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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 1 3 JIM and ANN CAVERA know seems to be trying to break hard this can be. We've had so long, we have become quite comfort- One habit that has been particularly is the need to acquire more things. began trying to embrace of "downward mobility." Basi- as Christians, we are free to have allows us the freedom to do more our Lord. far to find things we don't years and four children in this same people that our home is like an archeo- most recent layers are on top and we Downward Mobility have ancient artifacts buried in the bottom layers of the basement closets. For heaven's sake, how on earth are we to go about uncluttering our lives? For now, we are trying to pass on precious momentoes to our children, clean out closets, and give away useful things we no longer need. Even as we rid ourselves of accumulated goods, we have also become aware of the clutter that stunts our spiritual growth. There are always meetings to go to (all for a good cause), a bor- ing variety of fast food (no time to cook), and endless video rentals to watch when we collapse in our redin- ers (too tired to think) late into the night. Downward mobility means letting go of our need to create more income, to acquire more stuff, and to be all things to all organizations. In the second half, we have found that our needs have changed. More fre- quently now, we enjoy simple suppers and resting in peaceful quiet at the end of the day. Recently at one meeting Jim sat back and observed a young man who spoke with great passion about hisplans to attain certain lofty goals. Jim remembered feeling this same need to accomplish great things some 20 years ago. While Jim admired his energy and enthusiasm, he realized he no longer shared the young man's goals. In the second half, we find that we have become more selective about what we need to acquire and accomplish. The need to achieve great dreams and amass a fortune along the way has been replaced with a gratitude r what we have and an appreciation for what we can accomplish each day. It's taken us a long time to come to this place where we're ready to embrace the idea of letting go as a way of becoming more We are finding that letting go of things and ideas that no longer serve our pur- pose gives us a sense of fresh adventure and unlimit- ed horizons. It's sometimes a little frightening, but we are finding that the state of downward mobility is a joyful place to be. By Ann Cavera tim and Ann Cavera live and work in Evansville. T/u'y are the parents o/four children, ages 14 to 29. Jim has a master's degree in Social Work and is employed in the Senior Health Center of St. Mary's Medical Center. He is a permanent deacon at St. Mary's Church in Evansville. Ann has a master's degree in Education and works as an Admis- sion 's Counselor for IVY TECH State College in Evans- ville. AUxiliary bishop ordained for Indiana diocese By GENE STO Cath01ie Re-- - WE Charles A. Schleck, a Milwau- ly a servant of God," he told the rior of the Holy Cross priests cy told the congregation, quot- ws Service kee native who is adjunct secre- congregation at St. Matthew's, and brothers at Notre Dame in ing Pope John Paul II's vision of tary of the Vatican Congrega- where he will be based. 1985. "a new springtime for Chris- Ind. (CNS)-- tion for the Evangelization of "Jesus Christ is now and for- The ordination ceremony, tianity" at the turn of the mil- people, includ_ Peoples and head of the Pontif- ever the Eord and head, the resplendent with bishops' lennium. and about 200 ical Missionary Works of the eternal high priest of his church, miters and an honor guard of "We look at the office of bish- the Dec. 16 Propagation of the Faith. Abishop enters into a new rela- saber-wielding Knights of op and we see the person of Father Bishop Jenky, 50, an Illinois tionship not only with Christ, Columbus, included ancient rit- Jesus," Bishop D'Arcy said, an auxiliary native who has been an instruc- the head, but also the members uals of anointing with oil, lay- referring to the Second Vatican of Fort tor in theology at the Universi- of his body, the church," he ing on hands, and presenting Council's view of the office as ty of Notre Dame since 1985 and added, the new bishop with a book of not that of"a bureaucrat but an af the rector of the university's Sacred Bishop Jenky began studying the Gospels. evangelist." Heart Basilica for 20 years, at Notre Dame in 1966 and Latin hymns and a third-cen- "This is an office of biblical } John replaces Auxiliary Bishop John entered the Holy Cross novi- tury prayer were interspersed proportions.., a successor of R. Sheets, 75, who retired in tiate. He graduated with a bach- with a Spanish scripture read- the apostles," he said. "What ,. " October. elor's degree in history in 1970 ing and a letter from Pope John makes the office beautiful and )tnelUded Arch- "My ordination is an unde- and a master's degree in theol- Paul II read by Archbishop Cac- worthy is not just what a bish- n, served gift from Christ, given ogy in 1973. ciavillan, op does but that he gives his life through the church, so I can be He was ordained a priest in "Really, this is a day of mis- for your soul, for the poor, for Archbishop more fully and more complete- 1974 and became religious supe- sion for all of us," Bishop D'Ar- those in need." annual message, pope calls debt major obstacle to peace The 16-page message dis- porting the implementation of mination of the authorities, the sibility for the common good," Service cussed several economic issues, such measures," the pope said. generous support of all citizens he wrote. "But to achieve this, we including debt burdens faced by The Vatican is urging organi- is needed, sustained by a firm must never lose sight of the (CNs)  developing countries, corrup- zations such as the World Bank moral conscience." human person, who must be at t and official tion of government and legal and the International Monetary The pope also turned his the center of eveD, social project." obstacles authorities, the gulf between the Fund to help alleviate, and even attention to globalization and its The pope said his thoughts in Paul wealthy and the poor, and forgive, external debts  allow- negative side effects, among particular were with the mar- essage, access to credit, ing poorer countries to devote them the growing gap between ginalized, the poor, the exploit- r the The pope pr.aised programs their resources to infrastructure rich and poor. To avoid further ed and those caught against observed which offer "minicredit," or development rather than repay- marginalization, he wrote, "'we their will amid armed conflict: last three small and short-term loans for ment of old loans. Pope John can no longer tolerate a world "Who can remain indifferent to ere pub- projects by people who would Paul discussed the subject with in which there live side by side their craving for a life rooted in n. otherwise have trouble getting World Bank head James Wolfen- the immensely rich and the mis- justice and in genuine peace? It said he Want- bank loans, sohn during his visit to the Vat- erably poor, the have-nots is everyone's responsibility to remarks to "These are initiatives to be ican in November. deprived even of the essentials ensure that they achieve their encouraged," he said, "for this The justice and peace council, and people who thoughtlessly desire: There can be no corn- govern is the path which can lead to the Cardinal Etchegaray said, has waste what others so desper- plete justice unless everyone radical elimination of the been "intensifying its relations ately need. shares in it equally." people and shameful scourge of usury, by on a high level" with officials at "Such contrasts," he contin- Pope John Paul also praised ig giving everyone access to the these and other international ued, "are an affront to the dig- the 50-year-old U.N. Universal economic means needed for the organizations, nity of the human person." Declaration of Human Rights Igh- dignified development of fami- In his message, the pope also The effects of globalization and weighed in on the dispute lies and communities." tk issue with corrupt govern- have to be managed, the pope over changing the document. Turning to the subject of debt, ment and legal authorities and said, so that countries which are The declaration "is still being for the pope said external debt in urged greater transparency in not economically competitive blatantl violated through Roger developing lands %ompromis- matters of public administration, may nevertheless have a chance oppression, conflict and corrup- a news con- es the economies of whole peo- "Corruption is hard to corn- to benefit from greater world tion," he said, "or, in a more err of the poor pies and hinders their ial and bat," he acknowledged, "because trade, subtle wa, through an attempt 'YParagraph,, political progress." lnternation- it takes many different forms: "For a more equitable Kiety to reinterpret, or willfully mis- al financial institutions, he when it has been suppressed in and a more stable peace in a interpret, the very definitions called added, are taking measures to one art, a, it springs up in another, world on the way to globaliza- containcud in the Universal lX?c- lessage of relieve debt burdens. Courage is needed just to tion, it is an urgent task of the laration, That dument must COnfronts ,,Thc,taltlair,, nations cando denounce it. To eliminate it, international organizations to be observed inlegrall, in bofl ges." much in this respect, by sup- together with the resolute deter- help promote a sen.e of respo n- its spirit and Iettyr. I'