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October 2 I, 1995 Page 5 An educational supplement of ARKANSAS CATHOLIC Inquiring Minds By Fr, Francis I. Molone By Barbara Minczewski their lives, they are not worshiped or DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION adored. They are models of faith, ex- amples of how to live as disciples of Jesus, As the feast of All Saints Day ap-living and practicing Christian values. proaches, now is the time to spend r ~rne time discussing the role of saints ] aints remind us of our our Catholic heritage. A saint is a "dis- / i c iple who has lived a-life of exemplary purpose as a Christian hdelity to the Lord A patron saint pro- to love God and one trJ:d rides a model of charity; we are assured :r, ?f their intercession." ("Catechism of the another until we meet er Catholic 2156) face to face. T Armed with a child's version of the en Commandments, pupils made a tally he.n they recognized an offense such as vkt ttmg other things before God, using Lord's name in vain, disrespect for (killing or hurting others), dis:respect A saint is a holy person who has been [ L recognized and honored for wimessing [ /~ ~7..~"~ |~. ~[~7:~ ry their lives the God News fJesus the [ :t. Christ. In the early Church only those [ [ I J }~rj LI~ ~ ~!1 w ho gave their lives for Christ (martyrs) ere honored as saints. The process by l A I/" | k"J | l- es i Which a person is formally declared a [ I e, , saint is called canonization. The Coin- I d . Union of Saints is the community of I me holy, the union of all who share life Saints remind us of Our purpose as a ha Christ, those who are riving and those Christian to love God and one another Who have already entered the next life. until we meet God face to face. In our i! From the first centuries Christians prayed families and catechetical programs we for their brothers and sisters who died need to spend time telling the stories of aZld also sou ht their ra ers saints, man textbook series have these o. g P Y Y ~- oamts are honored for how they lived stories in the handbook section of the 8art Simpson did it, why can't I? Teacher: Television violence influences actions ~f ~Y Bob Zyskowski for parents, stealing, not telling the truth g" CATHOLIc NEWS SERVICE and other sins. d One student, for e ple, after watch- GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. (CNS) ing "Animaniacs and Looney Tunes," hird-graders at Parkvalley Catholic had 55 tallies in the space after the Fifth nool in the Minneapolis suburb ofCommandment, all instances of cartoon s C !den Valley measured TV violence last characters hurting one another. prmg usin the Ten Commandments That weekend, the third-graders had ds their guide, wimessed every commandment being h Teacher Stephanie Nierenhausen had broken --- most several times, some many ,er StUdents chart what they saw on their times. t home one weekend while theyMs. Nierenhausen said she sees how d. her students replicate TV violence. "I'd suspected that some of the things kids were doing and some of the com- ments they were making were things they picked up from TV," she said, "but I See Television page 8. text. There are many other good re- sources available, such as "Saints of the Day: Lives and Lessons for Saints and Feasts of the New Missal," Revised Edi- tion, edited by Leonard Foley, OFM, St. Anthony Messenger Press. Catholic children should be encour- aged to dress up for All Hallows Eve as a saint or biblical character that they would like to be like, rather than as a negative character that we as Christians would not want to model. Parishes might want to consider having a All Hallows Eve Party, that will prepare for the Feast of All Saints. This is a special time to remember and celebrate our Catholic he- roes, and pray for the strength to witness our Catholic faith in todays world as our Holy Father called us to during his re- cent visit to this country. All Hallow's Eve A celebration much like our Hallow- een, with bonfires and feasting on apples, nuts and harvest fruits was part of pagan worship for centuries. The Britons cel- ebrated in honor of their sun god with See Celebration page 8 CNS photo by Michael Fitzgerald, Catholic Bulledn Stephanie Nierenhausen had her stu- dents measure violence on T.V. using the Ten Commandments as guidelines. What are the roles of saints? There was a time in our formal Jk Catholic education when we were taught that the Church is made up of three groups of people: the "Church militant, the Church suffer- ing and the Church triumphant." Although we do not hear these terms being used today, they are very much a part of who we are as the Body of Christ, especially in the lit- urgy of the Church. The Church Triumphant are the saints who have made the journey through this earthly life, lived very good and holy lives and now enjoy the perfection of heaven, the vision of seeing Jesus face-to-face. For cen- l turies the Church has made use of the Christian example of these men and women, even children as mod- els for our lives. We have the custom of giving our children a Christian name when they are baptized. If such a name is not given in baptism, it is taken by the individual when they are confirmed. Throughout the year the Church's calendar is marked with special days when we remember a particular saint, esl~ecially Mary, the Mother of Jesus. We '~enerate" or honor the saints on such days, we pray to the Lord by their intercession, and we ask that the Lord will help us to be more like them. On such days we are reminded of what they did when they were here on earth, the suffer- ings they endured, the example they See Saints page 8 y n,.e 3 en This beautiful 7" plate features two praying hands in front of a peaceful flowered setting. It is made i: of genuine porcelain in shades of blue on a white ' background. It can be hung on the wall or displayed on the enclosed easel. Order extras for Christmas giving! ($10.95 + $2.80 S&H) :. 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