Aušra (The Dawnj,No. 52 (92). In February, 1986, a new issue of Aušra appeared. The theme of the editorial, "Only on the Way Indicated by Christ," is concern for the future of humanity. 'If we do not want future generations to be frightened by terrible concepts, and that black reality: slavery, occupation, aggression, colonialism, racism, fascism, greedy capitalism, atheistic communism and the like would not frighten future generations, we are obliged to carry out the Gospel message of love which destroys the bacteria of hatred, deceit, greed, exploitation and repression, and brings about a healthy spiritual life for human kind; it is a duty to carry the evangelical idea of life to all corners of the world. There is no alternative. We must grasp all that today since tomorrow may be too late."
The publication carries the text of an appeal of Lithuania's Catholics to President Ronald Reagan of the U.S.A., U.S.S.R. General Secretary M. Gorbachev and all the nations of the world. On the occasion of his 60th birthday and the eve of the 34th anniversary of his imprisonment, political prisoner Balys Gajauskas is greeted with verse.
The reader is introduced to the activities of Father Ambraziejus Jakavonis on the 100th anniversary of his birth. There is a continuation of Vladas Lapienis' Memoirs of a Soviet Prisoner.
Lithuanian, remember that:
Father Alfonsas Svarinskas, Father Sigitas Tam-kevičius, Father Jonas-Kąstytis Matulionis, Docent Vytautas Skuodis, Algis Patackas, Viktoras Petkus, Balys Gajauskas, Povilas Pečeliūnas, Liudas Dambrauskas, Vladas Lapienis, Gintautas Iešmantas, Antanas Terleckas, Algirdas Statkevičius
and others bear the chains of imprisonment so that you might be able to believe and live in freedom.
(Trans, note: Since the translation of this document, the following prisoners have been released: Father Jonas-Kąstytis Matulionis, Docent Vytautas Skuodis, Algis Patackas, Povilas Pečeliūnas, Liudas Dambrauskas Vladas Lapienis, Gintautas Iešmantas, Antanas Terleckas and Algirdas Statkevičius. Vytautas Skuodas emigrated to the United States of America on September 8,1987.)