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4.--,TH E PROGRESS I i Frid;a, y,- May, 3, 9b-2 Healthy Indication aY 1, Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, was a day of hope not only for some 22,000 Boeing workers of the Se- attle-Renton area, but for the entire na- tion as well. The International Association of Machinists announced this day that it was postponing a strike against The Boeing Company because of new proposals re- sulting from negotiations with the com- pany. A strike at Boeing Aircraft Com- pany, regardless of how justified the grievance of the employees, would el- ]oct the entire economy of this state ,and the de]ense of our country. The Boeing dispute is but an ex- ample of one of the greatest dilemmas of modern industrial society. "How can the right to strike be reconciled with the duty of public authority to protect the public welfare? Nobody wants compulsory arbitra- tion. The public, on the other hand, is pretty well "fed up" with irresponsibili- ties' of both labor and management when their actions or lack of action encroach upon the public welfare. There must be a middle ground, a center path, that can be chartered to bring about an orderly process to collective bargaining? In a free society there is only one alternative to the strike. That is arbi- tration. But arbitration is possible only when both sides recognize and accept sound Christian principles of social justice. The ability of the union officials and the management of Boeing Aircraft Company to settle their grievances with- out the necessity of doing economic vi- olence to this community is a tribute to the free society in which we live. It is a healthy indication that the desire for personal gain has been secon- dary in importance. And that employer and employee have been able to temper their private interests by the greater good of society. Justice has a broader base than "what's mine is mine". Civilized men see beyond their personal needs to the just demands of the commonwealth. For this reason St. Joseph the car- penter is not only a model for the work- ing man but for the employer as well. The great economic delimma of our day will ultimately be solved when both la- bor and management take as their patron him whom the Gospels simply called "a just man". After 30 Years emember as children the songs we being monitor in the House of God. used to sing to Mary during the 'ivThen Capt. Stephen E. Sanislo would month of May? "Tis the Month of Our VV pay his annual visit to the class Mother", "Hail Holy Queen Enthroned and lecture the children in an amusing Above", "Bring Flowers of the Fairest", sort of way on fire prevention, Sister to mention the titles of a few. would give the gentleman her undivided They might not have been the great- attention. She, too, enjoyed his mouth est poetry, but they weren't bad theolo- organ music and imitations of a fire en- gy. These little hymns impressed us with gine siren. She would escort him to the the fact that we have not one mother, door, close it gently, stride to the front but two: our physical mother who gave blackboard, and write the words: Us natural life and our Spiritual Mother MORAL--LESSON.' Mary, whose fiat at the Annunciation "'The moral of Captain Sanislo's per- made supernatural life in us possible, formance is quite simple, boys. If I catch But what about the girl in the long one of you with a match in this school, flowing robes and starched white wimple you will be dealt with severely. Let that who worked so hard to teach us those be your lesson.' songs? Hasn't she got a share in Mary's "IFhen she leveled on occasions Motherhood too? Doesn't the woman we like this you could see in those piercing used to "yes 'str" and "no 'str" to death brown eyes that her concept of moral deserve a special place of honor along was appended by fair warning. Those with Mary during this month of May? eyes seemed to hold visions of a burn- A nun by vocation sacrifices physi- ing school, church, forest or field of cal motherhood that She might become wheat--a picture not too pleasant to spiritual mother to thousands of boys and her. girls whose souls she shapes in the womb "Sister Francesca Maria ran the boys of her classroom, games, was chief arbiter at something The impact the Sisters have upon akin to legalized mayhem called 'pump- the lives of their students is lifelong, pump pullaway', ran the school plays This fact was forcefully brought home where once she lost her patience and to us this week by a tribute Ed Done- heaved the lead actor off the stage for hoe, editor of the Washington Teamster, cutting up behind the scenes, and was paid to the memory of the lat:e Sister the 'traffic cop' at the boys' lavatory. Francesca Maria, his eighth grade teacher. "The last we saw of Sister Francesca Writing in his own humorous and Maria was in the fall of 1932. It was a inimitable column, "Tilting the Wind- rainy day after school and we asked for mill," Ed said in part: her at the back door of St. Anne's con- "Her obituary, like most, was dis- vent. Purpose of the call was to show tilled to four paltry paragraphs which her our first report card from a different seems short shrift to tell the story of school for boys, Seattle Prep. She flicked a dedicated teacher, 61, whose special- it open, and gave it a quick rundown. ty was 'boys, a little on the wild side.' "'Your mother will be happy when - "Looking back on nine months with she sees this, and I am happy you showed this wonderful woman in the eighth and it to me,' she commented in her direct final grade at St. Anne's School, her fashion. presence was the one, overwhelming in- "I had the feeling then that one part fluence in a life approaching what our of life's show was over, and another was elders called 'the dangerous years.' beginning. It was like the good Sister "Her day last Wednesday (April was saying: 'Go out there now, and grow 24) at St. Joseph's grade school was the up.' same as usual. She taught the eighth "Sister Francesca Maria was quite grade from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and then a woman." had made arrangements to go downtown This remarkable woman taught Ed in the company of another nun to see Donohoe for just nine months over 30 the doctor. Her big heart stopped, and years ago. But he still remembered. And that was it. he was just one boy out of thousands. "We are not guessing at the size All of us who have had the precious of her heart because Sister Francesca was privilege of a parochial school education a big woman all over. She had a round, can look back with fond memories upon happy face, dark complexioned with other Sister Francesca Marias who have 10ng, brown, full eyebrows, left their indelible mark not only upon "If you were in the seventh grade, our knuckles, but upon our souls. and had the Superior . . . that was bad Surely in some sense, i] not physi- enough. But the fear of passing to the cal at least mystical, these good nuns .e:ighth grade tO meet 'the toughest .in have mothered us. IVe are in a very the whole Oregon Province' was almost real sense their spiritual children. But unbearable . . .' as is typical of all true mothers, the "As matters turned out, she was Sisters are not looking for praise. Their the kindest teacher we ever had and, life is one of giving, not of receiving. strprisingly enough, never laid a hand They live only to impart life. Yet, for on 'her boys'. She was a no-nonsense our part we are surely ungrateful spit. nun who got a big laugh out of in- itual sons and daughters if we never genuity or inmgination. She had a take the time to tell them thanks. good sense for history, could make May is a wonderful month to pick English SYntax almost bearable; and up the phone, dial the old school whose was a very religious person without hallowed halls enshrine our eighth grade the usual signs of piety, probably be, graduation picture, and say, "Hello 'Str cause her earthly mission also included remember me . . . ?" 907 .Terry Avenue, Seattle (4) Telephone MAin 2-8880 Second-Class Mail Privileges Authorized at Seattle, Wash. Published every Friday by the Northwest Progress Co. President, Most Reverend Thomas A. Connolly, D.D., J.C.D. REV. JAMES H, GANDRAU--Editor MARY BRESNAHAN--Associate Editor Pirate Of Dignity Getting Catholics To Accept By REV. JOHN R. SHEERIN, C.S.P. OW that Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth) has been enthusi- astically acclaimed by non-Catholic leaders, we have the task of getting Cath- ol':cs to accept it. This extraordinary docu- ment must be brought to the attention of all American Catholics in such a way as to win their support of its principles. This, however, will be a col- ossal task. I suspect there will be even more American Catho- lic opposition to this encyclical than there' was to Mater et 'Magistra (Christianity and Soc- ial Progress). Take for instance the Holy Father's approval of the Unit- ed Nations. We have to face up to the fact that among American Catholics there are pockets of resistance to the will make a sudden about-face on the question of the United Nations. The editorial in the Novem- ber issue of The Priest, for in- stance, slashed away at the world organization with its usual gusto. It said that the United Nations, "the world's greatest debating society," had just begun its 17th session but that "no helpful action" can be expected from it. The editorial referred to "the modern tower of Babel on the East River" and com- mented: "No wonder that talk is cheap at such a mot- ley assemblage; and action, rare indeed, but purely par- tisan." One is tempted to rely ex- clusively on lay groups to pro- mote this great encyclical. The CCD and NCCW study groups, as well as other lay enter- prises, have been very success- ful in acquainting parishioners for the organization and all its purposes. Is it any wonder that we hear certain devout parishioners asserting t h a t "the United Nations should get out of the United States and the United States should get out of the United Nations. The pulpit could be an ef- fective antidote to the poison Spread by these tabloids. It would be marvelous if we could have a national pulpit cam- paign to communicate the main themes of the encyclical to the faithful. But I am afraid that even here we would meet with opposition. ' :encyclical a peared:: many of th'e priests magazines: were unblushingly hostile to the United Nations and I fear that this editorial policy reflected the thinking of a great many of the clerical readers, Rome wasn't built in world organization and that a day and I don't think that this resistance will not crape, a ll anti- United Nation clergy rate over night. How can  we ..... cope with this "grass roots hostility' to the organization so enthusiastically applauded by the Pope? The Catholic press, save for a handful of ultraconservative papers, has been favorable to the United Nations and the Holy Father's encyclical will stimulate the Catholic press to support the United Nations more vigorously. BUT THERE are millions of American Catholics who read the daily tabloids re- ligiously and never see a Catholic paper. Some of these tabloids serve up a daily anti- United Nations diet of vituperative contempt with Mater et Magistra. Significant Quotes From 'Pacem In Terris' Following are significant quo- tations from the peace encyc- lical of His Holiness Pope John XXIII, Pacem In Terris (Peace On Earth). PEACE: "Peace on earth... can be firmly established only if the order laid down by God is dutifully observed." WORLD PEACE AUTHOR- ITY: "Today the universal common good poses problems of worldwide dimensions which cannot be adequately tackled or solved except by the efforts of public authorities endowed with a breadth of powers, struc- ture and means of the same proportions." DISARMAMENT: "Justice, right reason and humanity, therefore, urgently demand that the same race should cease, that the stockpiles which exist in various countries should be reduced equally and simulta- neously by the parties con- cerned." He Gave Himself By REV. G. JOSEPH GUSTAFSON, S.S., Ph.D. " Professor of Philosophy, St. Thomas Seminary, Kenmore OU can classify things according to a given point of view. In this case, for our own private purposes, we shall essay to classify people into (I) publi- city seekers (If) those who couldn't care less. Gradually, in some fabled Indian fashion we are sneaking up upon our unsuspecting topic. To be definite, we have in mind the death of the late Paul Sevenich, prominent businessman in Everett. Perhaps you don't even know his name. In this case, your very ignorance is to his credit. He couldn't care less. For he was the kind of man who was really interested not in what is becoming "tediously" known as one's public image but only in reality. The latter he viewed, in the wonderfully Catholic way, as involving people and their salvation. On second thought, he never lost sight for a moment of the fact that this poor kid was, indeed, an individual kid; not an abstraction in some manual of sociol- ogy or social work, or even of moral theology. So, over the years, he devoted more and more of his time to helping youngsters. He never just gave away large sums of money. Anyone can do this, while making a careful note of what can be deducted from his income tax. He gave something far more costly: he gave himself. In. endless hours stolen from his precious time he devoted eternal consultation, fatherly correction, and loving guidance. He talked to kids. It didn't matter to him if the kid was fresh out of Monroe or on his way to Walla Walla. As an item on the dead record, he used to teach classes at Monroe Reformatory. He also found time to establish a Boy Scout troop in Perpetual Help Parish. And he found money to establish Camp Sevenich. There must have been many other things he did al- ways quietly which makes our account in- complete, "Known but to God". But it was good for us to have had him here. God's World: Still Important To God By REV. LEO J. TRESE HERE IS one source of temptations against faith which we encounter today which our ancestors did not have to face. This is the ever widening fron- tier of scientific knowledge. When our earth was thought to be the center of the universe, with sun, :: moon and stars circling around : .... us and ministering to us, it was (: easy to believe in God's intense interest in us. We were very important creatures. : : Now, however, we know that our earth is just one !! tiny, insignificant planet in i the galaxy of suns and : planets known as the Milky Way. The Milky Way is millions of light-years across; astron- omers still are not sure how many millions. A light-year, remember, is the distance that a beam of light will cover in a year, traveling at the rate of 186,000 miles a second. A light-year is approximately 6,000,000,000,000 miles. One Of Countless Others And the Milky Way is just one of countless other galaxies of suns and planets which stretch billions of light-years through the uncharted reaches of space. There may be life on other planets, too. There may be creatures far superior to our- selves, somewhere between ourselves and the angels. We begin to wonder, "Is it pos- sible that the infinite Power Wbo created all this can be in- terested in us, little microbes that we are, crawling about on this pinhead earth of ours? Could God possibly have taken a human form and become one of us?" This is what we might call an inverted pride, a specious form of humility. We, who judge important by numbers and size, attribute our own way of thinking of God. We question God's revelation because we cannot conceive that God could so stoop to us, a peewee race on a tiny, cooled-off fragment of an ex- ploded star. God Is Not Limited We forget that this is pre- cisely what God's infinity means. He is not limited by time or space, by size or num- bers. It would be no strain upon God's infinite power to create this unmeasured uni- verse just so that it might pro- duce the one little speck of earth which is ours--a space- platform for souls on their way to eternity. A whole universe to produce one puny world? An entire ocean to produce one little pearl?" This would not daunt God at all. It is quite possible, of course, that God has other plans under way throughout the universe. There may be souls in heaven from other worlds which ended eons ago. There may be planets now inhabited by intelligent creatures who never sinned and who have no need for redemp- tion. There may be other planets, still in the making, destined for occupancy a billion years hence. There is no limit to what God may have done or'may choose to do. Undoubtedly we have some surprises in store for us when, seeing God face to face, we see all things In Him. By all means let us be humble, but in our humility let us not try to cut God down to our own size. He may have created other beings to love Him and to sing His praises. Nevertheless, a hundred bil- lion others will not distract His love and His attention one single instant from you or from me. God is infinite. He is not hampered by quantity, He is not confused by numbers. Probing Will Continue Astronomers may continue to probe the universe. Physicists may continue to split the atom. Paleontologists and anthropol- ogists may continue to trace man's history back through millions of years; even may establish that man's body (but not his soul) was evolved from that of an ape. It still remains true that FATHER TRESE God so loved this human race as to become one of us and to die for us. Knowing our own imperfec- tion and pettiness, you and I cannot understand God's pre- dilection for us. It is not neces- sary that we understand it. It is enough that we know it is so because God has said that it is so. It, is enough that we concede to God His right to do what He pleases, and to do it in His own way. Boldly, then, and gratefully, we say our (Father Trese welcomes let- ters from his readers. The in- creasing volume of letters pro- hibits personal answers but problems and ideas contained in such correspondence can be the basis of future columns. Address all letters to Father' Leo J. Trese, care of The Progress). Our Lady Of Walsingham ILAIRE BELLOC says that Henry VIII died invoking the inter- cession of Our Lady of Walsingham. Certainly she had no .great reason to harken to his pleas, for Henry had destroyed her famous shrine. But maybe she saved him in the end, as she has saved, through her inter- cession, so many of her way- ward sons. Walsingham in England's days of faith, was the great- est shrine in all of Christen- dom, and people came there from the ends of the earth. The devotion originated when Our Lady appeared in 1061 to a woman named Richeldis, and ! asked that she build in Walsing- ham, near the Great Wash, a replica of the Holy House of Nazareth. Our Lady's request was carried out, and so the devotion began. It endured until the time of Henry VIII, who in his folly destroyed the ancient shrine. About the beginning of this century a convert, Miss Char- lotte Boyd, acquired the Slipper Chapel, a mile from the ancient Shine, where pilgrims used to leave their shoes, to walk the last mile in bare feet. On Au- gust 15, 1934, Holy Mass was offered in Slipper Chapel for the first time since the Refor- mation. During the 8th Air Force's sojourn in England d u r i n g World War II, the flyers adopted Our Lady of Wal- singham as their patron, and made several pilgrimages to her shrine. On May 17, 1945, Holy Mass was offered at the actual site of the ancient shrine by an American chaplain. When they left England many of the fly- ers took the devotion to Our Lady of Walsingham with them, and to this day they breathe the prayer: Our Lady of Wal- singham, pray for us.--Walter J. Sullivan, C.S.P. Calendar SUNDAY, MAY 5, THIRD SUNDAY A F T E R EASTER, MASS: Jubilate--Shout with joy (White). GI., Cr., Pref. of Easter. Mass for Parish. MONDAY, MAY 6, FERIAL MONDAY, MASS as on Sun. (White). GI., Pref. of Easter. TUESDAY, MAY ?,ST. STANISLAUS, BISHOP, MAR- TYR, MASS: Protexisti--Thou has protected (Red.) GI., Pref. of Easter. WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, FER- IAL WEDNESDAY, MASS as on Sun. (White). GI., no Cr., Prof. of Easter. THURSDAY, MAY 9, ST. GREGORY NAZIANZEN, BI- SHOP, CONFESSOR, DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH, MASS: In edio. In the midst (WhKe). GI., Pref. of Easter. FRIDAY, MAY I0, ST. AN- TONINUS, BISHOP, CONFES- SOR, MASSi Statuit--The Lord declared (White). SATURDAY, MAY 11, SS. PHILIP AND JAMES, AP- OSTLES, MASS: Clamaverunt