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4--THE PROGRESS Friday, May 31, 1963 'This Tremendous Lover' 'I-HE beautiful and mysterious ways of /,,.L This Tremendous Lover" are seen all about us and are especially brought into focus at ordination time. Human affection follows a predic- able pattern. Boy meets gir ! , they fall in love, marry and raise a family. But in the Divine romance wherein a man or woman falls in love with God alone, there are no set rules. Peter, the fisherman; Saul, the Rabbi; Matthew, the tax collector; Luke, the physician; Mary, the Immaculate; Mag- dalene, the sinner--who would have guessed that God would call souls with [so little in common to be His common lover? Those in charge of seminaries and religious houses have given up long ago trying to predict who will ulti- mately persevere. They have learned through long experience what our Divine Lord meant when He told His apostle.[: "You have not chosen me, but 1 have chosen you." In 1956, Bill McKenzie, a handsome young history major at Seattle Pacific College, was studying to become a Presbyterian minister. Who would have dreamed that Father William Gallagher, who took Bill and his classmates on a routine tour of St. James Cathedral, would kneel for Father William McKen- zie's first priestly blessing in the sanctu- ary of that same Cathedral last Saturday morning? Back in 1943 a young sailor from Idaho whose religious training had come from the Book of Mormon, found him- self stationed in the City of Seattle. One Sunday afternoon Mrs. Frank Gannon, staunch member of St. John's Parish and active worker in the American Red Cross, invited severa'l servicemen to her home for dinner. Morse Later, the young sailor, was among them. Could anyone at that supper table have ever believed that one day some 20 years hence Father Later, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church in Aberdeen, Idaho, would return to St. John's to preach at the first Mass of a newly ordained priest, Father Michael Holland? HESE are but two small examples taken from the ordination class of 1963 that show something of the mystery and wonder that surrounds the life of every apostle who answers the Master's call. As these five young priests mature in their priesthood they will grow more and more aware of their own unworthiness. But this need be no cause for discouragement. For Christ their Master knew all their shortcom- ings when He chose them. And yet because He loves with an Infinite love, He chose them anyway. The mysterious way in which God brought each of them to the altar is overwhelming proof of Christ's singular love for each one of them. The selfless love that exists between husband and wife is the cause of happiness within the Christian marriage. It is the supernatural love between Christ and His priest that alone explains the joy and happiness that glows in the eyes of a young man who, in the eyes of the world, has gained so little and given up so much. For The Greater Glory Of God BY LOUIS F. BUDENZ n painfully writing "fin- suppression of the t r u t h is," I am duty-bound about individuals who have carelessly injured our nation- to point out that the al security. comrades are keenly con- We cannot forget that the scious of the new historic New York Herald Tribune has day which is ahead. This is just praised Owen Lattimore. brought to them by the first Nowhere was it emphasized words of the "Program of the that the Senate Internal Secur- Communist Party of the Soviet ity Sub-Committee had declar- Union," their ed that Mr. Lattimore had been mother party: "The Great October S o- cialist Revolu- tion ushered in a new era in the history of mankind, t h e era of the downfall of capitalism and t h e establish- LOUIS ment of corn- BUDENZ munisTn." But the issue is not that simple. The conundrum be- fore mankind really is: Shall the world socialist dic- tatorship prevail, or shall there come about a wider distribution of wealth, such as Pope John XXIII envis- ages? In the first case, there will be obliteration of all belief in God; in the second, there a "conscious, articulate in- strument of the Soviet conspir- acy." Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer has been treated likewise, notably in the New York Times. As with Lattimore, it is stated repeatedly that he was under a cloud "during the Mc- Carthy era." Nowhere is it stressed that in a hearing be- fore the Personnel Security Board of the Atomic Energy Commission, the board found him to be a "loyal citizen" but recommended against his con- tinued access to restricted ma- terial. On appeal to the AEC, that body by a four to one vote, denied him further access to restricted material. The press silences on these gentlemen are all the more conspicuous because the find- ings in each case could have been freely used by the press. should be increase to the honor and glory of God. For the wider distribution of wealth entails more ability to follow out St. Thomas Aquinas' con- ditions for a holy and whole life. 'Healthy Skepticism' We can be sure we Amer- New Word? It must also in all charity be said that many of our general press commentators know little of the Marxist classics, which guide the Communist leaders. So it was that two years ago, C. L. Sulzberger of the New York Times uttered the a- icans shall never be able to stounding theory that "revi- obtain the second g0al unless sionism" was a new word in we have a much better know- the Marxist lexicon. ledge of living Communism and Not knowing that it went its techniques. This requires not only the study of Cardinal Cushing's "Q u e s t i o n s and Answers on Communism" and my own "Techniques of Com- munism." It a 1 s o requires healthy skepticism regarding our own general press. Of late, much of this press has preached appeasement in many forms--including the back to the nineties and that "war on revisionism" had been particularly commend- ed by Lenin as a spur to the Soviet Revolution, Sulz- berger presupposed that it m e a n t the liquidation of Zhukov! Whereas, it means the liquidation of us, the "im- perialists." At that time I wrote the New York Times, citing the many Red documents which had mentioned revisionism. But the Times did not publish the letter. Mr. Sulzberger, whom I knew well, did write me most graciously, acknowledging that he was wrong and saying that he would file my letter for further use. But he has never used it so far as I know. We shall also have to turn our skepticism of the general press to a knowledge of the Communist line. The consolida- tion of Soviet control over the captive nations now looms up as a result in part of Amer- ica's fumbling in Hungary, and of our aid to Red Poland and Red Yugoslavia. These countries are all play- ed up in the current New Times, and International Af- fairs as contributing to Soviet Power in Europe. We must know, too, that Cuba, as the March International Affairs shows, is now used as a show- case of "successful resistance to imperialism" a m o n g all "colonial" peoples. Crowning all of this is the pushing forward of "anti. Communism as a poison," which again is revealed by the astute William W e i n- stone in the young people's paper, Communist Viewpoint, for January, to forbid all op- position to Communism as "immoral." T h i s thought eonstantly intimidates o u r g e n r a I n o n-Communist press. T h e r is encouragement, however, in that the Catholic high school superintendents are now resolved to introduce an- alytical studies of Commun- ism in their schools. There have also been moves for ac- ademies for freedom in gen- eral and for foreign affairs in Washington itself. It is my hope and prayer that these institutions will become fully awake to the necessity for a study of actual, living Com- munism. 907 Terry Avene, Seattle (4) Telephone MAin 2-8880 Second.Class Mail Privileges Authorized at Seattle, Wash. Published every Fr]'day. 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 'May I Suggest Two Pairs?' God's World: Love Fills The Day By REY. LEO J. TRESE OD made us love Him m forever. The whole pur- pose of life is contained in this vocation to love. Compared to it, all lesser human goals fade into in- significance. At first glance it might seem that God is being miserably short-changed. !:: Everyone is hurrying through the day, occupied with a thous- and duties and interests. Fathers work at a driving pace to provide for their families. Mothers, berried to distraction, minister to the needs of hus- band and children. Single men and women in schools, offices and the marketplace have their own pressures and stresses. We are tempted to say, "It seems that very little time is being given to loving God. If that is what God made us for, His idea is not paying off very well." Then we reflect on the na- ture of charity, and we realize that it is not a matter of spend- ing our whole day looking at the sky (or at the tabernacle) and saying, over and over, "My God, I love You!" Explicit acts of love must have their place, yes. But principally God ex- pects us to show our love for Him by fulfilling our nature as human beings. God Is Our Target This means, at a minimum, that we respect God's will and that we live our lives within the framework of His laws. Still better, it means that God is the target of our total life. Whatever intermediate aims we may have, God is the ultimate FATHER TRESE us to make up to God, by our own more perfect service, for all the love he seeks and does not get. (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). objective of all we do. C bi g A Child's C i ity In practice, this becomes a ur n . ur os matter of trying our best to Scandalous discharge well the obligations HORACE MANN at least was logical, even if his theory was unscientific. He believed that the child learned about religion in one part of his brain and about morals in a different part. He logically concluded therefore that there was noth- ing unnatural about separating the teaching of morals and the teaching of religion. But now that the surgical and the medi- cal professions reject phren- ology, how can any educator justify the separation? Washington said that both reason and experience forbid us to expect morality to exist without religion. Yet there are educators who say that one can teach the Christian virtues in public schools because they are part and parcel of our Ameri- can traditions. But they deny that there is any need to teach the re- ligious basis for these vir- tues. In short, the public school can tell children to be good but must not tell them why. THIS PROCEDURE runs counter to the child's natural desire to learn. The teacher will tell him he must practice the virtues of kindness. The child's curiosity will get the better of him and he will ask the simple question: "Why should .I be kind?"--to which the teacher will have to re- spend, "That is a religious question and you must ask your parents for the answer." This is really an extraordi- nary situation when the child finds that the simplest ques- tions of morality are wrapped in the same secrecy as his question about "the birds and bees:" n discussions of public and parochial school education, there is one question that keeps re- curring: how can you teach morality effectively with- out teaching religion at the same time? In other words, is it possible to separate religion from mo- rality? The general assumption is that the pub- lic schools can teach general moral princi- ples but that the teaching of religion must be done by par- ents and the clergy. YET THE thoughtful ed- ucator usually a d m i t s that FR. SHEERIN this unnatural division is simply a compro- mise. To teach religion in the public schools would be to stir up sectarian quarrels, says the educator, and so it's best to keep religion out of public ed- ucation. The aim is to keep the peace just as Solomon sug- gested he could keep the peace between two women by cutting a child in two, and thus pla- cating rival claimants. I was for a long time puz- zled by the position Horace Mann took on this question a hundred years ago. The great educator and father of the American public school did divorce the teaching of religion from the teaching of morality. TO AVOID "sectarian" quar- rels he urged religion be taught outside the school while moral- By REV. JOHN SHEERIN, C.S.P. that life has placed upon us. Assuming that we are united with Christ by sanctifying grace, love for God then is expressed in our efforts to be a good father, mother, neigh- bor, citizen, parishioner. We love God by being a good teacher, nurse, s e c r e t a ry, mechanic, merchant, doctor, lawyer or politician. We love God even in our recreations and social activities. In short, we love God by trying'to use well the talents, great or small, with which He has endowed us. Somehow the circumstances .of .life .have settled us into a certain area of existence and action which is uniquely our own. This area, however unimportant it may seem to be, is the part|- cular part of God's total pic- ture on which He wants us to work. Or, to vary the figure, this is our "beat," which we must cover to the best of our ability. As we progress through our busy day, we are forwarding God's plan for the world. For God, this is the Seventh Day. God is "resting," as He leaves it to us to carry on (under His guidance) His work of' crea- tion. We are not consciously think- ing of God all the time, no more than is a man explicitly thinking of his family while his mind is on the work which pro- vides their bread and butter. Yet, every new day, with God as our ul t i m ate objective, speaks of our Love for Him. A Weak Impact It may seem to us that we are making a ridiculously weak impact upon the world. We may see very little "creativity" or long-range importance in what we are doing. However, this is not a matter which need concern us. A man in a rowing shell bends his back to the oar without knowing or worrying about what lies ahead. He leaves the guidance to the coxswain. For us, God is the helmsman--and our contribu- tion to God's own final ob- jective may be far more im- portance than we think. No, God is not being short- changed on love quite as shamefully as the world's busy- ness might lead us to believe. True enough, it is sad that there are so many persons whose lives are not oriented to God. They do but sharpen the challenge to ourselves. It is for Lives N PORTIA'S famous speech on Mercy in the Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare shows him- self to be an accurate Christian theologian. Portia says of mercy: "Tis mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes The throned monarch better than his crown; His sceptre shows the force of temporal power, The attribute of awe and majesty, Wherein cloth Sit the dread and fear of kings; But mercy is above this sceptred sway-- It is an attribute to God Himself, It is enthroned in the heart of kings And earthly power doth then show likest God's When mercy seasons just- ice." It is interesting that mercy is referred to as an attribute. Strictly speaking we should not say that God has mercy, as if it were something added to Him for His completion: rather, God is mercy. Human mercy is a reflec- tion of the Infinite Mercy of God. So when Christ said, "You therefore are to be per- feet, even as your heavenly Father is perfect" (Matt. $,- 48), He was implicitly en- joining the practice of mercy. Sometimes those outside the Church appear to be scanda- lized by the Church's attitude towards sinners. Frequently it happens that a criminal facing death asks for a priest, and at times, after a life of crime and degradation, an infamous pub- lic enemy is received into the Church. The Church does not demur, but rejoices that the prodigal has come home. Just as Christ did not reject the plea of the good thief, so must His Church never deny mercy to the penitent sinner. --Walter J. Sullivan. Calendar ity was to be taught within the school. He was a deeply religious man and at the same time an extraordinary educa- tor. How could he ever arrive at such a strange bisection of the pupil's mind? Some time ago in reading a book on Horace Mann I dis- covered the explanation. Mann was "taken in" by the fad of phrenology that swept the Uni- ted States in the 1840's. The greatest propagandist of the fad was George Combe and Mann became his friend and disciple. In fact, he even named a son George Combe Mann. ACCORDING to phrenology, there is a relation between the faculities of the mind and par- ticular regions of the brain, these regions being the organs of the faculties. There are 35 faculties. Religion (sometimes called Veneration) is said to be a different faculty from moral virtues such as firmness of character, benevolence or con- scientiousness. So the notion that the teaching of morality and the teaching of religion should be separated seemed quite proper and scientific to Horace Mann. Lawrence A. Cremin, after recounting Mann's phrenology "binge," concludes: "Thus, public---or common schools--can teach such pub- licly aeeepted virtues as brotherly love, kindness, gen- erosity, amiability, and others, leaving to home and church the task of teaching the differing private sectarian creeds 'which sanction these virtues." ("The Republie and the School," Teachers Col- lege, Columbia University, p. 14). Does Communism Work?: By REY. G. JOSEPH GUSTAFSON, S.S., Ph.D. Professor of Philosophy, St. Thomas Seminary, Kenmore A friend informs us that a vague new argument is being used in behalf of Communism or, perhaps more ac- curately, as a sort of half-hearted apology for it. Communism isn't so awful, the argu- ment seems to run, "at least you have to admit it works". Whether this is a fatuous parody of ecumen- ism not by an informed ecumenist but by an "ecumaniac" we do not profess to know. Our friend tells us that those he has heard use it seem not to know, for that matter, what conclusion should next be drawn from the statement. Off-handedly, we suggested that he might remind these people that, if this be the test, the devil himself seems to have done a pretty good job of it. Perhaps it would then follow, in their minds, that the devil really isn't a bad sort of chap, you know. After all he has his side of the story which would differ considerably from St. Michael's version of that famous battle. Anyway, just how well does Communism work? We would wish to know in this con- nection why millions of wretched Chinese risk their lives to get out; why poor devils in East Germany run the gauntlet to go West; why no fat refugees ever turn up in these places of sanctuary. Or, why is Khrushchev raising Hell--he doesn't believe in it, he just lives in it-over the failures of innumerable farm pro- grams which sounded good in speeches but never materialized? Whatever the muddled mess which is our farm program at home, the problem here is over-production. Since "planning" has wrecked a free economy we have more food than we know what to do with. If as some politicians like to put it some are starving in the United States, it's only because out of our super.abund- ance we can't find a way to give them the food that rots in storage bins. SUNDAY, SUNE 2, PENTE- COST SUNDAY, MASS: Spiri- tus Domini--The Spirit of the Lord (Red). GI., Seq., Cr., Pref., etc. of Pentecost. Mass for Parish. All feasts occur- ring during the Pentecost oc- tave are omitted. MONDAY, JUNE 3, PEN- TECOST MONDAY: M A S S : Cibavit Eos--He fed them (Red). GI., Seq., Cr., Pref., etc. of Pent. TUESDAY, JUNE 4, PEN- TECOST TUESDAY, M A S S : Accipite -- Receive the joy (Red). GI., Seq., Cr., Pref., etc. of Pent. WEDNESDAY, JUNE S, PENTECOST WEDNESDAY, EMBER WEDNESDAY OF SUMMER, MASS: Deus -- Oh God (Red). Extra Pr. and Les- son after Kyrie, Cal., Seq., Cr., Pref. Fast and Partial Absti- nenc.'. THURSDAY, JUNE 8, PEN- TECOST THURSDAY, MASS: Spiritus Domini -- The Spirit of the Lord (Red). GI., Seq., Cr., Prof. etc of Pent. FRIDAY, JUNE 7, PENTE- COST FRIDAY: EMBER FRI- DAY OF SUMMER, MASS: Repleatur os--Let my mouth be filled (Red). Gl., Seq., Cr., Prof. etc. of Pent. Fast and Abstinence. SATURDAY, JUNE 8, PEN- TECOST SATURDAY: EMBER SATURDAY OF S U M M E R, MASS: Caritas Dei--The Char- ity of God (Red). After Kyrie, 1st Pr., and 1st Lesson. After Dom. Vobiscum, 2nd Pr., then omit Lessons and Prs. up to the Epistle for the day. Gl., Seq., Cr., Pref. etc. of Pent. Fast and Partial Abstinence. ,r