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PAGE 6 THE GUARDIAN, NOVEMBER 8, 1974 Hatred Causes Wounds and Wars Only Love Can Frevent Damage Done by Hate By Antoinette Boseo IT IS LATE summer and I find myself writing to a Town Board asking them please to allow a Catholic institution to set up a group home for eight homeless children in one of their villages. Little Flower Children's Services had finalized plans to place these children with a couple who would provide a stable family unit so that the children could get out of the institution and into a normal family-way-of life. Unfortunately, they hadn't counted on the reaction of the community, which organized to oppose the coming of such a group home into their neigh- borhoods. "There'll be eight kids with real hangups. I don't see how a couple will be able to supervise them. I have enough trouble with my own three kids," said one woman protester. THERE'S NOTHING new about this attitude. The story of you-get-out-- -of-m y- n e i g h- berhood rings loud every-time there is a mention of setting up a group home for mentally retarded adults or children, veterans, ex-mental patients, former drug addicts - any of the "undesirables" of our world. The poor are also excluded by zoning laws which prevent the building of low-income homes. Black families attempting to move into white neighborhoods still face hatred. In August 1974, a black family on Long Island moved their belongings into a newly rented house which they were to occupy shortly. Everything they owned was destroyed by the violence of people who wanted to get the message across: "We don't want you for a neighbor!" HORACE CROFOOT PHOTOGRAPHY PORTRAIT - COlVIMERCIAI- WEDDING 11-, N. Moose Phone :;54-:3408 EVERYDAY we can see the wounds we inflict on one another getting worse. The expression, "man's inhumanity to man" becomes painfully loud as we experience the realities of living. Who cares? Who wants to say STOP to all the hurting? The latest crime figures show that the types of crimes that are increasing are rapes and murders, acts of violence by man against his fellow man. I am a member of the Suffolk County Human Rights Com- mission. The daily complaints we receive are varied but have a common base -- someone is made a victim because someone else denies him his dignity. Why does a policeman, for example, have to use profanity against a teenager and hit him with a flashlight in the middle of his body so ex- tensively that the boy ends up in a hospital? Our world so often says, "I hate you!" IN FAMILIES, the violence is usually more subtle, yet the hurt is real when a brother, sister, mother or father betrays a confidence, has no tolerance for the others, or has no mellowness in dealing with the others. Somewhere in the Old Testament there's a line which hit me hard when I first read it as a teenager. To paraphrase the section, it goes on to say that the Lord has a hard time putting up with the liar, the cheat, the fornicator, and so on. But the one the Lord detests is the one "who sows discord." The troublemaker. The one who sets one man against another. The one who triggers hatred. IN OUR LIVES, everyday we must make the choice to wound or to heal. I remember at one point in my life feeling over- whelmed. The world was too big to save and too ungrateful to love. The temptation to capitulate to self-centeredness was terribly strong, until I started to visualize what a world would be without lovers like Francis of Assisi, Albert Schweitzer, Martin L. King, Mohammed, Ghandi, Jesus Christ. And so I chose to keep up the good struggle, trying at least to balm the bit of the world I would personally touch. It isn't easy to love others. Why should I go out of my way to return excess change to a salesgirl -- except that I know she'll have to pay for the mistake out of her pocket? Why should I smile at a moody co- worker - except that maybe she's bleeding from wounds I can't see? Why should I con- tinue to be nice to a short- tempered, nasty neighbor -- except that he might at least pause long enough to wonder why I return a smile for a sneer'? WHEN PEOPLE do place a value on reconciliation between man and man, beautiful things happen. In one village in my diocese, a parish council voted to turn their now vacant con- vent over to Catholic Charities to be used as a home for Missouri See Aids Missions in Peru Jefferson City, Mo. (NC) -- More than $96,000 has been raised by the Diocese of Jef- ferson City for the missions in Peru. Bishop Michael F. McAuliffe of Jefferson City said the total is $7,000 higher than last year's previous record collection of $88,380. In addition, local Catholics have given $43,000 for victims of the African drought, according to Father Donald Greene, director of the diocese's mission office. West Markham Shoppers Guide retarded adults. There was the usual community outcry, but with determined Christian action, the parish leaders worked to communicate to the local residents that they had nothing to fear. They suc- ceeded, and the ex-convent with its special people is now ac- cepted. In one of the racially mixed areas in my county, antagonism between the local police and the Spanish-speaking and black residents had become so severe that a citizens group formed and came to the Human Rights Commission for help voicing their hostilities towards and fear of the police. Out of their sincere efforts for recon- ciliation, this area formed the first Police-Community Relations Council in the county, and the atmosphere has changed completely. The police inspector who heads the precinct has established "Operation Handshake," an open-door pact betwen himself, his men, and the people they now serve with courtesy, in- stead of summonses. IF IT IS hatred which causes wounds and war, then it is only love which can prevent such damage. A hard love. A difficult love. The kind of love which demands we don't "do our own thing," not ever, if it is at the expense of diminishing another, even a little. The mandated love -- "Love one another as I have loved you." Jesus' love. ( 1974 NC News Service Hillcrest Cleaners 3 LOCATIONS 2623 Kavanau 9821 W. Markham 9501 N. Rodney Parham Rd. "WE LAUNDER SHIRTS" Ptmm 643-2889 I I ARKANSAS RENTAL CENTER 860].-A W. Markham 225-2250 Rent Camping Equipment i Chip's Barbecue 9801 W. Markham .7 a.m.- I p.m._ Mon. thrn Sat. ii i Pastoral Musings What Is Proper Education? By Msgr. John B. Scheper TRUE EDUCATION must embrace the whole man, man composed of body and soul -- man created after the image of likeness of God. Education, as the word indicates, is a "drawing out," a development of the innate faculties of man, powers placed there by the Creator himself. Proper education must be considered in the light of its goal, which is to prepare man for eternal hap- piness with God -- to teach man to know God, to love him, and to serve him. True education must build "good" men and women, and this goal cannot be achieved without God, and every system of education, not based upon God, is destined to fail. Costly ornaments cannot create a beautiful Christmas tree, unless the tree itself is well-shaped, neither can purely secular knowledge produce a "good" man. THE FATHERS of Vatican II were well aware of the im- portance of Christian education. Although the Church is con- cerned primarily with the spiritual and supernatural destiny of many, it recognizes the intimate connection bet- ween that destiny and "the whole of man's life." Let us listen to the words of the Council fathers speaking of the Church and educatioin: "In fulfilling the mandate she has received from her divine Founder to proclaim the mystery of salvation to all men, and to restore all things in Christ, Holy Mother the Church must be concerned with the whole of man's life, even the earthly part of it insofar as that has a bearing on his heavenly calling. Therefore she has her role to play in the progress and spread of education. "HENCE THIS sacred Synod enunciates certain basic principles of Christian i i Near East Agency Starts Magazine New York, N.Y. - Msgr. John G. Nolan, national secretary of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, has announced publication of the first issue of "Catholic Near East Magazine." "The purpose of the magazine," the Monsignor said, "is to bring Catholics in the U.S. and Canada closer to their brethren in the Near East by giving them a clearer insight into the history and heritage, the rites and customs of peoples in these far off lands." Terence Cardinal Cooke is President of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, the Holy Father's Mission Aid to the Eastern Churches. It is located in the New York Catholic Center, 1011 First Avenue, New York, N.Y., where copies of the magazine may be ordered. education, es applicable to formal These developed at greater special mission and a episcopal varying local (Declaration on Introduct!0n) What is Christian The fathers say: Christian has creature by rebirth and the ma child of God, he Christian education. "SUCH AN does not in the human p, maturity already Rather, the these: That as the person is gradually into a of salvation, he may more conscious of faith, which he has that he may learn to the Father in s especially through worship; that he may to conduct his righteousness and in tity of truth, new standard of (Education-2) Christian educatio on belief in is even more tha education with a religious knowledge Christian view of different. Morrilton Shoppers i [ ,= BUDWEISER. LAGER BEER I MAUS IMPLEMENT , / Otto Lienhart, Inc. ] John .eere  Sales& / Distributors imnm [ Morrihon, Ark. Phone 354-3527  Morrilton Security i ELECTRICAL SUPPLIES  Morrilton, Ark. Morrilton, Arkansas 7-UP ROYAL CROWN BOTTLING CO. Highway 64 E., p.O. Box 496 Morrilton, Ark. 72110 New Work - Remodeling - Repair   __ Morrilton Plumbing & Heating Co. HIGHWAY 64 EAST. 354-2052. MORRILTON HERB KORDSMEIERe PRESIDENT "1 __._ The First State Bank ,oo00 u, A LO,, ember Fe.: I! OCCOUto::[:gN, ARK. 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