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News SectionmPage 2 THE OBSERVER EDITION OF OUR SUNDAY VISITOR Sunday, March 30, 1947 Rural Li00e Valiant Woman No less an ecclesiastic than His Eminence Samuel Car- dinal Stritch, Archbishop of Chicago, presented the medal honoring the Catholic Mother of 1947. His congratulations and the honor were merited by Mrs. Math Lies of Andale, Kansas. Widowed since 1931, Mrs. Lies has continued to farm the land left by her husband, and train her children in Catholic tra- dition. Of her fourteen living children, two daughters are nuns, one son is a priest and another a doctor. Those who are farmers or armers' wives are no less an honor to this Valiant Woman whose prototype Holy Scripture so beautifully portrays. The honor was conferred during the National Catholic Family Con- ference in Chicago, March 10-12, a conference filled with classical papers, talks and discussions on family life. An outstanding address was one given by Bishop Nell. Possibly this talk, already given wide pub- licity in the daily press, will jar the complacency of some Catholics in their attitude toward the mer- its and opportunities of urban life. As His Excellency pointed out, "80 percent of the Protestant affilia- tion is rural, and it is in rural America where family llfe is most wholesome and where the divorce rate is still low. "On the other hand, where the bulk of Catholics live, one-half of the marriages end in divorce . . . In the large cities, where the Catholics constitute from one- third to two-thirds of the entire population, we should have long been exerting leadership as cam- paigners for Christ. Instead, our people have been sycophantic fol- lowers." Indeed the very conference itself was centered on the two-barreled problem of divorce, and failure to carry out the primary purpose of matrimony, the begetting and proper rearing of children. That this is considered a distinctly ur- ban problem is evidenced, at least tacetly, by the fact that the three- day program did not list a single paper or talk on rural family life. And the Catholic mother of 1947 is a farm mother with fourteen children. Among all the wonderful papers and talks showing evidence of tre- Imendous good will, resourceful planning and hard work expend- ed in an effort to make homes more Christian, one factor still escapes the attention of many, and that is the factor of environment. Ralph Borsodi, a noted economist and founder of the School For Living, once said, "No matter how good the family, place it in a disintegrating environment and it will disintegrate." Sociologists, research workers and experts on family relations have accumulated an array of facts and figures which prove this indisputably. It would seem then that the effort to patch up family life with- out looking to the environment as a vital factor is nearly'as futile as trying to dry dishes under water. If the countryside, admittedly lacking in modern educational facilities, lacking in easy access to churches, lacking in many of the cultural aspects found in cities, outstrips the city in a record of family stability, family fertility, family ownership, family virtues and vocations, then possibly it is about time we re-evaluated the so- called advantages of city life. For after all, is not the salvation of the individual soul and of the family of primary importance? Come judgment day, a farm mo- ther will confidently look up to Christ and smiling with motherly pride, gesture to the right and left of her while she says, "Lord, these are the treasures I garner- ed on earth to pay my admission these are the souls I bring to you, my sons and daughters." And many an urban couple will pause at the gates of heaven and comment on the disimilarity be- tween the sign on their old apart- ment and the one here, "No dogs allowed, children welcomed." The Valiant Woman of Scrip- ture was a farm mother. The Val- iant Woman of 1947 is a farm mother. It is in farm homes that mothers are still true queens of a household and family. (REV.) ANTHONY J. ADAMS, S.J. Aurora OLD SECOND NATIONAL BANK CORNER OF RIVER & DOWNER STS. Friendly and Complete Service Since 1871 Member of F. D. I. C. AURORA MONUMENT CO. Memorials of Artistic Beauty and Permanence Complete Service Anywhere Alber/ H, Johnson 727-729 South Lincoln Avenue Milan 3. Chalupn Proprietor AURORA, ILLINOIS Designer ROOFING - SIDING - INSULATION BIRD PRODUCT8 12 months  poy EsUmates Free MALCOR ROOFING COMPANY HARRY M. THEISEN 219 Woodlawn Ave. Phone 6479 Aurora, IlL FODOR JEWELRY STORE High Grade Diamonds---Watches-Jewelry Western Electric Hearing Aids SALES---SERYICEFREE TESTING 28 S. Broadway AURORA / ASSELL PHOTO SHOP' THE MOST COMILETE PHOTO SERVICE IN AURORA 41 Island Avenue Phone 9803 SCHALZ FOOD MART SATISFACTION GUARANTEED 31 S. River St. Aurora i i . i 1\\; Christophers Offer $30,000 In Prizes To Writers Three Awards Will Be Given Writers Of Books I Submitted By Nov. 1S, '48 New York, March 29.--(NC)-- One of. the most notable literary contests' ever conducted under Catholic or any other auspices has been announced by The Christo- phers, who are offering a total of $30,000 in three awards for the best book-length manuscripts sub- mitted within the next 20 months. The Christopher movement is comprised of thos who undertake individually and pevs,nally to re- store Christian principles to the yarious phases of public life. By prayer and work they strive to "bear Christ" especially into the fields of education, government, labor-management and commum- cation of ideas (newspapers, mo- i tion pictures, radio, magazines i books and other media). To be a Christopher one need not "join" any additional orgsmzation; each works as an individual. There no meetings and ]o dues. "Much of the tragedy of our times," holds the Roy. James Kel- ler, M.M., director of The Christo- phers, "seems to be due to the facl that anti-Christian elements have swarmed into key poitions in ev- ery. field of human endeavor. These anti-Christ crusaders are causing hundreds of millions over the earth to have a false outlook on life, ignore their eternal destiny. On the other hand, most Chris- tians, without intending any harm, have remained aloof in their own small worlds, leaving the running of the big world to those who hate Christ or know Him not." The contest which The Christo- phers now announce is part of their aim to bring Christian prin- ciples into the field of communica- tion of ideas. To encourage po- tential writers with a Christian ense of values, The Christophers aco awarding the $30,000 in prizes for the three book-length manu- scripts submitted before midnight, November 15, 194S, which are deemed best by the iadges. The awards are to be outright gifts, and not, as in most other contests of this kind, partly as an advance against royalties, rhe first award will be $15,000, the sec- ond award $10,000, and the third $5,000. The manuscripts may be either fiction or biography, adventure, ro- mance, mystery, or any choice of the individual--so long as the en- tries are based on Christian prin- ciples and not against them. The contest is open to all residents of the United States and its posses- sions. It invites both new and vet- eran writers, of all races and re- listens, according to Father Keller, who wrote, ('The Priest and a World Vision" and was a co-author of "Men of Maryknoll.." The following judges of the con- test have.been announced: Myles Connolly of Hollywood motion pic- ture writer and producer, author of "Mr. Blue" and other works; the Rev. John S. Kennedy, author and critic, literary editor of The Catholic Transcript of Hartford; Clare Boothe Luce, former Con- gresswoman, editor, author, play- wright and lecturer: Mary O'Hara of Wyoming, author of "My Fffend Flicka," "Thunderhead," "Green Grass of Wyoming' and other works, and Fulton Cmrsler of New York, a senior editor of The Read- er's Digest and noted author, nov- elist, radio director and lecturer. Asserting that the cure for of- fensive and indecenc literature, vulgar, boring or sabversive radio programs, and cheap movies is to supply something positive and ood to take their places, The Chrmto- phers' announcement asks where new and better writers can be found, and answers: "Why not from the people of normal, sound, healthy valuesthe vast Americans who con backbone of our nation and of Christian civilization'.," It is ex- plained that there are I Fthousands of thoughtful ||minded Americans wbo r [ |]take up a writing career and] [|achieve success in it if they were l ||given proper encouragement. The] I|Christophers' contest aims, so far[ ||as it can, to encourage such po-|  tential writers, i Marmion Notes Aurora-- The twenty-one com- missioned cadet officers of the Mar- mien Corps met with Captain T. J. Bcdnard to elect officers and to make plans for the social event of the year, the military ball. Cadet Major Louis F. Milani was elected president; cadet Captain Charles R. Memhardt, vice-president; ca- det Captain David J. Buchner, sec- :rotary and cadet Captain Ernest C. Stockman, treasurer. Once of- =ricers were elected, the ball was taken under consideration for the allocation of duties to various com- mittees. Cadets John J. Nesbitt and Ernest Stockman are to se- cure music for the occasion. The officers of the club are to make choice of the bid and to direct the decorations, printing, refreshments and finance committees. It was voted to have a block of 50 bids set aside for the alumni. Thursday. March 27, S. F. Tre- mayne of the FBI addressed the cadet corps on the "Life and Work of the FBI Agent" as a vocation. The Dads Club of Aurora will hold the annual Dad-Son Commun- ion Mass and breakfast on Pente- Marmion Field To Be Used By Aurora Softball League Team Aurora-- Marmion athletic field this summer will be used by a team representing the city of Aurora in the National Softball league. Atty. John Hart is chairman of the board of directors for the Aurora team. The softball season will open at Marmion field on May 21 when Aurora meets the 1946 champions, the Fort Wayne Zollners. There will be 16 games on the schedule with exhibition and benefit games in the course of the season. In this western division of the Nat- ional Softball League to which Aurora belongs, there are teams representing Peoria, Rock Island, cost Sunday, May 25, 1947 at 8 o'clock on the Marmion campus. Coming Events Wednesday, April 2, Easter Va- cation begins (noon) Wednesday, April 9, Classes re- sume. Faculty Meeting. Wednesday, April 16, Six Weckff Tests. SundaY, April 20, Band and Glee Club Concert. Tuesday, APril 22, Spanish Ft. esta. Wednesday, April 30. (Afternoon and Evening) Aurora Mothers' Club ,Spring Card Party. Sunday, May 4, Marmion Day Thursday, May 8 and Friday, May 9, Federal Inspection. Friday, May 23, Military Ball. Saturday, May 24, Vigil of Pen- tecost. 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