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Thoughts/or Christian Lwmg "THOUGH the wicked flourish like grass and all evil- ! doers, they are destined for eternal de- struction, while You, O Lord, are the Most High for ever.' Ps. 91. Publlshed every Frlday by the Catholic Northwest Progress Co. 907 Terry Avenue, Seattle 98104. Telephone MAIn 2-8880 Second.Class Mail Privileges Authorized at Seottle, Wash. President, Most Reverend Thomas A. Connolly DO, JCD Fother James H. Gandrau ........................ Editor Mary Sresnahan ........................ Associate Editor PAGE SIX FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 1965 'We've Grown Accustomed...' e asked a convert the other day what she thought of the new changes in the Roman Church. "Well, I'll tell you one good thing about all this updating business," she said, "at least my cradle Catholic friends can't be so confounded smug about their religion any more, They don't have all the answers either. They have to study and ask just like us." Few of us who learned the Baltimore cate- chism from our mother's knee ever stop to realize what a psychologically difficult transition it is for a newly baptized adult to get adjusted to such things as confession, standing up and sitting down at the proper times at Mass, remembering which knee to bend for a genu- flection. No wonder one of the biggest complaints of new converts is the highly self-satisfied and rather complacent attitude of oldtimers in the ranks. This take-it-for-granted posture is parti- cularly annoying for the neophyte who is fright- ened of making a boo-boo every time he walks inside his parish church. It is indeed a blessing that these times de- mand careful study on the part of convert and cradle Catholics alike. A greater sympathy and understanding may develop within the Church as well as without. or those who have lived with the momentous truths of revelation for a long time the age of renewal offers an added advantage. It seems that no matter how profound an idea may be the human mind is able to be impressed with its reality for iust so long. It's sort of like living in Tacoma all your life. It takes a man from out of state to remind you of the majestic wonder of Mt. Rainier. We grow accustomed to beautiful landscapes when we live with them every day. We need a change of perspective, a new vantage point before our numbed mind and senses can thrill to the vision at hand. The same problem can exist in souls who have lived a long time with God, who have be- come too used to hearing the great truths of their religion expressed word for word in exactly the same old way year after year. We need a new vision of God. We need to learn of His goodness, His love, and His forgiveness in words and phrases that set up whole now chains of thought along untraveled avenues of appreciation with- in our soul. We need to be able to thrill once again to the basic essential revelation of the Gospel. Catholic newspapers and periodicals, even Sunday sermons, are so often filled with illusions to clubs, parish activities, special de- votions etc. that non-believers would be hard put to know just what it means to be a Chris- tian--what in a nt shell it means to follow Christ. he best definition of Christianity we've ever heard came from the lips of a Roman soldier in one of the opening scenes of the movie "Ben Hur." He remarked something to the effect that these Christians actually believe that God lives in human beings. Yet how seldom does this stupendous reality, so long taken for granted by Catholics, ever find its way unto print in Catholic periodicals or Sunday sermons. One of the great purposes of renewal is to re- state taken for granted truths in language that has power and meaning for modern man. We often admire, yes and even envy, the enthusiasm with which converts thrill to the truths of faith as they hear them for the first time. Now, thanks to a renewal which is designed to wrench us from our smug routine acceptance of Christ, all Catholics, cradle and convert variety alike, can come together in a deeper and more vital i'ealization of what it means to follow Jesus of Nazareth. "Whatever kindness can't get isn't worth get- ting."nSt. Don Bosco. "Heaven begins in the meanest house, on the vilest street, in the most disordered city when grace enters the soul of a man living there."nSt. Thomas Aquinas. "If I really try to make my daffy life a prepara- tion and thanksgiving for Holy Communion, this Holy Sacrament will work miracles within me."-- Anthony J. Paine SJ. "My strength and my courage is the Lord, and He has been my Savior."Canticle of Moses. "A sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows sharper with use."  William Doyle SJ. "It was because the saialts were absorbed in God that they were truly capable of seeing and appreciat. ing things, and it was because they loved Him alone that they alone loved everybody." -- Thomas Merton. The Only Effective Antidote 'I Live in the Faith...' Eulogy delivered by the Most Reverend Francis D. Gleeson, S.]., D.D., Bishop of Fairbanks, at the Pontifical Mass of Re- quiem offered [or the soul of his recently consecrated Coadjutor Bishop George T. Boileau, S.]., D.D., at the Cathedral o/ St. lames in Seattle,. Washington March 2, 196. NLY a few months ago many of us who are gathered here today were present together at a much different event in a remote station in far away Alaska. We had come to rejoice with Bishop Boileau and congratulate him on the occa- sion of his episcopal consecration. Today we are gathered in sorrow to pay a parting tribute of honor to all that remains of him on earth, to offer our sympathy to the bereaved members of his family, to pray that God will give him eternal rest and to offer for him the holy Sac- rifice of the Mass. I have known Bishop Boilean for a long time and have been able to observe at close range the growth and flowering of a rich, warm, and irresistably lovable personality. Such a per- sonality cannot be easily defined or portrayed, but to my mind there was one predominant feature and a ruling spirit--the spirit of an Apostle of Jesus Christ. All the Apostles of history have differed. from each other. They have fitted their age and the circumstances in which they lived. All of them, however, had one trait in common-- that was their enthusiastic love and complete dedication to Jesus Christ, the Son of God. This love and this dedication inspired in them a wil- lingness, a burning zeal to undertake any labor --no matter how hard, any suffering, no matter what the cost. St. Paul, the great Apostle of the Gentiles, seems to speak for the Apostles of all ages When he reveals, almost by accident it would seem, his own experience of this urge to pour himself out in service, in self-sacrifice. In his second letter to the Corinthians, Chapter XI, verses 23-30, he gives us a picture.-a kind of snapshot--of his apostolic heart. "In many more labors, in prisons more frequently, in lashes above measure, often exposed to death, etc." What is the key that opens up to us some understanding of this burning zeal? It is a fact that stands out in all his letters, the fact that the great soul of Paul had been made captive by the love of Jesus Christ. In his own words we find this stated in his lette" to the Galafians: "I live in the faith of the Son of God who loved me and delivered Himself up for me." As I mentioned before, I have been closely associated with Bishop Boileau for a long time. Twenty-six years ago I met him for the first time. He was then a young Jesuit who had just iinished his novitiate at Sheridan in Oregon and was beginning his seminary-studies in prepara- tion for the priesthood. He had not advanced far along this course before his attention was drawn to:the mission field of Alaska. He had heard reports of the missionaries and their work in that part of the world. These stories did not generally present a naturally attractive picture either of what had been done or what was yet to do. He had heard the judgment expressed by Pope Pius XI to the first Vicar Apostolic of Alaska, Bishop Crimont: "I am convinced that the missions of Alaska are the most difficult missions of the Church." In spite of all this, it was not long before he definitely asked to be permanently assigned to the Alaska Missions. By 1950 he had finished his course of studies and was sent to Alaska as he had long wished. His hope was an assign- ment to a remote mission post where he could work among the poorest of the poor, but not long after his arrival, he was directed to come to Fairbanks. Soon he was appointed to be Pastor of the perish of Fairbanks and there he remained almost until his consecration as Bishop. As pastor in Fairbanks, he was a tireless and energetic worker. No task was too difficult for him, no problem of his people unimportant. All the energy and enthusiasm he could master were thrown into his work. All his rich gifts of mind and heart were ever at the disposal of anyone who wished to call on them. He worked and planned until utterly worn out. His kindness and concern were not limited. Old and young, rich and poor, great and small, regardless of creed or color, were welcome to his friendship and most of those who knew him realized and appreciated this fact. No interest of Alaskans, whether in religion, or art, or science, or liter- ature, or history, or economic and social prog- ress, or in Alaska's great outdoors, was unim- portant to him. He could and did, in all sincerity, make himself all things to all men. He was in- deed a modern Apostle. I am sure that if some day we find he has left in writing a key to the force that inspired him, it will be words not greatly different from those of the Apostle Paul: "He loved me and He delivered Himself for me." Perhaps he may add his own conclu- sion, "so then, should I not love Him and de- liver myself for Him." As we gradually recover from the shock created by the sudden and almost incredible announcement of Bishop Boileau's death, many thoughts suggest themselves, but predominant among them is the conviction of a staggering loss. All who knew him feel it. The members of his family, his brothers and sisters feel it and they have our deepest sympathy. The members of his religious family, the Jesuits of the Oregon Province, the missionaries of Alaska, priests, brothers, sisters, and lay volunteers. The people of the city of Fairbanks, Catholic and non-Cath- olic alike, all people in every walk of life all over the State of Alaska and far beyond are hastening to testify to their sense of tremendous loss. To speak for myself, I must say that with each passing year I have come to lean more heavily on the everwilling support of this rare person and for me the consciousness of loss is great indeed. Death came very suddenly to Bishop Boileau but had he time for one last word it might well have been the parting message of the great Apostle Paul to his dead disciple, Timothy: "As for me I have already poured out in sacrifice, my deliverance has come. I HAVE FOUGHT THE GOOD FIGHT, I HAVE FINISHED. THE COURSE, I HAVE KEPT THE FAITH. There is laid up for me a crown which the Lord, the just Judge, will give to me, yet not only to me but to all who love His coming." i The 'True' Story of UN Editor, The Progress: Why have the right wingers been in such a tizzy over the Xerox Corporation's sponsoring a TV series "glorifying the UN"? The last program was excellent entertainment considering that it was f i c t i o n and therefore didn't have the impact a true story would have. But I wonder why Xerox doesn't dramatize the true story of the UN? There is enough material available to run a series for years, and it would have everything: INTRIGUE: Such as the fact that 16 of the 17 US govern- ment officials who helped in the planning of the United Nations --Surprise! -- turned out to be Communist agents. What could be more intriguing than that? SUSPENSE: Will our Ameri- can servicemen whom we sent to Korea to fight for the UN and who were captured and placed in Communist slave la: bor camps ever get to come back to the United States and their loved ones? TERROR: This could be por- trayed by the 46 doctors at the Elizabethville Hospital and their patients as the hospital was bombed and shelled by UN troops; or the Red Cross work- ers whose vehicles the UN seemed to use for target prac- tice even while they were on mercy missions for the United Nations. HUMAN INTEREST: How about all the human beings in Katanga, how they died protec- ting their homes and loved ones from attacks of the UN "peace keeping" forces? RELIGION: We can't have everything in one story and since obviously the mention of Almightly God offen.ds all the atheists in the UN, we will have to admit there is no room for religion in the United Na- tions story. HUMOR: In 1945, 200 million people were enslaved by Com- munism and now after 20 years of the United Nations leading the way for human rights and "self-determination" we find that ONE BILLION human be- ings are now enslaved by com- munism. If you wonder what's so funny about that, ask the Communists at the UN. They are laughing themselves right into world domination. The possibilities are endless, but if you need any more ideas, try reading "The Fearful Master," by G. Edward Griffin. Betty J. Register, Bremerton Charity Must Be Practiced Editor, The Progress: In answer to Mr. Poole's letter in The Prog- ress of March 5, may I point out several fallacies in his rationalizations: First of all, what is fraudu- lent about helping an individ- ual to maintain his self respect and stimulate his personal ini- tiative by earning wages rather than accepting what is com. monly called "charity". Secondly, it is true that you cannot "legislate charity". If people will not practice charity out of a love of God and humanity, then there is no power on earth which will cause them to love. But does it therefore follow that our Government cannot practice charity? Shall our gov- ernment stand by while thou- sands suffer and do nothing, waiting, waiting, waiting for the day when every individual Chris- tian will practice Christianity? Shall we then demand t ha t Christian concepts never be practiced, except by the indi- vidual Christian, if and when he feels like it? Thirdly, regarding poverty. Poverty is an evil. Because some poverty stricken people reached a state of sanctity, it does not therefore follow that the state of poverty is holy and pleasing to God. Because a few people among millions in the history of the human race have been able to achieve sanctity while starv- ing to death in no way re- leases us from our responsi- bility to relieve the suffering of our brothers. Let us at least be able to say that we were responsible for a government founded on Chris- tian concepts and which puts these concepts into action to alleviate the sufferings of "the least ones". Norma R. Reynolds 616 NW 50thSt., Seattle More 'Our Readers Write' On Page Five Art of The Possible By FATHER JOSEPH GUSTAFSON SS EMOCRACY (even capitalized) is on a par with Santa Claus and Uncle Sam. It just doesn't exist. To the Greeks, who coined the term, it meant "mob rule." Demos meant mob. So if there is more pressure for the TXF program to be moved to Texas than to stay in Seattle, then good old TXF goes into Johnson's state. Or if more crucial votes would result in deciding whether or not TXF went to Seattle rather than Kalamazoo, the Democratic or Republican party would suddenly experience an intuitive knowl- edge about the fitness of Boeing. These are the ABC's of politics. Why don't we teach this stuff in our schools? A little agnosticism is a good thing. Schools are supposed to "prepare for life." What a lovely meaningless phrase. There is a tremendous amount of pompous nonsense conducted in our high schools under the name of "current events" or under a loftier title at a college level as "Contemporary Social Science," (course 305, two credits). "Bah, hum- bug"--to quote Scrooge who, whatever his parsi- monious deficiencies, was a sort of realist, after all. He just didn't believe in Santa Claus. Nor do we. Nor do we believe in Uncle Sam. Surprisingly to us, this is the first time we ever even thought of taking the side of Dickens' rather famous villain. But for years we have disbelieved in Uncle Sam. Uncle is you, and other taxpayers whose money is distributed with an unwonted magnaminity by legislators who can afford to be generous. We pay them simply be- cause we continue, stupidly, to believe "Yes, Virginia, there is an Uncle Sam." We trust you get the allusion. So the TXF program goes to LBJ's Texas. Why not Seattle's Boeing? Or do we have to draw diagrams for you? Someone has called politics the art of the possible. With God all things are possible, as we know. With politicians, some things, if skill- fully manipulated, are also possible. The Plight Of the Pulpit By FATHER JOHN B. SHEERIN CSP "THE preacher insulted our intelli- / gence. He talked down to us as if we were illiterates. He ranted and raved about problems that passed out with my grand- father. He talked money, money, money." The laity generally feel that it's always open season on preachers. In any discussion of parochial affairs, they inevitably get down to criticism of Sunday sermons. I admit that our era is not one of the golden ages of pulpit oratory but to lay critics of the priest as preacher, I like to direct the question: "What are you going to do about it?" Usually I discover that the captious critic has no intention of doing anything constructive about the plight of the pulpit. Frequently the answer to my question is: "That's not my business. That's the Church's business." It is surely the Church's responsibility to preach the Word of God but who is the Church? The Church as the People of God is the laity as well as the clergy. The constitution on the Church, Chapter IV, says that the laity have a right to receive the Word and the sacraments and they should openly reveal to the clergy their needs and desires in regard to the Word. Secondly, and this is a point of great impor- tance, the Constitution also says: "They are by reason of the knowledge competence or outstand- ing ability they may employ, permitted and sometimes even obliged to express their opinion on those things that concern the good of the Church. When occasions arise, let this be done through the organs erected by the Church for this purpose." The special talents of knowledge, competence or outstanding ability are charisms, spiritual gifts given by the Holy Spirit to the laity for the good of the Church. The Constitution goes on to say that pastors should "willingly employ" the prudent advice of the laity: "Attentively in Christ, let them con- sider with fatherly love the projects, suggestions and desires proposed by the laity." As Cardinal Suenens said of these special talents or charisms of the laity in a sermon at the Council: "It is the duty of pastors to listen carefully and with an open heart to laymen, and repeat. edly to engage in a living dialogue with them. For each and every layman has been given his own gilts and charisms . . . " In line with the Constitution, Cardinal Ritter March 1 in a talk to laymen, said: "More and more the Church wants to bring you into fuller participation... You have an obligation to come ( U to me and say, 'Your Eminence, I think that for the good of the Church this Should be done'." In our parishes there are thousands of lay people who are experts in public speaking, in public relations, in innumerable arts and sciences whose rich treasures could be tapped for the good of the Church. My own experience has been that in all my years of preaching to congrega- tions, only once has anyone written me to praise ,din or dispraise a sermon (except for a few mentally I disturbed persons). I have sounded out many other priests on this point and I have found that their experi. enee has been almost identical. The result of such lay delinquency is that the Sunday preacher has no criterion for judging whether or not he has preached a good sermon. One Sunday he will step into the pulpit with a carefully prepared talk--and there is no response, dl The next Sunday he steps into the pulpit with a M sermon that was inadequately prepared due to the pressure of parish duties--and again there is no response. Is there no college professor, public lecturer, trial lawyer or even "IV script- writer who will drop the bewildered Padre a note offering his talents to help the Padre preach the Word of God effectively? Some Tempted More By FATHER LEO J. TRESE HERE is one problem in life with which all of us have to contend. It is the urge which all of us feel, at times, to seek our own will at the expeme of God's will. We know that the ultimate source of temp- tation is to be fmmd in original sin. In human- ity's very beginning, there was an act of re- bellion against God which irreparably damaged the control which reason was designed to exer- cise over human behavior. In the state of orig- inal justice, to know the good was to do it. The fact of original sin answers the basic question of "Why Temptation?" It does not answer, however, the somewhat puzzling ques- tion as to why some persons are more severely tempted than others. In baptism we all received the same supernatural life and the same super- natural virtues. We all started even. Yet, we have not remained even. As life progresses, some of us are afflicted with more numerous or more severe temptations than others. Why should this be so? A major part of the answer lies in the fact that no two of us have exactly the same type of personality. Our personality develops partly from heredity; that is, from the nervous and glandular systems, the brain and the physique which we have inherited from our parents. Except in identical twins, born from a single egg, no two persons have exactly the same phys- ical endowments. One will be by nature more vigorous than another; more active, more emo- tional, more passionate, more talented or more intellectually gifted. Perhaps more important than heredity has been our environment. Our environment em- braces all that happens to us from birth onward. If we grew up in a home where there was economic stress and much talk of money problems, we now may feel insecure and tend to be overly acquisitive and miserly. If our parents were generous with criticism but All stingy with praise, we now may have sub- ennscious feelings of inferiority. Ii On the of, her hand, if our infancy and child- hood were marked by warmth, love and fre- quently-voiced approval, our home a haven of domestic peace and security, we probably now possess a tolerant, friendly, generous and char- itable disposition. Few of us have been severely damaged by our environment but, unless we are exceptional, few of us have ended our childhood without al few psychological or emotional traumas. .q So, our temptations do differ  in nature, in gravity or in frequency. It would be a great mistake, however, to think that we are the helpless victims of our past. Whatever our par- ticular wayward tendency may be, we cam keep it under control by determined use of our free will fortified by God's grace, channeled to us through the sacraments and preyer. I[