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IICII'II'/ The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana ,! :: i: signs given by Church community ,W, THOMAS FAUCHER News Service !i!/i businessman, the future, want- him Martin. people down, not fie unless they each person for I was 17. It where there people before Mass at the sign of and dough- if friendliness and 'people in the aver- one of the most in Catholi- COmmunity have ' is one tican Coun- F hope for the future Started this process mystical body many Catholic I with sus- to stress a sense of of interdependence the Lord. up the ball from ty as one of all its docu- said that to honestly care and even share the people first came stress on fat each other, the sign of peace, lay people reading the Scriptures, laity helping to give Communion, people actually greeting others at the door -- each of these little actions was one more sign of the growing sense of community. Then with parish councils, finance councils, diocesan councils, education efforts, the revised Code of Canon Law and other changes, the Catholic Church was putting into practice our theology that we are brothers and sis- ters who can share God's grace and wisdom with each other, a family that needs each other. In the body of Christ, each person is supported and sustained. Community is a sign of hope. Com- munity -- interdependence -- is the foundation for the explosion of food banks, aid to the poor, social justice committees and other forms of out- reach which have sprung up in parishes from Alaska to Florida. Community -- honestly caring about one another -- has given birth to parish clubs for the aged, volunteer nurses, right-to-life efforts, day care, night care, and thousands of forms of care and concern in parishes large and small from Maine to Hawaii. Catholic parishes are known to be places where people truly care about one another and would do anything to help one another. Martin came back to a church where l "When history records the monumental triumphs of Vatican II, could community be its most splendid achievement?" asks Father W. Thomas Faucher who points to the hopeful sign that Catholic parishes have become, having been transformed by "kindness and community." -- CNS photo by Bill Wittman his experience is one of love, concern and community. When history records Time the monumental triumphs of Vatican II, could community be its most splendid achievement? It is truly the sign of hope for the years to come. Father Faucher is a priest of the Diocese of Boise, Idaho, on assignment in the Diocese of Baker, Ore. Point: t me as a great sign of hope for the world today? ! from readers in Ferdinand DRE at St. Ferdinand Church, Ferdinand. helping each other instead of fighting with each other.... -- Rosie Lemond gifts, and helping out the poor children and fami- shelter and help them go to school to learn. -- Amber Wilmes stepping up to do their part in world oh, I can't help anyway. Well you can, just one little does make a difference when you put everybody's piece like a cake, if everybody does their part everyone will -- Crystal Ernst r many other diseases... -- Jayme Luebbehusen people just because they want to. -- Jenna Wahl peace between us and lraq. , --Brad Kline see others succts.,c!! i i Continued from page 8 In response, Mark wrote his Gospel: "The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, (Son of God)" (Mark 1:1). It was not the end. It was just the beginning! Summarizing, we have to say that the early Christians were realistic. They saw the evil around them. But they had great --Hannah Sitzman visiting people that are sick and stuck in their homes. -- Beth Bfinkman i , i .... ...... , q i ; v ;, faith in the Lord Jesus, and in his death and resurrection. As bearers of his Gospel, they prayed. As we do the same, we make an act of faith, charity and hope. It is not the end. It is just the beginning. Father LaVerdiere, a Scriph:re holar, is senior editor of Emmanuel magazine. We usually know exactly what takes a toll on hope. But are we very good at spelling out what has given us hope? Here are four suggestions to help identify what has given you reason to be a hopeful person. -- Think back to a time when good came out of an awful situation. Was it when you lost a job (but the new job you ultimately found was decidedly bet- ter for you)? Was it when you were rejected (denied admission to medical school, for example), only to find you were about to be guided onto the right path in life for you? -- Recall when someone close to you made a great breakthrough in life. Per- haps someone suffering an addiction found his way into recovery; perhaps a child with little self-confidence began to believe in himself. -- Remember a time when, feeling overwhelmed by a serious is, you could see no light at the end of the tunnel. Now, years later and in ,: you realize the light was dawning even before you knew iL healed.-- Think of a time when a seemingly impossible and broken relatiop Can you give an account of the hope within you? David Gibson Editor, Faith Alive!