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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 5 Through it all, we must al- ways care for one another as broth- ers and sisters of the Lord. We ust hold one another in the es- enl fat Jesus has for each of us! v" Bishop Gettelfin er has de- uea a series of columns to an in- pth explanation o his "V 8ta,- f ision uill'nt (or the Diocese of Evans. ,,n was ublis " eati o,, , P bed tn ts PC. IYi belo...  or.4. 1994. The column taia.Pancls on the ideas con- ,,,, a Zte eleventh and final "ragraph. " Bishop's Forum -- Vision statement: Paragraph 11 BISHOP RALDA GETrELFINGER LIFE MUST GO ON! mtVxeSvmeSsy: Because it is, one's vision for the eXce--. Y never be fully realized Mine will be no pon L" God's . ". Ire, nonetheless, must o on for that is uuslnes C,o n s and we must strive daily to do .m, not our Own. How we live the life that God, the Creator, has given us is ours to decide. God has given away His power to control. He has given us freedom. He empowered us to make choices by giving us a free will -- a will to choose with com- plete freedom. God in his infinite love for us gave us his son that he might show us the way. We must, therefore, care for one another as Jesus cares for us. We must never forget that out of love for each of us, he died the ex- cruciating death on the cross. But, more, he was raised from the dead that his gift of life is for eternity. I have difficulty having esteem for those who do not like me or what I do. I have concluded that the problem is not theirs, it is mine. All I have to do to verify my conclusion is Jesus' exclamation: "Father, forgive them for they no not what they do." Through it all, we must always care for one another. We are indeed sisters and brothers of Jesus. To care less for our sisters and brothers would be to deny Jesus who adopted each of us. We must live this spirit of Jesus on a daily basis -- no, from moment to moment. That is how we must act toward each other. Over my almost 60 years of life, I have experi- enced the greatest influence of women and men who have bothered to be "present" to me. "Glad handers" are not in that number. Mere acquain- tances do not fit this category no matter the length of contact. It is only those who genuinely have met me where I was at the moment and were able to take me beyond. That is my experience of the presence of Jesus. He demonstrated his own presence to others with each contact he made from Peter to the woman at the well, from Zachheus to Mary Magdalene, from Martha to Mary. We must hold each other with the same mea- sure of esteem that Jesus has for each of us! Children in Bolivia receive help COMMENTARY plants. But even these Their HCA contributions help : bISGR. CJk. poor-paying jobs are only avail- q LACtITER other youngsters by supporting able seasonally. The parents hospitals, clinics, schools, and at on the floor in aa, ray of. his family's aat tch hut gazing village chil- hying soccer. Marcial Walk  let alone his leg was so beginning to never play soc- f:ily is poorer . an even ima - il:e.. In the Pando, ga ,, nOrthern Bo- '" ne families in n t SCrape a living Uts or 'latex or the processing struggle daily to put food on the table -- and when they do, it's more often than not just a piece of bread or rice with a tiny bit of meat. It's no sur- prise that many of the local children are badly, malnour- ished; many die before their first birthday: Marcial was a special case. There was obviously something seriously wrong with his leg, but his parents couldn't afford medical care. They turned to the clinic operated by the Catholic Church in Pando. Marcial's diagnosis: bone can- " cer. In this remote, impoverished area, where people buy as- U ech Sheet Metal Inc. eid ' indUstrial & Commercial Heating & Cooling Installation Sales & Service ,. 22-9242 I el and Patrieia Koch 15 S. Third Avenue, Evansville I Box 68 Montgomery, Indiana 47558 J' Traylor t . / Phone: 486-3285 pirins one by one as needed be- cause medicines are expensive and hard to come by, the care offered by the clinic is often life-saving. In Marcial's case, the clinic arranged for him to be flown to Cochabamba for surgery and treatment --but not until he had spent several months at the clinic building up his severely malnourished body. Today, Marcial wears a brace, but he can walk, run, play, and go to school. Without the operation, he would have lost his leg. Our Church is at work bringing Christian love and the Gospel message to people in the poor, remote, forgotten areas of the world. But places like the Pando clinic couldn't serve those in need if it weren't (812) 254-2641 SAVINGS BANK, FSB 200 E. Van Trees St., Washington 500 Main St., Petersburg M&S I Fire & Safety Equip. Co. Inc. Over 25 years sales and service in the Tri-state 670 E. Franklin 424-3863 Knights of C.olumbus -l- .ano .. Cathol,c Chantms invite MEN to come together in prayerful solidarity with their priests to PRAY FOR AN END TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE and to pray that MEN BECOME POSITIVE SPIRITUAL LEADERS in homes, work places and communities Please join us for a EUCHARISTIC CELEBRATION February 25, 19135 9:00 a.m.C.S.T. h Church 600 E. Virginia Street Evansville, Indiana Theme: MAKING A DIFFERENCE (You can pray and work against violence) Catholic Charities Contact Person: Ziba Graham, Jr., Director of Parish and Community Outreach (812) 423-5456 for the support of others will- ing to share what they have. Do you know who shared their blessings with Marcial and the other in Pando? Chil- dren in the United States children who are part of the Holy Childhood Association (HCA), the Church's mission organization for the young. Through HCA children in Catholic grade schools and parishes learn about the call addressed to every Christian to share the good news with those in every corner of the earth. day care centers that feed, care for, and shelter needy children in more than 100 developing countries worldwide. Adults can join in support- ing the mission work of our Church through the Holy Childhood. To find out how, contact Rev. Msgr. C. A. Schlachter, P O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724. I I Reflections on a sense of humor Having a sense of humor -- so important in these times! It seems to me the basic element of a sense of humor is not to take one's self too seriously. There's the dry sense of humor, the quick with the quip type, those who rely on puns and ironic remarks, but basi- cally a sense of humor is that positive side of one's personal- ity which enables the individual to see the lighter side of life. I like to think that Jesus must have had a sense of humor. 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