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i THE GUARDIAN, DECEMBER 6, 1974 PAGE 5 " ! Gil00 A " " i'v , v . . ,1" IV'IV lV V l,,, wi,,f li,..e FALT00 Sponsored By Arkansas State Council Knights of Columbus To Emphasize tl00e Spirit (=aristmas , Advent e of preparation for the f the Incarnation. As a ! fact, most of us are so by the pressure of that the commercial of Christmas over- (if not eclipse) the meaning of the event Living in a secular we do, it is difficult to mind of Christ" and season and parish. is much to be said for Love visible" in our The Mystery in the celebration of us not only to ekwards in time but the Second Coming. sense, Eternity has begun for us. What to concretize this to have a circle of these Advent first one candle, until the four are aglow as we ap- :he Feast itself'.; In the lighting the candles we [ically preparing for the grace of the I'ItE LAST 25 years we a large (24-inch) wreath, which we from the chandelier dining room table. candles and purple Wound 'round, we light evening while we sing Emmanuel. Other that occupied us have away as our six have grown older. But hustle to get pine over Thanksgiving and despite the obstacles, we are able to begin the Advent Vdth this tradition. On Eve we change the and purple rib-  red and our Advent is transformed iDto a LYmbol of the joy of the Octave. in time many of and not-so-young the Institutional The Advent Wreath * The wreath, a circle, expresses God's unending eternity. * Evergreen symbolizes God's un- changeableness and our im- mortality. t Four candles, one for each week of Advent, represent the many hun- dreds of years during which mankind awaited the Redeemer. * Violet candies and ribbon remind us of longing expectation. * The rose candle symbolizes joy and hope in awaiting Jesus' birthday. White candles represent the joy of Christmas and the sinless Jesus. Red ribbon stands for Jesus' blood shed on the cross. Church to become followers of Hare Krisna or Buddha. Within the Church there is a great Fort Smith Guide CLINTON FURNITURE CO. P19 Rogers Ave. Fort Smith t PHONE 783-8281 _ . 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TO liELP CREATE an Ad- vent atmosphere we could turn to sources which express our sentiments in a more effective way. For example, Christmas carols. We hear them so often before Christmas that by the time the day occurs we no longer want to listen. "Grailville Sings," a record of Advent and Christmas music t folk songs, spirituals, polyphony and chant) is ex- cellent background music for the evening meal. Father Clarence Rivers has produced an "American Mass Program" recording that has marvelous songs rooted in the folk tradition of Negro spirituals. Advent is a time to dwell on Mary's function in our lives. With women looking for models as they search for in- dependence, Mary can fill a very special role. In addition to Scripture, we have books like Father John W. Lynch's "A Woman Wrapped in Silence," which vividly depicts the life of Mary in free verse which is both moving and easy to read. "The Reed of God" by Caryll Houselander is an enchanting prose poem relating Mary's role in bearing Christ and bringing Him into the world. For per- sonal reading or for group reading Paul Claudel's classic drama, "Tidings Brought to Mary," is a tremendous realization of the Christmas mystery. The special miracle which takes place on Christmas Eve in a scene between Mary and her sister, Violaine, a leper, is one of the most touching in literature. CtlRISTMAS WEEK is filled with Feasts that reflect the Incarnation Mystery. On the day after Christmas, we could sing "Good King Wenceslaus" on the feast of St. Stephen; on the 28th, read Charles Peguy's touching poem on "The Holy Innocents," revealing the tenderness and humor of God. If you could gather your family or friends on the 29th, the feast of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, to read T. S. Eliot's "Murder in the Cathedral," you would find it a rewarding ex- perience. If that seems more than you can manage, there is an excellent record of dialogue highlights from the movie, "Becket," starring Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole that could provide a rewardinghour in the middle of the Christmas bustle. As you think about these suggestions, you may find other activities that would be especially meaningful for your family. This joyful season is an ideal time to stop a while in the midst of all the bustle; a time for families to come together; a time to prepare for the Christ Child; a time to think of what the fuss is all about; a time to get to the true meaning of the Mystery being celebrated. Now -this Advent season -- 19747 @ 1974 NC News Service -Pastor, ,/Musings Yes, You Are Responsible By Msgr. John B. Scheper TilE HOUSE was in silence. It was almost one o'clock in the morning. The good woman, the mother of the family, was devoutly saying her night- prayers, and on the night table there was an image of the crucified Christ. The lady had her eyes fixed on Christ's. Suddenly it seemed to her that Christ raised His sorrowful head and asked her, "Woman, isn't your daughter here praying with you?" KNIGHTS of COLUMBUS Insurance Rep. JOHN E. BUSH ALL FORMS OF LOW COST PERSONAL COVERAGE FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY AFE * HEALTH * ACCIDEN' PH. Little Rock 847-0143 Rte. 1, Box 813E, Benton "Lord, she went to a dance and hasn't come back yet." "IT IS very late. Where can she be now'!" "I don't know, Lord." "'Who is she with"" "To tell the truth, I don't know." "'AT WilAT time will she return':'" "l don't know that either. It depends. She has a door key." SEE MUSIN3S ON PAGE 6 The Liar Only Fools Himself By Joeph A. Breig HE WAS A BOY at the time this happened - about four years of age. Now he is a man -- the kind of man you can trust all the way. The kind who not only will not lie to others, but will not lie to himself. The kind who refuses to compromise truth, to water down truth even a little bit. A thoroughly honest, reliable, responsible man -- the type you are not afraid to put in charge of things, in complete charge. He was one of our sons. He was the sort of boy whose imagination was so rich that he WAS whatever he was playing. He not only threw himself into things; the things he was doing were, for the time of his doing them, the whole of his world. When he mounted the arm of a chair for his steed and cried, "Hi-oh, Silver, away!" he was not merely imitating the Lone Ranger: he was the Lone Ranger with his trusty Tonto at his side. HE AND AN OLDER sister were constant companions, playmates from morning to SEE LYING ON PAGE 6 WE=LL [30 .YOUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING THE HOLY FATHERJS MISSION AID TO THE ORIENTAL CHURCH NO NEED TO LEAVE THE HOUSE MORE GIFT CARD SUGGESTIONS A GIFT FOR YOURSELF OUR GIFT TO YOU Christmas is Christ's Birthday. This year, to show Him you love Him, give your presents to the poor .... For instance, train a boy for the priesthood. We'll send you his name, he'll write to you, and you may stretch payments to suit your own convenience ($15.00 a month, $180 a year, $1,080 for the entire six-year course). The friend who has everything, if you sponsor a seminarian in his name, will appreciate this more than a gift he doesn't need. We'll send your friend our attractive Gift Card before Christmas, telling him what you have done .... Or sponsor a Sister-to-be ($12.50 a month, $150 a year, $300 altogether), a homeless child ($14 a month), or feed a refugee family for two weeks ($5). Your friend will be pleased you thought of someone else when you remembered him .... Please write to us today to be sure .the Gift Cards reach your friends before Christ- mas. We'll send the cards as soon as we hear from you. d, qw $10,000 will build a complete parish 'plant' (church, school, rectory, convent) where the Holy Father says it's needed overseas. Name it for your favorite saint, in your loved one's memory. [] You can build a church now for $3,800, a school for $3,200, and the Bishop in charge will write to you. [] Your stringless gifts in any amount ($5,000, $1,000, $500, $100, $50, $25, $10, $5, $2) will help the neediest wherever they are -- in India and the Holy Land, for instance. Remind us to send a Gift Card. Next year is a Holy Year. Catholic Near East is sponsoring weekly 15-day tours to Rome and the Holy Land at the modest price of $978 per person. As a gift of a lifetime, why not plan to go with someone you love? ,L The Midnight Mass in Bethlehem will be of- fered for the members of this Association. This is our Christmas thank-you gift to you. Please pray for all of us, especially our priests and Sisters overseas. And have a happy Christmas! O Clear ENCLOSED PLEASE FIND $ Monsignor Nolan: FOR_ Please NAME return coupon with your STREET offering THE CATHOLIC CA CITY STATE __ ZIP CODE__ [] Please send me Holy Year tour information NEAR EAST WELFARE ASSOCIATION NEAR EAST MISSIONS TERENCE CARDINAL COOKE, President MSGR. JOHN G. NOLAN, National Secretary Write: CATHOLIC NEAR EAST WELFARE ASSOC. 1011 First Avenue New York, N.Y. 10022 Telephone: 212/826-1480