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12  Message-- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana ,, March 6,1 2 Magic of Words By FATHLER JOSEPH ZILIAK Associate Publisher These are the times to examine our lives Have you noticed that practicing our faith is very healthy? The key to understanding our spirituality is moderation. The Scholastic philosophers used the phrase "in medio stat virtus"--virtue resides in the middle, in between extremes. Our Lord spoke of the need on occasion of "prayer and fasting" that the Spirit of God could do its work. The wisdom of his words is verified in our own experience. We find that if we back off a little from gorg- ing ourselves and giving ourselves everything we want, we are more open to the ways of our Lord. We find our minds and spirits less encumbered, less looking to our own self gratification, and thus more open to the promptings of the Spirit. Fasting is one of the elements of preparing ourselves for the presence of God. Fasting has taken on a particular meaning in our church's tra- dition. Fasting means specifically that only one full meal is consumed a day, and the other two meals do not equal that one. This also means that no food is to be eaten between meals. Adults are bound to this only on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. This is certainly a We hear the call for fasting, or in general lan- guage, getting by with less, from various direc- tions. Invariably Marian devotions will refer to Our Lady's call to fast in order to change the minds and hearts of those turned away from her Son. The encouragement of fasting comes forth in a variety of other ways these days. The Cursillo movement encourages fasting as an adjunct to prayer. Prayer groups, such as charismatics, fre- quently refer to the value of fasting. Another way to look at fasting is to review the style of food that we eat and the way in which it is prepared. I am not a medical doctor, nor a nutritionist, but I do know that good nutri- tion is a gift that we can give ourselves as part of a total health package. I will confess to being a reformed smoker, and I am not about to demand that our spiritual life demands a rejection of smoking. But at the same time, I know the personal benefits to giving up smoking. Most of us have read enough to know the harmful effects of smoking to our respi- ratory systems. Another way of easing a burden on our diges- and the mode of preparation. Some foods are more easily digested than others. Do we check the labels at the food market? If so, please check for sodium and fat content. They are the two worst offenders. I won't re crO mend that you take your salt shaker from your table, but it wouldn t hurt. The worst offenders are in the processing. Usually 80 percent of sodium content comes from additions made at the processing plant. Raw vegetables and natural food prepara" tions add the least amount of undesirable ele- ments to food. A family, though, usually makes a trade-off between ease of food_ prepar/ation and most healthful foods. Maybe a Lenten resolution could be to ex" amine that question. Are there ways to imprOVe our home food preparation? Could we not save money by preparing our own meals and some" how still meet our busy schedules? These days are good ones to examine our lives from top to bottom. If we make but a few _ delicate changes or adjustments, would the lor term results pay great dividends? May our Lent be a good adventure in the minimal requirement, tive systems is to review the types of food we eat pursuit of virtue this year! [ Notre Dame concert band to , ,,_. -., ,- . ,.,. ,-, ,.. I perlorm l*l00tl cn ID at Deneolct I 422 9242 I Sounds of the famed "Vic- tory March," the fight song of the University of Notre Dame, will stir patrons at St. Bene- dict School auditorium on Sunday, March 15. The Notre Dame Concert Band is coin- ing to Evansville tor one per- formance, at 7 p.m. CST, ac- cording to Nona Rogers, a parishioner. The appearance in Evansville is part of the band's annual tour. which also includes concerts in Mis- souri, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and Tennessee. The concert at St. Benedict's will help raise funds for school renovation projects, according to Father Gregory Chamberlin, O.S.B., pastor. "We are quite fortunate to be able to line up the Notre Dame Concert Band and bring them to Evansville," said Fa- ther Chamberlin. "This is a treat not only for the parish but for all of Evansville." In addition to the victory March, selections listed on the 90-minute concert pro- gram include "Barber of Seville," three Scottish dances. "Procession Du Rocio," "Eternal Father, Strong to Save," "Sabre and Spurs," "An Irish Rhapsody," and an arrangement of "Themes Like Old Times." The Concert Band is one of nine ensembles that comprise the wind instrument program at the University of Notre Dame. The Concert Band has toured during the spring of each year continuously since 1945. It has pertormed for au- diences in 42 states and more than 500 cities across the United States, Canada and Mexico. Operated by Michael and Patricia Koch 15 S. Third 3RD & MAIN - VINCENNES HOMECOOKED MEALS - AFFORDABLE JULY 9 22 UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME CONCERT BAND I. .... I II"i Main-Street Pharmacy 217 E. Main St. - Downtown Washington Phone: 254-5141 ,..:. ..: # .: .g:. ..x.T,,. LinCo Coffee Seces Total Beverage Dlflbutor Indiana - Illinois - Kentucky 46 Varletla of Coffee= and T, eu WHATEVER YOUR TASTE, WE CAN MATCH IT Wlnon Principalship Opening Sacred Heart Catholic School in Warsaw, Indiana. 230 students from pre-K thru grade 6. Faculty: 6 full-time, 6 part-time, 7 part-time aides. Contact Catholic Schools Office, P.O. Box 390, Ft. Wayne, Indiana 46805.1 Comprehensive All service charges and local Entrance ticket to World "-" $2,875.00 Ft. Joseph Ziliak will be your host for this tour. Visit tle Prado in Madrid El Escorial and incomparable Toledo The Andalusian cities of Granada and Seville The resort of Costa del Sol The Rock of Gibraltar _ Experience the mysteries of Morocco Elegant Lisbin The highlight is a visit to the 1992 Word Expo, a once ' a lifetime experience. MAIL TO: Fr. Joseph Zlllak 625 Frame Rd. Newburgh, IN 47630 City State/ZIP I would like to know more your tour. Please send me tional information. Name Address -----