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i IN TRYING to describe what happened when Father DeBosier, a faithful priest and teacher at Catholic High, died, I thought of an explosion. A gaping hole is ripped into a wall. His sudden death at age 48 opened a gaping hole in the faculty and the student body at Catholic High. The pain of that loss has rip- pled out over our entire community. His beloved father, a widower, is indeed bereaved. On Monday morning at Holy Souls, with young men standing all around the church and the pews completely filled, almost all of the priests of our diocese marched quietly into the church for the Mass and final blessing. A lifelong friend, Father Lawrence Frederick, gave the homily. Father DeBosier had died in his arms. At the end of the Mass, I made a plea for generosity among our young people to hear the call of the Lord. Since Jesus promised to be with us unto the end of time, I believe that He otfers the call to priesthood and religious life. A generous, self-sacrificing spirit must be ready to hear that call and respond to it. If we are to have priests and sisters in the future, they really must come from among our young people. Father Joseph Correnti, Vocations Director, is well known among the youth of our diocese. We en- courage these young people to get in touch with their own pastors and with Father Correnti for further information and direc- tion. ON TUESDAY, Father Schneider and I continued our deanery meetings in behalf of stress in ministry and the diaconate program. We traveled to St. Joseph's Parish in Pine Bluff. We missed Father Leo Riedmueller who is the dean and the pastor. The sub- stitute, Father David Jacobs, extended wonderful hospitality to us. In the afternoon, Father Schneider took us through the program on stress in ministry and on plans for the continuing education of the clergy. Ladies of the parish prepared a fine supper for us. In the evening, we gathered with families who wanted further information concerning the diaconate program. In the late evening, we returned to Little Rock. On Wednesday morning, I went to St. Ed- ward's Church to offer Mass for the school children. They are filled with life, with joy and with carefree spirits. No wonder the Lord held a child up to us when He tried to get us to appreciate the qualities needed to enter the kingdom. In the afternoon, I went to Mount Saint Mary's to offer Mass for the sisters and erect the Stations of the Cross in their new chapel. We enjoyed a delightful supper af- terwards. TilURSDAY MORNING brought me to St. Theresa's for Mass with the school children. Once again, I appreciated the innocence and the goodness of these children as they joined me in offering the Lord Jesus to God Our Father in Holy Mass. In the afternoon, Father Schneider and I assembled with the priests of Central Arkansas for the workshop on stress in ministry and a critique of proposed guidelines for the continued education of priests. Having enjoyed a good supper at Christ the King, we participated in Father Schneider's program to introduce the diaconate to the families of the area. Friday was the annual meeting of the teachers in Catholic Schools under the direction of Sister Henrietta. This year, Father Tribou hosted the meeting at Catholic High. The theme was "Teaching Gospel Values in a Changing Society." As the teacher in our diocese, Iwelcomed the opporfunity to associate myself with these dedicated men and women. In the evening, I went to Carmel to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the life and death of St. Teresa of Avila. She was a great woman of prayer, a doctor of our Church and a guiding light to Carmelite Monasteries throughout the world. The GuardUan Identification No. ( USPS Lr320 ) Published Weekly by  Gurdwn Press, inc. 2500 N. Tyler St., Little Rock, Ark. Entered as second class matter March 21, 1911 &t th post office of Little Rock, Arkansas, under the Acl of Congress of March I, 117. Second cless'postaHle Iid at Little Rock, Arkansas SL0e Ir yr in I1 United SlehDs Canada Sg.N Fereign Sl0.O0 PUBLISHER MOST REVEREND ANDREW J. McDONALD, D.O. Bislmp of Little Rock MANAGING EDITOR MR. WILLIAMW. O'DONNELL, K.S.G. EDITOR MR. KARL A. CHRIST Address All DqMrfments P.O. Box 7417 FORREST PARK STATION Zip 72217 Telphone 644-0340 Business Hours 8:30 A.M. to 4 P.M. Monday through Friday. Closed on Saturdays, major National Holidays and Holy Days of Obligation. Postmaster: Please send change of address form 3579 to Guardian Press, P.O. Box 7417,Little Rock, Ar. 72217. SATURDAY WAS a day of rest. I do ask you to pray for the sick, especially Monsignor O'Connell who is a patient at St. Vincent's; See Bishop Speaks on Pg. 4 Editorial October is a beautiful month with its myriad of colored leaves and its shimmering painted skies that bring to mind the Blessed Mother. Today when this beauty is dimmed by the talk of nuclear arms, loss of jobs and a vast number of other worries, Our Lady's help is vitally needed. Throughout the world, hearts should turn to her to bring peace to mankind. The strong link between Our Lady and man, preached so beautifully .by St. Dominic, is the Rosary. Each one of the 15 mysteries, when thoughtfully prayed, holds a depth of meaning for all in the struggle to exist peacefully in the world today. The mystery of the Incarnation depicts the coming of the Savior in a troubled world. The Visitation clearly portrays Mary's kind- ness to those about her -- her aged cousin -- a vital need today. The mystery of the Presentation shows Mary's obedience to the law, an obedience so forgotten in this century. Surely when recited carefully and fervently, the Rosary leads the heart to the heart of Mary. Today when, alas, this beautiful prayer seems to be forgotten, let everyone pause for a short time each day and through the Rosary link his or her heart to the heart of Mary, the queen of Heaven. The Advocate Archdiocese of Newark, N.J. Letters to the Editor 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 Church Attire Ads Okay Dear Editor: Dear Editor: In reply to the person who objects to ladies wearing pants to church, I daresay our Lord does not look with disfavor on a lady fully clothed as opposed to one wearing a dress with spaghetti straps and-or a mini-skirt. As one with a physical disability, I'm much more comfortable wearing a pants suit and very grateful that pants are acceptable attire in a Catholic church. Has anyone searched Scripture for the proper way to dress for church services? Paul stated that women should cover their heads in church. No one has rescinded that rule, yet how many women wear a hat or veil to church? Very few. Name Withheld by Request Welcomes Change Dear Editor: The termination of Father Richard P. McBrien's "Essays in Theology" was amost welcome change. Like many ordinary Catholics. I read the "Official Publication of the Diocese" to strengthen my faith and get a "'Catholic" view of world events. Therefore. I Would like to see more of what the Holy Father, Pope John Paul It. is doing and saying published in The Guardian. 1 would also like to see the colunm, "Know Your Faith," or the equivalent resumed. Name Withheld by Request Jonesboro I would like to express my opinion on the liquor ads in our paper. If liquor ads are so bad, why do we permit ads from wine festivals and from churches that serve wine and beer at their dances and Oktoberfests as was in the Oct. I issue from Wiederkehr and from Our Lady of Good Council Holy Name Society? Do you mean wine and liquor and beer aren't the same? If we eliminate the liquor ads, Fm sure our subscription rate would probably double. The people who want any kind of liquor would go to a convenient spot instead of patronizing our advertisers who are helping defray the ex- pense of this paper. I feel that anyone who is against these ads should donate $200 per year to help keep the cost of The Guardian at $7 per year. Concerned Reader From Rogers, A Dry County Dislikes Changes Dear Editor: In regard to the Guardian. I used to love and look forward to receiving it every Friday. First. I wish the paper was like it was before the change. The News Briefs were always interesting and I ahvays knew where In h)ok in that colunm to see who the Father was to have T.V. Mass. Even Father Jerome's questions and answers are less. See Letters on Pg. 3 Rev. Jerome Kodell, O.S.B. Question: - Please tell me the behind llalioween. ! remember about 30 years ago that this "ltoly Eve" before All Saints Day. But it has been uothing more than a holiday until recently when ! many young children dress up as undesirable characters. The pretending to be these characters a 1 one youngster explain to his friends was celebrating the only night come out in public. if e have strayed so far from t hel meaning, should we as Ca and join in? Or do we need to be and perhaps stress the Christian Eve" or get away from the pagan celebration? A. -- The origins of a festival on the! October 31 go back to a Druidic rite Christian times. It began as a the celebration of the Celtic Ne November 1, which involved honoring their god of the dead. In ninth-century Europe, to observe a feast of all the November I (All Hallows) counteract the influence of the In the same fashion, earlier changed December 25 from the of the birthday of the sun to the birthday of Jesus. In the eleven November 2 began to he observed of commemoration for all the departed. Unfortunately, this connection with the folklore of celebration of the god of the dead. October 31 became All Hallows was shortened to Halloween. It character of a religious vigil in century, but in later medieval superstitious practices grew uP.' believed that elves and on that night, so people lit them away. The stories of the elves led to the modern practice treat. Most of the time Halloween Christian nor pagan meaning; a night of excitement for young family and friends; at its worst,  destruction and possibly (as occasion for Satanic ritual. be to purify it of harmful elementS- Question: -- is perjur What about in written form such tax reports? A. -- Perjury is defined as what is untrue with the knowledg e untrue." The gravity of seriousness of the matter and tl harmful effects, and on one's consent. The same holds true for written for the spoken word. There is: unique about income tax reportS, one level, dishonesty in filling same as lying anywhere else. level, the forms are an honest with the government, mani loopholes and deductions to vantage. Question: -- Can the Pope's plenary indulgence be obtained bY watch him give it on televisio,? A. -- The indulgence can be gai who are in the state of grace necessary conditions prescribed Father Jerome invites from Guardian Questions should be Rev. Jerome Kodell, O.S.II., Subiaco, Ark. 72865