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PAGE 2 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC DECEMBER 9, 1990 I I IILI I II I I I I I This is our last regular issue of Arkamal Catholic for 1990. Next week, we'll pub- lish our special Christmas Issue: "Untold Stories and Twice-Told Tales." No news. Just stories from our readers' memories and imaginations. . - (:;It's beep an interesting year here at "The Catholic."Judging by our mail, we've given our readers lots to think about. But we learn as much from our readers as they learn from us: *When the news or editorial is what readers want to read or believe, they tell us we're doing a great job. When the news or editorial isn't what readers want to read or believe, they tell us we're slanted. We're always grateful to hear from everyone. And we do listen. *"Viewpoint" continues to be our most popular regular slot. * Readers really enjoy taking advantage of our monthly survey, which invites un- signed commen ts. We really enjoy reading the comments. *Readers sometimes have difficulty understanding that we have no reporting "staff." We routinely gets requests to "send a reporter" or "send a photographer" to an event. We have difficulty explaining just how dependent we are on coopera- tion from parishes, groups and individuals for news. " *Some readers want a diocesan paper exclusively devoted to local news. Other readers care nothing for local news, and want national and international news. Some readers want only good news. Other readers want the news, period. We try to provide a balance, which means we don't please any of the people all the time, but we please lots of people some of the time (see the first item on this list). During any given week, whether we're praised or lambasted, whether we do a great job with a story or blow it (and we occasionally blow it), We're proud and honored to serve the Diocese of Little Rock through the Arkansas Catholic, and we're grateful to you for your continuing support. DKH ARKANSAS CATHOLIC ml |ql is published 48 times a year, for $12 per year. by the Catholic Diocese of Little Rock, Arkansas Catholic, Inc., 2500 N. Tyler St., L~le Rock, AR 72207 (501) 664.0340 FAX (501) 664.9075]. PUBUSHIER: Most Rev. Andrew J. McDonald, Bishop MANAGING EDITOR: Ray. Albert J. Schneider EDITO~I : l~lx~'=h Hi.lard ADVERTISING I MARKETING DIRECTOR : Ron M. Hall PROOUCTION MANAGER: Rev. Jim Sdvatz CIRCULATION MANAGER : Agnn Knl.l Third class postage paid at Little Rock, AR. POSTMASTER : Send change of address tO: ARKANSAS CATHOUC, PO BOX 7417, LITTLE ROCK, AR 72217. Busi- ness hours are 8:30 to 4, Monday - Friday. Closed on weelwnds, Ho~/Da~, and National Holidap. Offices are located in Morris Hall, St. John's Center, 2500 N. Tyler, OIlle Rock, AR, 72207. check for $12 to the above address. ; Name I I Address dvent is such a precious timel It is a season of unsurpassed grace which invites us to recall the Mystery of Faith: "Christ had died. Christ is Risen. Christ will come again." For too long, many within the Catholic Tradition have viewed the season of Advent as a time of penance in preparation for the birthday of Christ on Christmas Day. Rather, Advent is a season of hope. Its key players are Elizabeth and her son,John the Baptist. The longing and unf/alfilled hope Elizabeth, advanced in age and barren in her womb, is made manifest in the birth of the Baptizer. The hope of the Baptizer is realized in the multitude of people who came to the Jordan River for baptism after heeding his message to "Repent and hear the Good News;John the Baptist sets the tone for our celebration of Advent in his call to repentance. In order to hear the Good News, John the Baptist realized that it is first We have much as a people about which to repent. necessary to repent of our sins. Indeed, it is the humble and contrite heart that is best molded by our Loving Father. The proud and deceitful heart is spurned and considered a heart of Bill Baker stone. In the words of the Prophet: "If today you hear His voice, harden not your heartsr" The only way to hear His voice is to approach the Lord with humil- ity and a contrite spirit. Indeed, we have much as a people about which to repent. Advent is the beginning of a new Church year. It is a season of hope and joy. It is the season in which the prophets cry out to the people. It is the Season of blessed events and miraculous births. It is the season for reconciliation and new life in the Lord. If we have not received the sacrament of Reconciliation for a long time, we can begin today with the resolve to seek out the healing grace and compassion- ate mercy offered by the Lord to all who seek Him out. The Lord awaits us with great anticipation. Jesus loves the return of the sinnerl In his Journal of a SouI, Pope John XXIII mentions that he went to con, fession daily once he became the suc- cessor of St. Peter. Pope John men- tions that it was in the Sacrament of Reconciliation wherein he found the loving solace of God's eternal grace and mercy, thp. true peace of Jesus offered m the ti3/lood o( Calvary. In this season of Advent, joy and hope, we may seek out the opportunity to go to confession. The graces given to us in this sacrament make for a blessed gift to give the Infant Jesus on the anniversary of His birth. We are able to give ourselves to Jesus! Our Advent season is meant to pre pare us for the second Coming Christ. Most assuredly, Jesus will come again, and He willwelcome the humble and contrite heart that see~ but His love, His mercy and His Peace. It takes but one moment to make the resolve in our hearts to go to con" fession this Advent season. The ben" efits of that decision will last a lifetime, i We can celebrate the Hope of the Universe by acknowledging the fact that we are sinful and most in need of the forgiveness of the Infant King Bethlehem. Jesus is forever there support and forgive usl (Bill Baker writes from Judsonia.) [LI[Fg ii Dolores Curran y friend, the nun, called me af- ter Christmas last year. "Guess what I got for Christ- : mas?" she asked, delight in her voice. "A shawl? A dictionary? Sta- tionery? I - guessed, recall- ing gifts we used to give nuns. "An electric train," she said. "And I've been playing with it for two days.~ She went on to tell me she al- ways wanted one as a child but because she was a girl, h6r parents thought it inappropriate. Some of the sisters in her order, of which she is president, knew of her secret longing, and plotted to surprise her. When I visited her five months later, the train was set up on the floor of her living room. "When stress gets high, I play with my train," she said. Whoever said grownups don't need toys? Watch a man shopping in a toy department for his sons. He gravitates toward the toys he loved as a child or coveted and didn't have as a child, not toward the age-appropriate toys for his children. Watch a woman pick up the toys she was told were boys' toys and thus de- nied her a baseball mitt, a chemistry set, a remote controlled car. She Watch a woman pick up the toys she was told were boys' toys and thus denied her, touches them with sadness and envy. I think giving adults toys as gifts is a wonderful idea: We struggle to up with new ideas every year and up giving shirts, books, and utterly seO' i sible things when a totally nonsensible t toy might fill an adult with forgot# pleasure. One gerontology group suggest stuffed animals, especially teddy for elderly people, claiming they joyful images of play and which everyone needs. See "Curran," next ill & rL.@E B& g Dg~gn, Groundbreaking for Catholic High School for Boys; Little Rock, 1959. R: Msgr. J. A. Murray; unknown; Rev. Reuben Groff Rev, Raymond Rev. John Kordsmeier; Msgr. William Galvin; Bishop Albert L. three unidentified altar servers.