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ARKANSAS CATHOLIC April 8, 1995 Page 5 Obituaries Donald Lee Brown, 61, a member of and Bullitt County Bank Board of Direc- St. Joseph Church in Fayetteville, died tots in Kentucky. March 27. He was a Army veteran in the He is survived by one brother, Fred Korean War and a retired draftsman. Gillespie. He is survived by four sons, Chris Bridle Mcherney, 93, of Delray Beach, Brown of Phoenix, Eric Brown of Springdale and Marty Brown and Fla., died March 23. She is survived by one son, Michael J. Brendon Brown, both of Prairie Grove; Mclnerney of Russellville; one daughter, one daughter, Charlotte Gonzales ofEileen Anderson of Delray Beach, Fla.; Bryan, Texas;, and his mother, one brother three grandchildren; and one great-grand- and one sister, all of Kansas. child. T. Matthew Gillespie, 87, a former John Schwcitzer Sr., 76, a member of member of St. John Church in RusselMlle, St. Edward Church in Texarkana, died died March 22. He was a member of the March 24. Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce He is survived by two sons, John Renewal Continued from page 4 q look forward to the Chrism Mass each year because I think that the law of OUr spirituality centers, number one, around the sacrifice of the Mass. Whether YOu are married, single, boy or girl, man or Woman, priest or religious, you have to draw from the sacrifice of the Mass in Order to lead a good, normal, Christian Catholic life. at any time we are needed ... we can be free -- which I find very helpful myself. "A third aspect is the 'witness' value of celibacy. The entire world knows about sex and how hung up "As a priest for almost 45 years I have the world is on sex Father LeSieur tried to live my priesthood day by day ~Nth God's help and the help of theright now. It's essed Mother... They haven t let me good for there to be committed people yet..." to say to the world by their action, by their o one knows or understands a priestlife, that we are all sexual by nature, but ~;.k2other priest. The Diocese of Little the expression of that sexuality in a geni- , is so blessed to have in Father David tal way is different from the love which ~ur, a priest who understands priest- celibates choose to show. It is a real hu- and who understands priests. He is man way, but not a genital one. It is a value priests and religious and commit- COmpassionate, honest and gende set- "at who ministers to priests and who is ted celibates can show the world in that it ~or of Our Lady of the Holy Souls is possible to love and to be loved without Urch in Little Rock: this particular expression of that kind of II ~I view celibacy under two aspects: First, love. ' talk about it in relation to lonliness. '%Vhen I think of the Chrism Mass and I ~lihacy does not make a person lonely, the renewal of commitment, I think that I ~ it~.k that some people are predisposed we priests are a brotherhood ... we might /'L.t~aeliness, while some can deal with not live together, if not shoulder-to-shoul- ~g alone very well. Celibacy is meant der -- but we are certainly serving the I ~ I~ a 'gift' -- let's put it that way. It is Lord as brother priests. I find the corn- ) ~ded to be a giftwhereby we can be mitment service very moving and touch- ~t Service to others and be available to ing. I like thaL That's supportive ... like ~. It does not mean that we are calledcouples renewing their wedding vows ... i ~" k~neliness, but to a kind of creative it's just good to say it again publicly, so we ! ~%r~eness;' Celibacy and loneliness are can hear each other say it, together, and we can also recommit ourselves to the i'trot the same thing." ~th~cond, celibacy makes us available to people and, of course, to the Lord. We're hL.ers, a chance in a practical realm sire- not just saying we II do it for this one more r,), to be available, tobe there for others gear. We're saying that we are going to keep doing it for the rest of our lives..." I came across an article in The Abbey Message written "in late 1990 by Abbot Jerome KodeU, OSB. Ordained in 1965, Abbot Jerome has been a member of the Benedictine Order all of his religiotis life. For religious and diocesan priests he is what we would call a "priest's priest-" He knows who he is and he understands what it means to be a priest. "About celi- bacy: It wasn't a goal for me. I didn't wake up as a teenager one morning and say to myself: 'Gee, I think I'll be a celi- bate. That sounds like fun!' What I was interested in and felt God call- ing me to was a Abbot Kodell, OSB way of life, a life close to Him and dedicated to serving Him and helping His people.... I felt the Lord tugging at my heart. That was the life God was weaving for me, and celibacy was part of it. And so I went for that life." % I know that what I am trying to do is against the odds. I am too weak for this. So I look elsewhere for the strength to pull it off. I look to my own brothers in community, who help me by their faith- fulness, their example, their love. I get support from my family and from other men and women who care for me and share my values. But this only works if I am in touch with the One who called me. He reaches me ... more than anything, I depend on daily silent Communion with Schwcitzer Jr. of Ruston, La., and Tim Schwcitzer of Nash, Texas; and two daugh- ters, Laurel Roberts of Alexandria, La., and Nancy Rice of Huntsville, Ala. Richard Dale Sorrows, 57, a member of Holy Rosary Church in Stuttgart, died March 30. He was a machinist and owned Richard's Machine Shop. He is survived by his wife, Louise Zarling Sorrows; two sons, Dennis Sorrows and Derek Sorrows, both of Stuttgart; three brothers, Ray Sorrows and Abner Sorrows, both of North Litde Rock, and Harvey Sorrows of Lonoke; and two grand- children. the Lord, opening myself in all of my vunerability to Jesus Christ, to whom I don't have to explain because He was where I am long before me. Private prayer is where I become a celibate again every day." Over the phone the other day he said~ "The Chrism Mass and the Renewal of Commitment is one of the highlights of my year. It is designed to affirm priest- hood, but we as priests ~ the sacra- mental life of the diocese and those who are touched by the life of the sacraments tOO." Here we have excerpts from the sea- soned and the not-so-seasoned priests, both diocesan and religious, young and not so young. We have read from those who have struggled and those who have found their way to a clarity of thought with regards to commitment, to ~1i1~k7 and to priesthood. Ours is a world and a culture that supports little of what has been shared, but it is a world that desper- ately needs to read, to hear and to wit- ness the call of Jesus alive and well among XlS. To my brother priests and to our broth- ers and sisters to whom we are privileged to minister, the words of our shepherd should affirm who priests are, what they are called to be, and how good God has been throughout their lives: Again... "My priests, God is hidden in the chaos of your life. I testify that your ministry is bearing fruit. You are harvesting souls for Christ. I testify that your priestly life does make a difference. Your life is worth liv- ing. Your priesthood is worth living. You and your priesthood are precious gifts from God." Since 1 931 Flctmbuchen's Appliances 327-6523 I-kirk.rider & 2nd Sts. Conwcry heart is good medicine. PROVERBS 17:.zz Tim Benton, P.D. (501) 470-0721 #589 Highway 365, RO. Box 365, Mayflower, AR 72106 Formerly Family Drug Center l KORDSMEIER FURNITURE GDOD BANKING CE]NWAY MEMBER FDII-: SINCE 193 3