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i10 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana -- Lenten series-- Lenten reflection: Christian living Following is the second of six ar- ticles taken from Father John Buckel's book, Free to Love: Paul's Defense of Christian Liberty in Gala- tians," distributed by W.B. Erdmans, Grand Rapids. Father Buckel teaches New Testament Studies at St. Meinrad School of Theology. St. Paul the apostle often em- phasizes the communal dimension of I Christianity in his writings. All the members of the body of Christ are bound together by their faith in the risen Lord and by their concern for the welfare of the Christian commu- nity at large. Individual believers are to focus their attention not only on their own sanctification but that of all the members of the universal church as well. In light of this unity of believers, Christians have a holy obligation to be aware, as much as possible, of the needs, the sufferings, and the joys, of other members of the church, be they in a different part of the neighborhood or a differ- ent part of the world. Those in Christ have a spe- cial vocation to pray for one another. All should view their respective roles in life and their particu- By FATHER JOHN BUCKEL St. Meinrad Seminary lar journey of faith in terms of a way to a parent's heart is through his/her childre$' contribution to the uplifting of the body of Christ, be one a par- ent, religious, teacher, hermit, etc. Moreover, the Christian com- munity has a universal responsi- bility for the well-being of the en- tire human family. Giving Your All Paul's love for God in Christ was not simply an intellectual af- fair. The apostle was one of those rare persons who gave God his "all." Like the great saints who followed him, St. Francis of As- sisi, St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Liseux, and so forth, Paul was an individual who followed the command of Jesus and loved the Lord our God with all of his heart, with all of his soul, and with all of his mind (Matt 22:37). The apostle realized that God the Father sees "something" very special in every Christian, that is, the life of His Son. Because of his faith in Christ and his baptism, Paul knew that his life was inti- mately bound to that of the risen Lord and to his heavenly Father. Few people would argue that the The same is true in the divine realm. The the "bosom of the Father" is through His Son Jesus (John 1:18, 13:23). ,Joy to the World Christian living need not be devoid of joy. the contrary, Paul informs us in Galatians that one can detect the Holy Spirit through joy filled members of the :, , dbe ' Christian community. Consequently, a sa _ .:, liever" is a contradiction in terms. Those who ,'" : involved in Christian ministry are "ministers of joy." It is their task to others, Christian and non-Christian alike, joy which is associated with the gospel of, Christ and its emphasis on divine love Our sojourn of faith is one in which we dis: cover daily the wonders of divine freedom. The apostle promises us that this j ally result in eternal bliss. In the courage and sacrifice are often our Christian liberty. True as this we have the divine guarantee that the Christ is deep within us, ever present to strengthen us in this venerable quest. I Hi-Tech Sheet Metal Inc. Residential, Industrial & Commercial Heating k Cooling Installation Sales & Service 422-9242 Operated by Michael and Patricia Koch 15 S. Third Avenue, Evansville MILLER & MILLER  "Funeral Pre-Planning Since 1940" .... 424-9274 Industrial, TONY NAZARIO 8!2"768"5207 is pleased to announce that ROBERT J. PIGMAN has become a partner in the firm in the practice of law Attorneys and Counselors at Law 313 Main Street Evansville, Indiana (812) 425-8101 (800) 622-3604 in Indiana (800) 327-0182 Outside Indiana Charles L. Berger. Sheila M. Corcoran. Mark W. Pdetman Medical Arts Pharmacy 3700 Bellemeade Avenue Phone 477-1532 Donald Gutzweiler : City.Wide Delivery iii Duncan's Riverside Pharmacy Prescription Service Drugs - Sundries - CosmetP.s Magazines - "We Deliver" Corner Riverside and Governor Evansville 422-9981 Stratman's Pharmacy City-Wide Delivery 413 Locust Street John and Judy Stratman 425-5293 PAUL'S PHARMACY Paul Mayer, Owner 2107 W. Franklin St. 425-4364 i Plaza Pharmacy Newburgh Plaza Shopping Center Fast Prescription Service Ken and Rebecca Hacker 853-7141 Oak Hill Pharmacy Prescription Specialists Hwy. 62 end N. Weinbsch Ave. LARRY SCHULTHEIS, Prop. 425-4422 DEWIG BROS. PACKING CO. FRESH MEAT BEEF AND PORK HAUBSTADT, INDIANA You Are Welcome To Hear FR. KENNETH J. ROBERTS , St. Joseph's Church Author, Lecturer and EWTN Personality 40 HOURS DEVOTION Fr. Roberts Will Speak SATURDAY, MARCH 5-4 PM MASS SUNDAY, MARCH 6 - 6-7:30-9 & 11 AM MASSES SUNDAY, MARCH 6 - 7 PM (NO Mass) MONDAY, MARCH 7 - 8 AM MASS & 7 PM MASS TUESDAY, MARCH 8 - 8 AM MASS TUESDAY, MARCH 8 - 7 PM SOLEMN CLOSING (No Mass) EVERYONE INVITED For More Information Call 812-482-1805 Jasper ii/ ! i!-i