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4 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana -- Taking the time to make a difference--- Looking back and looking ahead: Lent Good ideas come from many places. Two items from the recent mail caught my eye. Both of them have to do with Lent. "We need Lent!" That's the open- ing line of one of the items, a news release from an organization known as "Alternatives for simple living" in Sioux City, Iowa. Lent "encourages us to look within ourselves to see how we ByPAUL have confused popular cultural val- R. LEINGANG EDITOR ues with Christian faith," the writer goes on to say. "Lent can prepare us for an Easter that is more than bunnies, eggs and clothes." search the tall My own memories of Lent and Easter are full of eggs. Even the bells the servers Used to ring during Mass were were re- placed with wooden clappers. And of course, Lent was empha- sized -- from the pulpit, from the school teacher's desk and from par- ents at home -- as a time of "giving up." Candy, movies, television view- ing, snacks in between meals -- those were some of the suggestions of what could be given up. So were "arguing with your sister" or "hit- ting your brother" or similar family activities. Easter Sunday memories include going to Mass and coming home to grass in the yard for hidden Easter sights and sounds and encouragement from several sources to "give up something for Lent." I have vivid memories of many experiences and practices. My imagination must have had something to do with it, as I remember the priest's ash'covered thumb which felt like it must have left a mark a foot wide and just as high. I was always surprised at how small it really was when I could catch a glimpse of the mark in a mirror. Other memories have not lost their strength with the passing years. Lent was a time without music. Organ music ended at our church during Lent, not to return until the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday. Customs and liturgical practices may change over the years, but it seems to me that there are several points that have endured: Lent is a time of prepara- tion for Easter; it takes some planning to make it work, and the family is an ideal location for such an observance. If we don't do anything about it, Easter will quickly suffer the same fate as Christmas -- with decorations set up months ahead of time and taken down even before the day itself. The "Easter Pa- rade" of new dresses and hats may be long gone from most family experiences , but Easter egg hunts are marching earlier and earlier and already are scheduled a weekend or two before "Alternatives for simple living" calendar for Lent, containing thought and Action from Ash through Easter Sunday, April 7. : : The second item I found in the from St. Anthony Messenger Press with "many suggestions for ture of ritual and for celebrating well as other seasons and holidays." $ * Take the time before Ash We your family or friends about the sights the smells, the rituals, the Lent. Find a source for new ideas and you plan for Lent and Easter. In ternatives for simple living," learn lenge consumerism, live justly, sponsibly." For more information: Alternatives for simple living, T Sioux City, Iowa 51106. Telephone St. Anthony Messenger PresS, Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 4 (513) 241-5615. Questions and comments are Christian Family Movement, P.O. Iowa 50010. Washington Letter Crowded Republican presidential field includes three By NANCY FRAZIER O'BRIEN Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Irr 1992, one of the few things that Catholic presidential can- didates Jerry Brown and Patrick Buchanan had in com- mon was their Jesuit educa- tion. Bill Clinton, who is Southern Baptist, shared that academic background. That led one political pundit at the time to joke that the only clear lesson of the 1992 campaign was "the need for re- form in Jesuit education." But in this year's race for the Republican nomination, the three contenders Who are Catholics -- Buchanan, Alan Keyes and Rep. Robert Dornan have much more in common. All three have been tireless in proclaiming that the Repub- lican Party should keep its platform plank against abor- tion, and they haven't hesi- tated t(> chide other candidates aboutwhat they see as slips in their pro-life positions. All three support a balanced I I The MESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47711 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville Published weekly except/ast week in December by the Catholic Press of Evansville Publisher .............. Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger Editor ....................................... Paul R. Leingang Pr0ducton Technician ................ Joseph Dietrich Advertising .................................... Paul Newland Staff Wnter ............................. Mary Ann Hughes Address all communications to P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169 Subscription rate: $17.50 per year Single Copy Price: $.50 Entered as 2nd class matter at the post office in Evansville, IN 47701. Publica- tion number 843800. Postmaster: Return POD forms 3579 to Office of Publication 1995 C Press  Evar budget amendment, tax relief for families, a school prayer amendment and strong steps to reduce crime. They oppose gun control, women in combat, special rights for homosexuals, aid to illegal immigrants and government welfare programs that contribute to the break- down of the family and to teen- age pregnancy. And each would like to be ' the first Catholic Republican to be president of the United States. In a telephone interview with Catholic News Service Jan. 25, Dornan said the simi- larity of views can even con- fuse the candidates them- selves. When Buchanan described his campaign themes during the Republican candi- dates' debate in Des Moines, Iowa, a week earlier, he listed "faith, family and freedom" -- the exact campaign slogan of the Dornan campaign. But the big difference among the three, according to Dot'nan, is "I'm the only one who's ever been elected." Buchanan and Keyes each have held govern- ment posts! president ]n has twice run ate, but SRCC(2 Dornan, n who repreSe district that panic and 7 he has been terms in district voters know of the family." . Buchanan, t Good news about March for Life participants To the editor: I recently had the privilege of going to Washington, D.C. with about 50 young people from southern Indiana for the Pro-Life March. At first I re- ally dreaded going 17 hours away from home with "a bunch of teenagers." Boy was I wrong. These young people were wonderful. These kids vere po- lite, courteous and thoughtful, They were full of respect for our faith, our church and all i A great profanity To the editor: ! read with dismay the re- cent article about Catholics in Indonesia rioting and beating a Protestant man to death be- cause he had received commu- nion. The article said that the Indonesian Catholics were upset by 40 incidents of "host desecration." In my opinion the Protestant man committed no sacrilege when he received communion, but the Catholics who killed him performed a great profanity against the Christ whom we believe is pre- sent in, the host. Talk about "host desecration!" Tom Ballard Newburgh we stand for. As the Rosary was said on the bus several times during the trip, you could hear their voices join in. As the Mass was said, these students participated in every aspect. I even saw one girl ex- plaining to a non-Catholic friend how and why we say the Rosary. Everywhere we went, people in museums and restau- rants commented how polite and courteous these kids be- haved. I now know the world is in good hands if these are the people who will be running it in the future. Many of these students have full school schedules, a part-time job and many school and church activi- ties. Yet they still found the time to go to Washington to stand up for what they believe in. They also took the time to Lenten Programs To the editor: Many of our parishes have great programs planned for the Lenten season. I would like for them to list these programs in the Message so that all readers will be aware of what is avail- able. Joseph F. Stofleth Evansville pray not only for pro-life but also for the people who have chosen abortion instead of liih. Parents, teachers and church leaders, you have done a good job raising these kids. They have made you proud. We could all learn many valuable lessons from them. Beth Sehutte Inglefield Bishop's telephone saw a among the my (fellow agree that chance of be publican  the United Buchanan on issues r need for ing wage t "looking men f See The following activities and events schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger: Thursday, Feb: 8, 7p