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)AGE 2 THE GUARDIAN f , ,, r , - " I I I | ( ' 'i I I WE ARE in the season for Confirmation. I am glad. To administer the Sacrament of Confirmation and bring the Holy Spirit upon our young people is a privilege. The occasion also affords me an opportunity to visit with the priests, the sisters and the people in the parishes. On last Sunday morning early, Norman Schmuck and I drove from Little Rock to St. Michael's in West Memphis. Sister Lenore had prepared the class for the Sacrament. At the 10:30 Mass, some forty young people presented themselves for the gift of the Holy Spirit in Confirmation. It was a joyful and happy occasion for all of us. After a brief reception, we enjoyed lunch at the convent. In the afternoon, Ken Thomas provided a golf game for us. The sun sinks quickly into the golden west in the wintertime. We almost could not see the ball for the last two holes. In the evening, Father Rajmund joined us and we drove to St. Jude's Hospital in Memphis to visit Glen Weinsenfels, a young nine-year-old from Scranton, Arkansas. I welcomed the opportunity to be with his parents, Charles and Mary Ann, with Glen and to offer a blessing. Then we returned to West Memphis for supper and a good night's rest. ON MONDAY morning, the school children assembled in St. Michael's and I offered Mass for them and with them. After breakfast, we drove back to Little Rock. I was hardly in the chancery when Martha McNeil advised me to go to the Baptist Medical Center because my friend, Gerald ZBruich was near death. I-.joined his wife, his brothers and sisters for the last half hour of life. Then quietly Gerald passed through death to life. He leaves a wife and three small boys. TUESDAY WAS'* an historic day for Arkansas and for our diocese. During the ten years of my life in the diocese, I along with priests, sisters and lay people have been associated with the Arkansas Council of Churches. In those areas where we could work together, we welcomed the opportunity to do so. For a year, a committee has worked to revise the Constitution of the Council, change its name and broaden its mem- bership. At 10:00 in the morning, some seventy-five representatives assembled in NOVEMBER 19, 1982 The00Guard00an Identification No. (USPS 153-320) Published Weakly by the Guardian Press, Inc. 2$00 N. Tyler St., Little Rock, Ark. Entered as second class matter March 21, 1911 at the post beloved office of Little Reck, Arkansas, under the Act of Congress of March $, 1897. Second class postage paid at Little Rock, Arkansas S7.00 per year in the United States anacla $9.00 Foreign S10.00 PUBLISHER MOST REVEREND ANDREW J. McDONALD, O.O. Bishop of Little Rock MANAGING EDITOR MR. WILLIAM W. O'DONNELL, K.S.G. PRI EST.COUNSELOR VERY REVEREND JOHN W. KORDSMEI ER, V.F. ,I EDITOR MR. KARL A. CHRIST Trinity Episcopal Cathedral for prayer. Then we retired to the church hall for our meeting. The new Constitution and name were ap- proved and we were unanimously welcomed into the new organization known as the Arkansas Conferences of Churches and Synagogues. We believe this is the first organization of this kind in our country. I do not look upon the day as innovative. It really was an opportunity to formalize what has been going on for some years before I arrived in Arkansas. In the evening, I drove to the McNutt Funeral Home in Conway for the rosary for Gerald Bruich. Because he was such a good loving man in the Conway community, the chapel was filled to overflowing. Along with Father Behr, the pastor, I offered the rosary and tried to comfort and console the family. Address All OcMNrtments P.O. Box 7417 FORREST PARK STATION Zip 72217 Telphone 664-010 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 74IT,Little Rock, Ar. 72217. ON WEDNESDAY morning, I started in the direction of Conway for the funeral. Along the way, I stopped at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Marche to offer early Mass for the school children. Father McCormick and I concelebrated. He too grieved the loss of Gerald Bruich since he knew some of the family very well. At 10:00 in the morning, a large group of people and some school children filled St. Joseph's Church for the final farewell to Gerald Bruicb. The family, each of them, was truly a witness to the noble virtues of faith, hope and love. In the afternoon, I met with priests and sisters advisors concerning the agenda for the Bishops' Meeting next week. In the evening, I drove to St. Boniface Parish in New Dixie where the deanery of priests, permanent deacons and spouses held a farewell party to honor Father Behr, the Pastor of St. Joseph's, See Bishop on Pg. 3 Editorial The generals in Poland, as in most other areas of the world, are learning a hard lesson. The recent Solidarity uprisings in Poland prove one more time that economic recovery cannot be won by martial law, sheer terrorism, or the alienation of the populace. What must be painfully ob- vious is that Solidarity, and what it has symbolized for the Polish people, will not die by sup- pression, or internment of its leaders, or martial law, or government fiat. In 10 months, nothing has been achieved, not economic recovery, social stability, or government credibility. And so the spirit of Solidarity and the deep religious faith of the people remain even stronger, and all the five-year plans in the world will not put Poland back together again. So there will continue to be strikes and protests un- derground and overground. The Catholic Church will continue to unite the people and articulate their demands. And Pope John Paul II will continue to stir the embers of freedom in Poland. The last option, other than coming to terms with Solidarity and the Church? The rumble of Soviet tanks, and even that will fail to kill the indomitable spirit of a tired but freedom-loving people. --VJG Our Sunday Visitor Huntington, Ind. 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 L withheld from publication on request. Letters will he edited to conform to space requirements and standards of good taste. The Editors Wants Column Peace Plan Dear Editor: Dear Editor: It was a sad day when I picked up my copy of The Guardian and read that you are dropping Father McBrien's "Essays in Theology." Father McBrien's column was like a shaft of sunlight coming into our diocese, with a message that made us think a little bit dif- ferently. Father McBrien showed us how our church could become a more fulfilling role in our lives. This applies especially to our young who we are losing by the thousands every year. The Guardian is telling us that we don't need the insight that Father McBrien is bringing us. I thoroughly disagree and I am sure there are a lot more around who feel as I do. James A. Carfagno, Sr. Atkins Against Attire Dear Editor: It's about time for women and girls not to wear pants to church. It's a disgrace. We can't avoid seeing them when they sit in the pews in front of us. It's embarrassing and upsets you. And when they wore mini-skirts and showed their bare backs! Our Lady of Fatima said some fashions will be introduced that will offend my son very much. Our Lady said this in 1917. Name withheld by request Much is being said and written today about "peace," specifically "world peace," and an end to the nuclear arms race. All this is well and good and should be done. However, in the year 1917, the Blessed Mother herself gave us a "Peace Plan from Heaven" at Fatima, Portugal. She said that if enough people fulfill this "Plan," there will be "peace." Otherwise, if enough people do not respond to this particular "Plan," the good would be martyred, the Holy Father would have much to suffer, Russia would spread war throughout the world and, finally, various nations would be annihilated. The plan consists of three stages: 1) daily recitation of five decades of the Most Holy Rosary; 2) consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and 3) the performance of one's daily Christian duty according to one's state of life. Also urged was the wearing of the cloth Brown Scapular of Mt. Carmel. There is an organization that promotes the fulfillment of the Fatima message, the Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima. Anyone in- terested in learning more about the Blue Army and how to join may write: The Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima, Washington, New Jersey, 07882. Let's talk about "peace" and study it, but let's not forget the "Peace Plan from Heaven." Donald N. Harrison Little Rock Rev. Jerome Kodell, O.S.B. Question: -- I have a crucifix with and crossbones symbol just Christ. Is this a Catholic crucifix does the symbol mean here? A. -- The crucifix is a Catholic one not much used anymore becaus el macabre associations of the crossbones. In connection with the however, it means that Jesus by his own redemptive suffering and Question: - What are the be and the responsibilities of a Minister, a Lector and a Parish member? A. -- All three of these positions person of strong Catholic faith, prayer and striving to lead a The Eucharistic Minister and the should receive the training and necessary for their function and I mission through the pastor. The responsibilities of the Minister are to assist the ministering the Eucharist; of the reverence for the word of God proclamation; of the dedication to the spiritual and of the parish. Question: - Protestants often question: Why do Catholics believe to suffer for their sins when jesas suffered for them? His perfect and complete, so why do w I suffer for them? A. -- Catholics also believe sufferings are They do not suffer ifi order to earn forgiveness. But Jesus said that., disciple of his must follow him cross (Mk 8:34-35) and St. Paul stating that it is only by sharing sufferings that one will arrive at (Phil 3:10-11; Rcm 8:17). By suffering that sin brings in its traiO embracing voluntary Christian opens him or herself and healing won by Jesus. Question: -- Isn't it unjust for boycott Nestle and cause the corn money? A. -- Nestle has been boycotted its questionable marketing i World countries which cause the nutrition and death in babies World Health Organization passed I to keep companies from World mothers, who are formulas which they dilute order to stretch their use), causing' their babies. The women are als0 informed or unequipped to follow procedures. Though Nestle now abiding by the evidence shows the contrary. Boycotting is a legitimate of addressing injustice; it is a working toward social justice owns Stouffer's and Beechnut, products include Nestea, Taster's Choice a Question: -- When Ve towel on the road to Calvary, his face was left on the so little of this towel or veil? A. -- No one knows anything about it' Father Jerome invites from Guardian Questions should be Rev. Jerome Kodell, O.S.B-, Subiaco, Ark. 7ZMJS