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THE GUARDIAN, DECEMBER 5, 1969 PAGE 5 STRANGE _BUT ,Ru E T h e'-Knon Facts for" Cat"hic-s Question Box May flowers which have on the casket of a person -- or used at a parlor, be sent to the afterwards for use in de- the altar? "- Donations of flowers for of the sanctuary always be made according Wishes of the pastor of the or of those who serve in Sacristy under his direction. fine of flowers is subject to restrictions of ecclesias- law, and must of course, to accepted standards of piety and good taste. any case, it would seem to flowers sent to the church be freshly cut and should used for other purposes to their being placed sanctuary. There would be to sending flowers to the church in memory dead person; but it would less than proper to place in the sanctuary which have their first freshness in the of a coffin. I might in passing, that some- By Msgr. John E. Murphy, S.T.D. Director, Diocesaa Departnn4 of Education 2500 North Tyler Street, Little Rock, Ark. times the relatives of deceased persons request that the funeral director take some of the baskets of flowers to various hospitals in the city or town where the funeral has taken place. Q. -- Why can a good Catholic boy be prevented from becoming a priest by the divorce of his parents since this was not his sin but theirs? A. -- One reason why such a boy finds it hard to advance to the priesthood lies in the fact that his family background might cause talk and weaken the effec- tiveness of his work. For example, he must preach against divorce. Would divorced people pay as much attention to his preaching if they could point to his own parents as examples of the fault he prea- ches against? However, not everysuch boy will be excluded. Each case is handled individually; but the road is cer- tainly harder. But then, cannot the same be C00OD SI00.F.D Sister Carmen is off on her day's work--visits to Jose, dying man living alone on a forgotten mountaintop; to Maria, the young mother who just lost her husband; to the children of the farm workers who are preparing to receive Communion. Sister Carmen will bring food, clothing, and medicine-- and much more: she will bring a word of hope, consolation, and encouragement. Her smile will remind these people that God really cares, that He hasn't forgotten them. This is what Sister Carmen's life-- and the life of every missionary-- is all about: Thoughtfulness. Hard Work. And Love. Won't you ride with them-- in Spirit? In Love? Your sacrifice will soon he on its way to where It Is needed most. Give Now! :IETY FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE FAITH SEND YOUR Gift TO The ROy, Mllr, F.dvsi T. O'Mearl The Bevlnind MIIr, Jchll M. Balm NlUI IMlctor /rMM DiOCnla Director qJ/tl 306 Will oad SUet IM Fif AI New Yofl New York 10001 LittM Rock, ArtmnJmJ TB01 Dec. 5, '69 By M. J. MURRAY Copyright, 1969, N.O.W.C. Newl Slervlco said for a boy who is sick, through no fault of his own? Q. -- How many different rites are there in the Catholic Church? May a Roman Catholic attend the services in these churches? A. -- There are nine Rites in the Catholic Church: Latin (in- cluding variants);, Byzantine; Ar- menian; Chaldean; Coptic, Ethio- pic; Malabar, Maronite; Syrian. These are Catholics of the "Eastern Rites." Unfortunately, there are others who use names similar to the above names, but who are not in union with the Holy Father. These are often called "Orthodox." It is permitted to Catholics of the Latin Rite to attend the services of the Eastern Catho- lic rites. A Novel Suggestion Q. -- Is there a patron saint of farmers, and particularly of those engaged in the raising of pigs? A. -- St. George (Apr. 23)and St. Isidore (Oct. 25) are listed as patron saints for farmers. St. Anthony the Abbott (Jan. 17) is listed as patron saint inthe matter of domestic animals. I know of no saint assigned to be patron of those who raise the animal that gives us our morning bacon. Q. -- Everyone knows how im- portant the person of Our Bless- ed Mother is to the Christian world. Is there any explanation of the meaning of her name? What does Mary signify? A. -- There are many explana- tions of the name Mary (in fact about 70 of them.) It was a popu- lax name in the time of Our Lord -- besides the Mother of Jesus, there are six women men- tioned in the New Testament who bore that name. In Hebrew it was spelled "Mlryam." Now, because of the interchanging of Hebrew vowels it is difficult to determine just what roots the name Miryam is derived from. So, many ex- planations are offered as to its origin and its meaning. The most widely accepted meaning since the 16th Century is based on some ancient texts which interpret the name as "the exalted one" or "the sublime one." Q. -- What is the meaning of the word 'chrism?" A. -- "Chrism" means an "oint- ment or oil used for anointing." Basically, the word "Chrism" has the same root as the word, "Christ," and the word "Chris- tian." "Christ" basically means "the anointed one." Priests and kings and prophets in the Old Testa- ment were all anointed when they were chosen for their sacred of- fice. Jesus is called "the Christ'" because He is the chosen Priest i00c,c:I 00.feller Report Urges Rallying Sloiritual Forces Washington (NC) -- The con- cern of the Rockefeller Mission to Latin America -- whose report was released recently -- was not simply a matter of dollars and projects to improve the life of the majority of the Latin American population. There was also a constant appeal for the rallying of spiritual resources. The mission labored for eight months, and made four trips from May through July. It interviewed some 3,000 spokesmen in 20coun- tries and enlisted the active par- ticipation of some 100 U.S. lead- ers in politics, finance, education, communications, development and world affairs. From the mis- sion's report, one point stands out: "The United States should work with and for the people of this hemisphere to assist them in enhancing the quality of their lives and to provide moral lead- ership as a force for freedom and justice in the Americas." in the words of the report, the "enhancing" of the existence of millions of Latin Americans means a fuller life: "Opportunity for self-reali- zation comes immediately to mind -- the chance to grow spiritually, the respect for human dignity and justice, the right to hope that life will get better, not worse... "Man is a social, learning, crea- tive, responsible and self-aware creature, and he needs much and King and Prophet. He is the "Chosen One," the "Anointed One." When a person is baptized, he is "Christ-ened." He becomes a "Christ-inn." He is united with Christ. He becomes a member of the Mystical Body of which Christ is the Head. "The "Chrism" in Baptism in- dicates this process of being CHRIST-ENED, becoming united with Christ, becoming a Chris- tian. more (than material things) if he is to thrive, to become more fully himself." The Rockefeller report recog- nizes that the aspirations of men everywhere "share one splendid bias: that no man be exploited or degraded to enrich another and that we work together so that each can grow." Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller of New York, who beaded the presi- dential mission, writes in his in- troduction to the report: "We went to visit neighbors and found brothers . . . It is urgent that we acknowledge in all peoples the same capacities for giving and sharing that we ascribe to oursel- ves." The Rockefeller report is con- cerned also with subversion and violence, which was indeed evi- dent in many of the places the mission visited: "All of the Amer- ican nations are a tempting target for communist subversion. In fact, it is plainly evident that such subversion is a reality today.' ' "The restless yearning of indi- viduals for a better life . . . is chipping away at the very order and institutions . . . the seeds of nihilism and anarchy are spread- ing throughout the hemisphere," the report warned. This gloomy passage is later balanced by con- crete proposals to reform those institutions and open the way for a better life, all conditional upon the will and the present resour- ces of our nations to effect such reform. In presenting his report to President Nixon, Gov. Rockefel- ler stated: "Only through con- sultation in the development of common objectives is it possible for the nation-states today to work out common policies and joint programs thatwfll truly rep- resent the best interests of alL" "No man has ever lived aId felt worthy of the glRofllwho has not'also felt tested by,his own times," RoclmfeUer and his aides wrote.