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January 13, 1989 II View Point I I t t, tt The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana ! I I I II II II By FATHER JOSEPH L. ZILIAK Associate Publisher Our task is to perceive the real source of the problem Once upon a time there was a very successful businessman. He lived in the suburbs in a large house with trees in the backyard that helped pro- vide some privacy for the swimming pool just off the patio. He dressed very well. He drove a fashionable foreign made car, the very latest of the "in" models. One day while driving to work, he had a flat tire. He was in the middle of no man's land, so he had no alternative but to change the tire himself. The car was so new that he had not bothered to read the instructions for removing the tire. It had snowed the night before, so to add to his aggrava- tion, he found himself parked in four inches of snow. To work he went. He quickly mastered the ways of the tire disassembly and soon was ready to place the temporary tire on in place. Look as he did, he could not find the lug bolts that held the tire to the car. Without realizing it, he had parked alongside the local State Hospital and a male resident, out t ,t taking an early morning walk, had been watching this whole operation. As our hero was showing signs of losing his patience, the gentleman inside the fence called out, "Why don't you take one lug from each of the other tires, so you can drive to a garage to complete the purchase of lugs." Our hero was amazed at the wisdom of the suggestion and told the man so as he thanked him. "I may be having mental problems right now, but I'm not stupid," he responded. Several interesting little morals flow from that story. One is that we tend to categorize people as totally deficient or dysfunctional when maybe only one little aspect is not totally whole. I can't help but recall the funny story Father Paul RoDs, pastor at All Saints Church, Cannelburg, told about himself trying to communicate with a Vietnamese family. The family had been sponsored by St.. Theresa Church, Evansville. Father RoDs was pastor there at the time. He found that communication was difficult. ttt t He knew no Vietnamese. They knew no or very lit- tle English. In trying to make himself understood, he would repeat himself in a louder tone of voice. Of course, he realized that the problem was with the language, not with the ability to hear sounds. Our task, in living and working with others, is to perceive the real source of the problem or dif- ficulty and then deal with that issue, not something that has no bearing on the problem. Another moral is that if we step back and look at the situation from a little distance, we might see a totally different solution than the one we're struggling with up close. What we are calling for is wisdom in our daily lives -- not just information, facts, responses, but wisdom, namely, the ability to analyze clearly and strongly with the Lord God at our side. We call the Magi who found Christ, Wise Men. May we find the true center and strength of our life in the same Prince of Peace, Mighty God, Counselor, Redeemer of the world. t t t t St. Theresa Continued from page 9 Gilberta Trible were the first school principals. Succeeding principals included Benedic- tine Sisters Edna Market from 1949 to 1955, Carmelita Devoy from 1955 to 1958, Lucille Mandabach from 1958 to 1964, and Sharon Hoehn from 1964 to 1966, Veronice Carrico from 1966 to 1969, Joyce Schindler from 1969 to 1971, Eugenia Keethers from 1971 to 1974, m and Christine Kempf from 1974 to the present. A CCD program was begun in September 1967, under the direction of Sister Veronice Car- rico, O.S.B. The current direc- tor of religious education is Sister Miller, who also serves as pastoral associate. Sister Miller said the com- munity is not perfect, but there is a certain "y'all come" at- mosphere which invites t itt i H it James Jett & Associates, Inc. life e health e home e IRA retirement planning 473--4005 514 S. Green River Rd. Evansville r IN 47715 RUXER JASPER ] FORD - LINCOLN - MERCURY L4s=.12oo] I JJ -. I Itl parishioners and strangers from all social and economic backgrounds. The division of respon- sibilities among parish staff members allows the pastor and the pastoral associate to minister to the community, while the administrative assis- tant manages the office, main- tains parish records, puts the bulletin together and oversees the maintenance staff. As stewardship and generosity are characteristics of the people, so are they characteristic of the parish itself. At the end of a fiscal year, 10 percent of any excess income over expenses is contributed to local charity. Another 10 per- cent is sent to the Benedictine community at Ferdinand. The parish also contributes regular- ly to an "adopted" parish in Haiti. A decision was also made this year to send money on a regular basis tO St. John is another mission of the parish, Church, Evansville. "We try to according to the pastor. 'be church' to those who are not Families contribute generously, as fortunate," said Father but no additional tuition or Tempel. other charges are assessed by the parish for grade school or A Catholic education for all high school attendance. ICC targets lobbying efforts at state assembly By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor The Indiana Catholic Con- ference plans to lobby on issues involving families and children, poverty and non- public schools, during the com- ing 1O6th session of the Indiana General Assembly, according to information mailed to ICC members. ICC directors, council members and staff gathered in YOU HAVE, A CHOICE You may be paying more taxes than you have to. Regardless of your income, an Individual Retirement Account from First Federal "Savings can lessen your taxes. Your federal taxable income is reduced by the size of your IRA contribution. Talk to us about a tax-free transfer from your present qualified retirement plan to an Individual Retirement Account. Let us help your money work for you. Substantial penalties for early withdrawal. make the difference FIRST FEDERAL SAVINGS BANK L 2028 Division ..... 477-1581 MT, VERNON: 201 W. 4th . .,838-6576 mid-December to discuss bills expected to be introduced dur- ing this coming legislative session. Legislation expected in- cludes bills dealing with medical care for poor pregnant women and children; parental leave for birth, adoption or serious illness of a child; hospital care for the indigent; housing for the mentally ill homeless; living conditions for migrant workers; services for troubled farmers; guidelines for poor relief and prohibition of sex-selection aSortions. The general chairman of the ICC is Archbishop Edward T. O'Meara of Indianapolis, who encouraged Catholics to be ac- tive in political and moral matters. "The coming session of the Indiana General Assembly gives each of us another oppor- tunity to be part of an important ministry: that of influencing public policy for the common good," wrote the archbishop. "As active members of the Church," he continued, "it is our responsibility consistently to uphold the dignity of every human, made in the image of God, and call for society to recognize that dignity in its public policies." InlCozmation about the lCC in the Diocese of Evansville is available from Jan SteraCtenage], (812) 482-3503. ::_c_ _ ;=____ :______  _--- -!--- _----:---- --= =--------=- :" ............ = =---i