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PAGE 8 .............. THE GUARDIAN, DECEMBER 17, 1982 ...... " " All Christians Should Be Truthful KNOW YOUR FAITH Sponsored By Arkansas State Council Knights of Columbus By Father David K. O'Rourke, O.P CAN WE tell the truth? Is it possible to tell the truth in this world and still survive? That might sound like a strange question coming from a priest. After all, Jesus told us not only to tell the truth, but to let the truth of our statements shine forth like a beacon's light. We all know that playing loose with the truth is com- mon. And this is a problem -- for people exploit each other this way, or damage good relationships, or create a climate in which fear gains the upper hand or in which no one trusts anyone. BUT WE also know that there are many evils in our world. What is it that sometimes makes truth telling complex? To introduce a possible answer, I want to draw two pictures. A young couple I was preparing for marriage went looking for an apartment. They found one, and only one, which they could afford and which also was close to her work and his school. "ARE YOU planning to have any children?" asked the grim-looking landlord. "I don't want any kids in my place." "What did you say?" I asked. "She told him that she wasn't planning to have children," the young man said Best Wishes of the Season with a look of disbelief. "OF COURSE," she smiled, "we're not planning to have children. We're just not planning. We're going to see what happens." "And I'll give you one guess who is going to be calling you for a baptism in about a year," the young man said to me laughingly. In a very different situation, one with no element of humor in it, an old Jewish friend told me of her escape from the Gestapo in the first days of the war. Fleeing Austria, she found refuge in France, only to have Hitler's armies oc- cupy the town she was in. She was hidden by the nuns in a convent where she had begun to attend Mass. THE POLICE became suspicious and came looking for her. "There is a woman, a Jew, who came to your town. She has disappeared. Have you seen her?" the officer asked the Sister who an- said 'no,' stepped back and, with both hands, swung the heavy oak door shut right in his face. Then she turned away from the door, saying to herself, 'They have no right to be here. And they have no right to ask such questions.'" THEOLOGIANS sometimes reflect on the complexity of truth-telling much the same way that the old Sister probably did. They point out that there are situations in which no one expects that questions will be answered fully, that the questions Erie Cathedral Open Again swered the door. My friend Erie, Pa. (NC) -- Historic, century-old St. Peter's Cathedral was closed by Erie diocesan officials from Nov. 26 to Dec. 1 after the church's 313-foot-high central tower suddenly shifted one-and- three-quarter inches toward described the the body of the church. themselves are only a charade. The Sisters who sheltered my friend were not about to turn her over to the Gestapo by answering the questions posed to them. Furthermore, the Gestapo obviously had no right to be in the French village. And some theologians also say, just as the old nun said, that some questions should not be asked. There is no right to ask them. THE YOUNG couple's landlord had no right to ask about their family plans, not only because children are a natural right but because, in our town, that kind of discrimination against children and parents is illegal as well. Such considerations help to show what makes truth- telling a complex times. Still, on a more damental level, the has been clear that try to build a world in truth-telling will be not the excep Establishing a clima which deceit and have no place is a Christian goal. THE WORLD always value the Christians can work that. And in doir Christians of the Spirit. For one of the Spirit of God, who is Spirit of truth, was the church on to provide us desire to help world order in which will be honored. © 1982 NC ] Happy Holiday WHITE SPOT NUMBER ONE • Small Steaks • Hamburgers • Breakfast Served ! 701 Rogers, Ft. Smith, AR. AL NOL TE, Manager MERRY CHRISTMAS situation to me, for her hiding Following several hours of TATE SENATOR place was not only within meetings with consultants r CERAMIC TILESERVICE Agll , ...... sound of the door but per- and structural engineers, x,.-c.,.=ie.c..,,.€,.. m m l mitted a view of it. Bishop Michael J. Murphy of r .... • m.,bn. / 1 L p-- IlPll I • • IIll ILl I I nllllt "The old nun looked so tiny Erie announced the re- wHmtpoot spas & aar.s .... lillE' ill lie l'qh  l liE] in the ancient stone doorway, opening. Five days of round-  f/f"V' ll'l II • • • • limP' And I could see the silhouette the-clock work have sue- [m of the soldier towering over ceeded in securing the tower, • , • her. She looked up at him, which has been pronounced "in no danger of falling," -- I'  i#J,   !/'? Ei'II Major repairs on the steeple ,1711 GRAND  "" Mike and Judy Thompson Steve Hottobough and Pot Toolson of  will continue for some time   , [ " ,  with the street in front of the .,     cathedral closed to traffic.   ' Workmen are now wrapping " e-l ,,1 C:  the top137 feet of the tower in  OK FOREST C[EN I • wire mesh to hold it secure as  ,   [UDRY they begin the lengthy task of -j Wmh Everyone a Very Merry Chmtmas and a Happy Hew Year OUR BUSINESS IS TO SAVE YOU MONEY  NEW COMMANDER • Free Citywide Delivery • Family Record System for.Drugs _ • Tax and lnsurance Records • WeD,scountAllPrescrlptlons  JohnVatican City (NC) -- POpepaul II named 42-year- ,-[ .. 507 Lexington Ave. , 815 West 2nd. St. ,[Ir oldMaj. Roland Buchs as the _j__.. ,  1217 Fair ParkBIVl .. Fort Smith, Ark. 72901 . Woldron, Ark. 72958  new commandant of the Swiss , Guards. 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