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"ARKANSAS CATHOLIC ....... September 4, 1999 Page 7 . ".,~ " ntinued from page 5 6 m I my brother's keeper?" Cain fr us to ponder must be asked, qsthiswhat snarled when God asked the I uld dot" .~. lk whereabouts of Abel. We might The recent interventions of our Holy phrase differently, question 'atherJohn Paul II in situations involving Capital punishment underscore a growing strength in the fabric of the seamless gar- ent of life. Contrary to its own laws and Practices, no society has a right greater than the Author of life. That is why we abhor permissive abortion laws, that is we recoil at draconian laws of other cielies, that is why we debate endlessly Over gun control, because we see the e aamon thread of human life as being ' ore important than laws and practices ~hich flail against the dignity of the h.U~an person. Capital punishment is no : .~mrent -_ not because the criminal is ~nOcent __ but because his or her hul~ life has inherent values no one by ! right, save, God, can take from them. A wise man of God once confessed, qf I r, ~ going to make a mistake, let it be on the le of mercy ... I judge that God will under- eed mercy." If, when all is said and done, , e life of the condemned is up for ques- ' rt, we might do well to recall that the f0_ .e Jesus set the tone two millenia ago: ~r Victory over violence, not by violence ... if you will. it but our remains basically the same: "Are we respon- sible for each other?" "Yes!" today's scripture readings tell us. In the Old Testament passage, God clearly says this to His prophet Ezechiel. "You, son of man, I have appointed watch- man for the house of Israel; when you hear me say anything you will warn them for me ... I will hold you responsible. We as Christians, as disciples of the Lord Jesus, share Ezechiel's prophetic ministry. God has chosen us --- as members of His Church ~ to carry on our Lord's work in the world. He expects us m know Christian teach- ing, to base our lives on Christ's values, and to share these truths with those around us. This is not only our duty, but St. Paul con- riders that it flows from Christian love: %)we nothing to anyone, except to love one anoth- er; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law ... Love does no evil to the neighbor, hence love is the fulfillment of the law." Ifwe truly love others, we will do what we can to help them discover the ways of God. Sometimes this will be easy. At other times it becomes difficult. Who among us likes to "go and tell" someone "his fault." The Holy Father and the bishops discov- er this whenever they insist that politicians and others conform to and support Christian values. Leaders are popular only when they tell people what they want to 5cdpture Speaks Today zechiel 33:7-9 Romans 13:8-10 Matthew 18:15-20 ff W~amG0t~ hear. But since authentic prophets find themselves more concerned about truth than about popularity, they are often ridiculed and their message ignored. That does not matter; to clearly speak truth from a loving heart is the more impor- tant thing. As God told Ezechiel: ~d'l tell the wicked" that what he is saying or doing is wrong "and you do not speak out to dissuade the wicked from his wag the wicked shall die for his guilt, but I will hold you responsible for his death. But if you warn the wicked, trying to turn him from his way he shall die for his guilt but you shall save yourself." Are we our brothers' and sisters' keel> ers? Yes, in a certain very real sense. We must take personal responsibility, both as individuals and as a Church, to proclaim Christ's teachings fearlessly -- but also lov- ingly and with compassion. To do otherwise is to betray the mission Jesus Christ has entrusted to us. Father William Gould's wed@ column is sponsored by Little Rock Saipture Study. John Chrysostom John was born around 347 at Antioch in Syria. He became noted as one of the finest preachers. His surname means Golden Mouth. He became archbishop of Constantinople and cut down the expenses of the office, giving the excesses to the poor and sick. Exiled by his foes, he died of exhaustion in a forced march. John was declared Doctor of the Church and patron of preachers. His feast is Sept. 13. I999 St. Joseph Church * Conway, Arkansas SPF_AKF, R$ TO INCLUDE: Wayne Weible * Bro. David Lopez Dr. T.W. Petrisko * Ft. John Grigus Marty Rmdla Dr. Rosalie Turton Thomas Rutkoski CONFERENCE SCHEDULE 8p 17 3 p.n .............. (So 6 p.m ............. Sign in 4:30 p.m ........ Dinner Break 7-10 p.m ....... Holy Mass & youth night 6p.m ............. Speaker, healing/prayer 18 service with exposition 7:30 a.m ........ Conference Registration of the Blessed Sacrament 8:30 zm ........ Wdcome Stmd September 19 8:45 a.m ........ Rosary (Joyful Mysteries) 8:30 a.m ........ Wdcome / Music 9:15 am ........ Speaker 10:45 a.m ...... Holy Mass 9 a.rr ............... Rosay (Glorious Mystmes) 11:45 a.m ...... hmch on Grounds 9:30 a.m ........ Speaker 1 p.m. ............ Speaker 12 p.m ........... Holy Mass REGISTRATION FORM Please fill out this form and mail along with payment (check/money order) to: St. Joseph Marian Conference, Arm: Barbara Hall, I 115 College Ave., Conway, AR 72032. For additional information call: (501) 730-5188 or fax (501) 327-6607. Ermil: st_joseph Name- No. of persons attending Mdr : PhOne- Amount Endosed *Note: priests/religious invited at no charge eginrarion firr and payraent must be received by Sept. 1, 1999, or an additional $5.00 charge per person wifl be added ~.e Adult ............... @ $30.00 Students (9 to 18 yrs.) ................ @ $10.00 'ed Couple ......... @ $55.00 Children eight and under free with adult * Friday Youth N' ht Mini.ion * III I the P er of .... WOrd toCh ge Lives :!!ii!~ ~iii! le . ....... :!:i:ii Join us in celebration of our 25th Anniversary September 18, 1999 St. John Catholic Center Little Rock 4:00 p.m .......... Gathering and Remembering Ritual 5:00 p.m .......... Eucharist 6:15 p.m .......... Dinner 7:30 p.m .......... John Michael Talbot in concert This is a FREE event, however you must pre-register by September 10 to reserve a seat and dinner. To register or for more information contad: Uttle Rock Scripture Study Office 501-664-6102 * 501-664-9075 fax emil: