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10 The Message Monthly -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana January Magic of Words By FATHER  JOSEPH ZILIAK Lights -- whether tiny white or a mixed array of colors; music -- Christmas carols both contem- porary and traditional; smells -- cookies baking, vanilla and bayberry candles, pine needles and crackling wood burning; colors  red, green, sparkling silver and gold. These are some of the elements that spell Christmas time for us. Such details simply demonstrate that we are people of feelings and senses. We react to stimuli of various types. Sometimes we respond with tears m whether they be of sad remembrance or happy memories. Sometimes we do strange and interesting things because of our past histories. One person mentioned that she does not order soup when dining out because she remembers that her mother often fed them soup before her parents went out for the evening. We are, indeed, people who are affected in many and various ways through our past experiences. Our faith expression does a good job of using this emotional and feeling side in calling us closer to our God and prayer. We have blessings Never underate power of blessings, prayers of all types available to us. We have the sacra- ments which are powerful witnesses of the pres- ence of our Lord in our lives. Each of them uses concrete details that we may identify. Just look at some of the ways that people re- spond to human touch and emotional calls. We begin Lent with the signing of ashes. This is a powerful action. People come in great numbers for the blessing of ashes. We celebrate the feast of St. Blaise on Feb. 3, with the blessing of throats. We bless animals and pets on Oct. 4, the feast of St. Francis Assisi. We have blessings for homes. In German speaking lands of Europe homes were blessed on the feast of the Epiphany. The door lintels were marked in chalk with this sign: 19 + C + M + B + 93. You may have fig- ured out what the initials stand for. They repre- sent the three kings -- Casper, Melchior and Balt- hazar. Each year the date was updated to the current year. An interesting book was recently published to encourage prayers and blessings in the home :i ill setting, which St. Augustine referred to as "the domestic church." The name is "Catholic hold Blessings and Prayers." It is published the United States Catholic Conference. It is als0 one of the current best sellers of the C publications. Daily blessings, days and seasons, life, various times and places and common prayers are major groupings in the [ What all of this amounts to is the that we are people who are deeply affected world in which we live. The climate phy of our homelands also have an impact who and what we are. Prayer and human are our way of understanding and coping our world and circumstances. Blessings and prayer are methods ing God directly in our complex lives ing that he cares. Let us never underrate the power of prayer. Let us never downplay the of human touch and blessing in our need tact God. World Youth Day: 184 teens, adults in diocese to By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor This August, as four buses roll out from the Diocese of Evansvil|e headed for World  Youth Day in Denver the oc- cupants ,will include ,teens and adults from 25 parishes, the diocesan director of youth ministry and Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger. The delegation will include 184 persons. The youngest will be 13 in August. The old- est will be 61. The pilgrimage from south- western Indiana will begin Monday, Aug. 9. That's when the four buses will depart from a central location possibly St. John Church, Daylight, according to Rick Etienne, director of youth ministry. The group will stop at Co- lumbia, Me., and Sa!in'a, Kan., and arrive in Denver on Wednesday, Aug. 11. Along the way they will join delega- tions from other dioceses, and stay overnight at church lii i INN III |1 facilities. A retreat is being planned for participants, on Saturday, April 24, to prepare for the pilgrimage. General plans for that day include community building and general informa- tion bout what to bring and what to expect, The retreat is mandatory for every person on the pilgrimage, according to Etienne. Following World Youth Day and the papal Mass, the southwestern Indiana delega- tion plans to return on Tues- day, Aug. 17. Organizers of World Youth Day '93 have selected Cherry Creek State Park as the site of a vigil and Mass with Pope John Paul II during the inter- national gathering of youth Aug. 11- 15. The final decision was not an easy one, Archbishop J. Francis Stafford of Denver said in a statement. He called the papal Mass "a religious moment in our country and an historic occasion for the people of Colorado." EVANSVILLE SERVICE AND SHOPPING GUIDE i z FOR THE BEST PLUMBING SERVICE RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL (FREE ESTIMATES) GRANT PLUMBING CO. 484 S. 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Vatican Continued from page 4 lished in slightly different form at the Vatican  but not as an official instruction. For Vatican workers, a win- ter of discontent led to a "teach-in" on Catholic social teaching, a novel way to protest labor conditions. Dur- ing the year, pay scales re- mained frozen and employ- ees' holidays were reduced but in October, cheers went up when the Vatican estab- lished its first pension fund. Unfortunately, the Vatican had to rob Peter to pay Paul: The pension spending was expected to push next year's budget deficit to a record $91.7 million. This year's shortfall was projected at around $86 million. Once agaim the Vatican asked the world's faithful to ante up. One economic bright spot was the Vatican Museums, which had another banner year. Attendance was ex- pected to top the 2 million mark  close to a record and up 10 percent from 1991. If the pope was looking for solace in numbers, he could take heart in a single statistic released in July: For the first time in his pontificate, the total number of priests in- creased worldwide. The pope couldn't help cheering a lit- tle, telling groups that the church had turned the comer on the vocations crisis. One consistent source of They determined there would be "short-term impact to some wildlife and their habitats" at the state park, "but that long-term negative effects could be offset," ac- cording to a news release. A World Youth Day spokeswoman told Catholic News Service that the park is not overrun by prairie dogs as previously reported. If there had been thousands of the ro- dents, youth day organizers new priests has been the con- troversial Catholic spiritual group, Opus Dei. In May, after looking into criticisms of Vatican procedures in the case, the pope beatified Opus Dei's founder, Blessed Jose- maria Escriva de Balaguer, in front of 150,000 enthusiastic supporters. It was the largest crowd in recent memory at the Vatican. The pope left Italy only three times in 1992  twice on trips to Africa and once to Latin America, where he praised Christopher Colum- bus on the 500th anniversary of the discovery of the New World and said the church must complete its work of evangelization. Back in Rome, he was a might have had to to another location. With the Mass site settled, World planners moved work on logistics for th01 ering, which is ex draw more than young people. hope to get input fror,, adults on topics andl they would like the event. host to an array of pt and religious leaders. them was Anglicarl bishop George Carey, church approved dination a few A Vatican official st move was a "new obstacle" to In diplomacy, the will remember year a joint dialogue sion with Israel was lished to discuss problems. That cheers from both sides. To borrow a pap this year was light than shadow Vatican's view. A fe w after his July Vatican had to quas of possible papal ret Elementary school B-ball 22, St. Philip #1 21. Seventh and ei Resurrection 41, Christi #2 32; Corpus #1 45, WCCS Blue 22; Gold 43, St. James Redeemer 28, St. St. Wendel 33, St. Recently report! Holy Rosary following scores: Holy A 24, Christ the King Benedict B 31, Holy 25; St. Benedict A Spirit 20; Good Shel 45, Good Sheph Evansville Theresa 19. Elementary School basket- ball results reported from Mater Dei High School in- clude the following: Third and fourth grade: St. Philip 45, St. )oseph 13; St. James 23, Holy Redeemer #3 7; Holy Redeemer #1 22, Holy Redeemer #2 19; St. Matthew 22, Corpus Christi #2 21; Res- urrection #1 26, St. Wendel #1 17; Resurrection #2 34, St. Wendel #2 14. Fifth and sixth grade: WCCS 32, St. Matthew 25; Holy Redeemer 31, Corpus Christi 17; St. Wendel 27, St. Joseph #2 O; St. Philip #2 25, St. Joseph #1 17; Resurrection