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PAGE SIX Friday, May 28, 1965 To Take Her Place iss Ann Teresa O'Donnell, Washing- ton State Representative for Seattle's 37th district died May 25 after surgery at the tender age of 29. It is with a deep sense of pride mingled with the pain of loss that we recall her short but brilliant career. At 23 she became the youngest state representative in the nation. Because of her total dedication to the people she served, especially the working class and the members of minority races she was twice reelected to the 37th district seat. Her political life was characterized by tireless devotion to God and country. While Representative Ann O'Don- nell was preparing to meet God on her hospital bed during this Month of May some 1300 Catholic high school and col- lege graduates of the Seattle Archdiocese were preparing to take her place as future leaders of Church and State. Ann O'Donnell's extraordinary sense of purpose and high ideals no doubt stem in large part from the won- derful intellectual and moral training she received from the sisters and priests who moulded her character and shaped her ideals in those formative years. As a graduate of Immaculate grade and high school and then of Seattle Uni- versity she has been an example of the type of citizen Catholic education produces. We offer her life, brief in years but lasting in the contribution it has made to the city of God and man as a source of in- spiration for all graduates of Catholic schools in this Archdiocese May there be many more Ann O'Donnell's who will come forward to champion those causes which she so nobly began. May Stir New Trouble ASHINGTON  At a tithe when President Johnson is making an unusual number of public talks to ex- plain and defend this country's foreign policy there are predictions that Communists soon will make new troublesome moves in Latin America. Officials here are said to have information that the Reds have a listing of Latin American Countries in the oMer in which Communists will begin armed action and political take overs. It is said to have been drawn up at a meeting held in Cuba late last year. If there is a time- table for this program it has not yet been re- vealed here, but there are those who think there may be something doing in one new country in Latin America, and maybe more, before this year is out. Aside from whatever information is had .. about the meeting in Cuba, these predictions are based in pert upon the belief that the Reds want to take advantage of the ferment and change now going on in Latin America, and to ' act before the various US sponsored programs to improve life in that area begin to bear their fullest fruit. The Reds, some say, are concerned about the improvements that have been affected thus far. The obvious purpose of the President in making so many speeches is to have our posi. Lion understood both abroad and at home. This government, understandably, is concerned with what other nations think about our actions in Vietnam and the Dominican Republic, but the President's own words and the frequency of his talks indicate an urgently felt need to counteract pressures being applied to the ad- ministration. Speaking with apparent reference to Peking and Hanoi, and for their benefit, the President told a meeting here: "I read the cables every day and up to the last three weeks they have really believed that in Vietnam the pressure would become so great on the American President that he would have to pull out. "Well, I have had plenty of pressure, but they don't know the American President. He is not pulling out until aggression ceases." This government contends that North Viet- nam, supported by Red China, is just as much an aggressor against South Vietnam as North Korea was against South Korea in 1950, and then few had trouble understanding our psi- Lion. But today, by using a new tactic--under- ground infiltration--the Reds have made the trouble in South Vietnam appear to some as a real civil war. The success of this tactic, which may have been blunted a little recently, is be- lieved here to have given Peking the idea there was no need to negotiate the Vietnam situation. In time, the US would be compelled by pressure to pull out. Observers feel the President is sensitive to the criticism that has come up, and that he is concerned particularly by the criticism that has shown up in some academic circles in this country. The National Teach-In on the Vietnam War which attracted some 3,000 persons to a local hotel and was carried by closed circuit television and radio to 120 college campuses holding similar "teach.ins" apparently proved nothing. It lost most of its importance when presidential adviser McGregor Bundy canceled out at the last minute. The "teach-in" may have been symbolic of the times, in which the administration feels the circumstances-changed ht the last 15 years--require repeated public defense of our foreign policy. With Peking and Hanoi ignoring President Johnson's offer of unconditional talks on Viet- nam, and the situation of the Dominican Re- public muddied almost beyond the hope of an early, satisfactory solution, it would seem a logical time for the Reds, who thrive on trouble, to stir up new trouble. 'Myth' Clouds By' J. J. GILBERT ASHINGTON  It is a I m o s t 25 years since the Catholic press in the United States helped to explode a myth that was beclouding this country's deal- ings with Communism in the Far East. This is recalled because officials here show puzzlement over an apparent misconception which persists regarding this country's role in the Far East today--in Vietnam. In 1946, those who now rule China were still striving to take over the country. They were generally referred to as Communists, but there was an extremely vocal element in the United States which insisted they were only "agrarian reformers" seeking to correct social abuses in their country. And, it was added, what they were doing was no concern of ours. Father Patrick O'Connor SSC, NCWC News Service correspondent in the Far East, did what no other correspondent at the time did; he went to Nanking and asked Gen. Chou En-lai what he and his followers were. The general admitted quite frankly that they were Marxist Commu- nists and that their ultimate goal was a classless society for China and for the world. They were committed to dialectic materialism. The Catholic pr printed Father O'Con- nor's stories, which were a great news "beat" at the time. It was an important piece of in- formation for the werld, right "from /he horse's mouth." It violently displeased some of those who were selling the idea of the Communists being "agrarian reformers." Father O'Connor had a one-hour interview with Gen. Chou En-lai. It was not surprising that he found him "adroR." It was interesting that he found him "affable," possibly because the Communists were only No 2 in China at the time, and had to work harder. "We follow the ideology of Marx," the gen- eral :old Father O'Connor. "Our present policy is not our ultimate goal, which is the classless society for China and for the world. We must first go through the initial stages. For these stages our policy is like that of the democratic revolutionary parties of the West." Father O'Connor asked the general what place religion would have in his classless so- ciety. The Red leader replied that in the final stages of the Marxist society "science will have solved all questions, and this will automatically dispose of religion." The general added that "after death there is nothingness . . . We believe in the law of nature." "But not the law-Maker?" Father O'Connor asked. The general laughed and said he did not want to discuss philosophy. Apparently the Chinese Communists have moved past the initial stages of their revolution, and are already striving to extend the "class- less society" beyond the borders of China. Only in recent days, President Johnson has repeated the warning that the struggle in Vietnam must not be regarded as a real civil war but as a "war of liberation" the Communists foster wherever they can. He also recalled that for a quarter of a century the US has stood between the peoples of Asia and those who would enslave them. "This kind of war," the President said re- garding Vietnam, "is war against the inde- pendence of nations." "And we will meet it, as we have met other shifting dangers for more than a generation," he added. He said Communist China is trying to make Asia believe that American commit. ment is "worthless." If it can force us out of Asia, he added, the road to "endless con. quest" is open to the Reds. To those who asked "why the responsibility should be ours," he answered: "The answer is simple. There is no one else who can do the job." We Than00 You... BY ZOE SHERBURNE Dedicated to Dominican Sister Jubilarians HIS is your Golden Year; this is our chosen way Of offering our thanks . . . this very special day. With gratitude and love, plus some sentimental tears, We gather to salute you . . . for FIFTY FAITHFUL YEARS! At least two generations have shared these years with you "Your children" counted one by one would number quite a few They change and grew and come and go but still you claim a part Because you hold a special place in each remembering heart. UR thanks for all the thankless tasks, for refereeing games; For bandaging skinned knees; and for remembering all those names. For long hours in the classroom and the patience that it takes; ,. For midnight hours at a desk correcting our mistakes. We thank you for the wisdom and the courage and the skill In filling the important job God wanted you to fill. There is no way to measure thanks that only hearts could say . . . For THREE HUNDRED YEARS of service . . we honor you, today. The Slip is Showing 'I:is od for Me To Be tumiliated' (Continued from Page 1) Three-quarters of my contemporaries have passed over to the far shore. So I too must always be ready for the great moment. The thought of death does not alarm me. Now one of my five brothers also has gone before me, and he was the youngest but one, my beloved Giovanni. A.h, what a good life and what a fine deathl My health is excellent and still robust, but I cannot count on it. I went to hold myself in readiness for the adsum at any, even the most unexpected moment. Old age, likewise a great gift of the Lord's, must be for me a source of tranquil inner joy, and a reason for trusting day by day in the Lord Himself, to whom I am now tamed as a child turns to his father's open arms. My poor life, now such a long one, has unwound itself as easily qxs a ball of string, under the sign of simplicity and purity. It costs me nothing to acknowledge and repeat that I am nothing and worth precisdy nothing. The Lord caused me to be born of poor folk, and He has seen to all my needs. I have left it to Him. As a young priest I was struck by the motto Oboedientie et pax of Cesare Barcxius, who used to say it as he bowed his head to kiss the foot of St. Peter's statue -- and I have left everything to God and have allowed myself to be led in perfect obedience to the plans of Providence. Truly, "the Will of God is my peace". And my hope is all in the mercy of God, who wanted me to be His priest and minister. He has been too kind about my "countless sins, offences and negli- gences" and He still keeps me full of life and vigour. I think the Lord Jesus has in store for me, before I die, for my complete mortification and purification and in order to admit me to His everlasting joy, some great suffering and affliction of body and spirit. Well, I accept everything end will all my heart, if it is for His glory and the good of my soul and for the souls of my dear spiritual children. I fear my weakness in bearing pain; I implore Him to help me, for I have litth faith in myself but complete faith in the Lord Jesus. "The white-rbed army of Martyrs praise you." There are two gates to Paradise: innocence and penance. Which of us, poor frail creatures, can expect to find the first of these wide open? But we may be sure of the other: Jesus passed through it, bearing His Cross in atonement for our sins, and He invites us to follow Him. But following Him means doing pen- ance, letting oneself be scourged, and scourging oneself a lit- tle too. My Jesus, amidst the many joys of my episcopal ministry there are also continual opportunities for mortification. I welcome them. Sometimes they hurt my pride a little, but I rejoice at this suffering and repeat before God: "It is good for me to be humili- ated." St. Augustine's great saying is always in my mind and comforts me. My advanced age means that I should .now be much more chary of accepting engagements to preach outside my own dio- cese. I have to write everything down first, and this is a great effort, besides the constant humiliation of feeling my own insuffi- ciency. May the Lord help me and forgive me. JOURNAL OF A SOUL IS BROUGHT TO YOU THROUGH THE COURTESY OF ll.... , BALLARD BLOSSOM SHOP 2001 tt.W. NARKET ST. i Seattle Violating The Honor System By FATHER JOSEPH GUSTAFSON SS E HAVE all read of the ridiculous and, in pri,nciple, dangerous riots on various college campuses, violations of the honor system abeat which one cynic long ago said, "The professors have the honor and the students have the system"; point shav- ing college basketball -- what not. College stu- dents and even high school kids, "adolescent" in every sense of the word, do not so much want to make their own rules as to unmake all rules. Can you think of a basketball game without referees? The problem is the same. Dr. John A. Logan, president of Hollins Col- lege for girls, in Virginia offers some relevant thoughts in Hollins' College Bulletin, speaking principally of the honor code he reports he has heard it said that "obedience to the letter and spirit" of the code "should be a matter of indi- vidual conscience only, not a matter of corpor- ate responsibility. Presumably, if an individual does not agree with a rule or with the system no one else ought to enforce it." Then he makes a profound observation which one would otherwise take for granted but which de facto is at the bottom ef the whole problem: "Any system which leaves it up to the individual to decide whether a rule is just er unjust is ne system at all, hut an- archy." To paraphrase some of his other remarks -- the very concept of honor grew out of the A "medieval code of chivalry." We would concede that, historically speaking, "chivalry" sometimes took on extravagant overtones and ran to ex- eesses now hardly intelligible, but in itself it imposed high standards of self-discipline, of dedication to one's way of life, of proper pride in one's status as a member of a given society. Logan goes a step further in digging into the causes of contemporary, most unwelcome, cur- rents. Permit us a long quotation which we fee / warranted in view of the vigor of his utterances. "At the center of this problem is the gener- ally sorry condition of the American family as a focus of moral authority. Haunted by ill-di- gested Freudien strictures against parental re- pression, hedeviled by the "progressive" cult of self-expression, urged toward permissiveness and beguiled by false doctrines of family democ- racy, parents have too often abdicated their sponsibility for setting standards of beh and limitations on their children's freedom of aetion. Afraid of inducing trauma, or of being unpopular with their children or their children's friends, they have yielded to demands for privi- leges and liberties which are clearly harmful." One can hardly expect any school to make up for the failure of parents. Instant Mysticism By FATHER JOHN B. SHEERIN CSP AN drugs reduce religion? One of the most exciting developments in the chemical revolution is the experi- mentation being conducted in regard to mystical states. Dr. Walter Pahnke of Harvard and the Massachusetts Mental Health Center reported his findings on drug-induced .mysticism to a group of psychiatrists and social workers at Amityville, Long Island, in early May. He ex- plained however that the "consciousnessxpend- ing drugs" are not available in the US fur therapy nor -- except in special eirettmstances-- for purposes of research. Last Good Friday he conducted an experi- ment at a chapel in Boston. A group of theology students listened to a three-hour devotional serv- ice conducted upstairs by the chapel dean while they remained downstairs. Ten of them had re- ceived the drug Psilocybin, ten others had been given an innocuous substitute but all were un- certain as to what they had received. The re- sults: those who had received the drug had a profound mystical experience, "the deepest re. ligious experience of their lives." In the October, 1964, Journal of Philosophy, Huston Smith asserted that the theologian tends to dismiss the possibility of drug-induced mys- tical states because it is a threat to his pro- fession and the religious skeptie tends to accept it because it fits in so well with his notion that all religion is an escape from reality. The latter sees psychotics and religious visionaries both suffering f r o m identical changes in brain ebemistry. The ordinary believer, however, is puzzled, according to Smith. He cannot account for the extraordin. ary insights that drugs have produced in a re- ligious person such as William James. He won- ders if religion can be generated chemically in the brain. Until we have additional evidence, we wll / have to suspend judgment on these experiments.IF I think we can safely say that religion is not primarily a matter of personal experience--if experience is an emotional affair. Religion is a matter of intellect, will and emotions and the religious emotions can be a help to, mind and will but are not absolutely eszential. Certainly religion cannot be identified with religious emotion. The Catholic religion however takes a cool, skeptical look at religious experienee or mystical states. At best they are only the fringe of Christ's garment; at worst, they can be and have been a frightful snare and delasion. One needs only to read a few chapters of Ronald Knox's Enthusiasm to discover what tragedies can come from religious experience. My reaction to the "consciousness-expand. ing" drugs is one of extreme suspicion and caution. They may help a person who is tally ill and who fails to relate himself to world and to himself. It is said that the mem- bers of The Native American Church, which uses the drug peyote in its rites, seem to be- have better than non-members. But ordinariIy, I would judge, the use of these "mystical" drugs holds incredible noten- tiaiities of wreaking havoe with one's "mind, especially in the matter of personal responsi- bility. An End to Fear By FATHER LEO J. TRESE ,,ro not be afraid." These were the reassuring w o r d s of Jesus to Peter, James and John as they groveled on the ground at the sight of His transfiguration. They were frightened to find themselves on such intimate terms with divinity. Our Lord's words had a much wider range, however, than the disciples' present moment of confusion. Very soon Jesus would die in dis- grace, apparently helpless to defend Himself. The apostles (Judas excepted) would survive this test of their faith, but then they themselves would become the victims of persecution. In the end they would be faced with the choice of denying Christ or suffering violent death. It undeubtodiy was with all this in mind that Jesus said, "Do not be afraid." They had seen His glory. They would know that Jesus was with them through all their trials. "Do not be afraid." It is the constant re- membrance of this admonition which will give serenity to our own lives. God loves us. Unceasingly we have His at- tention, His concerned attention. There is not a thing which happens to us of which God does not take note. "Are not two sparrows sold for a farth- hag?" He reminds us. "And yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father' leave . . . Therefore do not be afraid; you of more value than many sparrows." From His quiet invitation, "Come to Me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest," to His majestic, "Behold, I am with you all days, even unto the con. summation of the world," Jesus keeps appeal- ing for our trust. All of us are faced with situations which tesb our confidence in God. Some of these anxiety:l producers are small ones, others are of major proportion. In these we have to keep repeating to our- selves, over and over. God does love me. God does know and God does care what happens to me. Even my mistakes, my well-intentionad mis- takes, are a part of His plan. Out of all that happens to me God is going to bring good; otherwise He would aot let iJ happen. God knows my weaknesses and makes generous allowance for them. All that He asks is that I do my best, however inadequate that best may sometimes seem. We must be realistic. Trust in God will not stifle sorrow. It will not eliminate disappoint- ment. But trust in God will give us an inner strength and a fundamental tranquility. P I ;'