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4 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Perspective f': : = By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message Editor I drove into an almost empty parking lot last Sunday morning, to wait for my son. He would be coming at 7 a.m., he had told me. My son, Ben, was among around 90 people who went to Washington, D.C., to show their sup- port for life issues on the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. Two buses had taken the high school students and adults from Evansville to Washington for the pro-life march in Washington on Friday, Jan. 22. The buses had left on Wednesday evening and were to return on Sunday morning. As I looked around the parking lot, I began to have some doubts. Did he really say 7 a.m.? He left from the parking lot at Bethel Temple, but did he ever say he would return to this same lot? A dozen or so cars were scattered around the parking lot. No one was in any of them. No one else was waiting. I drove down the street to a nearby fast food outlet, bought a cup of coffee, and returned a few minutes after 7 a.m. There was still no sign of any- body waiting, no cars to meet the 90 people. When waiting becomes a positive activity I drove slowly past the parked cars. One had a pro-life bumper sticker on it. That was a hopeful sign. Perhaps it belonged to one of the marchers, and had been parked there since Wednesday, awaiting the owner's return. Another car had a bumper sticker encourag- ing people to pray the rosary. Perhaps that was a sign that the car owner was a Catholic who had left a car on the parking lot of the non-denomi- national church. I waited for a few more minutes, but no one else came to wait with me. I concluded that I was either at the wrong place, or that I had come at the wrong time. I went home. A phone call to another family cleared things up. The buses were expected at 9:30. The location was right, but my time had been wrong, When I went back to the parking lot, I found what I expected -- a lot full of cars. Most of them were empty; they belonged to people who had come to worship at the church. Some cars had people in them -- people who were waiting. i, Washington Letter Together we waited for the buses to arrive. The thought came to mind that my day morning experience might lead to understanding about Christian people think somehow that waiting is a thing -- but that is not necessarily so. For a Christian who waits -- not the day nor the hour -- waiting is not tive thing. Waiting is not just Waiting is an activity, something wait for someone is to acknowledge the tance of that someone in our lives. As we wait for Jesus Christ to come, we should be looking for the signs that he ready here. We should be looking for the that others are waiting for him, too. ' And if all of our searching seems then it is time to acknowledge that we need, ask someone else to help. No one said we wouldn't have doubts. No one said we not make mistakes. No one said we had tO do: it alone. The inauguration: Prayerful to an unusual degree Cathedral the Sunday before Inauguration Day led off for- mer President Bush's celebra- tion. Clinton's Jan. 20 service was held at Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, one of the oldest in Washington and the first African-American congrega- tion to" host the pre-inaugural prayer service. The service for Clinton and Gore was much more gospel- oriented than usual, Brooks said, and it included a broader representation of faiths. Prayers or readings were offered by Catholic, Jew- ish, Muslim, Baptist, Methodist, Greek Orthodox and Episcopal clergy. The accompanying music from an assortment of choirs and soloists ranged from tra- ditional Protestant hymns to "Be Not Afraid," written by Jesuit Father Bob Dufford. Not since Carter was presi- dent has the chief executive been so public about his reli- gion. Carter was a lay minis- ter at his Plains, Ga., church. It's not that Clinton is nec- essarily more devout than his predecessors in office, ob- served Brooks. "I think it's different reli- gious tastes," he said. "It may be generational." "Like Clinton and Gore, Harry Truman was also a Baptist, but I could0.., not imagine him going to a gospel By PATRICIA ZAPOR prayer service at the First Catholic News Service Baptist Church of Washing- ton after their return from a WASHINGTON {CNS) -- star-studded musical gala.  From three renditions of The church -- Jimmy ' ::"'-' ::D, Gtr::tO !a.private, : Carter's. home church .when midnight prayer service he was president -- co-spon- service like they had," said Brooks. Like many of his predeces- sors, Clinton also quoted from Scripture in his inaugu- ral address, citing a favorite passage from St. Paul's letter to the Galatians: "And let us not be weary ifi well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." Not all his religious influ- ences are Baptist. Clinton told a crowd of students at his alma mater, Georgetown University, Jan. 18 that he in- tended to take some advice from the late Jesuit Father Timothy Healy in writing his inaugural address. Father Healy, former president of the Jesuit university and a close hours before he was sworn in, President Clinton's inaugural celebration was prayerful to an unusual degree. Amid all the hullabaloo in five days of inaugural activi- ties, Clinton, Vice President AI Gore and their families made a point of spending time in prayer, both public and private. Modern inaugurations have always included some reli- gious elements hut the em- phasis this year "really was a little unusual," said Philip Brooks, historian for the Pres- idential Inaugural Committee. In addition to an invoca- tion at the swearing-in cere- mony by the Rev. Billy Gra- ham and the traditional inauguration-morning prayer service, which was televised, Clinton and Gore quietly at- tended a private midnight I I The MESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47720-0169 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville Published weekly except last week in December by the Cathok: Press of Evanswlte ............ :-,-.." ....................... Paul Leingang Address all ommunicationt, to P.O. Box 4160, Evansville, IN 47724-0169 o Subscription rate: $12.00 per year Single Copy Price: $.50 Entered as 2rid class matter at the post offe in Evansville, IN 47701. Publica- tion number 843800. Postmaster: Return POD forms 3579 to Offce o on friend of Clinton's, hind an outline of the inaugural a he died two "I want him to absorbed the i I've taken some and some," Clinton Georgetown. Clinton's staff Healy's influence sages in the speech change in ad "forcing the spring" newal for the country. But Clinton's use gious symbols and ogy angered d who oppose Clinton': tion on abortion and to allow homoseXUa serve openly in m Bishop's The following activities and events are listed on schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger. ..... a:m: EST,:: ' i .:30 a! .... ions :Directors . , ,Day; Catholic Center sored the late-night service with the Baptist Joint Com- mittee. The Rev. Everett Goodwin, pastor, said they offered to host the service as a time for worship and reflec- tion from a Baptist perspec- tive, and Clinton agreed. Both Clinton and Gore are South- ern Baptists. Clinton's staff also made ar- rangements for the new presi- dent to pay a non-public visit to Arlington National Ceme- tery, where he knelt in prayer at the grave of John F. Kennedy. And the strains of "Amaz- ing Grace," a traditional hymn and a favorite of Clin- ton's, echoed from the Na- tional Mall during a massive public concert Jan. 17, from the Capital Centre during the Jan. 19 gala and from the church that hosted the Inau- guration Day prayer service. Brooks, an archivist with the National Archive, said the interfaith prayer service held a few hours before the inau- guration ceremony was par- ticularly striking in compari- son to previous services. Four years ago, an inter- faith service at the National