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16--THE PROGRESS Friday, Au 9. 24, 1962 Sons of the Resurrection... (Continued from Page 9) I will come and cure him. Peter's mother-in-law was sick--He touched her hand and the fever left her. In the evening they brought him the possessed and he drove out the spirits with a word. Save us, Lord, we are lost--and he got up and rebuked the wind and the sea and there came a great calm. To the paralytic he said (and now he makes even deeper penetration against Evil)--tal0e courage, your sins are forgiven! And again: the girl is not dead! She is asleep--and he took her hand and the girl got up. From physical evil through to posses- sion, sin and death Jesus moves irresistibly. ruml,00 00zter i But not without contest. Evil desperately sum- mons up all its well-tried and usually successful de- vices to conquer him as it has all other men. Com- mand these stones to turn into bread. Cast yourself down and make people marvel. Then, almost plead- ing--I will give you all the kingdoms of the world if you will faildown and worship me. Jesus is un- enticed. The assault becomes more violent. He is assailed by infidelity, betrayal, irrational opposition, misunderstanding, blind hate, righteous pride, false- hood, fickleness, cowardice, the indifference of Pilate. He is physically assailed, crucified and finally Death wrestles him down into the grave. Upon no man did Evil launch so all out an effort to destroy or possess. But it exhausted itself in vain. On Easter this unique being came out of a sealed tomb unconquered and at once successor to Death's dominion over men: On that cross he dis- carded the cosmic powers and authorities like a garment; he made a public spectacle of them and led them as captives in his triumphal procession. 'He Who Receives You...' And now through his Christians Chriat propa- gates that Victory. In the very course of his con- flict he began calling disciples to himself, accord- ing to Matthew. and communicated to them his power and mission--to heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out devils, push out the frontier of Life and Goodness in this world, push back the frontier of Death in every form. These men were to be extensions of himself--he who re- ceives you, receives me. Matthew's point of view highlights the dynamic or apostolic consequences of the resurrection. Chris- tians are not just saved! Their resurrection is no more a merely personal thing than is Christ's. They are saved and saviors! Extensions of the Messiah they are messiahs, as their many anointings in the sacramental ritual indicate. The Spirit hovered over Mary at Christ's conception; the Spirit hovers over the Church on Pentecost. Jesus cures with his cloak; Peter cures with his shadow. Jesus dies saying, "Father, forgive them; they do not know what they are doing." Stephen dies saying, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." Individual Chris- tiaus, the Church are the saving Christ extended through time, completing the Victory Christ has already secured. And, as others will show in the course of this Conference, Christ's Victory must have universal repercussions, affecting not only the souls and bodies of men but the whole material con- text in which they live: "For the created universe waits with eager expectation for God's sons to be revealed . . . the universe itself is to be freed from the shackles of mortality and enter upon the liberty and splendour of the children of God." 'You Are Unleavened' True, in spite of his baptismal resurrection and its eucharistic reiteration, the Christian like any other man, still suffers physical and spiritual pres- sure and painful death. But the Christian is not dis- mayed by this. For he has been taught that his baptism must be lived out. "Wherever we go," says Paul, "we carry death with us in our body, the death that Jesus died, that in this body also life may reveal itself, the life that Jesus lives." The three-day passage of Jesus is life-long with us. Though resurrected already, the Christian views his life as a continual resurrection with Christ's do- minion, Life's dominion ever growing within him while Death and selfishness lose ground. Paul was aware of this paradox of simultaneous Death and Life when he said, "For all of you who have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ" yet com- manded, "Put on the Lord Jesus Christ!" And again, "You are unleavened" yet, "Purge out the old leaven that you may become a new paste!" Thus the Christian, in spite of his many ills, can- not look on his earthly existence as one of decline but of growth. Even his physical death has become but that climax of his baptismal career. Exhaling his dying breath, he comes up out of the waters once and for all. As Ft. Feuillet has said: "Physi- cal death . . . consumates sacramental death." Seen in this light, dying does not depress the Christian. Its efficacy has been reversed; it does not end anything; rather it is coincident with full deliver- ante, full life. For the Christian all Death is swal- lowed up in Victory. Or as Teilhard de Chardin puts it: Christ has conquered death, not only by suppress- ing its evil effects, but by reversing its sting. By virtue of the Resurrection nothing any longer kills inevitably but everything is capable of becoming the blessed touch of the divine hands, the blessed influence of the will of God upon our lives. In summary, then, the Christian is the only man who can be objectively pessimistic about man; he admits that man, by himself, is doomed, that man is the guilty cause and helpless victim of total Death, physical, spiritual, and everlasting. But be- cause of Christ's resurrection and the Sacraments, he is also the only man who can securely and vigorously and invincibly cry out: "0 Death, where is your victory! O Death, where is your sting!" Study Groups On the Lay Apostolate REV. JOSEPH D. MUNIER, Ph.D. HE APOSTOLATE is a commitment to positive action to put the people around us in contact and communication with God. Liturgy offers the most effective possible contact and communica- tion with God. Obviously liturgy and apostolate must be comple- mentary. It is significant that the wonderful priests in this country who have pioneered the apostolate have always been promoters of the liturgical spirit and dedicated to the sound development of litur- gical participation. It is signifi- cant also that the Specialized Movements of the Lay Apostolate have always made the study and application of the Liturgy the focal point of their meetings and actions. The relationship between lit- urgy and apostolate rests on an integrated vision of Christ's re- deeming work. This means that making salvation available to all involves much more than a litur- gical movement or liturgical re- vival-there must be a bridge between the liturgy .nd the prac- tical order of daily life. There must be an understa: 'ing of the social pressures, social conditions, social injustices that make living and breathing as a worshipping Catholic frightfully difficult. Pre- occupation with material needs, with making a living, with keep- ing up with the Joneses, militates a.gainst the liturgical spirit. Reli- gious and racial prejudice be- comes a sacramental lie when communicants fai! to understand that Communion means not only a personal contact with Christ but also union with one another. The liturgy with its magnificent doctrinal background of Mystical Body, Redemptive Sacrifice and the Sacraments should provide the inspiration, motivation and guidance for the apostolate. The "Ite" at the end of Mass is cer- tainly an invitation to the Apos- tolate. The basic relationship be- tween liturgy and a-)ostolate will always be i,1 the Mass, the most effective poss'bI- contact and communication with God. When a oastor faces a parish where at least fifty per cent of the people are fallen-away Catholics, his greatest solicitude is to make the Mass available these people and to make the Mass as attrac- tive as possible. Lay organizations undertake a variety of projects to fulfill the "Ite" commitment. For example, the St. Vincent de Paul Society organizes rides for elderly and handicapped people to help them get to Mass. The Legion of Mary visits the families that neglect Sunday Mass and fail to send their children to instruction. The Christian Family Movement has encouraged family preparation for Sunday Mass by the study of the Missal on Saturday night and stressing the family offertory with the fathez bearing as a gift the bread of his toil, the mother the wine of her sacrifice, and the children the incense of their prayers. Preparation for First Com- munion offers many apostolic op- portunities by re0uiring the par- eats to prepare their children and to receive with them. Some or- ganizations distribt,:e printed sug- gestions for parents to help them in the religious education of their children before Fir=t Communion. The following practice is also en- couraged---before leaving for the Church on the morning of First Communion, the whole family meets in the main room of the house, the child about to receive kneels before the father who takes Holy Water and makes the sign of the Cross on the forehead, saying, "In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Soirit, Amen." Then he places his hand o: the child's head and says: "Receive this morning, my . m (daughter), the Body of Jesus Christ. May His coming fill your heart with love and joy. You are more dear to us today, because God has chosen your heart to be His home. Pray for all of your family when Jesus Christ is in your heart." To All Liturgical Week Visitors Catholic Mart, Inc. Extends Best Wishes and a Cordial Invitation to Visit Us a ECCLESIASTICAL SUPPLIES, GIFTS, BOOKS 2010 Third Avenue Seattle 1, Wash. JEANNE ST. PETER NEVA ST. PETER BELLMAN dP II I VISITORS 17140 33rd N.E. BIDS YOU WELCOME II III Ill EDWARD'S SCHOOL OF PHOTOGRAPHY Finesf in the Northwest EM. 4-0135 TO THE NORTH AMERICAN LITURGICAL WEEK iiii