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Catholic Position Presented J Further activities of the "Logos," Catholic discussion club at Frances Shimer college, Mt. Carroll, have come to The Observer office since our report last week. The most significant entry reads: "Five un- der instruction--one young man planning to enter seminary." The Rev. E. L. McDonald, spiri- tual director and "referee," reports an incident which points up to the value of such groups in secular colleges. During a lecture on Medieval History, a teacher made an inad- vertent and innocent statement re- garding the Church's teaching on Grace and Indulgences. There] were those present who could mis- interpret-but there were alsod present members of the "Logos." ] They could and did do something] to clarify the matter. On their ownI initiative they called a special] meeting. The teacher and the en-I tire class were invited. The true Catholic position was presented-- preventing further possibility of misunderstanding. The agenda for the balance of the 1952-53 year includes discussions of death and immortality; history of world religions; Sacraments and ceremonies; aesthetics; campus morality and the lives and teach- ings of Sts. Augustine and Thomas Aquinas• The club is also planning a spring assembly for all students at Shimer. The Rev. J. D. Conner- ton, director of the Newman club at the University of Chicago, will be speaker. College authorities have cooper- ated by providing meeting rooms for religious instructions on after- noons when Father McDonald is available• Instructions are open to any student• The school also re- served a book shelf in the religion and. social science library for the group. Greetings State Bank of Richmond THE FIRMS WHOSE ADVERTISEMENT APPEARS BELOW, CONSISTENTLY OFFER THE FINEST IN GOODS AND SERVICES. MAKE IT A HABIT TO DO BUSINESS WiTH THEM. A Toy For Everyone Can Be Found At THE BATAVIA NEWS AGENCY JACK LAYDON, Prop. BATAVIA, ILL. ° Now's The Time For Tenderness Under this title, Stan Novak wrote an article for the "Couplet" pub- lished by the Chicago Uana Conference. If you will, I'd like to have you read his words with me. I have enjoyed them. Perhaps you will, also. Mr. Novak wrote directly to husbands and wives. But Christmas is a family feast. All of us are actually members of families. The unmar- ried remember their own family homes and parents. Those who have relinquished the desire of marriage by dedicating themselves to the service of God may also find something worthwhile in Mr. Novak's writing. We are all members of the human family. Let's hear what the writer said: Since Mary first smiled at her newborn Son, tenderness has been the mood of Christmas. Even our materialistic age still remembers faintly, still relents a little at Christmas time. The irresistible spirit of tenderness mellows harsh voices and gruff: faces, as the curving contour of new snow softens angular rooftops. But our time has forgotten how to be truly tender. The material ; world is too much with us, and tenderness is not a "practical" senti- ment. i Temporal wealth remains more valued than eternal treasures; the: body is glorified, the spirit ignored; education is not education but training, and love, too, must find its expression in the tangible. The surviving spark of tenderness sets off a shower of generosity, but all we get for Christmas is things• [ A husband too unresponsive to make his wife feel loved and wanted I will buy her an expensive fur coat. ] A wife too self-centered to give her husband a contented home will[ buy him a fancy fishing rod or an outboard motor. Parents give their children wonderful presents that nearly hide the~ tree; yet love-starved children keep thousands of psychologists in busi- ness. The happiest couples in the world are those Christians who give each other the love they promised when they were married. Nothing more is needed. They include the husbands who remember saying: "With this ring I thee wed; with my body I thee worship; and with all my worldly goods I thee endow." The husbands remember St. Paul's admonition in the Epistle of the nuptial Mass: "Husbands, love your wives as Christ also loved the Church and delivered Himself up for it... He that loves his wife loves himself, for no man ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, as also Christ does the Church. "Let every one of you in particular love his wife as himself." And happiness sings for wives who take to heart the nuptial prayer: "May the yoke of love and peace be upon her... May the author of deceit work none of his evil deeds within her. May she be ever knit to the faith and to the commandments. "May she fortify her weakness by strong discipline. May she be grave in demeanor and honored for her modesW. May she be well taught in heavenly lore. May she be fruitful in offspring May her life be good and sinless•" To them, St. Paul said: "Let women be subject to their husbands as to the Lord, for the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the Church." These promises realized are gifts that make Christmas lavish in the shabbiest flats. Living the sacrament makes a gift for Christ on His birthday, as grace, a gift from Heaven, fills our hearts with the greatest earthly happiness men can know. Outside, the cold snow swirls against the door like the aimless pursuits of the world. But inside Christian homes, husbands and wives warmly secure in love of God and each other greet Christ tenderly as He is born again in their hearts. ¢2AL--FUEL OIL---OIL BURNERS---STOKERS I[To The. Shr!ne Of Lad), HADLEY BROTHERS INC. ] Our 415 E. Wilson St. Tel. 1234 Batavia C. C. McCUNE & CO. PAINT and WALLPAPER 6 West Wilson St. Tel. Batavia 4240 HERMrS SHOE STORE Nunn-Bush & Edgertons Class Mete True Posture Shoes for Children 223 Wilson Batavia CRANES Furniture and Undertaking Bernard Pitz, Prop. Tierney's Hiway Food I CENTRELLA BRAND GROCERIES I1 NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES I Open Nltes and Sunday'c, Ample Parking i !119 N. Washington Ave., Tel. 8050 BATAVIA Home of Sensible Prices M. F. PETERS Commercial Printing letter Pre~s --- Offset WEDDING INVITATIONS Tel. 1246 WELL DRILLING- Automatic Water Systems N. L. PITZ Tel. 1243 411 State St. Batavia FOR FINE SERVICE DELUXE CLEANERS & DYERS 102 S. Batavia Ave. Tel. 3092 and 2775 RUBO'S Sheet Metal Shop 17 N. River Batavia Batavia Laundromat Tinting~Dyeing--Shirt Service GEO. DYER, Prop. 213 W. Wilson Tel. 5736 / WALLY'S BODY SHOP BODY AND FENDER WORK COMPLETE AUTO PAINTING Glass installed--used cars bought & sold Phone 1320 ~jlly Stephan, Prop. 147 W. Wilson St.Batavia, II1. By ROSEMARY RAUSCH Taxi cabs continued to arrive amid the snow flurries. Each time the driver found the passengers' destination St. Joseph's church, Aurora. Others came walking or in cars. It was the eve of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Spanish- speaking Catholics from Aurora and nearby towns were arriving for the last evening of the novena• When Father Joseph, Spanish Claretian Father, left the confes- sional, it was nearly 10 p.m. The shrine of Our Lady was still aglow with vigil lights• The next morning the scene was repeated. The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is a great Holy Day in Mexico and these people brought their love for the Virgin with them when they came to Aurora• At 9:30 a.m., three priests arrived at the foot of the altar and the celebrant began the solemn High Mass. Wor- shippers in the church joined with him in prayer• Father Joseph gave a homily in their native Spanish tongue. (Father Joseph is at pres- ent rector of the seminary at Momence, Ill. He was born in Spain•) When the celebrant concluded Jthe last gospel, the entire congre- gation began singing Spanish hymns. After Mass, one hundred communicants joined with Father at a feastday breakfast• This year's Guadalupe Day cele- bration marked the 25th wedding an.niversary of Mr. and Mrs. John Leon, of St. Therese's parish, Aurora• Mr. and Mrs. Leon are the parents of Sofie Leon, vice presi- dent and receptionist of the Cath- olic Women's Apostolate, Aurora• Other daughters are Mrs. Richard Jordan and Marcia. The Leon's son, Tony, is a student at Marmion Military academy, Aurora. ANDREW G. MILLER EXCAVATING and FARM DRAINAGE All Type Bulldozing Work PHONE DUNDEE 815R2 GILBERTS, ILL. TOM KELLY MOTORS INC. Dodge And Plymouth Sales And Service Dodge Trucks 1 East Main Street, Dundee, IlL Telephone 19 arvar JERRY POWERS Cleaners-- Laundry SERYING-~npron, Hebron, PopInr Grove, Richmond, Genoa and Marengo in IIIInolc Wolwodh, Sharon, Clinton and Genoa City In Wisconson TEL, 25 & 57| HARVARD Your Self Serve Store Ben Franklin Store AI & Dorothy Fulton m Harvard, IlL Arden's Gulf Service STEAM CLEANING Washing--Tire Repairs--Greasing 1200 N. Division St. M Harvard CALVIN'S Standard Service STANLEY CALVIN Atlas Tires and Tire Repairs Washing and Greasing Complete Auto Service Auto Accessories Harvard, Illinois TELEPHONE 770 Plumbing Saturday evening at 7 p.m., Fa- ther Weitekamp, pastor of St• Jo- R. L WAGNER seph parish, had been host to the Silent Automatic Oil Burnen group. Movies of California mis- IRON FIREMAN STOKERS stuns and the Holy Year Pilgrim- Office 549--Phones---Res 152 age were shown. A dance with 112 East Main St ' Spanish orchestra followed from 8 til 12 p.m. in St. Joseph's hall. Since Father Weit, ekamp's pas- , .............. MClwUKf4A~I~ UIL IL~U torate at St. Joseph s in Aurora, Distributors the Mexican people have found a TEXAt.O PETR^.E.~ nn^r~.rTo prominent place for their picture ............... • • • Stations Located at of the Virgin. The many Spanish- GENEVA BATAVIA speaking families are welcomed ST CHARLES each year to celebrate fully the WectMoin 215 EuJtMoln Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe with their traditional customs. Studies Protestantism " Fish m Sea Foods Havana, Cuba ---(NC)-- A Cath-] W.J. NICHOLS olic organization of universitYl .~u^.=e--...,~ students has completed a statist- ''~'~'=~'~'= ~'~" . teal study of Protestantism in l INSTITUTIONAL SUPPLIER Cuba, and will shortly publish itsI P O Box 189---St Charles findings, it was announced here.__:__ "~ " ST. CHARLES NATIONAL BANK St. Charles Illinois SEASON'S GREETINGS JOSHEL & SONS St. Charles I I linois December 21, 1952 The Observer Edition OUR SUNDAY VISITOR 3A