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:4 The Message- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana , -- Taking the time to make a difference-- - Work and witness in a friend's letter It was great news. I received a letter from a friend who lives in the metropolitan area where my family and I used to live. He and I worked together for more than a dozen years We don't write to each other very often. Maybe once or twice a year. Maybe less. I clearly remember one of the let- ters I received from him. It was a letter I did not answer, because I did not know what to say. I have felt a little guilty ever since. That letter -- the one I didn't know how to answer -- told me how he had lost his job. He and I met last year at the home of a mutual friend, and there -- face to face -- we talked about what had happened.  But never, in a letter, have I written to him about his job loss. I did not know what to say. By PAUL R. LEINGANG EDITOR I'm back." His new job is within his chosen career, and it seems to be a perfect fit. This is great news, and I will write back to send my congratula- tions on his new job. The letter I received will never last as long as one of the letters of St. Paul, that is for sure. But within and between the words and lines of that letter came the clear communication of human faith. This person is a believer in God. And he backs up his belief with his action. The faith so strongly expressed in the letter is the faith that God values each of us. If the birds of the air and the flowers in the field are lovedby God, so much more is the man unemployed for 30 months. That was the witness of the letter from my friend. This is the story of a man who did not give up, who This most recent letter from him, however, was knew that he was someone of value and human dig- filled with good news. "I am glad to be back (at work)," he wrote. He said he was working again "after 30 months of help- ing others where I could, through work or volunteer involvement." He noted that his volunteer work had kept him in contact with people in his field "so that may be why nity. This man is loved by God. If a person really believes in such a love -- that nothing is so high or So deep or so wide that it can separate us from the love God has for us -- then such a one can continue in hope. It is not a job or a title which dignifies the human person. Of course that is easy for me to * * How are If you have children, talk with hopes for jobs and careers. Reflect on your own opinion and you defined by the job you do? How does: fit with your business or Take the time today to explore the and unemployment situation in your nity. What support do you find for the the underemployed? Take a good look at what your church has to offer for people in a time of haps you can help the church reach when faith and finances are threatened.. Do you know your neighbors? bor, or a friend or acquaintance who find a way to get past any about bringing up the subject. "Offering support" is more than ciat assistance. It may be simply friendship, or your faith, Take the timet difference in one other person's life. Questions and comments are tian Family Movement, P.O. Box 272, 50010.  1! Washington Lettel Women athletes in many ways still on the si By MARK PATTISON Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Feb. 1 was recognized as Na- tional Women and Girls in Sports Day. Would that it didn't have to be, says agent Stephanie Vardavas. The day female athletes get as much recognition as their male counterparts "is not com- ing very soon," she said. In 1996, "because this is leap year, there are 365 National Men and Boys in Sports Days," she added. Donna Lopiano, executive di- rector of the Women's Sports Foundation, echoed her senti- ment, Of the 100,000 requests for information her organization gets each year, "my favorite question is, 'Is there a Men's Sports Foundation?' We have instructed our representatives to say Tes, the NFL, the NHL, majo r league baseball,'" Ms. Lopiano said. In interviews with Catholic News Service, lawyers, agents and other advocates for women in sports brought up the names ::The,MESSAGE " 200 N. Kentucky Ave. , Evansville, IN 47711 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville Published weekly except last week in December by the Catholic Press of Evansville Ptsher.:..,::._.Bistp Gerald A. Gettelfinger Edto;., ........................ ,. ........... Paut R. Leingg Pr0ductibn Technician ................ Joseph Dietdch 1 .................................... Paul Newtand Staff Wer.:...,...,.,:: .............. Marl AP Hughes Address all communications to P.O. BOx 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169 ,; . Subscription rate: $,17,50 per year  Single'COpy Price: $.50 Entel'eas2rd class matter at the post officeir Evansville, IN 47701, Publica- Postmstec Return POD forms 3579 to "0fe of Publication of Catholic women prominent in sports time and again to il- lustrate how women have made progress over time but still are figuratively on the sidelines of a tilted playing field.. Nerissa Gibert, an attorney for Reebok, saw hope in the en- dorsement contracts of female athletes. "(Women) don't have to look up to Michael Jordan any- more," she said. "Sheryl Swoopes has taken care of that. Rebecca Lobo has taken care of that. We are seeing these people become as impor- tant as their male counter- parts." For the uninitiated, Ms. Lobo, a Catholic, and Ms. Swoopes were women's college basketball stars. They both graduated last year and now are on Team U.S.A., which will compete in the 1996 Olympics. Ms. Gibert doesn't conduct negotiations for Reebok, but OKs the contracts. She says she's seen the fees paid women athletes and "there's a huge jump" between now and five years ago. She issued one caveat: "The best athlete may not be the best endorser." Onetime agent Sara Kleppinger Fornaciari, who sponsors sporting events under her Sports Plus firm's banner, suggested Catholic tennis star Gabriela Sabatini as one of the most marketable women in sports the world over. A native Argentine, Ms. Sabatini is not among the highest- ranked women's ten- '1 take exception.. . ' To The Editor: Justin Clements wrote an interesting commentary on miracles in your January 26th edition entitled, "The Gospel according to David Copper- field." In essence he states that a miracle is something that suspends--or is contrary to-- God's laws of nature. He then uses the rest of the article to suggest and then flatly state that Jesus did not multiply the loaves and fishes but that those in the crowd were hoard- ing food and shared it after they were inspired by the little boy with five loaves and two fishes. I take exception to the state- ments and ideas expressed. If a miracle doesn't go beyond known physical laws how do you explain Jesus walking on water? Did He know where the rocks were? Or the changing of water into wine? Or the raising of Lazarus from the dead? These things cannot be ex- plained because they do go against physical laws. And if they can't be explained some people won't accept them as true events. When those people begin rejecting some things which they can't explain it's a short distance to rejection of all things not understood. When this disbelief runs its course one must eventually deny even the miracle of the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. I found it very interesting that at the top of the same page as Mr. Clements' com- mentary was a section of the "Bishops Forum" dealing with Christian unity. When all Catholics become enlightened and accept Mr. Clements' rea- soning then we will have achieved that most sought: after prize. As Protestants. Michael A. Goedde Evansville nis players, but her endorse- ments range from shoes to clothing to those "milk mus- tache" magazine ads. Her international renown has something to do with it, Ms. Fornaciari said, as does the fact that she's "absolutely beautiful"-- a phrase not often heard when referring to male stars. Ms. Vardavas, a senior vice president for Washington- based ProServ, an agency that represents athletes, encapsu- lated the story of Catholic fig- ure skater Nancy Kerrigan and her freakish catapult to fame. After Ms. Kerrigan was at- tacked by associates of rival figure skater Tonya Harding in 1994, "for a while she was America's Sweetheart," Ms. Vardavas said. But "when she was thrust into the public spot- light, her reputation began to go a little bit haywire." Ms. Vardavas recalled over- hearing a conversation be- tween two women close to Ms. Kerrigan's age not long after the attack. The women were tearing apart Ms. Kerrigan's character. The fact that Ms. Kerrigan had been the victim was lost in the crush of media attention, and she would to get attention skating skills, said. "She was being a human ceased to becOmo victim," Ms., "She was some because she waS! Even six attack, with medal in her hefty co Disney Co. to gan "would didn't want to dollar," Ms. "She back. She go to unmolested. to Filene's B cruise the Ms. ers of the women's see the same maturity NBA game." It has taken the notion that compete in, added, p another 10 See Bishop's sch The following activities and events schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger: Massl YOuth: D Evall, Sunday, Feb, 11,3 Vacation, Monday ,. 19.