Texas Gulf Coast Catholic (Corpus Christi, Tex.), Vol. 10, No. 13, Ed. 1 Friday, August 15, 1975 Page: 1 of 6
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THE ASSUMPTION OF THE VIRGIN
The gospeJ story assigned for the 13th
Sunday of this church year depicts Christ as
having been moved to pity for the large crowd
who followed him on foot from the towns.
They were in a deserted place and were
without food save tur live loaves arid a couple
of fish. These he multiplied so that after the
five thousand men, plus women and children
had had their fill, there remained over twelve
baskets of fragments.
This miracle of the multiplication of the
loaves and fishes and the nourishment these
elements supplied for the hungry crowd is
symbolic of the nourishment Christ gives to
our souls in the Sacrament of the Holy
Eucharist, This nourishment is nothing short
of Himself for he declared; "My flesh is meat
indeed ai*d my blood is drink indeed. Anyone
who eats this bread shall live forever for the
bread I shall give is my flesh."
His listeners had seen him multiply earthly
food to satisfy their hunger. They were unable
or at least did not want to understand how he
could give them his flesh and his blood unless
it be in the literal sense. They began to argue
among themselves "How can this man give us
his flesh to eat?" but He continued to say, "if
you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and
drink his blood, you will not have life in you.
Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink by
blood has eternal life and I will raise him up
on the last day."
From this discourse, it is quite pJam that
the life to which Jesus referred is the life in
the world to come and is not this earthly
physical life. For !hn( vers r;-> ip/:
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not intended to be understood in the ioptri
sense. His greatest gift to mankind was
himself. Yet his listeners would not accept the
true meaning of his words. They began to
argue among themselves and to say "this is
intolerable language. How could anyone
accept it?” Jesus read their thoughts; he
knew their complaints, so he asked them,
"does this upset you?" Nevertheless, he in-
sisted “The words I have spoken to you are
spirit and they are life. But there are some of
you who do not believe."
Sacred scripture records that there and
then "many of his disciples left him." Then,
to make certain ttiere was no mistaking what
he was saying, He turned to the Twelve and
said; “What about you, do you want to go
away too?" To which St. Peter answered,
"Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the
word of eternal life and we believe."
With St. Peter and the Apostles, we, too
believe all that Jesus Christ taught as a
doctrine and which he put into effect at the
last supper when He changed bread and wine
into his body and blood and when he directed
his Apostles and their successors to do
PHILADELPHIA (NC) — The official prayer for the 41st International Eucharistic
Congress has been approved by the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship, congress
officials announced here.
They reported Cardinal James Knox, congregation prefect and president of the Per-
manent Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses, said the prayer received the
congregation's unanimous approval.
Prepared by the Congress Committee on Liturgy, the prayer will be offered on numerous
occasions throughout the year of spiritual renewal leading to the congress. It will also be
offered at liturgic^rand other events during the congress, to beheld here Aug. 1-8., 1976.
The prayer reads:
Father in heaven
You have made us for Yourself;
Our hearts are restless until they rest in You.
Fulfill this longing through Jesus, the Bread of Life,
So that we may witness to Him
Who alone satisfies the hungers of the human family.
By the power of Your Spirit
Lead us to the heavenly tab’e
Where we may feast on the vision of Your Glory
forever and ever
“Jesus, the Bread of Life" is the motto of the congress.
Editor’s note: Our readers will be happy to learn that a Diocesan Pilgrimage will be
organized next year to the Eucharistic Congress in Philadelphia.
1976 regarded as turning
point for the Church
\Ti.ANTA V’ The year IH7ti m.-n
nuu-. ,i "'A'\\ 'io‘> 'nuk lc;- Hie Catholic
1 nun.-” sc, i.i! ju>te e ;*i!icy in I hr United
Sta'i -.act nniiMt: it: sho p ,1 ames S Rausch,
ueiu-ra.l >i>cisMar\ u. u- National Conference
of < 'aihnlic s'* ’(’B 1
1 lie reaxm nr -wl ithe U S Caihoiic
hiccniemval . un-.-e, "Libirtv and
dustier ! oi All. -Miirti is geared to
esrahh‘dung a •nan p: rheuMve social action
p.ogran* lot the Church m Bus country,
Bishop Rausch laid N't News during an
NCVR-sponsored regional hearing on liberty
anu jusiice in Allan! i Aug 7 9
"A numlier of bishops bate told me thal
they are loginning to see this * program > as
another ”19. a new crossroads in social ac-
In 1919 the Catholic bishops in the United
State.- issued a major document. "Bishops'
Urogram of Social 'Reconstruction," which
called lor social policies still considered
revnlu' onary ai the umc such as minimum
wage laws and old age and health and
unempio) merit insurc-e.ee
Some ot the items on that agenda were not
realized in loder..1 Irw until 1938. ‘39 or -Me"
Bishop Rausch added
According to mam observers, a .treat deal
of die Chu'vh's social policy in this country
today can )*• recognized as having its origins
in the bishops' 1919 -tatemont. Some of Lhe
leading social acimmsts in the U S, Church
today Mill .speak loudly of Msgr. John A.
Ryan architect ol the 1919 policy, as their
duel mentor and inspiration
The 1973 76 bicentennial observance.
"Liberty and Justice lor All," will culminate
with a national convention m Detroit in Oc-
tober 1978 flit1 convention is expected to
emerge with a major statement establishing
the direoimns and priorities tor Catholic
social action over the next five years at least
Preceding the convention there will be a
nationwide consultation of Catholics at the
oarish and diocesan levels this fall and
w inter, as part ol an attempt to discern the
real needs ol the people.
The other major segment >1 the observance
preceding the convention a series of six
icgional hearings m 1973, of which the Atlanta
hearing w as the fourth. Earlier hearings took
place m Washington. D U., San Antonio. Tex.
and SI Paul. Minn The next hearing will he
CAST ELGA NIX ) L FO, Italy (NC) To live
a really full life, modern man has to pray.
Pope Paul VI told crowds here Aug, 3.
At his talk before reciting the noon Angelas
al his summer residence here, the Pope said
that men lack "something which our illusory
feeling of self-sufficiency does not give."
.Mankind, he said, "needs Cod — it needs to
pray to Him, to find in Him that security, that
fullness, which can only com from His con-
The Pope emphasized: "To live, it is
necessary to pray." But whom should we
pray lor. the Pope asked his listeners.
"We pray for those dear to us and have,
rightly, the tirst place in our love. He thus
strengthen these sacred bonds by prayer.
"We pray for those dear to us and have,
rightly, the first place in our love. He thus
strengthen these sacred bonds by prayer.
in Sacramento, Calif.. in October, and the last
one will take place in Newark, N.J., in
The hearings have focused on injustices and
needs In particular areas -- family life, land
ownership and use, minority groups, food,
international affairs, the aged, the poor, the
working person, immigrants, farmers, urban
dwellers, prisoners, and numerous similar
"We pray for our people so that, over-
whelmed by the waves of history, they will not
forget the call to faith, to the kingdom, to their
highest civil and Christian destiny.
"We pray for our children so that youth, in
its search for the new and the original, may
know how to discover in the heredity of the
past things which remain alive and which are
indispensable for giving expression to a new
generation based on true wisdom and the
newness of that which is good."
The Pope also said that Christians must
pray "for social justice and for peace, which
people are always ranting about and which is
still threatened today, so that they may
become truly the common duty and the in-
violable practice of civilization.”
The Church should also be the object of
prayer, he added, so that "it may be united
and holy and Know how to carry to the world
its message of salvation”
need for prayer
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FRfdaf/7 August 15, 1975
USCC insists: full amnesty
ATLANTA (NC) — The U.S. Catholic
Conference (USCC) will wage a “full lobbying
effort to defeat" immigration legislation now
pending in Congress because it fails to
provide foul amnesty for illegal aliens as
supported by the USCC.
Bishop James S. Rausch, general secretary
of the USCC and of the National Conference
of Catholic Bishop (NCCB), explained the
effort by the bishops' national offices Aug. 7
at a hearing in Atlanta on “Liberty and
Justice for All’ sponsored by the NCCB as
part of the American • Catholic observance of
the Nation’ s bicentennial.
The bishop said he had sent a memo out to
the USCC offices in which "1 instructed the
staff to work with the Senate and House (of
Hepresentatives) to work against the
legislation as proposed."
Thecurrect legislative proposal, which was
recently approved in committee, “does not
provide the avenues needed" to deal
equitably with an estimated 8 million illegal
aliens now in the country. Bishop Rausch told
more than 100 persons gathered for the
The House Judiciary Committee has ap-
proved a bill granting “amnesty," or allowing
regularization of immigration status, to
illegal aliens in residence in the United States
before June 30, 1968. The bill also imposes
penalties on employers who “knowingly" hire
The USCC has supported amnesty for
illegal aliens living in the United States before
Jan 1, 1975, if they had been in continuous
residence since March 19, 1974. Msgr, George
Higgins, USCC secretary for research, has
explained that as of that date all Social
Security card holders had been cleared by
the Social Security Administration regarding
their right to employment. USCC officials
termed the June 30, 1968, cut-off date for
amnesty as "harsh." The USCC supports
using the Social Security card as proof of
legal eligibility for employment.
Bishop Rausch, who was a member of the
pane] of bishops, priests and lay persons
listening to testimony on liberty and justice
issues facing the Church today, stated the
USCC position at a question-and-answer
period following testimony on the needs of
Spanish-speaking people by Mr. and Mrs.
The Machicados, natives of Bolivia and
leaders in the Movimiento Familiar Cristiano
(MFC — the Christian Family Movement for
the Spanish speaking), had testified that
immigrant Spanish-speaking families face
serious problems in the United States not only
because of language barriers, but especially
because of American insensitivity to the
cultural differences of the Spanish speaking.
The couple, who now live in the Boston
area, had said the problems of integration
and assimilation are especially difficult for
those who are in this country illegally
because their status forced them into closed
ghettos out of fear of discovery, prevents
educational advancement, and usually forces
them to take jobs at or below the minimum
The Spanish speaking make up the largest
single group of illegal aliens in this country,
Bishop Rausch asked the Machicados if
they agree with the USCC stance on the
pending legislation. Hernan Machicado said
that he agrees completley, that only a bill
incorporating full amensty for illegal aliens
will resolve the current situation.
The bishop later told NC News that one of
the chief USCC concerns is tt«R, if a bill is
passed without an adequate amnesty
provision, it could result in the break-up of
many family units by the deportation of one
family member — and thereby make already
difficult situations even worse.
He said the USCC cannot support legislation
that does not meet the minimum amnesty
requirements outlined by the USCC earlier in
testimony before the congress.
Bishop Drury meets a Vietnamese Family at die Cathedral. The Diocese is trying to care
for as many refugees as possible.
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