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14 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana March - Life: The most important thing in the Commentary By DAVID TRAYLOR In April, 1992, the Message featured David Traylor and his struggle against cancer. Traylor graduated from Rivet High School, Vin- cennes, in 1993. He is cur- rentlv on the Dean's List at Purdue University. He is the son of Mary and Wayne Tra3qor of Vincennes. What is the most important, most priceless thing in the world? It is life, the joy of ex- isting. Too many people have forgotten about that basic value. Many people think that the taking of a life can be justified in cases like eu- thanasia, capital punishment, and abortion. I learned that life is so pre- cious the hard way. In 1979, I was diagnosed with brain cancer. The technology was, at that time, so archaic that cancer was only one of the possibilities the doctors had listed. Cancer being even a slight possibility would darken anyone's day. For me, the next decade was in shadow. It wasn't until 1990 that medical technology had ad- vanced enough to trust surgery. The tumor that took up approximately a fourth of my brain was removed with no permanent damage and no side effects, exceptsome memory loss. That nightmar- ish decade certainly taught me the value of life. I realize how very inestimable it is and how it can end faster than you can imagine. Through that experience, I learned respect. One thing I respect is Catholicism and the people who make up God's Church, people who believe in ethical and moral values. Unfortunately, many Catholics have lost the values they were taught as children and professed in Mass. Val- ues such as loving your neighbor as yourselL This in- cludes the fetus. Don't forget "Whatsoever you do to the least of my people that you do unto me." Fetuses are the least of His people, yet that doesn't exclude them. They are part of God's Kingdom, part of the Church. Yet, someone willingly al- lows their child to be killed every eight minutes. One of these lives could have been the one who found the cure for cancer. One of those mur- dered children could have solved the hunger problem, or brought t.he United States out of its economic doldrums. We are forfeiting so much potential that it can't be num- bered. I can personally relate to this because I had no po- tential either, not until Octo- ber of 1990. I now can be _ I I I DUBOIS COUNTY BANK I M]F,M]B]BR OLD NATIONAL BANCOit]P Member FDIC YOUR FIVE STAR SERVICE BANK SISTER BERTILLA I MILLER & MILLER Sister Bertilla Burger !  "Funeral Pro-Planning dies February 23 Since 1940" Benedictine Sister Bertilla Ill'! t v I_IUL.L 424 9274 T/dnk/ng orB.y/rig or Se///ng? CALL JACK MALANEY For A J/Your Real l Needs Professional Million Dollar Producer Complementary Consultations 479-0801 O/ee / 476.3576 Home Ready To Serve You! 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, SheUa M. Corcoraa, Mark W. Rletman I Burger, 86, of the Monastery Immaculate Conception, Fer- dinand, died Feb. 23. Born Elenora, the second child of Peter and Rose (Mehringer) Burger in 1907 in Jasper, she entered the Sisters of St. Benedict in 1927 from St. Joseph parish, Jasper. Sister Burger made her first vows in 1929 and her final vows in 1932. She celebrated 60 years of religious profes- sion in 1989. She received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Notre Dame in 1951, and a master of arts from Indiana State Teachers College in 1960. She served as a teacher for over a 52-year time span, and taught in Haubstadt, Vin- cennes, Schnellville and St. Anthony. She also served as an instructor at St. Benedict College; Vincennes Univer- sity Jasper Center, and Mar- ian Heights Academy. After retiring from her teaching career in 1981, she worked in the mnastery vestment department through 1993. Survivors include a sister, Rita Schultz of Dayton, Ohio, and a brother, Alphonse of Jasper. Services were held at Monastery Immaculate Con- ception, with burial in the convent cemetery. Jill Ann White Administrator I-kvy. 57 So. Washir!ton, IN 8812.254-4516 Prairie Village Living Center I I III whatever I want to be, and not someone who spends more time as a patient that a person. I can look forward to seeing tomorrow, while so many fetuses die before they can see. Many women believe that a fetus is merely part of their bodies and they can do what- ever they want. This is not true. A fetus is a completely new person. When a fetus kicks, he or she kicks by in- dependent will, and the mother has no power over it. Because a fetus is human, in no way can it be denied its life, even in cases of rape. The infant is not the one who did the rape, and if aborted it is the fetus that is being raped. God is love, and even if a child is.conceived in ha- tred it has no hatred. A fetus is the closest to perfection we can attain. A child conceived even in hatred only under- stands love. Abortion is a human being. It tation of the caust that we say tal and horrible. same thing in a vironment contradict the country was created life, liberty and the happiness. Life cannot be .... cause sol one else "inconveni, even the tiniest, is God. We ca right to life. PeO! SOUTH LINTON, COMPLETE INSURANC Auto! Home! Fire & Lifei Your Personal Service James L. Will Ins. Agency. 1925 W. Franklin Street ..... , DON'T WAIT U YOU'VE R YOUR LIMIT. If you're feeling as though you simply with one morn demand, give us a call. - We offer free, confidential personal 24 hours a day, sven days a week to get past it. 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