December 15. 1959
Just as one may feel alone and lonely in
so onemay feel untouched and
Christmas"greeting that permeates the atmosphere as the holyday-holiday approaches. New, strange expressions have appearedin
"sputnik,?' "outer space/feile," "cosmic
"Merry Christmas" remainsthe lever-old and ever-new Yuletide greeting. Doubtless,through* the ages, no matter in what language, the well-wishermeans to convey that same PEACE and JOY
fromHeaven to Bethlehem by an Angelic Choir.Many there were who did not hear the
Christmasgreeting; others, hearing
or could not understand the message
peace intended for them. Is it possiblethat we place a barrier in the path of the
store of Christmas peace and jov that would be ours?
-Might we be a little more selfless, a little more forgiving,a bit more kind in our dealings with others? Might we be adeal more generous
giving to Him what He asks, and a littlemore
the giving?Perhaps, a sincere self-examination and soul-searchingwill onen to us the flood gates of grace that flow from
hurst's wish for each of you:May the Peace of the Infant Jesug and theJov in the heart of His Blessed Mother beshared by you on this Christmas and through!the coming New Year!—Sister
Contraceptives Prove Harmful
use contraceptives? Advocates of the Contraceptive Movement
foe used to check overpopulation and to improve the health of women.Malthus declared that humans
in geometricprogression (e.g., 2,4,8, etc.) while means of subsistence
creases in arithmetical progression
2,3,4, etc.). Thistheory and other naturalistic and mechanistic explanations ofpopulation growth neglect many factors. They take
granted that each woman will
to capacity and thatmethods of food production will not improve.Many women cannot bear children, some choose a career,
others take a vow of virginity. As civilizations urbanizeand'industralize, they tend toward
rather than over-reproduction. The reason is that women spend a longer periodon education which results in later marriages or dedication toa career. Since the world is obviously urbanizing,
followsthat the world is rather in danger of under-population.In regard to women's health, two phases must be considered — mental and physical. Since woman's very make-updesignates her for motherhood, any depreciation of motherhood denies feminine worth. When childbearing isj frownedunon as it is by the planned parenthood advocates, emotionaldisturbance naturally results. Statistics verify the fact of apositive relationship between the use of contraceptives andmental^illness.
In the area of physical health, contraception is
cause ofsterility, neurasthenia, veneral disease, and fibroid tumorsin women. These artifical devices interfere with the physiological and! psychological value of the marriage act.Even when the morality of the issue is dismissed, the conclusion is obvious. The use of
not only unnatural and unnecessary, but actually harmful forwomen.
n Ounce of Etcetera
J by Elaine Curtis"In the air there's a feeling of Christmas" — so goes thepopular
true!The bells we hear are not always
they are the silver bells,the jinglebells of Christmas.It's important, getting ready for the Birthday! of Someone
Christ doesn't care much for cake orneckties or cuff links, but He certainly does appreciate, andduly rewards,
Everywhere people are scurrying about preparing for thecelebration of
great feast. At the North Pole, St. Nick andhis elves are busy with toys and candy, but primarily theyare polishing up the
of Christmas;. Christmas treesand gifts are not Christmas; they only remind us of Christ
The real joy of Christmas, the spirit of Christmas, isjoy in giving. That's why Santa
is such a "jolly old elf"
lives for the one night a year when he gives of himselfand his year's work. His unselfish giving may well be hissecret of longevity.
are scurrying about preparingfor
trees appear, the front lawn becomes another stable, and
is born again here. We tooare
ourselves to Christ . . . Merry Christmas
To illustrate the point
to make, I shall begin with apersonal story.
at the edge of theMercyhurstsection,!shoulder-to-shoulder with male Villa Maria
supporters, I awaited the
of the 1959 Gan
Christmas Carnival Queen.Some of these male enthusiasts,rather than cheer their candidate, persisted in making bitter
Realizing it was
an immature attempt to impress theirlady friends and not a reflectionupon Gannon or Villa, I ignoredthem.
Such poor sportsmanship irritated me, however; and), on myway down from the bleachers, Iwas planning a letter to TheGannon Knight expressing thehope that these few did not represent Gannon's attitude. Butwhen I
unsporting comments from some Mercyhurstgirls, plans
abruptly. Whowas I to throw the proverbialpebble!
Mercyhurst?You few bad sports seem tohave forgotten a basic
8Mercyhurst—charity. Should theloss of a crown induce bitterness?We are certainly all
of ourlovely candidate and
thehonor for her and our school.!But would she have wanted us tobe so narrow and unsporting? Ihardly think so or we wouldn'thave
tive and tried to win for her.Don't let the loss be so prominent in your minds. Think ofour gains, we had fun, met newpeople, and did our best. So letus congratulate St.
their first win
againnext year.Theresa Proulx
The! big vacation is fast approaching [amidst shopping spreesand budget juggling, let's not forget to set aside a few
forsome fine etertainment.Erie's WSEE TV brings notable holiday entertainment. OnDecember 25 from!
to 7 p.m., aspecial showing of the movie,
Twain," is to toe presented. "Eye Witness To History," tobe seen on Friday, January 1,from 9 to 10 p.m., will give around-up of
news highlightsof 1959. This same station willpresent a lively production ofJan
Miniver" onJanuary 7 from 9:30 to 11 pan.The Dupont Show
featured January 17 from9:30 to 11 p.m. is Sinclair Lewis'"Arrowsmith."
televise theL| Tournament
Roses Parade onFriday, January 1, from 11:30a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Abner," the Broadwaymusical comedy hit based on thefamous cartoon strip by
Capp,is playing nightly at the EriePlayhouse until December 19.Opening on New
Eve is"The^ Tall Story," a hilariousfamily comedy about an attempt by mobsters to "fix" acollege basketball' game.
Letter To The
Dear President Eisenhower,Zooming through the stratosphere in| your Boeing 707jet complete with Hi Fi and white telephone, you may wellsit back in your reclining chair and contemplate the cheeringcrowds which have greeted you on your world tour for peace.Italians, Turks, Pakistanians, Afghanistanians — all havepraised your
highly. Even the Communists are waving congratulatory banners- in your name.But lest the Hi Pi's insistent purring lull your alert mind,or the soft chair relax your solid principles, do remember that
K. from Russia has been spreading the very samemessage that you so eagerly support. The Communists stand
peace, too, and to some parts of the world, the "deal" theyoffer sounds much more enticing that that of the free
After all, who wouldn't like equality in everything for everybody? J |
ISomehow, Ike, you must let the peoples of the
that the hand of peace and friendship extended by Americais just
simple gesture of love. You must show up the
cold hand of Communistic propaganda for what itis.|With God's help you will succeed. Above all, don't forgetthat there are crowds here, too, cheering you along your noblejourney.
Christ Child Shed His Blood
Each New Year's Eve finds most of us busily preparingfor the festivities of the next day. Too often the religiousmeaning of this day is veiled
by f our
observance of socialcustoms.
On January 1, the Church commemorates Christ's firstact of Submission to the will of His Father for our redemption.By shedding his blood according to the Mosaic law, the ChildJesus took his
step toward the Cross. He showed his
sion was not to abolish the exacting traditional law, but topreserve and add to its spirit in His Church.
This feast should also remind us to honor the Holy Nameof Jesus which was conferred on Our Saviour at the Circumcision. In this modern day, it is sad to find so many Catholics,in particular, who habitually speak His name irreverently. Letus not grow careless in this respect.Take time out
your New Year's celebrations to honorthe Holy Child who was born to die that we might live.
The First Noel
still of the night,.A simple group tending a
It seemed that peace pervaded all the air
stirred not shepherds')hearts.When suddenly like some unseasoned gust.The heavenly sound of angels' lightning wings
the stillness of the
airAnd there arrayed
glory in the skyWas God's bright angel,
I bring you news of joy,"
he,The Saviour of the world this night is bom.Haste now to Bethlehem for there your King will be."The velvet night shimmered with angels
wingsAs hosts of heaven gathered fin
sky.God's glory shone in all its radiant powerAs angel choirs echoed through the holy hour.With speed they
the little townWhere
revelry and mirth,Far from the sound of busy, bustling crowdsThe Prince of Peace stretched out His baby handsIn blessing, as the first adorers knelt.The journey had been long, the winds were biting chillBut, as they clasped their icy
there,The flame of love enveloped all their being,
a lowly stable to a splendid thing.
College, Erie, Pa.
ProulxAssociate Editor M
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