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Q uI VIVE? The Sentry On the dial at All Souls, Oxford, are inscribe et imputantur--the hours perish and This is a wholesome and a sobering thought and take this opportunity to wish all the readers of this column Happy New Year, filled with the choicest blessings of God. beginning" of a new year should he a solemn occasion and to provoke thought. There is before each one of us clean upon which to write the deeds of each day of the year. days are given to us by God to use in working out our salvatioh. The records of many of our friends have written and their books are closed. Our records are still progress. God is giving us time. And yet there are people, some of us are arnomg them, who spend many hours time. Nothing could be more foolish. There is not a single moment in life that any one can afford to waste. "Youth is not rich in time, it may be poor; part with it, as with money, sparingly; pay no moment but in purchase of its worth; and wlat it is worth, ask death-beds, they can telL" It is very at ,this time of the year to remember that the present is the only one any person can call his own, and it very quickly. Worldly people greet the New Year with and dance and pledge their toasts to Bacchus, the Roman god wine and revelry. The thinking person must conjure up the stern of life. Time is often represented as a reaper with a scythe. symbol is a good meditation. We live in a materialistic age and of those, who think at all, think in terms of this world and lay plans to win the accolade that worldly success bestows upon darlings. The things of this world are given to us to use wisely. are many false prophets about us, who try to make us accept proposition that whatever is useful is good. This false philosophy tainted our educational system, our homes and our industry. goods have their place in our lives and we must seek but with discretion. Here is another year. W]mt it holds in for each of us, no one but God knows. Make it a real happy iear and play safe by working on God&apos;s side. President Roosevelt has proclaimed January 1, 1944 as "a day f prayer for all of us, in our churches, in our homes and in our those of us who walk in the familiar paths of home, those Who fight on the wide battle fields of the world, those who go down to the sea in ships and those who rise in the air on wings." The na- tion, as a whole, civilians, as well as all who are in the service, will lift their minds and h'earts to God and join their voices in that God will preserve us from harm and give to those who over us the light and the courage to so direct the affairs of this hation that it may be pleasing to God. At this time it might be well Ror all of us to remember the present sad plight of the world has brought about because nations and men have abandoned God 1rod have sought the solution of world affairs as well as domestic I in a manner that suits their own selfish convenience. Ira- has becolne respectable because it has had popular approval. would have been considered scandalous a generation ago is thought to be proper because it has the sanction of the majority the people. President Roosevelt and all those who have a share THE OFFICIAL ORGAN OF THE DIOCESE OF LITTLE ROCK LI'FTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS, DECEMBER 31, 1943 NO. 5 i CLA../ ROSARY SAVED,THEIR LIVES Lost for 30 days when their patrol bomber was downed,ln the South bPacifle area, these four U S Navy armen were saved by CathoUc natives who became friendly when a Rosary exhibited UY one of the men finally convinced the natives that they were not Japanese. Still bearded from their drama-filled experiences, the rescued men are. left to right (fronti Aviation Ordnanceman Third Class Carl Schaf. for of Portland. Ore.. Aviation Machinist's Mate SeCond Class Carl D Saunders. Logansport, Ind. (rear) Lieut. Marion D Trehitt. pnot. Santa Barbara, Calif., and Ensign Edward A. Conlon. co:pilot. Miami. who wore the Rosary around his neck Official MarineCorps Photo nking the law of this nation, its states and communities should mindful that Gd has very emphatlcally stated that He does notlSecuIor Edifor In service. There is no sense in being a "Yes Man" with God .... <;= He sees the thoughts Of men and knows their intentions. It important for the Chief Executive and all legislators and jurists realize that an efficacious prayer demands the right disposition the part of those who pray. It goes without saying that God is going to hear the prayers of any nation or people who have in- enough to understand His natural law and yet continue disregard it. The laws of this nation and most of its states sane- multiple marriage, birth control clinics and planned families. nation must stamp out these vices before we can expect God hear our prayers. On January 1, let us pray for the courage to right. God will do the rest. The children of this generation are certainly informed if they nothing else. They have to be very young to be gullible enough accept Santa Claus. A story was told during the recent holidays some youngsters who accosted a certain Kris Kringle and him about the air plane in which he claimed to have much higher than any of the big bombers. One of the chil- look at him in a critical manner and said, "Then where is oxygen mask?" Stories are also told of war heroes, who upon return home are questioned in a cynical manner by their young All this seems very precocious, but it is characteristic of the day system of education which deals principally in informa- There is no attempt to develop thought. For this reason our youngsters have plenty of raw nmterial which could be used, they have feeble "intellects. The modern system does not go in intellectual development any more than it does for moral train- For this reason it is hard to make these young people realize that exists between cause and effect. From this defect many of our modern evils, such as lack of discipline and lack respect for elders. The right kind of teaching in the schools and will direct the attention of the young people to the fact that the twig is bent the tree inclines." The skillful directors of the are those who make them realize that the years of childhood adolescence are of the utmost importance because of the relation they have to the years of adult life. The youmg people must taught to restrain their desires and their passions because they live all their lives with the individual self which they develop their formative years. In the natural order of things God enthusiasm, optimism and credulity to young people. As the go by they realize that life is a series of disappointments and for all those who place store by the things of this world. who are realists will develop into adults who are bored who are always seeking an artifical thrill. Elsie Robinson, In one of her recent columns, commented upon action of Charles Dullea, chief of police of San Francisco. Chief is of the opinion that the modern juke box is a menace to the of the present era. Elsie Robinson agrees with him whole heart- and she very wisely says that regardless of how good or how you may think that your children are, "No high school young- who devotes several hours daily to the hectic art of boogie- can possibly develop normally, nervously, physically, nor, add, scholastically." There seems to be an obsession for at present. The louder the music, the wilder the rhythm, the Popular it is. It appears almost like a Freudlan device to drown conscience. The juke box has made it possible to bring all kinds music to all sorts of places. There was a time when a cer- amount of decorum prevailed at dances; now given a little floor a Juke box and a cheap record and you can see all sorts of gyrations that continue until the "old juke box breaks down." dances originated among the savage tribes and when they first introduced into civilized communities they were allowed in the lowest dives of the worst cities. Now they have put on air of respectability and are found in so-called polite circles. well meaning parents and social directors pride themselves fact that they are doing a wonderful work when they induce people to make merry with Juke boxes and Jungle music homes or private halls. These dances are psychologically With or without liquor. What we need in this country is an face by those who exercise authority. They should forget about Popular with the youngsters and should begin to train them place before them some ideals that are worth while. When ; like "Pistol Packing Mamma" become a national craze it is to take stock of Our Ideals and consider where we are going. statesman once said, "Let me write the songs of a nation 'ho writes her laws." Georgia Warns Against "Klan" Following Meet Atlanta, Ga. (E)--Following a who are making a decent, honest meeting of the Ku Klux Klan in the Porter Memorial Gymnasium at Porterdale, Ga., at which a turkey dinner was served and which was attended by a former Governor of Georgia and other present and former officials, Ralph McGill, editor of the At- lanta Constitution here, took oc- casion to warn against the Klan and expressed the hope that there might not be a recrudescence of religious and racial intolerance in a possible economic recession after the war. Mr. McGill wrote as follows: 'It was possible to get another sort of postwar picture out el the turkey dinner which the Porter- dale Ku Klux Klan gave with former Governor Eugene Tal- madge, State Treasurer George Hamilton, former Game and Fish Commissioner and Jack Cravey and Burly Johnny Goodwin, Tahnadge bodygxmrd, as the honor :uests, "it was a little odd to see Geor;e Hamilton listed -as an honor guest and as one of the chief speakers of the evening be- cause never :beore has he been publicly identified with any anti-. Catholic, anti-Jewish or anti- foreign born organization. The others were in their usual groove. Catholics Good Citizens "There are not many Catholics in Georgia, which is a pity in a way, because they are almost in- variably good Christians, good citizens and worth-while members of a community, something which it never has been possible to say for all the members of the var- ious Ku Klux Klan klaverns of the State. Most of them vote, too. "There are not many Jews in Georgia, either, but they, too, are good citizens. Their contribution is one of decency and hard work. "They vote too. "There also are about 5,000 members of the Greek community in Atlanta alone and they, like the Catholics and Jews, have been buying war bonds and sending their sons off to fight. I do not know any better Americans than the Greek-born citizens we have. They work hard, pay their debts and attend to their own business. They don't hate any other group. "They also vote. "There are a great many Syrians in our midst, too, and while I do not know them as well as I do my Greek friends, they are prefer- able to such klansmen as were convicted for beating and whip- ping helpless persons. "I think there are some other foreign-born people in our State contribution. Reformation Doubted "There is no reason to have an organization formed to promote hate and antagonism toward Ca- tholics, Jews, foreign-born citi- zens or any other minority group. "The ]u Klux Klan may pro- test thatit now is a reformed or- ganization, but if you could see one of their rituals or sit in on a klavern meeting you would find the same old klan. If you could get through the mumb0-jumbo business of the kleagles, cyclops, knight-hawks and all that clap- trap, you would find it still to be silly, unChristian and danger- ous to the peace and dignity of the people. "It is very un-American because this country stands as a land of opportunity for all people and our Constitution so states. So, the Ku Klux Klan is un-American in conception. It often has been so in operation. "Well, as I was saying, it was no gurprise to find any of the honor guests there save Mr. Ham- ilton, who never before, in so far as the public knows, has identi- fied himself with the kluxers. "Maybe he wanted to see if after all, the men behind those sheets were just men with Hali- tosis, big adam's apples or double chins or big stomachs or skinny ones and not great, mysterious figures. "I would not have the people outside Georgia think this means there is a revival of the Ku Klux Klan in Georgia. It still will be safe to travel through our State. You will not be flogged or fright- ened by men in bedsheets. Most of the members look better under hoods, as far as that goes. There are just a few klaverns, kleagles konklaves, knight-hawks, klucks kilgraps, killer-dillers, and the like. For the most part they ex- ist in small towns where there isn't anything else to join or where some mill owner finances it as an anti-union organization. "Now and then they vill prosti- tute the cross of Christ by leaving it blazing beside some poor help- less person, they, in their coward- ly might, have flogged, but is done by the criminal element. Some of those were put in jail a few years back. Mr. Talmadge pardoned them. "This thing will be quite unim- portant un'less we have a depres- sed condition after this wa#, such as we had in the 1920s. Which is why we mtrst have better planning than we had in 1918-19. And more Christian democracy--not Kluxer Kristianity. There is a difference," P0pe's Christmas Plea Asks Leaders For World Peace Vatican City. El--Speaking by radio to the world as it prepared !to observe its fifth Christmas "in a sombre atmosphere of death and hate," His Holiness Pope Plus XII eaUed upon the dealers of peoples to "give mankind, thirsting for it, a peace that shall reinstate the human race in its own esteem and in that of history." "Scrupulously faithful as We wish to be o the dkl.ty of im- partiality inherent in Our Pas- toral ministry," His ttoliness said, "We formulate the desire that Our dea: children will not let slip any opportunity of securing the triumph of the principles of far- seeing an even-minded justice and brotherhood in the questions that are so essential for the salva- tion of States." The Holy Father said "a real peace in conformity with the dig- nity of man and the Christian con- scmnce can never be a harsh im- position by arms but rather is the result of a provident justice and a responsible sense of equity to- wards all." "You must not tomorrow stain the peace and repay injustice with injustice, or commit an even greater injustice," the Sovereign Pontiff declared. His Holiness was Vigorous in insisting that the rights of every people and nation, despite its size, be respected in the peace that will be made. He sternly warned that all members of the "family of States" must be left its own dig- 'nity "without renouncing or de- stroying itself." "Do not ask," he pleaded, "'renunciation of sub- stantial rights or vital necessities which you yourselves, if it were demanded from your people, would deem impracticable." Repeatedly he referred to "the family of States," "the Family of peoples," "a new spirit of world union." ' Anxiety For All Peoples Speaking to "all of you who by the disposition and permission of God hold j YU hand the destiny of your own and other peoples," Pope Plus said he is "anxious for the welfare and even for the very existence of each and every" people," and he called upon lead- ers to: "Rise above yourselves, above every narrow calculating judgment, above every boast of military superiority, above every one-sided affirmation of right and Jlstice." Little Rock Flier Reported Missing Mr. and Mrs. John Kleuser of Little Rock received notice from the War Deparlment that their son Lieutenant J. Kleuser, is missing in action over France. Lieutenant Kleuser, age 27, member of St. Edward's Parish, has been in the Air Force two years, and in England since last June. He had been awarded the Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters for heroism as co-pilot of the much publicized and cited "Mary Pat" of the 8th !omber Command, in England. / grad- uate of Little Rock High School, Lt. Kleuser flew at Adams Field for months before entering the Army Air Force in July, 1941. His most recent award covered "meritorious Service on numerous bombing missions over Germany and Nazi Europe" in the terms of his personal citation. A local daily paper lately carried a front page photograph of the crew of the "Mary Pat" and an insert photograph of Lt. Kleuser, stating that this crew had a total of 100 missions to its credit. Improvement Of Highway Cuts Off Picturesque View Jerusalem. (E)--A picturesque if dangerous section of the I highway approaching Jeru- salem has been put off the beaten track by the construc- tion of a modern road to by- pass the mountain ridge span- ned by the old rout e , built in Turkish times. By means of a series of 'breath-taking hair- )in twists and turns, popularly known as "The Seven Sisters," the old road climbed a preci- pitus height. Those making the ascent or descent obtained a fine view of Ain-Karem---scene of the Visitation--in the dis- tance, although few could take their minds off the dangerous road long enough to enjoy the vista. Pope Plus prayed that this will be the last war Christmas, but told his listeners that "all of Our ef- forts cannot cause this horrible war to end of a sudden." "Much less is it Our power," he added, "to open to you the future, of which God holds the keys." "Two Somewhere in New Guinea. A Little Rock doctor, now cap- tain with the U.S. Army in Arawe, is the hero of tales brought back from the front by the wounded. Captain Charles P. Wickard, an army doctor, swam among the battered rubber invasion boats administering first aid to the wounded. He saw to it that they kept in the boats and gave morphine to the sufferers. When the wounded were evacuated to New Guinea, Cap- tain Wickard remained at his post on New Britain. Captain Wickard, a native of Crockett, Texas, had been a practicing playsician in Little Rock since 1939, when he was called to the army in the fall of 1942. He was a member of St. Andrew's Cathedral parish, and Council 812 Knights of Col- umbus. He married the former Miss Margaret R. Robinson, of Kelser, Arkansas and is the father of three children. Dr. Wickard was on leave last May, and after returning to Camp Livingston, Alexandria, La., he was sent aboard. Press dispatches confirmed the early news of his service. Dr. Wickard' parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Wickard, live at 2805 Gaines Street. Rainbolt Family Full Of Patriotism And Then Some ' i St. Patrick, Me. (E)---Once era Joseph Rainbolt makes up his imind, he is a very determined iriSh. For quite some time he quietly observed his wife and their four children at their home here talk- ing over the instructions they were taking to embrace the Ca- :tholic Faith. The more he listen- i ed the more he was impressed. Came the day when his eldest son, HJllis Patrick Rainbolt, announced he was going to join the Navy. Then era Joseph Rainbolt made up his mind. Straight to the rectory of the Shrine of St. Patrick Church on :Erin Avenue, here, went era Jo- seph Rainbolt and to the Rev. Francis J. O'Duignan, pastor, an- nounced: "Father, I am ready to enlist in two armies." He ex- plained that he wanted to be with his boy in serving the nation and that he also wanted to be with his family in the Catholic Faith. All the Rainbolts were baptized together at an impressive ser,ice. ::T.- Catholic Student Wins National Essay Medal New Orleans. (E)Florence Lee Heath, 12-year-old freshman at Sacred Heart of Jesus High School, won the Eckhardt Medal in the nation-wide essay contest open to Children of the Confed- eracy. She is a member of Julia Jackson Chapter, C. of C., and re- ceived the medal at a meeting of the chapter's senior organization. Stonewall Jackson Chapter, Unit- ed Daughters of the Confederacy. The subject this year was "Gen- eral Leonidas Polk." This is the second time an'Eck- hardt Medal, given by Mrs. Harry Eckhardt, a member of StonewaU Jackson Chapter, has been won by a member of Julia Jackson Chapter. This year, the Medal not only "came home" for a sec- ond time, but the recipient is a godchild of the donor, who made the presentation. things, however," His Holiness said, "We can and will do." "The first is that We have used and shah use all Our resources, material and spiritual, to lessen the sad consequences of the war for prisoners, wounded, missing, straying, needy--for all those in suffering and trouble of every language and nation. "The second is that in the course of this sad time We want you above all to remember the great consolation with which our faith inspires us when it reaches that death and the sufferings of this life lose their bitter sorrow for those who can with calm and serene conscience make their own that prayer of the Church in the Mass of the Dead: 'Unto Thy faith- ful, O Lord, life is changed, not taken away; and the abode of this earthly sojourn being dis- solved, an eternal dwelling is pre- pared in Heaven.' " Pope Plus, outlining the duties of Christians at the present mom- ent, said "the progress of man- kind in the present confusion has been a progress without God and even against God; without Christ and even against Christ." "It is fitting, however," His Holiness continued, "that Christians reflect on that share of responsibility which belongs to them for the present afflictions." Pope Plus said it is "tragically sad" to think of the "countless men" who have found only "de- ceptive illusions and painful dis- illusionment" in their search for happiness that will satisfy them on this earth. 'Disillusioned Souls' In the ranks of "these straying disillusioned souls," His Holiness !said, 'it is not hard to find those who placed all their faith in a world expansion of economic life, thinking that this alone would suf- fice to draw the peoples together in a spirit of brotherhood, and promising themselves from its grandiose organization, perfected and refined to an ever greater de- gree, unheard of and unsuspected increase of prosperity for human society." "In 'the same way acted and thought in the past those other deluded ones," the Holy Father said, "who placed happiness and prosperity exclusively in a form of science and culture which was averse to recognizing the Creator of the Universe." "Let not these disillusioned vo- taries of science and economic life fear to come before the Crib of the Son of God," Pope Plus said. His Holiness said that in addi- tion to those who are "profoundly disconcerted because of the bank- ruptcy of social and intellectual trends largely followed by poli- tical leaders and scientists," there is "the not less npmerous class" of those "who ar in great dis- tress and sorrow because of the collapse of their own personal and private ideal of life." The Holy Father added that this class "comprises the immense number of those for whom labor was the end of life, and for whom the goal of their fatigue was a comfortable material existence, but who, in the struggle to attain this end, had put far from them religious considerations, and had neglected to give to their life a healthy moral orientation." Holy Father Sends Christmas Message To War Prisoners Washington. (E)--His Holiness Pope Plus XlI has sent a special personal Christmas Message to all prisoners of war everywhere. The following is u translation of the message; "To our beloved prisoners and all those who, like them, far from their loved ones, are absorbed in longing for the joys of Christmas by the fireside at home, We send Our warm affection and fatherly blessing, with the sincere wish that the peace which Jess Christ has brougtt to all those who are in distress may be ample recom- pense for their sufferings and an infallible promise of a renewed Christian prosperity." 'The message, printed in their respective languages and bearing the signature of the Holy Father, has been made available in the form of an attractive Christmes card presented to all prisoners of war in fhis country by ttis Excel- lency the Most Rev. Amleto Giovaai Cicognani Apostolic Delegate t the United States. Tde front cover of the card ha a picture of the Infant Jesus be- neath the Star of Dethlefiem, wi the inscriptior "Venite Adore- mus." On the inner cover is a picture of the Holy Father. On the opposite page is the message of His Holiness printed in dif- ferent languaes to suit the pris- oners of the varions nationalities.