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4--,-THE PROGRESS Friday, June 7, 1963 'Jesus . . . Jesus' he angel of death has finally come calling for the bags of John XXIII. They had been packed for months and carefully tagged for "Heav- en". But God would not bring His tired old servant home until he had delivered one final "encyclical". It was to be writ- ten in the simple country language he had learned at his mother's knee. It was to be delivered in broken phrases from the pulpit of his plain brass deathbed. While the sentences might be dis- , jointed, the world would never lose the continuity of his thought. "Jesus". "Jesus". "I am the Resurrection and the Life . . . " "I will bless you all. Re- member Papa? Remember Mamma? I have always thought of them and am happy because shortly I shall see them again in paradise . . . Now pray--Let us pray together for Papa and Mamma." "... for the Church, for the Council and for peace." "I desire to be dissolved and to be with Christ." What was the continuity, that thread of meaning which held Pope John's last utterances and his entire life together? The answer is as pro- found as it is simple: Love. It is only love's response to love that explains how in four and a half brief years a sharecropper's son captured the minds and hearts of men and women the world over. In his last deathbed discourse, John : XXIII got across the meaning of Chris- tianity with a force and impact un- equaled by the most learned Papal pro- nouncements. He said simply to God and to all mankind in God "I love you". And the way he lived and the way he died proved he really meant it. Mortals are drawn instinctively toward goodness no matter where they find it. And when the source of that Goodness is Divine, men of good will cannot resist the attraction. .3, This same irresistible tug of Divine Goodness was witnessed in the phenome- nal popularity of another peasant church- man, the Cure D'Ars. It seems that all , of France flocked to the confessional of this simple unlettered parish priest. A prominent French lawyer was once * asked upon his return from Ars what it was about the Cure that impressed him so. He answered: "I have just seen Jesus Christ in a man." Though some may not realize it, and :: still others would never admit it, when 2 modern man looked into the kindly old : eyes of Angelo Guiseppe Roncalli they ' caught a glimpse of God. This is why  the whole world finds itself today in mourning for a peasant's son from a little farm near Sotto il Monte. John XXIII has shown the world that the beauty and goodness of a life lived totally in union with Jesus Christ t is still the strongest selling point for Christianity. Early in his pontificate, he reminded his universal flock that if we were true Christians there would be no pagans in this world. This humble Churchman who desired to be nothing other than a good pastor and a good father to his people gave the world an unforgettable example of true Christianity and the impression such a life has made on the entire world is witnessed by the deluge of phone calls and correspondence that flooded Vatican City during his agony and death. While he lay dying, ordinary folk from all over the world didn't hesitate to call the Holy See direct asking for the latest news. They were confident their requests would be metas if it were a family question of their own and they had a right to know--as though John XXIII were their own father. Some even suggested homely medicines and offered sage advice. There were the thousands of cablegrams as well. The following from a humble working man is typical: "For the Love of God be well. I already have so many things that worry me." ut sorrow and sympathy came from high and unexpected places as well. Nikita Khrushchev had his belief that religion is opium shaken by the powerful example of this man's religion. The telegram he sent to the Vatican upon John's death evidenced the fact that Christianity when lived completely pre- sents a vision of life and death that even Communism cannot dim. The lay press, radio and television are still filled with glowing accounts of the people's pope. And one senses in their thoroughly reverent coverage not just another assignment but an act of esteem and respect for the man himself. Consciously or unconsciously, mankind has caught a precious glimpse of God in the soul of John XXIIL this is why the whole world has been drawn to him.. History will judge the greatness of John the Pope. lVe, for our part, are content iust to have known John the man. Whatever his legacy to the Church in future ages will be, no one at this time can tell, but the lesson his life bears for us today is very clear. He taught us how to live and he taught us how to die. He has proven to the Twentieth Cen- tury that if each Christian would live and die united to Christ there would indeed be no pagans left in this world. It all comes down to the fact that Mater et Magistra and Pacem in Terris may bring modern men to their senses, but it still takes "Jesus, Jesus" uttered in faith and love to bring them to their knees. In The Eyes Of Men ': "Dlindness, not of the eyes of the body, ID but of the eyes of the mind may be the greatest obstacle to the Council : of Race and Religion which was held [ this past Wednesday at Seattle Uni- versity. Religious leaders of the Arch- diocese, the Greater Seattle Council of Churches and the Rabbis of the Jewish :" community sponsored a day of confer- : ences and workshops in attempt to arouse the conscience of all religious people to our nation's number one domestic prob- lem. This is a laudable attempt to in- form the people of Seattle and the State of Washington of the grave violations of the God-given rights of the Negro and other racial minorities. Unquestion- ably, the denial of justice to the Negro is a matter of disobedience to the law of God. Unfortunately, people do not see the problem as pertinent to them- selves. lVe Catholics enjoy a great deal of racial peace if we compare our- selves to the problems of the other denominations. But if we examine our consciences we will discover that even on the parish and personal level we are no better than those about us. Moreot)er, since this is a community and social matter it is necessary that we unite ourselves with all religious faiths in promoting racial equality. The resolution requesting the mayor and the city council to establish a Civil Rights Commission and to pass a civic ordinance of open housing is of ques- tionable value unless it is backed up by action on the part of all citizens. The Conference rather remark- ably pointed out the lack of interest on the part of the clergy. In this mat- ter, it seemed, the people were more aware of the problem and were lead. ing rather than following the leader- ship of the clergy. The Conference on Race and Re- ligion has only started. It has a long way to go. The Church cannot but in- sist on equality in the eyes of men for those who already are equal in the sight of God. 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 MAN of the CEI' ITURY ,,,: ..... . ......... iG:i.: ... .... : ........ ...... .:.: ..:...,..:,:.i .i...,.:...,[[..:;.'.:...k.i .? ::.,::.;i::ii:.:::...:....:..:: ,.. ::....:..:..i...:::.k:...: ..... Pope John's xample By REV. JOHN B. SHEERIN, C.S.P. In this era of surprises, the extraordinary some- times becomes humdrum. I suppose this is to be expected at a time when astronaut Cooper rides 560,000 miles through space in 34 hours. But I think there is a real need for American Catholics to take note of two amazing events that took place within the last month. On May 11, the 1 a t e Pope Pope John called on the President of the Italian Re- public. This is the first time FR. SHEERIN in history that a Pope paid a visit to the chief of this Republic. On May 13, moreover, Cardi- nal Suenens of Belgium, as per- sonal representative of the Holy Father, delivered an address at the United Nations. He spoke at the annual conference of Non- Governmental O r g a nizations. What a shock it would be for Garibaldi to return to earth and find a Pope at the Quirinal Pal- ace as an honored guest and a Cardinal at the headquarters of the organization conceived as 'the conscience of the world." Radical Change These developments show the radical change that has set into the general attitude of states- men and diplomats in the last century. In those sad days when :......... ..... ....::..:... the Pope was a forgotten "pris- oner of the Vatican," the mind of European thinkers was that the past was a dead hand stif- ling liberty and progress. "Secularization," w h i e h really meant a cold war on the Church, was the order of the day; every vestige of re- ligion had to be destroyed, every experiment in the di- rection of liberty had to be attempted, Now that.old Con- tinental Liberalism is dead. The new developments will have a profound impact, I be- lieve, on the life and ways of American Catholics. In t he early days of our country, the Catholic immigrants meeting w i t h the hostility of certain Protestant bigots and with that anti-clericalism that spilled over from Europe, retreated i n t o their ghettoes. An Escape They imagined, and in many cases they had good reason to do so, that the majority was persecutinR them. Many regard- ed their religion not as a leaven of society and a force for com- munity peace and welfare but as a haven of retreat from their troubles, an escape from an alien world. We have come far from those unhappy days, but too many of us are 'still reluctant to play an active role in our local com- munities. That is why I think that the visit of the late Pope to the Quirinal and of Cardinal Suenens to the United Nations will have a profound influence on American Catholics. Here are two of the top Vati- can leaders taking a vital part in international relations and making substantial contributions to the peace of the world. The obvious inference for any thinking Catholic is that if a Pope and a Cardinal are participating in the affairs of the world community, it is high time that American Catholics should play an ac- tive part in the affairs of their national and local communi. ties. Great Issues If Pope John has a keen sense of responsibility for the peace of the world, should we not have a keen sense of re- sponsibility for the peace and welfare of our communities? There are great issues that confront American citizens, is- sues such as federal aid to ed- ucation and religions in the public schools. Full, free and informed public discussion of these issues is necessary for the correct solutions of the prob- lems involved and also for the peaceful and harmonious solu- tions of these problems. If we could only learn all the facts and sit down to discuss them with others, we would soon find that common denomi- nator of good will that Pope John in "Pacem in Terris" con- tends is present in all men. With Pope John visiting the Italian President, t h i s is no time for us in America to stand on the sidelines of a contro- v e r s y, carping, caviling and criticizing. No Money Change Hands By REY. G. JOSEPH GUSTAFSON, S.S., Ph.D. Professor of Philosophy, St. Thomas Seminary, genmore E PICKED UP an article from a well-known journal recently, one with a well established line. We could hardly call it consistent as we were prompted to do at first because consistency could rarely emerge from this mag's background. : We read only the title and we said to a companion, "We'll give you a buck if you are right in guessing what this article will be all about and we'll give you 10 bucks if we are wrong." It was all a matter of guess work since neither of us had read the article in question. "Good," said the other. "How can I lose? Either you are right or I am right." Then turn- ing suspicious, he asked, "What's the gim- mick?" "No gimmick. You put up nothing. The point is simply that the bloody article will be so confused, and hence confusing, that right and wrong are inapplicable categori- cally." We had in mind that Aristotle spoke of "categories" as the actual or possible modes of being. True that this realistic approach is rarely known today and that Aristotelians are as rare as Cathedral Schools in the Dark Ages. But, speaking generally, one is said to utter something categorically when he is definitely speaking something which is sense or possibly even nonsense. However, when somebody just pounds the desk or turns purple with rage or fairly shouts, we say that he is merely registering emotion. This cannot be either true or false. To the modern barbarian the word means merely that somebody has been hit in the general area of his feelings behind which lurks self-interest. The term has nothing to do with truth. So the both of us read the article and, so help us, Athena, neither of us was right or wrong. So far as we could understand the author "felt" keenly about the good, the true and the beautiful. He had a touching devo- tion to his mother, or at least to Whistler's mother. He loved nature. But no money changed handsl God's World: Love Thy Neighbor By REV. LEO J. TRESE e know that if we love God, we must love whom He loves. We must love our neighbo God has made this the proof and the measure of our love for Himself. "If anyone says, 'I love God,' and hates his neighbor," St. John warns us, "he is a liar." Moreover, love for our neighbor must be patterned upon the love which we have for ourselves. "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself," is God's commandment. There is a specious kind of self-love which is repre- hensible. This is the narcis- sism of the self-centered and self-worshiping person. There also is a true and whole- some self-love which God expects all of us to have for ourselves. Genuine self-love manifests itself, on the natural level, in the intelligent care which we have for our physical and men- tal well-being. We avoid un- necessary dangers to our health and integrity. We seek to pro- vide ourselves with whatever is necessary for the welfare of body and mind--food, clothing, shelter, medicine, knowledge, affection. We avoid unnecessary cor- poral and mental pain and search for such happiness as this world may afford. We try to extend our natural life to its allotted span. Higher Objective On the supernatural level, the strivings of self-love are sim- ilar but with a higher objec- tive. We seek eternal life for ourselves. We avoid all that would endanger our eternal happiness. We try, by means of prayer and the sacraments, to provide our soul with all that is necessary for its growth and health, for its preservation in grace. Self-love on the natural lev- el comes fairly easy to us. It largely is motivated by the inborn instinct of self- preservation. The practice of self-love on the supernatural level comes harder. It is not an innate instinct. It springs from the virtue of faith forti- fied by the virtue of hope. And, since the soul is so su- perior to the body, and eter- nal life so superior to physi- cal life, it is our spiritual welfare whieh always must have primacy. There may be times when it is necessary to suffer corporal pain and deprivation for the sake of spiritual health. It even may be necessary to sacrifiqe natural life in order to preserve supernatural life, as the mar- tyrs have testified. It should be plain, now, what God means when He says, "Love thy neighbor as thy- self." We must want for our neighbor what we want for ourselves: the necessary means to achieve natural health and happiness insofar as possible and, above all, to achieve eter- nal life. Temporal Welfare Love for neighbor manifests itself, on the first level, in the concern we have for his tem- poral welfare. That is why we give the name of charity, or love, to our efforts to better the lot of our less fortunate brothers. Either personally or through our bishops and charitable or- ganizations we feed the hungry, we clothe the naked, provide shelter for the homeless and education for the ignorant, combat racial prejudice, nurse the sick, and seek equal jus- tice and opportunity for all. On the higher and more vital level we seek the spir- itual welfare of our neigh- bor. We share our prayers with all mankind as we pray for the conversion of sinners and unbelievers. We cooper- ate with convert work in our own parish and support the work of missionaries at home and abroad. We are willing, if called upon, to help with religious instruction classes. We are ready, if opportunity offers, to explain the truths of faith to others. By word when possible, and always by exam- ple, we try to encourage the lax to become better and to win the sinner back from his sin. Our love for neighbor does not have to be an emotional FATHER TRESE love, no more than does o love for God. It is not how feel towards our neighbor (l may be a very unlikable per- son) but what we are willing to do for him, that proves and ex- presses our love. Importance of Love Considering the supreme portance of love for neighbor, it is well to examine ourselves periodically on our fidelity to this duty. Each Sunday morn- ing after Holy Communion, as we tell our Lord of our love for him, we well might ask ourselves, "Just what did I do, this past week, to my love for my neighbor?" (Father Trese welcorr letters from his readers. The increasing volume of letters prohibits personal answers but problems and ideas con- tained in such correspond. once can be the basis of fu- ture columns. Address all letters to Father Leo J. Trese, care of The Progress. What's That Again? S CHOPENHAUER, pro- fessional griper and dedicated pessimist, once remarked that a man' ability to stand noise is in inverse ratio to his intel- ligence. This principle as annunciated by Schopenhauer needs some revision, for a considerable ability to tolerate noise is es- sential to survival in the 20th Century. Every third man ir New York has a jack harem, He has dedicated his life digging up streets, holding up traffic, tearing down buildings, raising dust and generally dis- turbing the peace. The city has taken on the aspects of the Anaconda Copper Company. One day a man was walk- ing along Lexington Avenue, full of anguish because the incessant n o i s e of cavating, the shouting of workers, the general uninter- rupted din of passing traf- fic. "Noise, Noise," he thought to himself, "Oh just to be free of the constant roar of the city and to find quiet and peace and silence." At that moment he looked up from his anguish-. ed prayer for silence, and h noticed he was passing a school qmv for the deaf. This was a heav- en-sent grace to thank God for the noise and the shouting and the tumultuous thundering of the city. He thanked God that he could hear. Then he met a woman with three tremendous Gr eat Danes, that forced him off the street and into the gut- ter. He wondered rather angrily whether there should be a Society to teach animals to be kind to men. Then he recalled the vicious dogs be- yond the barbed wire of the prisoner-of-war camp. These Danes at least were friendly. So he thanked God for free- dom and the dogs and the noise and the blue sky for the many blessings of --Walter J. Sullivan, C.S.P. Calendar SUNDAY, JUNE 9, HOLY TRINITY SUNDAY, M A S S : Benedicta sit -- Blessed be (White). Pref. of Trin. Mass for Parish. MONDAY, JUNE I0, ST. MAR GAR ET, QUEEN, WIDOW, MASS: Cognovi -- I have known (White). Gl., Corn: Pref. from today on unless otherwise noted. TUESDAY, JUNE II, ST. BARNABAS, APOSTLE, MASS: Mihi autem -- To me, however (Red). GI., Cr., Pref. of Apos. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, ST. JOHN OF SAN FACUNDO, CONFESSOR, MASS: Os justi --The mouth of the just (Com. of Conf.) (White). GI., 2nd Pr. of Holy Martyrs. THURSDAY, JUNE 13, CORPUS CHRISTI, M A S S : Cibavat cos -- He fed them (White). GI., Seq. Cr., Com. Prof. Mass for Parish. Funeral Mass forbidden. If procession with Bl. Sac. follows Mass, Benedicamus Dora. in place of Ite, Missa eat, and no Last Gospel. FRIDAY, JUNE 14, ST. BASIL THE GREAT, BISHOP, CONFESSOR, DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH, MASS: In medio--In the midst (White). GI. Abstinence. SATURDAY, JUNE 15, URDAY OF OUR LADY, MASS: Salve -- Hail, Holy Mother (White). GI., 2nd Pr. of SS. Virus, Modestus, and Cres- centia, Pref. of B.V.M. Or MASS: Multae tribulationes-- Many are the tribulations (Red). GI., 2nd Pr. of B.V.M.