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I Illl /I Flannery O'Connor once said that without her rich Catholic heritage, she could not have been an author. Lesser writers pounce upon Ca- tholicism for cheap leads and inverted imagery. It's easy and readers eat it up: Another Catholic bites the dust. This week's example: The Arkansas (Gannett) Gazette's =Arkansas, Inc.", a shadowy imitation of the independent and more professional Arkansas Buai- ne . In the recent issue of the Monday newspaper insert, a writer named Joe Nabbefeld decided that the fascinating thing about Pine Bluff's failed FirstSouth Federal S & L's Howard Wiechern wasn't so much his business practice but the fact that he was Catholic (and that he has buck teeth, which the writer refers to repeatedly). No Catholic entity involved with Wiechern's life escaped Nabbefeld's sardonic pen: Subiaco Academy (which accepts =discipline problems"), St. Benedict's College in Atchison, KS, his wife (who =finally landed" a teaching job after searching for four weeks), his parents ("the family is Catholic"). The family is Catholic? One wonders if given different circumstances the writer might've written: I'he family is Baptist" or I'he family is Church of Christ." Nah. It just doesn't have the same zing. The richness and familiarity of Catholic imagery provides too much potential for writers lacking valid ma- terial and creativity. Witness how often writers refer to a freshly-nabbed crimi- nal as =a former altar boyE There isn't much anybody can do about bad writing or writers who lack respect for others' faith. But it's a lousy way to wake up on a Monday morning. DKH ARKANSAS CATHOLIC 18 published 48 times a year, for $12 per year, by the Ca~holl of Little Rock. Arkamum Catholic, Inc., 2500 N. Tyler St., Llltle Rock. All 72207 (501) 664-0340 [FAX (501) 664-9075]. PUBUSHEfl: Most Rev. Andn~J. McDon~I, Bishop MANAGING EDITOR: Rev. Albert& Sctmetder EDITOR : Deborah Hilfl~rd ADVERTISING I MARKETING DIRECTOR : gon M. Hall PRODUCTION MANAGER: Rev. Jim Schratz CIRCULATION MANAGER : Agrms IOtlttig Third class postage paid at Little Rock, AR. POSTMASTER : Send change ot address tO: ARKANSAS CAYFIOUC. PO BOX 7417. LITTLE ROCK, AR 72217. Busg hours are 8:30 to 4. Monday - Friday. Closed on weekends, Holy Day=. and National Hol~:lay=. Offices ate located in Morris Hall, St. John's Center. 2500 N. Tyter. L~le Rock, AR. 72207. "1 check for $12 to the above address. I I Name I I Address II PAGFm~ Z~ ~~S CATHOLiC S~F//~R 30~ ~l 1 ' with him a man who has alreadv becor~ s[I V II iigWiDlllllll very speoal friend" -Mr. I~.L. ~0b!l} Kordsmeier. Bob has now agreed to c0~. I| , on the Saturday morning that Ft. Louc '!ll Harold Davey Casumll which means a lot to all-of us. Now, we c#tl urdaY have a Catholic service every Satur~!t| Father. mthout us our brothers would morning ofevm other S t l[ I am writing this letter on behalf of all the prisoners who attend the Catholic Service at the Arkansas Department of Corrections, Cummins Unit. Last November, I sharedwith your readers "The Ingredients of Friendship." This year I would love to share how that friendship has grown from Mass every other Saturday morning to every Saturday morning. After writing that first letter, I have heard from the editor of the Arkansas Catholic, Deborah Hilliard, have received letters, Christmas cards and a prayer book for prisoners, from anice Christian lady. I have had the pleasure to meet two Christian gentlemen from the Arkansas Catholic diocese, Mr. John W. Heird, Associate Director of Stewardship and Development, and Mr. Ed Sweeden, Audio/ VideoProduction Manager. Mr. Heird has sent books to help us study the Bible and history of the Church. We have received beautiful study Bibles from an "Anonymous Friend." The Bibles have been a great help for us in understanding the weekly lessons. What we have learned most from our fel- lowship with Father LouisJ. Franz is thatwe are our brother's keeper, and our brother's needs become our own, because we are all on the same journey back to our Heavenly their way and without them we could never morning. [[ find the way. As an example of how much Fr. We haven't had the opportunity to ~[[ Lou cares, this all~e ? athollcFriends"whocomeint0 ][ summer before he prison system on a voluntary basis with went on his three prison ministry, but we are grateful t/ monthsabbaticalhe appreciate your love and concern. made arrange- Wejustwant the Catholic Church to 1~#[[ ments with Deacon that their presence here in prison is gro~I~ Frank V. (Buddy) andmakingadifference.Weappreciatey0U// King, who is co-di- a l I very much. It ispeople like all ofyouWt~/~ rector of Prison make life good and fun to live. /l Ministry and very P.S. Father Lou,we are glad you are bad'l/ busy and active We missed you very much and thankY!l[ himself, to make for beinga Special Friend to all ofUS.' [[ sure that someone (HaroldDav~ C, ax~llurtit~from C, rady.)'~i would come and / hold Mass and check on us. Deacon King has To attire for Viewpoint, :/[ beencoming toprisononavoluntarybasis serut 500 words with photo: I[ for over ten years and already goes to other units, but agreed to come one Saturday a ARKANSAS CATHOLIC ill month while Fr Lou was away. ~]' / spontaneous, They recognize and seize sentence- "I know our family stress the moment. We live in a culture that isgetting high when..." Most com a@. [ schedules its recreation and relaxation: named symptoms are irritability, @~ =A week from Saturday, we will have drawal, hyperactivity, lack of paUeO, fun." That isn't when we need it. lack of concentration, changes in We need a break from ongoing du- ing and sleeping pattern, headache| ties when the stress level gets high, when and other ailn ,ents, fatigue, and; '! tensions start showing up on counter- increase in kids fighting and whine| productive ways in the family. That's When a family can recognize and..,#| when we need to give ourselves permis- upon its early symptoms, it takes c0 | sion to say, "Hey, something's going on trol of the stress when it's still conff#- [ here that isn't good for us. We need lable. Other families try to tough it -- "" ~1~ / ignoring the signals to slow doWn ! some time and some fun together." look at what's important and their | And the family that is spontaneous ! {I&I IIILW ILI[I[I Dolores Curran was so tired when I came home from work," a mother told me, "and I dreaded the hours ahead, getting din- ner, doing laundry, helping kids with homework "As I drove'into our driveway, I saw my 11-year-old son lying under the tree staring up at the sky. My first reaction was anger. Why wasn't he inside doing something? =But then I felt a longing to do the same thing. On impulse, I stashed my purse and briefcase on the front steps and went over and lay beside him. "He gave me a strange look so I explained that I wanted to relax with him for a little while and asked him what he saw up there. He told me if I looked through some branches I could see clouds that looked like a train with a caboose. %Vhile we were wasting a wonderful 15 minutes together, our neighbor drove up. She looked at the two of us lying under the tree and called out, 'Did you lock yourselves out?'" I laughed heartily at her story because the nefghbor's reaction was so typical of today's fast-track attitude. If we're relaxing with those we love, something must have gone awry. I also applauded the mother's ability'to grasp a sponta- neous moment with her son in an otherwise chaotic day. In a workshop on the Two-Paycheck Marriage that my husband and I con- duct, we meet and listen to many couples who are managing the stress of work and family life effectively but we also meet those who aren't. Couples who manage well are more may give up the RENEW meeting at gallops out of control. church in favor of a game of cards, a When we recognize those early, nals, we need to stop and exar',0. l trip to the park, or a water fight. _ . How do we know when we need this? priorities. Have we really talked I. couples to .h. fol o .