1989 Aug 6 – The Transfiguration (Bulletin Letters)
Dear Friends; –
“THE HUMAN RACE IS FACEDWITH A CHOICE. WE MUST HALT THE ARMS RACE IN THE SPIRIT OF TABOR OR PROCEED WITH THE ARMAMENTS RACE AND FACE ANNIHILATION IN THE SPIRIT OF HIROSHIMA, TABOR OR HIROSHIMA!” Bishop Maurice Dingman, Aug. 6” 1978.
It was an accident of history or maybe Gods sense of irony that made the day the Church celebrates the Feast of the Transfiguration also the day the U. S. dropped the A-Bomb on Hiroshima, Japan-Aug. 6, 1945. Two more similar yet opposite events cannot be imagined. Similar for they both represent displays of power and glory unmatched in our human experience. Opposites for the power manifested on Mount Tabor was the power of God made known through his Son, Jesus; while the power manifested on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945 was the power of death and evil brought about by human design.
Bishop Dingman said it wel1 in his Aug. 6, 1978 Pastor-al, “Tabor speaks of Christ transfigured before his Apostles. Hiroshima speaks of Christ disfigured before the world. Transfiguration and disfiguration. . good and evil are locked in mortal combat. The fate of the world hangs in the balance as we make the choice between Tabor and Hiroshima.” Pope – John Paul II supported Bishop Dingmans words when he said in Hiroshima, Japan in 1981. “From now on it is only through a conscious choice and through a deliberate policy that humanity can survive.
89 08 06 Pastorial FR. FRANK SURVIVES THE KIDS! We had a great week of summer school with the kids at St. Anne’s. I want to especially thank all the teachers and parents who helped make the week a big success. I particularly liked the kid’s masses especially when I had them all up around the altar during the consecration. Having them so close to the altar reminded me of Jesus’ words, “Let the children come to me and do not stop them, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matt .19/14.
It was also great to have the kids from the Des Moines Catholic Worker Community on hand for the week. When I asked the Des Moines folks to think about sending their kids to the summer school sessions here in Logan I was thinking primarily of giving their parents a break and giving the kids a taste of small town country living. Well, the folks in Des Moines got a break and the Catholic Worker kids had a great time. Yet much more took place. I’m sure for many of the kids who attended the summer school sessions it was the first time in their lives that they actually got to meet and interact with black and Hispanic kids their own ages, which proves again, the old saying, “the more you give, the more you receive.”