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THE GUARDIAN, APRIL 23, 1982 PAGE 5 motions Are Very Important, 7"oo KNOW YOUR FAITH Sponsored By Arkansas State Council Knights of Columbus By Neil Parent you know, and that is why I am going to Oz to ask him for some bra ins." "Oh, I see," said the Tin Man. "But, after all, brains are not the best thing in the world." DON'T know enough," the Scarecrow in the classic film, Wizard of Oz." "My is stuffed with straw, AIR-LAND+SEA TRAVEL. Inc. TOWER BUILDING "One Call Does AI1"...375-5335 AIR LINE HOTEL- RENT- A - CAR- RAIL- BUS STEAMSHIP TOURS AND CRUISES . . . Escorted or inde- Pendent to suit your personal plans. For TRAVEL everywhere... and for travel SERVICE anywhere WESTARK BARBER COLLEGE NOW TAKING AFIqLiCATiONS FOa ENROLLMENT If you or someone you know have ever seriously considered becoming a Barber or Hair Stylist and haven't really followed up r On it, why not check into it now & see if you are capable for this Occupation. We will be taking calls for enrollment starting 12:00 noon until 3 : O0 p.m. every day except weekends. P OWNERS: ROGER HUCKEY. & JEFF STANLEY -,d iP' CLASSES FOR MEN & WOMEN 1010V2 Phoenix ACROSS FROMTHE MALL q Fort Smith 646-3014o3043 CJ ATTENTION! For your television entertainment, we iPresent the satellite receiver system for h788 installed. See movies, sports, news, religious and educational programs with 0Ver 6O channels to choose from. Free delivery in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Call from 9 to5 for appointment 646-1515. iV & S ENTERPRISES "Have you any?" inquired the Scarecrow. "NO, MY head is quite empty," answered the Tin Man, "but once I had brains and a heart, also. Having tried them both, I should much rather have a heart." In a sense, people are fortunate in not having to choose between brains and a heart. God has wonderfully provided us with both. But, in another sense, that choice is one of life's continuing tasks. While our intellect and emotions are at their best when working in close har- mony, frequently one gets the upper hand over the other. The common saying, "Love is blind," grew out of countless human experiences where reason was clouded by feelings. THINKING AND feeling must be kept in balance in our faith. But in today's at- mosphere of scientific analysis and intellectual rigor, it may be that we do not take our emotions seriously enough. Unlike the Tin Man, we may tend to choose brains -- and strict scientific demonstrations - over heart. Catholics place heavy emphasis on the rational underpinnings to faith. Theology, the study of God and his relation to the world, plays an important role in the 3816 Wheeler Avenue Fort Smith, AR 72901 i00Aorris School Founded 1921 Completely Staffed by Francisan Brothers Grades 5-9 State Accredited, Small Classes WRITE : PRINCIPAL Morris School Box 137 Searcy, Arkansas 72143 Boarding School for Boys Special Summer Program Academics and Activities June 13 - July I0 PHONE: 268-8145 (501) ...DEDICATED TO BETTER EDUCATION... A college-preparatory school for boys ... grades 9 to 12 ... operated by Benedictine Priests and Brothers ... moderate rates. FOR BROCHURE: SUBIACO ACADEMY BOX G SUBIACO, ARKANSAS 72865 TEL: (501) 934-4292 life of the church and the personal faith of many believers. Theology is faith seeking understanding. But emotions play an im- portant role, too. Emotions are not some sort of adjunct to life, nice to have in moments. of joy, but bothersome most of the time. EMOTIONS ARE the very breaths of our soul, the stuff of which much poetry and art are made. Emotions are part of who and what we are. GOd speaks to our emotions as well as to our mind. -- Have we experienced joy? GOd was there -- Psalm 34:6. - HAVE WE cried? God has seen our tears -- 2 Kings 20:5. The understanding of God we get from Jesus is not based solely on what Jesus said, but also on how he acted and felt. Jesus' expressions of anger, compassion and sorrow provide us with insight into God's way of relating tous. And our own feelings are a rich way of experiencing God's presence in our lives. not infallible. History is filled with examples that tell how people of faith can be misled by strong feelings that were not tested against reason. I like to think of St. Teresa of Avila as a saint who illustrates how faith appeals to both the emotions and the intellect. Popularly ac- claimed as a doctor of the church for her writings in spirituality, she also was a mystic who gave God full entry into her life through her feelings. Let St. Teresa be a model for us ! ,c 1981 NC News Service m- MARTIN WALTER'S OAK & LOCUST ST. CONWAY, kq[. 72032 1 Drummond Citizens Insurance, Co. Insure For The Purpose. Complete Service by... McNUTT FUNERAL HOME Crestlawn Memorial Park Cemetery "To Serve as we would be served" CONWAY, ARK. KORDSMEIER FURNITURE CO. INDEPENDEHTLY OWNED STORES IN: Conway Morrilton PART OF growing humanly as well as in faith is to discover our capacity for feeling. We want to savor our emotions as precious pearls of life that speak to us of our- selves and of God. In one of the classical methods of meditation, one is encouraged to read the Scriptures and then to reflect on his or her feelings about the passages. One's feelings are seen as important in discovering how God is speaking to us. They can serve as clues to how God may be acting in our lives. Of course, Christian rituals -- their signs, symbols and music -- appeal to our emotions as well as our minds. What makes liturgy so powerful is that it appeals to us as whole persons. WHEN PEOPLE speak of their reactions to a particular liturgy, they invariably describe their feelings. This indicates that people want to be touched through liturgy. In short, they seek a religious experience that reaches the heart as well as the mind. Each time I gel a whiff of incense, I am taken back through a thousand Masses, through past moments of prayer and worship. It is all there again, the feelings of doubt or anxiety, of joy or sorrow, in which I approached God and he approached me. Our feelings are important, too, because they can motivate us to put our faith into action. 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