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PAGE 2 THE GUARDIAN. SEPTEMBER 26. 1969 Bishop Pens Letter on Rosary CONTINUED FROM PAGE | forming her will and actions to the will of God. During the re- cent Vatican Council, the Holy Father solemnly proclaimed her the "Mother of the Church." This proclamation very reasonably follows the teaching that the Church is the Mystical Body of Christ of which we are the mem- bers. The Blessed Virgin is the mother of Christ and gave Him His human body. She is also the one through whose intercession He wishes to receive us, the members of His Mystical Body. It has always been the approved interpretation of the Fathers of the Church that St. John repre- sented us at the foot of the Cross. Our Lord gave her to the care of the beloved disciple, and gave St. John, representing us, toher. In the providence of God, Our Lord came to us through her. The Church has told us that the best and safest way for us is to go to Him through her. St. Thomas, a great Doctor of the Church, when writing about salvation, gave an opinion that a person's true and persevering filial love and de- votion to the Blessed Virgin is, practically speaking, a signofpre- destination. "Anyone who understands the constant teaching of the Church with regard to the honor and de- votion we should pay our Blessed Mother knows that our veneration is nothing like the worship and adoration we give to God. She is the greatest of Saints but she is not God. When we venerate her we take away from God nothingthat is His due. The poor and imper- fect offerings we make to Him are made more acceptable and valuable by coming to Him through her. The value of the giR depends on the love which accompanies it. Like all sons, He wishes to see His Blessed Mother loved by us. We honor Him by honoring her. "I feel that I have a solid rea- son for appealing to you to be faithful in saying the Rosary during October. Back in 195Z, the priests, religious and people of the Diocese adopted what was known as "Our Lady's Peace Plan." This was not undertaken in a haphazard fashion. We simply accepted the promise of our Blessed Lady made at Fatima to bring peace to the world if we would do certain things. Those of you who are old enough to remember will recall how we pro- mised our Blessed Mother to try to do four things: (1) to conse- crate ourselves to her immacu- late heart; (2) to observe the First Saturdays of the month in her honor and to receive Holy Communion in reparation to her Divine Son for the sins commit- ted; (3) to recite the Rosary daily; and (4) to do penance by accepting and offering up to Our Lord the Crosses, difficulties and trials of life as a penance for sin. "At the present time, I wish merely to ask you to be faithful in saying the Rosary every day during October. If you will do this I know that I can promise you some special favor from our Blessed Mother. Sometimes you may forget It but don't feel sorry and say you cannot do it. Just excuse yourself for forgettingand go right on trying to say it for the rest of the month. Our Bles- sed Mother will understand. All that she hopes for from us is a persevering effort. "I hope fathers and mothers will try to say the family rosary with their children. Some fath- ers and mothers and grandfath- ers and grandmothers will re- member our Family Rosary Cru- sade in 1952 when Father Peyton was here to conduct it person- ally. "I believe that most of you who have tried will agree that the most serious difficulty is to find a time for saying the family rosary when all can he present. I am sure that when some families did not succeed in finding such a time, they gave up trying. "I would like to make a sug- gestion: try to say the family rosary immediately after the principal meal of the day. Just kneel down around the table, with your chair as a kind of support in kneeling for 10 or 15 minutes. It will be hard at first; but not so hard after a little practice. You can change your position by standing for alternate decades. If any member of the family is not present for the meal, or does not wish to say the rosary, he is not obliged to say it -- but let the remaining members of the family stay and say the rosary. "This is not something you are obliged in conscience to do. It is simply something you can do very freely to express your love of our Blessed Mother. We should not forget that it will Termites? Pests? Call TERMINIX! PROFESSIOH/IL PEST SANITATIOH Safe, clean, proven results There's no gamble with Terminix protection Certified Inspections Insured Guarantee Over 750,000 Customers Low Annual Rates Nationally Advertised BRUCE-TERMINIX CO. El Dorado .... UN 2-4909 Little Rock TU 8-2345 Fayetteville .... 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Sister M.Brendan's long edu- cational career in the schools of her adopted state was distin- gnished by her love of teaching and her dedication to the many students who came under her in- fluence as inspiring teacher, effi- cient administrator and counse- lor, and a much loved friend to students and their parents. A Rosary service, followed by a Scripture service, was held Sunday evening in the parlor of the Nurses' Home at Warner Brown Hospital. A crowd of friends of the deceased filled the parlor and overflowed into the halls. The Rosary was led by The Rev. Msgr. Edwin Hemmen, hospital chaplain, and the Scripture vigil was con- ducted by The Rev. Joseph N. Doyle, pastor of Holy Redeemer Church, The Rev. Joseph Murphy and The Rev. Msgr. Joseph M. Burns. The funeral Mass was offered in Holy Redeemer Church last Monday morning, with The Rev. John O'Dormell as principal cele- brant and Msgr. Burns and Father John Doyle concelebrating. The Rev. Joseph Doyle was master of ceremonies. Present for the Mass were: Monsignor Hemmen, Father Murphy, The Rev. Aloy- sius Dunleavy, and The Rev. John McDaniel, as well as Sis- ters of Mercy from E1 Dorado, Hot Springs, FortSmith, and Little Rock and North Little Rock. Pallbearers were former stu- dents of Sister M. Brendan: Dr. Jacob Ellis, Clayton Taylor, Lewis Jung, and Albert and Joe Abdalla. Father O'Doanell's homily, based on an excerpt from Ec- clesiastes stressed history, wisdom, and education. He point- ed in particular to Sister M. Brendan's role in education as a pioneer, helping to develop Catho- licity in the young in an Arkansas city which, in the early 20's, was a fast growing and booming oil town. As historically, the early explorers in the state, De Soto, De Tonti, and others, hadbrought OnUments Since 1894] yatt-Monahan] George C Wyatt J t WRIGHT -- LITTLE ROCK i Published Weekly by The Guardian Press, inc., 2500 N. Entered as second-class matter March el, 191L ,tee# office of Little Rock, Arkansas, under tim Act of March 8, 1897. at  Second-class postage paid at "# Little Rock, Arkansas. sSs # SUBSCRIPTION PRICE: $5.00 the year in the Canada $6.50 - Foreign $7.50 The Guardian is the official publication of the Diocese of Little proved its worth during the many years of its existence. hearted support of the priests and people of the diocese. With this goal, as an instrument of Catholic Action, can be achieved. ALBERT L. EDITOR RIGHT REV. MONSIGNOR THOMAS L. KEANY, Ph. D. Mount St. Mary's Academy, Little Rock, Ark. 72207 MANAGING EDITOR MR. WILLIAM W. (FDONNELL MR. AUGUSq Address All Departments P. O. Box 7417 Telephone FOREST PARK STATION -- ZIP CODE 72207 i Business Hours 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M, Monday through FridaY. Saturday, major National Holidays and Holy Days of Obligation. the Word of God to the natives and early settlers, Father O'Donnell observed, so later apostles, a Brendan, a Jerome, a Mark, and other Sisters of Mercy -- some, like these three, now reapingtheir eternal reward -- promoted and fostered education, the Word of God and the Works of the Church, as co-helpers with the pastors. Sister M. Brendan's education- ai and apostolic endeavors, Father O'Donnell asserted, were of an excellence second to none and will "shine like stars for all eternity." After Mass, the funeral cor- tege proceeded to Calvary Ceme- tery, Little Rock, where the re- mains were interred in the Sis- ters' plot. Services at the grave were conducted by The Rev. Rich- ard Davis, assisted by Father John Doyle, Father O'Doanell, and The Rev. Msgr. Thomas L. Keany. Present also for the graveside service were: His Excellency Bis- hop Albert L. Fletcher, His Ex- cellency Auxiliary Bishop Lawrence Graves, The Rev. 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