach. The in- regulations and forget that no IllllllllllllllIBllllBlill troduction of a few simple rules human law can ever cover or laws enabled the children to adequately all the cir- | [ " I experience my care for them, cumstances surrounding |  1 !  I people's, lives. |  [  flP.W  [ and allowed them freely to ..... 'i m,ue =mt,m=v  learn and grow. They actually THE SAME reservations hold J [ discovered that they enjoyed true for liturgical laws and I  |I .Pl[]l I learning, those rubrics which govern our I  l{[I vmv I MY FOURTH graders and I public worship. |  " I experienced the value and need These rules have not been I   ll -- -- -- of law. Perhaps another ex- divinely revealed by God. Nor I - 11 K Kth I perience of mine confirms even are they sacrosanct rum- I  .....  =J* ' , m mandments which never admit I (Oaf block west of Sheraton Hotel) ] more dramatically this view of laws as liberating expressions exceptions. The fallible persons l Sister Dominion, O.S.B. Little Rock, Ark. I of love. I recall an hour with a who developed them would | m young teen-age boy in a state probably be the first to admit bildrp.n 2 _ g / correctional institution. Our se I ....... " v they require common sen / religiOnindustrialClasseSschoolatwerethe moreBys adaptation inactual use. / Open 6:30 4,M, to 6 P.M. / like personal counselling / / sessions than classroom AT THE SAME time, like the I Licensed by Health Department | airline and hospital directives, / ....... | teaching. Jim and I were such laws for liturgy are well- I For Information, Call 374-020 / talking about his life and what intentioned, serve a good [ | led to his being sentenced at age purpose and deserve our serious I AlOft / 14 for car theft, respect. | - " - / As we talked about his family, They help maintain a sense of | IB$1lllFlltrlP tIllllfl ll MIl011 I I asked him what kind of rules order and unity in eucharistic | IIImlIIIBVll)IIIII kl/tJIIIIilllF UI' iUlUklll) his parents laid down for him. celebratmns Lkew]se these A r 1on and Glltar Therewas a momentof silence. " " " ' / Classes il Piano, Organ, cco d" " norms aiu in preserving the | Tears welled up in his eyes. Jim tradition upon which a Catholic l For Information Call. broke down and said weeping: Mass is based ( Do this in | "My folks let me do anything I wanted, whenever I wanted, memory of me"). Finally, such I Sister Philippi, 0.S.B. 376-2703 They really didn't care. I could regulations curb in a reasonable | come and go as I wished. I could   OFiS stay out as late as I wanted with anybody I wanted. If they had cared at all about me, they would have made some rules for me." SchooL" JIM'S INSIGHT was profound 1 : or00i yo 00yeasAsreigio reading. Pay comme uratewith ability educators -- whether parents, teachers, priests or religious -- we might well reflect on his insight. Our young have a right =1 1 conducted by to our love but an effective love I Apply in Writing Only to: I that frees them to grow. Laws,  C rules, ("discipline") can THE FRAN ISCAN BROTHERS I I prvide that assistance as lng J State Accredited Grades 5 - 9 The Guardian as they are truly expressions of love realistically measured to | Pe Oo BOX 7417 I the best interests f thse ex- pected to obey. Rather than Summer School Camp Write:. Principal k arbitrary commands, good laws M orris School Box 1:37 L,ttle Rock, Ark. 72207 are liberating expressions of June 16 to July 1:3, 1974 Phone }68-8145 real love. Searcy Arkansas 72143 1974 NC News Service ....