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! P Has Changed (l00ur Lives local government, the union, the business, the school. The couples are encouraged to express themselves rather than rely on the priest. The result is that they develop their own thinking. Then the priest chaplain closes the discussion with an over-all review of the subject matter. We have found this approach most bene- ficial in building up our spiritual in- tellectuality. The priest is by no means unimportant in the CFM meeting. True, he does not enter into the discussion among the couples, in the belief that this would dis- courage their own expression. He does have the opportunity, however, to gauge his own remarks upon the give-and-take that has preceded; to fill in the gaps, to clarify and to tailor his advice to the specific needs of the group. Then, after the meeting, the dialogue is wide open on any and every problem or topic. This is something obviously impossible in a Sun- day sermon. We feel our family has benefited greatly from this personal relationship with the priest. We know of few other groups where it is possible to communicate in this fashion with the pastor in the informal setting so conductive to free, frank and open talk. We have been able to give him our views, and he has given his thoughts-- for the mutual gain of each. Our children also have grown to know priests on a 9ersonal basis; to respect and love them. CFM, of course, is more thandiscussion. The heart of the movement, is ction, and this applies on the spiritual side as well as in the social sense. After each review of the spiritual inquiry, the group decides on some type of action that will help to improve the religious lives of the member couples. These are often seemingly minor things. mother, "We're no,t really crying, we're playing This Is Your Life'l" We hav !-.gun such practices, for example as clos ir,, each meal with a prayer, focus- ing om :,[ore-breakfast prayer on the morning offering, and ending the evening with family prayers meaningful to the :: level of the children, and short enough to maintain their interest throughout. The spiritual actions often go outside the home, too. A little thing like a word ii YOUR ! REAL ESTATE PROTECTION IS '0000_0000INESS Buying real estate could very well repre- sent the largest investment that you will ever make. Your ownership rights deserve the best possible protection. That's what we're here for.., to insure your title to your land and improvements. The next time you buy real property, specify WASHINGTON TITLE INSURANCE COMPANY, for the best possible title protection. As the state's old- est and largest-title insurance company, we offer STATEWlDE SERVICE through 30 offices. 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As beginners, we consider social inquiries on the family and neighbors, television, reading, re- creation, newcomers, sex instruction, minority races, local government, parish organizations, and all the many other matters that touch upon family life in modern society. We have gone through this book many times in organizing new CFM groups as we have moved from Place to place, but the format continues to be relevant even as the environment changes. Then, in taking up the advanced CFM books that change from year to year, we have been able to broaden our horizons into such areas as race and politics, in- ternational life and the social encyclical of Pope John. ACTION On RESIDENTIAL or INVESTMENT PROPERTY Thurmonds Central Realty REALTOR Seattle Real Estate Board "List' With Us" AT: 4.1515 127 MERCER ST. SEATTLE Happy Easfer Happy Easter BELLS of BURIEN CLOTlilNG For the Entire Family ACC'ESSOI ES CH. 3 7,00 460 S W. 152nd A. M. Nielson House Moving Leveling Raising ME. 2-8'119 1315 North 41st Seattle uml BURIEN / We have concluded that the family must be concerned with the world and all of its problems if the brotherhood of man is to have any practical meaning among nations which have become neighbors through modern-day transportation and communi- cations. The plight of the refugee, the starving masses of India, the freedom-denied Negroes of the South--all must stir the conscience of parents and their children if they are to develop any compassion and concern for those less-fortunate, and put less significance to their own material gains in an environment of over- abundance. We have tried to make our children aware of these things in our dinner-table discussions, in the books they read, inthe friends they make. CFM will not let you forget your neigh- borhood or world. The observe-judge-act method forces the participant to look, listen, talk about, read about and learn about; in short, tobe aware of the immediate and far-reaching conditions of society as they bear upon the family. It requires a judgement of Christian implications, and most import- ant, it demands action to put Christian principles to work in trying to make the home, the neighborhood and the world a better place for Christian family life. These sound like praiseworthygeneral- ities, and they are, but through CFM they become specifics. For us and other CFM couples, they be- come the specifics of visiting newcomers in the neighborhood and parish, making it (Continued on Page 19) ARE FRIENDLIER HERE See us for both Home Loans and Home Improvement Loans, whether or not your moHcjage is here. Fast, friendly service at our convenient downtown location. A good place fo SAVE, oo! UNION FEDERAL SAVINGS & LOAN ASSOCIATION Third Floor, 1411 Fourth Ave. Bldg. 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