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998 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 15 ANN CAVERA ring room is a large fish tank so brightly colored fish swim slow- Water. We were told that once a week or company stops by to clean the scenery, both real and fake. exactly the same amount For a minute or so, a frantic flur- in the past two years we've in this room to begin a round of radi- came, Dad walked in, annoyed life. For the second round he cane. Now, he sits passively in a The waiting room wheelchair. With no windows and no TV, this room is quiet, calm. Pictures of flowers decorate the walls, and constant soft music flows in from somewhere over- head. Dog-eared magazines about travel and hunting fill a rack while pamphlets in perfect condition with titles like "The Other Side" and "Going Toward the Light" have been casually arranged on one table. This morning I can hear friendly chatter in the room before we get to the doorway. As we enter, the people inside fall silent. The patients ahead of us are first timers, still ahead of their disease, still hopeful. My father in his wheelchair is the specter of who they will become if they, too, must return to this room for repeat- ed rounds of radiation. After a minute or two a middle-aged man resumes talking about his plans to go to Florida in the next few months. His voice rises, a little too loud, while he ges- tures widely with his hands. One by one, the people ahead of us disappear into the room with the machine, until there is only an elderly couple waiting ahead of US. The man is sitting next to the fish tank, and he is tak- ing roasted peanuts from his pocket. One by one, he cracks them and eats the contents. My father intently watches his hands. Dad has little appetite and I doubt he wants to eat anything. Instead, I wonder if he is thinking, like I am, of a certain apple-crisp autumn afternoon 10 years ago, deep in the Appalachian moun- tains. I remember him sitting on a plank bench, listen- ing to Southern mountain music. One by one, he ate roasted peanuts until he completely encircled his feet with the hulls. In heaven, beyond all the magnificent choirs of monks singing Gregorian chants, beyond all the banks of angels singing Hosannas, there must be a grove of ancient pecan trees with plank benches and a wooden stage. And there, those who are so inclined can listen to fiddles, banjos, and dulcimers while they eat peanuts until they are satisfied. Meanwhile, like the fish in the tank, we must keep swimming. By ANN CAVERA Jim and Ann Cavera live and work in Evansville. Their cohmm is a regular feature of the Message. Msgr. Hirsch to observe 80th birthday kNG . Hirsch, the first of eight- 5. He and were Bishop first Feb. 2, 5, he pur- began his diocesan .... for- mally retired from active ministry in 1991, he contin- ues to serve in the diocesan tribunal, as Defender of the Bond. He has served in parish, hospital chaplaincy, and diocesan positions, includ- ing terms as chancellor and vicar general. Following the departure of Bishop Paul Leibold in 1969, and prior to the installation of Bishop Francis R. Shea in 1970, Msgr. Hirsch was diocesan administrator. Msgr. Hirsch is a true Cardinal baseball fan and a fre- quent contributor of his reflec- tions to various publications. AUTO , HOME MSGR. HIRSCH Among his latest writing is a reflection on remaining youthful by staying useful. BUSINESS FARM Reflections on Growing Oldl By MSGR. CLINTON F. HIRSCH An age-old problem, but like the weather we just talk about it. No one relishes the idea of growing old, but everyone who lives long enough certainly will. It seems inevitable; at least there does not appear to be a ready solution. The process of aging offers a great challenge for maturing, for grow- ing on the human level and for becoming more fully the person God intended the individual to be. g needs to stay useful!" Aging is somewhat like wine, -- Written Feb. 2, 1998, on the fifty-third Nonte INSURANCE SERVICES SINCE 1913 HELFRICH I II II Funeral Homes .... Four Convenient Locations WEST CHAPEL  Insurance DENNIS K. FELDHAUS Agency 3033 W, MARYLAND ST. 464-5993 Mater Dei Class of '70 I I II I i I I I II IIII I IIII I BI i lIB unal Advocate atholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis is seeking an Advocate n Tribunal Office. 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