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THE GUARDIAN, AUG. 9, 1974- PAGE 5 Affluence . -Pastoral Musings It Can Be the Sot( of Selftshness A Mother's Influence Or the Means of Effecttvely Helpmg Others Jo00. Sc,e,e,-- J. Pfeifer, S.J. weeks in June I a kind of schizophrenic Most of the time I with persons grap- With problems of poverty deprivation among g - Americans. several days were spent friends who might be tely affluent. =ontrast was thought ONE OF THE WORLD'S POOR -- a refugee child arrives at lunch. (NC Photo) visited them several times during my three week stay. They live in a large, com- fortable home and enjoy the Spanish-speaking men with whom I was recalled from their experiences tragic in- of hardship. One of the shared with us her experiences of up in a migrant-worker Others recounted tragic of prejudice and The deep hurt that their personal at times caused well up in the eyes of VISITS to the of San Antonio ed the extent to which remains a painful for many Mexican- citizens. What I saw and heard from the Mexican- Cultural Center was It made that millions of our LSh-speaking fellow are in desperate friends lived in San An- too, just a few minutes from the "barrios." I RETREA T$ - 1974 The Abbey Retreat, Coury ltouoo,  August Subiaco, Arkansas 72865 MEN lfi - 18 Promoted for the men of the Diocese WOMEN  October 4 - 6 Womens Retreat MIXED t  OCtober 18 - 2 Parents Week-end, Subiaco Academy November I .O Cursillistas of Memphis, TN 'Ovember 22-24 Immaculate Conception High School Faculty, Memphis, Tenn. beeember 6-8 Oblates of St. Benedict SPECIAL GROUPS KNOW YOUR FAITH Arkansas State Council  Knightsof Columbus llo ptember vemher AUgust 6 - 6 - 8 First Presbyterian. Fort Smith 8- l0 Christian Church Marriage Comm. Lab. Talequah, Okla. RELIGIOUS g PRIESTS 12 Sisters (Open to all Sisters) PARISH Christ the King Parish, Little Rock Parishes of Fort Smith Good Counsel Parish, Little Rock St. Peter's Parish, Mountain Home Parishes of Hot Springs St. Joseph's Parish, Fayetteville :Ptember 13 - 15 )slePtembren 20 - 22 b'rL?tember 27 - 29 ,,--c,tOber 8 - I0 ;'i;2.ber ,,-i3 mOber 25 - 27 a At YOUTH Palestinian school with his meager good things of American af- fluent society. Ed has a good job, works very hard, and earns a fine salary. He and Jane have six children, all of whom are attending good private schools. The oldest girl attends an Ivy League college. affluent friends are one of the finest Catholic families I know. They are intelligent, sensitive, generous. Their life-style is moderate compared to others of equal means. They have always been involved in civic, political and church projects, par- ticularly in the area of social justice. As long as I have known them they have used their considerable gifts to help others, especially anyone in need. The alternating rhythm of being with them in their com- fortable home and being in contact with the poverty of San Antonio's "barrios" gave rise to painful questions. What is the in bee. 13-15 . Immaculate Conception High I School, Memphis, Tenn. *' .MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER vember 15 - 17 Marriage Encounter, Subiaco No. 4 : PRIVATE RETREATS ENCOURAGED  etreats begin Friday evening and continue until about 3:00 e';;iSunday. Cost of Retreat is not fixed although a D,,,r, ". um of $22.00 ($40.o0 for couples) is suggested as an L'erlng for meals, lodging and Retreat. Retreats for n-ehglous and Priests are arranged for the particular ,.,v. Kroup. /iilll or write for reservations to: The Abbey Retreat. Conry :Use, Subiaco, Arkansas 72865. Phone: 501-934-2081. Director: The Rev. Herbert Vogelpohl, O.S.B. responsibility of the "affluent" to their less fortunate neigh- bors? This is not just a theoretical question. To what extent does a family have the right to send six children to good schools at considerable expense when others a few blocks away are unable even to read or write? SOME OF THE more militant minority leaders I was with would probably condemn my friends. They would point out that they have no right to superior educational op- portunities while others remain illiterate. They might question my friends' right to live in a comfortable home while their fellow citizens live in poverty on welfare. Others would argue that it is just such intelligent, sensitive, and generous families that are most needed to gradually bring about change in society, change that will improve the IQ of all Americans. Good education, broad experience, and effective social-political skills are desperately needed in the fight against poverty and injustice. The achievement of such educational, social and political skills normally demands a certain degree of financial security or "affluence." FOR CATHOLICS who are financially secure, the practical questions of how to use their finances can be painfully ambiguous. Each Christian must answer these real questions within the concrete circumstances of his or her life. However, as religious educators we need to help people become more able to make concrete decisions in a truly Christian wa_y_. _Af_fluence can be the soil of the necessary means'of ef- fectively helping others. Money can be a force of selfish op- pression or of unselfish liberation. Religious education needs to encourage people to look honestly into their hearts and examine their basic values. Personal contact with the poor and disadvantaged is almost a necessary part of that kind of honest value clarifichtion. So, too, is Christ's insistent call to share with others what has been given us by our generous Father. 1974 NO News Service ANNUALLY, on the second Sunday of May, we celebrate "Mothers Day." There are gifts, and messages, and family reunions, and mother is deserving of every expression oflove we can shower upon her; we can never repay the debt we owe her. Most children are well aware of what mother's love means to them, but too often it is ac- cepted as a matter of fact, and no or little appreciation is shown in word or action. THIS INCIDENT happened in the.classroom. The teacher was gwmg a lesson in fractions. "Mike, suppose there were seven in your family -- five children besides your mother and father. And suppose there was a pie for desert. What fraction of the pie would each get?" Mike answered promptly, "One-sixth." "No," replied the teacher. "Don't you understand frac- tions?" "I know about fractions, and I know about mothers, too -- Mother would say she didn't want any." OH, THE sacrifices mothers make for their children. Bringing up a child is a 20-year job. Someone once said that conscientious, efficient motherhood involves much knowledge and many skills. Besides cooking, hygiene, clothing, household equipment, she must know something about teaching, psychology, social relations, and a host of other things. Homemaking should be elevated to one of the highest positions in the world. The little girl asked her daddy, "what's a slave?" Dad tried to explain as best he could, and was rather proud of himself. When he had finished the little girl looked up at him and said. "Is that what Mommy is?" SEE MUS,NGS ON PAGE 6 A PRIEST IN YOUR FA M ! LY ? THE HOLY FATHERSS MISSION AID TO THE ORIENTAL CHURCH FUTURE PRIEST NEEDS YOUR HELP Have you ever wished your family had a priest? Now you can have a 'priest of your own'--and share forever in all the good he does .... Throughout the Near East each year, grateful bishops ordain hundreds of new priests trained by p.eople like .Xou ..... Their own f.,lmilie, are Catholics in America 'adopted' these seminar- ians, encouraged them all the way to ordina- tion .... In some inspiring cases, this support was given at personal, sacrifice .... How can" you begin? Write to us now. We'll send you the name of a young seminarian who needs you, and he will write to you. Make the pay- ments for his training to suit your convenience ($15.00 a month, or $180 a year, or the total $1,080 all at once). Join your sacrifices to his, and at every Sacrifice of the Mass, he will always remember who made it possible. Look at the nearest $10 bill. What is it actually" HOW worth? Only what it will buy. Today, it'will hardly TO buy enough to feed a family for two days. In the S.T.R-E-T-C-H Holy Land, it will feed a poor refugee family for FOOD an entire month. The Holy Father asks your help BUDGETS for the refugees, more than half of them chil- dren. Your money multiplies--as you give it away, alb llW COULD A MONK'S THING BE YOUR THING? Those of us who are Monks at Subiaco Abbey. a Benedictine center of activity, feel we are doing our thing for God and His people We all have gifts of talent and ability vhich God has given us The way we use them is in a communat life of prayer and work and all other shared activities We would like for you to consider the possibility that our way of life might be your thing, too why not write us for information so that wh you choose to do you r thing. Subiaco will be considered If could be that a monks thing is also your thing THE VOCATION DIRECTOR SUBIACO ABBEY SUBIACO, ARKANSAS 72865 Fo/Iowers of Saint Benedict "That in all things God may be glorified" HOLY YEAR TOURS Dear Monsignor Nolan: Please return coupon with your offering THE CATHOLIC Our Holy Father has designated 1975 as a Holy Year and urges more pilgrimages to the Holy Land. In accordance with his wishes, Catholic Near East is sponsoring weekly 15-day tours to Rome and the Holy Land at the attractive price of only $978 per person. Please write for further information. lm o CA ENCLOSED PLEASE FiND $ FOR. NAME STREET CITY STATE__ ZiP CODE- [] Please send me Holy Year tour information NEAR EAST WELFARE ASSOCIATION NEAR EAST MISSIONS TERENCE CARDINAL COOKE, President MSGR. JOHN G. NOLAN, National Secretary Write: CATHOLIC NEAR EAST WEt.FARE ASSOC. 1011 First Avenue New York, N.Y. 10022 Telephone: 212/826-1480