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PAGE 6 THE GUARDIAN, MAY 21, 1982 "CATHOLIC QUOTE," in its issue of April, 1982, repeats an article written by Bishop Michael J. Dudick, D.D., in "Eastern Catholic Life." It reads as follows: "Recently, I came across an interesting parable of freedom by an unknown author. Long before Eden, the parable states, before man was given dominion over the earth, God decided to give all animals, including man, the Pastoral Musings True Meaning of Liberty gift of freedom. "BECAUSE OF the unique power of freedom, there would be a period of testing. If, after a time, they had learned the secret, they were to be relieved of its torturous side. In due time, the animals gathered before the Lord to report. "The jaguar spoke for the beasts of the forest: 'When first I knew the gift of freedom, I looked out over the earth with all its wealth and possessions, and I wanted these things for myself. But, after a while, I remembered that the Lord of the earth had given me life and food. So,' the jaguar concluded, 'I resolved to use my freedom to tell the beasts of the forests of my discovery, that all things come from Thee, 0 Lord.' 'Thou hast learned the secret of freedom,' God said. To the Catholic Community of Arkansas From the Members of St. Augustine Church Please Pray for Our Revival A CELEBRATION OF THE SPIRIT OF JESUS PRESENT IN OUR LIVES "You Are Invited" REVIVAL May 31June 4o 1982 - 7:30 p.m. SAINT AUGUSTINE CHURCH 1410 East 2rid Street No. Little Reek, AR 72114 REVIVAL PRAYER Come Holy Spirit, enlighten the hearts of the faithful. Grant that all people who take part in this celebration will experience the Spirit in their lives, or a renewal of the Spirit, and a release of love, ]oy and peace. Amen. "'..-. The advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything. 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SUMMER SAUSAGE HAM HARD,SALAMI GENO SALAMI OlD CHICAGO SALAMI THURINGER SMiled) /URKE FILO IUGH PITA BREAD ii 'Return to the forest.' "THEN THE eagle reported for the fowls of the heavens: 'I knew freedom,' it said, 'as I soared high over the earth. All created things looked up to me and I thought of how wonderful it would be to make them worship and glorify me. But then it came to me,' the eagle continued, 'that my every flight must come to an end -- that Thou alone remainest. Then I decided to use my freedom to scream this message to the skies: Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness, let the whole earth stand in awe of Him !' 'Thou too hast learned the secret of freedom,' the Lord declared. 'Return to the skies.' "The whale was the spokesman for the dwellers of the sea. 'With freedom,' it declared, 'I knew my power and my strength. I considered how exhilarating it would be to plough the ocean, sending all things in terror before me. But then I reflected that I am appointed to live and that I am appointed to die. Thou rulest all things! After that, I went about reminding my fellow creatures that they who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.' "The whale was sent back to his dwelling place. "IT WAS man's turn to speak. 'This freedom is a burdensome thing,' he complained. 'With it, I have been so taken up by possessions, so anxious to maintain my place among the other creatures and so can destroy; it can give peace of mind or submit one to hellish torture. "In the continuation of St. Paul's letter to the Galatians, he lists some of the ill effects that follow from the wrong use of our freedom and free will. One of the blessings of true freedom is the fact that it spares a person from the terrible consequences of false liberty. "St. Paul lists nine blessings as the reward of those who do God's will: 'But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kind- ness, goodness, fidelity, gentleness, self-control.' "WE EXERCISE true freedom, that is, Christian liberty, when we surrender our wills to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. In the proper use of freedom, we never bargain with God. As free children of God, we have one fundamental choice to make and on this choice everything else in time and eternity depends. The choice of pleasing God or displeasing Him rests with us. Every day of our lives, we are presented with options for or against God. Some may say that finding out the will of God is difficult. Our Lord answers this question quite readily: 'The will of God is your sanctification.' "God does not demand the impossible. He always gives us the grace necessary for whatever He expects or demands of us. Our Lord came to call sinners to repentance, not to licen- tiousness -- to take His yoke upon themselves and to follow His footsteps to holiness. frightened about the "License is an abuse of possibility of losing it, that I liberty. Its intent is to please have not had time to learn its ourselves, to humor the flesh, secret.' "You shall have time,' the Lord replied. "So to this day, man struggles to learn the secret of freedom -- both dreading its loss and, in rare moments of trust, offering it again to God in praise and thanksgiving. Having captured nature through science and technology, he has himself been captured by ex- ploitation, greed and materialism. "ST. PAUL taught us the importance of freedom, the freedom we are to enjoy as children of God. But he warns us that it is a two-edged sword that can cut both ways. It can liberate the human spirit to seek God and salvation. It can also enslave those who want nothing more than to be free and give in to their physical appetites. '"You, my friends,' St. Paul tells the Galatians, 'were called to be free men, only do not turn your freedom into license for your lower nature, but be servants to one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in a single commandment: "Love your neighbor as yourself." But, if you go on fighting one another, tooth and nail, all you can expect is mutual destruction.' (Gal. 5, 13-15). "St. Paul tells us there are two kinds of liberty: a true one and a false one. "WHAT IS true liberty? It is the exercise of our power of choice to choose that which is in agreement with the will of God. False freedom is the exercise of the same power without regard for or in defiance of the will of God. In other words, our freedom is correct when our wills con- form to the will of God. Freedom can create and it y Msgr. John B. to regard liberty as and not a means. GOd no such liberty. "CHRISTIAN LIBE a means and not an the gift to live as it God, to love Him, and People. It is the serve one another in "Therefore, we confuse license with 'Obedience to Law is an inscription entrance of a Cleveland, Ohio. true liberty except obedience to Law, God's Law. Just doing you please is not freedom. A lawless never free. He is a slave "Remember, freedo right to do that should do -- for neighbor and for society MEDITATE UPO ? above -- it contains beautiful and lessons. twed both. IIolneo14 ilers and mortgage life insurance. You're in good Allstate Life Insuranc Co. JERRY Svar. - Mc('ain Bus. 753-4326 "" HARRY FOLTZ Circuit - Chancery Judge Crwford - Sebastian Counties Paid for by Bob HorOl CHOOSE A FACILITY CLOSE TO HOME There is something comforting and about a qualiw nursing facili close to hot ': We operate nursing centers all over providing the best professional care anywhere. Our homes are licensed by the Arkansas Social Services Division of Long Term Care, and best of all, cost no mot than other nursing homes. 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