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P&GE TWO THE GUARDIAN, MAY 24, 1930 ' ] TH original resolution and leaving the .., namo usuaH THE CATHOLIC'PUBLICATION SOCIETY ~] By REV. GEO. JOHNSON, Ph. D. tarians for intolerant actions, but of the Diocese of Little Rock | i example of unmitigated prejudice s 807 WEST SECOND STREET . I Speaking on "The Immortality of the Soul,"lmainder is a strong indication that there must escaped his attention. -Entered a~'seseco~-class matter March 21, 1911, at the ~ostoffice. on the "Catholic Hour" from Station WEAF the lh ..... / ~tt Little Rock. Ark., under the Act of Congress of March 8, 1879. ,~ __ ,, , [ *~,~ ~,,~.,,~,~ ~ u~. ................. l ev.George Johnson of the Catholic Univer-/ Spirit Active in Dying Body ! o SUBSCRIPTION PRICE, $2.00 THE YEAR , " -- - - sity of America, Executive Secretary of the De-/"How alive, how active, how vital, is the CHANGE OF ADDRESS 1 - / ' THE ONLY WAY. When a change of address is desired the subscriber should give partment of Education, N C W C took his s- irit in a d--in bod W k "" toth the old and the new address. I-- . . ., ] p ' y g y. e now oI om men, --- CORRESPONDENCE reach uslhearers on a fanciful visit to a cemeteryJ and old women physically enfeebled by the On the same day last eek that Matter intended for publication in The Guardian should " " ot l ter than Wednesday ..... ing. Brief news ...... pondence is "We love it for what it enshrines and hate it passing years, whose minds are strong, alert, of $750,000 was being made to ~ys welcome. The kindness of the clergy in this matter is cer- tainly appreciated. gT. LEV. MSGR. J. P. FISIIER ................................. Business Manager All communications should be addressed to, The Guardian, 1507~ W~t Second Street. Little Rock, Ark. OFFICIAL ORGAN The Guardian is the official organ of the Diocese of Little Rock, and I pray God that it may be an earnest champion of the cause of ~Zhto justice and truth and an ardent defender of the religion whicl~ al, e all love so well. I extend to it my blessing with the sincere nope ;hat its career may be long and prosperous. JNO. B. MORRIS, Bishop of Little Rock. MAY 24, 1930 THE DESERTED VILLAGE. Goldsmith visiting the Middle West would find many a theme for his mournful song. Cen- sus reports from eight states surrounding the center of population, which in 1920 was on the Illinois-Indiana state line, note that of 161 "small towns" about sixty per cent show a re- duction in population of from 5 to 100 per cent. In this latter case, the diminution has not nec- essarily been caused by a cyclone. The people have simply moved away. for what it presages," Dr. Johnson said of the cemetery. "It reminds us of those we love to re- rnember, but at the same time it makes us con- scious of something we would fain forget." "Let us rest awhile here on the bench," he continued, "and ponder the significance of these graves. With all their differences they seem to preach a common truth. "The baby hesitating on life's threshold, the invalid constrained to a life of helplessness, the scholar whose wisdom seemed to him but ig- norance, the pauper never quite able to trans- form a wish into a deed, the statesman and business executive contemptuousof the hills he had to climb because of the vision of mountains yet unscaled what is their verdict concerning life? And in all these other countless dead that sleep in their graves, mothers who sacrificed all for children who disappointed their hopes, young men and young women who died at the outset of their careers, physicians who felt they were just beginning to know something about medicine, lawyers to whom increasing knowl- edge of the law brought a sense of being the merest tyros, teachers eager to be taughtwhat have they to tell us.about life and death? In Through the print of cold statistics a some- . . every case, I fancy the answer would be, there what desolate p cture can be seen. The typical ..................... ............. much aeatn ann too ut m ; aeatn village, reports ssoclatect tress, is com- ............. comes too soon, life is too short In the surprise posen oI an aban(lonea grls mill, a coupm oi of death, they said, 'Can this be all? You say barn-like stores, often empty, and a street or two of sagging weather-beaten houses. Usually, however, the school, if there is one, and the vil- lage church, are in fair condition. The general appearance is that of an old piece of furniture, too far gone to qualify even as a donation to the St. Vincent de Paul. Numberless social factors are at work upon the destruction of the American village. m-t bitious young people return from college, or] it is finished, though I feel it is not yet begun. Is this the end of my existence? Then must I say, life has not been worth the living, for whatever joys and consolations, victories and honors it may have brought me, its termination finds my deepest desire , my fondest ambitions, my noblest yearnings, thwarted.' "Thwarted. The feeling of humanity since the beginning of time, at the approach of death. from medical or law school, to find in it no]" Our mind is hungry for truth. Before sufficient field for their talents and aspirations, baby lips can form words, baby eyes are elo. Sooner, rather than later, they drift into the quent with the query, 'What is it?' A small neighboring cities. Young people of anotherlchild is an animated question mark. The more sort complain of the jejune opportunities for we learn, the more we want to know. Knowl- amusement afforded by their environment. The movie palace is opened only once or twice a week, and then for third or fourth-run pictures. Nothing more exciting happens than the arrival of No. 2 up and No. 4 down. They know ev- erybody in town, and everybody knows them, isfied and death comes to thwart us in our search and subjects of mutual interest are soon ex- hausted, the end, they face the choicet of for truth. evidence of intellectual power of the highest order. Who can assist at the deathbed of a nor-' mal human being, and feel that the personality struggling in the final agony has been blotted out When the last breath is drawn? "Man's soul is a spirit and as such is not sub- ject to material decay and decomposition. It is only things that have parts that can fall apart. The functions of thinking and willing that the soul exercises, transcend the body and are not derived from it. In this life the soul requires the co-operation of the body, in order that it may act. But the soul is lot dependent on the body for existence. If so, all of its ac- tivities would be limited by the needs of the body. The very fact that this is not so, but that it can and does concern itself with things that have nothing to do with the needs and appe- tites of the body, argues that when the body returns to the earth from whence it came, the l soul ascends upward to God Who gave it .... I "But they tell us this notion of individual im- mortality is a relic of less enlightened genera- tions. It is true, they say, that men have al- capable of deep and sustained thinking. We Matt O'Doherty, suit was filed to encounter invalids, weakened and painwracked of the late Colonel James P. Whallen, by long years of continuous illness, who give ville. Judge O'Doherty had left $3,000,000 to Catholic institutions, 'from this amount that the $750,000 when settlement was made out of ways cherished the desire to live beyond the grave and have recoiled with horror from the thought of personal annihilation. But this de- sire for immortality can be satisfied, and this horror of death can be removed, if we think of immortality in terms of society and the race .... "One often wonders whether men who ad- vance this theory really believe it themselves or whether they are not just whistling in the dark to allay their personal fears of death. To be- gin with it is based on a conception of the rela- tion between the individual and group which is vidual are illusory and vain, whilst what they call the progress of society as a whole is all that matters. Individual Supreme "Such is not the normal sentiment of the in- dividual. Each and every one of us is conscious that he has a personality that he instinctively defends and cherishes. We are not just blind and meaningless atoms in a larger whole; on emigrating or of dying of ennui. "Thwarted. These restless hearts of ours the contrary, the larger whole which is society In some respects, however, the passing of are hungry with a love that naught earthly is itself meaningless without us. In the mutual the old-time village is not an unmixed evil. Few! can satisfy. A broken heart is all we get in relations between the individual and the group, small towns can maintain good schools, untesslreturn for even the noblest human love. It is it is the individual that is most important. So- ' they adopt the centralized plan, and even thatlnot only that people disappoint us, betray us, ciety is the means " hereby the individual is does not remove all drawbacks. The Rocke-/tire of us, grow out of us. Even if these things i sustained and developed." feller report showed some years ago the extr eme/would never happen, people die.. . "What the countless millions alive'today, the difficulty of inducing young physicians to settle! "This life is not long enough for a creature c untless millions who have lived ere now, hid- in small towr s, the result being that whole areas composed of body and soul. Time is all too den lives, defeated lives, lives of poverty, sick- were without proper medical care., Hospitals, short. The business of keef ing the body alive ness, slavery what sense of immortality in so- of course, were impossible. Travelers from and well absorbs a very large portion of the ciety could they have?" Dr. Johnson contin- Colonel Whallen left approximately $ to Catholic institutions; and these will losers, if the two nieces, who have will. are successful in court, or in tlement outside of court, as happened O'Doherty case. There seems to be but one way open who have accumulated much and dedicate its distribution, and that is away before passing from this life. of Judge O'Doherty he was a most skil yer, and it was said that he had tacked many wills during his life; ently he was not able to write a would insure distribution of his estate ing to his evident intention. O "LOYAL MRS. NORRIS." Mrs. Kathleen Norris, author of tion, a mother and opponent of withdrew from the presidential national literary organization. In lot withdrawal she gave as the princiP hat she would have to remain away Washington headquarters as she lives in California. But she added ceptance of this office would fend creed and conviction." All that her election to the presidency gone conclusion. This being the case' real excuse being forced absence quarters, we cannot see the sense or giving another reason which was not succeeding to election of office. It mitted that she could very ably have her "creed and conviction."The lumbian says: "Instead she rebuke to her opponents, and at the quietly made known by implicatio Faith meant more to her than honor." If she could not accept, as there was nothing heroic or nice tense chosen. If she could accept, afraid to. o Time spent before the TabernaCle wasted for eternity. Christ rewards mewtably every act ence paid to His sacred Humanity. He that stoppeth his ear against e ' '' more settled regibns are often surprised to learn Y ars that are allotted to us here below. Spe- [ued. Men who hew wood and draw water, the' poor, shall also cry himself and that the nearest available hospital may lie from cialization becomes more and more n'ecessary/men who are fated to perform the humblest and be I eard. Prov. 21:13. thirty to fifty miles distttnt from a town of two as life becomes more and more complex." The t least honorable tasks in life, and wl o in every thousand people. The automobile abridges dis- field of individual human endeavor narrowslage have found consolation in the dream of bet- ' tance, is true, but aid is often useless unless more and more. There is so much of life andlter things in another life as the reward of duty orThcCh:in::lpu:irsgh:dOf the e.del it can be had without delay, our share of it is so little. Comedians yearnlvtell done and burdens patiently borne, is their . monthly The tendency noted by these early census re-Ito act in tragedy, mechanics would be poets, ldesire for continued existence to be assuaged is a hve and pIeasant looking magaZ: ports once more stresses the problem, the solu-lstatesmen would be woodsmen. How often do by the assurance that society will be healthier gro Catholic life in this country. S' tion of which presents unusual difficulties to lWe not hear men telling what they would do, lfor the sewers they are killing themselves to the Negro problem is our greatest so Catholic workers, of providing edficational andihad [hey their lives to live over again. Subtraatldig, warmer for the coal they are shortening Anyway it plagues negro and white religious faculties in the country districts. But] What a man is from what he would be the re- thefr lives to mine, closer to one another for the has plagued them and will plague is encouraging to know that our rural life I ships 'they are burning themselves up to stoke? on.lythe aving truths of Christ conferences are doing excellent work under cir- sistently for generations will save it. cumstances which at times must be dishearten- ng. The reports of a number of diocesan school superintendents show splendid gains ev- The expuIsion of a Catholic Bishop ery year. There is every reason to believe that ezuel'a because he preached that civil by awakening general interest in the needs of is not enough for Catholics recalls the rural districts, they will be able to provide, their work Iike nothing else on earth. SCripps,Howard newspapers, is shocked to find the Baptist suffered worse than ff not fully., at least satisfactorily, for the tam- They live the Passion Play, they do not mere- so little sympathy, among his colleagues for the similar sermon. It is no secret that iIies to whom life in the great cities presents no ly act it. Indian leader, Gandhi, and wonders why the marrfage is a sacrament, and civil pleasing lure.--America, New York. From babyhood the children are brought up newspapers of this country should not condemn make no pretense of administering o with the ideal of the Passion Play before them ; the arrest and imprisonment of this patriot, who, iThe Catholic Church recognizes no HERE LIES GREATNESS. it is the dream of every, little maiden to play is willing to suffer so much for his country ang the Bishop's remarks were caused the Blessed Mother; it is the hope of every his people. We have had the same tho,u,ght, marrittge of a divorced Catholic. It is a heartening fact that in this age of to some day bechosen for the Christus role; no Mr. Broun, with regard to the religious men legitimate conflict here between materialism and unbelief, a little village in the sin, no evil must enter into lives consecrated to and women of Mexico and of Russia, who h ve State. The civil effects of marriage,] Bavarian Tyrol can draw men and women from these ideals, been tortured in the most barbaric manner be- rights, official registration of all parts of the world, of all races and all The players enter into their preparation for fore being put to death, without awakening a is admittedly the province of the creeds, to witness a simple but a profoundly]the play with prayer and penance, with Mass single groan from the American press, not even State goes beyond the limits of its moving drama of the Saviour's passion and and Holy Communion, with no idea af glorifi- from Mr. Broun's column. In fact we have dis- sphere when it meddles with the death. This week the first performance of the cation of self but with a vast desire that'their tinct recollection of reading in Mr. Broun's col- teaching to its own Children that for Oberammergau Passion Play took place and effort will glorify Almighty God, will help to umn condoning horrors of Mexico and of Rus- marriage is a sacrament and is the little town was crowded with visitors as it spread His Kingdom upon the earth. Herein sin on the ground that the Church (Catholic or sides, modern states should know bY will be all summer and until'the last perform- is the secret bf their success; that is the reason Orthodox) had not perfectly fulfilled its great that divorce is causing infinitely more ance has been completed, why in this year of grace, the eyes of the world and holy mission in the past. We have before to the state than the Church's What is it that brings these hundreds of will be turned to a little village in the Bavar- us an editorial from a New Jersey daily hold- marriage tie that recognizes no ing up to scorn the action of a l ethcdist con- if Our Lord were to appear in thousands of people to Oberammergau? It is inn Tyrol, a village, whose highest destiny is not the acting of the villager, although those the reverent, the devotional, the sublime por- vention which adopted resolutions deploring the peat: '"Whom God hath joined who see the play marvel that untrained men trayal of Christ's most bitter passion and cruel torture and execution of Jews and Orthodox man put asunder," His stay would women, can so perfectly, astoundingly death, churchmen in Russia, after emasculating the Mirror, Springfield,