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The Message -- for Cathollcs of Southwestern Indlana m  -- P'erspecnve- The difficulties ... and importance.., of slowing It was a curious story a friend was telling us, about workers in a production facility who had diffi- culty slowing down. They were making more items than the com- pany was able to sell, so the deci- sion was made to slow down the production. Some people had great difficultyknowing how to handle such a situation. Although the story was un- usual, it seemed that all of us in the conversation could understand the problem. Slowing down seems wrong, some how. Keeping busy is the ordinary command. Production lines are most usually measured by the amount of units that can be produced. How many cars can you make in an hour? How many ap- pliances can you assemble in a day? How many pills can you put into a bottle? Slowing down some how seems unnatural -- at least, from the viewpoint of IB PAUL R. INGANG EDITOR what we have considered to be "nat- ural" for the several past decades. For how many centuries have we labored under the "truth" that more is better? If we make more of them, we can sell more of them, and make more money. Even before we started work- ing in factories, was there not in some of us a tendency to want to grow more crops than we needed for food? Or to cut more wood than we needed to burn? Our discussion about slowing down was prompted in part by reading the story about Martha and Mary -- how Martha stayed busy while Mary sat and listened to Jesus. Martha should be angry, I am tempted to say. She is the productive one, the one who made it possible for Mary to sit and listen. Mary should have helped, I am tempted to say -- then both of them might have had some time to do than to listen to Jesus. The way I am tempted to look would never work. If Mary helped Martha the meal, let us say, there probably been any more time for Martha to relax she just would not have taken the time ness When you think about it, there time to do all of the things that could be live and act like Martha. If Mary helped, tha! just give Martha a head-start on other things that could be done. There is more to do. It is hard to slow down. It is scary to "d o ing.  Even if other people haps we would judge ourselves. .. Last Sunday we were reminded  mtli vestments and a command to rejoice  that rapidly moving toward completion. But we time to look at ourselves and see what rules Are.we keeping busy? Or are we By PATRICIA ZAPOR Catholic News Service Washington Letter Immigration legislation: Congress wading through a wave A couple of congressional ini- funds. It was defeated March 3 children born to U.S. citizens, being smuggled i WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Congress is responding in clas-" sic fashion to a wave of anti- immigrant sentiment -- by in- troducing more than 120 immigration-related bills so far this session, most of which haven't budged since they first hit the Capitol print shop presses. In addition to grabbing headlines for the bills' spon- sors, the flood of immigration legislation is keeping Catholic and other groups that support immigrants' rights on their toes Seeing Christ in the priest To the editor: The article by Father Eu- gene Dewig on the priesthood celibacy was very inspiring. It renews my faith in the priest- hood. Whenever I visit my family in Evansville, I look forward to attending Mass at Sacred Heart, my home parish. Father The MESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47720-0169 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville Published weetdy except last week in December by the Catholic Press of Evansville Publisher .............. Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger Edtor ............................................ Paul Production Manager ........................... Phil Boger Cca .................................. .Amy Housman Adversing .................................... Paul New,nd Stafff wnter ............................ Ma,'y Ann Hughes Address all communications to P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169 Subscription rate: $15.00 per year Single Copy Price: $.50 Entered as 2nd class matter at the post office in Evansville, IN 47701. Publica- tion number 843800. Postmaster: Return POD forms 3579 to Office of Pubhcation  t994  Pre=of tiatives in the form of amend- ments to appropriations bills have surfaced to face votes on the House or Senate floor. One resulted in the provision that victims of the January Califor- nia earthquake are eligible for nonemergency federal assis- tance only if they can prove legal residency. A failed amendment to the Elementary and Secondary Ed- ucation Reauthorization Act would have required adminis-- trators to determine whether students or their parents are in the country illegally before schools could receive federal Dewig, pastor, personifies the priesthood of Holy Mother Church. He is a prayerful and holy priest. He lives and teaches the Majesterium and his homilies are superb. He gives us the teachings of the Church and Our Holy Father. You can readily absorb this in Father's article. To quote from Lacordaire, "To live in the midst of the world without wishing its plea- sures; to be a member of each family, yet belonging to none, .to share all sufferings; to pene- trate all secrets; to heal all wounds; to go from men to God and offer Him their prayers; to return from God to men to bring pardon and hope; to have heart of fire for charity and a heart of bronze for chastity; to teach and to pardon, console and bless always, My God, what a Life! And it is yours, O Priest of Jesus Christ." Having a strong faith, we must see Christ in the priest. Nadyne Stumpf Capone East Haven, Conn. Youth Day XXlX To the editor:. Thank you for your pre and post coverage of Youth Day XXIX. Your continued support of Youth Ministry throughout in a 329-78 House vote. Bills being monitored by the American Immigration Lawyers Association include everything from a proposal by Rep. Bob Stump, R-Ariz., for a moratorium on nearly all im- migration for at least six years, to measures to improve border controls and encourage legal residents to become American citizens. Other proposals would apply specifically to citizens of Cuba, Iraq, Poland, Haiti, Portugal, Ireland, Greece or Hungary or to journalists from Hong Kong. One would change the Consti- tution to limit citizenship to the diocese is appreciated. I would like to expound on a point in Ms. Hughes' Feb. 25th story. In the article, it listed several of us adults as plan- ners of the event. True, we ini- tiated some action, but there was also a group of young peo- ple who attended the early planning meetings and played an integral part in the entire process. I believe their taking ownership of this event con- tributed greatly to its success. The second point...from the very start people from the Washington area under the di- rection of Suzanne Webb and Father Ed Schnur assumed re- sponsibility, handled the plan- ning for, and hosted the day. This is no easy task but the youngsters and adults with support from their parishes and community did a fantastic job of bringing it to fruition. Thanks to all of them for a memorable day. Ed Tretter Ferdinand Various bills would improve, revamp, increase the size of or reform the Immigration and Naturalization Service. And one would require legal resi- dency or citizenship, before someone could receive benefits under any new national health care plan. Few bills are expected to even make it onto committee agendas, let alone survive to become law. But organizations involved with immigrants' rights are paying close atten- tion to their progress as well as to the national sentiments that lead members of Congress to introduce such measures. Much of the frenzy was stirred up by publicity about the immigration status of the bombers of the World Trade Center and by news of shiploads of Chinese citizens and San Franc natius Bau, the San tion for Refugee Coupled slow recovery misunderstan whether illegS cost the they contribute created an which voters seem immigration Bau. "It's been combat the likely to ued. But the Dana attaching quirementS to See Bishop's sch The following activities and events are schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger. The threat of New Age To the editor: Even though our family has See LETTERS page 5