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i[ [ YULETIDE AND SERVICE FOLK THE GUARDIAN, DECEMBER 17, 1943 PAGE SEVEN l ;Decorations are only a small part of the Christmas observance in USO Clubs throughout the country, where servicemen and women are "At Home Away from Home." This picture is typical of the preparations for Christmas in nearly 400 clubs operated by the Na- tional Catholic Community Service, member agency of the USO. In this club. operated by the Women's Division of the N. C. C. S.. in Washington, D. C., servicemen and a girl war worker prepare the r-- f.,T C.W.C.} Paper Welcomes e's Words For Peace City. (E)--The Finnish Liberal Party paper, commenting on the Father's recent letter to His dnence Luigi Cardinal Mag- you Christmas time joy and a New Year that brings real happiness, health and prosperity. Gilmore Paint & Paper Co. Joe P. Gilmore, Mgr. Phone 6714 lione, Papal Secretary of State, asking that public prayers be of- fered on the Feast of the Im- [maculate Conception in all parts /of the world, for a peace founded I"upon law, upon truth, upon jus- I tice, and upon fraternal charity," I states that the Pope's words are to be welcomed as conveying a fun- damental conception of justice to all. Plus XII's initiative, Turunsano- mat comments, "should reinforce everywhere the desire of peoples for peace. Now is the time when all of us are more fully conscious of the goodness that should prevade all mankind. Per- mit us, then, to thank you for your good will In 1943: we wish you all the merriest Christmas possible. RHEALEE Millinery 414 Main, Little Rock Life Of Elizabeth Bayley Seton Daughter, Wife, Mother, Nun, Just A "Waiting ,On God" :hat the door of Heaven is open. HRISTMAS DAY is begun. The day of our dear Redeemer's birth, you know, is the day that opened to us the door of Heaven." The quiet voice of young Elizabeth Seton seemed a caress. Pain- wracked and utterly weary, the man turned slowly toward the sound. "I thought you were asleep," he said. "I am not suffering now. I can keep watch over you and Annina. Won't you lie down on the sofa for awhile?" "No, love, for the sweetest reflections keep me awake. It is past midnight and Christmas Day has begun. It is warm and comforting to think of the Infant Jesus in His mother's arms, for it means Christmas Day opened for us the was just three years old when her mother died. Elizabeth grew to womanhood in New York City in the early days of the Republic and became one of the belles of the old city. Small of stature, graceful and slender, with finely cut features, large, dark brown eyes and hair that curled naturally, she was admittedly beautiful. She mar- ried in 1794 a popular member of the New York business and social colony, young William Magee Seton, son of a Scotch merchant Christian World Looks To Vatican, Pope Says Vatican City. 00--peaking at the conclusion of a retreat His Holiness Pope Plus XII gave a notable discourse on the ChurciFs spirituality and indefectibility, and referred particularly to the grave obligations of priests in the present troubled times. The Holy Father stated that the eyes of the Christian world are at this moment directed toward the Roman Curia and Vatican City. Not only the doctrine and gov- ernment of the Church proceed therefrom, His Holiness said, but also the spirit and the examole of charity and sacrifice amid the great privations and bitter'suffer- ing of our times, as likewise all other resplendent Christian vir- tues. two of her sir, ters-in-taw. She was to become the grandmother and the aunt of bishops, and was to lay the foundation for the American branch of *.he Sisters of Medal Saved door of everlasting life." "It is good to think of eternity now," he replied slowly, "for it means. Heaven and no more pain. In those long weeks we grew very close to God, didn't we? We have come a long way to- gether since that Sunday in New York when I was healthy and rich and yet troubled by the words of the selmon: 'What avails gaining the whole world and losing your own soul?' I said to you then: 'I toil and toil, and what is it? I live without God in the world, and I shall die miserably.' It was in our loneliness and desolation and when my body was in agony that I turned to God. Sometimes I think I turned to Him In terror." Elizabeth put her hand on the invalid's brow. ! "Dear William," she said, "it is not from an impulse of terror that you turn to your God; you tried and wished to serve Him long before this trial came; why will you not consider Him as the Father who knows all the differ- ent means and dispositions of His children, and will graciously re- ceive those who come to Him by that way which He has appo!nted? You say your only hope is in Christ? What other hope do we need?" A Remarkable Woman Elizabeth Seton was to become one of the most remarkable women of America. Into the warp and woof of her life were to be woven sufferings, struggle, sanctity and success. She was to inspire holy women and they were to join her, to live and work as her daughters and inspire others so that with each passing decade new hands and new minds would take up the tasks of the Daughters of Eliza- beth Seton and every plan she developed during her lifetime every idea she conceived would bear fruit. There is fascination in the story of Elizabeth, for she lived as all of us live---daughter, wife, mother, nun. She faced the problems ttmt are almost certain to plague the lives of men and women. But she lived her life and faced her problems with entire dependence on God. The prayer she taught her children and her spiritual daughters was the prayer she lived: "May the most just, the' most high, the most aimiable will of God be ever loved, adored and accomplished." Early Life I Elizabeth Seton was born Eliza-I beth Ann Bayley in New York City, August 28, 1774, and was[ reared a Protestant, grandaughter of a Protestant clergyman. She and director of the Bank of New York. They were very happy and Elizabeth, always inclined to- ward the spiritual and very gen- erous, found time to organize her friends for charity work and she and her sister-in-law, Rebecca, were known as "the Protestant Sisters of Charity." The ways of God are strange. Elizabeth Setorl, so spiritually in tune with the Church, was to be- come a Catholic. She was to bring her five children (two sons, three daughters) into the Church and Charity of St. Vincent de Paul forty thousand Sisters now Call her "Foundress." Her whole lifework was devoted to "waiting on God" iD the person of his creatures, "consoling and soothing." "blessing and prais- ing.",, Yes,. all through .her hfe" she wmted on Him" through the souls and bodies of those she served. To her, every day was Christmas"the day of our dear [Redeemers' birth that opened to l us the door of Heaven." Chaplain Stephen J. Meany S. J. formerly of the editorial staff of the Jesuit weekly, "Amertci," and now an Army Chaplain in the South Pacific area, reports that a Japanese sniper's bullet was de- flected by a Miraculous Medal he was wearing. Father Meany was wounded in the battle for Makin Atoll. 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Big enough to keep production lines roaring Big enough to meet all the power needs of factories, mines and ship- ping--and still supply your home--with- out rationing--at lowest-in-history rates l Today, America is producing five times more electric power than it did in the last' waroutproducing all the Axis countries combined! Was it Iuck that we built the barrel BIG? No, the electric companies under business management--which supply, over 80%?of the nation's powerhave developed the habit of planning ahead. That habit has helped ussgive you friendly, dependable service--and helped us meet the challenge of Americarat-war I ARKANSAS POy00 & LI00IIT CO. HELPI KANSAS