DOCTOR CARDIJN

IT IS MORE THAN A HAPPY EVENT THAT I HAVE BEEN

INVITED TO SPEAK TO THIS ASSEMBLY.. I LEFT THE

INTERNATIONAL YCW EARLY IN 1962 AFTER THE RIO

COUNCIL AND WAS REPLACED BY MY GOOD FRIEND

BARTOLO PEREZ.

IN THOSE DAYS, THE CRY OF THE MOVEMENT WAS "OF,

FOR AND BY YOUNG WORKERS" WAS THE ORDER OF THE

DAY. IT WAS A POWERFUL MESSAGE IN A WORLD OF

PATERNALISM WHEN YOUNG WORKERS WERE MANAGED

BY THE EDUCATED ELITES. AND THIS STILL REVOLUTIONARY

CRY MUST REMAIN.

A DISINTEGRATING WORLD.

IN A WORLD OF A DISINTEGRATING CULTURES, THERE IS

NO COHESIVE CULTURE. THE ELITES CONTINUE TO WRITE

AND SPEAK OF THEMSELVES AND FOR THEMSELVES. AND

TO THEMSELVES AND THE MASSES ARE CONTROLLED By

THE MANIPULATION OF THESE SAME ELITES.

IF THIS NEW INDUSTRIAL UNIVERSAL WORLD IS TO BE

HUMANIZED AND CIVILIZED THE STARTING POINT MUST

BE THE MASSES. IT IS THE ORDINARY PEOPLE WHO HOLD

THE KEY TO BARBARISM OR CIVILIZATION. ONE MUST SEE

THIS IN THE CONTEXT OF THE BILLIONS OF PEOPLES WHO

ARE STILL LEAVING THE VILLAGES OF OUR WORLD AND

MOVING INTO THE CITIES. NOT BECAUSE THEY DO NOT

LIKE THE VILLAGES RATHER THEY ARE FORCED TO LEAVE

BECAUSE OF THE GREAT MIRACLE OF ALL AGES, THAT

INFANTS DO NOT DIE.

TOO OFTEN THE INTELLECTUALS READ THIS SIGN AS IF IT

IS THE "LIGHTS OF THE CITY" THAT ATTRACT THE

VILLAGERS. THIS IS THE PULL FACTOR OF HISTORY. THE

REALITY IS MORE THE PUSH FACTOR THAT HAS AND IS

CONTINUING TO MOVE THEM OUT OF THE PAST INTO THE

FUTURE.





THE GREATNESS OF CARDIJN

THE GREATNESS OF CARDIJN WHICH IS STILL TO BE

DISCOVERED BY THE WORLD AND EVEN MORE BY HIS

CHURCH TO WHICH HIS LOVE WAS NEARLY INFINITE CAN

BE SUMMED UP WITH ONE OF HIS FAMOUS LINES "THE

YEAST MUST BE IN THE DOUGH IF ONE WANTS BREAD. IF

THE YEAST IS BUT ONE CENTIMETER AWAY, THE

DOUGH REMAINS DOUGH".

HE STILL REMAINS THE RARE CLERIC WHOSE SEARCH FOR

THE TRUTH LED HIM TO THE MASSES. HE SPENT HIS LIFE

BRINGING THE MESSAGE OF HOPE AND LOVE TO THE

ORDINARY PEOPLE. HE INTENSELY BELIEVED THAT A

CHURCH WITHOUT WORKERS WAS NOT THE REAL CHURCH.

HIS BELIEF WAS THAT THE TOP DOWN STRATEGY WAS A

WASTE OF TIME. HIS WAS A "DOWN UP" STRATEGY.

HE UNDERSTOOD THAT THE REAL TASK OF A CULTURE IS

TO FORM ALL PERSONS IN THE MYTH OR TRUTH THAT

MADE IT EXIST. YET WHAT HE DISCOVERED WAS THAT

YOUNG WORKERS WERE BEING FORMED BY THE NEW

CULTURE THAT WAS DEVELOPING.

MATERIALISM AND MODERN CULTURE.

A CULTURE THAT IS MATERIALISTIC AT ITS CORE MUST

NECESSARILY FORM WORKERS IN ITS IMAGE. AND SO WAS

BORN THE NEW MATERIALISTIC CULTURE THAT IS

PRESENTLY SWEEPING THE WORLD. WE HAVE GONE FROM

THE PHILOSOPHICAL MARXIST MATERIALISM TO A MUCH

MORE PRAGMATIC TYPE OF MATERIALISM. ONE ONLY HAS

TO LOOK AT YOUTH IN ASIA WHO ARE LEAVING THE

VILLAGES OF THEIR PAST INTO THE CITIES AND SEE HOW

RAPIDLY THEY ARE ABSORBED BY THE NEW CULTURE.

HIS VAST TRAVELS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD SHOWED

HIS INCREDIBLE BELIEF IN THE MASSES. HIS STRUGGLE

TO GET THE CHURCH TO SEE THE RICHES LOCKED IN

ORDINARY PEOPLE WAS AN ETERNAL STRUGGLE.

INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, THE CHURCH STARTED TO

ACCEPT HIM NOT NECESSARILY FROM THE TRUTH THAT

HE WAS SPREADING BUT MORE BECAUSE THE CHURCH

FEARED THE SPREAD OF PHILOSOPHICAL MARXISM.

WITH THE DEMISE OF THE LATTER, THE CHURCH NOW IS

RELAXING SURE THAT THE INSTITUTION IS SAFE. YET THE

YOUNG WORKERS ARE STILL GROWING IN MATERIALISM.

THE NON-PHILOSOPHICAL MATERIALISM IS A

THOUSANDFOLD MORE DANGEROUS TO THE INNER

SPACES OF WORKERS THAN MARXISM EVER WAS. THE

LATTER COULD MONOPOLIZE THE MIND BUT IT HAD

DIFFICULTY TO REACH THE VERY INNER SPACES WHICH

WE CALL THE SOUL.

TODAY THE CHURCH IS SAFE AS AN INSTITUTION BUT IS

IN GREAT DANGER OF LOSING THE BATTLE TO SPREAD

THE MESSAGE OF JESUS IN THE NEW MODERN GLOBAL

WORLD CULTURE BASED ON SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY.

WHO WILL CIVILIZE THIS NEW BARBARIC CULTURE WHICH

WANTS TO CONTROL THE VERY INNER SPACES OF OUR

YOUTH?

WHAT MADE CARDIJN RUN?

TOO OFTEN, WE WRITE ON LIVES OF IMPORTANT PEOPLE

FROM THE POINT OF THOSE WHO INFLUENCED THEM. SO

THEY SEEK OUT THE BOOKS THAT THEY READ. CARDIJN

WAS AN AVID READER OF ALL TYPES OF BOOKS. THE

LAST TIME THAT I SAW HIM WAS IN 1964 WHEN I WAS

WORKING IN THE INTERNATIONAL DEPARTMENT OF THE

CANADIAN LABOR UNIONS. HE WAS SITTING AT HIS DESK

AND READING WITH A SMALL PENCIL UNDERLINING

POINTS OF INTEREST. I REMEMBER WELL HIS LAST

STATEMENT TO ME.."WE ARE JUST STARTING".

IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHAT A MAN READS TO

UNDERSTAND WHAT MAKES HIM TICK BUT MAYBE EVEN

MORE IMPORTANT MAY BE THE "FOOD" THAT FEEDS HIS

SOUL. ONE WITHOUT THE OTHER PRODUCES CULTURAL

STERILITY.

ONE OF THE GREATEST YCW LEADER JACQUES MEERT

STILL LIVING AT NEARLY HUNDRED YEARS OLD AND

ANOTHER GREAT LEADER MARGUERITE FIEVEZ WROTE A

BOOK ON CARDIJN. IN THE EARLY PARAGRAPHS, THEY

RECOUNT THE REACTION OF CARDIJN WHEN HE CAME

HOME FROM THE SEMINARY FOR THE FIRST TIME.

ONE IS IMMEDIATELY STRUCK NOT BY THE IDEAS THAT

FORM A PERSON BUT REALITY WHICH IS THE SCALPEL

THAT FORMS THE SOUL. LET ME READ TO YOU A

PARAGRAPH OF THIS BOOK THAT SUMS UP THE

INCREDIBLE DRIVE OF THIS INCREDIBLE MAN.

"WHEN THE HOLIDAYS CAME, YOUNG CARDIJN FOUND

HIMSELF BACK AGAIN IN HIS OLD SURROUNDINGS.

SEMINARIST OR NOT, AT FIFTEEN HE WAS STILL A BOY

AND HUMAN NATURE DOES NOT CHANGE QUICKLY. HE

WAS SOON BACK TO HIS OLD PRANKS, THE FAMILIAR

FACES AND THE SCUFFLES OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD."

MR, MEERT AND MS FIEVEZ CONTINUE TO DESCRIBE THIS

ENCOUNTER WITH HIS OLD FRIENDS.

" BUT THE SHOCK OF MEETING UP AGAIN WITH HIS

COMPANIONS OF PRIMARY SCHOOL WAS TERRIBLE, THEY

HAD TAKEN THE ROAD TO THE FACTORY AND WORKSHOP

AND AS FAR AS THEY WERE CONCERNED, HE HAD BECOME

A "LITTLE PRIEST", SOMEONE WHO HAD NO

UNDERSTANDING OF WORKERS, A TRAITOR TO THE HARD

LIFE AND THE LONG FIGHT AGAINST INJUSTICE."

THERE IS NO MORE FORCIBLE EVENT THAT FORCES ONE

TO FACE REALITY THAN WHEN ONE'S FRIENDS TELLS YOU

THAT YOU ARE A TRAITOR. ANYONE THAT WANTS TO LIVE

A LIFE DIFFERENT THAN THE CULTURE OF EVERY DAY IS

OPEN TO THE CHARGE OF TREASON. THIS WAS SO

POWERFUL IN THE LIFE OF CARDIJN THAT WHEN HE WAS

REALLY TIRED HE WOULD GO OUT ON A SPEAKING TOUR

TO YOUNG WORKERS. HE WOULD RETURN TIRED BUT AT

THE SAME TIME REFRESHED AND FULL OF LIFE. HE HAD

ONCE AGAIN MADE CONTACT WITH THOSE WHO HAD

CALLED HIM A TRAITOR.

HIS SEARCH FOR WAYS AND METHODS TO REACH THE

INNER SPACES OF YOUNG WORKERS LED HIM TO THE BOY

SCOUTS, THE LABOR UNIONS AND ALL TYPES OF

ORGANIZATIONS WHERE YOUNG WORKERS WERE

PRESENT. HE WROTE EXTENSIVE NOTES ON EACH ONE OF

THESE ENCOUNTERS. ALWAYS SEEKING NEW WAYS TO

REACH THE INNER SPACES OF YOUNG PEOPLE. HE WAS

VERY MUCH LIKE THE GREAT INVENTOR EDISON WHO

WHEN HE WAS ASKED ARE YOU NOT TIRED AFTER A

THOUSAND FAILURES, "NOT AT ALL, NOW I KNOW THAT

THOSE FAILURES WILL LEAD ME TO OTHERS MORE

SUCCESSFUL."

THE BEGINNINGS

CARDIJN STARTED WITH YOUNG MAIDS. HE TRIED THE

LITURGICAL ROAD, OPENING THE TABERNACLE AND

URGING THE YOUNG MAIDS TO ADORE JESUS. THEN HE

TRIED TO ORGANIZE YOUNG WORKERS AROUND THE POLE

OF THE TRADE UNIONS. HERE AGAIN HE WAS FACED WITH

THE UNIONS INSISTING THAT HE WAS STEPPING ON THEIR

GROUND. YET EVERY FAILURE LED HIM EVER CLOSER TO

SMALL GROUPS AND THE FAMOUS SEE, JUDGE, AND ACT

METHOD.

HOW MANY OTHERS LAY CLAIM TO THE METHOD. SOME

STILL CLAIM THAT IT IS A MARXIST METHOD OF

EDUCATION, OTHERS LIKE THE DOMINICAN PRIEST THAT I

WENT TO CONFESSION IN ST. PETER'S ROME WHO ASKED

ME WHAT I WAS DOING IN ROME. WHEN I TOLD HIM THAT I

WAS IN ROME FOR THE 32000 YOUNG WORKER RALLY OF

1957. HE SPURTED OUT ' YOU ARE USING THE SEE, JUDGE

AND ACT METHOD OF ST. THOMAS."

I WILL LET HISTORY JUDGE WHO WAS THE INVENTOR BUT

IT IS AS NATURAL AS SEEING A TRUCK COMING AT YOU ON

THE ROAD AND YOU JUDGE IT IS GOING TO HIT YOU. YOU

ACT VERY QUICKLY AND GET OUT OF THE WAY. ALL

EDUCATION WITHOUT ACTION IS REALLY A WASTE OF

TIME.

CARDIJN HAD AN INCREDIBLE MEMORY TO TAKING AND

APPLYING IT TO HIS CENTRAL LOVE OF YOUNG WORKERS.

HIS WHOLE FORMATION METHOD WAS BASED ON

EDUCATING THROUGH ACTION AND NOT REMOVING THE

YOUNG WORKER FROM THE REALITY OF HIS WORK. TOO

OFTEN EDUCATION FORCES OR ALLOWS THE YOUNG

WORKER TO BE PROMOTED OUT OF THE WORKERS INTO

THE MORE ACCEPTABLE AND SUCCESSFUL MIDDLE CLASS.

THEY FORM YOUNG WORKERS AS ENGINES TO PULL

YOUNG WORKERS OUT OF WORK AND SO PROMOTE THEM

OUT OF THE WORKERS. IT IS LIKE DEVELOPING A

LOCOMOTIVE WHICH IS TO PULL THE CARS ONLY TO BE

DECOUPLED FROM THE CARS AND RUN ALONE DOWN THE

TRACKS. TOO OFTEN CHRISTIAN FORMATION LEADS

YOUNG WORKERS OUT OF THE COMMUNITY OF WORKERS

AND INTO A SO-CALLED SUPERIOR CLASS. NO! WE MUST

REMAIN AS THE YEAST IN THE DOUGH.





A GREAT ORGANIZER

HE WAS AN INCREDIBLE ORGANIZER. I WAS PART OF THE

TEAM THAT WAS CALLED TO HELP ORGANIZE THE 32000

YOUNG WORKERS RALLY IN ROME IN 1957. I AM RATHER

SAD TO SAY THAT I HAD SPOKE STRONGLY AGAINST SUCH

A GREAT EXPENDITURE OF MONEY AND EFFORT. CARDIJN

QUIETLY EXPLAINED TO ME THE REASON AND END OF

THIS RALLY. HE TOLD ME HOW HE HAD ORGANIZED, THIS

TYPE OF MEETINGS IN THE PAST AND THE WHYS OF SUCH

MEETINGS. AGAIN HE EXPLAINED THAT WORKERS DO NOT

GROW JUST THROUGH IDEAS BUT THROUGH ACTION.

THE ACTUAL ORGANIZATION OF RALLIES BY YOUNG

WORKERS ALLOWED THEM TO DEVELOP THEIR

ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS.

EVERY FIVE YEARS WHICH WAS ABOUT A YOUTH

GENERATION, CARDIJN WOULD ORGANIZE A RALLY OR

PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES. ROME ETC. THE YOUNG

WORKERS WHO IN MY DAY DID LITTLE TRAVELING WOULD

SAVE THEIR MONEY TO PAY FOR THE RALLY. THE TRAIN

TRAVEL WAS DESIGNED AS A TRAVEL EDUCATION

OPERATION. NATIONAL SOLIDARITY WAS STRENGTHENED

ALONG WITH THEIR FAITH IN THE YCW AND CHURCH. AND

ABOVE ALL, THE TRAVEL COSTS INCLUDED A

PERCENTAGE THAT WENT TO FINANCE THE NEXT FIVE

YEARS OF THE MOVEMENT.

AS YOU CAN GUESS, I WENT ALONG WITH THE PLAN TO

ORGANIZE A YCW INTERNATIONAL RALLY IN ROME IN

1957. IT WOULD TAKE TOO LONG TO RECITE

ALL THE INCREDIBLE BREAKTHROUGHS OF THE RALLY.

THE FOLLOWING ARE BUT A FEW.

THE FIRST IS THAT THE CURIA LEARNED THE LESSON

THAT WORKERS ALSO HAVE HOLIDAYS. AS THEIR

HOLIDAYS CONFLICTED WITH THE HOLIDAYS OF THE

CURIA, WE WERE MADE TO FEEL THAT WE WERE

HERETICS. WHEN WE TOLD THEM THAT WE WERE

PLANNING TO HOLD A RALLY ON ST. PETER'S SQUARE AND

WE WOULD WANT TO GREET THE POPE. THE CRY OF

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE WAS SHOUTED OUT WHEN WE

ASKED THAT THE POPE COME BACK FROM HIS HOLIDAY.

IMPOSSIBLE, IT IS HOLIDAY TIME FOR THE POPE AND WE

SAID BUT IT IS ALSO HOLIDAY TIME FOR 32000 YOUNG

WORKERS. SUFFICE IT TO SAY THAT PIUS 12TH

CAME TO ST.PETER'S SQUARE LED BY THE VATICAN BAND

IN TO THE HOT SUN OF AUGUST.

THE SECOND VICTORY WAS A LITURGICAL VICTORY. WE

HAD TOLD THE VATICAN AUTHORITIES THAT 32000 YOUNG

WORKERS WOULD BE COMING IN A YEARS TIME.

IT WAS AGREED THAT THE EUCHARIST CELEBRATIONS

WOULD BE IN ST. PETER'S. TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE

TRAINS FROM ALL OVER EUROPE STARTED TO ARRIVE, I

GOT AN URGENT MESSAGE FROM THE VATICAN

AUTHORITIES THAT THE LITURGY IN ST. PETER WOULD BE

IMPOSSIBLE AS THE CHURCH COULD ONLY HOLD 8000

PERSONS. SO THEY VERY CREATIVELY CAME UP WITH THE

IDEA TO HAVE A SIMULTANEOUS LITURGY IN ST. PETERS,

AND THREE OTHER GREAT CHURCHES OF ROME. WE

REFUSED AS WE WANTED TO SHOW INTERNATIONAL

SOLIDARITY. SO FINALLY, IT WAS AGREED TO CELEBRATE

IN ST. PETERS AND ON AN ALTER SPECIALLY BUILT JUST

OUTSIDE THE DOORS OF ST. PETERS. SO IT WAS DONE.

THEN ANOTHER "IMPOSSIBLE" TASK CAME FORWARD

WHEN WE ASKED THAT THE EUCHARIST MUST BE MADE

AVAILABLE TO ALL YOUNG WORKERS. WE WERE TREATED

AS IF WE WERE RETARDED. SO WE MET WITH A DUTCH

MONSIGNOR VAN LIERDE WHO WAS IN CHARGE OF THE

LITURGY IN ST. PETERS AND WE EXPLAINED THE

PROBLEM. IN A DAY HE CAME UP WITH A SOLUTION,

WHICH WAS TO PLACE A PRIEST AT ALL THE SIDE ALTARS

INSIDE ST. PETERS AND A COUPLE OF DOZENS PRIESTS

AROUND THE OUTSIDE ALTAR AND ALL THE 32000

RECEIVED OUR LORD. THE IMPOSSIBLE WAS MADE

POSSIBLE. AND THIS BREAKTHROUGH HAS BECOME THE

NORM SINCE THEN.

WHAT WAS MORE IMPORTANT PERSONALLY FOR ME WAS

THAT INBUILT IN THE SOLIDARITY PRICE, EVERY YOUNG

WORKER PAID THE SAME PRICE NO MATTER FROM WHERE

HE OR SHE CAME FROM. BUILT INTO THAT SOLIDARITY

PRICE WAS A LITTLE STIPEND THAT WENT TO A BUDGET

FOR THE INTERNATIONAL. MY FOUR YEARS AT THE HELM

WAS NEVER DISTURBED BY ANY FINANCIAL PROBLEM.

BRINGING THE GOOD NEWS

BESIDE BEING A GREAT EDUCATOR AND ORGANIZER,

CARDIJN WAS A GREAT EVANGELIST. A REAL EVANGELIST

MUST ALWAYS START WITH REALITY. THE PROBLEM IS

THAT IT IS ONE THING TO PREACH GOD IN A WORLD THAT

IS EXPECTING GOD TODAY IF WE ARE EXPECTING, WE ARE

EXPECTING THE WORST.

OUR JEWISH BROTHERS WERE VERY MUCH LIKE A

PREGNANT MOTHER EXPECTING THE ARRIVAL OF THE

MESSIAH. IN SOME WAYS, ST. PAUL HAD IT RATHER EASY

HE PREACHED THAT THE MESSIAH HAD ALREADY ARRIVED

IN THE PERSON OF JESUS.

THE TOTAL JOY OF THOSE THAT BELIEVED THAT WHO

THEY HAD BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO FOR CENTURIES

HAD ARRIVED. THEIR JOY WAS TOTAL.

THEN THE QUESTION WAS HOW TO REACH THE

NON-JEWISH PEOPLE OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE WHO WERE

NOT EXPECTING. THE SMALL GROUPS OF BELIEVERS

BY THEIR VERY EXAMPLE OF LIVING ATTRACTED THOSE

WHO WERE NOT EXPECTING. AND SO THE FAITH STARTED

TO GROW.



ST. PATRICK IN EVANGELIZING THE CELTS SPENT YEARS

TRYING TO CONVINCE THE CELTIC RELIGIOUS LEADERS

OF THE POWER OF THE MESSAGE OF JESUS THAT LOVE

IS THE SUPREME VIRTUE. AND FINALLY, THE IRISH

AUTHORITIES EMBRACED THE FAITH AND THE MASSES

FOLLOWED.

IN A COHESIVE CULTURE, ONE HAD TO CONVERT THE

LEADERS BEFORE COMING CLOSE TO THE ORDINARY

PEOPLE. FOR IN AN ESTABLISHED CULTURE ALL COMES

DOWN FROM THE TOP.

IN THE LONG HISTORY OF THE CHURCH AND IN FACT IN

ALL THE HISTORY OF ALL MAJOR RELIGIONS OF THE POST

NOMADIC WORLD ONE STARTED WITH THE ELITES HOPING

TO WIN THEM TO THE FAITH.

THE MODERN WORLD IS VERY MUCH AKIN TO WHAT

HAPPENED TO THE NOMADIC CIVILIZATIONS WHEN THEY

BECAME SETTLERS AND AGRICULTURISTS. ONE MUST

NOTE THAT ALL THE MAJOR RELIGIONS OF OUR DAY ARE

ON THIS SIDE OF THE NOMADIC-AGRICULTURAL SIDE. A

BETTER EXPERT THAN I WOULD HAVE TO STUDY WHAT

PART OF THE FAITH OF THE NOMADS THAT WAS ABLE TO

CROSS THIS INCREDIBLE FRONTIER.

THE MOVE FROM VILLAGE TO CITY

WE ARE AT A NEW FRONTIER. THE MASSES ARE STILL

BEING FORCED OUT VILLAGES OF THE WORLD. TOO MANY

STILL BELIEVE THAT VILLAGERS FLEE THEIR VILLAGES.

THE OPPOSITE IS TRUE. THEY ARE FORCED OUT OF THEM.

THE GREATEST GIFT THAT GOD CAN GIVE TO HIS PEOPLE

IS, FOR PARENTS TO SEE THEIR CHILDREN LIVE AND NOT

DIE.

THE VILLAGES WERE SUFFICIENT TO GIVE LIFE TO

FAMILIES OF TEN TO TWELVE CHILDREN WHEN THE

INFANTILE MORTALITY RATE TOOK EIGHT OR NINE OF

THESE INFANTS IN EARLY DEATH. WITH THE

PASTEURIZATION OF MILK THANKS TO PASTEUR AND

OTHER HEALTH BREAKTHROUGHS LIKE OUTSIDE

TOILETS. SUDDENLY, THE INFANTILE MORTALITY RATE

WAS LOWERED TO THE POINT THAT OVERPOPULATION

WAS KILLING THE VILLAGE. THE ONLY SOLUTION WAS

EMIGRATION TO FAR AWAY CITIES, THIS EMIGRATION

FUELED THE PROCESS OF INDUSTRIALIZATION OF OUR

GREAT CITIES. THIS HAS HAPPENED AND IS STILL

HAPPENING TODAY.

THE DEATH OF VILLAGE CULTURE

THE NEW MUST NEARLY ALWAYS SLAY THE OLD. THE

WONDERFUL VILLAGE CULTURE OF MY PARENTS WAS

DESTROYED BY MY GOOD TEACHERS IN GRADE

SCHOOL. HOW WAS IT DESTROYED BY DEMEANING IT.

MAKING FUN THAT MY MOTHER WOULD PUT A GARLAND

OF GARLIC AROUND MY THROAT TO DEFLECT

THE GERMS THAT BROUGHT SICKNESS. AFTER

DESTROYING THIS VILLAGE TRAIT, NOW THE CITY FOLK

HAVE COME TO BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF GARLIC. ONE

MUST HAVE TO ADMIT THAT CITY FOLKS ARE SLOW

LEARNERS.

WHAT WE DID NOT REALIZE IS THAT WHEN ONE MAKES

FUN OF ONE'S CULTURE, THE YEAST (RELIGION) THAT

RAISES THE DOUGH, THIS LITERALLY DESTROYS THE

FAITH. GET RID OF THE DOUGH AND THE YEAST ALSO

DISAPPEARS. AND SO THE MODERN MASSES ARE LOST TO

THE CHURCH.

THE FATAL DISEASE OF ALIENATION

THE MASSES WITHOUT RELIGION MUST DEVELOP SOME

FAITH. SO THEIR NEW FAITH BECAME HARD WORK AND

SUCCESS. AND A NEW CULTURE BASED ON SUCCESS AND

MATERIALISM WAS CONSTRUCTED. YET AT THE VERY

CENTER OF THIS NEW GROWING GLOBAL CULTURE IS

NOTHINGNESS.

PROFESSOR MICHAEL HOOKER WRITES IN HIS BOOK

"AGENDA FOR THE 21ST CENTURY" ON THE PROBLEM OF

ALIENATION AND MODERN YOUTH.

"I'M KIND OF A STUDENT OF THE SUBURBAN SHOPPING

MALL. THEY FASCINATE ME WHEN I GO TO A STRANGE

CITY ON BUSINESS, IF I HAVE AN EVENING FREE,

SOMETIMES I GO TO SHOPPING MALLS JUST TO ABSORB

THE FLAVOR. WHAT WORRIES ME , ESPECIALLY AMONG

THE YOUTH IS AN EMPTINESS IN THEIR EYES. AN

EMPTINESS THAT REFLECTS AN EMPTINESS IN THEIR

LIVES. THE SHOPPING MALL IS A CONTEMPORARY OPIUM

DEN, HALF OF THE KIDS ARE STONED ON DRUGS WHILE

THE OTHER HALF OF THE KIDS ARE STONED BY THE VERY

MALL.

THE MALL PROVIDES A KIND OF TRANSFIXING

ENVIRONMENT THAT TAKES THEIR MIND OFF OF

WHATEVER THEIR ISSUES ARE. THEY WALK AROUND, YOU

LOOK IN THEIR EYES AND THERE IS NOBODY HOME. THE

HIGHER IS THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF ONE'S NOTHINGNESS,

THE STRONGER MUST BE THE DRUG FOR SOME EVEN

DRUGS CANNOT DULL THE PAIN AND THE ONLY WAY OUT

IS SUICIDE. THIS EXIT IS GROWING AMONG MODERN

YOUTH. LIFE IS IN DANGER WHEN "THERE IS NO ONE

HOME."

UNIVERSITIES CALL THIS NEAR TO FATAL DISEASE

ALIENATION. WE HAVE BECOME ALIENS TO OURSELVES.

BEFORE WE CAN COME TO FAITH IN GOD, ONE

MUST MAKE AN ACT OF FAITH IN ONESELF. THIS IS

CARDIJN AT HIS BEST. "A YOUNG WORKER IS WORTH

MORE THAN ALL THE GOLD IN THE WORLD". THE VERY

POWER OF THIS STATEMENT HAS MADE IT THE

INTERNATIONAL PASS WORD OF ALL YCW MEMBERS. AS

SOON AS YOU MENTION CARDIJN, AN ECHO COMES BACK

YOUNG WORKERS ARE WORTH MORE THAN ALL THE GOLD

ON THE EARTH.

THE CURE TO THIS CANCER

THE TASK OF ANY DOCTOR IS TO EXAMINE THE PATIENT

AND TRY TO DISCOVER WHAT AILS HIM. ONLY WHEN HE

DISCOVERS THE ILLNESS ONLY THEN DOES HE

PROSCRIBE A CURE. CARDIJN WAS A GREAT DOCTOR. HE

TOOK A LONG TIME TO DISCOVER THE ILLNESS OF

MODERN YOUTH, THE NOTHINGNESS OF NOTHINGNESS.

THE UPPER ECHELONS OF SOCIETY SO BUSY CHASING

KNOWLEDGE THAT IT WAS A TYPE OF OPIATE TO KEEP

THEM AWAY FROM THE REAL QUESTIONS OF LIFE. WHO

AM I? WHAT AM I? WHAT'S THE MEANING OF LIFE? THESE

ARE THE MOST ESSENTIAL RELIGIOUS QUESTIONS OF

OUR DAY

THERE IS NO HAND ME DOWN SOLUTION TO THIS CRITICAL

RELIGIOUS PROBLEM. THERE IS ONLY THE ROAD OF

DISCOVERY. IT NEEDS AN ACT OF FAITH IN ONE'S LIFE.

IT MUST START WITH DISCOVERY OF THE POWER OF

ACTION. THOUGHT IS NOT SUFFICIENT TO DISCOVER

LOVE. IT IS ONLY AN ACTIVE LOVE THAT BRINGS THE

PERSON IN CONTACT WITH THE SOURCE OF THE ALL

LOVING GOD.

WE CANNOT FOOL AROUND WITH NOTHINGNESS THIS IS

THE MOST DREADFUL OF DISEASES. UNLESS CURED, IT

WILL DESTROY THE GLOBE AND WE ARE WELL ON OUR

WAY TO DESTROYING PLANET EARTH.

CARDIJN IS THE TRUE DOCTOR WHO NOT ONLY

DISCOVERED THE NOTHINGNESS THAT IS AT THE CENTER

OF THE MODERN WORLD BUT ALSO DISCOVERED HOW TO

TRANSFORM THIS SAME NOTHINGNESS, LIVING NOT

HIDDEN BUT OPENLY IN YOUNG WORKERS.

A CHURCH THAT IS STILL LOCKED IN THE TOP-DOWN

STRATEGY IS ON THE WRONG TRACK FOR IT CANNOT

EVER UNDERSTAND THE SICKNESS UNTO DEATH

OF NOTHINGNESS. THE ELITES ARE NO LONGER IN

CONTACT WITH THE MASSES. THEY THINK DIFFERENT.

THEIR MUSIC IS DIFFERENT. IN A WHOLISTIC SOCIETY

THE MUSIC OF THE ELITES WILL FIND THEIR WAY TO THE

MASSES. TODAY THE MUSIC COMES OUT OF THE

NOTHINGNESS OF THE MASSES AND FINDS ITS WAY

INTO THE SALONS OF THOSE "WHO HAVE MADE IT"

BRINGING THE CURE

THE CHURCH IS STILL IN THE ELITE STAGE OF CULTURE.

SHE HAS TO COME TO REALIZE THAT SHE IS NO LONGER

IN THE JEWISH- CHRISTIAN ERA OF ST. PAUL OR

EVEN IN THE ROMAN ERA WHEN THE FATHER REALLY

KNEW BEST. THESE WERE THE STARTING POINTS OF

EVANGELIZING.

THE CHURCH IS TILL IN THE COHESIVE CULTURE TYPE OF

EVANGELIZATION CONVERT THE KING AND WHOLE

KINGDOM IS CONVERTED.

IF THIS STRATEGY WOULD WORK TODAY, WE SHOULD

SPEND ALL OF OUR TIME WITH THE STARS OF

HOLLYWOOD, THE JAZZ MUSICIANS OF OUR TIME, ETC.

FOR THEY ARE THE KINGS AND QUEENS OF POPULAR

CULTURE. AS MONEY IS THE CENTER OF OUR MODERN

CULTURE, THESE ARE THE HEROES AND HEROINES OF

OUR WORLD.

FINALLY, I WANT TO SPEAK TO YOU LIKE AN OLD MAN OF

75 YEARS WHO HAS SEEN AND BEEN IN MANY PARTS OF

THE WORLD. THE SADDEST EVENT IN MY LIFE WAS TO SEE

THE OVERNIGHT DESTRUCTION OF NOT ONLY THE YCW,

THE YCS AND ALL THE OTHER ORGANIZATIONS OF

SPECIALIZED CATHOLIC ACTION GROUPS IN CANADA. THE

MOST PROGRESSIVE BISHOPS WHO JUST RETURNED

FROM THE VATICAN COUNCIL IN ONE MEETING OF A FEW

HOURS CLOSED DOWN ALL THESE MOVEMENTS.

THE REASON THAT WAS GIVEN WAS THAT THE COUNCIL

HAD RENEWED THE CHURCH AND THEY HAD NOT ONLY

DONE WONDERFUL WORK BUT IT WAS THEIR IDEAS THAT

WERE AT THE HEART OF THE COUNCIL. I REMEMBER

TELLING THE BISHOP "TELL ME THAT THE WORLD HAS

BEEN CHANGED BY THE COUNCIL AND I WILL GO BACK TO

SLEEP."

WE HAVE STILL TO DISCOVER CARDIJN'S BOTTOM UP

STRATEGY. A STRATEGY THAT WAS BASED ON DISCOVERY

NOT IMPOSITION. A YOUNG WORKER FINALLY COMES TO

ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT HIS OR HER LIFE .

TO LOVE ONESELF AND THE OTHER AND HOPEFULLY WILL

COME TO DISCOVER THE MESSAGE OF JESUS AND THE

OTHER GREAT PROPHETS WHO PREACHED THE MESSAGE

OF LOVE AND SERVICE ABOVE ALL ELSE. THEN AND ONLY

THEN WILL CARDIJN BECOME FULLY ALIVE AND THE

MESSAGE OF JESUS WILL ONCE AGAIN BE AT THE CENTER

OF THE UNIVERSE.

LOVE IS AN ENERGY THAT MUST BE DISCOVERED,

NURTURED AND RIPENED. WHEN WE HAVE DISCOVERED

THIS MESSAGE, WE WILL HAVE GAINED THE PEARL OF

GREAT PRICE. ITS VERY INFINITY WILL ALLOW GIVING IT

TO OTHER AND STILL HAVE IT INCREASE IN THE GIVER.

CARDIJN A DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH

I ASK YOU WITH ALL HUMILITY TO PRAY AND WORK TO

MAKE CARDIJN WHO WAS A GREAT PERSON, A GREAT

PRIEST, GREAT CHAPLAIN A FULL DOCTOR OF THE

CHURCH. WELL YOU MUST BE ASKING WHY THEN NOT A

SAINT BECAUSE UNFORTUNATELY WE PUT SAINTS ON

PEDESTALS LIKE THE OLD GREEKS DID.

THEY DID NOT WANT THE PERFECT TO DISTURB THEIR

IMPERFECTIONS. SO KEEP THEM OUT OF THE MARKET

PLACE WHERE THEY MIGHT PROVE TO BE BOTHERSOME.

NO, A DOCTOR'S PLACE IS AT THE BEDSIDE OF THE

PATIENT AND THEN TO FIND THE MEDICINE TO CURE THE

PERSON FROM THE PRESENT DISEASE OF NOTHINGNESS

WHICH IS TERMINAL. THE ONLY CURE IS THAT INCREDIBLE

ACT OF FAITH THAT ALL THE GOLD IN THE WORLD

CANNOT EQUAL THE VALUE OF ONE YOUNG WORKER.

YES CARDIJN WAS A SOCIAL JUSTICE ACTIVIST. YES

CARDIJN WAS A CULTURAL ACTIVIST , YES CARDIJN WAS

A GREAT EVANGELIST, HE WAS ALL OF THIS BUT MUCH

MORE.

CARDIJN IS A TRUE DOCTOR THAT CAN AND HAS CURED

THE DREAD DISEASE OF NOTHINGNESS WHICH IS DEATH

ALIVE IN OUR WORLD.

CARDIJN IS A TRUE DOCTOR THAT HAS CURED THE DREAD

DISEASE OF NOTHINGNESS THAT IS ALIVE AND WELL IN

OUR WORLD. ANY RELIGIOUS FAITH THAT DOES NOT

START WITH THIS CURE, IS BUT A FAITH THAT CONFIRMS

THE DEADLY DISEASE OF ALIENATION. FROM THIS IS BORN

THE PRESENT RELIGIONS THAT PREACH "KEEP AWAY

FROM THE WORLD" FOR IT WILL ROB YOU OF YOUR FAITH.

THE PRESENT ALIENATING RELIGIONS THREATEN TO

SWEEP THE WORLD.

THE CHURCH CANNOT AVOID BEING PRESENT IN THE

SHOPPING MALLS OF THE WORLD. THE BEGINNING OF

FAITH MUST BE FAITH IN ONESELF. THIS IS THE FIRST

GIFT OF GOD AND THE REST OF FAITH IN THE CREATOR, IN

JESUS, IN THE TRINITY, IN THE CHURCH ARE GIFTS FROM

THE HAND OF THE CREATOR.

ALL REAL FAITH IS LOCKED IN THE INCREDIBLE ACT OF

FAITH IN ONESELF. WHEN A YOUNG WORKER DISCOVERS

HIS OR HER TRUE VALUE. IS THIS EVANGELIZATION,

SOCIAL ACTION OR WHAT? THIS INCREDIBLE ACT OF FAITH

IN ONE'S VALUE IS EVANGELIZATION AT ITS HIGHEST

POINT. FOR LOCKED INTO THIS ACT IS SOCIAL ACTION AND

JUSTICE AND A WHOLE NEW CULTURE. CULTURE CAN

ONLY BE BORN AND GROW IN AN THROUGH THIS

IRREPLACEABLE ACT OF FAITH IN ONESELF.

UNFORTUNATELY, MOST RELIGIOUS LEADERS ARE

LOOKING FOR THE FAST CURE. CONVERT THE LEADERS OF

SOCIETY AND THE MASSES WILL FOLLOW. FOR THE FIRST

TIME IN THE HISTORY OF THE CHURCH, THE CONTINUITY

FROM THE ELITES TO THE MASSES IS GONE. THE CHURCH

MUST GO DIRECTLY TO THE YOUTH IN THE MODERN

MALLS OF LIFE AND LISTEN TO THE HURTING YOUTH THIS

HURT CANNOT EVEN BE EXPLAINED IN WORDS. WE MUST

LEARN TO LISTEN TO THE SUFFERINGS OF MODERN

YOUTH WHICH CANNOT BE PUT INTO WORDS. ONLY IT CAN

SEEN IN THEIR UNSEEING EYES.

THE AWESOME BREAKTHROUGH OF CARDIJN TO DISCOVER

THE IMMENSE DIGNITY OF YOUNG WORKERS IS STILL

WAITING TO BE DISCOVERED BY THE CHURCH TO WHICH

HIS TOTAL OBEISANCE WAS GIVEN.

LONG LIVE CARDIJN!

ROMEO. MAIONE

MAY 1, 2000













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