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0 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana i Magic of Words February 1, 1991 i ii i ii i By FATHER JOSEPH L. ZILIAK Associate Publisher Recognizing the connections: Iraq and the Garden of Eden Some examples of classic personality types give us this difference in viewing reality: an op- timistic person will see the one daisy popping up within a whole field covered with manure. A pessimistic person will see the one clump of manure in a field jammed with daisies. I don't want to come across as a total optimist who can see no problem with the present war in the Persian Gulf, but there are some interesting facets that surround the theatre of hostilities. I am making another assumption as I write. The assumption is that we separate the actions and decisions of Saddam Hussein and whoever gives him advice and moral support from the people whom we designate as Iraqi. I can understand the reasoning for our govern- ment officials, charged with upholding internal security, seeking and questioning Iraqis. But such actions, at the same time, presume generally that Iraqis living in the United States, or even citizens of Iraqi heritage, are somehow also in sympathy with the actions of the current Iraqi government. We've been down that road before. People of German ancestry in communities around Evansville gave up the laudable practice of teaching both German and English in school when we became involved in World War I. It was a way Message ,,, of publicly protesting how American they were. We are also very aware of the treatment of those of Japanese heritage during World War II. Their properties were confiscated. They were placed in protective custody in concentration camps, especially on the west coast. If we allow ourselves the opportunity of view- ing the people and geography of this war, we will recognize some important connections with our own faith. Some of the first scud missiles to land in Israel hit Tel Aviv and Joppa, a suburb just to the south of Tel Aviv. If you check in the Acts of the Apostles 9:36-42, you'll find reference to that very city. It was the place where Peter brought Dorcas (or Tabitha} back to life. She was an accomplished seamstress, but also well known for her "good deeds and almsgiving." Tel Aviv and Joppa are right on the Mediterra- nean Sea. Beautiful wide sandy beaches. Playgrounds and picnic areas for families on weekends and holidays. Haifa, also targeted with scud missiles, is a bit north up the coast. It has a beautiful, large, natural harbor. Our Mediterranean fleet often comes call- ing there. Overlooking the city and its harbor is diocese of Evansville have been asked to start or to renew Message subscriptions. The cir- culation campaign began on the weekend of Jan. 26-27, on "Message Sunday." In the weeks leading up to "Message Sunday," subscrip- tion rates and other information were sent to all parishes in the diocese. The subscription fee is the same as the previous year- $17.50 individually, $15 through the parish (with C..a nued from page 1 parishes are St. Vincent de Paul Church, Vincennes, and St. Thomas Church, Knox County, both in the Vincennes Deanery. Msgr. Roman Vollmer at St. Vincent Church and Father Francis Allega at St. Thomas Church have renewed all of their parishioners. Members of St. Vincent and St. Thomas are also able to take advantage of the full circulation rate. Catholics throughout the Clowns for a day Rachel and Rosarae Tieken were recent winners of a Hadi Shrine coloring contest; as winners, they became the guests of the Hadi Shrine Funsters and were "clowns for a day." They are the daughters of Dennis and Susie Tieken of St. Wendel. Rosarae is a third grader at St. Wendel School. significant subscriber fee reduc- tions available for parishes with high percentage circulation}: New and renewed subscrip- tions to the Message begin Fri- day, March 1 and continue through the last Friday in February 1992. Parishes returning subscrip- tion information by Feb. 15 should have the greatest suc- cess in getting all of the Mt. Carmel. A view of the seacoast is best from there. The Garden of Eden, as we have it described in Genesis, is in Iraq. Baghdad is on the Tigres River. Running in a southeasterly direction a bit south of the Tigres River is the Euphrates River. The city of Basra, just inland from the Persian Gulf, is at the confluence of the two. Babylon, the city that Daniel helped to rule with his wisdom, was located on the Euphrates not too many miles south of Baghdad. The southern portion of Iraq is known as the land of the Chaldees. Remember that our father in faith, Abraham, was called by God from the city of Ur in the land of the Chaldees. This past Sunday we read of Jonah. The Lord God sent Jonah, albeit after a three-day detour through the belly of a whale, to visit Ninevah and preach there a message of repentance and conver- sion of heart. Nineveh was the capital of Assyria. Assyria just happens to be the northern portion of today's Iraq. All these interesting historical and biblical connections say to me that we could spend our time and resources better in learning of one another instead of attacking one another. i necesary changes completed before March 1 on the master mailing list. The subscriber list is computerized and main- tained by Abbey Data Services at St. meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad. 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