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.4--THE PROGRESS Friday, Dec. 28, 1982 'Time. Savingitis' 962 WILL SOON be history. 365 days, 8,760 precious hours have just sifted through your fingers like golden sand in a bottomless hourglass. Time is currency coined by God which, if spent wisely, can purchase eternity. Now, modern man with all his em- phasis on time-saving devices is sup- posed to be fully aware of the value el time. If you want to know just how aware, just call a plumber and find out the cost per hour to have the hot water pipes in the bathroom replaced. Since time is money, manufacturers spend billions in research trying to come up with bigger and better tools to do ,everything faster from brushing your :ii teeth to shining your shoes. '7  Modern hvmg is geared in every i!(way to conquer the ever-lurking monster ,ilof time. Automatic dishwashers save itime; so do the electric sewing machine, $6,000," she proudly reported. "It re- tails for $7,500." "But, we haven't got $6,000," the bewildered breadwinner gasps! "That's all right, dear," replied the undaunted wife, "I charged it." Most people with average intelli- gence may get taken once or twice, but experience soon teaches that we lust can't afford to save the money we don't have, no matter how attractive the bargain, or cheap the price. Few; however, make the same dis- covery about time. Buying time-savers is like climbing on a treadmill. One time- saver demands another and another and another, until you need each new hour- shortener that comes on the market as fast as it can be produced in order to keep your balance. The time you do save is spent looking for a second job to help pay for the time-savers you had to buy on time. The sooner people come to the vacuum cleaner, the latest detergent, realize that they just can't afford to save 'the newest floor wax. This is to say nothing of the latest model jet, hack saw, automobile, razor blade, fingernail clipper, hair spray, skill saw or printing press. Try counting the number of times the word "time-saver" or its equivalent is used on TV commercials. But here is the real irony behind the present time-saving craze. Instead . of saving time for God, his family and " himself, modern man spends hours faster than he saves them. As a conse- quence more and more victims of "time-savingitis" are turning to alco- hol, sex, or dope to escape the mad- dening pressure of too fast a life. Time-savers, like money.savers, are relative. The comparison reminds one of the new housewife who comes home from a shopping spree with five hundred pounds of hamburger. You can imagine the amazed look on her husband's face when she triumphantly points out that by buying in such large quantities she saved fifty dollars. Of course, she realized that five hundred pounds of beef would spoil if not properly refrigerated. So, the thrifty little darling stopped off at John Doe's Freezers, Inc., and ordered a re- : frigeration unit large enough to convert , the basement "rec" room into a walk-in deep freeze. "The unit was a Steal for so much time, the happier they will be and the more free time they will have to themselves. I[ a man is too bus), for God, for his family, or for a little time to him- self, he is too busy indeed. And strange as it may seem the people who claim to be too busy, often live in houses with the most efficient and most ex- pensive time-savers. The world today is filled with time thieves, super-manufacturers who scheme up ways to steal precious hours of time from the gullible man in the street who thinks they are helping him save it. If, in looking back over 1962, you discover that there was little time in your life for parish activities, for evenings at home with the wife and family, or for a leisurely after-supper stroll to think and meditate, or stop and contemplate the marvels of a sunset, it may well be that you have been taken in. It might not be a bad idea during January inven- tory to see what true profits you've made with the investment of 1962 time. You may be going bankrupt and didn't even know it. The Spanish have an old saying "Fool me once shame on you; fool me twice shame on me." If you've been fooled by so-called time-savers in '62, don't let it happen again in '63. Mental Smog Deadly 8y Louis F. Budenz the transition or approach to the proletarian revolution," as Lenin did in "the struggle for peace.and for land." In other words, "the winning of the masse to immediate struggle" is the centl'al task to bring about the overthrow of free governments. And that means, when translated from Red language, the smuggling of the Communist line into our thoughts and press. It is a sad reality that we are seriously unprepared for this. psychological .warfare, which I stressed some time ago is the second type of combat we shall have to en- gage in successfully with Soviet Communism. Indeed, some of our educators and our press are so unprepared that this lack of understand- ing runs into what might be called frivolities. Thus, on November 7, the an- niversary of the Bolshevik Rev- olution, the noted columnist, Joseph Alsop, brought forward ': lOOKING into the cam- L_ ing months of 1963, the Central Committee of S o v i t Russia's Communist party seeks to arouse the ex- pectations of its world follow- ers. In a flaming proclamation it acclaims "glory" to the Be1. shevik Revolution in Russia of 45 years ago, This "revolu- tion," it goes on to say, "has ushered in a new era in the ' history of mankind--the era of 'tha downfall of capitalism and the establishment of Commun- ism!" In huge letters, this "historic prophecy" appears in the No- :vember International Affairs. That organ of the Soviet So- ciety for the Popularization of i Political and Scientific Know- ledge editorially comments: :"The October (Bolshevik) Rev- olution drove a breach in the world imperialist system. The triumphant march of Socialism has sealed the fate of the old ":world and determined its down- *'fall. This is the meaning and the Russian poet Yevgeni Yev- . purpose of the epoch we live tushenko, as an instance of the in." Cuban-born tensions of the Kremlin." This man had written s o m e condemnatory verses on "Stalin's Inheritors" and had mentioned that one of them had had a heart attack. "Decided On Kezlov Immediately Alsop decided that the one mentioned was Frol Kozlov, second in com- mand to Khrushchev. Alsop saw a deadly war brewing be- tween Kozlov and Khrushchev out of this piece of poetry. Unhappily, Kozlov appeared' as big as you please beside Khrushchev on the reviewing stand in Red Square in photo the very next day. It was also he who brought the Khrushchev message to .the Italian Com- munist party. The poetry by Yevtushenko that Alsop should have noted is that which is prominently featured in the October So- viet Literature. All of his re- cent poetry was about Cuba and testified to the staunch determination of Soviet Rus- sia to use Cuba perpetually against the United States. One of his pieces of poesy, referring to the electing of the "beauty queen" in San- Clever Article * It might be well for us to be : more aware of this fervid ded- fqcation, at the moment when the American nation almost :considers Khrushchev to be a "wall of protection against other 'foes, notably, Red China. It : might also be wise at this first :of the year for us to inquire as to how this "downfall" of free !nations is to be accomplished. .The November World Marxist Review furnishes us with that Red answer in an amazingly clever article entitled "The Revolutionary Platform of the International Communist Move- ment." It unfolds that the immediate" means of bringing about the weakening and eventually the "downfall" of the United States and other like nations is by : "peaceful e o e x i s t n c ". Khrushchev argues that bo cause he does not risk immedi- ate warfare that does not mean that he is not working for the destruction of "American Im- perialism?' The whole key to his strata. ,y, he declares in this article, is the "finding of the forms of It tiago, concludes as follows: "Keen-eyed, graceful as the eagle thoughtful, eonfldent, serene, Senorita Revolution-- Here is Cuba's beauty oueenl" One of the worst products of the unpreparedness for psy- chological warfare in our gen- eral press is the impression now given that the good Kbrushchev is for peaceful coexistence" . . . while bad Stalin was against it. It is a bitter reality that "peaceful coexistence" was Stalin's clev- er weapon which allowed him to persuade us to let him hold Poland, Bulgaria, Hungary, and other nations now behind the Iron Curtain. I have in my hands at this moment a special Communist pamphlet of 1951 containing Stalin's many ap- peals for the "peaceful co- existence" which served him so well. Would Augment Study of Birth Control Pill WASHINGTON, Dec. 26 (NC) A Food and Drug Admin- istration expert has appealed to his superiors to bring in outside experts to help deter- mine the safety of the so-called oral contraceptive, Enovid. Dr. Heine Trees, a staff in- vestigator who believes there is a link between the drug and reported cases of thrombophle- bitis in some: of its takers, made the recommendation at a meeting of the staff of the FDA's Division of New Drugs. FDA Commissioner George P. Larrick, whose agency ap- proved the drug in May, 1960, confirmed the recommendation, but said he did not plan to act precipitously on the re- quest. Spokesmen for the makers of the drug, G. D. Searle and Company, said they are equal- ly convinced that no relation- ship exists between the drug and reported cases of throm- bophhbitis, some of them fatal. The drug is a key part of the birth control program pur- sued by the Planned Parent- .hood Association. The tablets are taken 20 days a month by an estimated 1,500,000 women. Father Kueng On The By REV: JOHN B. SHEERIN, C.S.P. OW does Dr. Hans Kueng feel about the accomplishments of the first session of the Sec- ond Vatican Council? As the session neared its close, I was anxious to hear his reaction for m a n y reasons. To begin with, in his book, "The Coun- cil, Reform and Reunion," he has not only reflected but also helped to shape the ' ' progressive' ' thinking of many of the Bishops. Secondly, his prestige at- tained a new "high" during the Cou--cil. He FR. SHEERIN was officially appointed as a Council peritus (expert) and numerous national hierarchies asked him to ad- dress them on Council topics between Council meetings. These Bishops acclaimed his lectures with enthusiasm. For all these reasons I was glad to have tbe opportunity to hear him lecture at the U.S. Press Panel session on Decem- ber 6--just a short distance from St. Peter's. He spoke ex- cellent English though once or twice he stopped at a word and asked the correspondents in the audience for the proper Ameri- can idiom to bring out tbe idea. He gave one the impression of humility, youthfulness and pro- found scholarship. But his frail, boyish figure carried the weight of scholarship with ease and humor. Pleased At Results After delivering a talk on the By Jim Knudsen Council opportuneness of the Council at this period of history, he an- swered questions from the newsmen. "Are you happy over the results of this first session of the Council?" Kueng's reply was a bubbling, "Yes, very much so." He said that he had some fears about the success of the first session before it began but that now these fears had been dispelled. He then proceeded to list the reasons why he was so elated with the results. First, the Council during its deliberations had handled some very explosive questions but had succeeded in treating them without creating any obstacles or difficulties in the way of renewal and Christian reunion. Secondly, and more on the affirmative side, the Council had brought about a change in atmosphere. The whole Church will be affected by the change that went on in the Council it- self. Whereas it bad been said that the administration of the U.N. was more catholic (uni- versal) than the Curia, it can be said no longer. For the high Catholic tone as reflected in the speeches of the missionary Bishops is a supranational tone that the Bishops will bring home to their own dioceses. Thirdly, the Council voted to approve the first chapter of the liturgy schema and this schema will bring about im- portant reforms that have great ecumenical implica- tions. This will ba good news to sincere Protestants looking toward reunion. For as Kueng said, they will see that the Church is sincere in its talk about Christian Unity. We have been lauding in words the idea of reunion but now Protestants will see that we are deadly serious about it for they know that we regard the liturgy as the central fact of Christian worship and we must be serious if we make reforms in the liturgy. 'Mea Culpas' As a result of these reforms the Mass will present to Protes- tants a ceremony that will have a closer resemblance to the Last Supper. Then too, there will be more Biblical elements in the liturgy--even more use of Scriptural language.. The Reformers claimed that in the Middle Ages a wall of separation had divided the pas- sive spectators from the priest at the altar. Now these reforms will enable the faithful to be- come active participants rather than passive bystanders at the Mass. Whereas certain Protestants thought of the Catholic Church as a monolith, rigid in its uniformity, they will now see the Church adapting its liturgy to the needs of a rich variety of peoples and cultures. One Anglican newsman asked Kueng if the Council had made any Act of Contrition, any "men culpa" for the abuses of the Middle Ages as the Joint Pastoral of tbe German Bish- ops had done, and his answer was that it made no such ex- plicit declaration but that con- trition was implicit in many of the Council speeches. Hearing Hans Kueng was one of the high points of my so- journ in Rome. Pope's Illness Only His Third By James C. O'Neill ATICAN CITY (NC)The "chair of Peter" during the recent illness of His Holiness Jope John XXIII was not the ornate gold and plush throne some- times associated with the Pontiff. In- ...... ii! : :i" A! ========================== :::::::::::::::::::::::::::: ,. stead it was a simple armchair in the Pope's private bedroom. Despite doctor's protests, St-year-old Pope John insisted on getting out of bed as soon as he could after he began to recover fr6m his attack of stomach trouble which first became public November 27. Since Pope John refused to stay in bed, his doctors persuaded him to limit his activity as much as possible and had an armchair placed his room. The chair became for all practical purposes his office. Msgr. Loris Capovilla, the Pope's personal secretary, brought him the most pressing docu- ments and business of the Church for his deci- sion. The two reviewed the telegrams and mes- sages of good wishes which poured in from all parts of the world. And it was from his arm- chair that the Pope looked at a television screen on which he could follow the working sessions of tbe Second Vatican Council by means of a closed circuit hookeup with the council hall in St. Peter's basilica. Frequently the Pope left the chair to go to his nearby chapel to pray. However, he did not celebrate Mass until December 6. Since his con- dition did not permit him to offer Mass while standing, and be did not wish to offer it while sitting down, he received Communion and had Msgr. Capovilla offer the Mass. The recent illness was only the third in Pope John's life. His personal physician, Dr. Antonio Gasbarinni, described his patient as having "an iron constitution." The Pope's first bout with illness was in 1922 when he suffered throat trouble after coming to work in the Sacred Congregation for the Propa- gation of the Faith. The trouble persisted and the young Father Roncalli lost his voice. The doctors ordered a change of air and sent him out to the Italian Riviera, but to no avail. However, he decided to pay a visit to his home and see his mother. She immediately spotted the trouble: "You're not wearing a sweater." He started wearing a sweater and the trouble cleared up. The second period of trouble eeeurred when the then.Cardinal Roncalli visited Lourdes in 1958 to consecrate the new underground basili- ca of St. Plus X. This illness was stomach trouble and it is believed it is the same ail- ment which brought him to bed this November. While he was Patriarch of Venice, Cardinal Roncalli's health was excellent. In fact, the fu- ture Pope used to joke with the doctor who vis- ited him every 15 days, asking the doctor how his health was. After becoming ill, the Pope showed constant eagerness to resume his schedule, as soon as possible. Because of his desires, the doctors fi- nally agreed that he might appear at his window on December 2 to bless the Sunday noon crowds which gather in St. Peter's square. That Sunday was a very cold day and par- ticularly bitter wind was blowing over the square. Moments before noon, a slight argument broke out with both the doctors and his private secre- tary urging the Pope not to open the window but simply to show himself from behind the glass. The Pope overruled their fears and, being well covered, bad the window opened. God's World: Your Private God By Rev. Lee J. Trese hat is your attitude towards God? 'Why, my attitude towards God is like every- one else's, I suppose," you might answer. "I reco- gnize Him as my Creator and Redeemer. I try to love Him with all my heart. I try to prove my love by keeping His commandments." That would be a very reason- able answer to an unexpected question. With more reflection, however, you would realize that your attitude towards God is not like everyone else's. What you believe concerning God is what every other Cath- olic believes. God is a Spirit. He is a trinity of Persons. He is creator and redeemer. He is our judge, our final destiny and our reward. He loves us. He helps us with His grace. He listens to our prayers. These are the facts. How- ever, as we received these facts in childhood, we process- ed them in our own mind. In each of us these truths were given an individual coloration, which varies with the partic- ular background and personal- ity of each of us. Insofar as a spirit can be said to have an image, we fashioned our pri- FATHER TRESE vate image of God. In no two of us is this image quite the same. Almost our first knowledge of God is of God as a Father. Th'; is our most meaoingful concept of Him, too, and the most lasting. Let us supDose now that your father was a rigidly strict and serious-minded man. Just, yes; but quick to wrath over child- ih misdemeanors and severe with his punishments. In con- sequence, your personal image of God may be a sombre one, overweighted with thoughts of divine displeasure, of judg- ment and punishments. Your att:tude towards God may be one of anxiety and even of servile fear. Or, suppose that your father was a reserved, undemonstra- tive person, not much given to kissing or caressing his children. You will accept on faith the fact that God the Father loves you, but it may be hard for you to make real to yourself the intense, personal and possessive love that God has for you. Your own attitude towards God may be somewhat impersonal and austere sense of loyalty. Your father may have been arena too absorbed in his mx'-r'-'c'zes work to have much time or thought for his children. If ,ou s.. "'" r,n"o"s" Red Distant Being, with little in- terest in you or your troub- les, Your father may have been a Regime foolishly doting parent who ignored your misbehavior or who laughed when he should have rebuked. As a result, you can sin with impunity, or that you can expect forgiveness without reform. As a final example, let us assume that yours was a father who tempered justice with patience and understanding. He was generous with outward marks of affection; generous, too, in giving time and atten- tion to his children. With such a father, it is to be expected that your attitude towards God Calendar S U N D AY, DECEMBER O, SUNDAY WITHIN THE CHRISTMAS OCTAVE, MASS: Dum medium--While all things (White). Gi., no c.,Cr., Pref., etc. of Nat. Mass for Parish. MONDAY, DECEMBER 81, MONDAY WITHIN THE CHRISTMAS OCTAVE, MASS: (as in Missal for Dec. 30) (White). GI., 2nd Pr. of St. Sylvester, Cr., Pref., etc. of Nat. TUESDAY, JANUARY 1, OCTAVE OF THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD, MASS: Puer natus est -- A Child is born (White). GI., Cr., Pref. and Communicantes of Nat. Mass for Parish. Holyday of Obliga- tion. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, THE HOLY NAME OF JESUS, MASS: In nomine- At the name (White). GI., Cr., Pref. of Nat. FRIDAY, JANUARY 4, FERIAL FRIDAY, MASS: as on Thurs. First Friday: 2 Vot- ive Masses of Sacred Heart permitted (White). GI., no Cr., Pref. of Sacred Heart. Abstin- ence. SATURDAY OF OUR LADY, .MASS: Vutum Tuum -- all the rich (white). Gl., 2nd Pr. of St. Telesphorus, no Cr., Pref. of B.V.M. Or MASS of St. Telesphorus: Si diligis me--If thou lovest Me (Red). GI., 2nd Par. of Sat. of Our Lady, Pref. of Nat. will be one of complete con- fidence, of cheerful service without fear. You should be happy and fairly tranquil in your religious life. Scarcely ever can the em- otional formation of our child- hood be completely counter- acted. As we grow in maturity, however, our understanding of God does deepen. Spirittal reading and periodic retreats can be especially helpful in correcting early misconseptions and in reshaping our private image of God. You may still find yourself dissatisfied with the discrep- ancy between the God in your bead and the God in your heart. You may be especially unhappy that you cannot feel closer to God, that your prayer lacks warm. th and spontaneity. Take courage! God is a God of love. He knows you, inside out. He knows your emotion- al handicaps better than you know them yourself. He asks of you no more than you are able to give. When you have done your best for Him, God is content, however inadequate that best may seem to you. BERLIN (NC)Stefan Cardinal Wyszynski has criticized Poland's Com- munist government f o r not allowing more Polish bishops to attend the first ses- sion of tbe ecumenical council, according to reports reaching here. The Primate of Poland spoke December 16 at a Mass in Warsaw's St. John's cathedral. Close to 5,000 persons, reports said, packed tbe church and overflowed into the snowfilled street outside. The crowd in- side was so dense that some persons fainted and had to be revived by snow passed in from outside, reports added. Cardinal Wyszynski a ! s o took the government to task for allowing the bishops who went to the council only a very limited amount of money. "Each Polish bishop," he said, "was allowed to take only five dollars . . . with him, and that would not suffice even if we could live on seeds." He thanked Polish- Americans and Latin Ameri- can churchmen whose contri- butions provided the Polish prelates with food and lodging. Of the close to 70 bishops in the country, the Cardinal said, "only 25 Polish bishops par- ticipated" in the council. Many had to remain at home, he stated, because of illness, "be- cause they could not leave their flocks or because they could not get passports." Speaking of the health of His Holiness Pope John XXIII, Cardinal Wyszynski said that it is "little won- der that a man of 81 be. eomes ill since he works so hard." The Cardinal noted that bish- ops had gone to the council from all parts of the world, stressing that there wer e "black, brown and yellow bishops." "Seeing and listening to the African Fathers, we realized how ardently they want free- dom and to be ruled by their own laws," he declared. 907 Terry Avenue, Seattle (4) Telephone MAin 2-8580 Second-Class Mail Privileges Authorized at Seattle, Wash. Published every Friday by the Northwest ProgressCo. '-'- President, Most Reverend Thomas A. Connolly, D.D., J.C.D. R E(t 7-$ )IE gI G--A/7RAuZEcli t o r MARY BRESNAHAN--Associate Editor