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D n Eckhart dversal Poetr00 By JOHN J. ECKHART THE DEED OF GOD, by Rev. John W. Lynch, Sheed and Ward, 125 pp., $2.95 OETRY, to be valid, I should think would icontain an object within tself that gave the lines mean- hag. We can delve into obscur- ities if we wish, after T. S. Eliot or James Joyce, or we can follow the plainer paths of a Padraic Colum or a John Lynch. But in any instance should not the poetry itself Peak of something, an object? ear with me if I conclude that it must. The object of this book of p6etry is the Mass, the central drama in the Divine liturgy of the Church. It would be diffi- cult to imagine a more sublime object for any poem. Father Lynch does justice to his object in this book. D The book is one one poem, paean to the Mass, one poet's artistic involvement with the Eucharistic Supper, one mus- ical word dance before the altar of God. The poet in this instance is not of the sharp and well-de- fined school of sophistication at is the lineal descendant of ats, nor can he be held against the backdrop of Kerouac and Ginsberg in the modern "beat" tradition of Brother Antoninus, O.P. I do not demean the poet, and hoping it would be under. stood in the good meaning, I would call Father Lynch a simple poet. By that he is possessed of that unique poetic talent that expresses much, without obseuration, from the mind and the soul. The Mass quite obviously means mueh to him, and he can relate this in the poetic idiom. , Some of the passages are better than others. He seems more relaxed in the short foot line, less stilted perhaps than in the longer iambics of some of the book. But what can we say about poetry without re- tiring to the halls of a college where learned men wrack out the good wine of poetry into the sour bottles of dissection. Let it suffice to say that this book is good poetry. It is not maudlin, it is not "pious," it is not the simple mouthings of a sweet little old lady. It is virile poetry, it is clean and clear poetry. The priest poet is indeed becoming a unique animal, but here is a good one. Father Lynch begins the his- tory of the Mass with St. John the Baptist and brings it through the ages to a bare board altar at Dachau prison camp. He explores the history, the meaning, and the grandeur of the Mass, as it affected the Roman martyr as well as to- day's victim of the martyrdom of mediocrity. Perhaps in a way Father Of Mass Lynch is more closely related to Kerouac, Ginsberg and Brother Antoninus, O.P., than he would wish. Like them, he writes of universals, he probes deep, he watches man under various human situa- tions. He is different in that he has knowledge of the sub- lime truths so vainly sought by the "Beat" poets. J.J.E. STRANGERS IN THE HOUSE. By (Rev.) Andrew Greeley, 179 pp. Sheed & Ward. $3.so EENAGERS b e w a r e. Another a d u I t has found out all about you, why you are in search for identity, why you cheat, why you drink, why you go steady. Actually you are really more adult than you think because one day when Sal Mineo was leaving his studio one of you threw yourself under the front wheel of his car and said, "Run over me, Sal," which is just what a 42-year-old woman did a week later under Frank Sinatra's car. But you can read all about it in this book which is really for your parents and proves that teenagers are real people with their own problems. C .R .L. Friday, Feb. 9, 1962 THE PRC)GRESS--5 ,God Love,,. you FAMIL______YY CLINIC__.__ .-- ' Haves Must Gwe To Have Nots Physical Punishment JSy MOST R;;VEREND FULTON J. SHEEN ONp;esiPdl::to;e:;::l[;c:rpoTatlonthe 't ': n:;:: 'i twhhe::lT::;/h:i::lYmli:::gb::tt:nlthYe For 16-Year-Old? a Protestant. He acknowledged that he destitute, the aged, the maimed. The Society By Father John L. Thomas, S,J. was beginning to feel a bit ridiculous about gLving the rector of his church $10,000 a year, inasmuch as the latter was already receiving a salary of $20,000. O We asked him if he had ever analyzed the way the rich give money. It seems to be a law that the "have's" give to those who have and the "have not's" give to those who have not. The rich give to the rich; the poor give to the poor. An institution with capital of 20 million dollars will have no difficulty getting 10 million dollars more in a drive. But a priest with a mud-hut church in Africa will be lucky to receive $100 a year. O E then told the gentleman that the Scrip- tures blessed only those who helped the poor, not those who helped the rich: "He that hath mercy on the poor lendeth to the Lord." Did not Our Blessed Lord say of Himself: "I was hungry, thirsty, naked, homeless?" But He never said that those who sought Him in the well-fed, the glutted, the well-clothed and the housed would find Him. John the Baptist rec- ommended giving to the "have net's'. "He that hath two coats, let him give to him that hath none." Finally, Our Lord gave this rule of spritual etiquette: "When thou makest a dinner . . . call not thy neighbors who are rich, lest perhaps they invite thee again, and recompense be made to thee - . . but call in the poor, the maimed, the lame and the blind." Since they cannot give in return, making you a trustee or repaying you with a banquet or tickets to a game, the Lord will have to reward you. When the gentleman asked for a group of poor whom he could help but who could not help him, except spiritually, we recommended that he start a leper colony. He proposes to do so. O This column, then, is a plea that the rich for the Propagation of the Faith deals with all of these poor of the world--with priests who live on $7 a month, with people whose income is only $I a week, with bishops who turn away I00 boys a year from their seminaries because they cannot afford $250 a year to educate them. If you are interested in the poor, send your alms to the Holy Father through The Society for the Propagation of the Faith. He will make the distribution throughout the Missions of the world. O GOD LOVE YOU to ].T. /or $35 "I had been out of work for over a year and promised I would send you my first pay check i,/ I ]ound employment." . . . to Anonymous for $2 "Please use this money for a teenager who needs lend more than I need a new sweater or bracelet." . . . to E.C.W. /or $5 "'This is the first check I ever received /or an article, recently pub- lished in a local paper, and I want the Missions to have it.'" 0 At a loss for gift suggestions? Turn them into a gain for The Society for the Propagation of the Faith by selecting either our smart cuff link sets (oval or square), tie clasp or ladies' charm. Made of gold-colored Hamilton finish with the raised red insignia of the Society, these items are ideal for seminarians, class awards, any and all giving. Specify the items you desire, enclose a minimum offering of $3 for each piece and send your name and address to The Society for the Propagation of the Faith, Order Department, 366 5th Ave., New York 1, N.Y. O Cut out this column, pin your sacrifice to it and mail it to Most Rev. Fulton J. Sheen, National Director of the Society for the Propa- gation of the Faith, 386 5th Avenue, New York 1, N.Y., or your Archdiocesan Director, Rev. Stephen Szeman, 907 Terry Avenue, Seattle 4. Professor of Sociology at St. Louis University What do you think about corporal punishment /or teen-agers? As a teacher I am aware o/ many cases among some of the national groups. For example, I know a/uther who inflicts severe physical punhhment on hh 16.year-old boy. The lad submits out o] ]ear and reverence. What does the Church say about this? 8: * 8: * OUR remarks that the practice is relatively com- mon among some groups in this country really surprises me. I felt modern parents had become so permissive that they no longer used corporal punishment even on young- sters who hadn't reached the age of reason. However, I recall that sonae men use physi- cal force on their wives so I suppose that they would not hesitate to do the same with their children. Of course, there are people who feel that some spoiled young "punks" might well profit from the application of a little corporal punish- ment. I'm not interested in arguing the point FR. THOMAS here but suggest that the implied need for such punishment at this late stage of personality development clearly indicates serious parental failure and is scarcely calculated to remedy it. From your description I take it that the cases you describe are not delinquents. Severe physical punishment is employed by fathers as a routine ,way to maintain family discipline and correct the normally expected failures of adolescent boys. Frankly, I find the practice undignified and revolting although I am quite ready to admit that on an exceptional occasion when the father's. authority is arrogantly challenged, corporal punishment might be desirable. Even here, it would seem to me to indicate past parental failure in character .training and discipline. Of course I don't have to tell you that parental methods of maintaining discipline have varied widely in the past and still differ from culture to culture. I suppose all of these systems worked more or less success- fully in the majority of cases, for every generation of parents is 00HEADLINES Bright (Continued from Page 1) Stevenson quietly replied that the U.S. was planning no "di- rect and unilateral interven- ion" in Cuba with its regular orces, that the problem of Cuba is a multilateral problem of the Americas. It is not "a bilateral one be- tween Cuba and any one of the other American republics," he said. "It is Cuba which is inter- fering with the self-determi- nation of the American re- publics, and it is Cuba which is committing aggression against the free institutions of its neighbors." In saying this, he once again assured Castro that the U.S. will not take unilateral action against him, least of all mili- tary action. D Military Buildup The Soviet and Czech dele- gates not only defended Cuba, but accused the U.S. of plan- ning armed invasion. It would seem that Stevenson muffed a wonderful opportu- nity to point out that not only their governments, but the en- tire Communist bloc, has been converting Cuba into a veri- table armed Red fortress. According to reputedly reli- JBAIR 'PILGRIMA'G'[ See the world's great shrines...easil/and ece. nemically..on Air France. Air France's Catholic pro- gram for t962 offers a variety of departure dates on this attractive tour pil- 8Timage. Each tour departs froqz New York, via Boeing Intercontinental Jet, trader the leadership of a well- known and experienced spiritml director. Once ia Europe, you visit shrines ie Paris, Lourdes, Rome; Florence, Venice, Milar Geneva and Lyon. The tour's all-inclusive price covers round.trip fare from NewYork, meals, sightsee- ing, hotels-even tips!Con- venient guaranteed depar- tures are set for dates be- tween April and December. Make 1962 the year you visit the famous shrines of Christendom. Send tl coupon for your Air Frem Pilgrimage Tour Book. AIR. 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It has been general knowl- edge that Soviet-bloc military instructors including Red Chi- nese, have remodeled Castro's 300,000-man militia into a first- class fighting organization as well as trained fliers at more than a dozen airfields. Anybody's Guess A closeup report of Castro's fighting power appeared in the February 12 issue of U.S. News and World Report. If only half the data presented are true, there is good cause for grave concern. Castro is turning his atten- tion to the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo, the article as- serts. "Since last November, (Castro's) labor troops have cut in six tank roads down from the hills and right to the (wire) fence around the base," it states. "Minefields GIFTS FOR ALL OCCASIONS Catholic AND CHURCH GOODS, Inc. --Ccn'kollc Ioo Sellers- 41)7-i119 UNION ST., SEATTLE MU. 2-1929 line these roads. Gun em- placements are being dug into the hillside overlooking the base." The way it looks from here, the situation is shaping up for a double-edged attack on the U.S. When the time comes, if the U.S. will not surrender Guantanamo, Castro will threaten the U.S. mainland with a missile attack, while he makes an assault on the naval base. Of course, it won't succeed as a military maneuver, but we must remember that Castro is first of all a Communist and the Kremlin regards Cuba as expendable. Inasmuch as Stevenson did not even allude to the military buildup in Cuba and nothing of this kind has been divulged of- ficially from. Washington, one wonders what the reason might be for this seclusion of infor- mation. Certainly, our government must be watching the develop- ments closely and has formu- lated a program for meeting it. Southeast Asia Elsewhere throughout the world there has been little change during the past week. President De Gaulle has been very much in the news with reports that the seven-year-old Algerian crisis is approaching a solution. One would almost have to be a confirmed opti- mist to believe this, judging from present apperances. Indonesia is still threaten- ing war on the Netherlands unless it relinquishes its claim to New Guinea. The Dutch, however are sending more troops to defend this possession against an ex- pected Indonesian attack. There is a distinct hiatus in the Congo negotiations, whether due to U.N. reluctance to move until the question of its bond sale is decided or awaiting the outcome of the visit of Premier Cyrille Adoula with President Kennedy and his appearance at the U.N. At any rate, President Moise ' Tshombe still holds to his post --and convictions., The current hot spot and critical area is in Southeast Asia, where Laps is fast slip- ping under the horizon and the I IIIIIII Making Plans /or Next Summer? TW0 GREAT TOURS FOR NORTHWEsTERNERS! Father Domin's Europe- Holy Land Tour. 10 Coun- tries, 6 Weeks, leaving Portland and Seattle June 13tb. The Marylhurst Cultural Adventure Tour of Europe. 12 Countries, 6 Weeks, leaving Portland and Seattle June 19th. Clip and Mail Robert Powell Travel Service, Benson Hotel, Portland S, Oregon. Please send me details of Father Domin's Europe Holy Land Tour and of The Marylhurst Cultural Tour of Europe. Name ......................................... Address ........................................ City .................. Zone .... Sfae ............ Communist drive in Vietnam is on the ascendancy. No Cease-Fire The battle is still continuing for the possession of Nam Tha in northern Laos. Three times within the past 10 days Premier Boun Oum has sent an appeal for a cease- fire. The third appeal was turned down Tuesday by pro- Communist "neutralist" Prince Souvanna Phouma end Red Prince Souphanouvong. One does not have to be a seer to understand what is behind the armed assault on Nam Tha. If the Communists can take this strategic out. post, their way will be fairly easy to seize thousands of square miles of Laps, and when the Reds once enter a region they will not leave unless expelled by armed force. Further proof that the Com- munists do not want peace but a complete takeover of Laps was shown last week when the two pro-Communist princes re- fused to permit the members of the international control commission to enter the fight- ing area of Nam Tha to con- duct an investigation. However, this week the So- viet and British ambassadors accompanied the Indian, Polish and Canadian members of the commission into the rebel territory, but nothing was achieved. In neighboring Vietnam, ac- celerated activities are most- ly of the guerrilla variety, where Red terrorists are en- gaged in murder and other atrocities. The role of the U.S. in Viet- nam is technically noncombat- ant. Right Turn Some of the important news also concerns elections. The surprising results of the one held Sunday and Monday in Finland was that it definitely turned right. Among the unexpected de- Legion o[ Decency First Run Movies Currently Showing In Seattle A-1--A Majority of One. A-2--Flower Drum Song. A-3--The Innocents. B--Love and the French- woman. SEPARATE CLASSIFICA- TION-King of Kings. No Rating- Journey to the Seventh Planet. Other Movies Currently Showing A-1--Bbes in Toyland. X-15. Comancheros., S e c o n d Time Around. A-3--Breakfast At Tiffany's. Condemned--Never On Sun- day. Ratings Not Received For-- Up The Creek. Tiger Bay. On Cuba velopments of this parlia- mentary election was the fail- ure of the Communist Party chairman to win re-election to the seat be had held since the end of World War II. Furthermore the Communist Party, which was the largest political group in the Finish Parliament, dropped to second place by losing three members. The ruling Agrarian Party of President Urho K. Kekko- nan increased its margin by seven, thereby becoming the leading party. These results must have jolted Khrushchev most se- verely. Independent Finns The most anti-Communist party in Finland is the Social Democratic Party; the third largest, and then the Conserva- tives. Last year Vaino A. Tanner, Social Democratic leader, an- nounced himself as a candidate for president. Immediately, Khrushchev demanded that President Kekkonen, who was sojourning in the U.S., see him et once. Marriage To Be Topic On 'Challenge' "Preparation for Marriage" will be the topic for discussion by the "Challenge" panelists Sunday, Feb, 11, from 6 to 6:30 p.m. on KOMO-TV, channel 4. The panelists, Rev. Williem Treaty, Rabbi Raphael Levine and Dr. Martin Gostin will try to analyze how much impor- tance should be placed on ro- mantic love, financial security, common background, common interest and a common religion. They will contribute ideas on how each partner can prepare for marriage and how parents can ready their children for marriage. The men will suggest sources to acquire helpful knowledge on how to prepare for marriage. St. Francis Hour Plans Two Dramas "Shadow of His Hand" will be the Hour of St. Francis drama scheduled by Radio KXA for Sunday, Feb. 11, at 5:15 p.m. and in Everett on Radio KQTY at 7:30 a.m. The play concerns the true story of a doctor facing the problem of mercy killing. February 18, KXA will broad- cast "What Makes a Teenager Tick" at 5:15 p.m. with the same play on KQTY, Everett, at 7:30 a.m. A group tours the teenagers world. Some bMme the confu- sion they find on the teenager; others on the p a r e n t s. The guide's comments provide a surprise for the adult who be- lieves he understands the younger generation. That was October 30. Upon his return home, Kekkonen traveled to Novosibirsk to find out what Khrushehev wanted. He was told in fairly blunt terms he wanted no anti-Communlst candidates. But you never can tell about those Finns. They turned right, and what can or will Khrush- chev do about it? Student Guild Will Present 'St. Joan' George Bernard Shaw's "Saint Joan" will be presented Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Feb. 22-23-25, in the Women's Century Club Theater by the Northwest S t u d e n t Actors Guild, composed mainly of Catholic collegiate and high school students. The play revolves around the trial and execution of Joan of Arc and features Roseann Sher- idan, a University of Washing- ton junior drama major, tak- ing the leading role. The play is being directed by Maury R. Sheridan of Blanchet High School. Tickets are being sold for $1.50. Reservations m a y be made by calling EA. 3-5156. Our Readers Write Advertiser Impressed Editor, The Progress: Please discontinue our dis- play ad until further notice. We are now full to capacity and have to turn down naw applicants for admission. We are impressed with The Progress as an advertising medium and shall resume an ed as soon as we have space for new patients. George P. Coughlin Coughlin Convalescent 200 N.E, Alkin Rd. - Vancouver Editorial Comment Editor, The Progress: The editorial which appeared in the January 26 issue of The Progress on page 4, I presume was written by you. Thank you! It was most en- lightening to find out about the events planned for Century 21 on Good Friday and Holy Sat- urdy. The editorial will do a great service I'm sure, and will inspire, I hope, some im- mediate action. Personally, I hope to do my small part by writing to the Committee at the Seattle Chamber of Com- merce and in perhaps some other ways, too. As long as this kind of edi- torial is written, God will surely bestow many blessings, one of them I should hope would be waking. Mrs. Alice Chase 818 N. Anderson Tacoma 6 faced with a similar invasion of young barbarians that must be "housebroken," disciplined, motivated, and trained to take their place in society as adults. If parents fail in this task to any marked degree, the failure is quickly reflected throughout society and the next generation of parents either develop more effective mtheds or the culture disintegrates. Thus the current rise of juvenile delinquency indicates the wide- spread failure to prepare the coming generation for the assump- tion of responsible roles in society. Whether we blame parents, the school, or social conditions, the situation must be remedied if our traditional way o life is to endure. What Does Church Say? HAT does the Church say about severe physical punishment for adolescents? Catholic doctrine in this matter stresses moral principles and aims, leaving the practical applications to be worked out in terms of the varied methods and situations within each age and culture. St. Paul states the essence of the Chuwh's teaching on this point: "Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is just. Honor thy father and thy mother, which is the first eommand- ment with a promise . . And you, fathers, provoke not your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and correction of the Lord" (Ephesians, 6:1-4). Obedience is to be shown and authority exercised "in the Lord." It is impossible to reconcile the conduct you mention with this text. According to Catholic teaching, the basic, constant aim of the whole training process is.to enable the child to master the norms, motives, and goals required for mature Christian living. This is a development process that parents are privileged and seriously obligated to guide and supervise. Children belong to God, so that the authority of parents is a delegated authority coming to them from God and consequently defined and delimited by the purpose it is designed to fulfill. Parents must respect the dignity of their children as persons. They exercise authority over them only to the extent that they are not mature while the use o authority must be'designed to promote this maturity. Practice Not Justifiable HE cases you mention represent an arbitrary use of parental authority. Although these practices may be explained as traditinnal carry-overs amung some groups, they cannot be justi- fied under modern conditions. They are bound to provoke the anger against which St. Paul warned parents while they force adolescents to act out of fear rather than reverence and inner conviction. At the same time, they indicate an unchristian view of pareutal authority. Such fathers are not punishing out of love- One suspects that they have no adequate view of the purpose of discipline and deeply resent any signs of independence in their growing sons. What can you do? Perhaps not much directly in your role as teacher. However, should the occasion arise, do not hesitate to show such parents how far from Catholic ideals their behavior is. / /