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THE GUARDIAN, DECEMBER 17, 1943 PAGE EIGHT . . A SERGEANT IS CONFIRMED l)Jvorce, Delinquency Wrecking J00kore Homes Than War, FT. ,00myth Asks For Return To God cipline in our people. Men can New York. (E}--Contending that "divorce and delinquency, both the products of undisciplined liv- ing, are breaking up homes far faster than battlefront casualties," the Rev. John Carter Smyth, C.S.P., in an address on the "Ca- tholic Hour" radio program this week asserted that if this na- tion is to be true to its traditions and fulfill its destiny, "we must put God and His moral law back at the center of our personal and national life." Father Smh, who is assigned as special preacher at the Paul- ist Motherhouse, here, delivered the second in a series of four dis- courses on the general theme, "Human Plans Are Not Enough," on the "Catholic Hour," which is produced by the National Council of Catholic Men and broadcast over the country-wide network of the National Broadcasting Com- pany. 'Declaration of Independence' The DecIaration of Indepen- dence, Father Smyth asserted, is not a text book on theology, but its religious implications, recog- nizing God as the source of man's rights which governments must respect and protect, are in a sense a "Declaration of Dependence" on God as the foundation of our po- litical, social and economic moral- ity. "The world we look forward to through the misery of war is not going to be a safe or very satis- factory world if it is bounded by political plans, the research lab- oratory, and the machine shop," Father Smyth said. "The great- est multiplicity of material ad- antages will never constitute 'the good life,' without which right order in society is impossible. "The greatest need that faces us today is the need of moral dis- CAPITAL TRANSPORTATION CO. Serving Greater Little Rock With Dependable Transportation V I I I III f 106 West Capitol Avenue Little Rock, Arkansas endure many things but one thing ,.hey cannot endure and that is continued disorder, chaos, and an- archy. And there are only two ways in which men can achieve order in society: they can either discipline themselves from within through the exercise of a conscience enlightened by God; or they can have discipline imposed upon them from without. The first method makes for liberty and the work- ing out of democracy, and the second is the way of enslavement and dictatorship." Father Smyth asserted that an honest scrutiny of the American way of life of the present genera- tion will lead to the conclusion that "we have let liberty turn to license and made our passions the norm of morality," and for this reason "we are stricken' today." He pointed out that the light way in which the Sacrament of Matri- mony is held in this country has resulted in one divorce out of every six marriages and this con- dition is reflected in the youth of the nation. Juvenile Delinquency "One major problem facing us at present is that of juvenile de- linquency," he said. "It might be better termed parental delin- quency. The Children's Bureau of the Department of Labor re- ports juvenile delinquency rose eighteen per cent between 1940 and 1942. And J. Edgar Hoover, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in a late statement on the growth of youthful way- wardness, asserted that the ar- rest of young girls in the first half of 1943 had increased 64 per cent. Divorce and delinquency, both the product of undisciplined living, are breaking up homes far 'aster than battlefront casualties. Our great need now and in the post-war world Js not so much economic adjustment as right rela- tions in the home." "We need permanent and secure homes where God-fearing parents will train their children in that moral discipline which our Chris- tain heritage demands. Without moral order in our own homes we are in no position to bring moral order to the world about us. We cannot give that which we do not Fossess. It would be a mistake to assume that the upheavel of war is responsible for our present lack of moral discipline. The war merely emphasized a condition that has existed ever since we be- gan to exclude God and His law from our lives," SEASON'S GREETINGS TO ALL OUR FRIENDS WISHING ALL OF YOU A MERRY !:i Sergt. Bernice Brust of the Army Air Corps being confirmed by Most ev. Richard J. Cushing, Auxiliary Bishop of Boston. following re- d,eat for servicewomen at the Convent of the Cenacle, Brighton, Mass. (N.C W.C.} CATHEDRAL (Continued from page 1) Auxiliary from the Episcopal resi- dence to the Cathedral, and form- ing an arch of swords, extend them over the procession as it files into the sanctuary. Beginning at 11:45 the Cathedral choir will sing Christmas carols under the direction of Prof. J. J. Keller, organist, who is in charge of the music for the Mass Complete parish schedules of Christmas activities will be found in the Greater Little Rock Activ- ities, on page 3, Section 1. Catholic Industrial Council Organized In England London. (E)--Workmen and em- ployers held a conference in the midlands and established a Ca- tholic Industrial Council which will from time to time discuss problems of mutual interest. The Council represents an extension of the work of the Catholic In- dustrialists' Conference which was founded in 1937 and which meets regularly for week-end dis- cussions. Trade unionists from several cities were invited to the meeting of the new Council. CHRIsTMAS--FROM ALL OF US! - Robb & Rowley Theatres We have been proud to count you among our loyal friends or r or new our pledge of friendship. ; We also take this opportunity , / to extend to you all good wishes for a joyful Christmas and holiday season. VESTAL  , o  FLORISTS ....... SCOTT-MAYER COMMISSION Co. 810 E. Markham Little Rock, Ark. Gus B] ass Co. , " ""'t . , , .t:u  I "\\;., A Gift Shop SEVEN STORIES HIGH Where Every Customer Must Be Satisfied - .[/ ,     Illlllll 7 i " Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men Who can estimate the value of good will, that "priceless ingredient" so conspicu- ously mentioned in that first glorious Christmas message? Be assured that we highly appreciate your good will. It has been and will continue to be our most treasured asset. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU[ WRIGHT SERVICE CO. by J. E. Wright, Pres. J. O. Mayhugh, Sec. Greetings From Your Friendly DEPARTMENT STORES Washington  Main, North Little Rock 51 Cerxter St. Little Rock' Conway, Morrilton, Paris, Camden A MERRY AMERICAN CHRISTMAS FORTUNATE MEN AND WOMEN FIND THE COHN LABEL IN THEIR CHRISTMAS GIFTS m.m.{00hn company LITTLE ROCK A R KA N.. A.'= .I t THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS, dominating the world stage once more has incredibly rolled aside the clouds of war. There is still beauty in common things, still good in the world, and we are all grateful for the glowing interval of Yuletide. L. B. LEIGH CO. GENERAL INSURANCE AGENTS