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V V Friday, April 16, CFM and Liturgical Renewal Arc 1965 Evolving Hand-in-Hand V V THE PROGRESS---Page 29 (Continued from Page 15) geous, responsible witness to Christ, i.e. to Christ in His Body, the Church. There isn't anything mysterious or esoteric or even extraordinary about the apostolate. It simply means being true to what we are, members of Christ and witnesses to Christ. One of the problems has been, of course, not really knowing Christ--looking on Christ as a kind of moral theologian, not as the author of the Sermon on the Mount but as a mere op- ponent of mortal sin. Witnessing to Jesus Christ or testifying to Him, if you will, means witnessing to Him in all that He is and all that He stands for, in the whole of His Gospel, the good news of salvation. Like the other sections of Catholic Action the Christian Family Movement is principally a movement to prepare leadership among Catholic married people. It purposes to make them keenly aware of what it means to be the heads of Christian families and what respons- ibilities flow from this. The pririciple of action in all of Catholic Action is the principle taught by Jesus in the parable of the leaven, the action of yeast in the dough. This describes the normal way in which God's kingdom grows and by which commitment to citizenship in it is intensified, not by great and noisy campaigns or the artifices of Madi- son Avenue, but quietly and gradually as an inward movement of the Spirit in- sDirin conversion of the mind and will. We might say that propagation of theFalth is intensive as well as extensive.R is concerned not only with extending the Kingdom of God through the world of men, but also of intensifying the commitment Easter Greetings Regal & McDonnell DEXTER HORTON BLDG. SEATTLE Easter Greetings DICK GLEN CHEVRON SERVICE LI 2-8928 WINTERIZE NOW! 617 N.W. Richmond Beach Rd. Seattle Magnolia Lumber Co. Builders Hardware Paints nd Presto Logs AT. 2-2443 3216 W. WHEELER SEATTLE Sid Wald Upholstery Custom Built Furniture EA 5-7551 1507- 10th Ave. Seattle of who are already citizens in God's Kingdom on earth. It is a truism to say that the basic natural unit of society, whether civil or religious, is the family. Moreover, it is in the family circle that knowledge and love and worship of God dawns and grows. One of the great defects in our religious point of view is the lack of social aware- ness. It is in the home that the social nature of religion must be cultivated. We might even say, the social nature of salvation, because salvation does not come to us as isolated individuals but as mem- bers of the Body of Christ. The Christian family, not unlike the parish, is in a sense a miniature of the Body of Christ. The Christian family is in fullest truth a worshipping community of God's people. Cordial Easter Greetings DE VOU OtS:00 00CO. Desks, Chairs, File and Accessories Shaw-Walker Files and Furniture 124 Denny Way AT 4,1980 Seattle Seattle's Original For Over 50 Years Rosaia Bros. MA. 2-2858 702 Pine Seattle Bowie Electric Co. 5350 Ballard N.W. SU 4-0474 Seattle .0olumbia Funeral Home PA. ,2-1,1 O0 4567 'Rainier So. Seattle In this community husband and wife are partners in serving and loving God to- gether and schooling their children in the same. CFM directs its program to families through the leaders of families, husband- fathers and wife-mothers. It doesn't ask them to do extraordinary or startling things. It doesn't ask them to pack the family up and head for a mission in Latin America or even Join the marchers in Selma. Alabama. It purposes to provide husbands and wives with the means to teach themselves to be apostles, witness- ing to Christ but in the way that is proper to husbands and wives and parents intheir state of life. Their full-time job, their vocation, is that of husband and wife, father and mother. Engagement in the apo- stolate cannot be divisive, cannot divert them from their vocation but must operate within it and through it. CFM would in- tegrate their life and work at home in the family circle with their responsibilities to the community (the neighborhood,etc.), the parish and the Church, and would give all this the inspiration or drive of total commitment to Jesus Christ and his Gospel. Participation in community and Church projects too often tend to take the parents out of the home and separate parents from children and husband and wife from each other. Nonetheless, the home can- not be either healthy or Christian unless there is a true social awareness and a sense of community responsibility. In other words, the charity generated in tli e home cannot be circumscribed by the walls of the house.lt must flow out of the family circle to encircle the larger cam- MASSI'S AQUARIUM Largest Selection in the Northwest PA. 2-9183 3207 ,Rainier Ave. 5., Seattle I John F, Snap & Sons, Inc. Insurance Brokers 2030 - 9th MA 4-6644 Seattle II Lincoln Moving & Storage MA. 4-0600 Local & Long Distance Moving 801 HOLGATE SEATTLE .. Happy Easfer From Watson's Food Center WE. 2-9854 Seattle Happy Easter CHUCK WAGON LA. 5.6717 6514 40h N.E. SEATTLE Easter Greetings Western Refrigeration Commercial and Marine SU. 4-5351 5319 Balhrd N.W. Seaffle Capif.ol Hill Floral Co. 1524 - 15th East EA 2-6868 ..Seattle Happy Easter SOUTHGATE REALTY, INC. EVERYTHING IN REAL ESTATE CH, 4-6600 tSsts. ! Somk SEATTLE ALSO AN ACRP,^O. OFF MAPLe. VALLEY GE, 2-4428 munity both civil and religious. The first concern of the CFM is the building of truly Christian families. The first con- cern of the CFM father and mother is their own family, but of the essence of this concern is the development in the home of a true Christian social con- sciousness, a sense of community within the home which must of its very nature expand to embrace one's brothers who are of the household of the faith in the larger family of the parish. Our Catholic families must be built into Christian families and our parishes must be built into families of the people of God. These two correspond to each other. Isn't it a crime that the two most sacred places on the face of the earth, the church and the home, have often become so drab and devitalized? The CFM by its nature is committed to implement the renewal. To do this its members must first and above all britlg their homes into close relation- ship with the altar of God. "The family that prays together stays together" is not quite enough. Surely the family must pray together, but its prayer-life and its whole life must take its inspiration, must be derived from the altar. The Christian family worships God together. There is nothing more important it can be to- gether. Together it is nourished by God's word and God's food. Together the family brings Christ from the altar to the home to be the center of the family circle. Then the parish altar will have impact on the family to make it a Christin family, and these families in turn will be able to have impact on the parish to help build it into a closely knit family of the families of God's holy people. Happy Easter From Tweedy & Popp Hardware ME. 2-0563 1916 No. 45th SEATTLE I Marqueen Garage Alaska Local and Overseas AT. 4.-0590 l0 MERCER SEATTLE CLERICAL TAILORS ALL-WOOL SUITS and TOPCOATS Verginia Clothing MA. 3-1934 1516 2nd Ave., Suite 200 SEATrLE i I The Time Shop MA 3-0348 4th & Pke Bldg., Seattle