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i ~ ARKANSAS CATHOLIC MAY 19, | 991 PAGE 3 Rev. John Dietzen have a question about non-Catlm- lic Christian churches who believe in the real presence of Jesus in the If we believe what the C~une~ of Trmat sa)~ the consecration of the bread and wine making Christ present may be done only by an ordained priest. It does not happen just because a non- Catholic Christian lieves in the real pl"~erlce. If there is a sin- eere conviction of the real presence by other denomlna- tions they could express it by cel- ebrating the Bene- diction of the Blessed Saavament and ma ar devotions. All Christians who celebrate the Eucharist believe that Jesus is present in some way, at least in His love and grace and memory in the hearts of His disciples who are present Asyou say, according to our Cathofic theo- logical tradition, the real presence of Jesus as we understand it in the Eucharist is brought about only through the ministry of an or- dained priest. While we believe this as Catholics, how- ever,-some other Christians believe in the real presence in a way similar to ours, even though we might not agree with that belief according to our eucharistic theology. Your comment about Benediction reminds me of an inddent many years ago when I was responsible for the continuing education programs for priests of our diocese. During Vatican Council H, one of the most prominent Lutheran theologians in the coun- try at that time, from Concordia Seminary in SL Louis, came to make a two-day presenta- tion to our priests, a presentation which I believe taught all of us some astonishing les- sons. He was certainly among the most humble and learned Christians any of us had ever meL On the evening he was with us, the parish where I was living held the doing of 40 Hours devotions. We invited him to come, which he did. He was gracious enough not to ex- pect to walk with the priests in procession, an occurrence unheard of in those days. When he entered church, however, he genuflected to the exposed Blessed Sacra- merit, knelt to pray and joined all our prayers and songs, including the Latin ones with which he was apparently familiar. I will never forget that inddent with my Lutheran Mend. It taught me, and I think it should teach all of us, to love our own faith, but to be extremely careful and reverent when we begin speaking of someone else's, When the body of a deceased Cathofic is cremated, I understand that it is not custom- ary to take the ashes to church. When is the proper time to schedule a memorial Mass? There are two possibilities. The first is to celebrate the funeral Mass with the body present before cremation. Otherwise, the funeral liturgy, induding the Eucharist, could be celebrated any time after the cremation and burial. 1991 CNS & g @ B @ Fi~ Sr. Charles Adele, SCN, was labora- tory and X-Ray supervisor at St. Vincent Infirmary In 1955, the year she was chosen "Technologist of the Year" by the Arkansas Society of Medlcal Technologists. Even Powell protested Deal" Editor~. Many thanks for sending me the Arkan- sas Catholic while I was in Saudi Arabia at Desert Storm. Some people may not be- lieve this, but I found the Arkansas Catholic to be my most meaningful communication Mth the rest of the world. I craved to receive it each week and I read every lin9. The great disappointment Was that it didn't make it every weeL It was about two and a halfmonths behind. I wish that I had arranged for it to be sent first Class. Your articles on the war were very fair. ~e don't expect the Catholic paper to be in any way in favor of war. Even Gem. Colin Powell, the number one military advisor, Was not for moving against Iraq so fast. Many thanks for the many prayers you incited for us. The Lord for sure was pro- tecting us. Chaplain (Rev.) Tom Keller u.s. Army Little Rock White and might Deal" EditoT~. I have been aware for some time of the efforts of some of the Catholic priests in our diocese to politicize their sermons by condemning the U.S. action in the Gulf by saying this was an "unChristian" act, for, according to them, "might does not make right." This was brought home to me with great clarity this past Sunday at Our Lady of Good Counsd Church when Fr. Warren I-/arvey expressed those sentiments in his sermon, as well as condemning the singing of "C,c~ Bless the U.S.A." which was per- formed the evening beforff..iat a "Jubilus" performance held at the parish hall. The reason that Fr. Harvey condemned the sing- ing of "God Bless the U.S.A." was because he said he thought the line sung in it "I'm proud to be an American" was racially bi- ased inasmuch as he thought it really meant "I'm proud to be a white American." Fr. Harvey is a well-loved associate pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel, but I do think he was being overly-sensitive concerning his racial background as an African-American. The play in which this song "God Bless the U.S.A." was sung was a world tour in which racial prejudice oppression of the poor and war were condemned, with songs such as "Give Peace a Chance" and "We Are the World." In no way was the message of this play one of racial prejudice, and I'm sorry that Fr. Harvey had to select a patri- otic song which all Americans should be proud to sing, to disapprove of in a sermon which should be directed toward the Gos- pel of Jesus Christ rather than the message of black activism. fir. Harvey is entitled to his opinions, but I donot think that to condemn the U.S. actions in the Gulf should be part of the sermons on Sunday morning. We all knov that "might does not make right", but, just as we have to have policemen to restrain the criminal elements in our society, so Christian nations have to restrain the inter- national criminals in the world in order to prevent e'A1 from triumphing. If we had not used the might of the U.S. in previous eras, we would still be a colony of England, we would never have fought the Civil War to free the slaves, nor confronted two of the greatest evils ever to threaten world peace ---Hitlerism and Japanese imperiafism. Fr. Harvey --- I am proud to be an American --- not because I am white, but for the great principles of justice and freedom for which America stands all over the world. Thomm Woods Little Rock i ffT nf for reading ArkanSascatholic II. iiiiiiii~iii!i iiiiii~iiiii;i; wmlam Gould ~i!iiiiiii! I Car. 12:3-7,'12-13 *John Have you ever dosed your eyes and tried to imagine what the first Pentecost must have been like? ~ Our first reading tries to '~! put that into words. The author fails because mere words can never adequately .... describe such an overwhelm- ing experience. But he does help us understand that something powerful and 20=. 19-23 wonderful happened that day. The disciples were dearly filled with a sense of God's special presence. They felt His love envelope them in some nc~v way. They were filled with a deep joy. Prayer certainly overflowed in that room as a sense of spiritual communion made them one in mind, heart and spirit. Pentecost must have been a powerful experience for those first Christians. But it was more than just a one-day "high: That experience began something new and wonderful Pentecost happens again when people are w ag to open then selves up to the Holy Spirit. in their own lives as well as in the world's life. Not only did they begin "to express themselves in foreign tongues," but they also began to "make bold proclamation as the Spirit prompted them." These two phrases described what happened during the event. They also sum up what direction the dis- ciples' lives took in the years that followed. Faith xperience led them to action. It must always do so! As we think about this, we should remember that Pentecost is not just a past event. In some way, it should happen in the life of every Christian. It should be a continuing event that somehow encourages, nourishes and graces the Church, each member, and our mission. St. Paul describes this beautifully in this Sunday's epistle reading as he ~xites to his Corinthian converts. Pentecost happens again when people are willing to open themselves up to the itoly Spirit. Originally given through Baptism and renewed through Confirmation, the Holy Spirit can come again in many ways and at different times. I know people who were filled with the Sph-it while praying quietly at home. I know others who experienced a new Pentecost in their lives while sharing in the Mass. It can even happen while contemplating the beauty of a summer evening. For some this can be an overwhelming experience. For others it may be one that is very quiet and peaceful. But for us - as for those first disciples - the experience should go beyond what I call a "warm fuzzy" feeling. We receive Pentecost experiences and gifts of the Holy Spirit not just for ourselves, but "for the common good" (I Cor. 12:7). They are meant to help us become God-filled people on fire for Jesus Christ, people who take the Gospel message and life so seriously that we want to be on the cutting edge of Christianity. "As the Father has sent me,'Jesus tells us, "so I have sent you" (John 20:21). These are powerful words! They are the only road map that Jesus gives to the Church and to people who have received the Hob/Spirit. We can follow only ifwe respond to the graces of each Pentecost event and remain open to the leadings of the Spirit. With God's help we can do sol