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THE GUARDIAN, JUNE 11, 1982 ' '"' " PAGE 3 will always be in our diocese. This is Week in which Mother Calcutta came to us a visit. The week, began in a very way. Monday, we Memorial Day. is the day in which we of the heroic men and who generously have their lives for our Their bodies lie in in different parts of orld. Quietly and with L serenity, they await the call, the day of the day of May they rest in On that day, we also of the great vision of Paul II of Church Unity found his way, pilgrim Father, to the land Scotland and In a much smaller in fact trivial compared journey, we had an golf game Mow the Reverend William [,ean, for the cterians, Bishop for the Father Tom I for the Catholics. Scores will remain only in raind of God. Such op- to play together, provide marvelous round for working I spent most of with Deacon Don candidate for the and parishioner of Conception in North Little Rock. and I came together in home for a day of prayer, and discussion in of his ordination The day Holy Mass in my WEDNESDAY, I in ground- for the next advance constant building II. Nulldker a's Parish MANY GOOD LOW BUYS in ALL PRICE: Call me for 568-3939 program ineriteatm°ved  1954,aacterSt'th peopleMargaretpeoplqVincent'ssinCewePrOgresSto thiSaretheinin II  '/ Infirmary. Sister Vincent cited the progress that has been made since the hospital location grateful to donors, people in the community, medicine and nursing .for their wonderful co-operation with the Sisters in their efforts to bring the healing ministry to central Arkansas in the name of the Lord Jesus. In the evening, I went to the airport with Norman Sch- muck, Mary and Leo Hi,gel. An air of excitement captured our minds and our hearts. Mo- ther Teresa of Calcutta was on the way to Little Rock. The reality of her coming had cast away all fears and doubts that this day would be possible for us. I could not believe my eyes. Four hundred men, women and children with great enthusiasm awaited the landing of American Airlines Flight 561, 9:27 P.M. When this frail little woman ac- companied by Sister Priscilla stepped off the airplane, applause arose from the crowd. Little children presented bouquets of flowers and sang songs. People from India who live in the Little Rock area presented a garland of flowers and a gift for the poor. Mother Teresa, now in her seventies, turned no one away. With the help of gentle police men and women, we moved slowly through the airport and gave her ample opportunity to embrace the elderly, to hug the children and to hold the babies. Mr. Schmuck drove my automobile, the Hiegels and the McNeils followed right behind us. Shortly after ten o'clock, we arrived at Car- mel. Some people were there to greet us. We turned Mother Teresa over to the peaceful place of rest, our Carmelite Monastery and to Mother Mary Alice .and her sisters. Then we retreated back into the world and enjoyed a little ice cream. EARLY THURSDAY morning, I arose and went. to Carmel. Father Tribou and Father Frederick, faithful chaplains to the sisters concelebrated with me at 6:30. Mother Teresa had been in the chapel since 5:30 in quiet prayer and meditation. The gospel spoke to us of love for GOd and love for neighbor. Following the Mass, we en- joyed a quiet breakfast with Mother who held us spellbound as she told us in a simple way of God's love for us in the way in which we should love one another. & Cleaners ALTERATIONS - DOWNTOWN JONESBOItO 932-6666 ADELE MASSANELLI, Owner & Mgr. (USTOM Colony West kcuum-Fan Ctr. IILDERS VACUUM CLEANERS SEWING MACHINES CEILING FANS-ALL SIZES :mary La Brot & Associates ' (We Rent the Rug Doctor) ' Parham (Lower Level) AIR+LAND+SEA TRAVEL, Inc. TOWER BUILDING "One Call Does Al1"...375-5335 AIR LINE HOTEL- RENT- A- CAR- RAIL- BUS STEAMSHIP TOURS AND CRUISES . . . Escorted or inde- Iendent to suit your personal plans. For TRAVEL everywhere. • • and for travel SERVICE anywhere At 8:00 in the morning, David and Laurie James, Jim and Pat Grabher, Sister Annella, Sister Priscilla, Mother Teresa and I began the most exciting and I think, the most historic day in the religious life of the Diocese of Little Rock. We were gently guarded by the police who escorted us to our various destinations. We were ably followed by the media. We rode through some of the poor sections of Little Rock. We passed the abortion clinic along the way. We then went to Abba House. More than a hundred men, women and children enthusiastically greeted us. Mother Teresa took a walk through the house from the inside, I could hear the people praying the rosary and singing hymns. We went out on a little balcony and joined them in the rosary. Then, the earth stood still. In a very simple, unassuming way, Mother Teresa proclaimed, "Gold and silver I have none. That which I have I give to you. I will send my sisters to Little Rock and together with you, we will make something beautiful for God." Voices ascended powerfully to the throne of GOd in praise, in glory and in thanksgiving. Tears flowed generously. People hugged their children. Others danced on the lawn with joy and enthusiasm. AFTER MORE visiting with the crowd and in the second house next to Abba, we went to Channel II for the press conference. Mr. Bob Brown of Channel II graciously opened his studios for all members of the media. Mother Teresa in a very gentle but beautiful way responded to all of the questions asked. Shortly before 12:00, we went to the Cathedral for a short visit to the Mother Church and then to the rectory for lunch and rest. Along the way, a lady said to me, "Bishop, I'm sorry you have a cold." I said, "Lady, I don't have a cold. I cry every time that gentle little woman says something. Her words come right from her heai't and they take on a meaning that has penetrated my own heart." After lunch, we got into the van and drove to Ray Winder Field. I suppose my name should have been "Thomas the doubter." I anticipated no more than a thousand people at 2:00 on a June afternoon. Fifty five hundred people were packed into the stands at Ray Winder Field. They came from neighboring states and from all parts of Arkansas. The prayer service was a beautiful uplifting of our minds and hearts in song and in scripture to God Our Father. Mother Teresa held us spellbound for twenty five minutes. Then, she gently mingled with as many people as possible. At .4:00, we got back into the van and she immediately asked that we begin the rosary. From the stadium to the airport, we offered two rosaries. A suite was set aside for her at the airport where she again patiently visited with anyone who came along. Around 4:30, she boarded American Airlines with the gentle Sister Priscilla to go to the west coast. Hardly was she on the airplane when a little boy came up to me looking for her. He wanted to have his picture taken with her. I could not help but smile when he asked, "Is Mother Teresa loaded?" In the evening, we rested and reflected upon all that had happened to us this day. Over and over in our minds we heard the quotation: "This is the day the Lord has made; let us be.glad and rejoice." EAR.Y FRIDAY morning, Mother Teresa Continued from Pg. 1 Grabbers could show her the facilities and discuss prospects of Mother Teresa's Sisters coming to staff it. While the group was con- ferring, those waiting outside were led in hymns and a Rosary by John Hartneny.. Toward the end of the Rosary, the van group ap- peared on an upstairs balcony and took part in the com- pletion. Then Mother Teresa raised her arms and spoke. "I don't have gold or silver to give you, but I give you my Sisters," she said in her ac- cented low voice to the hushed' crowd. "I hope together we can do something really beautiful for GOd," she added. Pat and Jim Grabher em- braced in joy on hearing her say she would staff the house. Later, Grabher said the nuns would probably take over Abba House by this winter, but Mother Teresa said, with God's help, she hoped the work would begin sooner. Following a brief visit at the Little Abba House located next door where the Sisters will stay, the group departed for a press interview at the Channel 11 television station. Although Abba House is fully paid for, the iittle house is being rented at the present time. Still showing no signs of fatigue, the Albanian nun who was born in Yugoslavia an- swered questions from representatives of the newspaper, radio and television media. Following a prayer and introduction by Bishop Mc- Donald, Mother Teresa again reiterated her words, "Together I hope we will be able to do something good for God." Answering a question, she replied in her accented voice, "Poor people at the end of their life are hungry for love and to be wanted. That's why I started my order. If you do something for someone, you will receive God's love in your heart." Throughout all of her answers, the theme of love was stressed. "Anyone can feel like a saint," she replied to another query. "Anyone can be holy and wonderful if their hearts are clean...Everyone has an opportunity to follow Him. I feel this even as I am sitting here." Asked about her recognition by receiving the Nobel prize, she said, "I accepted it for the glory of God and in the name of the poor." With a roguish smile, she continued, "I was See Mother on Pg. 4 i Thank You I THANK YOU, Lord, for the gift of Mother Teresa and her sisters. Untold numbers of priests, religious, lay leaders gave full cooperation in the planning of Mother Teresa's visit. Those same priests, religious, lay people carried out the plans to perfection. In prayer, I lift you up to Our Father through Jesus. Thank vou. thank you, ,ho.k v.,, . trait,.., o . Your bishop and friend, + Andrew J. McDonald I went to St. Vincent's In- firmary Chapel to offer Mass for the devoted members of the Serra Club. Monsignor O'Connell concelebrated. We enjoyed breakfast and I recounted for them different events in my life since I have come to Arkansas. At 9:00, I went to Mount Saint Mary's and offered the first Mass in the chapel for the sick and retired Sisters of Mercy. I was able to tell them that Mother Teresa would feel com- fortable among them because they have achieved so much for the Lord in a very humble unassuming way. That is what she wanted. It was the world who acclaimed her. She uses that acclaim to bring greater glory to GOd. Saturday was a day of history also in our diocese. At 11:00 in the morning, with some forty priests present and all members of the Althoff family and many relatives and friends, we marched down the aisle of the Cathedral for the ordination of Don Althoff to the Priest- hood. I commended this young man to Mary the Mother of Jesus and the Mother of Priests. It is my prayer that he will have many fruitful years laboring for souls throughout the State of Arkansas. AFTER THE ordination, I took Father Anthony Sauerwein who is a classmate and who is our Priests' Retreat Master to Rebsamen Park for a few holes of golf. At 7:00 in the evening, gladly, I traveled to St. Patrick's Church in North Little Rock to perform the marriage of Susan Wrobleski and Randy Kuehner. There was a beautiful gathering of relatives and friends. I wished for them a growth in love for God, in love for one another and in love for the children who would be committed to their care until their years would be golden. Sunday was a day of rest. Father Sauerwein and I of- fered Mass privately. He visited St. John's Center to prepare himself for the retreat. I had an opportunity to visit Gary Roll who is ill and Andrew Grummer who is sick at Doctors Hospital. In the evening, the priests and I assembled at St. John's, listened to the first conference of Father Sauerwein and heard the words of Jesus, "Come apart and rest awhile." Your friend, + Andrew J. McDonald Bishop of Little Rock STEVE PINTEIR CENTURY 21 PRO REALTY 9020 Chicot Road 5683920 888-2013 Office Home 8% BOND LOAN ASSUMPTION - Western Hills area, 2 yrs. old. 3BR, 2BA. brick with all energy features -- WBFP. dbt. gar. $15,800 equity. $497 a month PITI. BALTZ FEED CO. • • •Pocahontas, Ark. • • • Travel Two Thousand Years in Only Fifteen Days to the HOLY LAND with the Bible as your guide- book, under splritual direction of Father Kevin McCARTHY Veteran International Traveler: Pastor. Our Lady 0f the Ozarks Shrine. 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