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1995 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 5 "- Bishop's Forum -- Vision statement: Paragraph 10 From ray brother priests and leaders and 0 - I welcome and value i, Pen and honest dialogue regard- lag ray exercise of the pastoral care me. Istrongly believe e " _ such candid and per- e0g dialogue the will of God s Clear. I want the people of known for their to continue such dia- for God's will to us in the everyday living out our faith. Bisho • P Gettelfinger is devoting S °f columns to an in-depth explanation of for the Diocese of Evans- in its entirety Nov. 4, below expands on the ideas con- tn the tenth paragraph: THE ROUND TABLE have a way of helping us to make sense The table that is round sets no a threat. On the other hand, the r the father who sits at the round table is or father. What the round table is that there is a community a common purpose either to BISHOP RALD A GETTELFINGER have supper or to discuss family matters. It is a common table be- longing to no single member but to all. Such is the table around which matters of concern for our diocese are discussed• Servant leaders who sit at round tables are no less leaders whether by appointment or by election. In my case, it was by a two step process of election and then appoint- ment by our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II. After election by servant leaders in this country my name was recommended to the Holy Fa- ther. He then issued an invitation; I responded in the affirmative and he made the ap- pointment. It is my intention that the "table" here in the Dio- cese of Evansville be round. With its roundness, it is my hope that everyone sitting 'round it will not only know their freedom to speak, but feel it as well. If speaking means to challenge me, the ser- vant leader, so be it. That is as welcome as the affir- mation of some other decision that I have made as long as the "speaking" has always as its focus the common good of the people of God in this diocese. The round table has no place for special interests or parochialism. Nor is it a place where "mono- logues" are given in the name of"dialogue." The only advocacy is that for the common good of our Church. Through such candid "give and take" given freely with the energy that is demanded, I am con- vinced that the will of God for us here in our time and place will be clear. When there are differences and the way is not clear, trust in God and one another must serve as our guideposts. We must trust enough to know that we are safe with each other before God. Unless there is that sense of safety, open and candid dia- logue will not be possible and the common good will not be achieved• We can all appreciate how difficult a "judgment call" can be and how there may be dif- fering opinions about the direction. It is the unen- viable role of the servant leader to make those hard decisions as well as the clearer ones. The ultimate test of open and honest dialogue will be the measure of respect that each of us has for the other. With such respect, the common good for the diocese will be achieved. It will not only be accomplished effectively but with great joy! From the other servant leaders, the elders, to the youngest member of our diocesan family, I hope there will always be the villingness to sit at our round table as long as ! am the bishop. I want all not only to know that participation in the dialogue is welcome but that it is expected. It will be given the greatest respect and consideration for the good of the Church. Our faith tells us that it cannot be otherwise! " The rich man and the .weeping woman BY LOEItRLEIN Commentary "HEAVEN" over the entrance had been a he spoke 19:20)• After With the Lord, raore and more ROman sal- em in Were rumors his coun- Was never that he ac- invi- to Rome cer- dispel the year 84. this life to '.autiful vista A shining Way to led to a followed COuld See a sign to the castle. But the path veered off to the left, which puzzled him for just a moment. Being the practical man that he was, he simply walked across the lawn up to the en- trance and rang the doorbell• St. Peter appeared at the door and greeted him with the sign of peace. The rich man began: "Hey, I remember you. You were with Jesus when we had that discussion about ever- lasting life." "Yes, I remember you too," Peter replied. '"You know, there's one thing I never did understand that Jesus said that day. It seemed to me that Jesus was a little mixed up. A man like he should have known that 'You shall not defraud.' 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Sandbom Monroe City, Princeton, Patoka Member F.D.I.C. Scarcely an hour later. It was a woman from a village on the shore of the Sea of Galillee. The name of the village was Magdala. The woman's name was Mary. She too walked down the shining path toward the castle. Where the path veered to the left, she simply followed it (John 14:6). The path led around the castle to the back door. She was surprised to find a large door there, standing wide open. People were going in and out quite freely. No one seemed to pay her much attention. She walked on in, looking for someone to re- port to. But there was no one. Her nervousness was soon dissipated by a dazzling array of lights and music. A crowd seemed to be gathered up ahead. Curiously, she went to- ward it. All the excitement of FOR COMPLETE ELECTRICAL SERVICE FISCHER ELECTRIC INC. 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Mary then looked up and recognized the One whom her soul loves (Song 1:7), coming through the crowd toward her. He asked her: "Woman, why are you weeping?" (John 20:15) "I don't know," she replied. "I really don't understand it." "My church is my bride. She is like I am, both divine and human. Because she is divine, she is a holy church. Because she is human, she is also a sin- ful church." "Lord, I don't know what you are getting at." "My bride is holy. My mother is the perfect model of this ho- liness. She is singled out as the Woman of my ministry two times -- once at its beginning (John 2:4") and once at its end." (John 19:26) "O.K., but... " "My bride is also a sinful church. In fact, I died to cleanse her and make her holy. (Ephesians 5:26). After I arose, the sinful church was inclined to go back to 'business as usual.' She wanted to cling to my ministry of healing and preaching the Good News. But that was no longer the Father's plan. Now, it was time for my bride to assume this task " (John 20: 17-18) "I ... I .... I .... " "This sinful church also needed a model. So, after I arose, another Mary was sin, gled out two times as Woman. This woman was a weeping woman. Mary, you are that model." By now Mary was weeping uncontrollably.