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2 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Six million postcards ordered as Project Life Sunday "WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In them to pay for all abortions cards at Catholic parishes dur- strictions on abortion, enhance the Jam preparation for Project Life Sunday Jan. 23, U.S. dioceses have ordered more than 6 mil- lion sets of postcards urging Congress to keep abortion cov- erage out of health care re- forms. Michael Taylor, director of the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment, said 84 percent of U.S. dioceses have ordered postcards. Tay- lor's committee is a Catholic pro-life group that is co-spon- soring the campaign with the U.S. bishops' Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities. The theme of the 1994 post- card campaign will be "Keep Abortion Out of Health Care Reform." "Americans are becoming more acutely aware of how strongly they object to the ad- ministration's plan to force through its health care plan, and the orders for postcards keep rolling in," Taylor said. Last year, the committee and the bishops' agency co- sponsored the first Project Life Sunday with a postcard cam- paign against the Freedom of Choice Act. That campaign generated from 3 million to 6 million cards to Congress and was credited by some members of Congress with helping to prevent passage of the legisla- tion. "Representatives from many dioceses and parishes have told me they ran out of pro-life postcards" last year, Taylor said. "This year, some dioceses have already run out of cards and'are placing last-minute or- ders for more." The campaign involves dis- tribution of sets of four post- I II A Meditation on the Timeless Heart of God At my birth. I mount the merry-go-round called earth... earth life. I leave the eternal NOW of timeless life within God's heart. I leave the alpha and the omega the beginning and the end... All contained in God along with me is now veiled. "Before I formed you in your mother's womb I knew you".., saith the Lord. At birth I leave future.., past... and all answers to be revealed. Earth life is a wooden horse decked with jewels...winged. Earth life blinds the spiritual eyes so that time like riding a merry-go-round seems to go forward; a winged horse soaring for Yet life circles the hub of God's timeless heart; circles the "I am who before Abraham was... I Am . . ." My life is as long as the blink of God's eye outside of time. When I return to God I will know that I was not gone a minute for on earth I'm but a fragment of my future self existing in heaven NOW with Christ crucified from the cross to Mass. miles... I'm in heaven I'm not born yet; even at this minute God forms me in my mother's womb my eternal mother's womb. During this rare instant which I can barely comprehend Christ has come again I rest in Him I look back to today... as I await the Second Coming that special time or lack of time in THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. Debbie Page Nativity Parish Evansville ii [ i ing the Jan. 22-23 weekend. Parishioners send postcards to each of their U.S. senators, their U.S. representative and to the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment, to help keep track of participation in the campaign. Jan. 22 marks the 21st an- niversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade decision, which removed most state re- The health care plan pro- posed by President Clinton would include abortion cover- age for all women. The U.S. bishops have backed many as- pects of the Clinton plan but strongly oppose the inclusion of abortion coverage. The 1994 postcards carry this message: "Our nation needs to reform its health care system to protect the lives and pecially the poor ble, the unserved born. Abortion is care; it destroys and most for want to pay pay fora force me to against my constituent, I abortion out care reform." New group seeks com ground on abortion iss By NANCY FRAZIER O'BRIEN Catholic News Service and pro-choice sides," she said. "Now the conflict between them is not in the interlocking part of that circle. So we focus on that, without denying that the rest is there." Sister Kaufmann, a native of South Dakota who has lived in the Washington area for nine years, serves as co-director of the network with Mary Jack- steit, an experienced mediator and arbitrator. She has a mas- ter's degree in peace studies and is working toward a doc- torate in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University. She said her identity as a Benedictine is "very signifi- cant" to her "common ground" work. The Benedictines are a religious order "whose primary objective is to create commu- nity, not to do a specific work," she said. The new network features a 16-member steering committee that meets three times a year and includes some well-known names from both sides of the abortion issue. Its parent organization is Search for Common Ground, a nonprofit group founded in 1982 with the aim of improving WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A background in conflict resolu- tion and a lifetime of conversa- tions with "many close friends on both sides" of the abortion issue led Benedictine Sister Adrienne Kaufmann to her new job. As co-director of the Com- mon Ground Network for Life and Choice, Sister Kaufmann will be promoting dialogue and action by abortion supporters and opponents on such "com- mon ground" issues as child care, adoption and the need for prenatal care. The new Washington-based national network was an- nounced Jan. 10. "We really feel as if this con- flict is fracturing" churches, local communities and even families, Sister Kaufmann said in an interview with Catholic News Service. But an agree- ment to talk and work together doesn't mean either side has to compromise its principles, she added. "The visual image that we use is of two interlocking cir- cles, representing the pro-life Knights' head repeats opposition to abortion in health care plan WASHINGTON (CNS) -- If held hostage to the ideology of the most extreme elements of the pro-abortion lobby." Dechant touched upon the highs and lows of the pro-life movement in 1993. "A funny thing happened on the way to the 'unqualified vic- tory' of the pro-abortion groups," according to Dechant. He pointed to Clinton's executive orders last Jan. 22 that increased access to abortion by rescinding policies enacted by the Reagan and Bush administrations. "The pro-life movement ral- lied, fought back and won sig- nificant victories of its own," he said. The Freedom of Choice Act and a bill to criminalize protests outside abortion clin- ics were stalled in 1993, and the Hyde Amendment barring federal subsidies for most Med- icaid abortions was "over- whelmingly re-enacted" by Congress, "with only a few re- grettable but relatively minor changes," Dechant said. I abortion is part of a national health care program, the Knights of Columbus will urge President Clinton and Con- gress to "eliminate this obnox- ious proposal," said Supreme Knight Virgil C. Dechant. Dechant said the proposal to include abortion in the health care plan could be "the biggest challenge of all" to pro-lifers. His Jan. 12 statement was is- sued to coincide with the an- niversary of the Jan. 22, 1973, Roe vs. Wade decision allowing abortion virtually on demand. He noted the Knights have consistently opposed abortion, citing the Knights' convention last August during which the group declared, "We shall con- tinue our unyielding opposition to pro- abortion measures like the Freedom of Choice Act and the inclusion of coverage for abortion under a national health care program." Health care, Dechant said, is "too important an issue to be MILLER & MILLER 424-9274 Y " ' IIIII / " I I  ' II I II  "Funeral Pre-Planning Since 1940" U.S.- Soviet since begun simila! in the Middle ern Europe the works in The life and pro-life membi Loretto Wagner,; dent of Missouri Life; Frederic Green, vice munications Life; and AndreV attorney who SOUri On the other issue are waukee psychq former owner abortions were B.J. of Reproductive vices in St. "We have mon than we Mat| we have a lot passion we fully reduce abortion." 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