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PAGE. 2 THE GUARD)AN, .SIPTEMBE R ,1.0, 1982 THIS PAST week has been filled with an- ticipation because I complete ten years of life and service in the Diocese of Little Rock. On Sunday, the deacons and their wives assembled at St. John's for their annual retreat. I offered Mass on that occasion and receive(i from these families beautiful spiritual bouquets. By the grace of God, I have enjoyed good health. Once a year, doctors in various phases of medicine generously offer their time and their talent for an examination. I came through with "flying colors." There was some mention, however, that I could do with less ice cream and cookies. I can't imagine how anyone could survive without such tasty morsels. In the evening, I went to Owens Funeral Home in North Little Rock to pay my respects to Michael Howard. He and another youth were electrocuted when their automobile hit a power line. Authorities estimate that Michael lost his life in an effort to save his friend. To him we can apply the words of Jesus, "Greater love than this no man hath than a man lay down his life for his friend." Join me in prayer for the happy repose of Michael's soul. Pray also for his mother and father, his brothers and sisters. How difficult it is to give back to the Lord someone who we have loved and cherished for such a brief span of time. ON TUESDAY, Mr. Norman Schmuck drove me to St. Michael's Church in Cherokee Village to celebrate the passing through death to life of Mrs. Mary Lou Rowland, the wife of Deacon Cliff Rowland. It was edifying to note the great numbers of deacons, their spouses assembled with us. Almost the entire parish family participated in the Mass. Father A1 Schneider, permanent diaconate director gave a stirring homily. Wednesday and Thursday were routine days in the chancery until lunch time on Thursday. The priests, religious and lay people of the office planned a beautiful potluck luncheon to celebrate my tenth an- niversary as the Bishop of Little Rock. Among the gifts received was a hog hat for the football season, a beautiful bar of soap in the shape of a golf ball. Funds given on that occasion will help a needy family retire long standing debts. On Friday, almost on the spur of the moment, I decided to drive to Morrilton to see the almost completed new Sacred Heart Church. I was not disappointed. Father John Burns was on hand watching the workmen put the finishing touches to the building. Within a very short time, the pews will be set in place and we will assemble in Morritton for the church dedication on Sunday, October lOth. EARLY SATURDAY morning, Mr. Sch- muck drove me to the Sacred Heart of Jesus parish in Hot Springs Village. I enjoyed a game of golf with some of the parishioners. Father Rose, fifty two years ordained, retired priest who lives in the village con- - celebrated the Mass with me. It is always a joy to be associated with the people of a parish. In the homily we dwelt upon gratitude to God for health, for the ability to work, for the opportunities given to work and raise families in love and in dignity. Together, we prayed for the unemployed and for those who would travel on the holiday weekend. In the evening, I enjoyed supper with some twenty parishioners at the Hot Springs Village Club. On Sunday morning, I concelebrated the Mass at Sacred Heart with Father Robert Kepple. Again there was warmth, enthusiasm and joy among the people. When I returned to Little Rock, I anticipated a Mass in my home chapel with friends, to be followed by supper. At 4:50 the phone rang and my best priest friend, Monsignor John Lyness in Baltimore greeted me. He then excused himself to an- swer the door. I waited and I waited. Finally, I heard his voice again and it was live and present. I realized that my friends had arranged a great surprise for my celebration. They had invited Monsignor Lyness to come to Little Rock. He was using the phone at my neighbor's home. I was truly astounded and astonished. I acted like Mary Magdalene in the garden on the day of resurrection. I kept touching him to see if he was real. We rejoiced as we went into the chapel and of- See Bishop Speaks on Pg. 3 The00@uard00an _ ,fhL fuNat. .,t lh,: Cx,- e[ t, gxk Identification No. ( USPS 853.320) Published Weekly by the Guardian Press, Inc. 2500 N. Tyler St., Little Rock, Ark. Entered as second class matter March 21, 1911 at the post office of Little Rock, Arkansas, under the Act of Congress of March 8, 1897. Second class postage paid at Little Rock, Arkansas S7.00 per year in the United States Canada S9.00 Foreign $10.0e PUBLISHER MOST REVEREND ANDREW J. McDONALD, D.D. Bishop of Little Rock PRIEST CONSULTANT REV. BERNARD E. DeBOSIER MANAGING EDITOR MR. WILLIAM W. O'DONN E LL, K.S.G. EDITOR MR. KARL A. CHRIST Address All Departments P.O. Box 7417 FORREST PARK STATION Zip 72217 Telphone I14-0340 Business Hours 8:30 A.M. to 4 P.M. Monday through Friday. Closed on Saturdays, major National Holidays and Holy Days of Obligation. Postmaster: Please send change of address form 3579 to Guardian Press, P.O. Box 7417,Little Rock, At. 72217. Editorial She uttered it as a principle during our bicentennial: She has exemplified that principle in word and deed from that time onward. Mother Teresa declared that men and women were gifted to achieve in different areas, neither exclusive, to be sure, but each clearly definable and recognizable. To women, she declared, was given the especial talent to console and to comfort, to heal and to hearten. Pope John Paul has obviously accepted Mother Teresa's principle and has sent her to Lebanon. All else has failed. Men and machines of war have reached a standstill. Whether of the gunboat or briefcase variety, they have achieved nothing. Innocent victims are wantonly shelled and abandoned to hunger and thirst. So Mother Teresa is sent by His Holiness to fulfill what she perceives to be the role of women. Her very first words, "Please let me through: I have come to help those who need it" have been the first to make sense in that Gehenna of ceaseless fire. She was sent not to dicker or destroy, not to quibble over conditions and clauses. She was sent to search out the helpless and hopeless and bring them gifts of help and hope. All the world might learn from this indomitable woman, that in choosing to employ what she sees as especially feminine, she will succeed where men have so far failed. The Advocate Archdiocese of Newark Rev. Jerome Kodell, O.S.B. Question: -- Recently, you said nothing wrong with genealogies Jesus' genealogy was given in the realize, too, that there are man genealogies in the Bible, especially book of Genesis. But what about St. words against genealogies in 1 "i repeat the directions I gave you on my way to Macedonia : stay on in in order to warn certain people teaching false doctrines and bus selves with interminable" genealogies, which promote idle s rather than that training in faith requires." I have seen many people "puffed up" if they found out important ancestors. A. -- In his words to Timothy, St. usually understood as referring to speculations about the genealogies Testament figures which some time were engaged in. The given fanciful pedigrees and made of wild legends. Besides being a time, this speculation was a fusion to many faithful Jews. paul cerned that some of his converts may this practice. There is nothing wrong with genealogy. We are human beings human history. Of course, the obtained can be put to good or Father Jerome invites from Guardian Questions should be addressed Rev. Jerome Kodell, O.S.B., Subiaco, Ark. 72865 Dear Editor: Letters to the Editor Readers Express Their Views Pleased This is just to let you know that most of us are excited and happy about the changes to be made in The Guardian. We are happy about more local news and the format changes, also. Be assured of our prayers that all will welcome these changes and that you will get many new subscribers as well as recover some we lost for varying reasons. Thank you for all you do to make The Guardian '*our" paper. Sister Mary Alice, O.C.D. Prioress Discalced Carmelite Nuns Little Rock Liquor Dangerous Dear Editor: How I wish we had more people who would speak out about the danger of alcoholic beverages like Ray Hantey and Father McGinnis. I don't go to a Little Rock parish but will wait until I'm in the Capitol City to mail this. There is so much liquor, wine and beer at our pot-luck suppers and picnics, our hall looks like a V.F W. post hall. Most of these are family affairs with children and teen-agers present. On Sunday morning when the parents wait The Guardian welcomes letters to the editor. Letter writers should strive to be concise and accurate. A letter must bear the writer's signature, but the writer's name will be withheld from publication on request. Letters will be edited to conform to space requirements and standards of good taste.. The Editors in the hall for their children to attend C.C.D. classes, alcoholic beverages are consumed. I'm not sure I agree with Mr. Hanley's statement that there is nothing inherently sinful in the use of alcohol in moderation. Tests have shown that only one mixed drink can alter body control. And are we not setting a bad example for our young people when we can't get together with others without having to drink? Do we have to drink to have a good time? One young woman said one day after a pot- luck supper that she was sick during the night because she drank too much wine. She went on to say that she learned to enjoy wine when she attended a Marriage Encounter weekend. A Reader Little Rock Expresses Thanks Dear Editor: Thank you very much for the article on mydaughter , Mary recent issue of The Guardian. I and my wife were especially the headline of the article, Lord." This is indeed what we have instill in our daughter from the ning. We know that the Good Lord has very special in mind in life for cerely hope that whatever Miss America Pageant for Mary, Lord's perfect will and that Father will be glorified. Thanks again for the interest shown and for those res Thomas I Dislikes Ads Dear Editor: Upset Dear Editor: I too am upset by the liquor ads in our Catholic (family) paper. Am in agreement with the letter Ray Hanley against liquor ads. The Guardian should not ads from liquor stores and Would like to see this stopped. my name for personal reasons. Mary Minniear Fort Smith