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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana February 2( Perspective By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message Editor Most of the snow is gone from my yard and my driveway, as I write this column early this week. About eight inches of snow had decorated my yard for about a week, until the warm weather arrived this past weekend. By Monday morning, I could see the grass in the yard, the bricks of the patio, the mud in the alley -- and almost eveything else that had once been hidden. Not all of the snow was gone, even though a warm weekend rain -- relatively warm, that is and temperatures of 50 and higher had bathed the area with cleansing freshness. Following the rain, a drying wind had blown across our tiny portion of the earth -- and as at the time of creation, dry land once again began to appear. Most stubborn of all the snow is the the small snow bank at either side of the driveway, the pedestal shape in the front yard {constructed by son Ben), and the part of the driveway where If snow were the Grace of God... . c wheels had packed the snow into an icy mass. Icy lumps line the sides of the driveway. A grey colored sheet of ice covers a small portion of the driveway -- where wheels have packed down the snow. In places where no one had bothered with the snow in any way, grass and sidewalk had reappeared. But wherever the snow had been packed, driven on, stacked or tampered with in some way, the snow had become hardened. Isn't that the way it is with all of us? Snow may be a blessing or a curse. It may bring needed moisture -- and even some shelter from the bitter cold for the plants beneath it. Or it may bring hazardous conditions for walking and driving. Whether it is good or bad may well depend on what we try to do with it -- or what we do in spite of it. If snow were the love of God, perhaps it would be easier to see that it falls equally on grass or gravel. If snow were the love of a parent for a child, perhaps it would be easier to tell the dif" ference between protecting and smothering. i, If snow were money, perhaps it easier to see that stacking it up only makes it ': harder to use. If snow were friendship, perhaps it wc be easier to see what happens if it is neath the wheels of dis-interest. If snow were possessions, perhaps it would be easier to see that all things will pass away in due season. If snow were the grace of God, perhaps it would be easy to see that those who receiv are those who are willing to accept it as a gift, and that those who reject it are those who hardened their hearts. Washington Letter Clinton's economic package: Grass roots support key to By PATRICIA ZAPOR Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS} Grass-roots public support will have to wash away con- gressional and lobbyist pro- tectionism to give President Clinton's budget plan a chance to survive. The belief that such a wave of populism, so unfamiliar to Washington's usual way of operating, may be roiling up across the country is raising the hopes of social-justice minded religious leaders and political observers. Public opinion polls in the first few days after his ad- dress to Congress and the na- tion showed broad bipartisan support for Clinton's package of increased taxes and re- duced subsidies coupled with cuts in some programs and the creation of others. Clinton's proposals "over- all look pretty positive for the item missing from her depart- ment's legislative wish-list was a refundable children's tax credit. Among Clinton's plans are increases in funding for Head Start and in nutrition pro- grams for women, infants and children. He would create college scholarships for stu- dents of all incomes, which could be repaid through na- tional service. More money would go to public and low- income housing, to rural health care and refugee assis- tance. He would also link welfare benefits to a jobs program and expand the earned-income tax credit for the poor, giving a break to families with in- come up to $30,000. Many aspects of Clinton's plan, including his approach to raising revenue, are in con- cert with the recommenda- tions in a statement issued shortly before his address by poor and for working poor .... and families," said .Nancy Wisdo, director of domestic social development for the U.S. bishops' Department of Social Development and World Peace. The only maior The MESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47720-0169 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville Pubhed weekly except last week in December by the Catholic Press of Evansv/#e Addre all cornmunicatlo to P.O. BOx 4169, Evat'v, IN 47724-0169 - Subscription rate: $12.00 per year Single Copy Price: $.50 Entered as 2rid class matter at the post offCe in Evansville, IN 47701. Publica- tion number 843800. Pomaster: Return POD forms 3579 to Office of Publicatiort i i i i i i i ii;i @ SUWW00 eral criteria to shape the na-low income and uneraplosY: tional debate about the deficit people, and creative way i of the U.S. Catholic Confer- and debt, including: effects harness human skills zd Auxiliary Bishop John H. Ri- card of Baltimore as chairman ence's Committee on Domes- tic Policy. While there are still ways in which the Clinton plan falls short of the recommen- dations included in Bishop Ricard's statement, "Deficits and Debt: Human Conse- quences, Moral Criteria," it seems to address many of the statement's concerns about the connection between what it calls intertwined fiscal and human deficits. "We cannot ignore the ne- cessity in these tight times to invest in our people and com- munities to meet pressing needs and avoid future prob- lems. Nor can we make such investments without regard for their fiscal conse- quences," said Bishop Ricard in the statement. The statement listed sen- on life, dignity and rights of ergy," Campbell said. people; giving first priority to poor families and vulnerable children; increased revenues; shared sacrifice; reduced mil- itary spending and new in- vestment to protect life and dignity. The general secretary of the National Council of Churches, the Rev. Joan B. Campbell, said the presi- dent's "demanding economic proposals" give her "new rea- sons to hope." "The economic proposals appear to be marked by hon- esty about where we are, an embrace of more progressive tax structures, a sensitivity to She sees promise in Clinton has balanced ternative moral visit hard fiscal and p ties." "Without sayin ton's really asking to look at the common Wisdo said. "He's i using the same we do." But while they win from social activists, question remains w Clinton's plans can: through Congress. Within minutes of the clusion of his speech See Bishop's The following activities and events are listed on schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger. Sister Mary Emma Jocham To the editor:. -- far from our archdiocesan I first met Sister Mary Emma in 1975 at her home in Boonville. Sister Mary Ter- ence Knapp, O.S.B., then diocesan director of religious education, gathered the hand- ful of parish coordinators for planning and mutual support. {I had just begun serving as coordinator at Holy Re- deemer, Evansville, after 24 years of teaching.) Sister Emma's energy for and com- mitment to religious educa- tion was contagious. : When ! moved to the Indi- anapolis Archdiocese in 1979, i continued to be ener. sized by Sister Emma through the years as I met her at con- ventions and gatherings of re- ligious educators. In 1989 I began to serve as DRE at St. Paul's in Tell City See in Indianapolis. Sister Emma immediately wel- comed us and alerted us to the many fine programs of- fered by the Evansville Office of Religious Education. As a result, in Tell City, SPRED has been reactivated and now has two thriving groups, coor- dinators and catechists have been inspired and nurtured by a variety of retreats and workshops, and the Tell City Deanery has been motivated to re-activate its own Cate- chist Recognition Night. We have been touched in so many ways by you, Sister Mary Emma. We thank our God for the gift you've been for us! Sister Nancy Brosnan, S.P. Director of Religious Education St. Paul Church, Tell City G the the