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TH C-UAREAW, JULY 25, I9 PAGE 5 The Question Box "- What is the difference -n believing and knowing? The specific differen(:e en believing and knowing is "believe,, something on the another, whereas we it because it is evident to Thus we believe that anted the World because the or the Scriptures tell us Once we have figured out any limited thing, even as the World, had to have a r, we can be said to know tually, however, a clear between believing and Seldom exists in every- since we must rely word of others for much e religious sense, faith adhesion of the intellect, influence of grace, to a revealed by God, not on ac- of its intrinsic evidence, account of tile authority Who revealed it. )Ugh divine faith is always God, and can be refused the intellect prepares eception by judging that for God's revelation Worthy of assent. This the judgment of credi- and is based on the cer- OWledge of tile fact of In this sense know- cedes faith. On the other often aids and deepens ge, as when it saves us errors concerning the moral What is the origin of the "the wrath of God"? expression occurs in the Bible, especially Testament. Wrath is ed to God not only when he sinners (e.g. Exo- but also when He to just men, as in the New Testament By Msgr. John E. Murphy, S.T.D. Director, Diocesan Department of Education 2500 North Tyler Street, Little Rock, Ark. tile wrath of God is associated with tlle judgment which God will pass on the Last Day. St. Paul speaks of impenitent souls as treasur- ing up to themselves wrath, against the "day of wrath." (Romans 2:5) Wrath is attributed to God only by analogy with the attitude of av- Questions for this colunm should be addressed directly to The Rev. Msgr. John E. Murphy, Diocesan Direc- tor of Education, 2500 North Tyler Street, Little Rock, Ark., 72207. Each question must be signed with the name and address of the person submitting it. Un-" signed questions will be i mor e d. ersion which we experience in our relations with one another. Human passions have no equivalent in the purely spiritual and all-perfect Being of God. When we speak of God's wrath, we mean that He is displeased with sin as a viola- tion of His infinite goodness. God, Who is all'holy, cannot condone sin. He is merciful to the sinner who repents, but He must con- demn sin itself, and punish the sinner who refuses to be con- verted. Q. -- Is the Biblical account of the flood (Genesis 6:1 to 9:17) historically correct? A. -- The fact of the flood is historical; it is referred to as such in many passages of both the Old and the New Testaments. It refers to a local or regional disaster of huge proportions to which reference is made in pro- lane literature as well. It is im- possible to ascertain with cer- tainty which particular disaster gave rise to the biblical story. It is quite generally agreed that the universality of the flood was not absolute, but relative to the restricted viewpoint and limited human knowledge of the sacred writer who reports it. Q. -- When does a child reach tile use of reason? A. -- By ecclesiastical law, a child is presumed to have reach- ed the use of reason at the age of seven. This is a presump- tion, however, which yields to contrary evidence. Moral respon- sibility, one of the implications of attaining the use of reason, is not incurred by any one who does not understand the nature of moral evil, or by one who has not reached the degree of self-con- trol which enables him to choose freely between good and evil. Q. -- Isn't the "Confiteor" at the beginning of Mass a confession of sins? How is this related to the sacrament of Penance? A. -- The "Confiteor," as a general confession of sins, is first heard of as a preparation for confession, and a part of theopen- ing prayer of the priest at Mass. At first it was probably said pri- vately by the priest; the early liturgical books :ll speak of the Mass as beginning with the In- troit. Some time after the 10th century the confession of sins was made at the altar. The mention of the saints in the Confiteor suggests that the confession of sins, is in a general way, made in the presence of the entire Chris- tian community. Confession of sins is made more specifically only before God, as the penitent enumerates them to the priest in the Sacrament of Penance. Only this is of obliga- tion, as it relates to serious sins committed after baptism and not yet confessed. Humble acknow- ledgement of sin, and open ex- pression of penance for sin, are associated not only with the sacra- ment of Penance but also with progress in the life of divine grace which is developed in individual souls through their contact with the Church. ca i ! ,o into the face of suffering. and hard. do you see? boy? Your brother? Christ? : is all that...and more. ....... serve mankind. SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE FAITH SEND YOUR GIFT TO Tile Rtt Ieverend Edward T, O'Meara The Very Reuer#wJ John M, Bmm National Director fn Diocesml Director 366 It[fh AuemJe U 2415 No, Tyler Street New York, New, York 10001 Little Rock, Arkansas 72207 ZIP: Q. -- Is there anything dis- honest in collecting money for the same accident from more than one insurance company with which one has insurance? A. -- No. The insurance com- pany contracts, in return forperi- odic payments, to give you a cer- tain sum if you suffer an accident. The fact that you have made the same contract with other compan- ies is no injustice to any one of them. There might be an excep- tion when the contract specifies sharing of the payments for loss- es. Read the fine printl Q. -- Was there any element of superstition in the introduction of medals for use by Catholics? A. -- Devotional medals have been in use in the Church at least since the 4th century. Catholic teaching attributes no intrinsic STRANGE BU, T TRU E "'t'le-K00o00 [:ac00 io; Catho-lic"s By M. J. MURRAY f',,pyright, 3969,  (.V.C'. NoWS ,erviee ONg OF TNE OLDEST WORKING JOURNALISTS IN "n4E WORLD, H.a JOHN FEiLDING, WHO RECENTLY CELEBRATE 0 HIS C)O. TM BIRTHDAY, HAS BgEN TO Ordained One Year Former Detective Back Working Among Addicts Paterson, N.J.(nc)-- When Charles F. Grieco was a detec- tive in nearby Paramus 10 years ago, and before that as a criminal investigation agent for the Army, his work frequently involved him with alcoholics and narcotics addicts. Now he's Father Charles F. Grieco, ordained a year ago. And he has a new assignment in which he again will be dealing with the same kind of people -- but this time as a specialist in rehabili- tation work instead of criminal investigations. Bishop Lawrence B. Casey of Paterson assigned Father Grieco to be director of the Mount Car- mel Guild and its related agencies -- the Mount Carmel Hospital for Alcoholics and the St. Dismas Treatment Center for Narcotics Addicts, pioneering diocesan insti- tutions founded by the late Msgr. William N. Wall. Msgr. Wall was killed when a tractor he was operating over- turned on a sharp incline and crushed him at a farm he opera- ted for rehabilitation work with addicts. Father Grieco, 40, gave up his law enforcement career in 1960 and began studies for the priest- hood. He was ordained here in May, 1966. An assistant pastor in Morristown since then, he lost little time in returning to his in- terest in working in criminology and related fields. He became chaplain at the Mor- ris County Jail and was appointed to the Md'ri'is County Drug Abuse Committee, devoting most of his spare time to counseling and lec- turing on addiction. As a man who has seen the tragedy of addiction first-hand, both as policeman and priest, he deplores the rapid growth of drug usage in the suburbs -- ("There's an awful lot of marijuana smoking and pill-popping going on")-- but warned against overreactionin another direction. "Some parents are so afraid of marijuana that they no longer frown on drinking among teen- agers," he said. "They forget that can cause just as much ha- voc. ' FHA Okays Interfaith Housing Altoona, Pa. (NC)-- Improved Dwellings for Altoona, Inc., has received permission from the Federal Housing Authority to construct 85 units of garden type apartments in Altoona. Construc- tion on the housing complex, known as Ever Green Manor, began July 23, and is scheduled for com- pletion in 1970. According to Father John J. Lafferty, president of IDA, the $1,314,000 project involves four acres for low and middle income power to medals, regardless of whether or not they have been blessed. The wearing of a medal moves one to acts of reverence to God or to Christ, either im- mediately, or mediately, - through the sacred person or event which it represents. The medal must not be regarded as a magic charm from which one would expect help. housing. Of the 85 units, 20 per cent will be for low income families ($3,000 to $5,200) who will receive rent supplement based on family income. This section will insure an economic integration, regardless of race, color or creed. The balance of the apartments are being constructed for use by middle income families. The rent structure, which was set up by the federal government, will amor- tize the FHA loan overa period of 40 years. IDA includes the diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, the Lutheran Community, the Methodist Com- munity, the United Church of Christ, the Jewish Community and the Negro Community. The group was organized in 1968 to provide housing for low income families who were being displaced by urban renewal.