Page 5, 9th October 1942

9th October 1942
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Page 5, 9th October 1942 — MOTHERHOOD OF U.S.A. IS NO LONGER GREAT

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-American Chaplain

From a C.H. Reporter "The greatness of America has always been the greatness of her women and of American motherhood. It was they Who in the early days blazed the hardest trails —not counting the cost. And I'm proud to say my mother was one of them. She stayed home and reared six boys and six girls. But the pioneers, like her, seem to have passed from the scene. There is too much of the world about modem American life." So said Chaplain Ford, chief Catholic priest attached to the U.S. Forces in this country, at the close of his address on Sunday at Hereford House, Newman Society Headquarters.

High among the causes of disruption in American home life listed by Chaplain Ford was the delicatessen shop ! When the laughter hailing this pronouncement had died down, he proceeded to explain with rich native commonsense and in delightfully plain terms. " The delicatessen (and indiSestion), the automobile, too much wealth and too much leisure," said he, " are big factors we it comes to say

ing why men leave home."

There was only faint half-amusement at the start of this Newman Association monthly meeting when the chaplain's pleasant drawl set out on a -geographical tour Of the American Continent, But before we had finished exploring with him the incredible grandeur and natural wealth of the West Coast, the unnecessarily stiff formality ordinarily affected at these sessions had been de-frosted to something several degrees more human. What / liked (what everyone liked) about this lecture was the combination of heart and head, and the capture of the interest of everyone.

lowa-born Fr. Henry Ford talks with the untiring rapidity of a machine gun. He snaps out facts and figures (American-wise) and interleaves them with witticisms as bright as the hest scenario-writers. Forty-five minutes were allotted to him—the Newman Society's maximum span sometimes exceeded by duller men—but he spoke sixteen words to the dozen far almost an hour-and-a-half.

There was not one grey moment. It is seldom that I have listened to something so homely in such surroundings and carried away so much food for deep thought. This was a lesson in real education.

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