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ARKANSAS r,*~ CATHOLIC April 8, 1995 Page 3 By Fr. George Dyer Daddy Dearest (~0ur Father Who Art in Heaven...." Those beautiful words turn some People ice cold. Reassuring for most of us, the Our Father is a reminder for many men. and women of a parent who was ~..capable of warmth or affection or, worse still, of one who abused them repeatedly. They are the victims, the survivors; and for them the Our Father has mocking Overtones of "Daddy Dearest." For the 'Mctims," Mother or Father played the lead in a childhood nightmare that haunts even their adult dreams. They ~Vake to a world that seems to be gov- SAINTLY ANTHONY EXCUSE , erned by a bleak and distant God, who turned a deaf ear to their childhood pleas ARKANSA~ CATHOLIC for help. "I cannot pray to God, one of Arkansas ~ho||e O.]SP$ 006793) iS published weekly them said, "I pray to Jesus; He suffered (ex,~t the first Saturday in Jan., July and Aug., and the last tl:l~." " Saturday in Dee.) for $15 per year, by the Catholic Diocese Of Little Rock, ~nsss Catholic, Inc., P.O. Box 7417, 2500 I find it nearly impossible to explain N. Tyler St., Little Rock, AR 72217, (501) 664-0340 or 664- 0125; [FAX 664-9075]. Why bad things happen to good people, especially when the people are children; S~o.d class postage i~lld at Utile Rock, AIR. Postn~l$- -- let: Send changes of address 1o: Arkansas Catholic, P.O. a~d I find it more difficult still when I see Box 7417, Little Rock, AR 72217. Business hours: 8:30-4, abused children turning into abusive par- Monday-Friday, except Holy Days and national holidays. eats, as though some p~oison had seeped~ c e, m c~-r( n re(.,..,ect ___ I .Irom one generation to another. Yet, [ ~ere is another side to the story, one # Immaulate I that doesn't shake my faith, but somehow [ ~akes it possible, I am talking about the [ of Mary Men's [ i ~Urvivors." These are the men and[ Clubin Marehe [ I Omen who emerged from the ruins of ~eir childhood asloving, caring adults, ] issponsoring aI :ho were determined that the nightmare | Catfish Dinner [ I Wuld end with them, that their children / Friday, April 7I I uld have the love and affection they / / 5" 7:30 p.m. I [ rlever knew They are quite beautiful I PeOple, in my opinion; in fact, I think f aU-you-can-eat [ I, th ar . ey e miracles. They should be ugly, inludes drink I ! thristed, bitter human beinKs, buttheyare ~--~ :~ /, ~tdessert ] ~ot. I find them uncommonly comoas- ~0nate and kind, auick to reach out to [ $6 adults; [ eone in pain. I children[ lobed our conversation turns to reli- r~.' I see the pain in their eyes; and I ] age 6 to 1 2; ] th "e how inadequate I am to address [ Under 6 FREE[ . e tragedYi of their childhood. I try, of ~Urse. speak of a God who could not Carry outs availab/leJ all:P the blows from striking them (after rL he made their parents free, did he '~1~). But he directed the blows as a sculp- ~r does, so that what emerged was not 'Ubble but something truly exquisite. My [~tplanations pale before another reality, "~eVer-~the "survivors" themselves. are the answer, they are the SECONDARY SCHOOL le, these people of beauty and' com- ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL i~ ~on. What is God like? He is like them needed for Catholic high school ~.eir determination that evil will not in Springfield, Me. tL.? It will not live on in them. Their Qualifications: active Catholic, '~ ~Ulclren will not be heirs to violence and i =Use. As I to know them, I find Master's in Secondary Educa- get my ~ faith deepening. I have not seen the tional Administration or equiva- L Walk, the blind see or the deaf hear; lent. I ........ the seen them. xne survwors are Send resume by April 15, 1995 rctiracles in my life. to: Catholic Book/Gift Shop located in Little Rock's historic Hillcrest area FO12 SALE includes merchandise & fixtures. Shop features religious articles and unusual ifts not found anywhere in the area, books and much more! Serious buyers should call 663-8880. ? Superintendent ~..-.e Three-Minute Theologaan is available on Catholic School Office .~. ~,t'2pe for $30 a year from Anclrogogy, Box .~ ~Undelein, IL, 60060 or 1-800-551-6359. 601 S. Jefferson, Springfield, MO 65806-3143. by Mark Ar(nstron " TI-IERE'(S SOftiE STRANGE GREEN STUFF IN ALL THE COLLECTION BASKETS-./! r' a ulS-- assle1 Sunday 7 a.m. April 9 -Channel 11 l FOR SALE Membership in Riverview Paradise on Ouachita River, Hot Sprin s. Indoor and outdoor swimmim pool, play round, ,olfcourse, fishing. $3,000 cash price negotiable. Call 664-1292, Little Rock Lunch Men. - Fri. 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Dinner I- -c-I-I Ooo