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% Message of Archlishop John P. Foley President, Pontifical Council for Social Communications at the Vatican for Catholic Press Month, February 1996 Do you sometimes get discouraged? Do you often think that you're the only person who wants to see the world a little better? Does all the bad news get you down? ?Sometimes all you need is a little inspiration." That's the theme for Catholic Press Month 1996 w and that's one of the purposes of the Catholic Press. The Catholic press doesn't bring you problems -- it proposes solutions -- the in- spiring teaching of the Holy Father, the guidance of the bishops' conference and of the local bishop, stories about Catholics who are making a difference in society, ideas for stimulating and wholesome entertainment, and -- finally -- reflections on the Sunday liturgy, on Sacred Scripture and on the teaching of Christ's Church. The word "inspiration" strictly means the special enlightenment and guidance given to the writers of the sacred books of the Bible so that they would write all and only what God wanted them to write. While we can't claim that the Catholic press is the equivalent of Holy Writ, the first printed book from any press -- not only a Catholic press -- was the Bible. The revelation in the Bible, especially as personified in Jesus Christ, the son of God and our Savior, is frankly what does or should inspire those who work in the Catholic press. Those who readtheCathlic pressgain enlightenment, get stimulating ideas, find consolation and experience an identification with their fellow Catholics not only in the local community but throughout the world. These are truly actual graces -- inspira- tions from the Holy Spirit which come through the Catholic press. Formation in the faith does not end with eighth grade orhigh school or college or even graduate school. It does not end with the latest Sunday homily. Formation in the faith is or should be an ongoing experience -- and the Catholic press makes such continuing formation possible and even easy. Do you want to change the world and make it better not only for yourself but espe- dally for your family and descendants? Then you need continuing motivation, guid- ance and encouragement. The Catholic press can be depended upon to give you a faith-lift! "Sometimes all you need is a little inspiration  -- and you unfailingly find it in the Catholic press. Read it m and pass it on. Other people need inspiration too! Subscribe to The :: i!