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lO The Message Monthly m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Lenten series-- Lenten reflection: Christian liberty Following is the first of six ar- ticles taken from Father John Buckel's book, "Free to Love: Paul Defense of Christian Liberty in Galatians," distributed by W.B. Eerdmans, Grand Rapids. Father Buckel teaches New Testament Studies at St. Meinrad School of Theology. All human beings have a nat- ural craving for freedom and love. According to St. Paul the apostle, real freedom, in the deepest sense of the word, comes exclusively to those who have faith in the risen Lord. Only those who have been liberated from the enslavement of sin by Christ Jesus are truly free and thus have the capacity to love God, others, and themselves, to the fullest. The gospel of liberty that Paul proclaimed was and remains a counter-cultural teaching. In a "me-oriented" world, the apostle went against the prevailing winds of society and informed the Gala- tians that they have been liberated to live a full life of unconditional love, as opposed to an empty lust-filled existence. Paul makes it crystal clear that there is no room for alienation of any sort within the Christian community. Regardless of By FATHER JOHN BUCKEL St. Meinrad Seminary the way that society often pigeon- holes people because of race, social status, gender, poverty, poor health, and the like, Christians must always strive to treat one an- other as equals. Zeal for the Gospel Paul was not only enthusiastic about the good news of Jesus Christ because God the Father had personally revealed His Son to the apostle and had commissioned him to proclaim the gospel to the Gen- tiles. Paul was also excited about the divine message because he rec- ognized its liberating power. The apostle was so confident about the importance of the good news that he was willing to endure untold suffering on its behalf. This confidence also provided him with the strength to continue to herald the gospel even though he knew that it might result in hardship and persecution for those who responded favorably to it. Paul's life, ministry, and martyrdom demon- strated that the gospel was not only worth living for, it was also worth dying for. Present day Christians, in particularly those who are involved with the teaching and preaching of the gospel, must never underestimate the power Washington Continued from page 4 not sure this is an opportune step to take," said Ms. King. In the foreign aid arena, Je- suit Father Drew Chris- tiansen, USCC director for in- ternational justice and peace, would have liked to see more spending on reconstruction and development in Third World countries, which he said "wasn't given a fair chance during the Cold War." He would like Congress to consider increasing develop- ment aid to Central America, southern Africa and Lebanon, among other countries, by making cuts in programs for military assistance, trade pro- motion, the arms trade and population control abroad. Of the Clinton administra- tion's moves to reverse past U.S. policy on funding abor- tions overseas, Father Chris- t iansen said, "The best way to stabilize population and its im- pact on the environment is through development." The USCC takes a different approach to the U.S. military budget, according to Gerard F. Powers, policy adviser for polit- ical and military affairs, who said the bishops "don't want to micromanage the Defense De- partment." Rather than recommending specific cuts in the $270.7 bil- lion military spending for fiscal 1995, Powers said he would urge Congress to keep in mind the words of the U.S. bishops in their November 1993 reflec- tion, "The Harvest of Justice is Sown in Peace." "Neither jobs nor profits jus- tify military spending beyond the minimum necessary for le- gitimate national security and international peacekeeping obligations," said the docu- ment. "The end of the Cold War still provides an opportu- nity to reduce substantially MILLER & MILLER "A family name you can trust" 424-9274 RUXER FORD - LINCOLN - MERCURY JASPER 482-1200 AUTO TOPS SEAT COVERS. BOAT COVERS STEREO SALES & INSTALLATIONS Washington Auto Trim 27 Years Service 254-3943 HWY 50 EAST, BEHIND UPS CENTER EUGENE WELP, OWNER i of the message that they have been proclaim in word and deed. Assuredly, accept the good news of Jesus Christ prove the quality of their lives in this world world to come. Thisbelief helped Paul to steadfast to the truth of the gospel despite stacles. Hopefully it will do the same for rary Christians who are engaged in istries. Perhaps the most important task which la fore Paul was to let others know just good God is and how wonderful life can be who trust in divine providence. The formed those under his care that through death, and resurrection of Jesus, God has to humanity the depth of His love for race. Having experienced divine liberty passion, Paul invited others to share grandeur of that same glorious Christians are encouraged to communicate tremendous love for the human are united with Christ should be minded that they have it in hicle of God's grace and benevolence. tation to the Galatians continues tO Christians: Do good to all people, . i,:: those in the Christian family. r mm mm mm mm mm mm mm mm mm m= mm mm mm mm mm mm m m mm mm mm =m m m I military spending." I Overall, the USCC staffers m Laura Brown of Evansville is the winner of i expressed disappointment in I Catholic Quiz. She will receive her choice what Ms. King called the bud- I for two or an afternoon pool party for eight get's "lack of vision about ad- I Inn, Evansville. dressing problems at their ! She correctly identified the members of the' ! mentation Team's executive committee. She alsO, root." I parishes are expected to have a parish "There's been a lot of  1996.    rhetoric about investing in peo- I ple," she said. But the budget I proposed by Clinton, Ms. King I added, "misses an opportunity I to change the whole nature of I the social contract." L ................... -, " " m Early critic of Vietnam war lifting of U.S. trade embargo WASHINGTON (CNS) -- war in Vietnam while a stu- erasian chile Auxiliary Bishop Thomas J. Gumbleton of Detroit, one of the first bishops to criticize U.S. involvement in the Viet- nam War, praised the U.S. government's lifting of a 30- year-old trade embargo against the Southeast Asian nation. "It should have happened a long time ago," Bishop Gum- bleton said Feb. 10. "I'm de- lighted that we're coming to see that point that we realized it was the right thing to do." President Clinton an- nounced the end to the em- bargo Feb. 3, three months shy of its 30th anniversary. It was imposed on North Vietnam in response to attacks from the North on South Vietnam. The embargo was extended to all Vietnam after Saigon fell in 1975. Favorable reaction to lifting the embargo came from U.S. businesses and Vietnamese of- ficials, while U.S. veterans' groups criticized it. dent at Georgetown Univer- sity, said thawing relations with Vietnam would be "the best way to resolve the fate of those who remain missing (in action in the war)," a top point of veterans' organizations. Bishop Gumbleton, in Wash- ington for a fund-raising pro- gram of Refugee Voices, an awareness-raising group for refugee issues, said the United States may be thawing rela- tions for the wrong reason if it is only to get U.S. business in Vietnam because "the Japan- ese are getting ahead of us." Still, "I hope that we have full relations with Vietnam as soon as possible," he said. "I hope many people will take the time to travel there as much as possible, so that the issue of the Amerasian (chil- dren of U.S. soldiers who served in Vietnam) will begin to be addressed," he said. A documentary "From Holly- wood to Hanoi" shown during the program on refugees cap- Saigon with no ing skills, " money. casts in The film Vietn maker told CathO that some had been American cause thoS lookin As for ther does them, it there," sh The Bishop in the episcopal which the He has high rice cluding Central and nu Clinton, who was against the tured the faces of several Am- Bishop " COMPLETE INSURANCESERVICE " draft the i I I Auto! Home! Fire.& Life! I ! TF 1 soughtPastralun' l Your Personal Servme Agent l ] S Box 68. Montgomery, Indiana 47558 I the l,isho: I James L. Will Ins. Agency Inc. I war theo] | Donald 1. Traylor . | 10th " l!g2s w Franklin Street 425-31871 President Phone: 486-3285 the