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ARKANSAS CATI-K)UC JUNE30, 1991 PAGE3 The little infidels Question: If available, would you at- tend an approved Tridentine Mass ev- ery week? O Yes O No Responses need not be signed, but only this form (no photocopies) will be accepted. No phone calls, please. Mail to: Arkanm6 Catholic Survey PO Box 7417, Liule Rock, 72217 On germs and sin Additional comments welcome. June's question." Areyou am fmta/de d n/t- Ommmn/0n cup at Mass? Yes: 23% No: 77% Som a.nments fr0m 0ur rn e,x" ...the communal cup should really frighten those who thought shaking hands spread too many germs. Drinking from the cup is even more Imsanitary and disease spreading than the handshake. I believe it is truly the Blood of Jesus not worry at all about catch- hag anything from Him. People who ~ that the alcohol con- lent or a miracle from God will kill germs 0n a Communion cup are ignorant of paedical facts or have a superstitious view of the activity of God. This is most unsanitary thing I have even seen done. We do not even do this at home. Since I'm a Registered Nurse, I refuse to drink the wine from the Communion cup. I think this procedure should be banned from our Church. ...if the Eucharistic ministers are prop- erly trained to firmly wipe the cup outside and inside and turn the cup each time, there should be no problems. It's time our bishop put a stop to this practice. The casual "wiping" of the chalice (or whatever) after each person "tips" is a farce. I was astounded when I learned a few years ago that some people reallyworry that Jesus' blood might harm them in some way. Drinking from the Common Commun- ion cup at Mass is a most unsanitary and unhealthy practice. If we truly believe that during Mass the host and wine are transformed into the body and blood of Christ, why should we have a problem with receiving both? Surely, we know better than to start a practice that could be dangerous to health. Jesus did not sa) "I'akJe this cup, the same cup everyone else has used, and drink from it." He gave us His body and blood, but He also gave us common sense. I don't drink after anybody. ...this is the blood of Christ, how could it possibly become contaminated. I don't care to drink from a common cup. However, as long as it is optional, it all right with me. drink from the same cup that per- son after person in front of you has drunk from is a very unwise and unhealthy thing to do. g_, IE. B & C IE. File Dear Editor:. Your editorial [6/2] on the babrkillmg issue was an effective afftmmtion of the dis- sembling and tortured intellectual di- chotomy on the subject, particularly among the pundits in medicine, law, the media and politic One former Nobel Prize winner reasoned that there should be a threeday waiting period after birth to allow parents time to decide whether to keep or dispatch the newborn. A recent dissenter advanced a delusionmy and diversionary dilemma on the timing of ensoulment. Not to worry. That, too, has now been resolved by personal, diligent application, profound deductive reasoning and a modicum of divine direction. It fob lows birth by precisely three years, seven months, eleven days and 43:12 minutes, granting irresolute parents sutfident latitude in determining whether to keep the little infidels or do them in. Beyond that inter- val, only some radical justification for dis. carding undesirables can be entertained e.g., inharmonious coloring, ungainliness, in- compatibility with siblings, over the legal limit and caught red-handed by the game warden and the like. Meanwhile, on the home front, accord- ing to Bishop Joseph Sullivan of Brooklyn and in an off-repeated admonition by the late Fr. V' gil Blum of the Catholic League, our gravest delinquency in this sphere is the failure to teach our own. Tom Deehan Mountain Home Dear FAitor: Regarding recent articles on drinking from the cup or handshaking as a sign of peace, drinking from the cup is a great privilege for me. Christ said if you cannot drink from this cup, you cannot follow me. The cup contains the blood of Christ, it is no longer wine. It spreads love not germs. Those who are afraid should pray to the Holy Spirit, and ask for the grace to come taste the goodness of the Lord. As for the peace sign, there is no greater way to greet your Brothers and Sisters in Christ than a hearty handshake, a warm hug or a kiss on the cheek. If people were as mindful of sin on their soul as they are of germs on their hands, what a blesfing they would enjoy. E. Kierre Mardae Rev. William Gould "God must have wanted it this way." We have all heard this kind of remark- perhaps we have said it our- selves. It appears in almost every tragic situation. Life- threatening illness, serious accident, unexpected death: "God must have wanted it this way." The words are meant to be comforting. They fail tobe. Arm 1: 13-15, 23-24 * II 8: 7, 9, 13-15 * Mark 5:21-43 q can't believe in a Cod who does things like this," an agnostic friend once told me. I agreed with her. Neither can I. Our Old Testament reading puts things dearly:. "God did not make death, nor does he rejoice in the destruction of the living." Any contrary belief or statement is wrong. It arises from our lack of understanding, our attempts to grapple with the mysteries in life. God created everyttfing to be good and "wholesome". He wants all things (and that includes you and me) to be in the best shape possible. He does not will sickness and suffer- ing. The passage goes on to say that death (and "God must have wanted it this therefore whatever causes any form of suffer- The words are meant to ing or destruction) comes from what it calls W f." "the envy of the devil When we are "m his be comforting. They fail to be. possession" - when we suffer life's problems - we are experiencing his malice in some way. Ours is an imperfect and out, f-kilter world. Things are not as they should be. But they do not have to remain that way. God does not want them to remain that way. Today's gospel teaches this through the use of examples. Jesus entered our messed-up world to bring God's reign - to restore all things and make them what they should be. Through two examples, that of the woman who for years had suffered an incurable flow of blood and that of the recently deceased teen-age girl, He reminds us that "Fear is useless. What is needed is trust." Then He tells us what God's will really is: "Go in peace and be free of this illness." Does this sound too good to be true? Does it seem impossible? The mourners in Jairus' house thought so. They laughed atJesu What could he do to change the situation? "God must have wanted it this way." They did not recognize the coming of God's reign into their lives. They did not under- stand what Jesus could do for them. They muttered "Impossible!" as they left the room. Illness and death - or healing and new life. What does God really wanL I cannot speak for other people's gods, but our God wants things to become better. That is why He sent His Son among us. That is why Jesus still comes into our lives. "If I just touch his dothing...I shall get well." God must have wanted it this way1 Today's Scripture readings give a whole new meaning to this phrase. Bishop John B. Morris in his study, undated. .j