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PAGE 6 THE GUARDIAN, JUNE 7, 1974 'Pastoral Musings ' a TV Set Work Upon Whom Shall the Blame Fall? By Msgr. The unfaithfulness and m- morality caused God to lay down the rules of life in the Ten Commandments. He appointed leaders to guide, to direct people on the way of God, to bring them back to the right path, whenever they went astray. CHRIST PERFECTED this way of life: Love God with all your powers, and love your neighbor as you love yourself. He verified this mode.of life through his own example, and warned often that real hap- piness should not be sought, and cannot be found in this world. At the completion of his mission he established the Church to carry on his work in the world. It is the business of Christianity; the business of the Church to teach, to spread, to legislate and to uphold truth and -]l' EVER SINCE the fall of our first parents, man has been prone to evil. Immorality in all fields of human behaviour is rampant in the world today. Lack of respect for God and man, injustice, dishonesty, licentiousness, are the signs of our times; immoral books and magazines are prominently displayed in many of the public news-stands. Crime and criminals occupy first places in the news media, be it the newspapers, the radio, the television, or the cinema. Most of all, sex appears to be the king of today. IT IS EASY to blame the government and the courts. But who has put these public ser- vants into office? Is this not supposed to be the government of the people, by the people, and for the people? NELSON- BALMAZ INSURANCE [ Business - Personal ,,o/r JAMES NELSON - GABS BALMAZ .k/af"v" ) Rodney Parham and Hidden Valley Drive Office 227-4574 i i iBBBBBBBBBiBIKBIBIIBB John B. Scheper----. morality. THE CHURCH is charged with the obligation to insist on doctrine and morality, in all their ramifications, within its body. If the spiritual body is healthy and strong, it will be able to infuse its exuberance into the heart of the body politic, and the ship of state will be sound, too. Could it be that during recent years the voice of and the example within the Church have been indefinite and poorly recognizable? Could it be that certain elements of leadership have fallen down? Has the Church failed to Speak plainly and with much conviction? THE CRIME of abortion, e.g., didn't just pop up overnight. We might wonder if the men of the Supreme Court would have ruled as they did, if Christianity, as a whole, would have been less spineless in the entire field of the Sixth Com- mandment. Has the influence of the Church "lost its tang?" There is no doubt that the seamless robe of morality has been ruptured. Are we guilty of allowing the threads to break along the way? Is it possible that segments of Catholic leaders, priests, nuns, and teachers have snipped the threads rather than mending them? The Church, (and that ' TlYrORING:, embraces all Christians, all who profess to be followers of Christ) is to be the leaven in a worldly society. RESPECT LIFE Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands (NC) -- Representatives of organizations of antiabortion physicians from nine countries, In a iC'a00nity Is a Work of Art gsiuri by Janet G. Waters offense. Keep them b . ts Encourage them to study, PlTv sports, have hobbies work. est ' [Ote . THE BIGGEST problem o I see with TV is that s'er generation doesn't want to reS They'd rather look at pictureS[s.o 00i!i ilil too-steady diet of P watching which so often taken the place of creaP : that's really effective! I :6 Park Plaza Center : : y Phoneb64-2880 : PERHAPS these ob- servations should be entitled "A Working Wife in the Arts," since that happens to be the situation. For the past three years I have been a full-time instructor in the Speech and Drama Department at Catholic University, Washington, D.C. However, for most of my married years I taught speech a few hours a week, in addition to professional play readings. As it happens, my husband's field is also speech and drama. Since the arts are an integral part of our lives, we encouraged these interests in our six children. We took them to every play and concert offered at the college where my husband taught for 11 years. Music, art, poetry, folk- singing and dancing were all part of family togetherness. We lived outside of town with no neighbors and no television for half of those years. Then, a loving uncle gave us a TV set and we had to integrate this "medium" into our lives. It never seemed much of a problem when the children were small. We simply limited the amount of time that theyamkL watch. Since they were all close in age, bedtime was a group affair with private reading-in- bed a concession for the older ones. Because we lived in the country, "Romper Room" became their nursery school. Their other hour or half-hour could be "I Love Lucy" or "Swamp Fox" or "Zorro" -- entertainment of the same type that we went to the movies to see when we were kids. IN OUR SITUATION it worked beautifully since the children balanced this with climbing trees, running through corn fields, chasing our several KEEP CHILDREN busy and they will grow like trees, from an article by Janet Waters. of viewing time, particularly for pre-school and grade school children. Most throw up their hands at advising past that point. From our experience, I think the best defense is an activity in the home. O 1974 NC News Se ricel LOYOLA PREXY is New Orleans La (NC) Jesuit Father James C. Ca has been named the  president of Loyola Unive of the South. He has provost of Loyola for the four years. b Apartment I Security rS Relax with 24-hour proteCl:o, th against intruders burglarS, '/" smoke and gas with a FlaslJU itli Alarm System. If you mo, v,el moves Breakthrough n qUa!"Yl low-cost protection. 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JOE DOLAN Insurance Agency "MR. INSURANCE" All Lines oflnstwance (501) 842-2431 England, Arkansas Democrat for Representative * Position No. i -k District I PAIO FOR BY MYRON TRAYLOR every Saturday where each child brought home hisfive books and read everyone else's before the week was over. We moved to Washington when our oldest was 14 and our youngest, four. We still restricted the hours of wat- ching, including "giving it up" for Lent. But there was more freedom of choice, since the school children went to Catholic high schools where they had to study three or four hours a night. They also had part-time jobs. Most of their TV watching was over the weekend. By the time that we had three in high school and three in grade school, we had two TV sets. The one in the living room was turned on only when we were all agreed on a newscast, sporting event, or entertainment. The other set was for individual choice. llOW DOES this subject af- fect working wives? Whether you're at home all the time or not, you probably have thought about this influence on your family life. There is no question that it can help enormously with sick children, who feel cut off from the outside world. It can be a boon for young baby- sitters, who have several small children to keep quiet before bedtime. The old movies are great for teenagers who are so limited in their choice of movies today. It is a marvelous in- vention, used with discretion. Exchanging thoughts on this subject with mothers of families of varying ages, all seem agreed on limiting the amount CLINTON FURNITURE (0. 919 Rogers Ave., Fort St Phone 783-8 P.81 You Ca# In R Residential -- Bender Broth Albert Pike.Fort ARKANSAS VALLEY INSURANCE COMPANY INSURANCE -- REAL ESTATE HOME LO AN| Clarence M. Sharum - Insurance Chas. L. Keck - Home Loans 615 GAmzso; Ave. Phone 783-1114 FORT