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THE GUARDIAN, JUNE 7, 1974 PAGE 5 in Family Life Are Working Wives a New Phenomenon? By Willianl J. Jacobs and error. I don't think there KNOW YOUR FAITH Sponsored By Arkansas State Council Knights of Columbus is deceitful, and -- the woman is wise is the one to a share in what her have worked for and her works tell her at the city gates." TIMELESS-beauty of on the perfect wife Proverbs speaks as and deeply today as '. It is a little amazing how IIstress is put on the dignity ;f a woman's work in in view of our r lowly place in the scheme of things, little than property, of value relation to her husband. :reference to her-being e" is seen by com- as referring to fear Lord. Actually, it may be scribes understood the - passage allegorically as a iption of . the per- of wisdom. If that's ase, the "perfect wife" or woman" of Wisdom would be a pretty odel for her 20th Century She is a woman of dignity, skill, ence, charity and one who is to: she opens her mouth does so wisely; on her :ue is kindly in- keeps good watch on the of her household, bread of idleness for sons stand up and KNIGHTS of COLUMBUS Insurance Rep. JOHN E. BUSH IT CAN BE a holy thing to be a chemist or engineer and one's sex has nothing to do with it, William J. Jacobs writes. Marlo Thomas is seen here as a welder. (NC Photos courtesy of ABC) FORMS OF LOW COST COVERAGE THE ENTIRE FAMILY HEALTH Little Rock 847-0142 Box Benton proclaim her blessed, her husband, too, sings her praises." AND WHILE the most respected work of women in the past seems to have been linked to their households, this woman in Proverbs buys a field and plants it, weaves linen sheets and sells them and supplies the merchants with sashes. It seems like as good a way as any to approach a catechetical reflection on working wives by noting that they commanded respect long before "liberated women," long before students of our society started blaming them for everything from juvenile delinquency to emasculated husbands. One thing is sure, working wives are here to stay because of economic necessity, if for no other reason. Let's examine the situation from a few different perspectives and see if we can contribute something to a sound view of a Christian woman of our time. LOOKING at it doctrinally, a most frequent term in current 77&2985 West Sk/e Shopping Center Benton, Ark. BENTON GUIDE HARDWARE & rain Home Supply "BUILDING PRODUCTS" PLAZA CENTER, BENTON $0 RUFF'S TASTEE FREEZ FLAVORS SHAKES BENTON 1229 MILITARY BENTOI, ARK. 72015 BAKERY Special Occasion: Wedding Cakes. Petit Fours. Birthday Cakes * Pastries * Roils * Bread West South Street, Benton * Pies teaching is "building up." All Christians share in the task of building up the world God has made, the people Christ has redeemed, the Church He has founded, and the Kingdom of God. Vatican II documents are especially helpful here because they point out the necessity and propriety of taking the world as it is, working within it ac- cording to its own principles and bringing something better out of that. The task is not to make it some glowing, spirit- like roseland,'but to take it for what it is, world, and make it move toward the perfection which will be part of the fulfillment of Salvation History. Within thfit framework, the evangelization done by the layman (and Lumen Gentium uses just that term) is carried out primarily in the way one lives and does his work in the world. He or she may do more specifically ecclesiastical things, any number of them, but the basic witness given in the working world is primary. THIS, IN TURN, has ramifications in terms, of spirituality. At various times, Catholics have considered work a punishment, simply something to be borne in mute patience or even as a distrac- tion and danger spiritually. Much stress was placed on other-worldly pursuits and the pursuit of another world. Many really suffered, desiring release from daily chores so they could love God more and pray better. Really, this was quite misleading. The most con- templative of contemplatives has work to do and considers it essential. are very many flat rules that apply very generally. In my own household, there could be great loss if I took over the cooking and my wife isn't much good at taking care of spirited horses. But I know men who do cook well and women who care for horses with great skill. As it happens, my son is developing into a pretty fair cook. The thing ! notice most is that the varied and sometimes hectic schedules we live by in my family add up to a plus. Almost without ex- ception, when it is possible to do so, we prefer being together at home. That is no small thing. Perhaps I should have started with this, an explanation of why I feel qualified to write on this subject at all and why I am so much on the side of working women. It's like this. My grandmother took in laundry from firehouses and worked as a seamstress until she was well into her 60s. My mother put in a lot of years, until mandatory retirement age, in the finance officeof a big VA hospital and still does hospital volunteer work in her mid-70s. My wife, a nurse, has worked most of the 17 years we have been married. I know what her work has meant to some people over the years and I am proudest of the fact that she is best known in the profession for her laughter. The number of working wives I have known over the years would be hard to estimate. They include a wonderful old policewoman, many teachers and nurses, several physicians and at- torneys, secretaries, waitresses, barmaids, jour- nalists, artists and merchants. Each has made my life a little better and I'm sure has had the same effect on countless others. That's pretty much what it's all about, isn't it? 1974 NC News Service SEARcHSOUL ......... I A vocation is a beautiful happening. The spectacular unlimited loveliness of the Person of Christ is everything and everywhere. The Olivetan Benedictine Sisters know Him as teachers, nurses, laboratory technologists, artists, musicians, domestic service, administrators, pharmacists, day care work and in all ways they can show their love for. ttim. Remember, a vocation is non-existent unless the soul sings out to meet it. Thoughts of peace are illusive if not caught by the desire to find it. A Christ for life exchange void of self-bargaining is the sweetest glimpse of heaven but free Will stands at the altar of decision. How will you serve Him? How much do you care? How f- much love can you give? Vocation Directress tioly Angels Convent Jonesboro, Ark. 72401 Annual Picnic St. Joseph's Church Center Ridge Saturday - June 15th ,t'lr Ielel]'lr lIIlrl'te. IO IOffiXr Il] Italian Sausage & Spaghetti Supper $4 00 "ALL YOU CAN EAT" CHILDREN HALF PRICE Serving Begins at 4:30 Refreshments - Games - Dance BUT PLAINLY, while being a contemplative religious is a holy lhing it also can be a holy thing to be a good chemist or engineer or teacher or en- tertainer or laborer and one's sex has nothing to do with it. If one understands this and thinks through its relationship to liturgical life, he or she need never consider himself or herself as an ecclesiastical second-class citizen. Women, ! think, have a special task in this "building up." It is called humanization. I'm not being a dreamer when I say I believe women, on the whole, can do a better humanizing job than men in very many cases. This world we are to take so seriously needs a lot more warmth, playfulness, tenderness and compassion. It seems to me these things are present more when more women are around. IN MOST ('ASES a rather different life style is demanded in a family with a working wife. There is plenty of evidence that a new lifestyle can lead to better life quality. It calls for thought, sensilive listening and honest give and take, as well as trial LOOK INTO THE LIFE AT SUBIACO ACADEMY Fully accredited, college preparatory residence school for young men, grades nine through twelve Conducted by Benedictine monks Diversified, contemporary and individualized system of education, based on Christian values Well-rounded social and athletic program Modern and functional physical facilities Moderate rates "" : For catalog or more information, write: t Y_-&,  IN.))I BOX G, SUBIACO ACADEMY : SUBIACO, ARKANSAS 72865 PHONE (501) 934-2061-