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January 18, 1991 '11111 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Letters Continued from page 8 sibility involved in a decision for war. Instead, particular issues, favorable to a leader's point of view, get cast in the costume of responsibility, while others appear to get avoided. Perhaps the questions I ask hold little validity. I realize that I have no training or background in the complex realities of international rela- tions, world ecomonics, or the theology of ethics. I am not a politician or a theologian, but just a soul who loves peace and who is troubled by questions that, in my opinion, need more discussion. I choose to share my - questions: 1. The family of nations in the" 1990s is clearly inter- connected. What happens in one place on the globe affects millions of human brothers and sisters elsewhere. Consider the choice for war and how it could influence the world economy, and in par- ticular, those third-world na- tions struggling with immense " debt. I think of countries like Brazil, Chile, the Philippines. The rising cost of oil has already hurt them, and if war is accepted as a feasible alter- .*. native to end the conflict, the price could triple, say economists. This is not just another dull economic analysis, but translates into escalating hunger, illness, and suffering for millions of these nations' citizens. When do I hear George Bush or Saddam Hussein raise this concern? 2. I think too of those millions o'f brothers and sisters who live in the new democracies of Eastern Europe. Their liberation has uplifted the human spirit, but the practical tasks of rebuilding democratic systems will require great amounts of financial assistance, help from the rest of us in the Western World. However, at current Pentagon projections of $46 million a day to support Operation Desert Shield, plus the other Western World na- tions' expenses, less and less can be given. What happens to these Poles, Czechs, and others? 3. I am an American and I ex- perience it as a privilege to live in this country. My heart opens first to the suffering in our own nation. I look at the homeless, the under or unemployed, the medically underserved, the needs of our elderly and our children, and wonder what happens to these fellow Americans when an extra $20 billion a year (and of course more if war actually breaks out) is spent on resolving the conflict? 4. I think of all the deaths. I think of all the destroyed families. I think of my brothers and sisters dead in the desert sands. And I ask: At what point would Jesus, the newborn Prince of Peace, agree that this is an acceptable loss? What justification would He agree with that allows the deaths of thousands of Iraqis, Kuwaitis, Americans and others? I do not present these points as a comprehensive list of the costs of war. They are just some of the concerns that bring me back to questions about responsiblity. I believe that the family of na- tions cannot turn its face away from Iraqi aggression. Amnesty International, an international Are You Interested... In A RESIDENTIAL CARE HOME which provides services to those who find it difficult to remain independently in their own home? Are you getting three nutritional meals per day plus snacks? Do you need 24-hour nursing care? Do you need transportation to and from the doctor's office? Would you enjoy activities seven days a week? Investigate the Lodge on the Wabash Semi Private - $30.57 per day Small Private - $37.44 per day Large Private - $54.04 per day I would like to know more about THE LODGE. 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As for myself, I pray for guidance and courage. I pray to see the way to keep trying to live out the vision of Him whose birth we remember this Christmas season. I pray for help in attempting to be a disci- ple of the Prince of Peace. Charles Martin Rockport, Indiana Free exchange of letters To the letter, Based on our Catholic prin- ciples a French professor and I started 41 years ago a program for understanding and friend- ship by letter-writing. During the first decade we concen- trated our efforts to the German- French reconciliation. From the early sixties our activity spread over Western Europe and all over the world. Up to this day about 250,000 people could be put into contact with a pen-pal abroad. Since a free exchange of let- ters became possible last year in Eastern Europe countries we are indeed overwhelmed with re- quests for pen-friends abroad -- from these we already received more than 10,000 during the last months. Especially a very large number of Germans, living in the former GD, beset me with their wishes for pen-friends in the United States. Add to this that I feel responsible and can- not forget people from Poland, Hungary and last but not least those true friends from Western European countries, who always showed a great interest in the United States and whose number didn't become less, but even increased, too. The actual participation of US-citizens in our program can- not possibly satisfy all the re- quests coming from youngsters, college-students, adults and families for a pen-pal in the States. Dear Sir, in your capacity as an editor of a newspaper, I would very much welcome if you could help me in this im- portant task to initiate and in- crease more and more personal contacts between the old and the new world, between America and Europe. Please in- troduce my concern to your readers and give them an op- portunity of participation. For reasons of simplification everybody should give me in his introductory letter some ersonal data, such as age, hob- ies, and if so, linguistic knowledges, together with his/her complete postal address. Thank you very much for your cooperation. I remain yours sincerely, Adolf Lang Director of International Catholic Correspondence Dept. Wallerfangen (West Germany) Remembedng the deacon program To the editor, LEST WE FORGET --we may be among the forgotten. Several years ago, the lay Deacon program was begun in the Diocese of Evansville. At that time the class was required to study for three years. By the work done in the classroom and elsewhere, there was developed a class feeling which became an essential element of the class as a whole. In the heart of each in- dividual of the class there gradually developed a feeling of respect and affection for each and every member of that class. It worked as a unit in a calm, confident way without fear of result. For three years the class approached the classroom with confidence in itself as a whole and also with confidence in each and every member of the class. They were like a trained crew of a boat of which our teachers were the pilots, each member had an oar to be plied in the long voyage, and upon the success of the individual oars, guided and directed by the teachersl depended the suc- cess of the class as a whole. But in the long voyage there were no laggards -- of course some--nay, many--were left behind and they were sadly missed. Yet they stopped because they had determined to abandon mental pursuits. In the long voyage each one pushed ! This Coupon Worth 10% OFF Lunch Buffet Or Fri. " Evening Buffet When Presented With Order. I (Cannot Be Used With Any Other DPscount Offer) LUNCHEON BUFFET I Wed.- Thurs. - Frl.  11 A.M,-1.30 P.M. || Ii Delicious.Food With FAST SERVICE 1 ', 'u PUBLIC INVITED TO DINE WITH [IS... ', c, K Of C - 3'9 M00'n "=''''2'' I 13 with equal strength of his com- panions on the oar, each one did his part. The boat advanced steadily day by day bringing all nearer and nearer to the prize which was sought and was nobly deserved by each member. During the three years the class was together and during which affection for one another increased, lessons were ap- proached without fear; they stood the trails of tests and ex- aminations, guided by the teachers and with confidence in one another, with never a thought of fear. Yet there was one thing and only one thing which would always bring a pang of regret, a chill tremor of fear rushing through the inner being. This one thing -- the thing which was dreaded by all more than all the trials of the classroom -- was the time to part, when no more would they meet on a weekly basis together, when no more as one class or as one harmonious unit would they work together. The times which were spent together, the joys and sorrows which were experienced, the friendships which were formed will be a green spot and for most will be the most pleasing part of the past life. That class of Deacons was the first to be or- dained in the Diocese of Evansville. That class of Deacons -- as did other classes -- had an auditor. Oenone Bradley St. Martin, Whitfield Bearing burdens To the editor, The other evening while talk- ing to a young man on leave from St. Meinrad, I realized something very profound. I would like to share it with you. This young man had a real desire to become a priest -- he certainly had the love of Jesus and the desire to serve Him. So what was the reason for the leave of absence? Not celibacy or many of the reasons we hear about so often. He needed time to consider whether he could meet the needs of 1100 people of a parish, plus the needs of the Diocese, plus his own spiritual life. It really opened my eyes. I began to see us as God must. .f the Pope is the Father of the Church, then I see the Hierar- chy of the Church as the Mother. They do all the 'ousekeeping chores of the ;hurch plus see to it that the money is there and distributed for food and care of the children. The priests and nuns are ne older brothers and sisters. They have "matured" in their spiritual life and pick up many of the chores and care of the baby which is the laity. The problem in our family of the Church is that the baby isn't growing and maturing in Christ. This baby wants to stay in its crib-demanding to be fed, comforted, changed, and pam- pered. Only the cribs are get- ting full with all the new babies. It's time more of the babies crawled out of the crib and started walking and len- ding a hand, helping manage this enormous family of the Church. We need to see what we are doing to our "family" by See LETTERS page 14