January 1958

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"My dear Brother:

It does not require a great stretch of the imagination for me to hear you mutter: "Didn't I get one of these yellow sheets only a month ago? Why doesn't he get back to work instead of cluttering up my mail?" Well, thereby hangs a tale. A few weeks ago I spent an illuminating, and somewhat dismaying, evening with brother Theophilus in the Middle West. He has a good congregation of about five hundred members. It is an "average" parish, with the usual complement of saints and sinners, with the lines between them shifting back and forth. Theophilus has worked hard and the Lord of the Church has blessed his hands and his voice."