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FALL RIVER DIOCESAN NEWSPAPER FOR SOUTHEAST MASSACHUSETTS CAPE COD & THE ISLANDS VOL. 41, NO. 45 •

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A happy holiday for the DaSilveiras By

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It·s going to be a wonderful Thanksgiving for Cape Verdean emigrant Maria DaSilveira of New Bedford and her little daughters Melissa and Denisa. On Monday, Nov. 17, they became the lucky winners of a drawing for a once abandoned two-family home on New Bedford's South Sixth Street, in St. John the Baptist parish. Renovation of the home was a collaborative effort on the part of Community Action for Better Housing, a project of the New Bedford office of Diocesan Catholic Social Services and the City of New Bedford Office of Housing and Neighborhood Development. Applications for the house were accepted from income-eligible families and individuals, and eventually six were selected to participate in Monday night's drawing, held in the living room of the coveted property. James Malone, manager of Community Action for Better Housing, explained that the proces!; began with an Oct. lon-site open house, widely advertised in the New Bedford area, at which persons previously qualified

as eligible to become fil1lt-time home owners had the opportunity to view the house and indicate ~heir interest in it. Bishop Sean O'¥alley was present to bless the house and also on hand were representatives of New Bedford city governme':lt and of the first-time home-buyers' program of Compass Bank, New Bedford, which had provided Ms. DaSilveira with a $70,000 mortgage. Representing Catholic Social Services was executive director Arlene A. McNamee. Then came the breath-holding moment. Bishop O'Malley asked one of the children present to pick the winning envelope from the six in a red basket held by another child. Whom should he choose but Melissa DaSilveira, who will be living in the house! "Thank you, God!" shouted Melissa's mother as the bishop opened the envelope and read her name. Malone, a semi-retired real estate development agent and director of Community Action for Better Housing, said the nearly century-old house was rehabilitated und~r his supervision and that Catholic Social Services

plans to start work on a second house, also in New Bedford's south end. Ms. DaSilveira expects to move her family into their new home as soon as all negotiations are completed and she plans to rent her second apartment. Malone said the house cost a total of about $180,000 to purchase, renovate and delead, and that the Com-

pass Bank mortgage covered 95 percent of its value, asking a down payment of only three percent. The remaining two percent Ms. DaSilveira needed came as a lO-year loan from the Office of Housing and Neighborhood Development; and it will be canceled in 10 years if Ms. DaSilveira continues to live in the house.

Speaking for a grateful neighborhood association, Latisha Silva told the New Bedford Standard-Times that the house had been vandalized and was a "neighborhood eyesore." Rehabilitating it, Malone told the newspaper, was "an attempt to help stabilize a neighborhood that is not bad but is kind of on the edge."

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KITCHEN ANGELS Dan De Palma, Wendy Lacerda, Nancy Marotto, Yvonne CabralEdwards and Irene Joseph work on angel-motif holiday decorations for the upcoming holiday bazaar at St. Peter's, Provincetown. They've been very busy with projects like this one and their holiday meals to holiday shut-ins program.

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BISHOP O'MALLEY stands with the happy DaSilveira family. From left, Maria, Melissa and Denisa. (Malone photos)

Several years ago, a handful of parishioners of St. Peter the Apostle, Provincetown, learned that Meals on Wheels, the program that delivered daily meals to local shut-ins, did not do so on holidays. Apparently the lack of funds and the difficulty of attracting holiday volunteers were the culprits so these parishioners sought to correct the situation. First they obtained permission to do so from the person in charge of the local Meals on Wheels program, who incidentally thought it was a wonderful idea, but also needed approval from her bosses. Once that came through, Meals on Wheels recipients were contacted and asked if they would like a holiday meal delivered to their home and if their name, address, and phone number could be given to the new volunteer group. "It was a green light all the way," explained Dan De Palma, the group's organizer. A list of 12 people was handed to him and when he shared it with his first two cohorts., Nancy Marotto and Yvonne Cabral-Edwards, they realized they knew each person on the list. They also added three more names of people not in the Meals on Wheels program, but who were shut-ins who might enjoy the meal. Nancy and Yvonne contacted each person to explain that they would deliver their holiday meal between noon and one

o'clock on Thanksgiving Day and the trio also financed, prepared and delivered holiday meals on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter of that first year. "We wanted to avoid using plastic or styrofoam food containers and to make the food more appetizing we set up each meal on oval plates with side dishes for salad and dessert, and with cloth napkins and real flatware which we borrowed from the restaurant Dan was then associated with," said Nancy. These were picked up the next day and returned until the next holiday arrived. Soon the Interfaith Food Ministry Coalition, The Soup Kitchen at the Universalist Meeting House and the group organizing the sit-down holiday meals at the Methodist Church made it clear to the group that there were far more than 15 who needed holiday meals brought to them. It was not long before three more volunteers joined the group: Pat Sullivan, Wendy Lacerda, and Irene Joseph and with them the group could begin to satisfy that bigger need. Last Easter they prepared and delivered over 45 meals to shut-ins all over town. "If people couldn't get to the sitdown Easter dinner at St. Mary of the Harbor Episcopal Church which is open to everyone in the community and we knew who they were and how to get to them, we were most

happy to do so," said Pat Sullivan, delivery coordinator. "We had some extra plates made up and brought them to people who were not at home because of work, like at the police station or local shops." Recently the group was commended by the Friends of the Provincetown Council on Aging for its "quiet" volunteer program. At that point they did not yet have a name for their group and were taken by surprise when asked what it was. They eventually settled on "SI. Peter's Kitchen Angels," and use the slogan "holiday meals for holiday shut-ins." The Kitchen Angels are getting ready as this Thanksgiving rapidly approaches and ask that any shut-in who is not on the Meals on Wheels program or is unable to attend the sitdown holiday meal at St. Mary's of the Harbor keep them in mind. If they would like a meal delivered, people are encouraged to contact any of the town's places of worship and leave their name and phone number. These will be passed on to the Angels coordinator, who will verify the request by phone before the holiday. Anyone who would like to help deliver these holiday meals in their own vehicles or would like more information about St. Peter's Kitchen Angels may contact Dan De Palma, tel. 487-2434.


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THE 38TH ANNUAL Corporate Communion Supper of the Taunton and Attleboro districts of the Fall River Diocesan Council of Catholic Women was held recently at Immaculate Conception Church in N. Easton. Pictured from left are Rev. Thomas E. Morrissey, district III moderator; Maureen Papineau, vice-president and chairman of district III; Lucille Couture, district III president; Most Rev. Sean P.O'Malley, OFM, Cap., principal celebrant and homilist; Mary Martin, district IV president; Rev. Msgr. Daniel F. Hoye, district IV moderator; Marian Desrosiers, assistant to the director of the pro-life apostolate and guest speaker. .

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for the Ball and decorating Swansea's Venus de Milo Ballroom for the Jan. 9 event. Other young adults will cooperate with members of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul in attending to ushering chores. Helping to coordinate the participation of the Young Adult Ministry members are Louis "Bud" Miller, director of Youth Ministry Services, and Lisa M. Gulino, director of the Diocesan Office of Adult Education. The annual event brings together members of the diocesan family for a celebration which benefits the agencies, institutions and apostolates 'Nhich serve the needs of many thousands offamilies and~

individuals in all geographic areas of the Diocese. Presently, solicitations are being directed to prospective friends of diocesan charities in the business, industry and' professional circles of southern Massachusetts and to socia.l, civic and parish organizations. A colorful souvenir booklet will he published in conjunction with the Ball, listing donors and their support to this year's effort. Those wishing to contribute to this effort are invited to contact the Catholic Charities Office, 344 Highland Avenue, Fall River, MA, 02722 or by phone: 6768943. Ticket information may also be obtained at all parishes throughout the Fall River diocese.

Conference opposes .'Oregon's suicide statute The Massachusetts Catholic Conference has issued the following statement on Oregon's referendum regarding assisted suicide:

We are saddened by the recent vote in Oregon to keep a seriously flawed.statute on the books that legalizes assisted suicide for the terminally ill. Among other flaws, the statute reduces an entire cll/SS of persons to second-class citizenship, stigmatizing them as having lives ; not.'worthy of equal protection; exposes vulnerable persons to incre~sedrisks ofmistake and abuse by lacking even basic safeguards; lowers: the ·standard ofcare for physicians, and immunizes them from liab'kity'everi. when they carelessly misdiagnose a person's' compe.tency.~or condition. :. . Despite 'the. valiant efforts of a broad coalition of medical, legal, and religious groups to repeal a law that even its'supporters admit is pqorly conceived, Oregon remains the first and only state to immunize physicja'1s from penalty for helping their. t~rminally ill patients to kill themselves. In the face ofcalls to replicate Oregon's misgu ided policy in Massachusetts, we must redoubl!! our efforts to provide better care for the dying, and we must address the very real fears ofpain and abandonment that give rise to suicidal desires. Killing is no!' the answer!


Bishop O'Malley to celebrate Mass for World AIDS Day Bishop Scan O'Malley, OFM Cap., will celebrate a Mass of Healing and Remembrance in observance of World AIDS Day on Monday, December I, at 6:00 p.m. at St. Mary's Cathedral, 327 Second Street, in Fall River. Pri(:sts from throughout the diocese will concelebrate the Mass with the bishop and everyone is welcome to attend. On this day of recognition of the tragedy of HIV/AIDS in our community and in our world, the Mass offers to all the opportunity to pray together for those affected and their loved ones, and for those deceased. Sine Nomine, a regional 20voice choir group specializing' in church music, will provide music for the liturgy, beginning with

twenty minutes of meditation hymns before the Mass. In the context of the service prayers will be offered in several languages in addition to English, specifically Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, French and Creole, to reflect the ethnic diversity of the diocesan family. Two panels from the national AIDS quilt will hang in the Cathedral adjacent to the sanctuary for the Mass. Rev. Joseph Costa, Cathedral rector, noted that the panels will be in place by Saturday morning and that the Cathedral will be open throughout the day on Saturday, Sunday and Monday for those ~ho wish to see them, offer prayers or to enter a name in the book which will be available.

His Excellency, the Most Reverend Sean O'Malley, O.P.M. Cap., Bishop of Fall River, has announced the following appointment:

In line with the national theme of World AIDS Day as designated by the United Nations, "Give Children Hope in a World With AIDS," the diocesan commemoration will highlight the work of young people from the diocese. The winning drawings and essays from contests held for elementary and high school students will be included in the liturgy. The art work has been incorporated into a banner to be carried in the procession and the essays will be read. The Office of AIDS Ministry sponsored the contests this past spring and fall as an opportunity for education on the AIDS pandemic at a level appropriate to age and grade of the students. At the conclusion of the Mass candles will be distributed to congregants and all will be invited to walk together in procession with lighted candles from the Cathedral across Second Street to the Cathedral school building, where a reception will be held., Refreshments will be served and other student entries in the elementary school art contest will be on display. The Mass of Healing and Remembrance is held annually in the Fall River Diocese. Bishop

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This week in Rome the Synod of Bishops for America was formally convened by Pope John Paul II. For a month, nearly 300 representatives from the Americas will discuss an agenda designed to help the Catholic communities of North and South America enter into the new millennium with renewed purpose and intent. Five centuries after Columbus' dramatic entrance into the New World bringing with him his Catholic European tradition, theAmericas are on the one hand indebted to the best that the Old World gave but on the other still suffering from the worst of its prejudices. These times have seen a Catholic Church of great diversity, ranging from the stoic mind of North America to the Latin passions of South America. Nevertheless, the Church has flourished in both Americas in ways that are puzzling and confusing. North of the so-called border, the Church has been tremendously affected by the Protestant work ethic, driven by the desire 'to succeed and to prove that its members are not second-class citizens. This desire was nurtured by a Catholic education system that offered immigrants the means of attaining success. From one end of the North American continent to the other, schools, colleges, and universities daringly raised the cross as a symbol of determination as well as of faith, but sad to say too many s~eking the American dream only viewed it in terms of dollars and cents. To be a wealthy American became more important to many than being a Catholic in America. As the years of the present century have passed, the challenge in the north has become one of reevangelizing our own people and bringing them back into the Church family. This will be one of the major challenges facing this synod. Getting bogged down in regional and petty issues will do theChurch poor service. Indeed the difficulties she faces in Central and South America perhaps stem from lack of a cohesive system of Catholic education. The caste system imposed by the Spanish certainly was divisive and much of this mind-set still survives. The missionary efforts of the Church were too often combined with the conquest of new peoples, and too often the worst of the Old World was .imposed on the New. Evangelization was often based on fear, not 19ve.. ~ucatipn wa~ JO\':Jhe..\l{~althY: and the poor had whatever the.f.TIl~sIOns could sup-ply. In this'century, the exploitation of Central and South America by the capitalist North has been nothing more than social injustice with the rich getting richer and the poor ever more poor right to the present day. Today's challenge in South America comes not only from new economic endeavors, but from distribution of the benefits they make possible to all classes. Many have been won from the Church by the emotional evangelical promises', while many abandoned by the system seek justice by revolution. To be sure, the Church in both Americas has much in common. It's the differences that divide. Over two thirds of the people of the two continents are in name Catholic. How to move them beyond mere nominalism is a challenge that the synod fathers must face and respond to in their deliberations. It is imperative that the Catholic families of North and South America pray that the synod delegates be open and honest in their discussion of the challenges of the times and not avoid the real issues because of ecclesiastical niceties. The unsolved problems of centuries have a tendency to accumulate, but by getting down to the proverbial brass tacks and launching into the future with the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, much good both in the practical and spiritual spheres can be achieved. Conversely, dodging issues, . sublimating feelings and ignor!ng reality will poorly serve the people of God. The Synod of Bishops for America is important for all of us. It offers much promise. May we all pray that God will infuse it with His Spirit so that the Word will indeed become flesh in the Americas.

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Iteering pOintl PUBLICITY CHAIBMEN are asked to submit news items for this column to The Anchor, P.O. Box 7, Fall River, 02722. Name of city or town should be included, as well as full dates of all activities. Please send news of future rather than past events. Due to limited spa(:e and also because notices of strictly parish affairs normally flppear in a parish's own bulletin, we are forced to limit,items to events of general interest. Also, we do not normally carry notices of fund raising activities, which may be advertised at our regular rates, obtainable from The Anchor business office, tel. (508) 675-7151. On Steering Points Items, FR indicates Fall River, NB indicates New Bedford. All telephone numbers without area codes are (508).

ST. JULIE BILlLIART, N. DARTMOUTH Bishop O'Malley will celebrate a Mass for deceased Serrans at 7 p.m. Nov. 24. Serra Club is an international organization of Catholic men and women who pray for vocations to religious life. All welcome. FOOD DRIVE At this time of year many parishes are collecting food items to donate to families and individuals in need. Contact your local parish to find out how you can ~elp and what 'items may be needed. Help make a difference this Thanksgiving.

HOLY TRINITY, W. HARWICH Pastoral care visitors are holding an Advent service at 6:30 a.m., Dec. I for residents of Eagle Pond RehabilitationlLiving Center, Dennis. There will be a second service held at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 4 at the Rosewood Manor, Harwich. All welcome.

VOCATIONS OFFICE College and high s~hool students are invited to the next gathering for young men at Sacred Heart rectory, FR, on the Friday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Join us for evening prayer, dinner, and a brief sharing al;>out vocations and our Christian faith life. Newcomers are most welcome to join us. Contact Father Craig Pregana at 675-1311 or Email: FRVocation Office@Juno.com for more information.

VOCATION COMMITTEE The Diocesan Vocation Committee will sponsor an afternoon ofAdvent reflection for women in initial and ongoing formation and for those interested in or considering consecrated life at St James Conference Center, Nanaquaket, Tiverton, RI, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 7. All welcome. Information: Office of Religious 992-9921.

HOLY NAME, NB The Calix group will meet on Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the parish center. Calix is for Catholics celebrating recovery from alcoholism, drug addiction and other dependencies. It offers a complement to the spirituality ofthe 12-step programs of AA and NA, etc., with specifically Catholic elements including Mass and the Sacraments. New

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JINGLE BELL WALK A walk dedicated to the memory of Joseph C. Saulino, a young schoolteacher who died of a rare form of colon cancer in 1990 will be held on Nov. 30. Registration is

ST. PATRICK, WAREHAM Cardiac support group meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. All cardiac patients and their families are welcome. Information: Joanne Finn 295-0880 ext. 368. A special anointing Mass will take place at 2 p.m. Nov. 23 for all elderly or infirm people. Information: 295-2411. ST. JOSEPH, NB The Legion of Mary annual re-' union will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 30. It will begin with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and include recitation of the rosary. A social gathering will follow and entertainment will be provided by the legion praesidia. All welcome. OL PERPETUAL HELP, NB Prayer group will meet at 1 p.m. Nov. 25 for recitation of the Divine Mercy chaplet, prayer and reflection followed by a Marian talk, recitation of the rosary, and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. All welcome. .

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Little miracles make our hearts rej;oice By REV.

MILESTONE REACHED! Archbishop James Keleher of Kansas City, Kan. (left) celebrates the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging's (CFCA), 1OO,OOOth sponsorship with CFCA co-founder Bernard Hentzen. (photo by Buford Erwin)

CFCA adds lOO,OOOth sponsorship Nine-year-old Jose Anaul Arita co-founder Bernard "Bud" Hentzen Munos of Honduras just found new noted that "It has taken us 16 years hope and' Archbishop James to reach 100,000 sponsors. I hope, Keleher of Kansas City, Kan., just and truly believe, that we will reach made a new friend. 200,000 by the end of the millen"I am honored to become more nium year, 2000." He also recalled the personally involved in this great work," Archbishop Keleher said, as organization's founding in 1981, he formally signed on as the when brothers Jim, Bob, and Bud 100,000th sponsorship with Chris- Hentzen and their friend Jerry Tolle, tian Foundation for Children and all Catholic laymen, began assistAging (CFCA), a non-profit orga- ing 25 children .in Colombia and nization working with Catholic 'Honduras. Although the organizamissionaries for the benefit of chil- tion expanded to work with misdren and the aging in 23 countries. sionaries in Chile, Guatemala, DoThe archbishop was among minican Republic and the Philipabout 100 people celebrating the pines within the first year, adding milestone at CFCA headquarters in sponsors was slow going at first. "I Kansas City, Kan., Oct. 14. He said remember the days when one new he had traveled to Honduras in the sponsor a day would really make past, and chose Jose as his spon- our day," Bob Hentzen said. Today, CFCA has 70 fulltime sored friend for"that reason. He also shared a few sobering facts about employees and is one of several Jose's life. major sponsorship organizations "He has six brothers and sisters," serving the poor in the developing the archbishop said. "His mother, world. The majority of its sponsors esentially a single mother, makes are reached through weekend ap$15 a month. Can yO!) imagine try- peals conducted by priests in paring to raise seven children on $15 a路 ishes throughout the United States. month?" CFCA is probably the single largAs Jose's sponsor, Archbishop est advertiser in the Catholic press Keleher will pledge $20 a month to and is a member of the .Catholic CFCA, which will distribute the Press Association, U.S. Catholic money to Jose's community, help- Mission Association, the National ing to provide medical and dental Catholic Development Conference, attention, food, clothing, education, the National Catholic Stewardship shelter, Christian formation, and Council, the Catholic Network of agricultural training. The arch- Volunteer Service and the National bishop will also receive letters from Catholic Council for Hispanic Minhis new friend, and the two may istry. even get the opportunity to meet Although CFCA has suffered the face to face. deaths of two of its co-founders, "As soon as I can go to Hondu- Jim Hentzen and Jerry Tolle, in the ras, can you meet me and take me past few years, its outlook remains to this very remote place where my positive and its commitment to the little guy lives?" the archbishop poor of the world unwavering. Bob asked CFCA co-founder Bob' Hentzen, CFCA'president, now Hentzen, who called during the cel- lives permanently in Guatemala and ebration from his home in San Luca works directly with CFCA projects Toliman, Guatemala, and spoke to in Central America and Mexico. staff, volunteers, friends and fam- . His brother Bud calls the shots from ily by speaker phone. Kansas City as CFCA's executive To the cheers and applause of director. . those gathered, Hentzen and ArchWhen asked if he ever antici- . bishop Keleher made tentative pated reaching 100,000 sponsorplans for the archbishop's visit not ships in the early days of the orgaonly to Honduras, but also to Gua- nization, a beaming Bud Hentzen laughed and said, "Nolin a million temala and EI Salvador. During the celebration, CFCA years!"

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J. HARRINGTON

Thanksgiving. Day gives us all a wonderful opportunity to cultivate a sense of gratitude. Gratitude begins by our efforts to become more aware of the miracles that happen around us every day. In 1993, when I became pastor of St. Joseph's parish in Attleboro, arather bitter old woman asked me if I was going to get rid of the food cellar that operates out of the rectory basement. The program was then two years old. I asked her why would I ever want to do such a thing? She said that when she lived through the depression of the 1930's no one ever helped her and thepeople who come for food are better off then she was back then. I begged her to try to be tolerant and to give the people who come to the food cellar the benefit of thtr doubt. I helped her to acknowledge that at least some of the people who come to it are no different than she was when she was poor. I implored her to try to make up for the wrong that was done to her so many years ago. One of my happiest moments came when she brought me empty bags and told me that she had had a change of heart, but that providing the bags was all she could do because she was living on a fixed income. Little miracles can make our hearts rejoice! This past Veterans' Day a group of youngsters from the local public middle school collected and delivered over 2000 items offood to our food cellar. The teacher in charge told me how surprised he was that twice as many items came in than had the year before. Later a 12-yearold told me that she was not surprised, because that a long time ago, when she was six years old, her mother was out of work and St. Joseph's food cellar helped her family get by. She added that was the reason why she made everybody give something, even those who thought it was uncool. She made all her friends promise her that they'd be "wicked generous." I am grateful for encountering that little girl whose enthusiasm turned a holiday into a holy day for me and made me remember when six years ago was a long time ago! The greatest gifts that grateful people possess are "antennas" that often pick up unexpected new insights and perspectives. To go through life saying "no one ever did anything to help me" is like going through 11111111111111111111111111111 TIlE ANCHOR' (USPS-545-m0) Periodical Postage Paid at Fall River, Mass. Published weekly except for the first two weeks in July and the week after Christmas at 887 Highland Avenue, Fall River, Mass. 02720 ~ the Catholic Press of the Diocese of Fall River. SUbscription price ~ mail, postpaid $14.00 per year. Postmasters send address changes to The Anchor, P.O. Box 7, Fall River, MA 02722.

life with your eyes and ears shut. themselves lightly." Thanksgiving is a time for us How can gratitude enter our hearts unless we cultivate a to be graced not simply with sense of openness, which flour- nourishment of food, but with ishes in the fruitful soil of grati- the cheerful heart that being in tude toward God and toward our the presence of our loved ones fellow human beings. Gratitude should bring us. No one should, is, as it were, the open channel on my account, be reminded of for the reception of new graces, the warning of Friedrich new insights and new possibili- Nietzsche, "I would like to see ties. Bitter people will always the redeemed looking more refind ways of blocking that chan- deemed!" If the words of comfort that nel and becoming unreceptive to grace and to the call of the mo- we exchange at table d'J not immediately help us to drive away ment. The best antidote to bitter- unnecessary sadness, then we ness I know is humor. In should remember that our proAristotle's rich teaching on vir- claiming ofthe Good Kews will tue, he refers to humor never strike a responsive chord ("eutrapelia") as liveliness or if we go about with sad faces. Our whole beings, including ready wit. He characterizes a virtue as a healthy mean or bal- our facial expressions., should ance between two extremes, make known to the world that namely grim seriousness' and we trace our roots back to the inane foolery. I remember tell- overflowing bliss of God, who ing one of my professors that I has called us to be cocek~brators believed in moderation in ev- of his eternal feast of blessederything, including modera- ness and joy. With open hearts tion! This reminds me of G.K. we can find many reasons to reChesterton's famous quote: joice so others can see cheerful "Angels fly because they take faces for the Lord!

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Weekly General .Audience Message Pope John Paul n .Dear brothers and sisters, In our catechesis on the Creed we have reached the point where we profess our faith in the resurrection of the bod'id and life everlasting. These "lost things" can onlld be understood in the light of the divine plan which unfolds in human historld and in the life of each individual. Jesus Christ, Son of God and Lord of historld, leads creation bock to the Father through the life-,~iving action of the Holld Spirit. This is the conteKt which also enables us to eHplain the meaning of the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000, for which we are preparing. Through a free oct and motivated onlld bid love, God cr(!ated all things. In creating the. universe he created time, whic:h he guides in its development. God is also the author of the New Creation: In Christ he has healed and renewed our human condition, wounded bid sin. While the jubilee speaks to us of what God has done in the post, it is also. a reminder that the future, too, is in his hands. We approach the jubilee therefore with hope and trust, for we know that it will bring about the fulfillment of the divine plan of love for each of us and for all humanitld. TodOid I eKtend a special welcome to the stoff and students of the Ecumenical Institute in Bosseld, Switzerland, who ar'e in Rome as port of their graduate school program. Oear friends, during the lost few months .ldoU have hod on opportunit~1 to deepen Idour ecumenical commitment and responsibilitld. It is mid hope that Idour visit will further encourage IdoU to be servants of the unitld for which Christ prayed on the night before he died (cf. In 17:211 God bless IdoU all! I am also pleased to greet the participants in the course organized bid the NATO Defense College: mOld Idour dedicated professional efforts alwalds be aimed at building a world of true 'Jnd lasting peace. Upon all the English-speaking visitors and pilgrims, I glc1dlld invoke the jOld and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ.


Beatitudes: framework for social action By PATRICIA ZAPOR ALEXANDRIA, Va. (CNS)The Catholic Church could define its social mission in an increasingly ambiguous and ambivalent world with the philosophies of the beatitudes, suggested the secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. "The church will not have a monopoly on social concerns in the 21 st century" said Msgr. Diarmuid Martin at a Nov. 8 conference on renewing the Catholic missionary spirit, sponsored by Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md. Strong social movements also have a basis in other interests, such as environmentalism, he noted. In the coming years, he said, social action will be much more a collaboration among seemingly disparate organizations. In such an environment, the beatitudes are an appropriate framework for the church's action, according to Msgr. Martin. "Blessed are the poor in spirit" might well be a reflection on the changing face of poverty whether poverty of spirit or of wealth - brought about by globalization, he said. The more globalized economy has elements of common good, Msgr. Martin said. But it will be increasingly essential to protect the individuals who make it possible for corporations to act in a worldwide marketplace. "An economic vision which short-trades its most valuable asset - people - is on the wrong track," he said. "Modern economies, to be successful, must invest in people." It also will be important for society to challenge the individuals who gain the most finimcially from the global market to share the profits of their success, Msgr. Martin said. While it's admirable that billionaires Ted Turner, George Soros and Bill Gates recently have announced sizable contributions to charitable organizations, Msgr. Martin questioned why those stories were remarkable. "The question is, how is it those individuals can generate so much wealth and not have it challenged into social responsibility?" he said. The beatitude "blessed are the meek" poses a particular challenge in a world where self-affirmation has become seemingly essential, Msgr. Martin continued. The concept of individual rights may in fact be so linked to accumulation of personal power that broader social obligations are lost, he suggested. "The arrogant affirmation of individual rights can distort the very concept of human rights," he said. "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice" has implications for justice in treatment of individuals, of groups such as women, and of the environment, Msgr. Martin said. "The work of justice is to restore harmony in the world," he said. "But the notion of justice, if exploited by individual agendas, can be destructive rather than healing.' "Blessed are those who mourn"

raises a challenge to the church to address death and suffering through a variety of issues, in particular treatment at the end of life, he said. Without strong efforts by the church, followers of church teaching on the sanctity of all human life will find themselves more and more isolated as society addresses the problems of suffering in the most expeditious way instead of the most humane. And finally, "Blessed are the peacemakers" might be best defined in the post-Cold War era by Pope Paul VI's description of development as the new name for peacemaking, Msgr. Martin said. As the phenomenon of "donor fatigue" strains the funds needed to help impoverished countries develop their own economies, he said

wealthier nations and private entities will have to step in. During the conference in Alexandria, Mount St. Mary's Seminary presented its newly established Archbishop John Hughes Award to Mary Cunningham Agee, who in 1985 founded The Nurturing Network. Her network, now based at the University of Steubenville, Ohio, is a grassroots organization of 22,000 volunteers in 50 states and 23 foreign countries that helps women in crisis pregnancies. The Archbishop John Hughes Award, which the seminary intends to give out each year, recognized Agee for her role as a lay leader in founding the network, which has provided support for more than 9,000 women in its 12year history.

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WASHINGTON (CNS) - The outgoing and'incoming presidents of the National Council of Churches brought greetings to the U.S. Catholic bishops Nov. 12 and expressed hope that such collaborative efforts would continue. "Baptismal water is thicker than any denominational'affilia-' tion;' said Episcopal Bishop Craig B. Anderson, who was; installed as NCC president for 1998-99 later that evening. "We are all relatives, all brothers and sisters in Christ,' all children of God." United Methodist Bishop Melvin Talbert, outgoing NCC president, said, "It is truly. by . G()~'s""gr~ce, that we are continuing to be reconciled together." As the two were speaking, Bishop Joseph A. FIO'rertta.Of Galveston-Houston,.vice president of the National Confer-·· ence of Catholic Bishops, was addressln9 the NCe;. general assembly, also meeting in Washington. Both groups' said it was the first time that they have sent officers· to address each other's organization.

Unanimous approval WASHINGTON (CNS) - The U.S. bishops ina unank mous voice vote Nov. 12 approved a call to parishes to global solidarity. The document, "Called to Global Solic:iarity: "In- . ternational Challenges for U.S. Parishes," summarizes some of the conflicts and crises around the world and challenges U.S. Catholic parishes to raise awareness of .those,situations and to strengthen or initiate programs of solidarity with people facing those difficulties. The bishops' encourage parishes to "integrate more fUlly the international dimensionsv·of Catholic discipleship within a truly universal churc.h."

Some ministries harmlul?" . VATICAN CITY (CNS) ...,.. Lay ministries that obscure the (ji.fferences belWeeo the .wdained priesthood and"thelaity, e~en if motivated by a eje~ire to serve priestless communities, are harmful to the church, Vatican officials said.'''Archb)~QP Crescenzio Sep~,Jormersecretar;y,of the, Congre9aticm for the Clergy, said that, while qualifis(j laY P~Rle hf~fbe called to supplement the ministry of priests in certainemergency situations; the faithful and the church will suffer if the lay minister goes beyond his or her auxiliary role. Archbishop Sepe and officials from four Vati~n Qfflces spoke at the Nov. 13 release of a Vatican instruction on ''the collaboration of the nonordained faithful in the·sacred ministry of priests:' The document, signed by the heads of eight Vatican agencies - including the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Pontifical Council for the Laity - was approved by Pope John Paul II in mid-August.

Teachers on strike onAWA (CNS) - Educators in the Toronto-areaYork region Catholic school district remained on the picket lines legally after a separate, illegal 10-day strike ended In the rest of Ontario. About 2,700 Catholic teachers went on a legal strike over contract demands Nov. 3 - a week before the end of an illegal walkout that affected 2.1 million stuejents throughout Ontario. The legal strike affected 45,000.elementary, secondary and French-language students in 76 schools in York region. The Catholic school board was waiting for the Education Relations Commission to call both sides back to the bargaining table. The issues the Catholic teachers wanted resolved included restoration of annual wage increments lost under the previous government's social contract, staff transfers, class size and changes to parental and pregnangy leave. The York school board has offered a two-year. contract, inclUding a freeze on salaries and no staffing reductions:' ,

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WASHINGTON (CNS) - The first woman to becomeJ.J.$. ambassador to the Vatican, Corinn'e "Lindy" Claiborne Boggs, took an oath of allegiance to the United States Nov. 12 amid a crush of family and friends.. Watching,wer~ l'!Jor~ than 200 people, many of whom were members ,of Con; gress, where she and her late husband, Hale,servea acrosS f.ive decades. Placing her left hand on a Bible giveo to het by Sisters of St. Joseph, Boggs swore her allegiancge t9 the United States "against all enemies;' saying she would "~up:' port and defend ·the··· Constitution:' and that she t()ok"her obligations fre~ly. Vice President AI Gore adminjstered toe oath. Theoew' ambassa.dor is a member of St.. Matthew's Cathedral parish!n.Washington. a.nd •. St.· L6~is CatheCJral p~rish of NewQrlean$, whereshema.ll'lta,ins he>mes... ' .•.~.

Why we need Thanksgiving The great Greek philosopher Epictetus said, "He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not but rejoices for those which he has." Some people, sadly, never seem to be able to give thanks for all they have. In early November, I watched a TV interview with the very money-rich Donald Trump. He has written a new book about his comeback after he lost most of his fortune. Now he has money back in multiples; apparently he gives full credit for this to himself. Trump writes that when he was in danger of losing all his fortune there were people who could have helped him and didn't. Now he takes pleasure in financial revenge against them. The interviewer pushed him on this, asking why he wouldn't, in effect, forgive. Trump answered, "I believe in an eye for an eye." Then he repeated a line I hear often and detest, "I don't get mad, I get even." He'll probably be eating turkey and celebrating Thanksgiving Day, but if people take full credit for their good fortune, can they really be grateful for anything? If gratitude means anything at all, it has to be focused on a higher source than ourselves. In fact, gratitude and grace share the same root. So grace, gratitude and thanksgiving are connected to our relationship with God. I love a quote from the famed English writer G.K. Chesterton: "You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing, and grace before I dip the pen in the ink." Now there's a man who understood how closely gratitude links us to our Creator. He didn't need a Thanksgiving Day to remind him! I have given many talks in the past few years to people who are grieving. They have suffered a great loss, the death of a loved one. So often people are

locked in anger, resenting God for all that has been taken away. In their bitterness they turn away from God; they find nothing to be grateful for. They are so wrong. I remember interviewing a mother whose son suffered a sudden, severely debilitating episode of

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manic-depression at age 18. While her heart was broken, she could still find much to be gratl~ful for. She told me, "We tend to ask, 'Why me?' but my father always said if we ask that of the bad things, we have to ask it of the good too." That was wisdom. . On Thanksgiving Day, we are supposed to remember all the blessings we have been given and express our thanks to God for these. Some people can't, because they get blocked, either by their own egotistical self-credit or by anger ov(:r what they feel are their losses or deprivations. I would ·pray in this holiday season that everyone finds a way to recognize all the good things life has brought. One great woman who helped me learn that lesson was Helen Keller, physically blind and deaf, but oh, so spiritual. She said, "I thank God for my handicaps, for through them I have found myself, my work and my God." That is the spirit in which to celebrate th~ great holiday of Thanksgiving: gratitude for all that has . been given to us, beginning with the greatest gift of all, life itself. .

Thanksgiving prayer There are three graces: "I love you," "I'm sorry," "Thank you." "I love you" is a cuddly baby with two feasts: Valentine's Day for lovers, Christmas for parents and children, and God for love of us all. "I'm sorry" is a sparkly raindrop with 40 days to fashion an acknowledgment of wrong, And. Easter to celebrate the relief that follows forgiveness. "Thank you" is a small white rosebud with one feast, the least of all the graces. Only Thanksgiving Day to remind us to be grateful. Thank you for the harvest, for food to eat and friends to share. Thank you for the kindness of Native Arriericans who saw our Pilgrim fathers through that first winter. Thank you for my friends and family who have passed on, for the joy of loving them while they were here. Thank you for my wife of 40 years, my other self. Thank you for our 12 children who keep us young. Thank you for my friends who are there for me. And my enemies, who keep me honest. Thank you for my health '

and the joy of running road races with my sons and daughters. Thank you for my country: from purple-mountains' majesties to amber waves of grain and the clouds and the sky

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Talk With Dr. James & Mary Kenny and the flowers. Thank you for the chance to be a part, however small, of your creation.

Reader questions on family living and ehild care to be answered in print are invited. Address questions: The Kennys; St. Joseph's College:; 219 W. Harrison; Rensselaer, Ind. 47978.

Daily Readings Nov.24 On 1:1-6,8-20; (Ps) On 3:52-Ei6; Lk 21 :1-4 Nov.25 On 2:31-4'5; (Ps) On 3:57-61; Lk 21:5-11 Nov. 26 On 5: 1-6, 13-14,16-17,23-28;' (Ps) On 3:62-67; Lk 21 :12-1!~ Nov.27 On 6:12-18; (Ps) On 3:68-74; Lk 21 :20-28 Nov. 28 On 7:2-14; (Ps) On 3:75-.81 ; Lk 21 :29-33 Nov.29 On 7:15-27; (Ps) On 3:82-87; Lk 21:34-36


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Prayers for the dead Q. Our group has a question concerning prayers for the dead. As we undlerstand it, God has no "time." If that is true, can our prayers help toward the salvation of someone who has died? This would mean that God foresees one's prayers and good works for the deceased, and answers those prayers while the person is still alive. This seems to make SllnSe, and is a wonderful, comforting thing to know as we think of our loved ones who have died. (New York) A. Your instincts about prayer are right on target. What you say is true. It's safe to assume that most Catholics still see their prayers for the dead as primarily affecting the time of purification (or purgatory) a deceased individual might undergo after death. Their prayers can havt: that effect, as our centuries-old Christian and Catholic tradition holds. The reality is infinitely larger and richer, however, as your comments indicate. As far as we can know from our own human perspective, there is no "time," as we experience it, for God or in eternity. In the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit has no desire to answer scientific or philosophical questions about God. Everything is seen and described in the experience people have of God, both before and after Christ. That experience, that awareness of God by both Jews and Christians, is always of one who is beyond time and space. As the catechisms (new and old) phrase it, God has no beginning and no end; he is "from everlasting to everlasting" (new Catholic catechism, No. 213). For him there is no past or future. Everything, from the beginning of time in the universe to the end (whatever that end may be), is as one eternally present moment. Thus, our prayers, offered in earthly time, go to a God who is not bound by those limits. A prayer may be said a year after someone died; as God receives it, however, the moment of that person's birth is as present to him as the moment of death - and every

moment in between. None of this is speculation or conjecture. It all follows immediately from our Catholic doctrine about God and eternity. It also explains why even the earliest Christians felt a living presence with their dead as they commit-

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Questions and Answers By Father John J. Dietzen ted them into God's hands - - a conviction proclaimed in the art and inscriptions which one can still see in their cemeteries. The same belief, of course, tells us our prayers and good works extend into the future as well as into the past. We can pray for our children and grandchildren, for those not yet born. They too are in God's eternal vision and presence, and are touched by our intercession~ for them. This reality is a wonderful illustration of the living relationship we on earth have with those now deceased, a relationship the Apostles' Creed calls the Communion of Saints. We don't know how all that works. We know only that in God's mysterious love and intimate care for us, there is a "communion" of love we share in God our Father and in Christ.

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Things Catholic A dear friend who is a recent convert to Catholicism called last week. He confided that he was feeling a mixture of guilt, confusion and frustration. He had just read an article in which a priest was applauding the current interest in Latin and the possible reintroduction of Latin in part of the Mass. In the article, the priest-author threw around Latin phrases and words he assumed the reader would recognize. Our friend recognized none of them. The article had tripped off an anxiety our friend felt about what he calls "things Catholic." "Someone was talking about antiphons after Mass last week," he went on, "and I didn't know if they were Christmas cookies, or cell phone accessories, or some kind of baby deer." (The Mass had been celebrated at the shelter for the homeless at which our friend volunteers.) "Sometimes I think I jumped the gun," he sighed. "It's embarrassing. I wonder ifI should've waited until I studied more. I mean, after I stood there listening to my friends at the shelter talking about antiphons, they went on to talk about the 0 Antiphons." (He's the kind of friend you can call at 3 a.m. and ask for help tracking down a teen-agel' who has not returned home.) He paused. "Hey buddy," he said, his voice sounding more hopeful. "Tell me you know what they are. Or beller yet, tell me you don't know what they are." (He's the kind of friend who, out of the blue, suggests that he and his wife take care of your children for a weekend so you and your spouse can get away.) I laughed. "If it makes you feel beller, I'll tell you I think they are those contraptions Rudy Vallee used to sing through to make his voice louder." "I think those were 0 megaphones, you 0 fabricator," he said. (He's the kind of friend who shares imported beer from the back of the fridge with you.) "Actually," I told him, "I think they are some kind of prayer you say before or after Scripture readings, and the 0 Antiphons come around at Christmas, sort of like '0 Come All Ye Faithful' and '0 Christmas Tree' and '0 Holy Night.''' "You forgot, '0 LillIe Town of Bethlehem,''' he chided. "Oh dear, oh yeah, oh my," I replied. . 'Time ~!Jt;.'路._he said. "I did look it up, and anti-

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THE ANCHOR -- Diocese of Fall River -

Fri., Nov. 21, 1997

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Nun, 87, shops, cooks, bookkeeps

, PAT STONE (left), assistant director of Birthright, admires a layette set made by Bella Nogueira (right) as DCCW president Theresa Lewis looks on. At a recent Diocesan Council of Catholic Women board meeting, Pro-Life Commission chairperson Madeleinl;l Lavoie arranged a baby shower for Birthright. The meeting was held at St. Elizabeth Seton church, North Falmouth, and many baby items were donated by DCCW members.

Dominican Sister of Hope Anita Plattsburgh, the school from which Pauline Durocher, 87, is a steady she had graduated as a youngster. customer at her local supermarket, There she was a member and presitakes her turn cooking for her com- dent of the regional science fair , munity, works on the convent bud- committee. In Fall River she was prioress of get, runs errands and enjoys needleThe Msgr. Prevost High School the faith," Breault wrote, and "we Class of 1943. He excelled in work A native of Plattsburgh, NY, her community from 1970 to 1978 who entered the Dominican Sisters and later taught mathematics for Alumni Association and the Broth- owe them more than mere recogni- French, was timpanist in the school of Hope after coming to know them eight years to third and fourth grad- ers of Christian Instruction have tion." For most of its existence, orchestra, and sang in the Notre as teachers at the school she at- ' ers at -Dominican Academy, also each' received' '$1 ;000: 'gi frs' from -'Prevost was'the o'nly Catticili'c high . Dame 'parish choir.' He b(~gan his 8 tended in Plattsburgh, she is now enjoying making handicrafts for the Leonel'A. Breault, a 1943 graduate school for boys in the city. "What years at Prevost in the fif~h grade. Breault retired as western U.S. living at the sisters' convent in Fall community's annual Christmas sale. of the Fall River school at which a ble'ssing for all of us," he exthe brothers taught. distribution manager for Kraft claimed of the brothers' presence in River. She is a graduate of St. The Dominicans of Hope were For the alumni association, the the community and the opportunity Foods nine years ago. His career Michael's College, Winooski, VT, founded in 1995 from three existand did advanced studies at Boston ing Dominican congregations. Sis- donation and a highly successful to be educated at Prevost. The with Kraft spanned 35 y,~ars and College and Providence College. ter Anita Pauline sums up their min- reunion this summer have raised the brotners were well known for he still does consulting work for In her earlier years she taught istry as "looking toward the future, ,group's scholarship fund to $44,000 "humble dedication and their love small businesses. Prevost High was destroyed by chemistry and was principal for living out our mission focus and to assist students enrolled in Catho- for Christ," and in the field of edulic high schools. Breault had also , cation "their harvest is great." fire in 1968. The brothers and the some 20 years at St. Peter's, helping others to do the same." made a $1,000 scholarship contriWriting to alumni President student body moved into unoccubution last year. Robert Chouinard, "I am honored pied second-floor space at. the then Underlining his admiration of to be one of the Prevost family," new Bishop Connolly High School the brothers, he wanted to give said Breault. His gift is intended to campus off Elsbree Street, where something tangible to mark the 70th help "provide continuing assistance the final Prevost class graduated in anniversary of the teaching order's to new and deserving students." 1972. Class members ce:lebrated service in Fall River: from 1927-72 Himself an honor student, their own 25th anniversary at the at Prevost when the last class gradu- Breault was salutatorian of the alumni reunion. ated, and since then at Bishop Connolly High School. Of Foster City, California, Lee Breault was unable to ,attend the reunion, but sent messages of support to the alumni and of congratulations to the brothers. In particular, he lauded Brother Patrick Menard, now 84, teacher at Prevost from 1931-45 and principal in '46. Brother Patrick was among 13 brothers who came together for July festivities - Mass at Notre Dame de Lourdes parish (which had l READY ~O GIVE THANKS-The annual Thanksgiving' built and operated Prevost), followed : prayer service at Notre Dame Church, Fall River will take by a banquet at White's ofWestport. The brothers were "pioneers of {place at 7 p.m. Nov. 24. Refreshments will follow the Mass

Prevost High School Alumni Associatilon, Christian Brothers receive gifts

,and Roland Masse will conduct a tour of the church explaining its history. Participants will inelude (from left) Rev. Richard W. Beaulieu, Notre Dame; Erin Corriveau, parishioner; Dr.lrving Fradkin, Temple Beth EI; and ..Anne Pacheco, Interfaith Council. Also sharing in the service, but not pictured will be cantor Richard Wolberg, Temple Beth EI.

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Michigan couple see the joys in life called. "We tried to follow our faith, all the teachings." LANSING, Mich. (CNS) The young couple started their Robert and Jennie Mahoney have family in 1944 with the birth oftheir lived a full, happy life. He served son, Gary. Three daughters 18 years in the Michigan Legisla- Roberta, Rosemary and Colleen ture, and together they raised 10 and six more sons - Dennis, Jochildren. seph, Mark, Michael, Bill and RobAnd both are blind. ert - would follow. "You're given on(~ life, and "The first five, I think, were the you've got to do the very best you hardest," said Jennie Mahoney, now can with it," said Robert Mahoney, 78. "As the kids got a little bit older 76. "And it's not easy -·Iife is hard. they could help a bit, even just runPeople today want to think that ev- ning and getting a diaper for you erything can be easy, ilnd you don't helps." When the children were young, have to struggle or fight or work for anything. . she recalled putting bells on their "But half the joy in life is mak- shoes to keep track of where the ing some success out of it," he little ones were. After 12 years in door-to-door added in an interview with The Michigan Catholic:, Detroit sales, doctors told Robert Mahoney archdiocesan newspap,er. - who was born with two bad heart Robert Mahoney's successes. valves - that he had to find a new prompted him to write: his autobi- profession. "I had everything ography, "Living Out of Sight," against me when you come down which he self-published in 1995. to it: blind, a bad heart and a big Jennie Mahoney bl~came visu- family," he said. ally impaired following a high feAt a friend's urging, Robert ver at age 3, and lost the remainder Mahoney ran for Democratic preof her eyesight at I I. Robert cinct delegate and won. His years Mahoney has been blind in one eye as a door-to-door salesman paid off since birth, and lost sight in the in grassroots connections. In 1954, other as the result of a detached he ran for the Michig~n Legislature retina suffered in a skiing accident and won. And so Robert Mahoney was off while he was an 11th-grader at Holy to Lansing as Michigan's first blind Redeemer High School in Detroit. The two met at the Michigan state representative. While he repSchool for the Blind in Lansing, resented his constituents five days where the young Jennie Kubinger a week in the state capital, Jennie studied for 10 years, and Robert Mahoney was home raising their Mahoney for a year. brood. She graduated and went on to In 1956 the Mahoneys estab- . become the first blind student at lished a mail-order business, MichiAdrian College, majoring in home gan Notary Service, which sold economics. He earned his high seals, bonds, rubber stamps and school diploma from Detroit's other notary ne,eds. Jennie Northern High School. Mahoney took care of the business. In 1941 they married and rented "When the phone would ring, an apartment in Detroit, and be- Jennie'd yell and say, 'You kids be came members of St. Raymond quiet, (it's) the business phone!'" parish. To support his new wife, Robert Mahoney explained. Robert Mahoney went door-to-door She'd write down the caller's selli.!1g mops, brooms and brushes name and address in Braille, then made by the blind. Hc was hclped "she'd get the material to mail out, along his route by a guide dog. type the envelope and then put a "I always figured that the grace stamp on it and have the kids go to of God was there that really helped the mailbox," he added. Michigan Notary Service is still us along," Robert Mahoney re-

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in business today, run by the couple's daughter Colleen. Robert Mahoney stayed in the Michigan Legislature for: 18 years, and is best known for introducing a bill that requires hunter safety classes for young people. To prove that anyone could buy a hunting license, the blind legislator went out and bought one.himself. The bill passed the following year. Faith is central to the Mahoney family, and the couple recalled attending daily Mass and the family praying the rosary together. "Without that, I don't think we could've made :it," Robert Mahoney said of their faith. "The grace of God was there." It was his prostance on busing and fair housing that eventually "drove him out" of his legislative position in 1972, Robert Mahoney said. "As a man and a Christian, I had to pay more than lip service to my principles and convictions," he wrote in his 1995 book. "It's always much easier to say the things people want to hear and so much harder to tell them what they should hear." Robert Mahoney went on to serve as a county commissioner and as a lobbyist, and he eventually settled the family in Lansing. The advent ·01' computers has made life. easier for the blind, the Mahoneys reported. Most days, Robert Mahoney can be found surfing the Web on a special Braille computer or sending e-mail to friends as far away as England. They also have printers to print both regular type and Braille, as well as a scanner that reads the daily mail. "And (mail) that we don't understand, why, the kids are always coming over at lunch time or in the evening·," Jennie Mahoney said. Now residents of Lansing, where they belong to St. Gerard parish, the Mahoneys spend much time listening to books and magazines on tape, attending Mass and playing cards or games. "Jennie and I play cribbage every day," Robert Mahoney said. "We play two garnes, and we have a tournament going all the time. "It's really vicious," he laughed.

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By JOHN THAVIS

Consecration to the ,Divine Will Oh adorable and Divine Will, behold me here before the immensity ofYour Light, that Your eternal goodness may open to me the doors and J11ake me enter into It to form my life all in You, Divine Will. Therefore, oh adorable Will, prostrate before Your Light, I, the least of all creatures, put myself into the little group of the sons and daughters of Your Supreme FIAT. Prostrate in my nothingness, I invoke Your Light and beg that it clothe me and eclipse all that does not pertain to You, Divine Will. It will be my Life, the center of J1lY intelligence, the enrapturer of my heart: and of my whole being. I do not want the human wilJ to have life in this heart any longer. I will cast it away from me and thus form the new Eden of Peace, of happiness and of love. With It I shall be always happy. I shall have a singular strength and a holiness that sanctifies all things and condl,1cts them to God. Here prostrate, I invoke the help of the Most Holy Trinity that They permit me to live in the cloister of the Divine Will and thus return in me the first order of creation,just'as the creature was created. , , ., , , Heavenly Mother,' Sovereign and Queen of the Divine Fiat, take my hand and introduce me into the Light of the Divine Will. You will be my guide, my most tender Mother, and will teach me to live in and to maintain myself in the order and the bounds of the Divine Will. Heavenly Mother, I consecrate my whole being to Your Immaculate Heart. You will teach me the doctrine of the Divine Will and I will listen most attentively to Your lessons. You will cover me with Your mantle so that the infernal serpent dare not penetrate into this sacred Eden to entice me and make me fall into the maze of the human will. Heart of my greatest Good, Jesus, You will give me Your flames that they may bum me, consume me,and feed me to form in me the Life of the Divine Will. Saint Joseph, you will be my protector, the guardian of my .heart, and will keep the keys of my will in your hands. You will' keep my heart jealously and shall never give it to me again, that I may be sure of never leaving the Will of God. My guardian Angel, guard me; defend me; help me in everything so that my Eden may flourish and be the instrument that draws all men into the Kingdom ofthe Divine Will. Amen. ( In Honor of Luisa Piccarreta J865- J947 Child of the Divine Will)

IRISH COLUMBAN Father Desmond Hartford (right) is welcomed by Father Trunk Krantz, vice superior of the Columban order, after Muslim guerrillas freed Hartford in the :;outhern Philippines, Nov. 8. The missionary priest, who has been working to promote harmony among Christians and Muslims, was held captive for 12 days in a mountain hideout. (CNS/ Reuters photo)

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CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philip- del Norte province, where he was mountains and corn fields, where pines (CNS) - The apostolic ad- held by Muslim rebels who took they sometimes slept. He said he was turm:d over to ministrator of Marawi , Philippines, him hostage Oct. 26. "We walked mostly at night un- the MILF, which broke with the expressing feelings of fatigue, gratitude and f9rgiYeness, said his faith der the cover of darkness. Some- MNLF, because other groups "who sustained him through a two-week times three hours, sometimes four, , want to be part of the demands" ordeal that ended when his kidnap- ,sometimes one, just depending on were trying to take him. The priest said the ori,ginal hos- , pers released him Nov. 8. where they were moving me," Fatage-takers had legitimate: demands "I was betrayed by people that I ther Hartford said. had already befriended and had He said he "ate rice and rice and because the government had not helped. I am finding it difficult, but more rice," canned food and fulfilled some requiremellts. He said he felt fear only once. hopefully I will be able to pardon smoked fish. "There was some shooting, and them," Irish Columban Father "I understood that because of the Desmond Hartford said on a morn- circumstances they were forced to we had to evacuate.... We thought ing program of Radio Veritas-ZNN m~ve at nighttime, so we could not we were being attacked and taken cook arid we could not light a fire over by an armed force, but it turned after his release. .: Shortly after the priest joined because it would identify where we out that some of the group were cheering confreres and friends, he had been," he added. . . testing their guns. I was very fearsaid: "I feel very, very tired. It's Father Hartford was taken by ful because my guards got very . been a difficult ordeal, but I feel that former Moro' National Liberation scared," the priest recounted. God strengthened me." Front rebels to press ~he governBefore he was freed, the priest DCA News, an Asian church ment to release rehabilitation funds told his captors that although he news agency based in Thailand, they claim had been promised them. understood their frustration, their said Father Hartford told the radio He was kept from returning actions were un-Islamic. that, while a hostage, he prayed that home after attending a meeting to "I told them it was n::>t in the he would be released and that there support an ex-MNLF commander genuine spirit of Islam to take would be no violence. .under pressure from his people for people against their will, to deny the "I didn't want anyone killed be- their share of the funds. freedom and human' ri ghts of cause of me.... My captors or abHe said the commander '.'had people, no matter what your deductors, I didn't want them been sick,' he had not enough mands are," Fath~r Hartford said. harmed," Father Hartford said. money for medicine, his children He thanked' Archbishop Shortly after he arrived at the had to stop going to school, and Fernando Capalla of Davao, who Columban house in Cagayan de they asked me to help. He had no negotiated on the phone 'lJntil the Oro, 470 miles southeast of Manila, transportation, he had no improve- midnight 'before his release, the Father Hartford placed phone calls ments to his house." Catholic Bishops' Conference of to the congregation's superior and Father Hartford said he was the Philippine~ and the apostolic his family in Ireland. turned over to the Moro Islamic nunciature in the Philippines. Then the apostolic administrator Libtrration Front "for safek~eping." "I was conscious that the whole of Marawi described to ZNN his He said four to five men in their .church ofthe Philippines was prayordeal in the hinterlands of Lanao early 20s guarded him through ing'for me," Father Hartford said.


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NEW YORK (CNS)--Cardinal John J. O'Connor of New York announced Nov, 9 that he would gather people acquainted with the life of Dorothy Day to consider initiating her cause for canonization, He said he had received many letters urging him to do that and was asking himself whether he should. AfLer his return from the Nov. 16-Dec. 12 Synod of Bishops for America, he will invite a number of individuals to meet with him for reflection. on the pros and cons, he said. "We will pray together, and we will talk together, and we will ask if this should be," he said. Cardinal O'Connor made his announcement during a Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral commemorating the centennial of Day's birth. Born to a nominally Episcopalian family in Brooklyn, she joined in the radical politics and Bohemian life of New York's Greenwich Village before the birth of a daughter in a commonlaw marriage led to hc~r conversion to Catholicism. A writer, she wanted to continue using her abilities to serve the poor, and in 1933 joined with a Frenchman, Peter Maurin, to found the Catholic Worker newspaper. They also opened houses of hospitality to feed the hungry and perform other corporal works of . mercy, and she died in one of them, Maryhouse on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, in 1980. In his centennial Mass homily, Cardinal O'Connor rea.d a column about Dorothy Day he had published in the previous week's issue of Catholic New York, his archdiocesan newspaper. "Few people have had such an impact on my life, even though we never met," he wrote. She "worried" seminarians of his generation by her "passionate commitment to the poor," he said. "Before knowing of Dorothy Day, I worried about poverty; since then, I worry about poor people," the cardinal said. "Homelessness doesn't bother me any more, or hunger; homeless and hungry people worry the life out of me." Cardinal O'Connor also noted that despite Day's social radicalism "her respect for and commitment and obedience to church teaching were unswerving." "She, in fact, chidc~d those who wanted to join her in her works of social justice, but who, in her judgment, didn't take the church seriously enough and didn't bother about getting to Mass," he said. [n the Archdiocese of New York, her influence continues not only through her followers in the Catholic Worker movement, but also in the ministry of many priests, religious and lay Catholics engaged in charities and the works'ofjustice, the cardinal said. On the day before the Mass, the anniversary of her birth on

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Nov. 8, 1897, more than 200 for the magisterium." And he said people gathered at the Catholic she was "much closer in her outCenter of New York University look to the humanism of Pope for a symposium on Day orga- John Paul II than many of her renized by Joyalito F. Tajonera, a form-minded admirers would Maryknoll seminarian originally care to admit." That commitment to the from the Philippines. Tajonera had received one of church, combined with the posithe last letters written by Mother tions that have made her a figure Teresa, expressing regret she beloved on the left, could make could not accept his invitation to her a saint of the "common attend the symposium because of ground" emphasized by the late "my illness and the pressing Cardinal Joseph L. Bernardin, needs of our society." Ellsberg said. A friend of Day since the nun's first visit to the United States, she wrote, "May this centenary celebration of Dorothy bay's birth help strengthen the faith of many people that they may not be afraid to respect and defend the rights COMPLETE HEATING SYSTEMS of the poor - not forgetting that SALES & INSTALLATIONS PROMPT DELIVERIES the poorest of these are the unDIESEL OILS born, the little ones in the womb." The question of Day's canoni24 zation was also explored in the HOUR SERVICE symposium's principal address, 465 NORTH FRONT ST . given by editor Robert ElIsberg NEW BEDFORD of Maryknoll's publishing arm, Orbis. ElIsberg, son of Vietnam War opponent Daniel Ellsberg, came into the Catholic Church in 1980 after five years with the Catholic Worker, the last two as editor of the paper. At the symposium, he said a 1983 announcement by the Your opportunity to help a very poor child is mucll Claretians that they would "take too important to miss. And Christian Foundation on the initial work of promoting for Children and Aging (CFCA), an international the cause of Dorothy's canonizaCatllolic cllild sponsorsllip program can show you tion" brought some criticism from the affordable way. people close to her.·t· .. - . Through CFCA you sponsor a child for the amount These critics feared a "co-opyou can afford. Ordinarily it takes $20 a month to tion of her witness" and a shift provide one poor child with the life-changing benefits "from imitation to yet;leration," he of sponsorship. But if this is not possible for you, said. to sponsor at a level you can afford. we invite you "Inevitably, church officials CFCA will see to it from other donations and the would try to emphasize her 'wontireless efforts of our missionary partners that your derful work' with the poor, her orchild receives the same benefits as otller sponsored thodox piety, her spirit of obedicllildren. ence and respeot for the magisterium, and so would filter Your sponsorship pledge helps provide a poor out the problematic areas of her child at a Catholic mission site with nourishing food, life and witness - particularly medical care, the chance to go to school and hope for her radical pacifism and her rea brighter future. You can literally c1lange a life! sistance to the state," he said. And you can be assured your pledge has its Ellsberg said Day created "a greatest impact because our programs are directed new way of being a saint" that by dedicated Catholic missionaries with a longcombined "the mystical and the standing commitment to the people they serve. political." To help build your relationship, you receive She not only carried out charia picture of your child (updated yearly), information table works but also worked poabout your child's family and country, letters from litically for justice, he said. "In so Little Corina lives in a small mounyour child and the CFCA newsletter. But most doing she represented an aspect tain town in Honduras. Her mother is important, you'll receive the satisfaction of helping of the saintliness demanded by the blind al'td her father abandoned them. a poor child. present moment." , Your concern can make a difference in Please don't miss this opportunity to make a differA second contribution from Day was commitment to "Gospel the lives of children like Corina. ence. Become a sponsor for one poor child today! nonviolence," ElIsberg said. "By maintaining this witness through ·one war after ano~her, Dorothy Name~__"'_,,_--------­ Yes, I'll help one child: (please print) challenged and enlarged the conAddress _ o Boy 0 Girl 0 Teenager 0 Any in most need science of the church." My monthly pledge is: City/State/Zip _ EIISberg also suggested that 0$10 0 $15 0 $20 0 $25 0 Other $ _ _ Day would offer a helpful model I'll contribute: Phone ( _ _ ) _ as a saint who was a laywoman, o monthly 0 quarterly 0 semi-annually 0 annually Send to: and a laywoman who, unlike o Enclosed is my first contribution of $ - - ' FAR tl/97 Christian Foundation for some lay women already canonCFCA (Make check payable to CFCA.) Children and Aging (CFCA) ized who seem more like relio I'd prefer to bill my first sponsorship payment to my One Elmwood Ave. / P.O. Box 3910 Catholic credit card: 0 VISA 0 MC 0 Discover 0 AMEX Kansas City, KS 66103-0910 gious, had known "the joys and Child Card No. Exp. Date or call toll-free 1-800·875-6564 sorrows of family life, of motherSponsorship o I can't sponsor now, but here's my gift of $ - - ' Member: U.S. Catholic Mission Association. National Catholic hood and life in a somewhat rauo Please send me more information about sponsorship. 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Although 55. Peter and Paul School, Fall River, recently. welcomed new computers complete with Internet and e-mail communications, the school will pause on Tuesday to celebrate a form of communication that is rather old-fashioned, sometimes forgotten, but has a lot to teach in this day and age: the friendly letter. SS. Peter and Paul School's post office, St. Peter's Station, celebrates its fifth anniversary this year and the school has invited local and national postal service members, politicians, members of various civic organizations and all who have dedicated their time to make the· program a success to share in its celebration. Beginning at 11:00 a.m., Pat Eagan, master of ceremonies, Kathleen Burt, principal, and representatives from both Mayor Lambert and State Senator Norton's offices will speak in appreciation of the successful program.' Student Amanda Silva will take the oath of office as the station's n~w postmaster and a luncheon will follow the ceremonies. The entire school will join the festivities and enjoy root beer floats donated by a parent. The Wee Deliver program is part of a national project, but very few schools in the nation have been as successful as SS. Peter and Paul. For the past five years, the inschool post office, manned by students, has worked just like a city post office. After purchasing stamps, students as well as parents send mail to students' school addresses. Classrooms' have street names and individual addresses depend on a student's seat.

The values of this program have been numerous. Students develop organizational skills, career awareness, job skill development, and most importantly the enhancement of writing skills. It began when Ms. Burt saw it being used in SO!TIe Rhode Island schools and inquired at the post office in Fall River about such a program being implemented at SS. Peter and Paul. With the help of many people including Pat Eagan of the post office, the program has become an important one at the school. "The post office was wonderful," said Ms. Burt about the program's beginnings. ''They provided a mail box, equipment, and even shirts and hats for the kids." She hopes that Wee Deliver will enhance communication in the school and community for years to come.

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TOP SWIMMERS! Members of the Bishop Feehan High School girls' swim team celebrate their fourth consecutive Southern Conference Swim Championship. The team, coached by 1990 graduate Rod McGarry has not lost a dual meet in 4 years (51-0-1) and in addition to winning its league title four times recently swept a third conseetuive Massachusetts South Sectional Championship. .

News from Bishop Feehan High SchOOl} Bishop Feehan High School Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) recently held elections for the 1997-98 school year. Ms. Anne Carroll, moderator, announced them as follows: Nathan Sullivan, president; Katie McCabe, vice-president; and Adam Kulzyck, secretary. The group also announced the kickoff of a $2000 fundraising

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drive to assist with rehabilitation of 1995 graduate John Lawler, recently paralyzed in an auto accident. Anyone who wishes to contribute should contact Anne Carroll at the ~chool, tel. 2266223. Newly elected captains for the swim team are juniors Meredith Burgess, Sarah Clausius, and Naomi Williams. Freshman class officers are Hilary Clarcq, president; Keith Brachold, vice-president; Rajeev Chaudhry, secretary; and Matt Gibson, treasurer. Athletic Director Paul O'Boy, has been notified that junior Sarah Clausius has been selected as a 2nd team all-star in division 2 of the Eastern Massachusetts Girls' Soccer Association. Sarah is a two-year starter in goal for the team and also plays basketball, softball and is a member of the National Honor Society. The Campus Ministry Office and school chapter of the National Honor Society have announced that they will again hold the annual Thanksgiving Day Basket Project in homerooms ~ith .students filling baskets with Thanksgiving meals for the needy in area parishes. The Bishop Feehan football team recently clinched the Eastern Athietic C?nference champi-

Connolly Honors GOOD FOR THE HEART! Students from St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School in Hyannis raised over $3,000 for the American Heart Association during their 2nd annual "Jump for Heart-A-Thon." They gathered pledges in the weeks before the event based on the number of jumps made in the two-hour event. Over 371,000 jumps were recorded!

For the first ·quarter marking period at Bishop Connolly High School, Fall River, 102 students received highest honors, 69 students high honors,' and 62 students honors.

onship, thus qualifying for the D.ivision 3-B Super Bowl. The game will be played at Nickerson Field in Boston at 7 p.m. on Dec. 5 against the yet to be determined winner of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

AWARDWINNER Jeffrey Bears, a student at Bishop Feehan High School in Attleboro, was named as this year's recipient of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Award, given annually to the senior who best' exemplifies Clutstanding qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.


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You L.ight Up My Life So many nights I'd sit by my window Waiting for someone To sing me his song. So many dreams I kept deep inside me Alone in the dark. Now you've come along. Refrain: And you light up my life You give me hope To carryon . And you light up my days And fill my nights with sun. Landing at sea Adrift on thE! water Could it be that finally I'm turning for home? Finally a chance to say, "Hey, I love you" Never again to be all alone. (Repeat refrain twice) It can't be wrong If it feels so right Because you light up my life. Written by ,Joe Brooks Sung by LeAnn Rimes Copyright (c) 1997 by Curb Records GIVING

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makes sense in any season. It spiritually enriches any day. Still, it is a blessing that we have a special day of Thanksgiving. Sometimes we forget to do what we ought to do. This day helps to remind us that gratitude should fill our lives. , If you have followed this column in 1997, you k~ow that I, like m:il1,ions of others, have become a fan of LeAnn .Rimes' . music. Her remake of the Debbie B00ne hit "You Light Up My Life" seemS'an appropriate choice

for Thanksgiving. Who has brought light to your life during this past year? Have you told them how much you appreciate the magic of their caring? I refer not only to romantic interests, the song's focus, but also to the many people who do small yet important actions for us. Their choices to be involved in oui lives make a real difference i~ the quality of Qur. day-t~-day. existence. Thanksgiving invites us to remember them. If you walk to school, have you thanked thecrossing guards who add safety to

your walk? How about the nurse at school? If you ever have felt sick at school, you know what an important service she provides. If you take religious education classes at your parish, your teachers are putting time and effort into your moral and faith development. These qualities will impact your whole life. Have you told them that you don't take such caring for granted, that you appreciate their concern? I'm not suggesting that you overlook the obviously caring people in your life: parents, grandparents or close friends. Yet Thanksgiving is a time to beexpansive in your gratitude. I feel sure that you could easily come up with five to 10 names of people who add to the meaning of your life. None ofthese people is in your life by accident. God has guided them to m~ke the contributions that affect you and others. Even as you take extra effort to tell others of your appreciation, do not forget your Creator. God's love is with you forever. It cannot be lost. Whatever the content of your Thanksgiving festivities, find some quiet moments to speak with God. Tell God what this love and care means to you. Turn your expressions of thanks intO a growing circle of gratitude that touches many. When you do this the poWer of your heart changes the, world.

Your comments are always welcome. Please address: Charlie Martin, 7125 W 200S, Rockport, Ind. 47635.

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Finding a spiritual teacher By CHRISTOPHER

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During high school and college, young people reach a major fork in the road of their spiritual and religious lives. Many basically drop out of the church shortly after confirmation. Sadly, I've heard that sacrament called "graduation from the church." Having done their basic duty, they feel no need for going anymore. These estranged Catholics may attend an occasional holiday Mass with Mom and Dad, but religion gets moved toward the edge of their lives. Many stop altogether, only reentering the church later, when they have children of their own. Another, smaller group goes in quite the opposite direction. For such people religion becomes the central focus of life. Their daily decision process becomes more and more a matter of vocation, of discerning how God is calling them at each moment in their lives. For this second group of young people, living their lives in relationship to God stops being an abstraction, something that "Father" talks about in his homily, and becomes a daily reality; Young people in the first, less religious group, have a hard time understanding their more religious peers. "Why," they may ask, "are you so hung up on this stuff?" It can make one feel out of step, even odd. Here are some thoughts for those of you who find yourselves more religious than your classmates. -First, remember that being a religious teenager may make you unusual in our secular time, but looking back historically, it is clear that the late-teen years often have been a period of intense religious development. Among Christ's first disciples were teenagers. The lives of the saints are filled with examples of young people on fire with their faith. St. Francis of Assisi was in his early 20s when he made the great turn toward God in his life. St. Catherine Laboure realized that she was called to the religious life after her first Communion. The point is not that all religious young people become saints of the

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church, but rather that religious fervor is a normal part of life for many, many teens. -Second, if you are one of those more religious teens, it is very important that you find a trustworthy teacher, someone who can guide you through the complexities of spiritual exploration. Religious growth is not a selfhelp process. This is a clear teaching of the church from very early times. Beginners need spiritual direction, as do advanced seekers there are too many opportunities for confusion, self-deception and plain error. Books on "spiritual development" may be helpful, but there is a great deal of useless, even damaging junk out there. In my own life, the most fruitful periods of learning have come when working closely with a teacher. When I was 16 I started meeting with Father Moore, our parish priest. Since then, my teachers have included monks and nuns, priests and wise lay people. While you will probably have many spiritual teachers, I've found that choosing a teacher and sticking with him or her for a period of time is most helpful. Where do you find a spiritual teacher? A good place to start may be with your pastor. He may be willing to talk with you about your journey or may have some suggestions about other possible teachers. There is an old and wise saying, "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear." If your heart is ready to move closer to God, God will help you find the teacher you need.

Your comments are welcome. Please address: Dr. Christopher Carstens, c/o Catholic News Service, 3211 Fourth St. N.E., Washington, D.C. 20017.

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