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---._ PAGE Z ARKANSAS CATHOLIC DECEMBER ]] : rendcr usinvaluableservice, buttheydo and the meanstogive us relative tili:::iiiii i !ii! i] nothave, and for the most part do not ness on earth. . claim to have, the words of eternal life. In the long run, life on eartli CHRISTMAS GIFTS Jesus is the one to listen to to go to drab and uninteresting side. eternal life. For those who do not go to human condition. It is true thai Jesus, life is futile; it has no meaning, times lives are glamorized and A listening ear to the friend with a i!i!!!iiiyi ! iii ii: iii!iiii i ii ii i! i: i! :if[:i!i!: i!i iiii iiiiiii !i;!i . ii purpose or possibility of happy endiog, tempt is made to lead people !I heartache. ' ! A thank-you to the tired salesperson ! " "_ Love is impossible and life is absurd. But some particular individual doesli when our life is centered on God, life in some sort of ecstasy of delig who serves you. ' [ ! ! il 11 makes sense, it has meaning, it s worth even if that were true, the ecst Laughter to brighten a less-fortunate i the effort it takes to continue on and would soon become dull and r, persons life. . keef) our lives on tile level. The only thing that does not L child.A kiss and. a hug for a handicapped [ ilii il [ There s,more to life on earth than we routine is the joy we find in i!!i!!i!iiiiii ill of God to make it through'-to eternity in enough of, it never becomes can deal with - we have to have the help savior. This ishe kin d ofjoyW Time to read to file sightless. t good condition. We're completely de- never g ts to be humdrum. ord, to whom shall we go?" Peter pendent upon God forwhatwe need on experience it thirst for more. A warm handshake to the new church member. act of kindness to the shut-in. A cheery greeting to one who is ill. A smile to the elderly person who is strdggling to walk. A written message to a lonely one. How simple our Christmas shopping can be thisyear-and everyyear-when we give gifts of the heart. That is the true meaning of Christmas in our book. It isn't necessary to pur- chase expensive gifts to make the recipi- ent happy. Just little down-to-earth things mean more than anything else. Christmas is a time of joy, good-will and lots of fun. It's a time when families get together, either in person or by tele- phone. And in this case, by Arkansas Catholic. The entire staff jo!ns in wishing our readers-and everyone-a merry and holy Cnristmas and a happy and prosperous New Year. KAC ARKANSAS CATHOLIC ARKANSAS CATHOLIC (USPS 853320 ) is published we~kly except the first week of January ; J uly &"August, and the lest week of December. for $10 per year by the Catholic D~ocese of Little Rock, 2500 N. Tyler Street, Ldtle Rock, AR 72207. (501) 664-0340 PUBLISHER: Mort Rew. Andrew d. M Donxdd. Biehop MANAGING EDITOR: Rev. Albert J. Schneider EDITOR : K|rl A. Cl'wlat ASSISTANT EDITOR : Deb Hilliard ADVERTISING & MARKETING MANAGER : Ron M. Hall CIRCULATION MANAGER : Agnes KnRtig Second class postage paid at Li~!e Rock. AR. a~l addrt=onat mailing office6. POSTMASTER : Send change of address Io : ARKANSAS CATHOLIC PO BOX 7417, LITTLE ROCK, AR "2217, Business hours are 8;30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday lhtough Friday, C~osed on weekends, Holy Days, at~,d major National Holidays. Offices are located in Morris Hall. St. St. John's Center. 2500 N. Tyler. Dttle Rock AR. 72207. rmll ILllll IIIllg IIInl ~ l~l I~ nlllli Illlmll nil Inlnll IIIImg IIIll To Subscribe, send coupon with check for $10 to the above address. Name Address. Parish, L-- illm~l~Sill mMll NIB n ~ Kill emir I~l IIm ,, u asked Jesus. earth and whatweneed to get to heaven. Material joys can be bou It'sagoodquestion. Idon'tdoubtthat We're highly dependent upon other We come to a vending all of us have experienced how slippery people to go on with life. If there were our coins and out comes a our hold to life on earth is through acci- some inhabitable planet out there and But the joys of heaven cannot be dent, near accident or life-threatening one of us happened to be the only per- with money. They come illness. There are saviors galore in the son on it, kewould be aboutas miserable lead good lives, perform our world of science, professions and non- as a person can get, even though wehasten to our heavenly professions, but they all come to tile end owned the whole place, we are social by Lord, help me to lead a of their rope long before they can con- nature. If we're cut off from people, we I may have a joyful spirit. duct us safely from this lif6 to the one to miss them to the point of heartbreak. We (Fr., Bernard follow, need their help and prayers. But above of St. Meinrad in Prairie I don't wan t to belittle science or any all, we need God - there is no one else'to tius in Scranton.) im Castelli, director of church- state poficy for People for the American Way, has said there is "a growing consen- sus that, although religious beliefs and insights may lead people into the public arena, once there they must play by the -same rules as everyone else." I agree. I also agree thatwhile (2hurch officials have a right to influence public policy, "no one has the right to force anyone into supporting a policy against his or her conscience." In Castclli's ?wording, howeve ?, this sounds like a stern warning to the churches to avoid what he obvi- ously regards as a clear and present danger. I prefer the more positive tone etA. James Reichley's warning in his recent book, Religion in American Public Life. He says, "The larger society must hope that the churcheswill express their posi- tions on issues of this kind with due regard for the rights of citizens who do not gharc their convictions and for the continued viability of the democratic . proceSS. "But a democratic polity cannot re- strict and, in fact, should welcome, as a counterweight to necessary but.poten- tially demoralizing pragmatism, churches' moral insights into debates over issues that raise important ethical questions." Does that mean that President John F. Kennedy's celebrated church-state speech before a group of Baptist minis- ters in Houston, TX, during his 1960 presidential campaign was all wrong? No. Parts of it, if properly nuanced, are still relevant. On balance, however, the (almost inevitably, given provenance) reflects an of extreme religious forced, to its logical conclusi0I ' render all talk about reli tics a purely all practical purposes, a How to relate religion admittedly a difficult columnistTomWick he wrote some years ago belief and discipli -ever and judgment, one must See