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PAGE 6 THE GUARDIAN, OCTOBER 25, 1974 Pastoral Musings ..NOVEMBER 5TH, 1974, is election day. Men and women will be chosen to fill important positions in local, state, and Federal government. Who selects these people? You, the eligible voters of the United States. Such is your privilege -- such is your duty. How many of you will fail to cast a ballot? You do not have the time? One vote won't make any difference? Such apathy, such indifference on the part of good people might be the cause of so much injustice in the world. You find it easier to say: "Let George do it." And who is George? Let's listen to him: "HI, MY NAME is George. Some refer to me as 'Jack of all trades,' but I like to call myself an all-around handyman and I'd like for you to feel free to use my services in any and all chores, errands, duties which you may be too busy to perform. Anytime there is something that needs doing and you'd rather not, you just let old George do it. "My services are available to you for all the tedious, time- consuming things which you'd rather duck doing. I'll serve on the school board in your place, or I'll write to your congressman or senator for you. With me around, you can be as lazy as you like. Or you can just have fun. The more the merrier, I always say. You haven't time to vote? Let Apathy! A Dangerous Pastime By M s gr. George do it. You haven'f time for jury-duty? I have. "THERE IS NO NEED for you to concern yourself with attending civic meetings. And if you go, there is no need for you to stay for the final vote. You don't want to accept committee assignments, and extra responsibilities, anyway. You let George tend to those mat- ters. "Now, you ask, why should you leave important jobs to somebody you've never met? Well, that's a reasonable question, so let me put your mind at ease. I'm no beginner, although my name is not famous. You heard of Hitler, and Mussolini and Stalin? I made those guys! And the big- time racketeers in the United States, You name 'em, without me, thase guys would be nothing ! "Why do I want to do these John B. Scheper "------ things for you, when I am in control of the "big wheels"? Don't you see, I enjoy electing presidents for school boards and unions. I get a kick out of electing governors, senators, and even presidents. These things you used to do before you took up chasing dollars, and golf balls etc. Don't feel you are imposing. I'm glad to be of service, because in helping you, I'm helping myself. How did I get control over so much of the world? Because nobody else wanted to bother. They said: "Let George do it." So I did it. I'll bill you later. Sincerely George." WE HAVE already paid a high price. We have placed ruthless racketeers in charge of many important organizations. Wake up. Cast your ballot on November 5th. Vote for men and women who stand for Christian principles. KSKR.FA! Airing Sunday Masses at St. Agnes, Alena Mena -- For the first time in Polk County, the 11 A.M. Sunday Mass is being broadcast live from St. Agnes Church here. Radio Station KSKR-FM is carrying the program. The pastor, Father Thomas W. Keller, arranged the broadcast in the belief that shut- ins and persons unaffiliated with a church would derive benefit from hearing it. The first broadcast was aired Oct. 13, the second last Sunday. Father Keller said the final broadcast in the series will be Bishop McDonald's Homily At Motherhouse Dedication (Following is the text of the homily delivered Oct. 12 by His Excellency Bishop Andrew J. McDonald at the Mass offered during the dedication of the new Holy Angels Convent, motherhouse of the Oiivetan Benedictine Sisters, north of Jonesboro). "Then I heard someone speaking to me from the tem- ple, while the man stood beside me. The voice said to me : Son of man, this is where my throne shall be; this is where I shall set the soles of my feet; here I will dwell among the Israelites forever." My heart is so fined with joy today that I don't know where to begin. The crown of this hill is filled today with light and goodness. The trees and grass blushingly turn colors at the presence of the Lord. The birds of the air sing; the animals of the forest look on in won- derment. The Lord God has spoken: "This is where My throne shall be; this is where I shall set the soles of my feet; here I shall dwell among the Olivetan Benedictine Sisters forever." Eighty seven years ago on a cold December day, four Olivetan Benedictine Sisters occupied a two room log cabin convent on twelve acres of land near Pocahontas, Arkansas. The cabin was primitive; he future, in human terms, filled with doubt; language was a barrier. These humble begin- nings are not unlike what took place in Bethlehem twenty centuries ago. There was no room in the inn; the night was cold; the wayfarers were two, soon to become three. The stars freely took up the cross, freely suffered, freely died, and wonderfully rose from the dead on Easter Sunday. In imitation of Jesus, the old Motherhouse and hospital in Jonesboro were Nazareth to these Sisters. Throughout all of these years, young women from abroad, from Louisiana, Texas, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas and other parts of the country heard the gentle call of Jesus. To the Nazareth of our times, Jonesboro, these young women came. For formative years, they were subject to their superiors for the sake of Christ; like Jesus, they advanced in wisdom, age and grace. By worldly standards, their tasks were menial, kitchen chores, cleaning, a little farming, and maybe even a little carpentry. Beneath all of this, however, the spiritual formation was in progress -- a deeper un- derstanding of the vows -- op- portunities for silence, for reflection, for prayer; challenges to the spirit of obedience. At the same time, education, so that the sisters formed in Jesus, in Jesus' name could go forth to witness His goodness and learning in our schools; His goodness and mercy in our hospitals, our retirement homes, our ophanages. In that Motherhouse and hospital, seventy five years out I was coming to Shortly thereafter, I architect's drawing of buildings in The me, this was only a impossible dream. Then, 0 Feast of the Holy Angels I came to Jonesboro. and the Sisters drove here to see the clearing. times since, but not often as site. If it wasn't raining, cold. Will anyone of us forget the cemetery last March?  On this day which the has made, we give God for His mercy, His love. We thanks and admiration to older Sisters; living deceased whose labors made this day So many of them, our heroines are seated chapel. During the should seek them dividually and thank the Holy Bible, three mystical number. Our thanks to Community who saved, and worked for this day, Perpetua, Mother Mother Benedicta. esteem for humility to say no more. Thanks Bishop On this day, with we give thanks to Fletcher, a giant of sturdy oak, standing midst. His vision and leadership as IH Acme Typewriter Exchange Victor Gestetner Royal Typewriters Adding * Duplicating Machines * Standard Electric SALES -SERVICE -RENTALS 521-2550 408 W. Dickson - BILL WEATHERFORD, Mgr. 442-7672 1305 N. Garland * Fayetteville, Ark. 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Father Keller expressed the opinion that "broadcasting the Mass may be one way to fulfill Christ's admonition to proclaim God's word." Dr. Friend Heads Area School Board Little Rock --Dr. Max W. Friend, a Little Rock dentist, has been elected president of the Pulaski County Area School Board. He succeeds Barry B. Findley who installed Dr. Friend at the board's first meeting of the new term. Also seated were Mrs. Bruce Schratz, vice president, and Mrs. Marge Dwyer, secretary. The board's next meeting will beheld Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 P.M. in Fletcher Hall at St. John's Catholic Center. glided silently through a cloudless sky. The place was less than a log cabin - it was a stable. In that stable, the in- finite became finite. The eternal, mortal; God became man. Both in that log cabin and in the stable, God said, "This is where my throne shall be; this is where I shall set the soles of my feet; here I will dwell among you forever." Seventy five years ago, a siege of malaria almost choked the life out of Jonesboro. The Olivetan Sisters responded to the plea for help and founded a hospital here in this com- munity. Again, I observe a parallel. At the age of 12, Jesus went up to Nazareth and was subject to them. In his hidden life, Our Lord advanced in wisdom, age and grace before God and man. He worked in the carpenter shop with His hands; He set aside time for prayer. Then in immediate preparation for His mission, He spent forty days and forty nights upon the desert in prayer and fasting. From seclusion, .Jesus, the Savior, the Redeemer, burst upon a broken, un-redeemed world. He offered liberty to the captives; healing to the sick; comfort to the widow; shelter to the orphan; instruction to the ignorant. Not just to prove His sincerity, but really to mend what was broken; to restore us to the love of the Father, He Around CONTINUED A.M. with registration of delegates from the deanery's seven parishes. Lucille Calascibetta, president of the host society, will welcome delegates. Jessie Tricky of Benton, deanery president, will preside at a business meeting from 10 to 11 A.M. and will review last weekend's joint DCCW-M convention in North Little Rock. The host pastor, Father Thomas P. Reynolds, will celebrate Mass at 11 A.M. Guests at a luncheon in the Vapors Restaurant from 12:30 to 2 P.M. will include Msgr. M.F. Donovan, V.F., pastor of St. John's parish, and Msgr. James P. Gaffney, pastor Emeritus of St. Mary of the Springs, and priests of the deanery. LITTLE ROCK The Third Order of St. Francis will meet this Sunday, Oct. 27, at 2 P.M. in Good Counsel parish conference room, 13th and Jackson streets. FROM PAGE 4 A homily and Benediction will be given by Father Robert Kepple following the business meeting. Obituaries CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 Searey, is survived by his wife and parents, by a son, Brent; six brothers, Chris of near Pangburn, Kenneth who is stationed with the Army in Germany, Frank Russenberger of Alexander, and Patrick, Dan and Mark Russenberger, all of Little Rock; six sisters, Mrs. Charlotte Waddle of Alexander, Mrs. Phyllis Patrick of Florida, Mrs. Janet McKinney of Alexander, Miss Peggy Russenberger of Little Rock, Miss Mary Kay and Miss Diane Russenberger, both of Pangburn, and his grand- mother, Mrs. William Kenney of Little Rock. Burial was in Henderson Cemetery, Pangburn. ago, God said: "This is where My throne shall be; this is where I shall set the soles of my feet; here I will dwell among you forever." And now, the sun cascades upon this holy hill, the birds flutter and their songs fill the air; the cows moo; the calves bah; the deer scamper to the running waters; the trees blush in the presence of their God -- for this day God has set the soles of His feet upon this holy hill. From the oldest to the youngest sister, your mind can go back to the time when this day was a dream -- an im- possible dream. The need was obvious -- the means: money and land were not; the struggle to reconcile this need with poverty, with where the Church is today surely caused much painful and patient discussion. All of this is growth, it is human, it is behind us. In July, two years ago, I found flock helped to ,make possible. We are Colonel Olhausen, the manager for the Architects, Stuck, Frier; the constructiOO pany, Ramson: Then, spirit of holy St. carpenter, we thav Scheonborn for all h derful work. 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