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3 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC SEFW.MBER 16, 1990 Fr. Eugene Hemrlck .i. o doubt all of us would welcome a greater sense of harmony and balance in life. But how runny see that a 0re harmoni- ous lifestyle in tune with Chris- tian Principles is not only desir- able but a neces- Sary means of Agony and exodus Caring for the earth? The devasta- tion of the world of nature "results from the behavior of people who show a Callous disregard for the hidden, yet Perceivable requirements of the order and harmony which govern nature it- Self,, said Pope John Paul II. In the book of Genesis, the pope Points out, nature and human beings le: in harmony. He calls for a conver- ra of heart that will make us less atter-of.fact about nature and more COnCerned about stopping its abuse. 'us to avoid selfish indi- and to unite as families, states nations in a spirit of responsible the sake of the earth. harmony he calls for requires a moderate and disciplined one that is not based on in- gratification and consumerism. singles out the family for a irle in resolving the ecological It is in the family, he writes, that learns to respect his neigh- ,and to love nature." pope's basic principles were to family life, families would to COncern themselves more seri- about ecology, perhaps by read- it and making a conscious effort to view TV programs or attend lectures on the subject. Cutting down on consumerism would be the most difficult principle to prac- tice. In a spirit of solidarity, family members would be expected to support each other through good example. And not only would buying be curtailed and food consumed in moderation, but if the pope's principles were applied, people would make an effort to con- stantly connect these disciplines with ecology. Cutting down on consum- erism would be the most dif- ficult principle to practice. As important as the pope's message is, however, I worry that it will not be practiced. I am afraid we will tell our- selves we have enough to worry about and that such things as the greenhouse effect or ozone depletion should be left to the experts. To apply the pope's principles, we will all have to overcome the philosophy of instant gratification: Get it now and don't deny yourself. Yet I am heartened when I think that by following the pope's recommenda- tions we would not only increase respect for the earth, but more important, improve our lifestyles. "Our very con- tact with nature has a deep restorative power," the pope writes. Today, the pope writes, "an educa- tion in ecological responsibility is ur- genL" And, he says, "the ecoJogical crisis has assumed such proportions as to be tile responsibility of everyone." Copyright 1990 CNS "Bosco," from page 2 I think that when people feel deeply that they have been treated unjusdy, their underlying distress develops be- cause they feel suddenly off balance. They feel they don't have control over their lives; their sense of personal limi- tations becomes terrifyingly large. These are conditions that do great damage to one's self-image and cause much hurt. The need to restore bal- ance in one's life is so deep that ag- grieved people find themselves some- times talking compulsively to give their side of the story, looking for acceptance, approval or restitution so that they can be in control of their lives once more with their sense of self-worth restored. So basic is this need in human beings to set the record straight that theologi- ans long ago wisely stated that at the end of the world there willbe a gen- eral judgment when the truth about eve- rybody will be aired in such a way that justice will triumph: a public vindica- tion of those who were good and mis- understood, persecuted or made to suffer injustice. It is a very acceptable doctrine from the human point of view. When people feel deeply that they have been treated unjustly, their underlying distress develops because they feel suddenly off bal- ance. But most people who are hurting from a situation that has weakened their own sense of control over their lives don't really think about waiting until the general day of judgment to be vindicated. Like the man whose job was terminated, they talk, sometimes com- pulsively, about their misery, which they believe was caused by someone else, asking for some sign that says we, at least, believe they are justified. I get to hear a lot of my-side-of-the- story narrations. Hard as it is, because I understand the pain, I try to respond, giving them exactly what they need: my willingness to listen. Copyright 1990 CNS Dear Editor, Recent installation of an oversized pipe organ together with an overzealous organist at our 11 A.M. Sunday Mass is cause for me and for many parishioners of my age to cover their ears in agony with subsequent exodus from the Sunday Mass to the Saturday evening vigil Mass. I was relieved to learn ('Exploring our faith,' 7/22) that the Church's piesent specific regulations do not place restrictions on one's right to fulfill the Sunday obligation on Saturday evening. I will continue to pray for our suffer- ing priests who must(?) tolerate the blast of pipes on both sides of the altar. Frank F. Eiter Mountain Home Addiction: The Subtle Foe Causes Effects Recovery Available for $1 from: ARKANSAS CATHOLIC P.O. Box 7417 Little Rock 72217 11 X ID L @ II I G IIit [I&IWII t Fr. John Dletzen kill me or make me feel so bad I would Every lie is a gift from God. If not colunm to the other priests, I was to A want to kill myself." for that young woman, then perhaps for seek a copy from you. Would you let us recent conversation I had Her parents happen to be very ac- some very deserving and loving couples know what the rule is on this and other a Young Catholic girl disturbed me tive Supporters of the pro'life move- awaiting adoption, matters of concelebration? The subject was abortion, ment. This made me stop and wonder Pro-life support should begin at In the brief answer to which you . e youn wo : hil . g man expressed that, how many other young women faced home, not surely by encouraging sexual refer, I simply quoted the procedure She knew abortion was "morally with similar circumstances are recom- activity but to discourage hypocrisy and, outlined in the General Instruction on " if she mending or having abortions, knowing more importantly, save lives. . the Roman Missal, which is of course the religious consequence, to escape the Everyone else does not know it. What in the front of the Sacramentary. wrath of heartbroken reaction of their parents. No unmarried young woman looks forward to facing her parents and say- ing "I'm pregnant.*" The agony, the fear, the mortification must be terrible for both parties. But mistakes in life do happen and we as Catholics are taught love and for- giveness. I hope these women have faith in that and that their parents can find the strength to love by that rule. you have said needs saying more than you know. Thanks for writing. Many months ago, you answered some queries regarding precedence and procedure for receiving communion by concelebrating priests at Mass. I just finished my annual retreat. The procedures were so various that a big discussion concerning these Masses de- veloped. Since I made a reference to your As in other celebrations of the Eu- charist, many options are possible; the basic procedures and guidelines for concelebrated Masses, however, are in the General Instruction, Nos. 155-208. The various possible responses to your question are a little lengthy, but you will find them there, along with other information about concelebration.