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Friday, Feb. 28, 1964- ,,, THE PROGRESS--5 ANew Way of the Cross (Third 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 Andrews V Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus Carry His Cross 1 adore Thee, 0 Christ, and I bless Thee. Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world. A RELUCTANT hand reaches under the rough wood of the Cross. It is that of Simon of Cyrene who was forced by the soldiery to help Jesus carry His altar to tile place of Sacrifice. As seen here the grip is nerveless. Simon was an unwilling helper. But Tradition tells that just as virtue went out from Christ to the woman who touched His robe, so grace came to Simon from contact with Christ's Cross. Before Calvary was reached what he had at first shouldered with distaste he carried with joy; for he realized that Divine Providence had granted him the utterly unmerited privilege of helping God save the world. Jesus, my love, You needed Simon's hands then; You used mine now. Your Vicar on earth has said so. Plus XII in Mystic! Carports said: "Christ NEEDS His members . . . on the prayers and volun- tary penances which the members offer for this intention de- pends the salvation of many." How lovable that makes lifel I can be a Cyrenean so long as I live. I can offer prayers and penances daily. I can assist You hourly in the salvation of men. Every moment of pain, every slightest spasm of suffering -- mental, moral, physical -- will be hands held out to carry Your Cross. There is JOY in suffering when we suffer in, with, and through You Jesus; most particularly when we suffer FOR You. The opening words of our. Mass are "I will go unto the altar of God: to God who gives JOY to my youth." Since the Cross is the only Christian altar, there is where real joy liesl And, Jesus, it is the joy of youth -- enthttsiastic, energetic, eager. My God, keep me young, that I may suffer, sacrifice, supplicate with eager, energetic, enthusiastic joyl In the Mass the Book is carried by another than the priest from the Epistle side to where we read the Gospel. It is in the Gospel You say: Grip Is Nerveless Without Grace "If any man come after me, let him take up his cross daily .... " May I change that slightly, Jesus? You made me Your member. Actions belong to the Person, not to the members. So when I take up a cross daily as Your member, that cross is not mine but THINE. All may life long, then, I will be an eager Cyrenean. Helping You help the world of men -- and how they need it! Soul of Christ, be my sanctification; Body of Christ; be my salva- tion; Blood of Christ, fill all my veins--that I may be a STRONG, EVER YOUNG Cyrenean! Mother Mary, grant me the strength I shall need. VI Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus I adore Thee, 0 Christ, and I bless Thee. Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the worM. GAIN the two white hands of a woman fill the picture. In them is her heart symbolized by the soft, absorbent folds of her veil. With it Veronica would wipe the blood, sweat, and spittle from the beautiful face of Christ. She didl And as reward immediately there was left on that veil not the repulsive blood-sreaked sweat and spittle, but the radiant beauty of features suffering because of love. Jesus, it was the hateful spittle of my sins that this brave woman would wipe away. How I detest them nowl How I loathe the one who committed them! But, Christ of God, that one is dead. Never let that one rise again! Let me from this moment on be like this woman whose love was blind -- blind to all human respect. She cared not for the jeering rabble. She did not even see the might of Rome in the rough soldiery. Her love blinded her to everything and everybody but You -- and You in Your suffering. Grant that sight to me, O Lord. I offer my life as Veronica's veil. I would have every split second of it be soft, absorbent linen that will refresh You and receive on its folds Your beauti- ful features. Imprint on my soul, O God -- on my body, if You will -- the likeness You left on this woman's veil. Leave there the poignant comeliness that comes from suffering -- especially from suffering for You. For when people meet me, this Christian, I would have them meet You, Christ -- the courageous, the loving. That is the Offertory of my Mass, O Lord. I link it with this Station because in every Mass a cloth is offered to the priest at this time. Just before using it he has prayed that be be granted some share in Your divinity. On Cloth an Imprint of Beauty For me that prayer has been answered; for I am Your member. But now I must DO as the Divine One has already done. My life must be a Mass. Like You I must be priest and victim. By Baptism You made me the first; by offering my life as Veronica's veil I mean to become the second. Strong Soul of Christ, be my sanctification; Bleeding Body of Christ, be my salvation; Generous Blood of Christ, jill all my veins--for I must be a member who is a VICTIM! Mother Mary, see all that I need to be, what I ought and what l want to be. Obtain it for me. John Eekhart New Looks at the Liturgy By JOHN J. ECKHART "THE LITURGY AND THE LAITY," by James W. King, S.J., Newman Press, 175 PP. " C 0 N C I S E, intelligent (nay, profound even) F approach to the liturgy has long been a need of the laity. Father King, of our own Seat- tle University, has presented just the book to fill the need. Our age is witness to a growing appreciation and liv- ing of the liturgy. And do not make the com- mon mistake of believing all of the renewal and reform of the Liturgy, such as some use of the vernacular and the restoration of the E a s t e r Vigil, are products of the past I0 years, or a result of the Johannine papacy. This intense interest in the liturgy, this deep-felt need for meaningful changes, has been in the process of fruitful fer- mentation, as F a t h e r King shows us, through the pontifi- cates of St. Pius X, Plus XI, Plus XII, as well as John XXIII. Pius XII, lately maligned as a conservative autocrat, can truthfully be referred to as "The Pope of the Liturgy." H is encyclicals "Mediator Dei" and "Mystici Carports," are landmarks in liturgical un- derstanding, appreciation, and renewal. It is to the credit of the au- thor that he forgoes the oppor- tunity to jump. on any one of the popular horses in the con- temporary race. Rather for the sake of truth and justice he lays to rest the false gen- eralization that the Church, through the hierarchy, has been totally remiss in her duties to the secular world. Father King, in his con- stant pursuit of charity and truth, points up the number of encyclicals through the past 50 years that have so well covered many of the items the Church has been overlooking. T h i s balance, this objective drive to re- nounce extremes, is only one of the many fine features of Father King's book. He never thunders against the generalities, those whose dogmatic posture convinces no one but thegn.selves. However he manages to call them to task by way of peaceful ex- ample,, not polemics. For instance, he asks about the oft repeated accusation that the American Catholic is a materialist oriented e y n i c, a security chasing gray flannel suit, about as Christ-oriented as Karl Marx. He states that this may be true of Catholic laymen, ex- cept those involved in lay mis- sionary work, lay institutes, following the life of counsels while living in the world and actively involved in the apos- tolate, those in Third Orders, and others who follow a relig- ious rule of life as they spread the Kingdom of God by word and example, those Catholics in the Peace Corps, in the Christophers, the businessman at his desk, the worker at his machine who labors for Christ's love and justice, those Catho- lics struggling to bring up a family in the ways of Christ, and those Catholic students who see their study years as a holy vocation. Father King does more than kick holes in the spe- cious statements of the popu- larizers. W i t h uncommon writing ability, couched en- tirely in the vocabulary of understanding charity, he ex- plains various aspects of the liturgy relating to the Euch- arist, the sacraments, art, ar- chitecture, and music. His approach is apostolic. His explanations are written in a way that inspire while in- structing. Of all the many works now available on the Liturgy, this one must rank high for use by the layman. "CULTURE AND LITURGY," by Brian Wicker, Sheed & Ward, 207 pp., $$.50 R. WICKER has read much, and quite obvious- ly thinks deeply, However, this b o o k indicates a not uncom- mon failing among the intel- ligent. His desire to communi- cate his thoughts have led him and the reader, into a rather jumbled mass of peripheral and digressive material. He has too much to say to cover in 207 pages. While ostensibly w r i t i n g about Catholic culture and lit- urgy, Mr. Wicker devotes too much time to contemporary literature, and D. H. Lawrence in particular. While it is true he has points to make, only by side reference does he relate his voluminous data to the lit- urgy. It is almost as if he recog- nized that "liturgy" is a magic word these days, and hung on a title that would appeal, but not necessarily or essentially connected with what he has to say. But in all of the digression and meanderings, Mr. Wicker does have some interesting things to say pertinent to Ca- tholic Culture, and like Father King, he does not pursue the more extreme recommendations that find voice today. Perhaps the most important point in his book is his anal- ysis of history, the appeal that Marxist materialism presents through an historical approach, and his appeal that the Church make clear the eschatologieal- historical truth that is Her des- tiny. Without further details, suf- fie to say that his analysis seems correct, and his rem- edy seems right. This book probably will have limited appeal. It is not easy reading. However, I think it is an important book. I hope we hear more from Master Wicker when h'e has organized his com- municative t e c h n i q u e and learns to get to the point. Legion Of Decency First-Run Movies Showing In Seattle A-1Oladlators Seven. A-2--Chlldren of the Damned. A-3.-Amerlca Amerlca. Other Movies Currently Shwing A.1--How the West Was Won, Mc- Lintock, Rock-A-Bye Baby, Brigadoon, Journey to the Center' of the Earth, Murder At the Gallop, Deep Six. A-2--American In Paris, Charade, Mir- acle Worker, Mary Mary. A-3--Don't Give Up the Ship, The , Leopard, Four Fast Guns, Take Her She's Mine, The French Mistress. A-6--The Easy Life, Under the Yum Tree. B--Few" For Texas, The Stripper, Man In the Middle, Wall of Noise, For Love Or Money, Irma La Oouce. Condemned  The Truth, Seven Capi- tal Sins. 'Lilies' Wins Film Award, LOS ANGELES (NC)--Pro: ducer-director Ralph Nelson will receive an award from the Los Angeles unit of the National Catholic Theater Conference for his widely acclaimed film "Lilies of the Field." The St. Genesius Award will be presented to him November 23 at Loyola University of Los Angeles at a Pacific Southwest- ern region of the conference meeting. Movie Censor Law Upheld ANNAPOLIS, Md. (NC)  T h e Maryland Court of Appeals here up- held the law requiring movies to be submitted to the State Censor Board for ap- proval before being shown. The recent decision upheld the conviction in Balti- more Criminal Court of Ronald Freedman, theater operator, who refused to submit a film to the board for approval. He challenged the constitutionality of the state censorship act. The high court ruled the law is valid and enforceable. It said the fact that the law re- quires a film to be submitted to the board before exhibition was not in itself prior re- straint on freedom of speech. The court declined to rule on other constitutional points raised by Freedman on the .ground that he had no stand- mg to raise the points since the film was not submitted. The film involved was "Re- venge at Daybreak." The state conceded it would have been approved if submitted to the board. The 47-year-old censorship law also is under attack in another yet to be decided suit by Fan- fare Films, Inc. Family Prayer Expresses Love By REV. WALTER IMBIORSKI Family Life Director, Archdiocese of Chicago Guest Columnist for Rev. John L. Thomas, S.J. Most o/our columns have been concerned with prac- tical [amily problems, But always throughout, we are re- minded o] another basic dimension  love o/God, o/each other as expressed through prayer in the/emily. Mental prayer, the gratitude which explodes with our realization o/God's gifts, or the overwhelming dependence upon Him in time o/ trouble is natural. Vocal prayer, however, is a communal act strengthening the family unit and binding us each closer. We thought you might appreciate these /our prayers we selected for your use. Prayer For Engaged Couples hank you, Lord, for this wonderful gift of our love, which already has brought us so much joy. Grant that we may continue to love reverently, patiently, generously, seeing You m each ,other. Guide us in Your wisdom to discover each other, that our understanding and compassion may deepen and mature. leach us to forget ourselves and live in each other, that we may become truly one. In these hurried days of final preparation, grant us the peace and calmness to at times reflect upon the sacramental moment when You will seal and sanctify our promises, binding us together in profound intimacy forever. Grant us insight to realize that soon our unique love will be caught up and transformed into Your boundless love. Then we will no longer be merely a young man and woman in love .. but husband and wife, an image of Christ and His Church, with a special right to supernatural help, and a special com- mission to create love in each other, in our children, and in the Mystical Body. Physical before Spiritual Food By MOST REVEREND FULTON J. SHEEN "/UR BLESSED Lord fed the multi- tude who followed Him into the desert and then talked to them about the Eucharist. He fed their hunger of body, then their hunger of soul. Some such procedure has to be followed in many mission lands. One missionary informed us that it took him a full year to find land on which to start a mission. Everyone in the neighborhood declared him- self ready to help, but they also told him there was not a single inch of land to be sold. "I, myself, could see a lot of useless, uncul- tivated land," the missionary wrote, "but you would think it pure gold becaue the owners would not sell it at any price. This was their way of saying, 'Who are you? What do you want? We don't trust you and we don't want you.' When I was at the end of my rope, God opened the door. Someone in the village, knowing I had a dispensary, had told one of the older men that I was a first-class doctor who could porlorm miracles with my medi- cines from abroad. The old man's son was dying; all administrations of the sorcerers had failed, and the boy became weaker every day. Since the boy was the only son and heir, the father was willing to pay any price to have him cured. I found him in desperate condition, suffering from dysentery, fever and anemia Much of God's help would be needed to save his life. The parents agreed that I must try. I stayed with him for three days, and the an- tibiotics performed a real miracle. After this, many siek were brought to my tent The only limit to my activity was the small quantity of medicines. Without saying anything, people understood that if I could get a piece of land, I would open a dispensary and give them medicines which they had never had before. The next evening, some of the elders came and gave me some very fine land at a reason- able price. Mter two years, I built a church. Now after eight years, it is a promising par- ish." The corporal works of mercy are, in the un- derprivileged lands, the condition of spiritual works. With us in the United States it is dif- ferent. It is our Faith which must dictate our works; it is our love of Christ which must in- spire self-denial to bring food to the starving. How does your Faith measure up to this test? Answer that question by sending your sacrifices to The Society for the Propagation of the Faith. GOD LOVE YOU to Mr. and Mrs. ]. L. C. for $6 "'My husband gave up smoking after 20 years! Here is the first installment o/ the money he would have spent on cigarettes.".., to A. W. Jar $5 "1 promised this to the Missions i/ my favor was granted and it was.'" ... to Mrs. E. R. for $100 "For the education of a priest in Africa." . . . to M. M. for $169.62 "This is the sum o/ all .my loose change this year." You who are interested in missionary ac- tivities throughout the world will want to read , Mission, a bi-monthly publication featuring stories, pictures and details of our Holy Father's Missions. Send a request to be put on our mail- ing list, along with your sacrifice. Cut out this column, pin your sacrifices to It and mail it to Most Ray. Fulton J. Sheen, National Director of the Seeiety for the Propa- gation of the Faith, 366 - 5th Ave., New York, N.Y. 10001, or your Archdiocesan Director, Ray. Stephen Sseman, 907 Terry Ave., Seattle 98104. We have chosen the day and the hour when our new life oegins. You Oh Lord, choose the day and the hour when it must end, perfiaps tomorrow, perhaps distant years in the future. Since we love each other so much, the time will be very brief. Grant that we will not waste a moment. In joy or in sorrow, in riches or poverty, in sickness and in health . . . may our love grow into Your Divine Love . . . fill death do us part. Prayer for Husband and Wife .... EEP US, O LORD, from pettiness. Let us be great-minded in thought, word and deed. Help us put away pretense and face each other in deep trust without fear or self-pity. Let us be done with fault-finding and be quick to discover the best of every situation ...... Guard us from ill temper and hasty judgement, taking time for all things, to grow calm, serene and gentle. May we suppress every impulse to strike back, even Under the guise of humor. Let us be swift with kind words. Prevent us from ever resorting to the icy barrier of silence. Let not the heat of love incinerate pride. Teach us never to ignore, never to hurt, never to take for granted. " Justice gives 'the other his due. Write J u s t i e on our minds. Charity says: "The beloved is not the other, but myself." Engrave Charity and .Compassion in our hearts. Amen. A Parent's Prayer To Be An Example OST LOVING FATHER, the example of parenthood, Teach us what to give And what to withold. Show us when to reprove. And when to praise. Make us to be gentle and considerate, Yet firm and watchful. Keep us from weak indulgence, Or from great severity. Give us the courage to be disliked sometimes By our children when we must do displeasing things that are necessary. Give us the imagination to enter their world in order to understand and to guide them. Give us all the virtues we need to lead them by word and example in the path of righteousness. Amen. A Parent's Prayer For Teen-agers EAR LORD: Be with us and our children now as they enter adolescence. Give them the courage to be different and not be compelled by the unthinking crowd as they develop strong loyalties to friends. Give them the strength to guide and control new physical powers as they grow and develop strong. Give them reverence for their bodies : and for their role in divine creation, as they mature. Let the normal attraction between the Sexes be for them a further unfolding of Your Divine Plan for life and love, and not a path of temptation and compromise. Give them also discernment and docility and a little patience, lest they become prideful and rebellious, as they develop new powers of mind and n questioning spirit. Give us in these days a touch of Solom0n's wisdom, to realize that much of their behaviorstems from change and confusion and not disrespect. Give us wisdom to know when to say "yes" and when to say "no," when to forbid and when to forget; when to punish and when to praise. And, finally, give us the courage to let them grow away from us, as they grow in age and grace and wisdom, before God and man, under Your Care. (NEXT WEEK: John I. Kane, Ph.D., o t the Univer- sity o/Notre Dame, will conduct the next series o/columns on the Family Clinic,)