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I THE GUARDIAN, DECEMBER 24, 1982 PAGE .5 in Peace, Asserts [ican City (NC) -- Peace ideal which can rved in many ways, John Paul II told a group e Prize winners. )ME-LIFE MERCIAL i WURTZ you get your next notice, let me you a quote. W. Markhani AR 72205 ,225-5359 Res.455-3977 "There is no pre- established method that guarantees peace," the Pope said. "Man's work for peace will express itself, therefore, in many ways." Lasting peace rests on respect for human dignity, the Pope said. He called peace "a gift of God" requiring the intervention of man to put it into practice. "This task," said the Pope, "implies love of neighbor, clear-sightedness, courage and often the patience to put up with misunderstanding, trials and persecution." The audience was attended by representatives of nine international organizations that have won the Nobel Peace Prize, including Amnesty International, the International Red Cross, UNICEF, two Quaker groups and the office of the U.N. 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Here are some of the gifts that I and other grown-ups want from Christmas. We want to experience the joy of the nativity with those we love. We want to use Christ- mas to talk about Jesus, Mary and the thrill of the Messiah's birth. If this gift is squeezed out in the frenzy of preparations, we feel cheated, let down and frustrated. We want to spend a close loving time with our families. But too often this gets bungled. When emotions and hopes run high, so do con- flicts. Christmas can be a time when dormant conflicts of childhood emerge and family arguments rejoined. The happy loving sharing that is anticipated so eagerly can degenerate into painful memories and recrim- inations. WE WANT to relive the th- rill of our childhood holidays and traditions. But sometimes our children don't respond to those traditions so dear to our memory and we react with disappointment and anger. Or maybe a spouse wants to open the gifts on Christmas mor- ning instead of Christmas Eve and the child in us cries, "But that isn't right," meaning "that isn't the way we did it." Christmas, incidentally, is one of the greatest stress periods in the first year of marriage, precisely for this reason. We want to give of ourselves at Christmas. That's why we entertain, make and bake and invite house-guests. When everyone wants to do the same, though, we find our- selves trying to telescope roles of giver and recipient into an incredibly brief period of time -- a situation fraught with high emotions, calendar chaos and exhaustion. We want time to reflect and meditate, time for personal prayer and time to stand ,..,=.,-,-. q! aside from tile activity for awhile. Yet, there's rarely an opportunity to be alone during the holidays. We invite guests and then wish they weren't here. We want to read the beautiful Christmas stories we cherish and to think about them. But we often have to wait until Christmas is over and by then we're surfeited FINALLY, WE want the Christmas spirit to live oil after the holidays. We love the feeling that joyous reunions produce and we don't want that spirit to end. One family I know extends this by bringing out a Christmas card daily beginning the day after Christmas and at dinner talks about and prays for the sender. Christmas can be a time of great joy and great disap- pointment. For most, it's a combination of both. When we focus on what we want from Christmas, it's a step toward the real meaning and purpose of the holiday. The tinsel and gifts are important but the spirit is what we yearn for and that is something that we can get from Christmas that extends far beyond the holiday and warms us throughout the year. My Christmas wish for readers is that they receive the gift of acceptance this year. Just as we thrill to and accept the humanity of the Babe Jesus, so also may we accept our own humanness during His season. This means accepting ourselves when reunions don't turn out the way we hope, when children squabble with siblings over who got the best gifts and when we aren't able to be everything to everyone. This acceptance can be the greatest gift we receive at Christmas. EXPECTING TOO much from Christmas is a great human failing. Part of the spirit of peace we seek from the holidays comes from accepting ourselves and those dearest to us as loving humans who want to give and be given to in the spirit of the new-born Babe. This is the spirit of Christmas and may it live on in all of us. 1982 Knights Present Check The Knights of Columbus State Council recently presented a check for $727.50 to Stan Rauis, director of the Ronald McDonald House ill Little Rock. Making the presentation, left to right, are State Deputy R.S. "Bob" Peters, Rauls, and State Community Director Charles Gunderman. The Ronald McDonald House has been founded for parents and friends of children to stay while their child is undergoing treatments, surgery, etc., at the Children's Hospital in Little Rock. Several K. of C. Councils throughout the state raised the funds. Kea tous Vocations Special Advent Sign Vatican City (NC) -- Pope Catholic, the pontiff said, "I John Paul II said that a know thai your apostolic vocation to the priesthood or dynamism notices with the religious life is a "'special anxiety the quantitative sign of Advent." discrepancy between the He asked Advent prayers numerical proportion visible for vocations while ad- in your parish community and dressing 10,000 visitors to St. the immense human reality in Peter's Square during his which you are immersed. Sunday Angelus message. "Never tire of looking "Every vocation," said the continually for even the pontiff, "is a precious gift in slightest occasions to enlarge which the Lord draws near to your contacts...with that and meets the entire com- great human reality," the munity of the people of God." Pope said. This makes a religious On the previous day, the vocation "a special sign of Pope had welcomed the Advent," he added, bishops of Malta on their ad Taking as his starting point limina visit to the Vatican, the second reading of the required every five years by day's liturgy, in which St. bishops to report on the status Paul exhorts the Philippians of their dioceses. to "present your requests to In Malta, a small island God in ever(' necessity," the nation in the Mediterranean Pope encouraged the visitors Sea south of Sicily, the church to pray for "the problem of came into increasing conflict priestly and religious in 1982 with the socialist vocations." government of Prime In his brief talk, the Pope Minister Dom Mintoff. During also asked for prayers for the the summer, Mintoff an- church in communist-ruled nounced that he had asked the Hungary which, he said, "'is Pope to remove Archbishop confronted with profound JosephMercieca of Malta, the social change, accompanied nation's ranking prelate. by the phenomena of Mintoft" said he made the secularization and of religious request because the ar- indifference." 'chbishop had failed to In the afternoon, the pontiff denounce a proposal by the visited the parish of the Good opposition Nationalist Party Pastor Jesus in Rome. He to make June 29, the feast of urged parishioners to be a Sts. Peter and Paul, a leaven for others in the national holiday. neighborhood. Speaking to J' NI[IJP MIItlff several hundred people in an 1', I" FOREST FIRES area where the 30,000 I . 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