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PAGE 6 THE GUARDIAN, MAY 7, 1982 Along the Way I! AT ONE time, the late teens were the ordinary age at which one began to follow a vocation to the priesthood or religious life. By the time such a person was barely twenty years old, he or she would already be in a religious house or seminary. That still holds true in many -.vvvvvvvvvvvvv ....... vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv, Ripened Vocations By Father DavM Flusche, O.S.B. New Subiaco Abbey a retreat to four deacons from another state preparing for ordination to the priesthood. Of the four, only one had entered the seminary directly after high school and con- tinued straight through. The other three had com- pleted college in some other field and had followed other cases, for which the Church careers for a time. One had can be grateful, been a teacher, another had However, we can be managed a farm and I don't grateful for the fact that more recall what the third one had persons are now responding to done. But all three were near a religious vocation at some or over thirty when they later point in life. This struck began their theology studies me anew recently when I gave for the priesthood. Ladd's Furniture Co. Fine Furniture for Less TELEVISION STEREO APPLIANCES Phone 229-3205 Dardanelle, Ark. WESTARK BARBER COLLEGE NOW TA/0NG APeUCATION$ FOIl ElalOUMBaT If you or someone you know have ever seriously considered .1 becoming a Barber or Hair Stylist and haven't really followed up P 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 .1 noon until 3:00 p.m. every day except weekends. f CLASSES FOR MEN & WOMEN 10101/2 Phoenix ACROSS FROMTHE MALL 1 Fort Smith 646-3014-3043 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY - MAY 25th ELECT SCOTTY flEMLEfl Assessor Sebastian County The only Fully Certified Candidate Paid for by Remler PFIEFER- HILLCREST PLUMBING& HEATING Prompt and Efficient 376-6000 "Pete" Zakrzewski Fren Yeniger Lamps Lamp Shades Repairs 5608 R Street HI ) Little Rock, AR 72207 IBI)II, 501/666-2628 THE SAME thing is hap- pening in many religious houses and seminaries. It is not unusual now to find in these places men and women who for a time gave up the practice of their faith, or even married out of the Church. Or widows or widowers of middle age or older. Recently, I met a priest who entered the seminary after his wife had died and his children were no longer at home. Others, with no such notable background changes in their lives, simply felt themselves moved at a later age to devote their full lives to the service of God through the Church. Few young people have come to a dedicated decision about how they will spend their lives. This spring, and every spring, many will graduate from college after having changed their majors two or three times and still are undecided about what careers they hope to follow. Gradually, the call to the priesthood or religious life can grow in them. At one time, some religious houses had the tacit, if not published, policy that no' one over 25, for example, need apply. Now they are more likely to say something like no one under 22 need apply as they recognize that life decisions do seem to come later. PARTICIPATING in the lay ministries in the Church, or in other apostolic movements, seems to be a strong factor in developing what at one time were called "delayed vocations." Now, a better term might well be "ripened vocations." Experiencing the Church and the world as an adult can be the source through which a person feels the call of the Holy Spirit for such a vocation. The eager devotion of youth is still an important source of hope for re-filling our seminag'ies and religious houses.Happily, that is being added tb by a greater number of ripened vocations. I do not know any statistics on this matter apart from several places, but I believe that perhaps there may be as many age-ripened vocations in formation programs in our Seminaries and religious orders. THINKING OF the New Testament, it strikes me now that Saints John, Mark and Timothy are three whom history recalls as being quite young when they received their vocations. Saint Paul too is described as a young man when we first meet him. But Peter and the other apostles seem to have been older. The Holy Spirit did not check birth certificates to determine whether anyone was too young or too old. Persons considering a religious vocation should not be worried about the possibility that their vocation ripened too slowly. Let them trust the Spirit's timing and come forward. FAMOUS CHILl & WHOLESALE MEAT COMPANY Joe Korkames, Owner 1421 No. 7th Street Fort Smith. Ark. 72901 ASK FOR CHILl PHONE 782-0096 Master Distn"Htor For DPM of Arkansas & Kansas Dolores Curran Talks With Parents A Mother's Anthology o/Humor SINCE HUMOR is the best part of parenting, for Mother's Day, I offer you a modest collection of true incidents that took place, not on a talk show, but in the kitchen, assiduously gathered from mothers across the country. There is a mother whose 11- year-old son was studying a unit in family relations and was assigned to give his mother two compliments one night. She didn't know this, of course, so she was pleasantly surprised to hear her son, not given to compliments, say, "Gee, that was a good supper, Morn." Then be paused and added, "And you don't look so bad, either." Along the same line, another mother of two pre- teens sent them off to religion class after school where they took part in a reconciliation service. Upon their return, her usually undemonstrative son gave her a hug. She reacted with pleasure, but ten minutes later, he came into the kitchen and said, "Morn, Ellen didn't give you a hug and she was supposed to because that was her penance, too." A MOTHER from Wisconsin reports that her young son asked her one day, "How old do you have to be to be my grandmother?" And then there was the little girl visiting her grandmother who requested ice cream for breakfast. Grandma objected and the young one gave her a long look and said, "Well, I think we can do without you around here." Another grandma in a similar situation asked her granddaughter bow she liked her morning egg. "Scram- bled," the young one replied. However, Grandma forgot and cooked it easy over. Remembering at the last minute, she cut and scram- bled it a little. The little girl studied it for a moment and then said conclusively, "Grandma, it's still fried." A MOTHER in Georgia shared the typical reaction of an ll-year-old boy who was riding in the far back of their station wagon when she went through a yellow light. "You ran a red light," he said ac- cusingly. "It wasn't red," she said. "It was yellow." "Well, it was red when I went through it." A TOT in church sat behind a dowager with fur tails wrapped around her shoulders. He stared at the little eyes and paws all during service and at the close, he tapped the woman and asked, "Where did you get them rats?" Another mother told me she had varicose-vein surgery while in the hospital having a baby. A couple of years later, she heard her five-year-old tell a stranger, "You know, Morn can't have any more babies. She had that vein taken out of her leg." Finally, there was the enterprising eight-year-old boy who was expected to play ,with his three-year-old sister outside on summer days. 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