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ARKANSAS . CATHOLIC BISHOP ANDREW J. McDONALD GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY EDmON May 9, 1998 Page 5 l ather McDonald works in his Was a pastor, chancellor, vicar office in Savannah in this undated file photo. He general and judicial vicar. cor, trol of what's going on is scary, but it really is exciting. Most of all, it brings one to his knees. I have to face the reality that . any aspects of Church life are happen- because of the power of the Holy Spirit and I have to help move it along or I have to get out of the way." The many reforms in the Catholic Church affect everyone. For Bishop McDomld * ges were seen as posi ve. . I liked the things that were happening to the Church. We could have Mass in llish and there could be a better partici- pation on the part of people in the life of the Church. There was real fear. Were we doing it fast enough? Are we doing it well enough?" "It was so energizing that I would won- der what did I do before this, when things were so routine," he said. For Bishop McDonald, the "certainty" of a pre-Vatican II Church was comfort- able for a young priest. As he has ma- tured, the bishop said he has changed his ministry style. "When you are dealing with people in Father McDonald celebrates Mass aboard a ship docked in Savannah in the 1950s. From 1954 and 1972 he was the sub-vicar for the military ordinariate. the beginning, you hang on to the struc- His prayer life also has changed over ture and the law because you are safe and the past 50 years. secure. For example, the law said you don't "In this business of praying I'm back eat meat on Fridays back in those days." to square one... As I have grown older, In comparison, this Lent Bishop my prayer life is much more uncompli- McDonald encouraged all Catholics to go cated," he said. "It's just an awareness beyond what is required during Lent and that the Lord is with us on a daily basis. challenged them to go without fish and I just sense that God is very much in my meat during Lent, including Sundays. life. God has to do that in us and we "I could have never written back in have to leave ourselves open to let it hap- pen." Bishop McDonald said he can sense the See Bishop page 6 those days what I wrote in that Lenten letter," he said. "It's a deeper understand- ing of what it means to follow our Lord." ........ ! , .... .... ~ ........ i!i!! :~ ~ : !