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February 8, 1991 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Bishop's Forum k By BISHOP GERALD A. GETrELFINGER Lenten prayers and fasts: asking for world peace Lent is a preparation time. For those who are preparing for full communion with Catholic Chris- tians throughout the world, it is a time of final preparation for baptism and profession of faith. The rest of us are called to personal conversion of our lives that the renewal of our baptismal pro- mises on Holy Saturday night reflect a deeper and richer faith. Lent is a time for us to review not only our relationship with God but also our relationship in the community. It is not enough to avoid sin. We are to go beyond ourselves with care for one another. Our care is not to stop at the boundaries of countries, of creeds, or of races. The war in the Persian Gulf heightens awareness of our brothers and sisters, those at war and those left behind. There is a spirit of bonding evidenced by the multi-colored ribbons visible vir- tually everywhere. Somehow or another, it is easier to be conscious that we are members of one $amily when others we know are suffering. At tile same time, war twists things up. Our hearts are wrenched when we ponder the fact that k Prayers are requested The following names have been submitted to the Message, with requests for prayers for safety. Lance Cpl. Jeremy Adler, son of James and Veronica Adler, Corpus Christi Church. Pfc. Ryan J. Marsh, grandson of Rose M. and the late George Marsh, Old Cathedral, Vincennes. Built in 1825 for Noon Oay Stage Coach Stop & Trading Post OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED AS THE OLDEST RESTAURANT IN INDIANA 12 MILES NORTH OF EVANSVILLE 1 MILE EAST OF US 41 ON OLD STATE ROAD OLDEST ORIGINAL LOG INN Dine in the Original Log Room that Abraham Lincoln was in -in November 1844 DINNERS SERVED by Ala Carte Menu or FAMILY STYLE for 4 or More Draught Beer- Wine - Cocktails DINING ROOM SEATING 500 Serving Dinner from 4 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday Closed Sunday and Monday Evansville Telephone 867-3216 GENE and RITA ELPERS, Pro those who die in this war are not Iraqi, Israelis, or Saudis or Americans -- they are human beings, sons and daughters. This was so poignanlly brought home in a television clip of a woman in Iraq screaming pleadingly and with anger "...we are human beings!" Things get even more mixed up. While wag- ing war, we human beings pray for peace. Both the act of war and the act of peace-making are within the reach of the human spirit. Does this not make us shamefully aware of our needs of redemption? The Church has always provided ways for per- sonal and communal penance during the sacred season of Lent. Only two days of fast and abstinence, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, are of obligation for all adults over 18 and under 60 years of age. The other Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence fronY meat. These two tradi- tional practices of self-control are ways we can renew ourselves. How better to pray for peace than exercising personal self-control by fasting. Jesus suggested to the disciples that some demons can only be ex- Golden jubilarians Leonard and Marjorie (Moore) Jochim of Evansville will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 4 p.m. Feb. 16 at Holy Redeemer Church, Evansville. A reception dinner and dance be held later at the Eagles' Country Club Gardens. The couple was married Feb. 18, 1941 at St. Mary Church, Evansville. They have seven children: Leonard "Skip," James and Charles, all of Evansville, Warren "Steve" of Louisville, In., Michael of Richmond, Va., Nancy Sylvester of Rockford, Ill., and Marcia Jochim of Altamonte Springs, Fla. They have 14 grandchildren and two great. grandchildren. Leonard Jochim retired as co.owner, vice- president and manager of Economy Food Super Markets and Marjorie Jochim retired as co-control clerk from Sears Roebuck and Co. BUSINESSOWNERS PAYING TOO MUCH FOR INSURANCE? GIVE US A CALL We specialize in Property Liability Workers' Comp. INSURANCE AGENCY 464-5993 pelled by prayer and fasting. Is it possible that the demon of war is one of those that only prayer and fasting will expel? The concept of "community of faith" can be elusive for many of us, particularly children. Fami- ly Lenten practices are encouraged to strengthen family faith. They can take many forms including the family rosary, attendance at daily Mass in addi- tion to Sunday, common meals in place of eating on-the run. Each family, the smallest of Christian communities, should undertake some Lenten prac- tice as a family to strengthen the bonds of com- munal faith. Family renewal is indeed the beginn- ing of worldwide renewal. DENNIS K. FELDHAUS Mater Dei Class of '70 I invite all who are able to join me in a daily fast during Lent asking God to grant us the ability to make peace. Some may wish to modify the fast by simply not eating between meals. For those who can do neither, join with us in prayers of your own choosing. Whatever the case, let us together pray for peace! 9 Prayer Continued from page 1 He deplored the misunderstandings between the Jewish, Christian and Islamic religions that contributed to the climate of mistrust and hatred in the region. La Civilta Cattolica, a Rome- based Jesuit magazine that often reflects Vatican views, criticiz- ed both Iraq and the allied countries for lacking "the will to arrive at a peaceful solu- tion." "Every proposal for a peaceful solution was destined to fail," it said, because neither side tried to understand the other. Vatican press officer Joaquin Navarre-Vails said the developments in the first weeks of war confirmed the pope's almost apocalyptic prewar war- nings of death, destruction and environmental damage. "The pope is too courteous to say, 'I told you so.' But he could have said it," Navarro- Valls commented. The pope Feb. 2 devoted his monthly rosary on Vatican Radio to the cause of peace in the Middle East. In his introductory talk he ex- pressed concern about "the quantity of weapons being used and the involvement in the con- flict of whole civilian popula- tions." "Listen, Father, to fle cry of innocent blood spilled on bat- tlefields," he prayed. While criticisms of the war continued in many quarters, observers noted that Catholic "just war" teaching has receiv- ed an unusual amount of atten- .tion in President Bush's speeches on the war and in military press briefings. Father J. Bryan Hehir of Georgetown University, a former U.S. Catholic Con- ference official and leading figure in the development of the U.S. bishops' 1983 peace pastoral, said tile focus on moral concerns in government thinking about the war was due in large 1  .rt to the influence of the bishops.