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' 4 :i The Message m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana -- Taking the time to make a difference-- Adapting to a new member of the family The under-six-year:old crowd is doing well, but the older kids are more aware of the new situation, Jan said. She was referring to the new development in her family life, since her widowed mother married a new husband this past winter. The under six crowd is going with the flow, and have begun to call their grandmother's new hus- band "Da" -- which Jan says is an Irish term of endearment for "grandfather." Many of the grandchildren have only limited memories of the grand- father who died. They remember him as being sick, and when they saw him, he was often lying down. Jan's 13-year-old son, however, is much more aware that he had another grandfather. This new man is not his grandfather. Working out this new relationship is more of a challenge for him. Part of the challenge is figuring out what to call him. Jan and her sister and two brothers also have varied experiences. The two sisters used to have long and frequent phone conversations with their mother. Now, her mother's calls last five minutes -- she has new interests. Jan's brothers did not spend much time on the phone with their mother, so they are not much affected by the changing habits of their mother. There is another mixed bag of emotions, too. As By PAUL R. LEINGANG EDITOR adults, Jan says, she and her sib- lings are all happy with the happi- ness their mother has found. "But the kid in us -- even though we kids are in our thirties and forties -- are still wondering how we fit in." * * * Examine the relationships in your own family. Talk with your children or your friends about the changes that have resulted when a new person enters the family circle. What happens in your church community when a new member ar- rives? Find out from persons of an- other faith how their communities welcome the newcomer. In this year of presidential political campaigning, take the time to examine the stance of the candi- dates toward immigrants. How many people in your city or town are citizens of another country? * * * The third chapter of Mark's Gospel describes a situation where a large number of people came to listen to Jesus. The crowd gathered around Jesus and his apostles, "making it impossible for them even to eat." A crowd seated around him told him, "Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside asking for you." Jesus looked around at the crowd and said, "whoever does the will brother and sister and mother." * * Entering a family as a new in-law challenge for a family. More t making judgments is necessary, if the ships are to thrive. Action is needed. Jan said her mother and her mother's band took the time a few weeks after to write a personal note to each of dren. In it, the "senior newly-weds" s courtship would "never have any of us had been difficult." They dren tbr helping, not hindering them. * * Take the time today to learn brother and sister and mother. Write preciation to a new member of your Take part in some way, within munity, to welcome newcomers. : When a "sold" sign goes up on a neighborhood, take the time to bor. Read the third chapter of Mark's ine political campaigns in the light ings, and vote in accord with your a difference. Questions and comments are welc; Christian Family Movement, P.O. Box Iowa 50010. Washington Letter Catholic activists sow seeds of concern over fa By MARK PATTISON Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) For rural life activists assem- bled in Washington for the Catholic social ministry gath- ering, the end of February was a classic good-news bad-news paradox, according to Dan Mis- leh, the U.S. Catholic Confer- ence's adviser on rural policy issues. The good news? "There's a lot happening with" the farm bill," Misleh said. A lot was happening while the ministry gathering was going on, giving activists a chance to provide input to the legislation. The bad news? "There's a lot happening with the farm bill," Misleh said. Perhaps so much that the activists were afraid key people on Capitol Hill wouldn't have the time to meet with them to hear their con- cerns, he added. Still, 10 rural life activists got a chance to meet Feb. 27 with Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman, a Democrat from Kansas who before being named to a Cabinet post served nine terms as a con- gressman. He lost a bid for a 10th term in 1994. Setting up the meeting wasn't easy. Efforts got under way only a few days prior to the meeting, and the OK was given less than five hours be- fore it took place. Misleh said the USCC put in its bid Feb. 24, the day a rural Letter lo the editor Writer disagrees with columnist on miracle To The Editor In regard to Justin Clements' Commentary of Jan. 26: The Greek word for miracle is Dunamis -- power or inherent ability used for works of super- natural origin and character such as could not be produced by natural agents and means. The MESS A GE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47711 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville Published weekly except last week in December by the Catholic Press of Evansville Puser .............. Bishop Gerald A. Gettergef Efftor ....................................... Paul R. Leingang P Techniaan ................ Joseph Dietrich Adverj .................................... Paul Newland $I Wnlef ............................. Mas/ Ann Address all communations to P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169 Subscription rate: $17.50 per year Single Copy Price: $.50 Entered as 2rid class matter at the post office in Evans,.te. IN 47701. Publica- tion number 843800. Postmaster: Return POD forms 3579 to Office of Publication c.,qy11  Cat Press of Evansv III I IIIIIIIII III I I The Greek word, Semion, a sign, is used for miracles and signs of divine authority. I believe it is entirely possi- ble that thousands of people would follow Jesus with no food since they were witness- ing the miraculous signs he was performing for the sick and teaching them at great length in a way no other per- son had ever taught. Jesus asked Philip where to buy bread for the people to eat. The Scripture says he already had in mind what he was going to do. By asking for a human solution, knowing-there was none, Jesus highlighted the powerful and miraculous act that he was about to do. A situ- ation that seemed impossible with human resources was simply an opportunity for God. Then in answer to prayer, God did the impossible. If Mr. Clements had read the Scriptures a little farther, he would have seen that the next day Jesus criticized these same people who had followed him only for the physical and temporal benefits and not for the satisfying of their spiritual hunger. "I assure you, you are not looking for me because you have seen the signs but be- cause you have eaten your fill of the loaves." (John 6:27) I don't see why Mr. Clements would let a movie "profoundly affect" his attitude about Sa- cred Scripture. I saw both movies and it hasn't affected mine. What bothers me is the- ologians trying to take away the Power and Glory of God by reducing and denying the mir- acles Jesus worked. Mr. Clements says this miracle is one of the most poignant and powerful miracles in the New Testament then waters it down to people sharing their own food following the lead of a small boy, "a classic lesson in good stewardship." If Mr. Clements wanted to do a column on good steward- ship he shouldhave searched the Scriptures a little better (2 Cor. 8:12-15, 2 Cor. 9:6-9, Mk. 12:41-44) instead of using the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes. Kathleen Hale Evansville ministry meeting was taking place in Washington. It may have helped that Glickman's wife used to work for Misleh's boss, USCC secretary for social development and world peace John Carr, when both were on the staff of the White House Conference on Families.. "Basically, we made a pest of ourselves," said Misleh, who called about 10 times Feb. 26 trying to secure the appoint- ment. The 1990 farm bill, good only for five years, is in its sixth. Little progress was made last year on a new bill because the new Republican majority in Congress had turned its atten- tion to other matters. Eventually, both the Senate and House versions of the 1996 farm bill became a new testing ground for GOP platforms like reducing the size of govern- ment and deficit-slashing. The 1996 bill, good for seven years, replaces cotton and grain crop subsidies with "mar- ket transition payments" that could give some farmers more money in the short term over the current method, but which Catholic leave them long run. The passed Feb. products. : ': It a vation and programs, million for erglades, and $200 million to help ducers fight rural life enough moneY, the right The visions on spending, nutrition beca those issues s with The Senate, passed Feb. 7, future of food lated nutritil thorized $3 three ment ing re continued grams, albe See Bishop's sc The following activities and events are li schedule of'Bishop Gerald A. Gottelfinger: