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PAGE Z ARKANSAS CATHOLIC SEPrEMBER 9, 1990 Some 200 foreigners were executed in Liberia last week. The foreigners weren't American, and the aggression which killed the 200 presented no threat to the "American way of life," as Pres. Bush would put it. The U.S. doesn't run its engines on Liberian oil. The Associated Press story reporting the 200 murders was three inches long. In El Salvador, the government con- tinues to drag its feet on an investiga- tion into the murders of six Jesuits, their housekeeper and her daughter earlier this year. The aggression which killed the Jesuits posed no threat to the American way of life. Indeed, the U.S. sends $1.5 million a day to the govern- ment whose military allegedly killed the priests (ant Archbishop Oscar Romero as he celebrated Mass, a decade ago). A brief Congressional foray into the idea of reducing that amount in the wake of the murders died a quick death. In the Occupied Territories of West Bank and Gaza, nearly 1,000 Palestin- ians have died. Millions of Palestinians are refugees or self-exiled all over the world, including Arkansas. A displaced Palestinian people poses no threat to America's greatness. They don't own a drop of oil, or much of anything else. In fact, the U.S. sends Israel $3 billion a year - our largest single chunk of for- eign aid - to do with as it pleases. Some 90 percent of U.S. money used in Israel goes to support the military, which goes to occupy Palestinian homelands. It goes without saying that the U.S. must stand up to aggression. But the world knows that people are most likely to be saved from aggression when they are important to American economic or military interests -when the *aggression" is against what is called the "American way of life," (spelled "oil," in this case). It's a big price to pay for our Chevies. DKH ARKANSAS CATHOLIC Is published 48 Irn~ -,year, for $12 per year, by the C~hollc Dioc~e of L~k~ Rock, Arkansas Calholic, Inc., 2500 N. Tyler St., Little Rock. All 72207 (501) 664-0340 [FAX (501) 664-9075]. PUBUSHER: I~et Rev. Andrew& McDon~d, Bishop MANAGING EDITOR: Rev. ~ J. Sdmoider EDITOR : Ddxx~h HIIIimrd ADVERTISING / MARKETING DIRECTOR : Ron IL PROOUCTION MANAGER: Rtv. Jim Schr~z CIRCULATION MANAGER : Agnee Knlffig Third dau postage paid at Utile Rock, AR. POSTMASTER : Send change of address to: ARKANSAS CATHOUC, PO BOX 7417, LITTLE ROCK, AR 72217. Busi- nec, s hours ate 8:30 to 4, Monday - Friday. Clo,ed on weekends, Holy Days, and NatlonaJ Hoklay~. Offcee ate located in Morris Hall, St. John'l, Center, 2500 N. Tyler. L~le Flock, AR, 72207. m mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm To subscribe, send coupon with check for $12 to the above address. Name, , Address Parish ~-- mw am m m mm Everyone has a cause. Everyone has something they believe in so strongly that they are willing to take risks to defend it. Many people have stuck their necks out to defend chil- dren wrongly accused, risked ridicule by admitting to being Catholics, "lost friends by refusing to engage in im- moral activities. The cause that has captured my at- tention and a great deal of time over the last few years is the inclusion of people with disabilities into the main- stream of Catholic life. This interest has been sparked by my very personal need to see that my son, who has disabilities, is able to be an active part of our parish life. The acceptance and love that we experience there have led me to want to help others in similar situations. As always, the Lord used the chal- lenge of my life to call me to do His work. Since beginning this ministry of special religious education, I have met many wonderful people with disabilio They want to be accepted as they are, people first. ties and their families. It is humbling to realize the meaning of Jesus' words, "Whatever you do to these, the least of my brothers, you do also to me." In 1979, the U.S. Catholic bishops issued a pastoral statement on people with disabilities. TheY wr0te ,@e par; ish is the door to participation for in- dividuals with disabilities.., concern should be extended also to families anti, especially to parents. No family is IIIIWII()IIII Carolyn Pdckett ever really prepared for the birth of a child with a disability. When such a child does come into the world, families often need strong sup- port from their faith commu- nity." This may seem simplistic and obvious, but it offers a great challenge to us. Think for a mo- ment how you feel on the rare occa- sion that you meet a person with a dis- ability. Perhaps you are curious? Re- pulsed? Embarrassed? Frightened? Pitying? Perhaps you look the other way. Now think how you would feel if you were trapped inside that twisted body or hampered by the inability to hear, speak, see or think clearly. What would you want from other people? I have talked with people who have disabilities and heard their answers to that question. I also have watched chil- dren at play with their non-handicapped friends. They want to be accepted as they are, people first, with their disabil- ity as a secondary consideration. They know they have differences, but they are a lot more like you and me than they are different. People with disabilities are not al- ways looking for help. One who has adjusted well to a mental or physical handicap can make a tremendous contribution to friends as a living lesson in patience, determination' sensitivity and joy. He or she can als0 be an active, contributing paris member. Often, that person is on waiting for an invitation. Specifically, we need to people with disabilities to participate in religious education and adult edu" cation programs, to be lectors, Etl- charistic ministers, to help at parish socials, and especially to participate in the liturgy. Do you know a physically disabled person who would come to Mass if a ride were available? Do you know a family with a child whose handicap prevents him or her from attending Catholic school? It is up to us "able" bodied" persons to share the Good News of Christ with all people. The next time you see a person with a disability, look behind the body and see the soul created in God's image just like yours. Realize that grace alive in there even though the vidual may not be able to express or her feelings in the same way you do. Then, extend a gesture friendship -- not pity or condesce ' sion -- but genuine caring. I belie you will be surprised at how much j0y. can come into your life through be coming more sensitive to these friends. (Carolyn Prickett is the diocesan LiaisO for Special Religious Education.) Dolores CreTan While in a doctor's waiting room recently, I grabbed a couple of maga- zines off the top of my pile. I real- ized I'd chosen : two very different publications. One was Maryknoll and the other one of those slick super- : market maga- zines. I delved into Maryknoll first. It's one of my favorites and I read it thoroughly every month, learning as much about geography as Christian values and ministry. For those unfamil- iar with it, this little magazine is the publication of Maryknoll Missions or, with its more complete rifle, Magazine of the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America. Each issue is devoted to a country, continent or theme and is filled with short but poignant articles written by Mar/knoll priests, sisters, brothers and lay missioners who work with the people, especially the poor and margi- nalized. The magazine is both depressing and uplifting, depressing in the poverty, disease and lack of human rights described, but uplifting in the portraT: of faith, hope and lived Christian ues of people, who outnumber us live in the more affluent world. may live a poverty we deplore but See "Curran," next c(_l ott their hands they shall bear you up... Ps~m 91:12a