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PAGE 10 THE OBSERVER FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 1961 THEOLOGY FOR EVERYMAN Is it enough to satisfy the minimal requirements of the law of God and af the Church, or is more required? This question has intrigued Christians since the Gospel inquiry of the young man who turned away when invited by Christ to do more -- "too much more" it seemed to him. To explore the degree ta which the evangelical counsels and the call to perfection are -- or might be -- morally obligatory, the following comme~ary was prepared at St. John's Sem/nary, Brighton, Mass. It is reprinted from The (Boston) Pilot. Q. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHAT IS COM- MANDED AND WHAT IS COUNSELED? THE posed as obligatory; it is not'a counsel towards which one may ~'e morally indifferent. By the law of love every follower of Christ must strive for more and more perfect imitation of Christ in his own life. THESE GENERAL PRINCIPLES, however, do not imply the moral obligation of striving in each individual instance to do what is most perfect. Such an obligation, indeed, would be humanly impossible of fulfillment. Only through a special grace of God, not given to ordinary men, could one hope that any one of his actions would be the best THE REV. JOSEPH LONERGAN, chaplain at St. Joseph hospital in Aurora, was born May 14, 1884, in Polo, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Lonergan. After attending local schools there, he entered St. Viator college at Bourbonnais, and later St. Bernard seminary in Rochester, N.Y for his classical studies. He studied philosopy at Grand se/ninary in Montreal, Canada, and theology at St. Thomas novi- tiate in Washington, D.C and St. Mary seminary in Baltimore, Md after which he was ordained by the Most Rev. Peter J. Muldoon that he could possibly perform. Each one is bound to do only what is at St./James pro-cathedral in MAIL TO To See The GREAT LINE Of 1962 At BACHRODT S I YEAR GUARANTEED WARRANTY ON EVERY CAR WE SELL I You Can Buy A New Chevrolet At Any One of Our New Car Lots or 2 Showrooms at 330 S. Church -- Rockford. AL Dubuque, la.--608 Main St. Clinton, la.--222 6th Ave. S. Rockford-105 North Main St. Dispensing Glasses Prescribed by Dr. H. Caren--Optametrist Rockford-Rockford Plaza Dispensing Glasses Prescribed by Dr. H. PartolI--Optometrlst Aurora--6 N. Broadway Dispensing Glasses Prescribed by Dr. Frank Santelli--Optometrist Dixon--110 East First St. Dispensing Glasses Prescribed by Dr. B. Robin--Optometrist Sterling--21 W. 3rd St. Dispensing Glasses Prescribed by Dr. R. Cobb, Dr N. L. St. Germain--Optometrists Elgin--121 S. Grove Dispensing Glasses Prescribed by Dr. H. Mall--Optometrist says: Wait? Let us help you. CRYSTAL LAKE SAVINGS We A(ways 'TIME' FOR YOU Every The Family Children learn best by doing. 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Handel, Youn,~ neonte can be ~uiltv of sin in not following up the in- 1st Lt. Michael R. Harmon, 70, st. Bernadette parish, Nov. 3. e, r v ~ " Aurora; Capt. John R. Serumgard Gerardo J. Zordan, 49, St. Patrick spirations of divine grace WhiCh seem to De pointing in the olrectlon parish, Nov. 4. Mrs Julia LaRosa 59 Nov. 1 St. of the priesthood or the religious life. The signs of a vocation should of Batavia; and S/Sgt. David P. Anthony parish. ' ' ' not be neglected, but should be carefully analyzed. Competent ad- desk. The students, who are inI Shepland of Champaign. Paul (Peters) DiPrirna, 70,St. . o . . . . . Mary parish. Nov. 4. vice and spiritual direction should be sought. If it becomes clear the teacher education program at The three competing for the Mrs Emanuela Cal agna62 St I over "Anthony" parish, oct. 6u."~ ' ' that the sivnso are genuine,it. will be morally, wrong t refuse to fol-, Loretto Heights college, are doing tthread 5,000 different shades of Air Force academy in Colorado are used "m~, the restora- are: 1st Lt. Thomas G. Purtill of Joseph Westholder, 63, St. Patrick low them to the extent that is reasonamy posslme, t~ecogmtlon at aipractice teaching in the Denverition of the Vatieans unique col-Cleveland Heights, Ohio; M/Sgt. EVEKlr NI~iHT A1- 10 parish Oct. 31 ' " vocation supposes an attitude of docility towards divine grace. Some-1 er lection times vocations are lost because of a prolonged attitude of indiffer-]public schools this semest ~. I " of tapestries, iDavid L. Theisen of Aurora; and R 1 Conduct Pane/ ence" One sh uld n te' h wever' that if there is sin in such a case'l Of the three fr m the R ckf rdll' MAPLE HOMES iMPlY( it does not consist immediately in rejection of a vocation, but rather lDiocese two are elementary teach-'l in the long series of inexcusable failures to yield to the impulses of Jers and one is e secondary teach-II n-t. ~s. ~uss.~.~ divine grace. [ . . i er. Anne Mall Is teaching fourth ! ROCKFORD--"Legal Responsi- BY DEFINITION COUNSELS OF PERFECTION ARE distinguishedl grade and Mary Elizabeth Kaupi] ("ALPINE VALLEY") " . from acts that are commanded or forbidden by law. In itself the is teaching third grade. Ann Aus-I DllllleS at rarems Will De ule . . ~ .-. , counsel is not onngatory unuer pain el sin. vor a parucuiar lnawlu- tin is teaching history on the see- I sub ect of the rogIam to be pre J P " " ual, however, something that is counseled may become obligatory by We Are Continuing Our Open House ---- Ready Now. ondary level. Anne Mall is the]| sented for members of St. James reason of circumstances peculiar to himself. It is in this sense that,daughter of the Ken S. Malls of I ALL LOTS FULLY IMPROVED School association Thursday, Nov. we may say that, while no one is bound to follow the signs of a divine Dixor~, Mary Elizabeth Kaup is[I HOME PRICES START AT $11,300, INCLUDES LOT 116 in the church hall at 8 " m vocation, these signs may be so conclusive in his case that to disre- the daughter of the H. N. KaupslJ Payments As Low As $80.00 Per Month Including Taxes and Insurance / ' P" ' hard them would necessarily involve a sinful attitude toward God's of Rock Falls; and Anne Austinl| [ Attorney Stanley Roszkowski, a grace Plus Painting [program chairman for the asso-[ " * * * ~ tinsiS theofdaughtersterling.Of the B. E. Ans-Ill OWN NAME YOUR DOWN PAYMENT /ciation, is in charge of the meet-] Q. IS THE FOLLOWER OF CHRIST, REGARDLESS OF HIS I ling in which a panel of lawyers STATE IN LIFE, ALWAYS B'OUND TO CHOOSE THE COURSE OF I Route 173 to Alpin Road -- Turn North and Follow Signs {will partz.clpate. Stx!h grade par-ACAT.ITOoNT~vA[:oSrMeOrfeEctPERsFEc~eaT:ly necessary. Every free action Hear Fr. Becker ' These are conventionally built homes " ents ale in chalge of zefteshments [ must be directed toward a morally good end, and the achieving of ROCKFORD--The Rev. AnthonYlI Material Purchased Locally ~and clean-up, this end is a step towards the ultimate goal of human life. Every good Becker, superintendent of Boylan!l Labor Done by Local People ac~mandment of love is !m- Central Catholic high school hereilwill address members of the St, l| MAIPLE llOIIl:S Santa Maria church in Tras- --- Patrick Home and School associa-iI tevere, Rome, is built over an k oil well. A tablet on the church p ~ tion Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. in the [| floor indicates where oil gushed ~ church hall. il forth three years before Christ's ~~ His topic will be "Wrong Tech-/I niques Frequently Applied in Childl| CONVENIENT TO ST. BRIDGET'S CHURCH AND SCHOOL birth but was blocked up and has ~ .~ ~ T remained untapped. Psychology." A question periodll TELEPHONE.R 7-2549 will follow Father Becker's talk. 1, . . . f commanded by law and what, here and now, seems to be within his R ckf th:'eThm~ne a~l~:n~as fsogm :t~fis;;:::: ?/l~anat~itYan~s fothr~i~bJee:tf:~ power. When a person, however, after conscientious reflection, de- ~is ~ds/Usn:i::ml~Dwas as as- ' ' " stances of individual rides that a particular action, here and now is the most suitable for sistant pastor at St Mary parish, ~ilvl;es t~oerSe ~hYnge:S:~ ~mt~aP~;~Cl~;a;aCl:~Urmproposed as valuable him, he is lacking in prudence if he refuses to perform it. Moreover, Aurora, where he remained until arl hloner of St Anthon arish Rockford, has contributed . " ~ ,: : ^ ,~ ~h^ ,~,~ecto It' would seem, if" he chooses a course of action that is notably less June, 1911, when ho, -'-~'~ -ee,o,-,-i"t a CONTRIBUTES NATIVITY SET--A p "s " Y P ' tar acnievin~ me purpose m me ta~r~u~m me; .l~= at= t,= uuj o r,j ,u w ab ve for the beneht of the SUltaole tor nlm man ]t coum oe ne is rejecung a grace at ~,uu Lunt pastor at ~t anne par[so zn oar the 19-piece, hand painted ceramic nativity set and manger she n o ",for the counsels of perfection. The counsels are not equally valuable 7 i " " t follow ' ' " " " " remodeling fund for the church hall. Members of the Senior Holy Name society, Home and Scnool for all men For some certain counsels of oerfection may be morally ne s Douna o . rmgton wlm missions at Sts. Pet- association and Children of Mary society are cooperating in the fund raising Project. a~-~erous "Thus it would be morally' wron'~ for a oerson to think of In practice this difficulty will seldom arise. For .the most part, er and Paul, Cary; St. Thomas, - ~ ~-- f~-'~T'~-,in, t'he counsel of r~rfect chas'titv if ~ae has re" ason to fear that there is question of choosing among several courses of action that Crystal Lake; St. Mai'gartet, Al- as al ~ . - ~ ~ -"","'" ~' Y7 ~ cannot be easily differentiated from one another The choice may be gonquin; St. Catherine Dundee; r amlnlsrraror --~ he has no aptituae [or mls state ot me. " and ' frame i lew /4SSlStan /4 ' On the other hand, the state of chastity which pertains to the usually made in any direction, without fear of lack of faithfulness to St. Mary, Gilberts. AURORA -- Miss Jean Groth-ltion committee of the Illinois Hos- ~ priesthood or the religious life may afford the opportunity for special God's grace There are t~mes howe:t~ whe:f a ,iPr~SO? m~yf:::::e~- h?w~rl~gviWOrldoW~t~eI,uhn~t:~rstadt2 ;rhaplalnn ~fr~hnee86~,~ B~a~- e t three * " ' t 1 s ited Moreover a er ous[y aria uelioerateiy tan into an t uae p,Y P kob, former personnel director of pltal Assn for the pus D ~ ~ n ~ ~ ~, ~ ~ ~ 6 service to God for which one is rumple e y tl ' P " - ' turn from service in A : " " " two hospitals in the Chicago area, lyears. In addition, she was an II ~ t~ U I G D Ib I,i II I son may sometimes find in the counsels of perfection means whereby :etiui~I:ag1 r:::;:e~Ystu cPer[ rm ~tsl ::r WhiteSt:dr: l~e~tmS::tab~feu[ r:enS tional Catholic Welfar~Ug::;ie~ea~n~c'enen s~v:~i:;t2a~ac.n, :niXie?2" has been appointed assistant ad l active participant in committee 1 he may be saved from grave spiritual' danger P ' - Y ' uar 1920 h h " " " " " " " ministI ator at St Joseph Merev work with the Chicago Hospital~ . . . " though none of his actions taken by themselves, are in violation of Y,w en e was appointea pastor of St, Mary churches in hw ::itma~dhee~;'sThM::;TnTmm;:t c I:C~er present position Miss StAM~OcV~'Mi, Clsa~e~oc~'~khurn' S0, Q. DOES A PERS~:DCoORMI~TSIEBYD~RE?ARDING A CALL ~hn~:agerA:t~[::nl:h?oha:i~ua:ltYhref::re~[n~;g~ltyf ~.perfectl n ]s [DF:t~dera~do:r!~han,GsrO::xt assignments were as pastor of St. Mary R S M, administrator ]Grothkob will be responsible for AURORA.---TIme'as 5riffin, 7S, St. TO THE PR.I.EST " : - * * * . I parish, Rockford from 1925 to 1929; at St. Mary church, Woodstock tummy parish r~ov a InK ot the rlesmooa or me reu lOUS from 1929 1934 and at Natlvl '~'; " r~ 1 " ~ ~-~ ~'~- -dministration and coordina -- -- ' - "" ~ nor 76 St A It would be wrong to m" P " g . Q WHAT IS MEANT BY IMPERFECTION, AS DISTINGUISHED I to ; ' 'ty of the Blessed Virgin Mary church ~mss ~xrom~ou, w.o at~euueu tn~ a - ~wiss N~argaret u't o, ' "" " i ht be bound to embrace a-ainst his " X~-rthwestern universit- is im Ition of s-ecific hosnital functions Mary parish, Nov. 5. . rite as a state WhiCh one m g g FROM SiN. in Menominee from 1934 to 1952. mediate past president oi the Chi- and activities, and ~will assist in paC~.ar~ovB~rke~'a:/el St'7:~cT~:: ~hi~lii~;h~r~hc~.ro:7:t' :h:r: ::: fc::t~nig~alog:: ~h:nmtt~beisl~tYsif:rs A. An imperfection is a defect in the moral integrity of an action 23H1952a.s appointed chaplain of St. Joseph hospital m Aurora Sept, cage Hospital Personnel Man-[maintaining, enforcing, and es- Angels parisla" Nov. 2. ' ' " " P' - " unmistakable im licati0n of the that occurs without deliberate fault. Imperfections as thus defined are l, in roeedures and Miss Ann McCourt 72 St Mary become evluent, they carry me P agement Assn and was a mem-]tablishing certa" p ' !, - " the result of inadequate spiritual orientation and of the admixture l " parish, Nov ~. uidance of divine grace It is not always easy to Olsungulsn me ' . . ber of the Personnel Admlnlstra-lPohcles. Miss Elizabeth M. Gabriel, 67, St. g o "' " i interest 'in and attraction of selfish and undisc[phned motlvatlon in the performance of acts l lk /e -- AA .~ ,~ t~ L ~ ~/.^ -- -- -- .%- Nicholas parish, Oct. 31. si ns ot a enuine vocation zrom pass ng g g which are morally good Imperfections are not sinful in themselves, ll,l lt;l IVlalI I IIUI I %,atJ~l~ Vl~ ATTENTION AlL ILLINOIS Ss~'~t~r~r~'~M~U~:~ei~:NsCo~ ~e4(:: to the superficial features of the priestly or re:kg~o:fs t~: ffe~tr~Ol~, They may, however, arise in a disposition of soul which has been sin-/ " Wflham J Plus XI m his encychcal on the prlesmoou spe y and Paul parish Oct. 30: : ! ' " i" i ssible for a erson to ful in its development or because of failure to take necessary steps[ J~,~, II ~ A~-,~J~,~,~, ~A~"&~ MaErLyGDINr~sMiSls/oMv'ab31e Davis, 64, St. eta voeat~n.a~ininS oX~r?l:uigge~s ;~:tsitn~S 7 a vocationp and at toward.its removal. Though imperfections do not involve moral guilt/ro .au ee,y " FREEPORT--MI's." Patrick j. have the o g,g P g in themselves they may be traced to the sins of the past. When God[ Norton St Mary parish Oct 31 the same tlme freel to msre ard this OOllgauon Martiaa J3ownaan i~fa}tt St" M'ary " Y g ' . punishes sin, particularly the sin of rejecting His graces, one of the/ AURORA--Ninecadets at Mar- Sgt. Donald L. Van Hid of St. par sh Nov 3. ' ' ' ~.~ IT IS NOT DIFFICULT TO SEE how this is pOSSlOle. 1~o one is ~ood effects of such nunishment may be to nurifv the soul of the dis:/mi n~~viiiitary acauemy here nave Charles stGENEVA~sC~evA.6 Rawson, ~, called immediately to be a priest or a religious. Aptitude for these i;ositions in which imt~rfections are" rooted,%nd'~us to increase the Ibeen nominated to compete m !he I Each year Marmion is allowed Mrs Bernice 'H l~yan 53 St states of life does not mean that one is actually ready to assume l~rfoction of our moral activit, i examlna'uons mr u.~. service ' ' ' ~ ~ ~ to nominate mree senior caners to P~:M~t,~ ~en%hR~,ov q, the responsibilities. A long period of preparation, mvolvlng consider-I~-- ~ ~--- -- -- --/~ca~mlejSosaC~ ~l~gBt ~edV a~Y/compete for 10 appointments at [St. Charles Bur . P- Ls ' --/ able sacrifice and self-discipline, is always necessary, a person may]o t' / . [t~AT f'L.L U I-/ I~ z. [ " P ' ' ' :' "[,~.~.h .-, ~h ; ,4.- ; Flannen 0arish, Oct. 31. easily be discouraged by this prospect and shrink from the personaltLOreTl'O . ruaenrs Ylter. ] O.nLeAa~VAsat.D~sMer~ia pariH~le~ov. 2~.' effort which it demands. It is quite possible that one may have the [ Those nominated for West Point Mrs.'/~ell Crowley, 78, St. Joseph canacity for serving the Church and that it will be.undeveloped be, ,are: Capt. James C. Gleason and parish, Nov. 3. r 62M~HEMNa~rVv-~Mrsh r:rank Pitzen. cause of self-indulgence and indifference. The wisdom of the flesh Capt. James R. Schelllng, both of ~ ~ " .~ N?v. p ofteia presents motives which predominate over those of a super- thin city, and 2nd Lt. Michael J. is~i~%v~.'2~,us~en Y "~' naturally enlightened prudence 0slac of Chicago. Your NON-PROFIT F/~MILY SC CIET~ Enrollment Now Open in this Area IW~ HOSPITAL BILLS IN i ii!!iii~!ii!!ii~ FULl Semi.privatu roam. After small doductibte. Nut included, radium, blood plasma, phone and TV. DB Ve UP TO $500.00 [1'1 TOWARDS DOCTOR'S ~ "~ OR HOSPITAL~ Dil Ve AN InCOmE W.EN [/'I I~1 DISABLED BY SICKNESS OR ACCIDENT all at low non-profit rates