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14 Letters Continued from page 13 the constant demanding, fighting, and sitting in our crib sucking our thumbs and bottles that our older brothers and sisters have propped into our mouths. You see they can no longer gently hold us and feed us one on one because there are too many babies. They are tired of doing all the chores and care and feeding. They need help from those of us who should be walking and feeding ourselves. Then they could meet the new babies' needs and still have time to grow and play in the family of our Church. It's no wonder our young men with a love for Jesus don't want to become priests. We, the laity, give them no time for their own spiritual growth and no time (play time) to just live and enjoy US. Babies when born are helpless and take a lot of time, care and nurturing. But babies do grow up -- we as parents would be disappointed if they didn't. We as a society call the baby who doesn't grow in the normal manner handicapped. We the laity are not han- dicapped. We are spoiled rotten and expect our priest, nuns, hierarchy and the Pope to serve us hand and foot. It's about time we started maturing and meeting what needs of the "family" we are capable of at each stage of growth. Let's start picking up our own "crosses" and carrying them ourselves as Jesus said. Perhaps then we will see our seminaries fill up with dedicated men and women who know that they can make a com- mitment to serve God because the "family" will also meet their needs so they don't have to shoulder the whole load. I see in their faces the "light of the Lord" but also the weariness of carrying possibly 1100 other crosses entirely by themselves. Let's start acting as a family -- let's grow up as a CHURCH and meet each other's needs. Jesus instructs us to share one another's burdens -- that's true love in a family and that is love in the Church. Let's start living and showing our love for one another instead of bickering, finding fault, fighting and complaining. Jesus said to come to Him as a child with innocence and trust. But He also said "Take up your cross and follow me"...."Bear- The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana ing one another's burdens." Think about it. Sue Waller Evansville, Indiana We are grateful To the editor, In the weeks prior to Christmas a plea went out (through the Message and other sources) to the Evansville area Christian comnmnity for their assistance in helping with our yearly soup kitchen Christmas Party. It is at this time we serve a delicious meal, have presents of clothes for everyone and toys for the children. The recipients of these gifts are our needy brothers and sisters of our com- munity. How grateful we are! The outpouring of help from so many churches and individuals reinforces our commitment to continue serving Christ in this very special way. Nearly 500 of our brothers and sisters were served. Our special thanks to St. Joseph Parish (city), for the use of their kitchen and gym- nasium, to St. Paul's Episcopal Church for the use of their facilities throughout the year for our weekly soup kitchen. What a super commitment they make in serving Christ through the needy of our community. Also to Methodist Temple, Reitz High School, the Sisters of St. Benedict (Ferdinand), the parishes of Resurrection, Good Shepherd, Holy Angels, St. Phillip, St. Theresa and St. Benedict we are grateful. Your support is overwhelming. Gifts of food, clothing, toys and especially the gifts of yourselves, the support of so many individuals is most encouraging. We wish we could name all of you, but since that is impossi- ble, please accept this as our way of extending to all of you a heartfelt thank you. Very many of you have come to support us all through the year, not just at Christmas time. We are grateful to God for sen- ding you to us. Please know that you are in our prayers throughout the year. God Bless, Sister Joanna Trainer and the Board of Directors House of Bread and Peace Inc. Shelter and Soup Kitchen. Please patronize Message advertisers! [ Examination of a translation To the editor, In response to the letter of Richard Vieck in the Message (12/7/90) I would like to make the following tentative observa- tions, tentative because it would take a great deal more time and resources than I have available to give a more definitive answer. At issue is the translation of Genesis 3:15. Mr. Vieck in- cludes two translations of this text. The first or more "tradi- tional" one is, "I will put en- mities between thee and the woman and thy seed and her seed; she shall crush thy head and shalt lie in wait for her heel." Then he quotes the New American Bible, the translation approved by the American bishops for the lectionary. It runs as follows: "I will put en- mity between you and the woman, and between your off- spring and hers; HE will STRIKE at your head, while you strike at his heel." I will add a third translation, that of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible. It runs as follows: "I will put enmity bet- ween you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise your head and you shall bruise his heel." The first translation is taken from the venerable Douay- Rheims translation first printed in 1582. It is true, as Mr. Vieck states, that the basic text used for that translation was the Latin Vulgate of St. Jerome. Douay-Rheims translates Jerome with the greatest ac- curacy. It should be noted however that Jerome did not have available the resources, i.e. manuscripts and the results German Amcr/can Bank We Make Friends l,'or Lle JASPER, INDIANA i i Peoples Trust Company 59 SOUTH MAIN STREET P.O. 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We must never be afraid to go to Jerome's sources, the sacred text itself in its original languages. The Hebrew of Genesis 3:15 is literally translated as follows: "I will put enmity (hostility) between you and between the woman, and between your seed (offspring, descendants, posterity) and her seed. HE will crush (bruise, snap at, strike at, snatch, grind) your head and you will snap at (strike at, bruise, crush, grind) his heel." Thus there are many possibilities of translating the verb, and it is not necessary at all to bind oneself to only one of many possible translations into English. As to the pronoun "SHE" or "HE:" The Hebrew text as we have it today with its pointing is without a doubt "HE" and not "SHE." (Pointing is placing of various dots and dashes, etc., to help the inexperiencd reader pronounce the Hebrew.) Jerome may simply have interpreted the Hebrew pronoun as feminine since this is done in a few other cases in the Old Testament. Jerome very likely worked with a Hebrew text that had no "pointing" whatsoever, since this aid to pronunciation was not commonly used in the sacred text. That is about as simply as this matter can be put without boring the reader. Thus we must conclude that the translation of Genesis 3:15 used in the New American Bible is more faithful to the original language than either Jerome or January18,1991 the Douay-Rheims verson. It is true that this more ac- curate translation of the original text makes it more dif- ficult to apply Genesis 3:15 to Mary as was done by the Fathers of the Church and early and later theologians who depended on Jerome's transla- tion. However, it can be admit- ted that there is a remote possibility that the pronoun "SHE" is acceptable. In many instances involving the original text there can be no absolute certainty, only a greater pro- bability depending on both the number and importance of an- cient manuscripts containing a certain text. There should be no problem for traditionalists to faithfully cling to their translation, but let ,I' them also realize that translators of more recent ver- sions are not fools who write down what first comes to mind. Painstaking research by re- nowned scholars is the basis for any of the newer and scholarly English translations such as the New American Bible. The ren- dition of these scholars cannota: be lightly brushed aside and certainly not unless one can do so because he has a working knowledge of the languages from which the translation was made. As to the official nature of J Jerome's Vulgate, the council of Trent declared it to be authen- tic. The meaning of this word in the decree of the Council of Trent was interpreted by the Biblical Commission in 1941 and by Pius XII in 1943 as an af- firmation that the Vulgate was # free from any error in matters of faith and morals and explained that the decree of this Council does not prohibit newer transla- tions from the original texts rather than from the Vulgate. Father Donald C. Dilger Evansville, Indiana u EVANSVILLE SERVICE S ZIIII00IP (FREE ESTIMATES) GRANT PLUMBING CO. 484 S. GOVERNOR AT CANAL Ph. 424-2441 Spaldings Food Land Sales & Service TV & 2-Way FM 1916 W. FRANKI, IN STREET PHONE (812) 423-7849 Herman Goebel Motor Co. NEW OR USED CARS Where the best deals are made Trade up or down Bank Financing 2001 W. Delaware 423-7759 M&S Fire & Safety Equip. Co. Inc. Over 25 years sales and service in the Tri-state 670 E. Franklin 424-3863 _ $ SAVE $ Your newspapers aluminum cans - glass JEFFERSON SMURFIT CORP. (formerly Alton Packaging Corp.) 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