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PAGE 4 THE GUARDIAN, APRIL 4, 1969 Qui Vive?. bu The Sentry Alleluia! "This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us be glad and rejoice at it." These words are taken from Psalm 117 and are read in the Gradual of the Mass on Easter Sunday. The Feast of the Resurrection of our Lord is popularly known as Easter Sunday• St. Paul speaks of this day as a crucial one upon which our very faith depends. "If Christ be not risen, our faith is vain and we are still in our sins." The name Easter which is commonly applied to the Feast of the Resurrection of Our Lord is of pagan origin. There was a pagan goddess called "Eastre" who was honored in the Spring among the pagans, because she was the patroness of renewed life. That is why the egg and the rabbit are used in connection with Easter. They are symbols of fecundity. They are remnants of the pagan celebration of the arrival of Spring. As happened in so many cases, when pagans became Christians, the Church authorities encouraged thereto retaintheirpopular festivals, but to give them a Christian background• Thus Easter with its pagan symbols became associated with the great Feast of the Resurrection of our Saviour• Easter also marks the end of the Lenten season of fast and abstinence. That is why the custom still remains among some nationalities of bringing food to the church to be blessed on Holy Saturday. This custom marked the return to the table of a full supply of food and it was also a reminder to the people that they must respect food as a gift from God, to use it with care, and with temperance, above all never to waste it. Wasting food is a national sin in the United States. While millions, even in this nation, have insufficient food, millions of others waste food scandalously. Christ taught us a valuable lesson in the proper care of food, when He multiplied the loaves and the fishes. He had just proved that He could provide an abundance of food by His work alone. And yet he said to the bystanders, "Gather up the fragments lest they be lost." Another relic of by-gone days is the Easter Parade• This custom originated from a Catholic practice of wearing new clothing first to Mass• It was a natural consequence for the people after attending church services to walk around a little to display their new finery before returning to their homes. Many Easter paraders might be surprised to know that the Easter Parade had its origin in religion. Let us not forget that Easter has also become the occasion for the sale of Easter Seals• Many times during the year, the people of this nation are called upon to give to some good cause, and it is surprising how generous is their response to so many appeals. None is more deserving than this one• Easter Seals are symbols of hope and health for crippled children• Buy them and use them. The crippled children will be helped and the donors will experience the real joy of Easter• Alleluial The Dollar - A Real Value The American press boasts of its freedom and of the fact that its reporters bring all the news to the people. In fact the men of the press swarm around some celebrity or the central figure in a tragedy like a flock of vultures around a dead body• They act as if they had a right to question anyone, even the President, and that nothing should be kept from them, however important secrecy concerning it may be. Newsmen think nothing of defaming a famous man or woman by publicizing the fact that he was arrested for driving under the influence of liquor. They will vigorously declare that such items are news and that the people are entitled to know them• But the newsmen slant the jlews and see nothing wrong with that. For one example, they are constantly belaboring the dollar and telling how much it has depreciated in value. Periodically they report that the price of food has advanced by so many percentage points. But they fail to tell the true story about this matter. The average person, if he were asked about what has happened to food prices in the past decade, would say they have gone up out of sight• But this is not actually true. It is just one side of the story, the sad one that the dispensers of gloom like to tell• According to the National Association of Food Chains, retail food prices have increased less than 17 per cent since 1947-49 period. During the same period, wages have gone up 72 per cent• This means that, at the present time, food is cheaper than it has been. The customers get it better in quality, better packaged, and better prepared than ever before• A person can go into a food store today and purchase a meal ready to heat and serve. This is a great saving for people who live alone• This is an example of the way in which the newsmen deprecate the dollar• In order to knowthe real value of the dollar, it is necessary to compare the dollar in two different periods, not only with what one dollar will buy of the commodities that are generally used, but consideration must be given to the number of dollars a person gets for a like amount of work or service in the, two periods compared• There was a time when'an unSkilled'labore received a dolla: and a 'half a day• Now he receives that much in an hour• $o the real value of a dollar cannot be known by its nominal value, but by its real value, what the day's pay will buy. , -. : .., " ....... , From the ii00ii' I ?aging. have been Eddor's Des00 ': . . . . e One need not join the anew @ O • through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead Bishop Notes Transplant Operations Pose Serious Question Orlando, Fla. (NC) --A bishop He said there "is no moral cautioned here that "the current problem presented when there is study and development of heart a transplant from the body of transplantation brings into focus one who recently has died," but the serious question as to when added the serious question cen- death takes place•" ters around when death has taken Bishop William D. Borders of place. Orlando, a panelist in a medical, Dr• John Schroeder of PaloAlto, legal, moral and religious dis- Calif., a Stanford University ex- cussion of organ transplants spon- pert, suggested as a definition" sored by the Orange County Medi- "Death is when a physician is con- cal Society, said transplant sur- vinced that the person has no gery long has been "a legiti- ,potential at present or in the fu- mate and successful practice in ture for interaction with his en- medicine and in general offers no vironment." moral difficulty." Bishop Borders suggested the definition should include the total criteria -- complete and perma- UoS• Bishops Set Up nent cessation of heart, lung and brain functions• The doctor Manpower Agency disagreed, asserting "the list is Washington (NC) -- The U• S. changing," but acknowledged his definition involved brain death• bishops have authorized the or- ganization of National Administra- The panelists included physi- rive Operations, to act as a clear- clans, a judge, an attorney, hospf- ing house for church manpower tal officials, a Jewish rabbi, an and talent, Archbishop Thomas J• Episcopalian clergyman and a McDonough of Louisville, chair- mortician. The discussion cen- man of the National Conference of tered around a proposed bill to be introduced in the Florida leg- Catholic Bishops Committee on islature dealing with organ trans- Distribution of Clergy, has an- nounced here. plantations• The project will function as a Bishop Borders said the whole liaison and referral center. Re- person must be considered by quests for personnel for needy the medical profession in organ dioceses and specialized minis- transplantations -- the person considered in relation to society tries will  athed with map- and 'in" relation to God: He power and talent nade available said the donor is justified in by other bishops, Religious or- running a risk and urged the tiers and other sources. medical profession to continue its study• lntr0ducing I Arkansas Seminarians Royce Thomas Royce Richard Thomas, Jr., who is studying in Rome for ordination to the Holy Priesthood for the Diocese of Little Rock, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Royce Thomas of Texarkana, Ark• He is in residence at the North American College and is in his third year of theology studies. His ordination this spring to the sub- diaconate and diaconate will be followed toward year'send by ordination to the priesthood. Royce was born in Laredo, Texas, July 15, 1944. He attended St. Edward's High School in Texarkana and attended Texarkana College for one year before entering St• John's Home Missions Seminary, Lit- Cardinal Mindszenty Foundation, the John Birch Socie- ty, the Free- dom Found- ation or any other patrio- tic group to obt communist menace in the States. Documentation is the American Bar J• Edgar Hoover, brick, the House Unamerican Activities many other federal sources. But even without such evidence, any find proof of the by reading the daily These prove that the influence of the communist conspiracY, quartered in MoscoW, for... • . •one-third of the people being slaves.. • •. •the Vietnam war• .' • .the Korean war d tinuing tension there. • • •Middle East •..the arms race• •. •..the Pueblo affair• • . .Fidel Castro'S Cuba... •..the Berlin wall. • . .the impotence Nations, and Kenn;dylhe murder of Additionally, anyone taken the trouble to communist modus readily recognize the conspiracy in riots free world, campus turmoil, the l nography, gun the denigration of policemen, and vilian review string local policemen, recognized by the the last line of a communist takeover• SO YEARS THIS The Guardian Pine Bluff A Wardens of St. pointed by the pastor, The Donovan, E. J. King, John Maiz and C. The new wardens to raise the pew hereafter the qu$ be higher. THIS The Guanllan tle Rock. He was sent to Rome in 1966. Little Rock - His The Most Reverend celebrate a Solemr Mass, Sunday, and theEaster sermon. Mass at 10:30 A.M. the Papal Blessing. A processionof inarians will leave the residence, escorting cellency and BishOP to the Cathedral for