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THE GUARDIAN, NOVEMBER 8, 1985 PAGE 3 we can say, "This is the 'the Lord has made." During the morning, the Mass for the Ladies CursiUo. beautiful and lifted us the Lord. Present for the Mass were In the I invoked God's blessing upon the to Catholic High. The total cost of bUilding program was $2,000,000.00 and is no debt. Father Tribou and those with him are to be congratulated this achievement. In the evening, I John's Center to greetthe mor- Father Dunleavy and offer the repose of his soul. the rains were heavy on Mon- , Our hearts soared to the heavens as we  farewell to Father Aloysius Dunleavy. a hundred priests were present. people came from different of the diocese. The Serra Club, faithful of vocations, were present. Father O' Donnell preached a beautiful homily. evening, Sister Rosemary and I drove Springs to participate in the first of with Religious, requested by the Commission for Religious. TUESDAY morning, I offered for the Dunleavy family and bade them Joyfully and peacefully, they to their homes knowing that their has served the Lord and His people forty years. In the middle of the for the chancery staff who in RENEW. In the evening, to bring the Holy Confirmation at Parish, Conway. I enjoyed sup- the company of Father Deniger, Kirby and the other priests in the my first Mass early in the was with the children at St. Mary's in North Little Rock. Father Torres Howard concelebrated. The lifted us up in song even to the throne Again, in the middle of the day, I of- RENEW Mass in the chancery. In Mr. Schmuck joined me after his and we went to Sacred Heart m Morrilton for Confirmation. Once Burns, Father Favre, Father and the priests of the area con- The candidates were well and the Spirit indeed came upon 'Thursday was a day in the chancery. 1ST and 2nd are always days in our religious life. Friday was November 1st. We reflect upon the the ordinary people who the Lord faithfully and who are the Lord-people such as our own our brothers and sisters who have cared about us all the days life. We rejoice with them in the In the evening, Mr. Schmuck and I to St. Francis Church in Fairfield Confirmation. We directed the attention to All Souls Day, All Saints the gift of the Spirit in Confirmation. and his people received us and affection. of the rains throughout the week, T Cemetery. It for the Cathedral at noon on Day. Father Thomas offered the Schmuck and I drove to Sacred Morrilton, to participate in the Christian Burial for Mrs. Robert Abbot Raphael, a member of the Was the principal celebrant and Father John Keefer, chaplain at St. and very devoted to the family, Not Afraid." The burial took place cemetery in Center Ridge. and I moved on to the Ira- Fort Smith, for Confirmation in the late afternoon. Monsignor Galvin, Father Harris and all associated with the parish welcomed us and furnished a beautiful setting and mood for the gift of the Holy Spirit in Confirmation. As we begin the month of November, pray for the poor souls in purgatory. Both in your heart and on your lips, make your own, "Eter- nal rest grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. And may their souls and all the souls of the faithful departed through the mer- cy of God rest in peace. Amen." Your friend, Andrew J. McDonald Bishop of Little Rock Bishops' Continued from Pg. 2 reminding its diplomats that their mission is peace, not just politics. Agostino Cardinal Casaroli, Vatican secretary of state, in a homily at a Mass marking the U.N.'s 40th anniversary, noted that the U.N. Charter doubtless caused skeptics to smile at the expression of "utopian idealism." Now, an "examination of conscience" is in order to see what has happened to the earlier hopes and the commitment to peace, he said. Yet, he added, where the United Nations is concerned, "the voice of the Apostolic See continues still today to be a voice of support, encouragement, and even an incitement to do more and better." Even at the beginning, Catholic critics expressed doubts about some apparent U.N. shortcomings. One, noted by the U.S. hierarchy in 1945, was the power of the U.N. Security Council's "big five" nations - the United States, Britain, France, Soviet Union and China - to veto decisions. Another was the U.N. General Assembly's penchant for plodding debate. When the General Assembly met in Autumn, 1946, in New York, just months after its historic first session in London, Jesuit Father E. A. Con- way wrote in a commentary, "it must be admitted that no one seems to be Very excited about the event. Thus far, the United Nations have been long on talk and short on action." Samuel A. Cardinal Stritch of Chicago, one of the members of the administrative com- mittee that had issued the bishops' 1944 statement, told a 1946 conference on the U.N. Charter that Americans should support the United Nations. "We cannot say the United States is so powerful that it can exist without the aid of other nations," he said. At the same time, he added, the United Nations had to emphasize moral standards and not political expediency. "The secret of peace...is good will among men and nations," he said. "We can have peace only if nations recognize each other's dignity and rights and subscribe to an in- ternational bill of rights." Another prelate, Bishop Bartholomew J. Eustace of Camden, N.J., in March, 1946, urged Security Council members to open meetings with a prayer and display a more Christian attitude than they had been demonstrating. "How long a time must pass and what misery must be endured before these men learn that without God they can do nothing?" he asked. Paul VI, in a speech Oct. 4, 1965, marking the U.N.'s 20th birthday, also stressed the need for spiritual principles in modern in- ternational life and, in what he himself ter- med the "highest point" of his message to the General Assembly, implored, "No more war. Wa .eragain!" John Paul, nearly 14 years later, on Oct. 2, 1979, reiterated papal pleas for peace, which he linked to human rights. "Only the safeguarding of this real completeness of Dolores Curran Talks With Parents MY NIECE, who is getting married next the tastes of the individual couple. summer, asked me to help her and her young In easy conversational style, these two take man to find a book to help them plan a good us through the liturgy from working with the wedding liturgy. I was pleased that they are pastor to exiting the church. They describe taking so much interest in the liturgy itself, the various ways of processing in, of involving Often, it seems that the liturgy is secondary to faro.fly, of encouraging pew participation and the gowns, reception and other facets of to- of choosing music and readings. day's weddings. As important, they caution against pitfalls and share negative experiences of weddings Yet it is the liturgy which sets the tone for they have celebrated, little things like too- the wedding celebration. A really good nup- young flower girls who refused to walk down tial liturgy in which there is meaningful par- the aisle and had to be carried by a disgusted ticipation, thoughtful readings and moving father of the bride. music is remembered long after the dresses are packed away. I URGE couples planning a liturgy to invest Because we haven't experienced a wedding in this tape as early as possible and listen to it in our family, I undertook a search for together. Now is not too early for a next sum- materials to help couples plan wedding mer wedding. liturgies. I found there are several books but If you are a parent or friend of a young cou- the real treasure I unearthed is a set of tapes ple planning marriage, "Your Wedding called "Your Wedding Liturgy Workshop" Liturgy Workshop" would make an excellent put out by St. Anthony Messenger Press (1615 engagement or Christmas gift. The authors need to be thanked publicly for gifting us with Republic, Cincinnati, Ohio 45210. $14.95 their insights and wisdom. postpaid). I also encourage pastors to invest in the tapes and listen to them closely to get a feel THESE TWO tapes by brothers Greg Fried- for the hopes of the very different couples man, O.F.M., and Mark Friedman are pack- they serve. So often, I find the relationship ed with information and suggestions on how to between family and pastor suffers in planning design a reverent and moving liturgy to suit a wedding liturgy. McBrien  THE family has deep feelings about a song or reading and the pastor vetoes it out Continued from Pg. 2 of hand with, "We don't do it that way here," "Catholics are more conscious after the something is wrong. The issue needs to be Council of the intimate relationship between raised, "Whose wedding is it?" one's belief and one's practice," one member On the other hand, sometimes fand]y observed. "And so in the areas of personal wishes are inappropriate to a sacred liturgy and the pastor needs to explain why. The spirituality, personal moral life, family life, Friedman brothers dea] with this a bit in their social life, business life and political life, tapes but more needs to be considered. people are more embarrassed if the one is not The couple's first experience as family in normative of the others." church begins with planning their liturgy. If it There were scattered votes for the more is an unpleumt tug-of-war, it sets the tone honest and healthier handling of marriage for the after-wedding relationship with their cases, better consultation on the part of church. If they are angry at how they were bishops and religious superiors, and the treated in planning and executing their nup- renewed emphasis on the dignity of the tial liturgy, that anger doesn't disappear human person, after the honeymoon. PERHAPS THERE is more "common ground" between liberal and conservative groups within the Church than we usually acknowledge. We ought to keep searching for it, in any case. In the meantime, wouldn't it be interesting to get some of these respondents from the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars talking to one another? rights for every human being without discrimination can ensure peace at its very roots," he said. Later, at a reception, he told the diplomats that his "constant prayer for all of you is that there may be peace in justice and love." Finally, he concluded, "May God bless the United Nations." SOME PASTOP use the occasion to teach simplicity. They are upset by the amount of money involved in a wedding and adopt the attitude that it is their responsibility to teach other values. I believe this is a mistake. I, too, get disturbed at the costs of elaborate weddings, priests' and bishops' ordinations and funerals. But if it's important to the in- dividuals and families, that's what counts. They are saying, "This celebration of this sacrament is this important to us." When pastors and couples work together in harmony in planning the liturgy, the fruits are realized in an enriched relationship be.. tween them and their future church. I believe it is worthwhile to create a positive relation- ship and sharing these tapes should help. 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