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PAGE 2 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC AUGUST 26, Injure, favor, help and please, Trust, distrust, command, displease .... The complete jingle, sung to the tune of "Little Brown Jug," is a comprehen- sive list of Latin verbs that take the dative case. And I can still remember it from my high school days. Memorization is an important part of the learning process in religious education, too. We are rediscovering it after decades of little use. But it can be abused. Once, in the third grade, I missed the answer to a Baltimore Catechism question in our daily quiz. Sister was not pleased. At In religious education, memorization should follow understanding, not replace it. recess, I had to stay in to learn the proper answer. When Sister grilled me at the end of recess, I recited proudly and confidently. Sister told me curtly that my answer was still wrong. In disbelief I blurted out, "But, Sis- ter, that's what's in my bookI" We com- pared books. I had memorized a mis- print without knowing the difference. At last I knew the right answer, but I was too hurt and angry to care. In religious education, memorization should follow understanding, not re- place it. And the passion for perfection must be tempered with mercy and compassion. Children have hearts as well as heads. AJS ARKANSAS CATHOLIC is published 48 tin'~ a year, for $12 per year, by the C~holic DiocNe of Lille Pock. Arkanus Cal~ic, Inc.. 2500 N. Tyler St.. Little Rock, AR 72207 (501) 664-0340 FAX (501) ~84-907S]. PUBUSHER: Molt Re. AndmwJ. McDeneld, Eithop ~IAGiNG EDITOR: I~L Ntwt J. Schneld~ EDITOR : ~ ADVERTImNG I MARKEllNG DIRECTOR : RmtMHall ~OUCTION MANAGER: Rmf. Jim Schnflz CIRCULiTION liANAGI~ : AIIme ThlM ck,m ~tage peJd ..t ~ Ftxk. AR. POSTMASTER : Send cl~m0e (ff atklrut to: AIB(ANSAS cAlrI.IOI~. PO BOX 7417. LITTLE ROCK. AR 7~17. Busl- n~ hou~ are 8 ~10 to 4. Monday - Frld~/. Cle=ed on weetum~, Holy D~f=, ~KI I~alonal Holdtyl. Olfl~ ue lot=ted In Mo~ Hall, St. John'= Cerae, ~300 N. TyleL Lltle Rock AR. 7"~7. To =ubacribe, =end coupon with -- I check for $12 to the above addreu. | I I I Name I I Address I I I ! Parish -- m mlll~m~mmmmmmm~lll As a member of the St. Augustine Choir, I have the honor and responsi- bility of singing the "Lamb of God" at the breaking of the bread during Mass. I must confess that most Sundays I sing "The Lamb of God" on my own. I'm not quiet enough to let the Holy Spirit within me take over. I'm too worried about my job or angry at my family to let the Holy Spirit get in- volved. Sometimes I simply fear sing- ing it, and hope the choir director will select another "Lamb of God" that the whole choir sings. Once in a while, however, I get still enough for the Holy Spirit to help me. The first "Lamb of God" may be weak, but the "Bread of Life" gets stronger. I stop seeing the people. I close my eyes; the spirit groans the "Prince of Peace," and I really don't know where IIIWP()IIIW Valefle Shue I am or what I'm doing. My hands tingle; my heart races and I shake. After one of those experi- e Martha, I'm anxious about many things. ences, I'm not sure how I sounded because I couldn't hear. The Spirit took over. All I know is that for a few minutes I'm at peace. My days are much like singing the "Lamb of God." Every so often quiet enough to hear the Holy but most of the time, like the that fell among the briars, I'm con" sumed by worldly cares. Like Marth , I'm anxious about many things. I believe that most of us suffer this "one step forward three steps syndrome. We are all struggling, ing andwandering. Our hearts always pure; our motives are tainted. We are children of God, created His image. Let us all be kind to our selves and one another. Let use time daily to go alone to our rooms pray and listen to our Lord. (Valerie Shue writes from North Rock.) WttlL ftW%f ILIf B Antoh ette Bosco athleen Cooley was supposed to have gotten married in Norwalk, CN, in June. All the plans were made, including the reservation of a catering hall for the reception. The prospe- citve bride- groom, however, called off the wedding two !: months before the scheduled date. Cooley had to notify friends, rela- tives and guests. She also notified the catering hall She and her fiance had already paid $5,800 for the reception. But, it was reported, when it came to a refund, what the owners would return was $1,350. It was a gloomy bit of news on top of the called-off wedding. But when a friend, Rinda Farnham, who would have been Gooley's maid of honor, came up with an interesting idea for how not to lose $4,450. She sug- gested having a very special party in place of the reception - a party for the homeless. - And so, the two women set about inviting 150 homeless people to their special occasion, where hors d'oeuvres, garden salad, fruit cup, stuffed chicken breast, string bean almondine, baked potato, cake and ice cream would be served. These people, who often enough go without a hot meal from one end of a week to another, were to be guests, treated in high style amidst chandeliers, pink tablecloths and band music. As a very personal welcome, Gooley's 11-year-old daughter Tara handwrote a note for each place setting which said "Hope you have a great day, Love, Tara." According to The New York Times report of the story, several businesses donated flowers and favors and pro- vided transportation for the guests. Some guests came from places such as the Norwalk Kiwanis Shelter, the Thomas Merton House in Bridgeport and even abandoned cars - their tem- porary living space. One 30-year-old mother came with her seven-year-old son; a 47-year-old homeless man who lost his job because of alcohol commented that it had been "a long time" since he had been to anything like this party. Another man was quoted as saying, "Even when you're homeless, you try and maintain some pride and idgnity. At something like this, you can. This woman did a wonderful thing. She made us feel like real people again." Farnham said, %Ve took something that was really tragic and turned it a happy day. Kathleen hasn't had to be depressed She's been too thinking about this party." ;: I just felt like shouting I read this story. Something positive upbeat truly had made the news. It was interesting to see how two women had taken a opment and turned it into wonderful for others. In the they, too, were rewarded. I have always felt that the key happy is to be able to prevent the things and setbacks that happen to from sinking into us. When pain, disappointment " misfortune get inside us, we're in depression, anger, Sadness, But if we can channel these outward, focus our thoughts and acUons outszde ourselves, then we re the way to being healed. ::: C0pyr/ght Z990 CNS W&11 i 16 AWb V,'E'IZE" TO J