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k- 2 Cardinal Appeals for Cubans , NEW YORK--Francis Cardi-the New York archdiocese nal SpeiIman made an appeal through the efforts of the Bish-! to the "charity and understand- op's Resettlement Committee,] ing" of his people in the New York archdiocese to find home and job opportunities for Cu- ban refugees who have come to this country. The Cardinal reminded in pastoral letter read in all churches of the archdiocese (March 12) that more than 60,- 000 Cubans fled to the Miami area since "communist tyranny has established its hold" in Cuba. Since 1948, more than 27,000 refugees have been settled in THE OBSERVER (Ktynote addrtss of the College Day program at. Nazareth Academy, LaGrange, Illinois, by Roy. AnthoTly J. BeckeT, Ph.D.) Prospective college girls--parents--venerable Sisters--college personnel! The~re is a time-worn axiom in philosophy that that which is first in intention is last in execution. It is upon this note that I should like this afternoon during my alotted time to elaborate upon the importance of Catholic college education. Hence, just as the good housekeeper has first in intention the orderly dis- positionof the entire home and this thing is the last--if ever at all--to be accomplished, so througl~ the saving waters of Baptism, the Catholic child ls destined to become at some fu- tee, 451 Madison Avenue, New answers to the questions of both perseverance and maturation. York City. i The Cardinal appealed to his people in "the name of the Holy Family of Jesus. Mary and Jo- what is your idea of maturity? If you will answer this, then seph who themselves had lo automatically you will establish your whole philosophy of life-- flee into Egypt as refugees in order to protect the life of Our Savior." Priest Released in Congo LEOPOLDVILLE, The Congolviile from marauding bands. The Sisters in Banalia in Orien- tal province are remaining at their mission despite the urging of United Nations authorities that they also take refuge in 'Stanleyville. Reports here indicate that bands of Lumumbist youths are terrorizing Stanleyville and the surrounding area. These armed youths defy the --Father Pierre Van Wersh, S.C-J has been released after two weeks in jail in Stanley- viile, according to reports reach- ing here. "Stanleyville is the capital of Oriental Province and headquar- ters of the procommunist Lu- mumbist regime headed by An- toine Gizenga which controls the province and other nearby terri- tortes. It was also reported that Sis, ters staffing missions in Benga- misa and Yaleka in the province local police and even the Lu- mumbist General Victor Lundu- la. Even members of the provin- cial government are not exempt have taken refuge in Stanley-from their harassment. Filipinos Hunting Reds MANILA -- The House Com-]would center its attentior~ on mittee on Anti-Filipino Activi-]reportg that persons linked with ties opened an investigationlthe communist politburo t dec- into alleged communist infiltra-[ade ago have succeeded in ob- tion into the University of the]taining key positions in the Philippines (March 8). state university. The Commu- ,Committee Chairman Leonar- nist party was outlawed in the do B. Perez said the inquirylPhilippines in 1937. Makes Record Global Fight MIAMI. Fla.- Max Conrad, after circling the globe in 8 flying grandfather and Rosary days, 18 hours and 49 minutes. "e " " " n," nd I The old record set in 1959 was a voice, has set a ez arou - . - ' . 129 days. Mr. t~onrad had with the w o r 1 ca recora Ior ugnt " ]him a rosary which had been planes. He landed at Interna-lblessed and presented to him tional Airport here (March $)lbyPol~ Plus XII. I I I f C l "1 Acres R t H oonta es ome One at Illinois Finest Rest Homes For The Chronically-Ill The Elderly and The Convalescent FRIDAY, MARCH 17, i961 ge giene programs of our secular colleges are fine. There is the Maturity, then, full and complete, will bring man to real [ue- intellectual--nobody will say that the secular courses are not]cess. It is not a success as the world measures it but as God views it. Each kind of success--social, domestic, academic, finan- cial-is fine as far as it goes, but it does not go far enough. And by "far" we mean even beyond the grave into eternity. It is an emphasis on the right sense of values, putting the superna- dished out by expert academic waiters and waitresses. There 'is the social-cultUral--and on no college campuses do the so- cialites burn brighter than on those of secular origin, lighting up the world of correct dress, correct cars, correct numbers on correct streets, correct business associations, correct friends and correct clubs. BUT there is not the religious aspect--that which gives lasting and true flavor to the entire educational menu by bringing God into the picture in every classroom, to see Him in full perspective in social sciences and in physical sciences, in fine arts and in liberal arts, aS the Author of all sciences and arts, as the Father of every psychological and philosophical theory which He seems to have given to men to elaborate upon, as the One Who alone knows the proper interp- retation of statistics without making a liar out of the man who dares to use them. Besides, one cannot overlook the question of academic atmos- phere; this is perhaps the strongest factor in developing atli- of ~daul:Y;i:tntha:~I::e:thoar::gh~:e~r nd a~th: ais~t P~l~h~ Prn:bS 'tudes. Because of consistency of attitude that pervades both : " ,P . . 7 g . P - campus and classroom, the Catholic coilcge or university af- lem oi eoucatmn is mcusea on one s oeIinmon m maturity. Just the nature of man, life's objectives, the processes of education, and the means to be employed fo reach certain goals in life. For the sincere Catholic, maturity means nothing less than the full attainment of the Beatific Vision, eternal happiness with God. This means the complete development into the im- age of God forever with no possible reverting to the image of a merely mortal, sinful human being. And the degree to which one reaches this perfection even in this world really deter- mines one's grade of maturity. For as far as Catholics are concerned, only the saints are the really mature individuals in existence. This seems to say that a person can never hope fully to have grown up while in this mortal frame of reference. With somewhat of a note of sadness, perhaps, ]t purports that life's greatest achievement is not all attainable while we live, but that we must die before we can eternally ripen in the perfec- tion of our human nature. itself can offer no definition as acutely and succinctly pointed as thiS. For while the world looks through dark-colored glasses at the Catholic notion of maturity, it sees its own definition in a maze of haze--fog, dust, and smoke. For the Catholic there is no divorce between religion and life. Religion is life. It is a vast experience of the Church, grow-i ing out of the revelations of God explain).ng life's problems and building a solid foundation on'which to secure a well-ad- justed personality and a firm and peaceful world. Religion and life work together as a team to bring man that happiness here which is the only genuine foretaste of the happiness to come. This means a constant growing back to God. We came into this world through the channel of our parents and we had nothing to say about it; in fact, the trip this way was quite easy and uneventful. But the trip back to God is for the most part our own doings; for its realization we are fully responsible, and that is what makes it so drastically difficult .and eternally eventful. Tl~i$ is the paradoxical eycle nf life--from God and back to God. But, thank God, in our Catholic philosophy of life, we have a good r~avigator for the return trip, for Catholicity is Christ's philosophy of life, and God cannot make a mistake in guiding us on this important journey. Education, however, (even Catholic education) is not an end in itself; it is only a means to an end. but it is quite an indis- pensable means. How can one ever become a concert pianist by practicing on the harmonica? Here the incongruity, the dis- parity, between the means and the end is apparent. But no less conspicuous is the incongruity when, in hoping to arrive at full maturity, as here today defined one leave~ God out of the picture as so often is done when education is doled under solely and strictly secular auspices. To say nothing less than this would be to water down Catholic education and certainly we do not want to be charged with either self-deception Or failur~ to observe our own basic principles. Furthermore, while the process of maturation i~ going on it manifests many facets of itself. There i$ the physical aspee't-- and surely the athletic, the recreational, and the physical hy- I KLI tural ahead of the natural. In fine, you wonderful Catholic parents and senior girls are today coming to blows with definitions of MATURITY and SUC- CESS. Right here and now you must take a stand either for or against the definitions herein proposed. We trust, indeed, that your presence here is a sincere manifestation of your in- tentions to transplant Nazareth's beautiful sprig flowers into an atmosphere where they will be further rightly nourished and cultivated. If this is done, these wholesome and healthy flowers that are in a bouquet here today will'keep ever grow- ing--in body, in mind, and in soul. And then through their college education, through the fulfillment of their life a~d their 10ve in the married or religious state, they will prosper and re- generate themselves spiritually and physically to fill the world with their kind. fords an atmosphere appropriate for complete maturation. The plant, which is still tender and not fully grown, which needs light from above and nourishment from below, will best grow up in an air of consistency and sameness, fundamental to pro- ducing security. Only here will it prepare itself to weather the storms of life to which it will most assuredly be exposed, but will not die or even wither because it will have reserve strength from within. How happy their present capable teachers and superiors at Nazareth will be when after two or four years of college culti- vation, this crop of 1960 is again transplanted from college into the hotbed of the world, where only the sky is limit growth, and where through their life's work and God's gra( they go ever upward, constantly growing and maturing into the very arms of God for all eternity. ANNUAL CATHOLIC CHAR- ITIES DINNER -- Diocesan Catholic Charities office, 115 W. State st Rockford, was the site of the annual Chari- ties dinner held last week. Members of the Board of Di- rectors and officers of the Catholic Charities and Cath- olic Salvage from Rockford, Aurora, Elgin a n d Sterling were on hand to present their reports to Bishop Lane. On the far right is the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Thomas S. Green, di- rector of the Propagation of the Faith; to his left is Ed- ward Zeiner, board member; Bishop Lane is shown at the center. To his left is Louis J. Bachrodt, treasurer of the Board and next to him is the Rev. Michael J. Shanahan, diocesan director of Catholic Charities. (Van Dyke Photo). Serrans Plan Mass, Supper For Altar Boys ROCKFORD -- An evening Mass followed by a spaghetti supper for all altar boys and their fathers in the city is be- ing sponsored again this year by the Rockford Serra Club. The Mass will begin at 6:15 p.m. Monday, March 27, in St. Anthony Church with the-Rt. Rev. Msgr. Herman A. Meilin- ger, V.F as celebrant. Supper will follow in the parish hall. James Dunn is in charge of the event with Bob Lynch act- ing as chairman for arrange- ments. Other members of the committee are: Lou Bachrodt, Tom Harmer, Leonard Wygh and C. T. Van Ausdall. 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