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PAGE 6--A THE GUARDIAN, MAY 3, 1974 'Pastoral Musings ' Are We Afraid to Tell the Truth? MUCil liAS been said and written about the "New Theology" of Vatican II. Do not look for it, for there is no "New SHOPPERS GUIDE| ROY RHF., Owner Rhea Drug Co. HILLCRES - L, tL 2801 Kavanaugh 663-4131 FREE DELIVERY HILLCREST CLEANERS KAVANAUGH & ASH Phone 663-2889 "We Launder Shirts" " DAN'S SHOE SHOP RAY AND CLARENCE TROILLET "The l.l in Shoe Repeirint" Phone 666-9731 2903 Kavanangh Member Worthen Charge Service By Msgr. Theology" of the Council. Let us refer to the words of Pope John XXIII, of happy memory, in his call of the Council: "Our duty is not just to guard this treasure (Catholic Doc- trine), as though it were some museum piece and we the curators, but earnestly and fearlessly to dedicate ourselves to the work that needs to be done in this modern age of ours pursuing the path which the Church has followed for almost twenty centuries...We must work out ways and means of expounding these truths in a manner more consistent with a predominantly pastoral view of the Church's teaching office." THE ilOLY FATHER did not speak of a "new theology" or new truths; no, he said that we must guard these doctrines, but more, we must bring these truths to the world of today. Unfortunately, some over- eager "reformers" have tried to make the Council the basis of some "doubtful," if not "heretical teachings." There are some who have cast doubts upon the "Real presence of God in the Blessed Sacrament," who seek to discard the word "t ranssubstantiation" and speak of "symbolism" instead. OUR LORD did not speak of symbols when he instituted the Holy Eucharist. His words were very clear and definite: "Take ye and eat -- This is My Body - this is My Blood." Let us recall also that, when SOUL SEARCH A vocation is a beautiful happening. The spectacular unlimited loveliness of the Person of Christ is everything and everywhere. The Olivetan Benedictine Sisters know Him as teachers, nurses, laboratory technologists, artists, musicians, domestic service, administrators, pharmacists, day care work and in all ways they can show their love for Him. Remember, a vocation is non-existent unless the soul sings out to meet it. Thoughts of peace are illusive if not caught by the desire to find it. A Christ for life exchange void of self-bargaining is the sweetest glimpse of heaven but free will stands at the altar of decision. How will you serve Him? How much do you care? How much love can you give? Vocation Directress Holy Angels Convent Jonesboro, Ark. 72401 John B. Scheper--,,---" He foretold that He would "give us His flesh to eat and His blood to drink," He was willing to part with all, even his twelve, rather than retract His statement. IT IS REGRETFUL, too, that belief in the "spirit world," the world of angels and devils, has been belittled, if not fully denied. There are many other phases of our belief that have come into question. Sin is being "explained away" by asserting that it is all right to follow your conscience, even though in doing so you defy the laws of God and His Church. Authors of many of our catechetical textbooks seem to wish to "straddle the fence." Many books lack positive statements regarding divine truths. Too many doctrines are left "dangling in the air." WE MIGIIT wonder whether we are trying to please God or man. Are we afraid to say that the Ten Commandments have not been set aside, but are in force today -- that a right conscience is one that is in harmony with the will of God? Someone in Canada said the following: "If you demand Christianity without dogma, Religion without creeds -- okay. But let's be fair and also ask for physics without formulas, language without grammar, traffic without rules, medicine without prescriptions, education without system, music without notes, life without literacy, mathematics without axioms, government without laws, science without theories, basketball without baskets...Any Bids???" Outdoor Mass Set at Jacksonville Jacksonville -- An Outdoor Mass will be offered next Friday, May 10, at 7 P.M. in the City Park here to climax the religious education year in Greater Little Rock. It will be sponsored by St. Jude's parish. Father John Riddell, diocesan coordinator of religious education, said each parish in the area is being asked to send 10 families to the Mass, together with their lay teachers of religion. The Mass will be open to the public. Guardian Ads Are Read Betty Hutton Finds in Faith What She Didn't in H)ll Portsmouth, R. I. (NC) -- From Hollywood star to Catholic convert and rectory cook ! That has been the story of Betty Hutton the Blonde Blitz of the '40s and '50s. Just how she arrived in Portsmouth as the housekeeper and cook for St. Anthony's rectory is a long and dismal story, one that Miss Hutton prefers to leave sketchy. . "Let's just say, I was broken, down and out, without a dime to my name," she said. "I left Hollywood and landed in New England where I quite ac- cidentallymet Father Maguire who was kind enough to take me in, and Father James Hamilton who was generous enough to instruct me in Catholicism." Father Peter Maguire is the pastor of St. Anthony's and Father James Hamilton is the curate. Miss Hutton's story was told by Father Barry R. L. Con- nerton in a copyrighted story in the Providence Visitor; Providence, R.I., diocesan newspaper. The exuberance and flam- boyance that electrified her stage performances have slowly returned. And as she explained her conversion after her recent Confirmation, she punctuated her sentences with flaps of her arms, shouts and whispers. She stood; she sat; she walked about. "Let's face it. I'm 53-years- old. I didn't have to become a Catholic. I converted because I believe there is .no other faith. I believe in the Catholic Church or I couldn't have stood in that church tonight and said it." Her desire to become a Catholic, however, was not recent. "I have only now found the Jesus Christ I have been seeking since I was nine years old and first heard his name," Elderly CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5-A for these frequently preserving a certain freshness discouraged, isolated in- of approach. dividuals. Moreover, the Communion AI' IlOI,Y FAMILY in Fulton minister reads as part of the the situation, numberwise, has ceremony the Gospel for the improved. Every month I take current Sunday or weekday and our Lord in the Blessed shares a few thoughts from the Sacrament to onlya dozen or so homily heard an hour or so parishioners. A slower pace earlier at Mass. In addition to now means I can take these speaking with the sick at the occasions to sit down and really beginning of this service, the convm:se with them, hear about visitor afterwards spends a few their lives and suggest a few moments in conversation and thoughts which may help leaves a copy of the parish sustain those people through the bulletin. next weeks. A FINAl, TOUCiI: If it seems Still, it seems we could and possible and the ill individual's should offer more. Many of condition permits, the lay lhese "shut-ins" were, in their distributor is encouraged to healthy days, frequent com- take his or her family along as municants; others, like Diane "a sign that Communion is not Palamar, a young woman in her only a union with Christ, but 20s, would welcome the op- also a union with the Christian portunity to receive the community whom his family Eucharistic Christ more often represents." than monthly. TilE (;REEN BAY diocesan 1974 NC News Service liturgical commission, in a program patterned somewhat after one in Belgium, has sought to cope with that problem. It encourages in churches lay distributors of Communion for lhe sick who will bring the Eucharist on a weekly basis -- every Saturday night or Sunday to infirm and confined parishioners. Commissioned for limited terms of one to two years to permit "change over and evaluation," the lay distributor is not a substitute for the priest's visitation (he will come every First Friday), but a complement to his work. SINCE TIIESE are volun- teers (men or women 18 years or older), Bishop Wycislo, approving his committee's norms, insists that each lay distributor be assigned but one or two homes. That policy insures the weekly time demands upon lhese people will be reasonable; it also facilitates the establish- ment of a special relationship between the parish Communion visitor and the sick person visited. In such an arrangement, neither party should ever suffer that sense of being rushed or in a hurry which I and my "calls" ex- perienced years ago. Tills WISCONSIN worshj,p commission has published three cards containing "The Rite for the Distribution of Communion to the Sick." 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