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Friday, Feb. 21 1%4 THE PROGRESS--5 ' i New Way of the Cross (Second of a seven-part series--Father Raymond, author of A New Way of the Cross, became a Cistercian of the Strict Observance in 1936. He has written many books and more than 20 pamphlets, all showing the central idea of his religious philosophy to be the beloved doctrine of the Mystical Body of Christ which gives man "his dignity and his destiny." Copies of A New Way of the Cross (Bruce Publishing Company of Milwaukee) may be pur- chased at your local Catholic Book Store.) Contemplated by Father M. Raymond, O.C.S.O. Illustrated by John And:ews Ill B Jesus Falls the First Time l adore Thee, 0 Christ, and I bless Thee. Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world. HE Lion of Judah is seen here to be rising, not fall- ing. His feet are firmly set. His forearms are pur- poseful; His hands have a thrust and a grasp deter- mined and capable. 0 Jesus, it was not the weight of the wood nor Your own weakness that caused this fall. It was Your eagerness TO MOVE ON IN YOUR MASS and the crushing realization that for sortie of Your mem- bers Your total Sacrifice would be a total failure. Great God of Mercy, prevent that I be such a onel I contributed to this fall. When I sinned I met Your generosity with niggardliness, Your fullest offer of friendship with scorn. Your foreknowledge of such ingratitude must have had You asking, "What's the use?" -- and I know when such frustration faces one the spirit fails and the body may fall. But divine fortitude fired by love lifted You after the stagger, the stumble, and the fall. That is what I see in these strong hands and feet of Yours as You rise to go on with Your Mass. This rising and going on outline my work for me, 0 Jesus. You have incorporated me into Your Mystical Body. I will not be "a weak member under a thorn-crowned Head." Not I will kiss every shadow of the Cross that falls athwart my life. Ingrat- itude will find me unresentful; faithfulness will find me forgiving; disregard and even scorn will find me patient. I may meet all three today. If I do, I will greet them gladly and offer them to You. For the rest of my days I shall cultivate faith and fortitude: the first, to see that my life must be a Mass; the second, to be courageous enough to offer it. When the priest ascends to the altar he kisses it. As I study Your hands and feet after this first fall, O Jesus, I can only pic- ture Your body as bent over what was Your altar. I can easily believe You bowed over it with love and kissed it in appreciation An Eagerness to Move on of all it would mean to the Father and to those who would be His sons. I am Your member. I have just resolved not to be a weak member. I will live this day conscious of the fact that I must "fill up what is wanting to Your Passion." No longer will I be merely resigned to suffering; I will welcome it; for the servant is not above his Master, nor the member, the Head. Soul of Christ, be my sanctification; Body o/Christ, be my sal- vation; Blood of Christ, /ill all my veins -- for l must be FILLED with ]ortitude/ IV Jesus Meets His Blessed Mother I adore Thee, 0 Christ, and I bless Thee. Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world. HITE, tender hands of a woman stretch out toward the dark ones that hug the Cross. They are the white hands of the spotless Mary the tender hands of His loving Mother. In them she held Him as a Babe; with them she helped Him when a Boy; but now that He is a Man saying His first Mass, all she can do with them is gesture eloquently. Their limpid silence says that she, too, would em- brace the Cross. She knows that for this was He bern. And she ' would have Him make His life a success by saying the Mass of a Martyr -- vested in garments woven in her womb and dyed with the rich pigment that rose from her crimson heart. She went out on the road to meet Him not in pity but to spur Him on to the Sacrifice; to tell Him with a gesture that if He needed two other hands hers were empty and ready for the task. Saints have told me that such was her love for us, His mystical mem- bers, that had the soldiers failed to fasten Him to the Cross she would have affixed Him there with those two loving hands! And I . . . how have I requited the love of such a Mother? O Mother, Simeon buried a sword in your heart the day he said Jesus was "set for the rise and fall of many." But I turned that sword in its wound when I sinned and made Him, who was set for my rise, stand ready with His justice for my eternal fall. Mother, I have sinned and I am sinful. But now I am a REPEN- TANT sinner who would not only draw out the sword, but smash it by repentance that will be soul-deep and lifelong; a repentance that will find me with my hands ever about the Cross, making His Mass my life and my life His Mass. I can do that, Mother, only if you help me. And you can't say you can't; for you are HIS Mother -- therefore, "omnipotent." And you won't say you won't; for you are MY Mother -- therefore, all-merciful love. Mother, the first Oration He prayed in His Mass I suspect He Tender Hands of A Mother learned from you. As God He knew the word, and by it wrought Creation, But as Man I suspect He took it from the lips that said it and brought us the Incarnation. He said "FIAT" in the Gar- den, Mother, and that meant our salvation. Let that oration surge to my lips at every crisis in my life which from now on is His more than mine; for I am His member! Soul o/ Christ, be my sanctification; Body o/ Christ, be my salt'ation; Blood of Christ, /ill all m), t'eins--that I may live worthy of Your Mother and mine/ Cooke u,ith me the rest of the 1Vay, Mother, please. I n Eckhart Pitfalls in Generalizations "CATHOLIC THOUGHT IN CRISIS," by Rev. Peter Riga, 198 pp., $3.50. The Bruce Publishing Company. E should tread with some care through the writ- :ings of an author overly fond of generalizations. 1 Father Riga, for instance, starts right off by claiming, "The ugly fact of the matter, By JOHN J. ECKHART the modern world and its prob- lems." This type of dogmatic, slight- ly patronizing universal judg- ment should temper our en- thusiasm when pursuing the vagaries of this kind of writer. The author, billed as a bril- liant young theologian, a grad- uate from the Louvain, summa cure laude, hitches up the old horse of "laity," and sets to moreover, is that, in general, plow back the well worked M Catholics have not really faced ground of how important are we laity, how we have taken a  back seat to the clergy long PRAYER TO ST. JUDE To be said in great altliction, or when one seems 1o be de- prived of all visible help, at" [ok cases despaired 0[. "Most holy apostle St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor who delivered thv beloved Mas- ter into the hands of His ene- mies hM caused tbee to be for- gotten by many, but the Church honors and invokes thee uni- versally, as the patron of hope- less cases, of things despaired of. Pray for me who am so mis- erable; make use I implore thee, of that particular privilege ac- corded of thee, to bring visible and speedy help where help is most despaired of. Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive the consola- tions and succor of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations a n d sufferings, particularly (Here make your request) and that I may Bless God with thee and all the elect forever. I romise thee, O Blessed St. de, to be ever mindful of this great favor, and I will never cease to honor thee as my special and powerful p a t r o n and to do all in my power to encourage devotion to thee, Amen." (To encourage devotion to St Jude. distribute this prayer or acknowledge in writing layers received, etc.) National Shrine of St. Jude . Claretlan Fathers 221 West Madison Street Chicago 6, III For the UNUSUAL IN GIFTS... GUgDERSO,n 527 PINE 764 BROAOWAY SITTL| TACOMA enough, and how we had best jump in and take over admin- istration of the hospitals, schools, charities, and perhaps even the Curia. Now all of this is in the best tradition of "emerging laity," but Father Riga, like so many others patting us on the back, overdoes a good thing. Whether or not we are losing something in the way of humility is for a theolo- gian to argue with Father Riga. However, nowhere in this book does he remind us of the many times Christ tells all of us to become as little children, to be humble, to be in the background, in the back of the synagogue. As it happens, Father. Riga is a better than average writer. He makes his points with ease, does not tarry or complicate issues once resolved, and in all, has a flexible, fluid style not unlike the graceful prose of Rev. William D o t y (Trends and Counter Trends Among American Catholics). Father Riga can be criticized for his lack of understanding of Medieval Hagiography when he states these writers of the Middle Ages claimed a Prince was a saint only because he lived like a monk or founded a religious order. Here he overlooks the pro- totype of the Medieval Prince, St. Louis of France. Medie- val writers could not claim enough good things about him in the area of ruling a kingdom Father Riga can be criti- cized for misunderstanding the motivation, the profound con- cern for eschatological truth that was part and parcel of Medieval life. The author con- gratulates Renaissance man for turning the spot light from God and shining into the hope- ful little upturned face of man, the finite. Father Riga can be criticized for ambiguity, if not downright cowardice, when he regales us for a chapter on the new woman, the blossoming flower of this emancipated age, on her way to Catholic action at the P-TA and the Junior League, and then in the end taking a second look and enlightening us with the less than revolu- tionary pronouncement that, "The main role of woman will always be motherhood." I do not choose to be carp- ing, but only to highlight a few areas that indicate some shortcomings in this presen- tation. If his scholarship seems biased, if his reason- ing seems shaded by pre- conceptions, if he misplaces emphasis, he does it with literary style, but I cannot recommend this book for the layman still intent on Christ- like spirituality, whose leaven is humility, whose example is quiet acceptance of the Will of God. Father Riga, in his explor- ation of freedom, the laity, and tolerance, does provide an excellent and exhaustive bibli- ography. This, we can recom- mend. * * * "HUMAN POSSIBILITIES," by W. Paul Kiley, S.J., Philo- sophical Library, 02 pp., $3.00. F THE reader is in the mar- ket for an excellent short course on contemporary phil- osophy, then this is one of the books for him. Subtitled, "A Dialectic in Contemporary Thinking," Fa- ther Kiley leads us into the modern world of profound thought. Here, for example, we listen to the pragmatic judg- ments of Dewey, witness the spiritual light-years of White- head, and stumble through truth as construed by the ex- istentialist, Marcel. The chapters are really more of a dialogue They are a dialogue between the well- informed Thomistic author and the various philosophers of a contemporary world. He does not treat them like en- emies in a deadly polemic duel, but rather as fellow searchers, perhaps off the track, but none in bad con- science or demoniac motiva- tion. It is to the credit of the au- thor that he can introduce the casual visitor to this rarefied atmosphere, and still maintain an intellectual mood some- where in excess of eighth grade studies. Th Ch rch in 21 t Ce ry U S To Withdra e u s ntu .. w By IVlOST REVEREND FULTON J. SHEEN From Viet Nam fHAT will the Church be like after moving from place to place while they address the Council? The 21st century themselves wholly to the unbelievers. Why wi.ll, be the century of the laity. The could not laity aid the Holy Father's Society for By George N. Kramer, Ph.D. :i:::i Church was so busy after the 16th century, in the Propagation of the Faith by offering their This was a most con- affirming the truth of the episcopacy and the services to bring Faith and assistance to the fusing w e e k of news, priesthood which had been denied, that the laity hundreds of milliohs of poor. Are there 100 men ranging f r o m Gabon's were reduced to a passive or,secondary role. Or women in the United States who are skilled in bloodless coup to Secretary of But although the bishops and priests will always be superior in divine calling and dignity to the laity, after the Council they will be inferior to them in function or service. The former will be more like Our Lord: "He that is the greatest among you will become as the least." e The laity of the future will be neither those who are "prominent" because they are rich or have honors, medals and decorations, nor those who are mere sheep to be sheared by multiple collections. The laity will all be missionaries like "the men of Cyprus and Cyrene who, when they found their way to Antioch, spoke to the Greeks as well, preach- ing Lord Jesus to them. And the Lord's power was with them, so that a great number learned to believe and turned to the Lord" (Acts 11:20). The laity will consecrate their pro- fessions and their work, whether it be sci- entific, commercial, legal, theatrical, indus- trial or secretarial, by influencing their asso- ciates. The "Third Orders" which arose out of medieval religious communities will be mod- ernized into groups of families, neighborhoods and professions to sanctify a de-Christianizod world. The Church, instead of being a pyramid with. the laity at the base and the priests and bishops at the top, will be a spiral in which each, according to his function, extends Re- demption beyond the ghetto of a parish or a diocese into the world. The world in which the laity will move with the divinity and the spirit given them by the priests will listen to only one argument--the forgotten argument of holiness. The world that has apostatized from GOd will be converted only by seeing how much God means in our lives. As the atheist Nietzsche put it: "You will never eonvinca me of a Redeemer unless you act as one redeemed." e The Holy Father's Society for the Propagation of the Faith writes thusly about the laity be- cause we have 80,000 men and women teaching religion in Africa end Asia--not in schools, but SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23 9:1S a.m., Sacred Hearl program, KIRO-TV, Channel 7. The Rev. Gone J. Jokubek, S.J., edi- tor of the Jesuit eleckrobe, Milwaukee, WIs., will speak on "The Place of Prayer In Mental Health," fifth In the series "Safeguarding Mental Health." d; p.m., Challenge, KOMO-TV, Chan- nel 4. The Rev. Wllflam Treacy, Dr. Lynn Corson and Rabbi Raphael LevIne will discuss grandparents, "The Fringe of the Family." 7:IS p.m., Sacred Heart Program, KTVW-TV, Channel 13. Mrs. Wlnlfred Feely, lecturer from Lourdes, will speak on "The Miracle of the Water," In the series on 'Shrines of Mary." 2 p.m., Directions '64, KOMO-TV, Chan- nel 4. "A New Catholic Schoolhouse," fea- turing a study of a "school of religion" as an atternotlve to the traditional parochial school, will focus on Fairport, N.Y., where parent volunteers teach re- ligion to 1,000 Catholic children in a nearby public school In a released-time program. organization and leadership and willing to give their time and talents to The Society for the Propagation of the Faith for the sake of Christ and His Church? Do not merely write and tell us how money can be raised for the Missions. If you love the, Christ Who Redeemed you and your neighbor anywhere !n the world, you will know what to do. GOD LOVE YOU to Mrs. R.A.C. for $5 "In thanksgiving for a favor re. ceived." . . . to E.M.B. for $2 "'For God's poor." . . . to Mrs. A.M. for $I "We are able to send this by having given up a fancy dinner/or Christmas. I have known what it is not to have food to eat and am happy to share what I have with others." . . to C.H. and classmates for $50 "'We decided that if we could spend as much as we did on our junior prom, we could spend at least this for the missions." ... to L.J.P. tar $2 "In thanksgiving to Our Mother o/ Perpetual Help for a very normal, healthy baby." . . . to Mrs. C.L. for $1 "Shortly after Pope John's death, 1 asked for his intercession in prayer, and my prayers were answered. I promised I would make his help known." We are not only asking for your sacrifices, but for your prayers. Send your request and an offering of $2 for the Worldmission Rosary, and we will send you these multicolored beads blessed by Bishop Sheen. Each time you say the Worldmissien Rosary you will remember to put aside a daily sacrifice for the Holy Father. Cut out this column, pin your sacrifices to tt and mail it to Most Rev. Fulton J. Sheen, National Director of the Society for the Propa- gation of the Faith, 36e - 5th Ave., New York, N.Y. 10001, or your Archdiocesan Director, Rev. Stephen Szeman, 907 Terry Ave., Seattle 98104. Legion Of Decency First-Run Movies Showing In Seattle A-3 -- Love With the Proper Stranger, A Global Analr, Man's Favorite Sport? Condemned  Love On A Pillow. Other Movies Currently Showing A-t -- Mouse That Roared. The. Nutty Professor, Haw The West Was tVon. A-2 -- To Catch A Thief, Charade, Bittersweet, Hell Bent for Leather, Mary Mary, Mutiny On the Bounty. A-3 -- Straight-Jacket, The Cardinal, I'm All Right Jack, Billy Liar, Facts of Life, The Running Man, Magnificent Sinner. e = Johnny Cool, Irma La Douce. Condemned -- The Truth. In Gravest Ordeal A Christian who is nour- ished by faith in Christ and. lives in Him, in the cer, tainty that He alone is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, takes his share of the suffer- ings and discomforts of this world to the crib of the Son of God, and in the presence of the newborn Babe finds con- solation and support unknown to the world, which gives him the courage and strength to re- main unshaken, neither falter- ing and succumbing in the most tormenting and gravest ordeals. -- Pope Pius XII. Defense McNamara's observa- tions on South Vietnam. In a dozen of the more trou- bled spots of the world there were ominous rumblings, but only the quake that rocked the Azores precipitated immedi- ate action as an international rescue armada began evacuat- ing 20,000 inhabitants from Sag Jorge Island Tuesday. Mostly, t h e developments elsewhere are teeming w i t h anticipations and uncertainties over prospects of explosions at any moment. Cyprus is pres- ently the most inflammable ev- ample. Disagreements and even dis- sensions are threatening the unity of the West over policies concerning Cuba, Red China, Southeast Asia and many points between. Win, lose or draw, the U. S. will withdraw from South Viet- nam by the end of 1965. This was the message De- fense Secretary Robert S. Mc- Namara left with the House Armed Services Committee two weeks ago. A censored transcript of his remarks given in secret testi- mony was released for publica- tion Tuesday. Orders have already been issued to certain U. S. com- manders to complete their training assignments a n d start sending their troops home, McNamara said. He and Gem Maxwell Tay- lor, chairman of the J'oint Chiefs of Staff, toured South Vietnam last fall. After their return to the U. S. they ad- mitted that the war against the Viet Cong was progressing sat- isfactorily and that everything was looking up. Later, McNamara gave out some very pessimistic reports, and yet in the transcript now released, he told members of Congress the war could be won. However, even if the Viet Cong are winning, the U. S. will remove all its troops except- ing a few advisers, he said. W h e n committee members ob!ected that he was not con- sisent, McNamara insisted tha:: he wag. "I don't believe that we as a nation should assume the primary responsibility for the war in South Vietnam," he explained. "I simply believe that the war in South Viet- nam will be won primarily through Vietnamese effort. It is a Vietnamese war. We are only assisting them through training and logisti- eal support." That may well be true, but McNamara has given the im- pression that he is the policy- maker and the government of the U. S. He also gives the- impression that we are about to "neutralize" South V i e t- nam for De Gaulle. It seems to us that it is giving the green light to the Viet Cong Communists. About Cyprus? We may be getting out of South Vietnam, but it seems we are working hard to be- come embroiled in the hotbed which is Cyprus. We seem to be at it again, trying to settle the world's affairs when we are having some little trouble trying to keep our own problems under control. This week, Under Secre- tary of State George W. Ball, who has been making the rounds of all parties dirt concerned in Cyprus, confer- red with President Johnson. The two are reported to have agreed that a settlement in Cyprus was "essential to the peace of the world," and that it was "imperative that we take the necessary measures to restore peace and order" between Greek and Turkish Cypriots. Ball has certainly u n de r- taken to place a heavy respon- sibility on the already over- loaded shoulders of Uncle Sam. As the situation now stands, the problem has been shifted to the UN where U Thant is making proposals. We suggest he carry the ball for a while. THIS COULD BE YOU ... . . A Sister of Cherlty of Providence preparing for the works of the apos- tolate at Providence Heights College, For brochure write: Sister EIIsebeth. 1715 East herry Street. Seattle. Washington. 98122. EVERETt MAY WE SERVE YOU? "Peace of Mind" S*rvic, for all of your dry cleaning and shI laundry needs. VALETOR CLEANERS & SHIRT SERVICE At ?-6116 grand & Wall