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PAGE 2 ARKANSAS cATHoLiC JULY 22, The Associated Press recently re- ported study results claiming that Americans under age 30 know less about what's going on in the U.S. and the world than any generation in the last 50 years. "The Information Age has uninformed and unin- volved population," the study con- cluded. While spawning an uninformed population, the "information age" (some of us would call it the "disinfor- marion age") has spawned mega-mil- lions of miles worth of reports on eve- rything from the Greenhouse Effect to perestroika to East German economic woes to Alaskan coast oil spills and on and on. And on. I picked up a newspaper recently and, just in scanning, saw stories on Gorby, Nelson, George, Corazon and Imelda, and on global warming, S & L bailouts, clitorectomies in third-world countries, an alleged Salvadoran coverup on the Jesuit murders and "crack" babies. Never in the history of the planet have people had to keep up with so much in order to call themselves even moder- ately informed. I spend an average of six hours a day reading about current events, and I would give myself a "B-" in international affairs. So if a 37-year-old journalist has a difficult time keeping up with the world, how is the under-$0 generation, con- cerned as it is with building families and livelihoods, supposed to keep up? This global village is a complicated mechanism. Like anything else, it re- quires specialists to keep it running. Those of us who don't understand how it all works have to trust in the special- isis and the grace of God. DKH ARKANSAS CATHOLIC, Is pubhhed 48 tlmes a year, for $12 0et YUr, I~/tl~ CatNfli0 DiocNe Of Utlle Rock, Arkansas Calhol~, Inc., 2500 N. Tylmr SL, Lime Roc~ AR 72207 (501) 864-0340 |FAX (501) 664-9075]. PUBLISHER: Most Rev. Androw J. McDonald, Blehop MANAGING EDITOR: Rw. ~ J. Sohmk~r EDITOR : Debo~h ADVERTISING I MARKETING DIRECTOR : Rcm is PRODUCTION MANAGER: R~. Jim Schr~tz CIRCULATION MANAGER : Agnm Fmittig Thtrd daum postag4D p~ at Little Rock, AR. POSTMASTER : Send c~ of addmu to: ARKANSAS CATHOUC, PO BOX 7417, LITTLE ROCK, AR 72217. Busi- ne~ hours ~eS:30to4. Monday- Frlday. Closed one, Holy Da~. and N~lonal Ho~days. Offlc~ ate ~aled in Morris Hal, St. John's Center, 2500 N. Tlder, L.lille Rock, AR, 72207. rm ...., mm mB am -- mm --,. mm -.-, mm i ml To subscribe, send coupon with | check for $12 to the above address, l I I I Name , I I I I Address I I I recall a story I once heard about a lady who was invited to a very large outdoor barbecue. It was held out in the country in a Christian community. She arrived early so that she could spend the day with her Lord meditat- ing on the beautiful things in the countryside He had created. As she was walking around on the farm where the barbecue was to be held, she heard a loud squeal coming from the barnyard. She ran towards the pigpen and saw the host trying to rope the pig. The pig was being very uncoopera- tive. He squealed and squealed trying to escape his destiny. He knew his hour had come to be slaughtered. All the way to the chopping block the pig squealed and dug his hooves into the turf. Even though he knew his master was in control of his life, he fought all the way. A little later in another pen stood a white lamb. The same man ap- proached the lamb with the rope and caught the lamb. The lamb was very l)ebble Eckert gentle and walked along very quietly towards the same destiny as the pig. As the lamb was slaughtered it cried out for help one time and died. I thought of the pig. How grew and I can thank God for the nOW. I ask Him to help me be more Ilk Him, the gentle lamb. I try to reined' ber to cry out for help to my heaven]l father before I look to everyone else Shadrach, Meshach and Abednegt also come to my mind. They were pt into the fiery furnace and itwas heate seven times hotter than normal, bu' the fire had no power over them. It Daniel, chapter three, we see that thei trial gave them an opportunity t( praise God. What a victory for the Lord. The king declared their God tO many times had I be like no other, als[ dug my heels I self examine again. Are my tri into the situation defeat? I look at Jesus on the crosS[ I was in and re- i victories for God or do they end fused my master's His was the greatest victory for all] plan for me? mankind! I realize that when I How many times had I been stubborn weak, He can be strong. It is only the [ and pigheaded? I know that during the trials in my life I have grown the most spiritually. As ! grow older and look back on my life, I realize that the trials are when I that I am out of the way enough to be[ used by the Lord. It is when I truly[ die to self that He can rise up and li within me. (Debbie Eckert lives in Conway.) .__... WIIII IIIII 16 I I $II)Ii Ft. Eugene Hemdck n most big cities, skyscrapers are proliferating. As we raise our eyes up to these giant monuments to creativity and prosperity, how- ever, it can be difficult to get back down to earth and the reality of poverty. I came down to earth harshly after reading a recent Campaign for Human Develop- ment study. Among points that espe- cially struck me in this report by the U.S. bishops' anti-poverty program were the following: * The poor are getting poorer and they are younger and more desperate. * Communities of the poor are iso- lated are barren of many essential serv- ices. * Many who are working in low-in- come areas are on the verge of burn- out. Ministry to the poor is seen as unattractive by many and often there are few successes to keep those who are in it going. * The poor identified the Church "as the last credible institution" existing in their communities, yet work among the poor frequently is seen as "extracurricu- lar" to the real job of the Church. The report ends on an upbeat note, recommending that more be done to help the poor not only monetarily but through programs aimed at empower- ing them. It advocates self-help efforts which instill pride, dignity and a sense of worth in the people being helped, pointing to projects like COPS (Com- munities Organized for Public Service) in Texas, Watermark in North Carolina and the FLOC (Farm Labor Organiz- ing Committee) in Ohio, as some ex- amples of how the poor were helped through self-help programs. As I put down the report I went back in memory to a course I used to teach for teachers. In particular, it examined how a teacher might encourage stu- dents to think and to initiate new ideas, by contrast with a teacher who feeds all the ideas to the students and thus blocks student participation. The whole focus of the course was on enabling teachers to develop stu- dents who to help themselves. As sound as this practice is, howeV it does not come "naturally to people. It requires the skill of obser tion and the kind of sensitivity enables a teacher to look for the ri I Working among the po0; frequently is seen as "ex- tracurricular" to the real job of the Church. moment to encourage a student's dative, a moment that will not cram rass but will allow the student to sh It requires patience as well as See "Hemrick," next pa