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December 5, 1969

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PAGE 4 THE GUARDIAN, DECEMBER 5, 1969 %%t%:t%%%::%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%:%%%%%%%%%:%%%%%%%%%%: Oui Vive? bg The Sentry Christmas Cards The coming of December brings thoughts of the Christmas season. At this early date, not too many people have sent their Christmas greeting cards and so it is appropriate and may be instructive to say a few things about Christmas cards and the custom of sending them. It is only a little more than acentury ago since an Englishman named Sir Henry Cole devised and sent the first Christmas greeting card. The card pictured a happy family party in progress, the elders with raised wine glasses giving a toast to the person receiving the card. Sir Henry sent cards of this kind to his friends. His card was severely criticized because it showed children at the same table with the wine drinkers. Like some modern Christmas cards, it should have been censured, because it had no reference to Christ, the central Figure in any appro- priate Christmas greeting, Atany rate the Christmas card has increased in popularity with the passing years. Nearly eve ryone sends some Christ- mas cards and some people send hundreds of them. This fact has led to the abuse of greeting cards, with the name of the sender printed or engraved upon them, and many of these are sent just as they are without a signature. In many instances this means that the person who sends such cards merely buys them and furnishes his secretary with names and addresses of those to whom they are to be sent. Such a card has little or no meaning to anyone, who is acquainted with procedure and most people are familiar with it. If anything is worth doing at all, it is worth doing well. Of course, there are some people, in positions, who feel obliged to send cards to several hundred persons. Even these persons can at least sign their names. It is quite possible to make the sending of a Christmas card a real joy to the recipient, by adding a personal touch. Many friends correspond only during the Christmas season. It is very appropriate for such persons to write a few lines on each card. It may be just a short message of information or a reference to some event in the past that holds pleasant memories for the recipient and the sender of the card. For those, who are far from home, itwill be of interest, if the sender mentions some matters that the absent one would like to know. It is good to be able to report that in recent years more Christmas cards that have some reference to the great feast have been exchanged. There are still some cards that have an incorrect version of the angels salutation upon them. May peace come to us all, but the message of the angels was not an amnesty, but a message of, "Peace on earth to men of good will." Use the Christmas stamps. They are appropriate because they are Christian. Office Parties A timely warning which reflects credit upon former Governor Faubus was delivered by him in 1961 to his department heads at the Capitol. It reminded them of an edict that was proclaimed years ago by the Gov- ernor -- "No whiskey at the Christmas parties that are held in the Capitol." This action of the Governor deserves tobe commended and to be imi- tated elsewhere in the business and professional world. It may be in- teresting to recall that December 5, 1933 marked the end of a period of hypocrisy from which this nation has not yet fully recovered. On that date, the "Noble Experiment" alias prohibition came to an end. Utah has the distinction of being the 36th state to ratify the amend- ment which repealed the 18th Amendment. The Volstead Act is proof positive that no law can be enforced unless it has the approval of the people. Recently we heard the expression concerning an interpretation of the Constitution -- "It is the law of the land" as if that in itself made it unassailable. It really is not "the law of the land" but merely an interpretation of the Supreme Court. On the contrary, the 18th Amend- ment was really the law of the land. It was passed by Congress, ratified by all the states in the Union except Rhode Island and yet it was openly ignored by the people and by law enforcement authorities. The beer and liquor business was in the hands of criminals and murderers. This Amendment proved that a law against the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beveragesmakes people drink more because thereis no regu7 lation of the liquor traffic. This law failed miserably itspurpose which was to curtail and even- tually to eradicate the drinking of liquor and beer. It had quite the op- posite effect. It is regarded by many as having caused an increase in drinking especially on the part of women and minors. Experts on the subject claim that there is less drinking of alcoholic beverages per capita today than in the so-called dry eral What has all this to do with Christmas parties? It is timely because of the prevalence in recent years of office parties the day before Christmas. Such parties have no place In the proper preparation for Christmas. Such parties present a temptation to many weaklings to start the Christmas celebration in a pagan manner instead of as a Christian festival. This practice of starting parties in offices and in places of business on Christmas Eve at the end of the business day is a relic of the Pro- hibition Era. When business activities cease the day before Christ- mas it is time for everyone to go home and to start the celebration of the day in the home, where it should be, with all the members of the family present. Catholics should be preparing to go to confession In anticipation of receiving Holy Communion on Christmas Day. All should remember to attend Mass in a respectful manner. Midnight Mass should not be a stopping off place enroute to or coming from a Christmas drinking party. Solid .Foundations VRNMENT ' !;: Scientists Prove St. Peter Never Sat In %nerated Chair Vatican City -- Science has proved that st. Peter never could have sat on the chair venerated in Rome as the Chair of Peter because it was not made until some 700 years after his death. Msgr. Michele Maccarrone, president of the Pontifical Com- mittee of Historical Sciences, an- nounced the findings of a year and a half scientific examination of the ancient wooden throne. He said Pope Paul VI set up a special commission of scientists from Italy and other European countries to determine as closely as possible the age of the chair and if it did really date to apo- stolic times. The commission reported back that the chair did not, in any of its parts, date farther back than the ninth century. They suggested that its work and style are Caro- lingian, that is, that it was a product of the empire founded by Charlemagne. They also theor- Faiths Join Drive For Vocations London (NC) -- Catholics, An- glicans and Protestant churches have for the first time in this country joined in a drive to pro- mote religious vocations. Their joint experiment has been launched in the county of Sussex in southern England. The aim is to tap a source of supply which has been virtually left untouched in the past, big county secondary schools and the public schools, expensive fee- charging colleges. Bishop David Cashman of Arun- del, Anglican" Bishop Roger Wil- son of Chichester and the Rev. Emrys Waiters, convener of the local Free Church Federal Coun- cil, have sent a joint letter to headmasters of 100 such schools. The letter has also been distri- buted to school governors, area youth officers and careers ad- visers. ized that is was an imperial throne and might possibly have been made for Charlemagne's grandson Char- les the Bald, who was crowned Holy Roman Emperor in 875 by Pope John VIII, Determination of the chair's age was done by means of x-rays and applications of the carbon- 13 tests. All parts of the chair were submitted to various tests and studied by leading art experts who specialized in the CaroUngian period. The chair under study has been housed since 1666 in an enormous bronze replica of a chair which soars above the far altar of St. Peter's Basilica and which is ap- propriately known as the Altar of the Chair. The last time the chair was taken out of its bronze reli- quary was in 1870, when a leading Italian archeologist, Giuseppe De Rossi, and others examined it. It was their opinion that it was possible that parts of the chair may have dated to apostolic times although the parts were encased within another chair framework of a later period. After that the chair was returned to the reli- quary above the altar where it has remained undisturbed until Pope Paul's decision in 1968 to make a more accurate scientific examination of its authenticity us- ing the most nodern techniques possible. According to a legend that grew up about the chair's origin, it was maintained that the chair had originally been in the house of a Roman Senator named Pudens, in which Peter had taught and cele- brated the Christian Mysteries. Scholars have long doubted this explanation of the chair's origin. However, there are records which show that a chair was ven- erated in Rome in the early cen- turies and that the chair was exhibited from time to time to the faitlfful and to great pilgrimages. What happened to this chair which was housed in a special chapel in the old Basilica of St. Peter's is unknown but it is possible it was destroyed in one or another of the barbarian invasions. From the Managing Editor's Desk.. =1 With gift- giving time a p proaching, Catholics usually a r e beset by numerous worthy cau- ses. Poverty is so wide- spread i n today's world that charitable terprises multiply and the for alms Increases. Hardly any mail delivery in pre-Chrlstmas period is heart-rending appeal for assistance to this or that And many Catholics for this type of solicitation. Needless to say, some of appeals are less worthy ers. A fewt are right frauds. So responsibility to be careful they send financial assistance, There is, of course, one way to guarantee that contributions will be used. That is to keep home where the need in some mote areas is equally as great! the need in foreign regions. After all, the Diocese of Rock is a mission diocese. has many missions that are small or too poor to support priest. There are many sas priests, part of whose nance must come from funds. What's more, there many mission churches els in Arkansas that are in of repair. And there are families that need food. parishes can put to apostolic use any financial tance they receive. So Arkansas Catholics think twice before sending aims outside their home If they want to help the elsewhere, they can be that their contributions will be misused if they send aid to the Society for the gation of the Faith, through Rev. Msgr. John M. North Tyler Street, Little Ark. 72207. Do You 50 YEARS THIS WEEK The Guardian Little Rock -- Miss Hornibrook entertained 60 at bridge Tuesday honor of Mrs. George and Mrs. John Sherrill, brides. Prizes were won by Miss i Bertner, Miss and Mrs. Courtney Toel. honorees were presented gifts. Assisting the hostess mother, Mrs. James Mrs. William Hagan, Mrs. Leas and Mrs. William Winslow -- Members of a community, Sister of the of the Blessed Virgin MarYp been installed at WinsloW, Excellency, The Most Bishop has announced. This is the first for the community in 1%e Sisters are refugees Europe.