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0 The Message w for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Magic of Words January 1 'i: qv FATHER :  i)SEPH L. ,A,5,-: ,. :e Publisher This is the last article from my window on the world. It's a bit sad right now. Give me a few days and things will be different. If you've ever had to move, you know the feeling. We are moving the parish offices to an- other building on our property as we move step by step in our expansion program here at St. John Church, Newburgh. We are trying to go about our work as though everything were quite normal, but that is impos- sible. We just pray that we are able to continue our service to our people without any great hitches. We are moving from our rectory/parish office building because this building will come down, for the rectory is at the very site where the new church will be built. A new house for the priests is under construction adjacent to the office build- ing Thus Father Fred Englert and I get to move not only our offices, but also our living quarters We'll face a double move since the completion of the new home is several months away. For me the time here has been relatively short, roughly four and a half years, but even such months are filled with intense experiences and memories. I've spent many hours in this chair here in the office talking to people in per- Seeing the hearts of people from his window on the world son, oll tim phone, reading, writing on this computer. Smiles, tears, laughter, pain, anxiety, com- passion -- all of the emotions that we experience on a fairly regular basis -- still reverberate around these almost bare walls. The familiar books, pictures, memorabilia, rocks, sculpture are all moved across the way. The huge desk is disasseinbled, moved and reassembled already in the new office. The stereo, stacks of papers and magazines yet to sort through, the computer and computer table are still here. Six plants are still in their familiar places along the window. Ah yes. The window. My window on the world. I'll probably miss that the most. I could sit here and see all the comings and goings of the students, teachers and parents for school. I could see the hurried last minute arrivers for church services. I could see those who had to leave Mass early and hurry away, beating the great exodus after the Masses. I could almost see into the hearts of people totally absorbed in their thoughts as they rushed to pick up their children after school, knowing that this was just one more stop during the course of a rushed and highly scheduled day. I cl:ould see families (7,, somdilne, s joyfully holdiiag aands and laughing as they walked to churcla from their cars -- sometimes there, were obvioUS strains in the family and some came as though kicking and screaming. I could view the neighborhood -- some on foot on daily errands and chores -- some on bi- cycle -- some rushing past in cars. Sometimes they were the young in cars doing figure eight slides on the rain slickened or lightly frosted snow-covered blacktop parking. At times it was their squealing tires, leaving trails of black rub" ber taking miles off the longevity of the tires. Sometimes it was the police who would si!, patiently with engines softly idling -- waiting to the speeding, unsuspecting driver. My new window will not have the same view. Without invading the privacy of all those I  e observed from my window on the world, I v gained insights and a greater appreciation of e diversity and beauty of life. I've prayed often for those who've crossed the staging area of my wila" dow. May God continue to bless them and all of us as we move forward in this new year with new challenges and events that come into our view. KNOX COUNTY SEED COMPANY .... 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