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10 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana i Magic Words February 8, 1991 By FATHER JOSEPH L. ZILIAK Associate Publisher Dedicating this season to ,.,nd of war in the Gulf In just a few days we'll be in the period of Lent. Let me share a couple of jokes with you to lighten the spirit. These come from cartoons that appeared in various magazines and newspapers throughout the world, From London comes this one. There is a man sitting at his desk penning a note. He writes, "Dear Sir: My conscience forbids me to accept the Gold Card you offered me. I am not the big success you take me for." Or this one from Mexico City. An executive sits at his desk pointing to a chart containing a large arrow pointing upward. A group of employees stand dutifully across the desk listening to the boss. In the Chief's mind is an image of a knight charging forward gallantly. In the minds of the others there is a person going down in the water for the third time. From Kiev is the cartoon of a man pulling off petals from a daisy. The caption is, "Leave the Party, stay in the Party." Again from London. A medieval scene shows a captain of the troops pointing bravely with sword in hand. The caption reads, "Remember, men, the enemy will be facing you in cheap ready-to-wears; you'll be fighting them in uniforms designed by Michelangelo. Now what does that have to do with Lent? Nothing really. And yet everything. We can't live in a land of fantasy. We dare not see everything as heavy, morose and dreary. Nor should we view everything as a big joke. We live with a variety of emotions, feelings, yearnings and hopes. Could we dedicate this season of Lent, not just to our own conversion of heart and mind, but more positively, devote our prayers and energies for peace and a quick end of the war in the Persian Gulf? To me, this Lenten season offers a glorious opportunity for us to storm the heavens for a change in our lives that allows the presence of the Spirit of God to flourish in our hearts. We have a long standing spiritual tradition that calls on us to pray and fast. If you look up Matthew 17:14-20, Mark 9:14 and Luke 9:37- 43, you'll see what I mean. These references contain the story of Jesus dealing with the young boy possessed by a demon. The father is beside himself, for his son does harm to himself because of the demon. He brings him to Jesus since the apostles were unable to drive the demon from the boy. Jesus calls on his apostles to have faith and then commands the demon to leave the child. This happens and the young man is given back to his father. Privately the apostles ask why they were unable to rid the boy of the demon. Jesus said, "This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer." The Latin Vulgate and other texts add the words "prayer and fasting." Check Tobias 12:8 and following. "Prayer and fasting are good, but better than either is almsgiv- ins accompanied by righteousness." With these key quotes from the Word of God we are well on the way toward an understanding of our personal spirituality. These days of Lent are a time-honored occasion for special awareness of God's call to us to put our lives in line with the wishes of our Lord Jesus. If you agree that going to war is less than desirable. If you agree that killing and destruction do not symbolize the most noble of human actions. If you feel that something evil needs arighting these days. Then we could all concur that the time is here to join in prayer and fasting that the war in the Persian Gulf area come quickly to an end and our men and women be able to return home quick- ly and safely. Fasting leads to self discipline. Fasting will aid in controlling food and drink intake. Fasting may help us stay away from harmful chemicals. Almsgiving will support good works and meet needs of the less fortunate. Following God's way is a win-win situation. This is a good time to give his way a try. Golden jubilarians Oscar and Helen {Fuhs) Hedinger of Jasper will celebrate their fif- tieth wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 17 at the Knights of Columbus Home in Jasper. Follow- ing the Mass, a dinner will be served for family and invited guests. An Open House for friends and relatives will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. The couple requests no gifts. They were married Feb. 18, 1941, at St. Joseph Church, Jasper. They have five children, James and Mary Jane Kelley, both of Jasper, Maurice of St. An- thony, Bernadette Pfeiffer of Evansville. Their son, Richard, is deceased. They have 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Hedinger retired from the Indiana Desk Company after 43 years. r.'.:.'-.-. :, .J rue ....... FOR COMPLETE ELECTRICAL SERVICE FISCHER ELECTRIC INC. RT. 1 ST. 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