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Sunday, April 24, 1949 THE OBSERVER EDITION OF OUR SUNDAY VISITOR News Section--Page 5A Editorials Creature And Creator We speak of water as running. That seems to be the nature of water. The brook is running to the stream. The stream is run- I ning to the river. Always running water is seeking something. The river runs to the lake or out to the wide reaches of the ocean wher~ water finds its own level. Because water is a created thing, it is acted upon by other creatures. The sun warms the water in the lakes and streams. The moon attracts the water of the ocean and sets it into motion. We too are creatures. Like water we are ever seeking, searching, hoping to find something. Other creatures attract us. Sometimes we feel that our desire can be satisfied by other creat- ures. Children look to their parents as the horizons of their world. Men and women in marriage seek happiness and satisfaction in each other. Men with men and women with women in friendship seek the answer to their searching. In some corner of every man's heart, after seeking complete and final happiness with other human beings, still a loneliness remains. Sometimes men tur~ to pleasure or seek complete satisfaction in the accumulation of wealth or in possession of honor and position. In none of these is final satis- faction obtained. Seeking satisfaction in other creatures like himself, or of a lower order, man is always disappointed. The creature needs the Creator. Only in Him Who gave him life can man find rest, peace, happiness, security and final satisfaction. Religion is the bond ,that unites God to man, that leads the creature to the Creator. Sometimes we are tempted to think of religion as merely something of which we have read or something of which we have been told. Yet our faith is the key to our hearts. It is the answer to our search because it leads us and binds us to God, our Creator. In Him we have all things. Here and hereafter, in the Creator only will His creatures be satisfied. Attacks Quite frequently, .The Observer office receives clippings from papers or magazines containing attacks upon the Church. Re- cently The Observer published a front page reply to one such attack. The shots fired were aimed at a Catholic and questloned a Catholic's right to hold public office. As it had appeared on the front page of two daily newspapers in the diocese and we have since been told was published in other papers throughout the diocese, The Observer reply was made directly and by name. On our desk at the moment is another attack upon the Church. One of The Observer readers called it to our attention. Our reader suggests an answer to the piece entitled "Common Hess Sense." An answer is impossible. Fulgentius, the writer of that screed, denounces Protestants and Jews and directly attacks the Catholic Church as "A foreign system," "Not true to the New Testament," "The Pope's authority is above the Bible," "St. Peter was a married man; there is no proof that St. Peter was ever in Rome," "Absolution and redemption from sin cannot be earned or bought." The one who wrote that piece is most likely a sincere person. He is anxious to possess the truth himself and hopeful of prevent- ing others from being misled. His difficulty is not malice; it is misinformation. How should we reply? Where should we begin? The only course for anyone to take is first to understand and be sympa- thetic with his lack of complete and correct information. A Catho- lic may help such a one by aiding him to discover the truth about the things he has heard against the Church. The Church can stand attack. The Church can stand accept- ance. Only one thing does the Church decry. Only one thing in the search for truth must be condemned--INDIFFERENCE. Cane Conferences With so much thought and interest in modern Cana Confer- ences---marriage clinics intended primarily for young unmarried people, pre-Cana conferences for those engaged couples about to marry, and post-Cana conferences for fathers and mothers--an old organization in the Churchmerits attention, The Archeonfra- ternity of Christian Mothers was approved by Pope Plus IX almost a century ago. The central office at 220-37th street, Pitts- burgh 1, Pa., directed by the Rev. Bertin Roll, O.F.M. Cap., has on its letterhead: "Confraternities of Christian Mothers... aim at better- ing a mother in order that she may educate her children to be ideal Catholic boys and girls." In 1896 the Confraternity was established at St. Joseph's, Freeport; in 1898 at St. Joseph's church in Lena; that same year the Confraternity was erected at St. Joseph's church in Elgin. In 1904 Holy Cross church at Stockton established a confraternity; Appointments Saturday, April 23--East Dubuque, Saint Mary's Church, Ordination to Priesthood, Dorrance E. Tranel, 10:00 a. m. Sunday, April 24---Rockford, Saint James Pro-Cathedral, Boy Scout Sunday, 3:00 p. m. Sunday, April 24---Rockford, Saint Anthony's Church, Confirmation, 4:30 p. m. Tuesday, April 26--Rockford, Saint James Pro-Cathe- dral Hall, Clergy Conference, 11:00 a. m. Sunday, May 1--Spring Grove, Saint Peter's Church, Pontifical Mass and Dedication of Church, 11:00 a. m. Dedi- cation of School, 3:00 p. m.; Confirmation, 3:30 p. m. Wednesday, May 4---Rockford, Faust Hotel, Catholic Woman's League Banquet, 6:30 p. m. Sunday, May 8---Rockford, Saints Peter and Paul Church, Holy Mass and Confirmation, 9:00 a. m. Sunday, May 8--Sterling, Saint Mary's Church Benson Club Dinner, 6:00 p. m. Saturday, May 14---Rockford, Armory, Louis Budenz Lecture, 8:00 p. m. Sunday, May 15--Warren, Saint Ann's Church, Con- firmation, 3:30 p. m. Monday, May 16---Rockford, Saint James Pro-Cathedral, Knights of Columbus Mass, 9:00 a. m. Sunday, May 22--Tampico, Saint Mary's Church, Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of Ordination of the Reverend A. M. Weitekamp, 10:30 a. m. Wednesday, May 25--Rockford, Rockford Theater, Saint Anthony's Nurses Training School Graduation, 8:00 p. m. Thursday, May 26--Rockford, Saint Patrick's Church, Confirmation, 7:30 p. m. Sunday, May 29--Richmond, Saint Joseph's Church, Dedication of Church, 11:00 a. m. Tuesday, May 31--Rockford, Saint Anthony's Hospital, Golden Jubilee, Mass, 9:00 a. m. Wednesday, June 1--Woodstock, Saint Mary's High School, Graduation, 8:00 p. m. Thursday, June 2--Saint Charles, Mount Saint Mary's Academy, Graduation, 2:30 p. m. Thursday, June 2---Aurora, Madonna High School, Graduation, 7:30 p. m. Friday, June 3--Freeport, Aquin High School, Gradua- tion, 8:00 p. m. Sunday, June 5---Rockford, Saint James Pro-Cathedral, Muldoon High School, Graduation, 3:30 p. m. Monday, June 6---Sterling, Community High School, Graduation, 7:30 p. m. Tuesday, June 7--Rockford, Saint Thomas High School, Graduation, 8:00 p. m. Wednesday, June 8---Elgin, Saint Edward's High School, Blessing of School, 4:00 p. m., Saint Joseph's Church, Graduation, 7:30 p. m. Thursday, June 9--Aurora, Saint Joseph's Hospital, Nurses Training School Graduation. Friday, June 10--Freeport, Saint Vincent's Home for Children, Graduation, 9:00 a. m. Sunday, June 12---Aurora, Marmion Military Academy, Graduation, 10:00 a. m. Wednesday, June 15---Menominee, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Confirmation, 3:00 p. m. Sunday, June 19--Sterling, Sacred Heart Church, Fiftieth Anniversary of Ordination to Priesthood of the Reverend M. B. Krug. June 19-28--Crystal Lake, Saint Mary's Minor Semi- nary, Priests' Retreats. . . ,.,., throughout Christendom for harsh austerity. It would seem to have little in comn~on with the modern spirit. In view of that, whence come all the young men today-- typical young men "with Fords tn their future"--who have de- cided, instead, to be God's men of distinction, though nameless and silent in life-long penitential reparation for the sins of the world ? "~ Because of their number, as perhaps you have read in your religious and secular publications, our 100-year-old Monastery is experiencing the first housing shortage of its history--and an acute one. We have admitted 25 ex-G.I's since the war and a large number of other worthy applicants, more than our facilities can accommodate even in Trappist "comfort." For the first time, we have a waiting list. in 1913 St. John the Baptist church at Johnsburg; in 1915 St. God in His wisdom has sent us this challenge. In His mercy, Mary's church, McHenry; in 1919 St. Peter's parish at Spring He has given us friends who care and to them, in humility, we are Grove. The manual for directors and officers of the Confraternity of Christian Mothers states: "Family devotions must be encour- aged and insisted upon ...; morning and evening prayers should said regularly by the whole family. St. Augustine says, 'He prays well, lives well,' and we might add, 'dies well, too.' St. sending this penitential appeal during Our Lord's Passion Week. Will you help us to complete our sorely needed building program? It is well started and nothing would be more in keeping with our spirit than to bring the work to completion with God's help, by our own labor and resources. Theresa says, 'He who does not pray well will either be a beast or Steubenville Bishop I Steubenville for the soul of his become a devil.'" . ~ ]mother, Mrs. Blanche King Mussio, Offers Requiem Mess I who died on April 8 in her home in [ Cincinnati. Trappi t Hous- -nng Shortage For H,s Mother I The final absolution in the fun- -------. |eraI services was given by Arch- The Rt. Roy. Eugene J. Martin, abbot of Our Lady of New Steubenvflle, O.-- (NC) --Many ]bishop John T. McNicholas of Cin- Melleray abbey, Peosta, Iowa, writes as follows: I priests and hundreds of the laity]cinnati. ' " I thro ed the Sacred Heart Church[ Mrs Mussio, a native of Cin- Isn t a Trappmt Monastery about the last place in the modern .... n " " tiff" " "" "" " I m Cmcmnau for time Pen calI cmnau, was me widow of John 1~. world where you would expect to find a housing shortageT M,,, nf R#mnlem ~A1Ah~-~J~i by Mnnin ~wmida.t af tha ~in~ Mfw For nearly 900 years, a Trappist's life has had the reputation ~B'~op--Jo~--F~n~--M-~ussi-o- o~]~---w~o~li~d'-~'l~-" --~ ---'" Bishop Peter J. Muldoon assem- bly, Fourth Degree Knights of Co- lumbus in Rockford, will hold the annual Easter formal dinner Sat- urday, April 23, in Schrom's French roomat Rockford. Din- ner will be served at 7 p. m. Dr. Bernard E. Bolotoff, chairman of the entertainment committee for the assembly, requested Jack Kol- ifroth, Ray Bubser. James Burke, Herbert Foley, ~eorge Didier, Lawrence P. Luby, and Raymond Gutzwiller, under the direction of Ronald Ambrose, to make ar- !rangements for the party. Faith- i ful Navigator J. Francis McCoy will be toastmaster. Vic Pozzi's orchestra will provide the music. Elgin council, Knights of Co- lumbus, No. 654, at ceremonies last Monday evening burned the mortgage on its property. Danc- ing and entertainment followed the dinner. Grand Knight John Keat- nig arranged the program in hon- or of Past Grand Knight Thomas Porter during whose term in of- flee funds were obtained for liqui- dating the indebtedness. Elgin council, K. of C., in its membership of 159 members, has two charter members, M. J. Heslen and E. L. Ryan, who were active in the council when it was charter- ed April 20, 1902. The club rooms are located at 10 Villa street. The next regular meeting will be held on Monday, May 2. 4th Degree K. of C. Dinner Dance at Country Club The Father Mazzuchelli Assem- bly Knights of Columbus are hold- ing their annual Spring Dinner Dance at the Freeport Country Club Saturday evening May 14. The dinner will be preceded by a get acquainted hour from 6:30 to 7:30. The dinner will be serv- ed at 7:30 o'clock. Karl Franz's six piece orch- estra will furnish the music for dancing from 9 to 1 o'clock. Reservations maye be made with A. F. Charnon, Freeport; Royal Fitzsimmons, Dixon; or Charles Buckle~/~ Sterling. , ~, . wa MONUMENTS MT. CARROLL GRANITE AND MARBLE WORKS GEO. W. IVEY SONS, Props. Workmanship Guaranteed. All Work Done by Pneumatic Tools and Sand Blast. Prices Right. Phone Blue 256 Mt. Carroll, IlL Funeral Director FURNITURE UNDERTAKING WALLPAPER and PAINT Louis T. Sleymaker HOSIERY DRESS PRINTS Electric Shop Phone 212 302 Lincoln Highway MUTTON'$ HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES CONTRACTING AND SUPPLIES ELECTRIC SHOP I Groceries G. R. 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