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0 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Kingdom of Light: An Easter parable Once upon a time, there was a great and mighty king. He ruled over a prosperous kingdom that ex- tended far and wide, all around the sea. Today we would probably call it an empire rather than a king- dom, but back in those days they didn't use that word. They simply called it a kingdom. This kingdom had alliances with many different nations around the sea. Every- one admired the justice and wisdom of the great king so much that everyone wanted to be his sub- ject. And so, by means of these various alliances, they had just one great, prosperous kingdom. They called it the "Kingdom of Light." On a far off, distant corner of this kingdom, there was an island that a group of pirates had taken over. The island had a secure harbor. And that har- bor was the basis of their power. These pirates made their livelihood by raiding the nations up and down the coast. They usually went raiding at night-time, and so they were called the "Pirates of Darkness." There was one little nation near their island that the pirates raided more often. This little nation was known as the "Nation of Self." The people of the Nation of Self did not know where they stood with the great king. The Pirates of Darkness were a constant threat to them. Many citizens had hired themselves out as spies to the Pirates. Many more co-operated with the Pirates simply out of fear of them. And the capital of the great king seemed so far away that they were afraid the great king was not very interested in them. The Nation of Self was in a sad state of af- fairs indeed. All round the Kingdom of Light, for the harbor was fiercely fought: it was de- I By SY LOEH-RLEIN i asked, "Father, people?" people spoke rather sadly about the plight of the Nation of Self. "What can be done for these poor, unfortu- nate people?" they asked. But no one had an answer. Then, one day, the Crown Prince came to the king with a plan. He why couldn't we reach out to these "How can we do that?" replied his father. "If you agree, father," said the prince, "I could go to the Nation of Self and explain our feelings to- ward those people. If they would be willing to enter a pact with us, I could show them how willing we are to help and defend them. "Then," the prince continued, "if I had a few good ships, I would go to the island and destroy the har- bor and break the power of the Pirates of Dark- ness." "What if you were killed in this battle? You know, you are to become king in my place some day," won- dered the king. "What good is it to he a king if we tolerate injus- tice in the kingdom?" the prince replied. "My son, you do me proud!" exclaimed the great king. So he outfitted a number of the best ships in his realm. And he sent his beloved son on mission to the Nation of Self. The prince landed at the Nation of Self. He gave gifts to the citizens from his father. He spent some time talking with them and getting acquainted with them. Then, one night the pirates landed to raid the na- tion. The prince engaged them in battle and drove them off. He followed them to their island. The fight stroyed. The power of the Pirates broken. But in the battle, the prince His men laid out in state the command vessel and brought him back to the great king. Everyone in the Light mourned the death of the crown yet there was a joy in the kingdom destroyed the power of the and rescued the citizens of Self. The had a magnificent monument built to the memory of his hero son. This story is a parable. God is the the king of glory (Psalm 24:10). Jesus is t prince, the prince of peace (Isaiah 9:5-6). Kingdom of Light is the Kingdom of Heaven 1:5). Of the many nations allied know of only nine -- the nine choirs Pirates of Darkness are the ( 21). And the Nation of Self is where we live (Matthew 13:24-30). Jesus came of God's love and to end the us. The best a human father could do for s son would be perhaps to build a memory. God did much more for His raised Him back to life and right hand in glory (Acts 2:32-33 2:9-11). There are three main morals God loves us (Isaiah 49:14-16); 2) We are (I John 1:8-9), and 3) God the save us from our sins (John 3:1617). Only one further step need be sponded wholeheartedly to the love Savior this Lent? FOR EL . sCHNEi Main Pha: Golden Jubilarians Oscar and Lorena (Mehringer) Englert of St. Anthony will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 10 a.m. April 10 at St. Anthony Church, St. Anthony. A dinner for the family and invited guests will be served at noon at the St. Anthony Community Cen- ter, followed by an Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. The cou- ple requests no gifts. They were married April 11, 1944, at St. Joseph Church, Jasper, by Father Othmar Schroeder. They are the parents of 17 children: Kenny, Denny, Norb, Rich, Bill, Gary, James, Fred and Brian Englert, Norma Braunecker, Linda Luebbehusen, Mary Jane Boehman, Betty Bromm, Theresa Schwartz and Barb Messmer. They have two deceased children, Larry and Clara Mae. They have 36 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. MILLER & MILLER  "Funeral Pre-Planning Since 1940" 424-9274 I I ill Golden Jubilarians Raymond "Jack" and Jean (Primus) Glass of rural Vin- cennes will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 5:30 p.m. April 9, at St. Thomas Church, St. Thomas. A buffet reception will fol- low at 6:30 p.m. Friends and relatives are invited to at- tend; the couple requests no gifts. The celebration is being hosted by the couple's children and grandchildren. They were married April 11, 1944, at St. Thomas Church. They are the parents of four children: Phyllis Kocher of Lawrenceville, Ill., and Larry Glass and Janice Clark, both of Vincennes. Their son, Tom, is deceased. They have 14 grandchildren. Mr. Glass is a retired farmer and Mrs. Glass is a homemaker. Spring Fix-Up Time at Haubstadt Carpet Carpet at "Sale" prices Vinyl floor covering Custom-made wood cabinets Wallpaper- 30O/o Discount Benjamin Moore Paints on sale now . Hwy 68 -- Haubstadt, Indiana 768-6983 i ii i FOR R d OVer AnY I H.