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1 The.Message for'Catholics of So'uthwestern Indiana  Magic of Words March 8, 199 By FATHER JOSEPH L. ZILIAK Associate Publisher Let eactL us do what we do best It's a good feeling to know that people do their jobs well. I suspect that Americans sleep easier these days after witnessing the efficiency of the coalition military forces these recent weeks in the Persian Gulf area. I have a theory. It's not that startling. It's pro- bably the same that many others have. The theory is this. Let people do what they do best. We have witnessed on radio, television and in newsprint the execution of well thought-out plan to wage a war against enemy forces, and to bring that to a swift and successful conclusion. Whether we like wars or not, we have to admit that the War in the Gulf was carried out with precision and power for the coalition forces. They did what they had trained for and strategized over for months. The swiftness of the engagement was predicted by some. The number of casualties for the allied side was generally at a much higher level than we experienced. All we can say is, 'Thanks be to God.' At the same time we recognize the devastation of Kuwait and Iraq. We will hear more and more stories of atrocities carried out against the Kuwaitis. We will become acquainted with the tragedies of families around the world. For the most part, we Americans will come out of this war with a feeling of pride in a job well done. People were given the proper space to carry out their tasks. They had the equipment to com- plete the task. They had the support of the nation. If we analyse what happened, we find the blueprint for any successful program. We have to have a plan. We have to have.confidence in those empowered to carry the plan to completion. We have to make sure all the necessary materials are available for the task. We have to provide the peo- ple to complete the task. We have to have the sup- port of the group for which the action is taken. Not everything is perfect in this world, but there are many good people with their heads and hearts in the right places. A sense of security and being able to live at peace are fundamental to families and larger societies surviving with dignity. Freedom to pur- sue employment, education, government, religious practice and communication flow further from the basics of human living. It doesn't hurt for us periodically to face the issue of what it is we value and hold dear to the point of active defense. Family, God, human digni- ty, freedom and peace are worthwhile issues to hold dear and precious. If we work together selflessly and generously, we'll each find our place where we contribute best. We will add to a family and society of peace and security for all our brothers and sisters. Let each of us do what we do best. National cc nference shows wealth c f Catholic social wor : WASHINGTON (CNS} -- "The church's social teaching is not only a doctrine but a way of life," Pope John Paul II said in a video message opening "A Century of Social Teaching," a national conference of church workers Feb. 24-27 in Washington. The 500 participants and dozens of speakers at the meeting were a living witness to the truth of the pope's words -- Catholics who work in Catholic Charities offices, minority ministries, justice and peace organizations, communi- ty organizing, huaan rights or anti-poverty programs. Their interests, and the general sessions and dozens of workshops at the conference, were as wide-ranging as the century of Catholic social teaching they were celebrating: OVerty, hunger, rural life, mily life, racism, human rights, war and peace, Third World development, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, cor- porate ethics, multicultural and minority concerns, coalition building, child care, women, labor unions, health care, ira- Wrestling results Memorial High School feeder school wrestling results are reported by La Mattingly, league directo: Feb. 26: Christ the King 48, St. Benedict 25; St. John 36, Holy Spirit Blue 30; Holy Rosary 41, St. Theresa 27; Holy Spirit Red 49, Evansville Christian 25. March 3: Evansville Chris- tian 48, Holy Spirit Blue 22; Holy Rosary 34, Christ the King 31; St. Theresa 54, St. Benedict 16; St. John 34, Ho- ly Spirit Red 33. League standings: Christ the King 5-1, Holy Spirit Red 5-1, Holy Rosary 5-1, St. Theresa 3-3; St. John 3-3, Evansville Christian 1-4, St. Benedict 1-5, Holy Spirit Blue 0-6. i migrants, youth, the elderly. The conference was organiz- ed by the U.S. bishops' Depart- ment of Social Development and World Peace and co- sponsored by 11 other bishops' offices and national Catholic organizations. The meeting commemorated "Rerum Novarum," Pope Leo XIII's 1891 encyclical on work and workers' rights, but it focused on the challenge today of the whole heritage of Catholic social teaching begun by that encyclical. In a keynote speech Feb. 24 Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, president of the Pontifical Justice and Peace Council, rein- forced the papal message that social teaching demands ac- tion. The church must "live what it teaches about the social field," he said. He praised American Catholics for their long leader- ship in many fields of social justice. Participants interrupted the Vatican official with sustained applause whel he summed up the teachings of recent popes on modern warfare: "Less and less can we work for peace with the arms of war. More and more must we work for peace with the arms of peace." The meeting opened just after the start of the ground war in Iraq and Kuwait, and organizers had expanded the original con- ference agenda to add several sessions on war and peace and a Another reason to get Invisible Fencing With one phone call to Invisible Fencing, you can safely keep your dog within your pro- perry limits, without limiting your view. It works without unsightly fences and costs less then traditional fencing. University tested. Vet approved. Invisible Fencing even comes with e 30-day money back guarantee. Call today and find out why. OVER 100,000 DOGS STAND BEHIND INVISIBLE FENCING JOE AND DOLORES ELPERS 812-963-3119 1-800-342-4075 Invisible Fence Co. Inc. Of The Tri State AREA DEALER - SALES AND SERVICE I nightly prayervigilforpeace. He said some have been In a luncheon talk Feb. 25 "disappointed" that the Archbishop John R. Roach of bishops as a whole "have St. Paul-Minneapolis, chairman withheld a definitive judg- of the U.S. bishops' Interna- ment" on the war's morality. tional Policy Committee, "We (bishops) offer not easy outlined and defended the answers, but hard questions; policy stance of the bishops not certainty, but substantial before and during the war. doubts," he said. -r Built in 1825 for Noon Day Stage Coach Stop & Trading Post OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED AS THE OLDEST RESTAURANT IN INDIANA 12 MILES NORTH OF EVANSVILLE 1 MILE EAST OF US 41 ON OLD STATE ROAD OLDEST LOG EARLY STAGE COACH STOP Dine in the Original Log Room that Abraham Lincoln was in -in November 1844 DINNERS SERVED by Ala Carte Menu or FAMILY STYLE for 4 or More Draught Beer - Wine - Cocktails DINING ROOM SEATING 500 Serving Dinner from 4 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday Closed Sunday and Monday Evansville Telephone 867-3216 GENE and RITA ELPERS, Proprietors