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Page 14 May 9, 1998 BISHOP ANDREW J. McDONALD GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY EDITION ARKANSAS CATHOLIC a It's not every day you find yourself liv- ing out a gospel story. It's also not every day you find yourself drinking a cup of coffee with a bishop. One won- derful morning not too long ago, how- ever, I landed smack dab in the middle of both. But before I begin to go down the path of that particular story, there's some- thing I'd like to say first with regard to has been the tar- get of negative re- marks -- and still have fingers left over?. I'd venture to say there are many. By what au- thority do I, a rela- tive newcomer to this diocese at best Bishop McDonald. Of all the places I've given I've only ever lived -- which being married to a lived in Arkansas corporate kind of guy for dose to 14 years, there have been a few -- never have I experienced as many Catholics ex- pressing such out and out affection for the leader of their diocese as I do when it comes to the Holy-Spirited man who sports the mitered hat here in the Dio- cese of Little Rock. But then who could blame us? The sheer love of God, to- gether with the obvious mirth that ema- nates through this humble man's wrinlded-with-wisdom eyes, is downright contagious. Who among us has ever come away from hearing the bishop speak that we didn't possess a lighter heart from a story told or a better understanding of the One who has placed us here? I'd venture to say there are few. On the other hand, other than constructive criticism of his golf swing, who among us can count on one hand the number of times the bishop Mr, Therese Rohr for four years, speak so "know- ingly" of this man who is the ultimate Church authority of this state? Have I had several occasions to interview him personally? Am I member of his parish? Do I regularly correspond with him via e-mail? Those answers would be no, no and no. On the other hand, have I had the chance to hear the bishop speak on sev- eral occasions --confirmation Masses, school Masses my children have at- tended, catechetical conferences? Have I taken a moment to read his words in this newspaper, to listen to his direc- tives from the pulpit in my home par- ish? Have I had the opportunity to in- troduce myself to him, to visit with him from time to time outside a formal church setting? These answers would be a resounding yes, yes and yes. J In fact, I believe it is this bishop's very approachableness (forgive me Mr. Webster and other word purists) that brings not only me, but so many others like me, to feel we know this man. To feel we are connected to him by a com- mon bond -- regardless of our perceived position within the diocese. Which brings me to the "gospel and morning cup of coffee" portion of this story. As God would have it, last month, I found myself blessed to attend a Mass celebrated by the bishop at the St. Joseph's Home in North Little Rod . Though no longer used for its original mission, as an orphanage the St. Josep,K facilities served as host to the women S spring Cursillo weekend. As he has of- ten done, the bishop took time from his demanding schedule to offer the earl)' morning Mass for all those participat" ing in the weekend. Following Mass, breakfast was served, which fortunately for all who were there, the bishop was able to stay and share in. To say his presence prO- Thanks for being Good Shepherd Jesus & Mary Craig & Dale Provost on the Golden Jubilee of your priestly ordination Thank you for your leadership St. Justin Parish Stor City la God bless you Dishop McDonald and your vocation St. Jude Thaddeus Waldron I gmtral Ar a, Conqratuladons and thank you for your priestly service ofbrinqinq God's word and love to We rejoice with you on this your Golden Jubilee of your ordination God bless you St louis Camden Immaculate Heart of Mary Maqnolia The Church Communities of St. Mary & St. Patrick North Little Rock