Page 10, 2nd July 1965

2nd July 1965
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Page 10, 2nd July 1965 — ARCH BISHOP HEENAN (centre) with Fr. Bernard Slevin, organiser of

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ARCH BISHOP HEENAN (centre) with Fr. Bernard Slevin, organiser of

the exhibition (with paper in hand), watch a procession of children arrive at Earls Court for the opening ceremony. The children are members of the Borough Pipers and Dancers.

There were some shining examples of this efficiency: the Society of St. Paul and the Daugh. ters of St. Paul, who work in the Press, cinema, radio and television, had a beautifully clear display which was a magnificent advertisement for their work; the Jesuits, as always, had a satisfyingly complete display, informative, attractive and attracting.

Songs and merriment for God's sake was the theme of the Franciscans, and it did one's heart good to walk through their display-and judging by the numbers I saw there, most other people thought so, too. And the Poor Sisters of Nazareth caught a tremendous number of eyes with a placard which I cannot resist quoting. Under the heading ARE NUNS SQUARES? it read: "Perhaps they are. A square is a sturdy figure. Expand it to a cube, and no matter how you throw it about. it always falls on one of its faces withoutinjury.

"So the girl who becomes a nun grows and expands in the spiritual life, and is not upset by life's vieissisitudes. Cubes can be used to form a staircase, and the religious aided by God's grace goes on climbing to higher states of prayer.

"But if you are not a square, you must be a circle, which is a weak sort of figure: move it, and it rolls along-to nowhere in particular. Begin at any point of a circle, go round it and you come back to where you started. There is no point in this.

"Square up to a decision. Accept Challenge '65."

There seemed to be no Tack of potential squares whenever I passed this stand.

The final analysis of Challenge '65 as a public exhibition, however, is that it falls, as it were, betsseirsa choirstall and a soapbox. Experience of other vocation exhibitions indicates that they bring recruits to the congregations which today so badly need them. But it may legitimately 1/8 doubted whether an exhibition of this inward-looking kind should be a public one.

There may very well be an opportunity and a need for a Church exhibition, with every form of modern communications and propaganda-used by its own experts. This would he a gauntlet very well worth throwing down in public.

Rut unless we present the challenge in flawless terms, we are going to he left with a limp and empty glove.

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