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Faith Today Supplement, The Message, Catholic Diocese of Evansville, March 4, 1988  3 FOOD FOR THOUGHT Both Huck and Ms. Rendler recommend subscribing to at least one general interest Catholic magazine to keep current on what is happening in the church. In encouraging people to build a home library, Ms. Rendler, a musi- cian, said she used to be afraid of reading books and articles with a theical bent. "If it's dry theology, I'm at a loss," she said. But what she has discovered is that "there are many, many things" to help people discover or rediscover their faith "that are easy and thorough and interesting." A good way to find materials for a home library is to follow leads from people you respect, she added. Ms. Rendler noted that parish libraries often can supplement the home library -- especially when it comes to the more expensive reference books and encyclopedias. (Ms. Bird is associate editor of Faith Today.) During Lent there is an emphasis on maturing in faith. Adults prepar- ing for baptism on the eve of Easter are a reminder to the whole parish of the potential to grow in faith. People find that participation in the liturgy promotes this growth, as does joining with small groups or working to promote justice and to serve people in need. Of course, reading and studying about faith also aid growth. Books, newspapers, tapes and, increasingly, videocassettes are resources, as are people within the community. oPeople often seek out published resources to help them make faith a more active force at home or to help them prepare for their roles as parish council members, catechists, etc. What libraries in your com- munity include works on faith? Can books be borrowed from, or used in, your parish? Neighboring parishes? Local colleges? A retreat house? Some public libraries include more works on Christian life than people think, in the regular book stacks as well as in the reference sections where encyclopedias, dictionaries of theology and collections on the saints may be found. What works of this kind does your public library include? *What are some of the ways the people of a parish community -- the pastors, other professional ministers, teachers, the people at large -- are a resource to each other when it comes to growing in the ways of Christianity? Second Helpings. For Christians interested in updating their understanding of faith, The Liturgical Press offers a series of leaflets on biblical and sacramental topics. The series inclues: An Overview of the Bi- ble, by Benedictine Father Jerome Kodell. He points out that the Bible doesn't have to be intimidating: "The more we know about the Bible, the friendlier it becomes." Another leaflet, called How to Read the Bible Prayer- fully, was written by Immaculate Heart of Mary Sister Sandra Schneiders. She says that reading and rereading the same biblical text can help even un- t.rained readers to find "new and deeper meanings" in the Bible. In Understanding Christian Marriage Today, Father Lawrence Mick says an un- confirmed rumor has it that Adam and Eve felt that they were living in an age of transition after being expelled from the Garden of Eden. He observes that change is nothing new -- that every age is an age of transition and thus every married couple must expect to experience changes and developments in their life together over the course of years. (The leaflets are available in- dividually at 10 to 25 cents each or in bulk orders of $15 per 100, plus handl- ing charge. The Liturgical Press, St. John's Abbey, Collegeville, Minn. 56321.) ::]xteuslmt Faane ] I u'.ll :ion ,'tpnl, 1922 D,'.'mhcr. 19f2 Not,drubs'r, 198 P May. 194 Bring home a Catholic tradition with free EXTENSION Magazine [] Please send me a FREE trial subscription to EXTENSION Magazine. Rev./Mr./Mrs./Miss/Ms. Address City State Zip The Cathoho Church EXTENSION Sooety 35 Est Wacker Onve Chicago, Ilhnons 60601 FT 0909 For 80 years, EXTENSION lic Faith to poor and remote mission areas of the United States. It describes what it means to be a missionary today. To learn how you can be part of the missionary church, send for a free trial sub- scription to EXTENSION Magazine today. Magazine has been a part of Catholic families. Over the years, the magazine's appear- ance has changed, but its essential message remains the same. EXTENSION tells the story of priests, nuns and lay people struggling to bring the Catho: /" ;, ,,,,,,, ,? ," '"'i ,',,?, ,'i, ,  ',: {' : 'i,,, 'i,: ,i i,i,i'' ,",', ,,