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L 18,1994 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern indiana Jesus Boy Go' PAUL It. LEINGANG died of cancer. "I look back and Catholic Church. or compares his life to life of his fictional character ,, Message editor of Evansville a father, a re- scientist and at braad new book au- his novel back to the it is in some the author ;us Boy, Go!" is an account about the the donkey to raake his tri- iato Jerusalem. It SUnday story -- from tells it, the boy and so was the the encounter about a for the don- set out to find healing for him- Search takes 27 t is that story tells in his 567 to his book his own life fictional char- ruled ray life," "I was destined misfit." a jigsaw puz- not able to find ls that he and ed to join the in 1942. His but -- to God to pass the last tests. was killed The other I SERVICE INC. ,LE, IN J,T CANAL Cleaning of Evansville, Murray finished I really believe the Lord had another plan for me." Murray, with two years of college under his belt, joined the Navy and became a phar- macist's mate. In the Navy, he received more medical training and applied for Navy Medical School. Instead, he was drafted into the Sixth Marine Division and was sent to the South Pa- cific. He served at Guadal- canal, saw combat on Oki- nawa, and later went to Guam and to China, before returning to the United States in 1946. He had made plans to enter medical school after his dis- charge. Once again his plans were frustrated -- this time by the discovery that he had con- tracted tuberculosis. Almost four years of hospitalization followed, during which Murray says he almost tore himself apart with frustration. "Although I had good basic religious training, it wasn't until I almost died that I began to search for the Lord in earnest," he writes. Mary Claire Theriac of Vin- cennes waited for him m through his years in the ser- vice and in the hospital -- and the two were married in 1949. After a total of six years of study, Murray received de- grees from Vincennes Univer- sity and the University of Evansville, and began work at Mead Johnson-Bristol Myers in 1954. His book "is for the ordinary man who seeks God, but gives up when his prayers are appar- ently not answered." Murray began to see that his prayers were being answered but not in the way he ex- pected -- one day when he was sitting by himself at the cathe- dral in St. Louis, Me. "I felt a warm feeling, that the Lord was telling me to do whatever I wanted to do." he said. Among the things he wanted to do were to join the SERVICE GUIDE TV & 2-Way FM 1918W. FRANKUN  PHONE (812) 423-7840 Herman Goebel Motor Co. NEW OR USED CARS Wlere the bern lem au, e rrmcle Trade up oe down Benk Rnlnfl0 2001 W. _ D_ware. 43-7759 M&S Fire & Safety Equip. Co. Inc. Over 25 years sales and service in the Td-atate 670 E. Franklin 424.3863 He also gained confidence in himself as a member of Toast- masters, and as a speaker and debater. After his own journey of some 27 years, Murray found his healing. Murray started writing his novel 10 years ago, while wait- ing for results in laboratory ex- periments at Bristol Myers. As he tells it, he would administer a test to a laboratory animal, then wait to see the effect of the test. He put his waiting time to good use, writing hun- dreds of pages in long hand. He put the novel aside when he retired, until two years ago. Heeding the encouragement of his daughter, Susan Milligan his book. He dedicated his novel to his wife, their four children, and to his brother, "all with whom our relationships were woven by the Lord." There is one last twist to Murray's story. After a frus- trating search for a publisher, Murray took his manuscript to Evansville Bindery, Inc., of Evansville, and ordered 1,000 copies. All of the proceeds not just the profits -- of this first printing will go directly to St. Benedict Church, to help the parish in its capital cam- paign. "Go! Jesus Boy, Go!" is avail- i i i U i iii i 3 Following is a feature in the Message, designed to help draw together the People of God in southwestern Indiana. Readers are invited to submit infor- mation about people who may benefit by some extra prayers and attention. Benedictine Sister Mary Celestin Maurer, principal at Good Shepherd School, Evansville, is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments following mastectomy surgery. In a letter to parishioners at Good Shepherd Church, Evansville, Sister Celestin thanked them for their "prayers, love and concern." Dearest Friends, First of all, in the words of St. Paul, I say to you: "I thank my GOd each time I think of you, and when I pray for you, I pray with joy." How can I ever thank you for all your prayers, love and concern in my behalf during the past two months? I'm convinced that your prayers kept the cancer out of my lymph nodes! Though this is truly wonderful news, it has puzzled my doc- tors! This was the reason that Dr. Fox, my oncologist here, referred me to Dr. Sledge at I.U. Medical Center in Indianapolis. Dr. Sledge, too, was puzzled and decided that before we did both aggressive chemotherapy and the bone marrow rescue, he wanted to consult with other doctor throughout the country. (I am one of two or three patients in 3,000 that have contradictory cancer signs; one of which is that the cancer is in an advanced stage and yet none was found in the lymph nodes as ex- pected.) Having talked with five different doctors, Dr. Sledge received five different opinions! After much consultation (and prayer!) it was decided that the bone marrow rescue is too risky and the benefits too uncertain to undertake the procedure. Therefore, the decision has been made to do aggressive chemotherapy andradiation treatments... After the eight weeks of aggressive chemo (yes, I will lose my hair!) I will begin radiation treatments. After that, comes the easy part when I will be on medication for the rest of my life Having been fairly healthy all my life and never having had surgery before, all of this has been, and continues to be, a frightening experience for me. I know that it is your prayers that have sustained me thus far. I am a firm believer that attitude has a whole lot to do with heal- ing and so I have tried to keep my sense of humor and a positive attitude. Though you have certainly already done your share, I beg you to continue your prayers for me during the months ahead. I am convinced that when this is all over, I will be well and as good as new, but as I told the faculty, it's too bad that they have to make me sick to make me well! May God, who will not be outdone in generosity, reward you for your many prayers and kind- nesses! My love, Sister Mary Celestin Sister resides at Holy Spirit Convent, 1760 S. Lodge, Evansville IN 47714. Please send information for PEOPLE WE CARE ABOUT to Mary Ann Hughes, The Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN47724. II II I I II I i I r BECHER & KLUESNER FUNERAL HOME Downtown Chapel, 214 E. 7th North Cpel, 33rd Newton I I  ." KREMPP LUMBER CO. WHOLESALE BUtLD|NG MATERIAL DIS- TRIBUTION & GENERAL CONTRACTING YARD - CONSTRUCTION 482-1061 419 I I JASPER LUMBER CO. COMPLETE BUILDING SERVICE Ph: 482.1125 RT. 4, JASPER I II I I I I II O D'O'W.N-T-O-W.N I 301 MAIN ST. * VtNCENNES. IN 47591 != Ed. L. Lee = ! Mortuary I 101 North Meridian Street ! Washington, IN 254-3612 e00E.Oro. Heat !.c. Furnaces HARRY MURRAY able at St. Benedict Church, to anyone who donates $10 to the capital campaign. Book stores will charge $14.95 for the book, with $10 of the total price going to the parish fund drive. III