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TIE GUARDIAN," S'IT'J:'MiJ:R '1'7",' tt82' P}E 2 ............. THE WEEK of September 5th can be described as a week of celebration. On the 5th, ten years ago, I returned to the Cathedral of St. John in Savannah, Georgia, my home parish. I have received all of my sacraments there. Once again, I knelt in the sanctuary and arose as a bishop, ordained by Archbishop McDonough, formerly of Savannah. On the next day ten years ago, I went to the Blessed Sacrament Parish, where I had been pastor for nine years to offer a farewell Mass for the school children. During the day, I boarded an airplane and flew from Savannah to Little Rock. In the late af- ternoon, assembled with the consultors of our diocese in the Cathedral of St. Andrew, I presented the apostolic letters naming me to the Diocese of Little Rock. Canonically on that occasion, I became your fifth bishop. On the next day, September 7, 1972, priests, religious and lay leaders assembled in the Cathedral and witnessed my formal in- stallation. On that same day, Sunday, September 5, 1982, I offered Mass in the Sacred Heart Church in Hot Springs Village in the morning. In the afternoon, I offered Mass in my home chapel with friends present. They surprised me with a visit from Monsignor Lyness, classmate and friend who is presently the pastor of the Immaculate Conception Church in Towson, Maryland. ON MONDAY morning, Labor Day, I brought Monsignor Lyness to the airport because he wanted to be back in the parish for the opening Mass for the school year. I dropped by the hospital to visit Father Joe Murphy. Then, I stopped by the American Red Cross to give a pint of blood. I spent the rest of the day in quiet solitude. In the evening, however, I visited Father John Kettler who lives in temporary retirement at St. John's Center. I always visit Father John on the occasion of special and important sports events. That night, the Georgia Bulldogs played the Clemson Tigers. Before game time, the local TV stations featured the Arkansas Razorbacks. In their honor, I wore a Razorback shirt and hat. Then at game time for Georgia, I switched to a bulldog shirt featuring Hershel Walker. In both instances, lady luck smiled upon us. Georgia won that night and the Razorbacks won the following Saturday evening. Even though my op- portunities to visit Father Kettler are in- frequent, I really do stand in admiration of the way in which he accepts his health limitations and the way in which he is still ready and anxious to serve once again as an active priest. TUESDAY WAS truly a day for celebration, the actual tenth anniversary of my coming to Little Rock. In the morning, I went to Carmel and offered Mass !n the Sisters Chapel. These sisters in their contemplative way, pray daily for our priests, for all of you and for the Church of Arkansas. In the very early days of my tenure in Arkansas, I took up the practice of offering Mass at Carmel at least on a monthly basis. At 5:30 in the afternoon, almost all of the ::cc, = gc_ .-.'_'re_her :of sisters and lay people assembled with me in St. Andrew's Cathedral. The choir soared to the heavens. I chose to give thehomily so that I could express my gratitude to all of you. I used as my text, "One plants, one waters, but it is God Who gives the growth." Then I was able to thank God for the marvelous con- tribution made to the life of the Church through my predecessor Bishop Fletcher, through our priests, our lay people, our religious and our deacons. When the Mass was over, the priests and I enjoyed supper atop the Worthen Bank Building in the Capital Club. From all parts of the diocese, I have received cards, letters and telephone calls. Many children throughout our schools have prepared "homemade cards." They are so original and so filled with deep love and af- fection. I take this opportunity to express my thanks to all for love and support during these last ten years. I am grateful to all of you who were kind enough to write to me on this significant occasion in my life. I only hope that I will be a better bishop in the next ten years than I have been in the first. Certainly all of you have loved me far more than I could love you. Wednesday was the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Mother. Every feast of our Mother is special in our Catholic life. The Lithuanian people have devotion to the Blessed Mother in a special way on the Feast of the Nativity. So I went to Hot Springs in the morning to the home of Father Patlaba, a retired Lithuanian priest. All of the priests in the Hot Springs area were there. Under a beautiful shady oak tree, we offered Mass for the Lithuanian people; we prayed for them; we prayed for their land; we prayed for a restoration of political and religious freedom. Following the Mass, we enjoyed a wonderful Lithuanian dinner. ON THURSDAY, the day was taken up with meetings in the chancery. In the evening following supper, I directed a wedding rehearsal for Kelly Pollnow and Rou Prince. These young people had invited at least seven young men and young women to par- ticipate in the wedding. On Friday, I bade farewell to Father John Riddell as he departed for his assignment as chaplain in the United States Navy. Mrs. McNeil who always works hard truly stayed very close to the typewriter to catch up with the correspondence of the week. Following supper, I entered the Cathedral of St. Andrew for the wedding of Kelly and Ron. The See Bishop Speaks on Pg. 3 Editorial Much more than we realize, fashions reflect our conscious or unconscious feelings and thus in their way, they tell us something about ourselves. That is why the present craze for nostalgia may be something worth thinking about since it has already per- meated many areas of our existence. It is in this sense that nostalgia can be a running away, or at least be the urge to run away; all the while, we can tell ourselves we are merely returning to something better and purer than the present. It can be an un- conscious cop-out that is com- fortably sentimental as well. There are few things that our times need less than a strong dose of nostalgia. Too many things are waiting to be healed, too many hearts waiting to be loved. There is always room for the sentimental in human life, but very rarely, and then only for a moment has it any right to center stage. Nostalgia is a kind of drug and like so many others it tends to become habit forming; what once we owned, soon owns us, what once we controlled, soon controls us. The world that has to be made worthy of men, under God, lies before us; looking back should be only a guide for going forward. The Pilot Archdiocese of Boston Rev. Jerome Kodell, O.S.B. Question: - Is tithing the preferr 'l giving to the Church and to giving of one's surplus right? Is guidance on this matter from the A. -- Giving of one's money the Church and to charities is expression of the desire to give oneself! to God. It is difficult to make a for the amount or percentage of will mean this for everyone. In practice in biblical times, the norrn t was the tithe or 10 per cent. It was come off the top, not off the bottom, t income, as an expression of faith providence and the person's him. An important biblical text in nection is Malachi 3:10. Some Catholic parishes have tithing as a good biblically-based giving of one's possessions in stewardship. According to this cent of one's income is given to the per cent to charities. "Giving of plus" misses the point God last. Jesus condemned this he praised the poor widow who put coins into the temple treasury: rich) make contributions out of theirl but she from her want has given could not afford" (Luke 21: 4). Father Jerome invites from Guardian Questions should be Rev. Jerome Kodeil, O.S.B., Subiaco, Ark. 72865 Letters to the Editor Readers Express Their Views Asks Clarification Dear Editor: In regards to your article on vigil masses fulfilling the Sunday Mass obligation: after struggling through all the Latin explanations and references, the question remains, "What time does evening begin?" If one is really serious about fulfilling his or her Sunday obligation when attending a funeral or wedding on Saturday, they need to know what time this Mass can begin. You've only further confused the issue. Please clarify. Bill Lensing Fort Smith (Editor's Note: in reply, it has been customary in this diocese for Vigil Masses to be any after 4 P.M.) Against Ads Dear Editor: I do not care about getting my views in print necessarily, but did want to express our views. They say that's what youwant. We have been harping upon the liquor ads in our Catholic paper and even have written to our dear Bishop about this. Surely, there's other ways and things to advertise. The Protestants in this town even throw the liquor parties up to our face. They didn't know I was Catholic and they said so-and-so was drinking, you know how these Catholics are. Well, you can bet I didn't reveal I was a Catholic. Now if they would have said 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 go to those parties and doings at our church. I tried it a few times and didn't enjoy how a few drinks made some people pretty mouthy. We like the new format very much in The Guardian. I liked Father Correnti's article about his visit to the poor countries. We are all rich in America compared to these poor and God-loving people. We are poor but are rich compared to them and thank God every day for His blessings. That article was in- teresting and we learned something. Also, I like the movie listing. We don't go to movies but they may be on TV some time. I just love the Bishop Speaks. I have an idea he likes to eat and enjoys it. We do, too. Our prayers are with you, one and all, and The Guardian paper, for God's guidance. Mr. and Mrs. Ed Pion Rogers Excellent Dear Editor: The Guardian's new experiment merits an immediate and enthusiastic response - EXCELLENT The syndicated material was good and will be missed, but I am sure that many of us look first for local items, then for the recurring anything about our church or any part of my articles that we will continue to find, and religion, I would have stood up to them, face often put the syndicated columns aside for to face. It was embarrassing as we don't even later reading in the stack of old Guardians saved for just that. Now there will be room about what other parishes are doing  other parishes know about our owrL See Letters on Pg. 4 The Identification No. ( USPS 8$3-320) Published Weekly by the Guardian Press, InC. 2500 N. Tyler St., Entered as second class matter office of Little Rock, Arkansas, March n, 1897. Second class postage paid M Little Rock, Arkansas $7.00 per year in the United SiaM4  Canada $9.00 Foreign $10.04) PUBLISHER MOST REVEREND ANOREW J. McDONALD, D.O. Bishop of Little Rock PRIEST CONSULTANT REV. BERNARD E. limBOS IEle MANAGING EDITOR - 0' MR. WILLIAM W. O'DONNELL, K'" EDITOR MR. KARL A. CHRIST . Address All Departments P.O. Bo  FORREST PARK STATION ZiP/,jl Telphono 684-0340 Business HO' A.M. to 4 P.M. through Friday on SaturdayS, National HolidZ3 Holy Days of Ob Postmaster: send change d A form 3579 to u- Press, PR 7417,Little