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3tg ARKANSASI, gCATHOLIC BISHoPAND W'ffMcDoN)M D C O .DtN'ANN atV EDmON May 9, 1998 Page 2i country of Arkansas --- I declare that I learned it from my mentor, Anthony Lo Sauerwein Just as the Spirit of God touched tJae lips of Jeremiah---with those same tongs of hot.coals, God seared the heart, the mind, the tongue fMonsignor Sauerwein, giving him all the gifts needed tO speak God's word. From Thessalonians, now, listen to your former pastor. "We drew our cour- age from our God to preach good tid- ings to you in the face of great opposi- tion. My exhortation did not spring from deceit, impure motives, any sort of trickery. I was not guilty of flattering words or greed under any pretext. Nor did I seek glory from you even though I could have insisted on my own im- portance as your pastor. While I was with you, I was as gentle as any nursing mother fondling her little ones. So well disposed to you at St. Louis was I, that I wanted to share with you not only God's tidings, but my very life. So dear had you become to me." I can hardly wait now to get to this Gospel from John. Monsignor told Fa- ther Jeff, "The homilist should give him no words of praise." Anthony had an exaggerated assessment of his weakness, frailty, humanity. In a very moving, de- tailed way, he told Jeff, "Throughout my life, I have exemplified the weak- nesses of the apostles: like Peter, I felt there were times when I denied my Master; like Judas, I felt I occasionally betrayed Jesus; like James and John, I was at times ambitious; but with the evangelists, I tried to preach the word of God with zeal and strength." Many times over, however, Jesus asked his son, his friend, his priest, "Anthony, do you love me?" "Yes, I love you, Lord." That first time was the fall of 1937 -- suitcase in hand --- 13 years old he kissed his mother Clara good- bye. He and his dad, Walter, boarded the streetcar -- the bus for St. Charles in Catonsville. Sulpician priests greeted him. "Here's your desk and here's your place in the refectory." That was a new word for us. At home during the week, we ate in the kitchen; on Sunday, in the dining room, but never in a refectory. "Here's your bed in the dormitory; here's the recreation field. We play baseball, soc- cer, touch football, basketball, hold track meets. Here's your place in the chapel of Mary Our Queen." At age 13, Tony was tom. He already loved the Blessed Mother See Msgr. Sauerwein page 22 thony Sauerwein competed in track beets and played football, baseball, SOCcer and basketball in college and seminary. Congratulations Bishop McDonald on your 50th from Immaculate Conception Parish and School in Blytheville "The Good Shepherd knows His Flock, and they know Him" St. A " ' ugustmes Church Family Would like to wish Bishop Andrew J. McDonald Qod's blessings in gratitude for the many ways he has graced us in his 50 years of priesdy service. May you keep Jesus' dream alive in your heard Congratulations Bishop Andrew J. McDonald! Feliz Aniversario Naglepsze 2yczenie Z okazji Rocznicy Kaplafistwa a oseta ao Chtlc m ng ni .m 50 n tn St. John Russe//v/ St. Augustine on your In memory of Florence Kordsmeier The Clem Kordsmeier Family We applaud your vocation to the priesthood which serves as a shining example to those in formation Catholic Church of St. John the Baplist Hot Springs