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Friday, March 30, 1962 THE PROGRESS--5 Stand By The Cross Stations Give Thoughts On Loneliness All during His public life, On this third fall, Jesus was This life is a vale of tears This is the shout of the earth-minded man. Spiritual acts lift the redeemed Christian up from the earth. The more we think and act like Christ, the more we are condemned by those who prize material things above the Holy Spirit and eternal life. We are forced to journey alone, with little human consolation. II Jesus is made to carry His cross. Alone. Loneliness is a terrible cross. It can be a constant companion to the sick and old, but to everyone it must come some- times. A cross we curse, a cross that casts us down--but without loneliness, we would find' it difficult to discover the presence of Jesus. Ill Jesus alls [or the first time. From time to time we fall into little valleys of loneliness. A lull in a party; at work, in a strange town. Do not regret these times--they are calls to prayer. If our minds were con- stantly filled and satisfied with human companionship, would we have the time or inclina- tion to think of the invisible God? IV Jesus meets his Mother. By Rev. Michael Cody Holy Family Parish, Seattle (The Stations of the Cross exist as a devotion for one purpose only, Father Cody writes in his preface to this series of Lenten devo- tional reading, and that is to help the Christian think )for himself about the Pas- sion of Jesus. The Stations can help/ollowers of Christ find union with the Passion of Our Lord. "'No man can altogether avoid suffering in this life," Father Cody w r o t e, "but suffering is worthless unless deliberately united to the Way of Jesus' Cross." Each week during Lent, The Progress will prmt a different set of sta- tions [or use of its readers. Some have been written O with children in mind, al- though they may be readily used by adults. This is the fourth in the series and is directed to adults on loneli. heSS.) ! Jesus is condemned to death. "I will wash my hands of this Man, and of His teaeh- ings." this son of Mary went about His Father's business, only oc- casionally visiting His mother. What of her apparent neglect of God? Mary, the evangelist tells us, pondered in her heart the things of God. While left behind, she came to laaow well the presence of the unseen God. V Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry His cross. We think when we are lone- some that life has stopped for us. When we see companion- ship engulfing the happy faces around us, we are cut to the heart with coldness and envy. All seems to be ashes in our heart. But God is letting earth- ly fire die so He might send His messenger in some form to bring the warming fire of the Spirit to ease our Cross and give us strength and help to follow Christ into the Light that is God. VI Veronica wipes the face at Jesus. The best remedy for loneli- ness is kindness to others, and among kindnesses, perhaps the greatest is gratitude for the help of others. We like to think we don't need anyone else, but we do. Be grateful for those who treat you well--they are a gift from God. VII Jesus falls for the second time. Around is the babbling .and chattering and clatter of hu- manity, but we hear it as at a distance, unrelated to us-- separated by a great gulf, in the crowd, but not part of it. Christ has shown that He can reach across the chasm .of loneliness and give us strength to carry on, because He Him- self has been through it--for us, and in us, and with us. @ John Eckhart Dark Age Not Dark At All EW lectures are as ludicrous, or fatuous, as that given by the his- tory professor in a university who disclaims in vibrant tones, ringing with scholarship, that the Middle Ages were quite Medieval, ell in all, the true t"dark" period of history. This has happened, and with- in the memory of man. No period in history has suf- fered more from lack of under- standing than the Medieval. The reasons tar this misunder- standing are complex, but es- sentially concern themselves with the fact that the Middle Ages were Korean Catholic. Within the past 25 years, not long as scholarship goes, when it does go, there has been a growing suspicion based on more veridical studies that perhaps that period from ap- proximately 550 A.D. to about 1450 A.D. had something to offer. We must agree with this budding discovery of St. Thomas Aquinas, Duns Scot- us, Dante, Giotto and the rest of the academic discovery that all was not .black in By JOHN J. ECKHART him sustenance and a lectern was part and parcel of that same age he lightly dismissed and was in fact a product of the Middle Ages. The university, one of the highest organizational activities of western man, a unique state- ment in the faith of learning, was born and reared in the Medieval period of man's his- tory on earth. THE MEDIEVAL UNI- VERSITY by L. J. Daly, S.J., Sheed and Ward, 241 pp., $5.00 ECAUSE the univer- si, ty is this unique so- ciety in the world and because in good advice and bad the university plays an important part in the harried pursuit of learning and culture, it is of interest to wander through some of its origins and history. Father Daly's new book is the latest in a bibliography containing many fihe" books concerning the founding and early history of the University. It is a welcome addition for those years yclept "Dark." several reasons we will make But I have heard an elderly bold to enumerate. professor in a university rele- gate most Medieval institutions and ideas to the purloined purgatory of Gibbon's "De- cline end Fall of the Roman Empire," What escaped this misguided secularist was the fact that the ve institution that gave HOLY CROSS BROTHERS Serve God Through Farming Trades Teaching a Writing a Social Work Clerical Work a Foreign Mi$skmt For Information write: Brother Gilbert Burke, C.5,C. Notre Dame High School 13642 Riversl.de. Dr. Sherman Oaks, Calif. Reason number one can- cerns Father Daly's rather obvious love for his subject. He writes with warmth and intellectual humor, he writes with an aqueous but disei- plined hand. He does not shy from physical description, and you might well shiver right with the cold scholars along the 13 Century "Street of Straw." Reason number two concerns the author's quiet taste for impeccable scholarship. His re- search is profound enough, but the reader is never drowned m For the UNUSUAL IN GIFTS... GUnDERSOn Original Jewelry 527 PINE 764 BROADWAY SEATTLE TACOMA in a sea of footnotes of small moment. He knows the subject, and chances seem good that the reader will know more about an interesting subject than he did nrior to reading this book. "The Medieval University" traces out the historic begin- nings of those great original seats of learning at Paris, Bologna, Oxford and the many other towns that became a part of this new way of teaching and learning. Father Daly not only writes of historic beginnings but re- veals many detailed facets of Medieval university life that could be of very contempo- rary interest. The letter from the student to his parents explaining poor grades and asking for more money might have been writ- ten this semester. These and other details indicate that the life of the university student has changed little in 700 years. Because we are members of t h a t particular civilization called, "Western." it is of in- terest to read this readable work about the University, its origins and history. FAMILY CLINIC: VIII Jesus comforts the women of ]erusalem. To see a loved one caught in the snare of Satan, whether suffering innocently as Jesus did, or trapped by personal sin, is upsetting," as these women know so well. God doesn't seem to love their Friend enough to free Him from Satan's power. We know the thoughts of these women each time we behold a child crippled and afflicted. Do we not forget that God always is able to bring forth victory from a bloody Cross? IX Jesus falls for the third time. Exhausted. Christ is hardly aware of His surroundings. Worn out by the drug of re- peated conflict with evil. weak- ened by battle, we withdraw into our own little world end resent the cross. Our Lord, who did not have to undergo this Passion of His, willed to suffer as an example to us. Mother Interferes lost in adoration of His Father. and we are its lonely exiles longing for Paradise, our true With Daughter' Life country. No earthly companion- S ship can fill Our hrt's bred- in desire for Gods eternal Father John L. Thomas, S,J. friendship, enveloping us in a beautiful love--warm, comfort- Professor of Sociology at St. Louis University X lesus is stripped of Hi garments. Human love and comfort sur- rounds us like Warm beautiful clothing and in a moment by someone's rough, cutting re- , mark. we are stripped and left exposed--quivering with cold and fear and shame. The only thing'we need be ashamed of is sun. Christ" was tranquil when stripped--our spirituality should be so deep that when cut apart and mocked by people we will be calm, and care only that Christ has not separated us from His love and loving kindness. ing, unchanging, completely satsifying. Christ won it by crucifixion for Himself and for us. The heavy cross is now light -- the easy burden that Jesus promised to those who follow Him willingly. This is the easiness of the .Cross-- Heaven is open, the Lord is nearer now than when we first came to believe. XI Jesus is nailed to the cross. The cruelest nails of all are always the unexpected spikes driven into us by those who view our attempted kindnesses with distrust, hatred and calumny. We cannot allow un- called-for backbiting to make us bitter and resentful and dry up the wells of our charity. We must resist the temptation to build n isolation booth to prevent people from laughing at us and trying to destroy us. In spite of all His opposition it was said of Our Lord: "He went about doing good." Xll Jesus dies on the cross. Xlll Jesus is taken down from the cross. Tears of sadness mingle with the smile of joy on Mary's face as she looks with Mother's eyes at her Son. He will suffer no more. His Mission is ac- complished. Mary's loss is tempered by her deep knowl- edge of God's providence.-The others were shaken and alone with grieving thoughts. They could not understafid ye "why the Cross had to be..But they will, and if we watch and pray, we too shall find God in trials of daily life--our Passion. " XlV Jesus is laid in the tomb. Silence in the tomb. All are gone now. The Body of Christ lies wrapped in a shroud -- alone. But not for long--In three days He shall arise and the utter loneliness of the grave will never again bring fear to those who truly love God. "Death, where now is your, victory?" Christ has once and for all conquered sin and death. Chi-ist has enfolded His-.fellow-suf- ferers to.His Breast forever.. (To Be Continued Next Week) God Love You :-M00n-00ry World's Change |y MOST R.VEREND FULTON J. SHEEN A/HAT a change has taken place in restore countries which are in danger of turning Y Y the missionary world within the Communist--some $99 million to Venezuela, $357. past 100 years! At the Council of ..the million to Brazil. $135 million to Chile--but we Vatican in 1870, there were no nauve spend too little for "native aid." Arouse your- bishops from Africa, Asia or Oceania; self to the truth that Africa and Asia will de- a few Vicars Apostolic of European origin rep- resented the mission world. Today, all of the hierarchy of Japan is native, and' Africa has over 42 native bishops, a few more than Asia. Despite persecution, or perhaps because of it, the Church has had a remarkable growth. As Paul. a Jew, Hellenized the Church at Corinth and other sites, so Pins XI, Pius XII and John XXIII have made the Church native in as many places as possible. The New Testa- ment Church did not become Latin or Greek by rejecting everything Jewish; rather, it perfected the latter with Latin and Greek culture. The same thing is happening today. The Church does not become Indian or Indonesian or Korean by throwing off the three cultures proclaimed over the Cross on Calvary; it does so by en- riching the latter with the vestures of new civilizations, , ;j The bishops 0f Africa and the East who will attend the Second Vatiean Council point up the necessity of aiding the Church at its center, namely, the Vicar of Christ. The Holy Father knew what he was doing when he said he must be aided "first and principally." He did not say "only" or "exclusively," but he did establlsh a pyramid of values. He alone can nanTe native bishops,--no dne else in the world can do so. Missionaries can train na- fives, but they cannot build up a native hier, archy. That must come. from the Holy Father. Last year the Catholics of the U. S. gave the Holy Father an average of 27 cents each for his Missions. This year, we would like to see every Catholic offer the Holy Father a mini- mum of $10. We give much in foreign aid to HEADLINES AND DEADLINES: termine the future of th'e world, politically and religiously, and send a sacrifice to the Holy Father for the native b.ish.oLxs in those counte+s. He will receive it through his Society fo r e Propagatio n of the Fhiffi. GOD LOVE YOU to G.K.B. for $I0 "I offer part of my salary in the hope. that it will inspire, others to do the same. " i X Use it as you see fit .... to M ss for $5 "I will send $: each month fr the next live months." . . . to H. H. for $57.95 "'Please accept my credit,union interest in thanksgiving or three o[ my children being in Catholic schools. All Of = the interest I recei,e will be sent to the missions to help povide schooling for ihe less fortunate." . .. to A. L. S. for $2 "In thanksgiving [or having passed a math exam." Solve your gift problems with OUR LADY OF TELEVISION statues, now available in two razes. The 11-inch figure of Madonna and Child, constructed of unbreakable white plastic with gold-colored cross and halos, reminds us that as Mary gave the Divine Word to the world, so television projects the human word. A four-inch model with black suction-cup base is ideal for use in automobiles. Send your request and an offering of $3 (11-inch) or $1 (4-inch)to The Society for the Propagation of the Faith, 366 5th Ave., New York 1, N,Y. Cut nut this column, pin your sacrifice to it and mall it to Most Re. Fulton J. Sheen, National Director of the Society for the Propa- gation of the Faith, 366 Sth Avenue, New York 1, N.Y., or your Archdiocesan Director, Rev. Stephen Szeman, 907 Terry Avenue, Seattle 4. DeGaulle Understands Soviets that the U. S. has shown ex. cessive moderation. Had this not been so, the Soviets would undoubtedly have blasted. Even Gromyko was unusually restrained and friendly, which indicated that everything was proceeding well for the Soviet Union. He even agreed to further rounds of conversation of Ber- lin t some future undesignat- ed place and time and pledged himself to return to Geneva should that become necessary to break a deadlock or to "pro- mote progress." There seems to be no imme- diate demand for a summit be- fore the June 1 deadline, al- though Gromyko has kept the door to that possibility open. Britain may be expected to make this proposal before the (Continued from Page 1) sues of Berlin, nuclear testing or general disarmament." That just abotit sums up the situation, as De Gaulle prob- ably envisioned it. Rusk's sense of .achievement consisted of .the satisfaction that another breathing spell re- salted from the talks and that they were "both useful and frank" thereby providing some progress in "clarifying points of agreement and points of dif- ference,"= as expressed in a joint U. S.-soviet statement Tuesday. Neither side pressed for an early showdown, and both agreed to extend the talks on disarmament and Berlin. And why shouldn't the So- viets agree to thiS? They want ;ill-the time they can get to ready another series of nuclear testing while pur- suing their attempts to im- mobilize the U. S. Secretary Rusk is well aware of this, for. he said so himself at the Geneva meetihg. How, then, can" we explain this in- credible confusion of U. S. pol- icy? Perhaps A Loss Although the reports out of Geneva would lead one to be- lieve that neither side had changed positions and that the U. S. did not waver in its de- mand for international inspec- tion and c.ntrol on disarma- ment or nuclear testing ban, the general tone of the talks lends credence to the suspicmn I have a wonderful mother except for one thing. We married late (29 and 30), and after our second child, she started a campaign against having any more. Now that we have /our and want at least one more, if possible, her ob. jections have increased. At first she stressed my health, but recently she's been saying that my husband will kill him. self trying to support so many. He laughs at her, yet this last approach has me worried. OME day, I hope that a psychiatrist or psycholo- gist will devote some study to the hidden causes of the strange concern manifested \\;by neighbors, friends, and relatives dyer the number of children a couple decides to have As a rule, others pay scant attention to what you eat. how you spend your money, where you go on a vaca- tion. the type of car you buy, where you choose t.o work and live. and so forth, but by some curious twist of logic they feel called upon to pass judgment upon your highly personal, inti- mate decision to have a child. If any decision should be entirely yours, it is this one, for only you can estimate the blessing of another child and you alone must accept the long years of service and responsi- bility that are necessarily involved. Another characteristic of this strange con- FR. THOMAS cern is the facile way these self-chosen coun- sellors ignore the moral implications of their advice to limit the family. They' are old enough to know the meaning of the conjugal act and the moral laws that govern its proper use. Nevertheless. they boldly give advice that openly ignores such considerations and implicitly assumes that no moral problems are involved in control. If they are Catholics, they know better, so that it is difficult to defend them from the charge of hypocrisy. A good many Catholics would do well to examine their con- sciences in this regard. Of course they will protest indignantly that they have advised the couple to do nothing wrong, but whom are they trying to fool? Pious hypocrites are much worse off than ordinary ones be- cause they stand less chance of ever admitting to themselves that they are in error since they keep protesting that they in- tended only the good of others. None of the Objections Valid OUR letter brings this point out clearly. Your faithful coun- sellor kept telling you after your second baby: "You'll kill yourself." "You've got too much to do now." "Your legs won't stand another one." "You're getting too old:" Experience has shown that none of her objections were valid, but let us suppose that you had been persuaded to follow her advice. What did she know about you and your husband's ability to avoid another pregnancy? Obviously her advice never took this point into consideration, ,yet it is basic in terms both of morality and the future success and happiness of your marriage: At present, however, you are worried about the possible strain that caring for a larger !amily will place upon your husband. What are the facts in the case? It's true that you started having your family somewhat later fllan most couples in our society, but considered in terms of contemporary rates of survival, your husband is still a relatively young man. He enjoys apparent good health, holds a well-paying job, and barring an unforeseeable accident, can look forward to at least 25 more years of active ernployment. Doesn't it seem somewhat absurd for such a man }o start withdrawing from life as if he were approaching immediate old age? - . - ..  Ufe is a Gamble __ UT your faithful counselor, perhaps with you primarily in mind, is now warning him that he is getting too old to go on accumulating more family worries and more children to support. What if he develops ulcers or works himself into a .heart at- tack? What if he gets into a serious accident? What if we should' have another recession and he should lose his job? Well, each and every-one of these misfortunes may occur. Life is always a gamble but if couples stopped leading a normal life or hesitated to have he children 'they desired be. cause of such fears," they would do well to retire to an old folks home at once and just sit quietly waiting for the end. No, you have no speeiat cause .to worry because of your husband's age or the additional burdens he will assume if God grants you another child. You entered marriage trusting in God and He has blessed you richly. Why should you lose faith in Hiha how? Of course no man can foresee the future; it is in His hands-- and consequently in good hands I h still puzzhng over mom's objections. Clearly they are only symptoms of something amiss inside. Why all this concern if both you and your husband are happy? I feel she must harbor some unresolved frustration or some unperceived inadequacy in her Christian philosophy of life. or can it be that she hascome to view happiness and success only from the limited perspective of merely secular goals? Our Readers Comment Tribute To Nun Editor, The Prdgress: I thought perhaps the enclosed memorial to Sister Mary Elen- ita, P.B.V.M., who passed away Friday, written by a former student, might bring solace o others who loved her. + "Today my heart cried. Not a single tear trickled down U. S. is" ready to begin nu- clear testing next month. Viewed in its totality, up to the present time, the Geneva conferente once again appears tohave been a loss rather than a gain for the U. S. " Follfwing quickly +up6n " an exchange of letters and agree- ment between President Ken- nedy and Khrushchev on co- olJeration in space research whgreb, the U. S: :ind the So: viet Union would pfol their findings : aild knowledge, : the first: meetiig pursimnt tb"this agreement took place Tuesday. Judging from the rec6rd, the question may well. be" raised Whether tlte Soy'lets will con- tribute to the pool "of 'space knowledge or me.rely learn from it. my cheek. Not an extra drop of water even dare appear in my eye. For I am a man-- and men do not cry. But down deep, the s l i m bond which holds my h eaYt to- gether broke, as if +cut in two by a thrashing sword, and out gushed sadness. Today, today was the day my heart* cried --today my beloved Sister Elenita died! .... --A Blancht student The author wishes toremain: anonymous. GRETCHEN VOGEL 7504 56th'St. N.E. ::.+ )iquia t instant PRAYER TO ST. JUDE To be said in great afflietion, or when one seems to be de- prived of all visible help, or [or cases despaired 0[. Most holy apostle St. Jude faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor who delivered thy beloved Mas- ter into the hands of His ede. mies has caused thee to b for. gotten hy many, hut the Chut'ch honors and invokes thee uni- versally, as the patron of hope- less cases, of things despaired of. Pray for me who am so mise/-a. ble; make use I implore thee. of that particular privilege accorded of thee, to bring visible and speedy help where help is most despaired of. Come to my assist- ance in this great need that I may receive the consulations and succor of heaven in all my neces- sities, tribulations and sufferings, particularly--(Here make your request) and that I may bles God with thee and all the, elect for. ever. I promise thee, 0 IMesst! St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor, and I will_ never cease to honor thee as,my special and powerful patron and to do all in my power m n. Seattle courage devotion to thee+ Amen.' .... (.To .encourage deotioh to St, ]ude, distribute this prayer or acknowledge in writing fa" 'vats recei,.ed, etc.) National Shrine of St. Jude Cloretion Fathers 221 West Madison Street Chicago 6, IlL __- :- . .... : -