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THE GUARDIAN, NOVEMBER 28, 1969 PAGE 5 The Question Box By Msgr. John E. Murphy, S.T.D. Director, Diocesan Department of Education 2500 North Tyler Street, Little Rock, Ark. ed him if he were the archbishop. St. Thomas pointed to the old horse he was riding and asked: "Does that horse look like one that would belong to an archbishop?" Thus he evaded the danger that threa- tened his life, without telling an untruth. Evasion is not allowed in those -- Are we ever allowed to L White lie? There is no such thing as lie; so-called white lies Violations of the truth, but their )ose is not malicious but of some sort of cowardice elfishness. It may be fear of someone else, and so is but the means are wrong. In other in- the lie may be told to the teller from blame or here both the means the end may be deficient. is not to be concluded, how- that one must always tell 'Whole truth." It is not a lie a double-meaning response qUestion that one is not obliged clearly; nor is it alieto an evasive response. For in- the Archbishop of Can- St. Thomas, was for- flee from the wrath of King II. Soldiers were dispatch- all directions to find him. encountered the saint with- recognizing him, but they ask- i Questions for this column should be addressed directly to The Rev. Msgr. John E. Murphy, Diocesan Direc- tor of Education, 2500 North Tyler Street, Little Rock, Ark., 72207. Each question must be signed with the name and address of the person submitting it. Un- signed questions will be ignored. nstances when a legitimate authority requires that a response be given with "the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth." This would occur in a court of law; but it could also be the case RIGHT REVEREND EDWARD T. O'MEARA NATIONAL DIRECTOR Took Bread and Gave Thanks' r English word, "Eucharist," comes from the Greek, 'eucharis- meaning "thanksgiving." The Lord's Supper, the Passover Meal, actually a Thanksgiving Meal. It celebrated the Chosen People's from Egypt's slavery to the freedom of their own land. ach time we celebrate this meal our Lord gave us, we express our as God's People freed from the slavery of sin to live in and brotherhood with all men in every land. we receive the Eucharist we accept all others as brothers in Is not Holy Communion a sharing of our Christ-life with the of men7 To receive the Eucharist is to thank God for the of our life by sharing with those in need. s Catholics and Americans we have much to be thankful for. We When needed, our doctors, dentists, hospitals, and drug stores. good food and water, supermarkets, and cooking appliances. clothes, shoes, warm homes, and sanitation. We have educa- career opportunities, the theater, arts, and television. We have to live Christian lives, and the freedom and personal dignity America provides. We reap the good things of America from au- highways, and space pioneering to welfare, insurance, and security. And on and on... ]'hank God for the good life He has provided you and your family. the Eucharist and accept in your heart those of our world who illiterate, diseased, homeless, hungry, and naked. Those imprison- inhuman poverty. God for the goodness you have received by sharing some good the missionaries bringing to uuderdeveloped peoples food, homes, education.., the Eucharist. Send a donation to the missions a real Eucharistic spirit.., with Thanksgiving. Can we truly together.., and not? Salvation and Service are the work of The Society for the Propa- tion of the Faith. Please cut out this column and send your 0tfering to Right Reverend Edward T. O'Meara, National Director, 3B6 Fifth Avenue, New York, N. Y. 10001, or directly to your local Diocesan Director, Msgr. John M. Bann, 2415 North Tyler treet, Little Rock, 7.Z07. Nov. 28, '69 AE ....................................... bESS ..................................... ...... STATE ....... ZIP ......... outside of legal proceedings -- e. g. when a parent, in a serious matter, seeks a truthful answer from a son or daughter. Q. -- Are there degrees of hap- piness in Heaven according to one' s merit gained in this life? Do the Blessed in Heaven share happi- ness in the Beatific Vision in an equal or unequal manner? A. -- Heaven will not be the same for all. As in the firma- ment, star differs from star in glory, so it is in the abode of the Blessed. The source and the principle of heavenly bliss is the same for all, namely, the sight of God face to face, the Beatific Vision, but their glory and degree of happiness will differ, and the difference in unequal measure will be according to their merits. St. Thomas Aquinas gives us the standard on which God will grant reward; it is that virtue which Christ insists upon as the pre- eminent Christian characteristic, charity. "He shares more fully in the light of glory who possesses the greater love. For where love is greater, there is greater de- sire, and desire in some way renders him who desires, apt and ready to receive the object de- sired. Hence, he who has more love will see God more perfectly and be more blessed." This inequality in heavenly glory has been solemnly declared by the Council of Trent against the RO- formers. They said that the root of justification is in the merits of Christ; since the merits of Christ are equal for all, there cannot be varying degrees in Heav- en. The Church teaches, on the other hand, that the merits of Christ are the means of our at- taining eternal reward, but the reward in each case is measured by the degree of love and service to GOd in this life. *** Q. -- Do manypriests still lead monastic lives? A. -- So far as spiritual dis- cipline is concerned, most com- munities of men follow a rule of life which is basically that of monastic rule; but Comparatively few are now, cloistered in the old monastic tradition. Monks and friars, today, generally spend as much time in the world in active pursuits as they do in their mon- asteries or friaries. Some, today, are teachers in universities and schools; others are actively en- gaged in retreat work or in con- ducting missions; still others are militant missionaries in the out- posts of the world where Christ is scarcely known. Some, however, still prefer to serve Christ in prayer, silence and meditation. Amongst such groups are principally the Car- thusians and Trappists. *** Q. -- There is a statue called the Black Madonna in a church in France; is that the same as our Madonna, only painted black? Why do they call it that? A. -- There are several such statues of the Blessed Virgin throughout the world referred to as Black Madonna. They are so called simply because of their color. Some of these statues were TRANGE BU T TR_.U E F.ct$ for Ca;holies Little-Known By M. }. MURRAY C0p)rlght, 1969, N.C.W.C. Newn IWII f NoJV/C..t.//,4 MED" THE RED :::IEST "FROM Tile COLOR. OF HIS t./.RIR /T, RLhqN CLEJPIC fiND Mu1Cl,qN /INTON/O VIV,4LDI WROTE MORE TI.,I,dlN 4"9__ COIVCERr05" , WELL , FAt6L REV//AL OF I/VFE,eEST /N H/S WORK. ,SUZINN WAS REGARDED IN EARLY , CHRISTIAN "I1ME AS A SVb'IIL O "ff4E PIRSECUTED CHURCt4 6- OF "rile REDEHPON OF MAN ROM "mE POWERS OF E/IL. 77#15' ROCK-- -C,YST/L tpREENZ'A770N DATES F/OM E 9 TM- CENTLIY', Pornophony 6rowing Harsh Words Levelled At 'Gentle on My Mind' New Orleans (CPF) --"Gentle Mind, song that is popu- on My " " a lar with an increasing number of ballad singers, does not sit too gently on some people's minds. "How would you like it if your daughter's door were always open to her lover with whom she wants to be completely free, unbound by the dried ink of a marriage con- tract?" That was the question posed by The Rev. Jerome LeDoux, col- umnist for "The Clarion Herald" newspaper of the New Orleans archdiocese, in a reference to the opening lines of "Gentle on My Mind." The song, recorded by Glen Campbell, Dean Martin, AndyWil- llama, the Ray Conniff Singers and many other soloists and groups, starts out: "It's knowing that your door is always open and your path is free to walk,/That makes me tend to leave my sleeping bag rolled up and stashed behind your couch, /And it's knowing I'm not shack- led by forgotten words and bonds and the ink stains that have dried upon some line,/That keeps you in the backroads by the rives of my memory/That keeps you ever gentle on my mind." Father LeDoux cited "Gentle on My Mind" in a discussion of what he called pornophony -- "that should be the lyrical counterpart of pornography." i originally made from a dark or black material; others have dar- kened with age, orhavebeenblack- ened by the smoke of myriads of votive tapers burned at their feet. The Madonna of which you speak is probably Notre Dame du Pilier in Chartres. Another very famous Black Ma- donna is that of Jasna Gora in Poland. The 600 year old statue bears the scars of having been attacked by blows from weapons on two occasions. The defenders of Our Lady of Czestochowa are alert to the present danger of irreverence to her in her com- munist-dominated land. His prime targetwas those radio stations that "expose ouryoungs- ters to a steady diet of immoral ideas, no matter how subtly pre- sented," in various 'qop 100" songs. But then he added: "The so-called respectable ra- dio stations should also examine their principles of music spin- ning. Take 'Gentle on My Mind,' for instance, h catchy, simple melody combines with nice-sound- ing, immoral lyrics to make a song which no one really pays at- tention to, and which is therefore passed off as something decent." Father LeDoux said lyrics pose a real threat to the moral lives of young people, and "adults who shrug this off as being extreme or ultra-conservative are indicting their own lack of morals." (Catholic Press Features) ANNIVERSARIES DEPARTED PRIESTS DECEMBER Priests who have labored in the spiritual and temporal interests of the people of Arkansas are pre- sented here on their annlversartes from a list compiled by Father William Beck andare recommend- ed to the faithful of the Diocese for remembrance in their prayers and Holy Mass. BeY. Conrad Herda, OSB - - 12-2-'65 Bey. Peter Post, OSB .... 12-$-'46 Bt. Bey. Msgr. JohnJ. Healy -12-6-'52 (Alumnus of St. John's Semlry) Rt, Rev. Jama J. MeGrath - 1-7-'21 (Alumnus of Sl. John's mllry) Rev. Francis A. McCarthy- 12-7-'62 Rev. Boniface Spanke, OSB - 1] -11-4 Very Bey. M.M. Halltnan- - 1-12-'98 Very Rev. James F. CaUthan 1-13-'90 Rt. Bey, Msgr. J.P. Moran- 13-15-'40 Rev. J.F. Oallanl ...... 13-35-'88 Rev. Francis J. Kllpatrlck - - 12-15-'5 (Alumnus of St John's SemLqll') Very Rev. A. Hannemano O8B 1-5-'85 Bey. Herman Cottanl .... 1--'14, Rev. Francis X. Donas'ton - 1-$-'46 (Alumnus o SL John's Seminary) Bey. Charles A. MoCaullY - la'"41 (A|ulamB ol L Joha'l elWAJry) Re. Lawrenoe Hoyt, OSB - - 11-18-'61 /