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nHiggins," from page 2 light unto nations is to be Israel. To- u'd that vocation both Christians and Jews feel themselves called." What is the common calling of ghristians and Jews? The late Cardinal Augustin Bea, principal architect of the council docu- aent on Catholic Jewish relations, put it Well. Christians and Jews, he wrote after the council, "live by substantially the sarae faith (in the God of Abraham, of ISaac and Jacob) and shape their lives aCCording to the same divine wisdom." b Brotherly collaboration at every level etWeen Catholics and Jews, Bea Pointed out, is an urgent duty and one who loves God and others, the cardinal concluded, "can ever be to the fact that hundreds of ! know himl Collaboration at every ,level between Catholics and Jews is an urgent duty. Mother Earth are still ignorant of these truths and have no share in our , Flannery, first director of the Na- tonal Conference of Catholic Bishops' ecretariat for Catholic-Jewish relations, optimistic about our ability and our [iillingness to meet the challenges re- fred to by Gilbert and Bea. .... I share Flannery's optimism and sider it a great grace to have had e Opportunity to be involved in. the st-Vatican II Catholic-Jewish dialogue. aTo be sure, the sailing has not al- ys been smooth, but for all its fits atad Starts the dialogue is alive and well. Copyright 1990 CNS Small blessings November Survey Question: Should Catholics stop using Bingo as a fundraiser? [:]1 Yes No Responses need not be signed, but only this form (no photocop- ies) will be accepted. No phone calls, please. Mail to: Arkansas Catholic Survey PO Box 7417, Little Rock, 72217 Additional comments welcome. October's Question: Is U.S. interven- tion in the Gulf Crisis more a question of" Justice: 17% Oil: 83% ...the injustice is the way you repeat- edly slant your coverage of this issue. ...Thank you for giving us the human side of the story. Dear Editor: They led me along the mountain paths with wailing flute and throbbing drum to their little chapel: wood slabs held together with twine. We celebrated the Mass for a successful corn harvest, their staff of life. We burned incense, a rain-forest resin called pom; we blessed candles which they would take home. At the prayer of the faithful, all kneeled and prayed simultaneously and out loud in the local dialect. Surely The Creator heard our common prayer, clamoring for the Earth, just as the Mayan ancestors of these indigenous Catholics prayed to Tzultaka, the god of the mountains and valleys, for permission to clear the land and plant. Their ancestors understood that without permission, their agricultural ac- tivities would harm Tzultaka, who would grow angry and let their crops be destroyed. ARKANSAS CATHOLIC NOVEMBER 4, 1990 PAGE 3 Pushing on to the next mission, we skirted land-slides and erosion - the result of irra- tional use of the land. The people have no alternative but to (1) plant their corn on steep hillsides and (2) cut precious firewood if they want to eat. The better, level land is planted in export cash crops to pay the pe- troleum import bill for consumption by the ten percent of the population who pump as much gasoline as anyone in the State of Arkansas and who maintain a $20,000 plus/ year income while our mountain families are lucky to earn $1,000 per year. Their direct use of petroleum hardly exceeds five gallons per year, mostly for their home-made kerosene lanterns. The loser is Mother Earth (Tzultaka, for the people here) who must anxiously fret how she will provide for future generations of living beings. For example, our tropical forests are disappearing rapidly, along with their unstable top-soil. The frentic planetary overconsumption of petroleum is compa- rable to overuse of land here, and is as non- renewable as our top soil. What to do? Our diocesan bishop and clergy met in August to brainstorm and now we're convoking land-owners and educators in our parish for an urgent study of Pope John Paul II's 1990Justice and Peace Letter on the Environment. We'd like to hear what others are doing on the parish level in the Little Rock Dio- cese, or are we alone doing follow-up to Our Holy Father's initia/.ive? Padre Bernardo Survil Covento Santo Domingo, Zona 3 Coban, A.V. 16001 Guatemala, Central America r Dear Editor: As a Eucharist Minister at Mass hav- ing finished giving out Communion, I proceeded back to the altar, returning the ciborium with the remaining hosts. My skirt unsnapped and ever so nicely slipped down to my ankles in front of the whole congregation. "Lordl give me a hole to fall into, I thought." I tried pulling up my skirt, but my slip kept going up also. Again I said, "LordI I need your help nowl" I saw an exit behind the altar and used it. I didn't dare return, so I waited there. During Thanksgiving, I saw Fa- ther Charles Thessing sitting with his hand over his mouth snickering. I was glad I had at least worn a slip. Henrietta Hosmer St. Peter Fisherman Mountain Home Dear Editor: Regarding the Oct. 21 issue "A I.ook Back" photograph of Br. Fulgentius Maria, I would like to make the cor- rection that Brother is a CFP - a Brother of the Poor of St. Francis - and not an OFM - Order of Friars Minor Franciscan. Br. Fulgentius M. Lehmann was for many years Superior General of our congregation. The photo was taken at Morris School in Searcy during one of his visits to the U.S. Br. Joel Stem, CFP Director of Vocations Cincinnati, OH (The entire staff of Arkansas Catholic is delighted to hear from Br. Stern. The photo of Br. Fulgentius Maria circulated around here for many weeks as we tried to more clearly identify him. We knew if we published the photo of the good brother teaching the at- tentive doff, someone would come forth to identify the brother. Now, any information on the dog? -Ed.) X ID IL II I IIII II&IWII Fr. John Dletzen here are two sides to every issue I feel all alone on this one. simple belief is that God created all the "equipment" we need to our life on earth. He gave us of some If one the !er compen- we have one organ can some- be oper- on. When ley fail com- are we not of our life and allowed to die and go to our Creator? is that I cannot envision else's heart (or anything else gave them) in my body. Or a transplant bank anxiously awaiting a tragedy so that someone else may live. Does the Church take a position on organ transplants? The tradition and present teaching of the Catholic Church thoroughly supports the principle and practice of giving an organ of one's body to an- other. Many circumstances must be exam- ined carefully to determine whether or not the taking of an organ from one person and giving it to another is the morally proper thing to do. This obvi- ously may become quite complicated, since it deals with questions involving certainty of death, if the giving of the organ depends on the donor's death; physical effects on the donor if the donor is living; degree of hope for a successful transplant; consent and so on. Obviously it is impossible to discuss all these circumstances in an adequate way here. I believe, however, that your concern is more spiritual than medical, so perhaps it is sufficient to say simply that this is one application of the char- ity we owe to others. For example, one of the highest gifts God gives to us for life on this earth is the gift of time. Without that, all oilier gifts would be to some degree mean- ingless. in a sense we could say that the "time of our lives" is even more critical to our lives than a second kidney. Yet, in the time we offer them, we all give great parts of our lives to others, especially to our loved ones. We in turn receive the gift of parts of other people's lives. Over a lifetime of active love and sacrifice, these gifts may in- volve not only the time directly spent for us, but perhaps even the shorten- ing of others' lives. In other words, we give our lives to one another all the time. If something that has been ours in life can still do good for someone else, before or after death, why not? Many people have given you part of their lives already. Without these you would not be alive today. If medical science can allow us to extend that gift, even to the bodies which God has given for our stewardship, it is something to be grateful for, to use cautiously but generously. Incidentally, Pope John Paul II re- peated this position a few months ago, speaking of the shortage of available donors for patients awaiting transplants. It is a matter of Christian generosity, he said, and "no solution will be forth- coming without a renewed sense of human solidarity," based on Christ's example, which can "inspire men and women to make great sacrifices in the service of others" (April 30, 1990). (A free brochure outlining marriage regu- lations in the Catholic Church and explain. ing the promises of an interfaith marriage is available by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Rev. John Dietzen, ttoty Trinity parish, 704 N. Main St., Bloomington, IL, 61701.) Copyright 1990 CNS