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PAGE 3 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC MAY 6. 1990 "I'Iemrick,,, from page 2 Kennan's writing has a way of touch- tng Upon the intimate thoughts that ~ross people's minds aobut life and eath. Mourning the fact that he did a0t do as much for his parents as he .~ight have while they were alive, he ~Jnes words of wisdom uttered from their gravesite to console him. ~e reached a reality beyond all your !riving and sufferings, On your terms It is neither good nor bad. You cannot conceive of it. You cannot help us now, a~y more than we can help you. But we ~: Serene and timeless and you are not. have our secret, infinitely sad to our" ~ind, no doubt, but in tune with na .... Take the hint, go your way as ~est you can;do not ask too many questions It will not be long before you join Us." ~rAnd, writing on the third stage of life, Unan offers these words of hope: ' ge, sex, status and the acquired habits Tax exem tion It had to learn to fight its arSmorally as well as mili- not fight them at QfPersonality retire and stand aside in the "re , P sence of the proximity of death, i?Ving the soul naked.., as it was when into this world, full only of the agonized question "Why?' but ,."Y COnscious that in the very ability ~oa~ ,. k that ouestion there lav a meas- ttr~ Or i ,.r ascendancy over the mere mat- rln which the soul had been clothed by which it had been surrounded .... 1| U,~,~." f0- ascendancy (is) the justification rh eb ~, P eyond life and for prayer. t~^~? nfight'wonder if Kennan is a'litfle b~ ~eep to read. My response to that? ~l~n t read his book. Instead, meditate l,ag With the author. This book can You think - and pray. Your medi- Could lead you even deeper into rUur OWn religious beliefs. :. ght 1989 CNS May Survey Question: Should bishops refuse the sacraments to Catholic politicians who endorse legislation contrar3 to Church teaching? QI Yes Q No Responses need not be signed, but only this form (no photocop- ies) will be accel ted. No phone calls, please. Mail to: Arkansas Catholic Survey PO Box 7417, Little Rock, 72217 Additional comments welcome. April's question: Should alcohol be dis- couraged at parish functions ? Yes: 77% No: 23% By a 3 to 1 margin, respondents say they want alcohol out of parish functions. Some comments: ...Alcohol is an addictive drug and should be banned at all Church func- tions. The Church is to build up the Body of Christ, not to promote harm- ful drugs. ...we read and hear everywhere that alcohol is a dangerous drug. We tell our children to %ay no" to drugs, yet we allow this particular dangerous dru in our parish halls. Is this not a mixed message?'s pretty sad when we can't abstain at least during Church functions. ...I have never understood how a church so geared to "Life" and family could condone and, in many cases, promote alcohol use. There is too fine a line between use and abuse to distin- guish between the two. ...we're having a war on drugs in this country, yet we condone and even furnish, for parish events, one of the most used and abused drugs we have. Can we blame our kids for trying oth- ers? We're sending very conflicting messages. As a religious body, we ought to be doing better. adult (over 21) parish functions, I do not feel alcohol should be a prob- lem. In fact, sometimes a small amount of alcohol can increase the level of communication and camaraderie in a group and also decrease the high level of stress so many of us experience. Moderation is the key. ...Have you ever given thought to the person who has a problem with alco- hol? It isn't worth tempting anyone. And who knows who that person may be? is hard for me to teach my chil- dren not to drink when they are able to get started on wine in the Church, of all places where we try to teach them that drinking is wrong. ...we think this encourages our youth to drink alcoholic beverages. ...Please read this: My husband is an alcoholic. We have to eliminate all social activity from our life including church because alcohol is always offered to him there, and the cycle starts over. I feel church should be a place for all people to take part in if they want to and for an alcoholic person that is only another source of temptation. I have to avoid all church activities from our family life. We are isolated from everything because of the fear of his drinking. It would be so nice to have a safe haven for social activity without fear that he would be encouraged to drink. I have been called all soi't "of things-' nag, bossy, told to let him have a good time, when we know sure this will start another binge the family will have to suffer through. Please make it possible for the family of an alcoholic to have one social out- let free of that pressure. ...alcohol should be neither discour- aged nor for abuse, should parish meals be discouraged because some people are addicted to food? I believe the decision and the responsibility lies with the individual. ...if the Church insists upon serving alcohol at all events, it is saying we can't enjoy each other in Christ unless we first enter an altered state. Dear Editor:. In the issue of April 15, Sr. Catherine Markey, director of justice and peace for the diocese, urged readers to write senators and representatives telling them to cut. military spending and increase spending on child care, drug abuse, education and job training, etc., all good and worthy causes. The gentlemen will respond because in the transfer of money from those who have to those who have not, there are plenty of votes. The expressions result from discussion of the so-called peace dividend. Basically, I would reserve decisions of the disposition of the peace dividends to those who saw the threat of Communism globally and not only paid for our strength that protected the world, but also urged national leaders to realize the threat, including that in Central Ame ic No such dividend should be declared prematurely. Moscow still has a hand in Lithuania, Afghanistan, South Africa, Cuba and Central America, among others. Drop- ping our guard prematurely could surren- der all of the ground gained in this endur- ance of wills since 1945. The welfare spenders are in full cry for future use of tax dollars. This is a bit pre- sumptuous, because government does not produce anything or pay taxes, it consumes. The tax dollars are from the earnings of American citizens and are theirs until the IRSis invited tothe table. In place of the suggestion from Sr. Cath- erine, may I suggest that some support be given to the once-traditional American family, constituted of parents and children. The current exemption for a dependent is $2,000, a pittance compared to the cost of raising a child. By all means, write the congressional delegation but urge them to increase ex- emptions so that American families of the middle and lower class enjoy more peace and justice and the use of their earnings, and in the course of this, perhaps the na- tion will be morally and socially stronger. Louis Graves Nashville B X IF' I-. @ I2. I H (B Fr. John Dletzen illegitimacy was among the "irregulari- ties" that prevented reception of Holy Orders. This law did not intend to punish anyone; it was simply one manner in which the Church attempted to protect the dignity of its public worship. Even then, there were procedures that were in fact not at all uncommon to allow the ordination of an illegiti- mate child. The new (1983) Code of Ganon Law does not include this obstacle to Holy Orders. It is, therefore, no longer in effect. A non-Catholic friend of our family asked me where we get the word BI] 12. I IWII aMass. Why do we say we are going to Mass instead of to a church service, for example? From the earliest records we have of Christian: worship, some words of dis- missal were spoken or sung liturgically at the end Of the Eucharist. The most common in the Latin rite was the one older Catholics still remem- ber, Ire, Missa est. English editions of the missal usually translated this as "Go, the Mass is ended." The more accurate liturgical equivalent would be, "Go, it is the dis` missal." It is from this word missa that the whole celebration gradually re- ceived its name in English, the Mass. Long before that the whole celebra- don was called the Missa in Latin. Many commentaries on the Mass note that these words also could be trans- lated: Go, it is the %ending," or Go, you are sent. This focuses more directly on the mission to the world all Chris. tians take with us as we leave the cele- bration. The words are open to that meaning, but the original sense seems to have been rather a simple and joyous dis- missal. (A free brochure, "Infant Baptism: Catho- lic Practice Today," is available by sending a stamped, seOCaddressed envelope to Ft. John Dietzen, Holy Trinity parish, 704 N. Main St., Bloomington, IL, 61701.) Cop ght 199o