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PAGE FOUR Friday, June 25, 1965 A Spiritual Thing E always enjoy listening to Bishop John J. Wright of Pittsburg. He like Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, always has something to say. This week the subject was Christian Unity and the place, the National Workshop of Christian Unity held in Boston, June 14-17. In an address to more than 200 dele- gates and o b s e r v e r s Bishop Wright pointed out the danger of exaggerating the power of education to foster Christian unity. He said it is love not knowledge that "casts out fear." This is a thought worth pondering. Today modern man seems to think that if he hires enough brains', pay them large enough salaries and secure enough funds from Uncle Sam he can c o n q u e r anything. What about sin? There are many people today who feel if they could get a large enough grant and enough technicians with high IQ's it would be a mere matter of time before America could irradicate it com- pletely. If science can conquer the moon --it can surely discover a way to control morals. There is a danger that we Chris- tians can fall into the same kind of thinking--begin to substitute the local study club for sanctifying grace, or a national workshop ]or prayer and fast- ing. It is true and Bishop Wright was quick to point out, "Next to God's grace, education can prove one of the most powerful unitive factors a m o n g Chris- tians." Yet there is still the persistent danger in believing that each new social movement marks the dawn of a new era and that all problems can be solved with discussions and c o n f e r e n c e s. As the Bishop put it: "The part of education, while im- .portant, m us t not b e exaggerated. Ecumenism is not  form of intellec- tual refinement picked up from liberal studies. It is not a form of cosmopoli- tanism picked up fro m scientific or commercial s t u d i e s. It is a spiritual thing." It all gets back to love! Pope John XXIII did not communicate to the world an overpowering image of intellectuality. He did communicate a contagious, irre- sistible spirit of genuine love. Men knew instinctively that there burned within this man a deep fatherly concern for all man- kind. This is the kind of love that is the fruit of study, yes, but as "Journal of a Soul" i n d i c a t e s, it is a love born of humility and mortification as well. This spirit of love can not be contained nor can it be explained by natural science. When supernatural love is let loose in the world, it passes through centuries- old prejudices as though they never existed, inflames hearts cooled by sin and prejudice and draws them together lille a magnet draws metal. No one can place their finger on the reason for the attraction, the source is invisible but no one can deny that the force is there. This is what Bishop Wright meant when he said, "lVe do well to remem- ber that an u n t u t o r e d waiter in a restaurant might easily turn out to be more ecumenical than the Dean of Admissions of a National University y, It all comes down to this: study has value only insofar as it leads men to love. God can will unity--and we know He does. But not even God can make us unite---can make us love. The triumph or failure of modern ecumenical movements rests not so much on how effectively we reach men's heads as on how deeply we touch their hearts. Dear Subscriber If your account with The Progress still is delinquent or soon will be, a renewal this month is most appreciated. A one-year subscription to your archdiocesan newspaper is $4--just a little more than seven cents a week. By paying your subscription promptly, you eliminate unnecessary billing and help to keep postage costs to a minimum.--THE MANAGEMENT. More Business Training By J. J. Gilbert A/ASHINGTON--An old and widely held American belief--that With hard work anyone can make a success in business--hasn't been working out in recent decades. A US Department of Commerce study has revealed that the odds against a new business lasting 10 years are 5 to 1. The death rate is especially high in the first two years. This has prompted some educators to pump for courses in finance and economics in high school curriculums. They point out that not all students in secondary schools will go on to be scientists or professional people, nor will all of them go on to college. It is not argued that the courses in finance would make them sure successes in starting their own businesses, but that it would help to avoid ill-advised starts. Polls have shown that at least half the American people would like to go into busi- ness for themselves, but the decisions to do so are based on wishful thinking rather than thoughtful deliberation The farm is the traditional stronghold of independent enterprise, and while there are fewer farmers than there used to be, more than half still work in agriculture independently. Pro- fessional people--doctors, lawyers, accountants, etc.--are not classed as business people, and some people "in business for themselves" are peddlers, cleaning women, etc.; who lack occu- petional opportunity. What are generally re- garded as businessmen make up about half of the 7.5 million "managers, officials or proprie- tors" in the country. While some of these man- age their own factories or construction busi- nesses, most of the proprietors are owners of stores, restaurants, gas stations, or other re- tail establishments. A Government study had shown that people go into the business for themselves' for a wide variety of reasons, Out of a sampling of Sl business openings, only 8 were classed as seek- ing independence, only 6 as seeking the maxi- mum money rewards. A truck driver opened a tavern so that he and his co-workers could have a place to hang out. Some just didn't want to "take no guff from anyone." Reasons for business failures include: faulty location, disregard of competition, in- adequate capital, overindebtedness, inept mer- chandising policies, careless credit policies, errors in organization. The Government study also showed that ex- perience as a worker in a given business did not resulf in a high survival rate as an owner in that type of business. On the other hand, previous experience as owner in a type of business increases the chance of success next time round. A first time business loser is likely to learn something, in other words. "Learning the managerial 'ropes' at some- one else's expense would seem to be an ideal way to work toward an entrepreneurial future," a US Departmetnt of Labor article says. There are several ways of getting this experience, as a management trainee, through a franchise to sell or distribute the product of an owner who is expert, and the "country store, modern ver- sion," which is described as a "catalogue sales agency" in the franchise field. Here local buy- ers come and place orders for merchandise chosen from a catalogue. The same article says "a good grounding in business economics during their high school years might have forewarned and fore- armed many people against future business failures." It can also be preparatory work for future studies, it adds. Hundreds of thousands of small businesses open their doors in this country every year. The high national mortality rate among them leaves "an awesome amount of financial waste and frustration," the report adds. Soviet Persecution WASHINGTON (NC)u The S e n a t e has unani- mously adopted a resolu- tion condemning religious per- secution in the Soviet Union. Sponsored by Sen. Abraham Ribicaff of Connecticut and a number of other senators, the resolution says there is "abund- ant evidence" that the Soviet Union is persecuting "elements of its Christian, Jewish and Muslim citiseas. ' The resolution calls on the USSR to "match the words of its constitutional guarantees of freedom of religion with spe- cific actions" to foster this freedom. It declares that Jews in par- ticular have been "singled out for extreme punishment" by a variety of repressive measures. Sen. Thomas Dodd of Con- necticut, speaking after adop- tion of the resolution recently, said it appears that "the Soviet regime, like the czarist regime before it, exploits the Jew as a scapegoat--as a convenient ob- ject for popular resentment which might otherwise be di- rected against the regime." Sen. Jacob Javits of New York called it "ironic" that consideration of the resolution should coincide with the 20th anniversary of the fall of Nazism and the end of its systematic lS'secution of Jews, Recruiting Journal of a Soul,: 'I Leave All To Christ' (Continued from Page I) at its mother's breast." Oh, how I love these words! "Jesus Christ, yesterday and today and the same for ever." Not to try to predict the future, indeed not to count on any future at all: that is my rule of conduct, inspired by that spirit of tranquillity and constancy from which the faithful and my col- laborators must receive light and encouragement from the Pope, the Head Priest. The source of all priesthood is Christ, as St. Thomas assures us: "The priest of the Old Testament was a figure of Christ, the priest of the New Law functions in the person of Christ himself." This must be said in the first place of the Pope, both because of the Pope's conscience, which is felt to be invested with the Pres- ence, the Grace and Light of Christ, and because of the fact that he entrusts everything to Christ, ell the thoughts and operations of his many-sided apostolic activity. It is enough to take thought for the present: it is not neees- aary to be curious about the shape of things to come. The Vicar of Christ knows what Christ wants from him and does not have to come before him to offer him advice or to insist on his own plans. The Pope's basic rule of conduct must be elways to content himself with his present state and have no concern for the future; this he must accept from the Lord as it comes, but without counting on it or making any human provision for it, even tak- ing care not to speak of it confidently end glibly to anyone. My experience during these three years as Pope, since "in fear and trembling" I accepted this service in pure obedience to the Lord's Will, conveyed to me through the voice of the Sacred College of Cardinals in conclave, bears witness to this t'nexim and is a moving and lasting reason for me to be true to it: absolute trust in God, in all that concerns the present, and per- feet tranquillity as regards the future. The various initiates of a pastoral character which mark this first stage of my papal apostolate have all come to me ss pure, tranquil, loving, I might even say silent, inspirations from the Lord, speaking to the heart of His poor servant who, through no merit of his own save that very simple merit of more acquiescence and obedience, without discussion, has been able to contribute to the honour of Jesus and the edification of souls. My first contacts with high and low; the charitable visits here and there; He meekness and humility shown in the approaches made to clarify idees and give warm-hearted encouragement; my Lenten visits to new parishes; the unexpectedly successful outcome of the Diocesan Synod, the closer links between the papacy and the whole Christian world, achieved by the repeated creation of new Cardinals and Bishops from every nation and of every race and colour, and now this vast activity, of unforeseen and most im- posing magnitude, for the General Council -- all of this confirms the wisdom of the principle of waiting on God, and expressing with faith, modesty and confident enthusiasm the good inspirations of the grace of Jesus, Who rules the world and guides it according to the supreme purposes of the Creation, Redemption, and Final and Eternal Glorification of souls and peoples. When I turn from considering the events of my life and my circumstances it comes naturally to me to linger frequently on the hill of Calvary, there to speak with the dying Jesus and His Mother, and from Calvary to return to the Holy Tabernacle where Jesus dwells in His Sacrament. I find it easier to read my Breviary, and I enjoy it more, at my ordinary working desk, but the Rosary and my medita. tions on its mysteries, with the intentions which for some time now I love to add to each decade, I enjoy more on my knees before the Sacred Veil of the Eucharist. As a reminder of the fervour and the happy inspirations of these days, I wish to make a note of the three most important points arising from my daily talks with Jesus. (1) Ia the morning, reeitetion of the Breviary followed by Holy Mass; before Mass, the hours up to Sext, after Mass Sext and None and the first five mysteries of the Rosary. (2) After dinner I must never omit the brief visits to the Blessed Sacrament as soon as I leave the dining-room. Then a short rest. (3) In the afternoon and after my brief rest --ever in bad but lying on a sofa -- recitation of Vespers and Compline and the next part of the Rosary; the Sorrowful Mysteries. This form of prayer may well take the place of a visit to the Blessed Sacra- ment. (4) In the evening, at 7:30, the third set of mysteries of the Rosary, with the whole papal household, secretary, nuns and do- mestic staff. If convenient, a last visit to the Blessed Sacrament, as a prayer for protection during the night hours. As for the practice of meekness, I add nothing more. I am grateful to the Lord for helping me to keep "meek and humble of heart" in word and deed. English language serialized ( 196S by Geoffrey Chapman Ltd. from the forthcom. Ing book JOURNAL OF A SOUL -- Pope John XXII published In April, |965, by McGraw-Hill Book Company. Distributed by Books In The News, Inc. (Next Week: 80 Years Completed) JOURNAL OF A SOUL IS BROUGHT TO YOU THROUGH THE COURTESY OF _'Jl BALLARD BLOSSOM SHOP 2001 N.W. MARKET ST. SoaHIo 'On the Lighter Side' By FATHER JOSEPH GUSTAFSON SS HERE is no such thing as a new joke --so some pundits have claimed and in heavy dissertations, entirely without humor, have attempted to prove. So today we repeat in one way or another the ribald stories of "Dan" Chaucer, or reach- ing further back, the biting satire of that arch- conservative, old Aristophanes whose comedies are carefully fumigated for modern beginning students of Greek literature--if there be any left. We know from first hand experience that we now get what are regularly called belly-laughs from jokes we leard in our college days. They are suddenly new once more. And they are told to us in turn, as if we never heard them 30 years ago when they were already old and faded to our grandfather. For instance, somebody recently told us about a chap playing golf who suddenly stopped, removed his cap (a'la Red Skelton) and stood at attention when a funeral cortege passed by, near the fairway. A companion in the foursome was deeply impressed and made some remark about such reverence toward the dead. But the golfer replied "It's the least I, can do for my faithful spouse of so many years." Well, we just read a joke which is essentially the same. It appeared in a little column called "Apochrypha" which is now appearing (happily) in the local Denver Register. "The interior town's leading doctor got into a rugged poker game with the boys in the little room behind the store. "He was taking quite a beating until he nelly drew aces back to back in a hand of Everybody stayed in, and on the next turn of the card he drew another ace. "Unfortunately, his good fried Joe, sitting on his right, chose this moment to suffer a heart attack and slumped over the table. " 'What'll we do now?' the white-faced play- ers asked the doctor. " 'Out of respect for the dead,' replied dec, 'I suggest we finish the hand standing (Thanks to Dr. Tom Guilfoyle)." The Gospel Acting Out By FATHER JOHN B. SHEERIN CSP "THE sky's the limit on promotion." |This headline recently introduced a news story about a new method used by the magazine Holiday to sell its wares. Holiday took some 130 advertisers and ad-agency repre- sentatives on a three-hour trip at a 40,000 foot altitude to show them a film called "The World of Holiday." After leaving Kennedy Airport, the plane cruised along through New England and Canada while the travelers watched scenes of Paris and Washington, the Himalayas and Colorado before they landed back at Kennedy. Which prompts the question: how are we going to promote the Gospel in the coming era? Schema 13 focuses attention on the secular world. How can the Church communi- cate with the secular world when not only that world but communications itself will be in a state of revolution? The "Earlybird" satellite is said to be just the beginning of the communications revolu- tion. It may be" that soon every individual will have a portable receiver in cuff links attuned to far-away radio stations--perhaps even to 'IV transmitters. Or maybe some new and wonder- ful transmission rays will be used. If the Church hopes to communicate its mes- sage to the secular world, it cannot use the soapbox or the lecture hall. They will be almost as obsolete as the horse-and-buggy. The pulpit speaks to the faithful but not to the unbelievers. Pamphlets will find their way to the trash cans. Newspaper ads, radio and TV commercials are mighty expensive. Is the Church about to find itself in a box? The Church is a minority in our world, and if Father Karl Rahner is right, it will become more of a minority as the years go on. How do the other minorities manage to get their mes- sage across at the present time? The answer is action. The Negro minority for instance has re- sorted to picketing, parades and demonstra- tions to communicate its message and its has been successful. Without the publicity attracted by these devices, the Negroes would never have been able to get the Civil Rights passed. Demonstrations and parades have their dan- gers and their hazzards and the Church would have to test each device experimentally before using it. But I feel sure that the Church will in the future exercise its freedom of expression by some form of public action. The Church is not a pressure organization and it abhors violence, yet the fact is that devices such as parades demonstrations are protected by our under the guarantees of the First Amendment. Recently, Charles A. Reich in The Nation (Feb. 8) said that the space industry, scientific research, telecommunications and agriculture rest on governmental assistance and he advo- cated that the government aid free speech by providing free halls and auditoriums for groups that want to express their opinions. I don't believe our Supreme Court would ever help re ligion in this way, but it will certainly protecl the free exercise of religion or the expression of religious views. Harvey Cox, in "The Secular City," says: "Standing in a picket line is a way of speak- ing. By doing it a Christian speaks of God. He helps alter the word God by changing the soci- ety in which it has been trivialized, by moving away from the context where Ged-talk usually occurs and by shedding the stereotype in which God's name is usually intoned." For centuries the Church relied on the spoken word to communicate the Gospel. Then came .the printing press and revolutionized the teach- ing of all nations. Can it be that after 20 cen- turies Christians are just beginning to realize that our actions speak louder than our words, spoken or written? Christ preached not by His words alone but by His every act as well. Bearing Witness To Christ By FATHER LEO J. TRESE OU will recall that John the Baptist was imprisoned and eventually be- headed by King Herod of Galilee. John's offense was that he publicly rebuked Herod for the king's adulterous marriage to' his brother's divorced wife. There were many zealous men who were devoted to John and imitators of his holy life. Now that he was in prison, John wished to de- tach these disciples from himself and to trans- fer their loyalty to Jesus. Consequently he dis- patched two of them to seek out Jesus and to ask, in John's name, "Art thou he who is to come (that is, the Messiah) or shall we look for another?" Jesus answered quite simply, "Go and report to John what you have heard and seen." Jesus pointed to His words and actions as the best proof of His divine mission. The technique of judgment which Jesus sug- gested to John's disciples is the same method which we follow in appraising our fellow men. We judge others by their words and deeds. We react negatively to a person who is rude, irritable, selfish or domineering. We like and accept a person who is courteous, patient, generous and cooperative. Sometimes our judgments are mistaken, even rash, because based on insufficient evidence. However, we feel that in general a person's behavior is a pretty safe measure of his char- acter. The strange thing is that we so easily forget that others are evaluating us in the sam way. They can judge us only by what they se us do and hear us say. We may try to dismiss this fact by saying, "Well, if people don't want to like me they don't have to. It's all right with me." However, we have no right to shrug off, with such pretended nonchalance, the impression which we make upon others. There is much more at stake than our own personal interests. Christ's cause is at.--. stake, too. I We are Catholics. We are known to be Catholic by those around us. Every time that we say or do something which is less than Christian, we give people reason to judge Christ harshly. "How can the Catholic faith be true," others will reason logically, "when a Catholic talks and aets like that?" We are reminded here of Marechal Villars plea to King Louis XIV. "Defend me from m friends," Villars asked; "I can defend m from my enemies." This is a sentiment which might well be upon the lips of Jesus as He views us. It is not enough, of course, merely to abstain from unworthy behavior. At least we are not positively hurting the cause of Jesus if we are honest in our business dealing, temperate in our drinking, chaste in conversation and conduct and truthful in speech.