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S SAGE walking i I ii exercise for the whole person is catching on Message editor speed in the frenzied '90s" proclaimed the headline in USA Today, Jan. 19. of"Prayer-Walking" author Linus Mundy at St. Meinrad Archabbey, with soul." walking for his body long before he realized that a stroll could be good for his soul." line in a story printed by The Blade in Toledo, Ohio, Jan. 14. newspapers, magazines, television and radio have recently been asking lots of ques- 't have .to be in Church to pray anymore than ve to be in a playground to play" quickly and quietly admits that he would rather express himself by writing instead questions. of at Abbey Press, St. Meinrad. Recent efforts on his part have led to on of Care Notes and Elf Help booklets. designed to help readers at particular times in their lives, and are avail- offices and hospital waiting rooms, at funeral homes and in many churches. are pointed, sometimes whimsical, self-help booklets available at commercial bookstores author of two books, "Slow-down Therapy" and "Keep-life-simple Therapy." His latest is subtitled: "A Simple Path to Body-and-Soul Fitness." I55 pages) and small enough to fit pocket or purse, but the ideas in it have for about 15 years "since I took up:exelis|rig; ">r',: on a stationery bicycle, while listening to classical music and Broadway show . for the book came about two years ago. on a retreat at the Trappist Monastery at Gethsemene. I had come back had a sort of revelation that I had been prayer-walking." "exercise for the whole person." article about prayer-walking, and later expanded it into a book, with the help editor. American Health magazine and formerly edited Psychology Today. original, Mundy stated in a recent telephone interview. People have been walking and even thousands, of years. The idea has been "under-discovered" long enough, preface to his book. our idea of what we mean by prayer," Mundy said in the interview. "You don't anymore than you have to be in a playground to play," he comments, with his g a sentence. LINUS MUNDY "Good thin m Mundy addresses his book to people in :the 90s.- , The introductory chapter puts it this way: rhe clang and clatter will continue to domi- nate our fives unless we do something different. We need to make a choice that can deliver us from our routines -- and our routine selves." Mundy advocates a practical choice: Periodi- t l cally, regularly, systematlcally, we can wa k away' from our noisy trappings and disturbing : distractions, if we have the will and discipline to do SO." He concludes that, By walking away, we walk See BOOK paEe 3 00dical insurance fund proposed lay employees in the diocese LEINGANG nearing completion. Bishop e Diocesan Pastoral Council. ditor Gerald A. Getteifinger has pre- After completing the consul- " Proposal for Policy establishing a raedical in- employees is es sented his proposal to the Council of Priests, the Dioce- san Finance Council, and to e of Evansville read reli " magazines or newspapers newspaper)? Y or more 1'2 or 3 times a " SeVeral times a rnes a Year ost never, i Statewide Catholics * 15% -- Weekly or more often 17% -- 1,2 or 3 times a month 14%- Several times a year 13% -- 1 or 2 times a year 399; -- hhnost never ii(Yer tation process with the three groups, Bishop Gettelfinger will prepare the final state- ment of diocesan policy. At issue is what to provide and how to pay for medical in- surance for full-time lay em- ployees of the Church. The parishes, schools and diocesan offices currently employ more than 700 persons. "The Catholic Diocese of Evansville has an obligation in social justice to provide a med- ical health benefit for all its full time lay employees," Bishop Gettelfinger said as he introduced his proposal. He said that deacons and mem- bers of religious communities are also to be covered by the same policy, lie presented the folh)wing , proposal fi)r a medical insur- .... ante ftmd. The Catholic Diocese of Evansville will maintain a medical insurance fund in order to make available to all full time lay employees a med- ical insurance benefit: An adequate medical in- surance fund will be estab- lished and maintained through the collection of an informa- tional fee for each full time lay employee. The informational fee for each full time employee will be paid by the employing entity whether the employee elects coverage or not. Coverage in the Diocesan Plan is optional to full time lay employees. Full time lay employees electing coverage in the Dioce- san Plan may reduce the ap- plicable deductible by paying See MEDICAL page 3