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998 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 13 JIM and ANN CAVERA in my childhood as being the The church waited for weeks in and the adults in my life asly. I often wondered if it with fasting. As children, we fasting, but our teachers and par- us to give up something. The giving up anything too tough. If, in , we gave up something good like Well there were always Sundays. free days and didn't count tried to give up things we or liver, but our parents and Grilled cheese and tomato soup teachers were on to that ploy. They must have tried the same thing when they were kids. The keeping of our Lenten pledges was supposed to be on the honor system. One time, one of my class- mates ratted on me by telling everyone that he had spotted me eating forbidden Walnettos at the matinee. The chiding I received from the class hurt more than the frown from Sister Mary Louise. Lent was not my favorite time of year. In fact, as I think about it, I always seemed to get sick during Lent. Do you think it might have been from the lack of sugar? I wish I had thought of that reason back then. Lent has changed a lot over the years. There are not as many rules. Fasting is down to a few days and, with a variety of frozen entrees abundantly displayed at the market, meatless Fridays are a lot more "user friendly." The young people of today don't realize how tough it was back then before the invention of pizza. All we had was grilled cheese and tomato soup. Occasionally, a perch or two showed up on the table, but by the time you ate around the bones, you didn't get much. It seems as though no matter how file rules change, or what we eat, the real "meat" for Lent is in the read ings. The Scriptures takes us back to our beginnings with Abraham and our other forefathers and lead us to our end with the death and resurrection of our Lord. It's like a six-week course in Life. There is wandering and searching, sickness and healing, ugliness and beau- ty, depression and jo}; dying and rising. As a child I sat' Lent as a chore. Now; at this stage in my life, the old rules of fasting and abstinence have taken on new meaning. A quick glance at my profile in the mirror is a strong argument that I might want to embrace these on a year-round basis. What was once seen as a chore has become a "health initiative." For many of us in the second half of our lives, this dark side of the year has become a welcome opportu- nity to look at ourselves both physically and spiritual- ly. Lent is a chance to renew our focus on our journey to Easter. -- By JIM CAVERA Jim and Ann Cavera live amt ztrk in Evansville. Their column is a regular feature of the Message. 1 St. Meinrad OVersees reli- in the troop, before and and troop rep- the during or at ! Campouts, and for Ad XII reli- Gehlhausen each patrol is each active in the :ivities, for of park- Nativity he suc- to hav- boys get sailing around the Florida Keys, canoe- ing in the Canadian Boundary Waters, and backbacking in the Rocky Mountains?" Parents are impressed "that our troop is organized," Gehlhausen said. Boys are kept busy having fun and learning, without a whole lot of time to mess around. "Our leaders have worked very hard to make this a special experience for our boys," Gehlhausen said, acknowledg- ing that the troop is not perfect. "But we do our best to live up to the high standards of the Boy Scouts of America." Gehlhausen said that Troop 312 is a national example for any Catholic Boy Scout troop, or any other troop. "If you follow the aims and methods of Scout- ing and have leaders that are committed to excellence, any goal is possible." Bishop Gettelfinger congratu- lates Boy Scouts. See page 5. ER " MERCURY l JASPER [ 482-1200 OF LENT Fish Fry March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. FILETS baked, large, boneless, cash filcts, tOrnbread or our famous cheese biscuits & dessert $6.00 & youth over age 10 Family Busterl (under 10)with 1 adult or small fish & all the same fixins) NATIVITY ;5 Pollack Avenue River Road & Vann Avenue 476-7186 Members of Scout Troop #312 display the flag received in recognition of their national Gold Medallion Award. They are, from left, front row, Ben Melchiors, Alex Bies, Nick Bragin, Nolan Neeley, Mark Sadler, Paul Bragin and Joe Blubaugh; back row, Doug Matheis, Will Nalin, David Swartz, Joey Evrad, Warren Evrad, Tom Duhn, Chad Melchiors, Jim Schmitt, Dorothy Kissel, Jonathan Kissel and, hohting plaque, Keith Gehlhausen. -- Message photo by Michael Woolsey WILLIAMS BROS. HEALTH CARE __pHARMACY "bur ttealth Can, ProJessotloLs" Charles C. Williams, RPh Jeffrey W. Williams, R Ph Mark A. Williams, R, Ph 10 Wdllls os, Drive * Washingt. 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Send resume and letter by April 1 to: Youth Ministry Search Committee, Catholic Ministry Center, 802 Ninth St., Tell City, IN 47586 or call (812) 547.7994 for more information. u ,, r , , ,