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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana .R. Hoffman resident is proponent of Natural Family Planning 3 S meet him, mayappear to resident, a . father children. the heart of tholic. ;else branches college he Catholi- important impacting g his parents who He attended and and science. couple of medicine as thing goes." He watched as fel- low students "got burned by the worldly view. They were getting too physically involved with girlfriends or boyfriends before there was enough commitment on a relationship level." As he began to learn about Natural Family Planning, he felt "relief to see sexuality put in its proper context. I was not taught that at my Catholic high school. "To get an understanding about the role of sexuality in marriage, it was a relief. It was, 'So that's what it's all about,' and that gave us some sense of direction. "It was an exciting awakening to the truth." At the Newman Center, he met with other college students who were "vibrant and excited about the Catholic Church." About that time, he began to see the importance of "letting I could do this, that I didn't ception in my practice. tbig commit- be sure." an article in everyone, That feel like people's where them in birth of a ; of trial when m college, he Catholic Then one attending Was home." in Newman universi- priests who of Natur- NFP was a What he was Where "any- !E God pick my wife." When he met his future wife, Rose, he was "not in a hurry to find a relationship, because there was nothing casual about dating anymore. I was at the point in my life v/hen dating meant looking for a spouse." They dated one week, and then got engaged. "There was a lot of trust that God would provide us with a spouse that was His desire." Ten months later they were married. During their courtship, J.R. and Rose made the decision that "our Catholic faith is the most important part of our lives." Thus began another struggle. In medical school, he was taught that contraception is the only medical response to many societal problems, including preventing teen pregnancies, ii HAUBSTADT ELECTRIC Licensed Bonded Insured Industrial, Comrneraal and Residential PO. Box 405 TONY NAZARIO Haubstadt, IN 47639 812-768-5207 1-800-766-2787, j Please Support Message A00rs p PAULHARMASCy Paul Mayer, Owner 2345 W. Franklin St. 425-4364 Plaza Pharmacy Newburgh Plaza Shopping Center FaSt Pmlv.-rlption mdce Ken and Rebecca Hacker 853-7141 abortions and sexually-trans- mitted diseases. Of course, he considered those problems very challenging ones, and he "wanted to see less of them," but he was also a firm believer in the Catholic Church's teaching on contraception. Then, he heard a Catholic physician, a Dr. Paul Spencer, speak. "He was an example to me of a family doctor who was very comfortable and successful living out his Catholic faith. "I realized ! could do this, that I didn't have to offer contracep- tion in my practice." He learned two things from Dr. Spencer. "One, I have the right to live out my faith, and two, that two wrongs don't make a right. When you have a teenager having sex, by adding contraception to it, it doesn't make it right." Thanks to guidance from Dr. Spencer, J.R. finished medical school filled i with the confidence have that he could be a successful Catholic family doctor. He scouted out hospitals, looking for a place to do a family practice residency. When he received a booklet from St. Mary's Medical Center, Evansville, he noticed the words, "Our mission is to serve Christ through health care to the poor." That simple message was enough for him, and he made the decision to move his family to Evansville. He also made the personal decision not to prescribe any contraception to his patients. His first week as a resident, he met his first challenge. "A patient wanted a refill for her birth control pills. I said, 'I don't do that for personal rea- sons,' and she was kind of fran- tic. She said, 'What am I sup- " posed to do?' I told her she needed to see another doctor." He says he knew "from the beginning that it made me dif- Main Street Pharmacy 217 E. Main St., Downtown Washington Phone: 254-51 41 I II KofC Co S6S 2901Wi 0000land St. Evansville; Ind. Family Nights Featuring Lenten menu every Friday night during Lent Public welcome/ Call 423-2734 ii. H i I I iiiirl i DR. J.R. HOFFMAN Jasper when his medical resi- dency is compete. "It will be interesting to see what happens. I'm willing to make !ess mone that." ferent, but Dr. Spencer really did help set my values and con- victions in concrete." J.R. is currently completing his training to be a Natural Family Planning medical con-. sultant. He plans to settle in Easter Triduum Continued from page 1 taken from the Gospel of John. (Recall that in our three year cycle in the lectionaD; the gospels of Matthew Mark and Luke are used for the passion account on Palm Sunday.) John's passion account has always been used on G(nad Fri- day because it is the Glory Gospel. Jesus is in charge of the entire episode; he is in charge before Pilate; he is in charge as he hangs on the cross even to seeing to the well-being of his Mother and St. John  actually seeing to the well-being of all of his followers. The entire Gospel of John is full of Glory and triumph: being identified so often with "I Am" - good shepherd, the way, the truth and the life, the bread come down from heaven, the resurrection and the life, etc.; and this Glory Gospel is used because we are celebrating the "Victorious Cross." It is because Jesus is victori- ous that we can follow the homily with the General Inter- cessions knowing that they will be heard because we pray them in the name of Jesus. (Even prior to the Liturgical Renewal of the Second Vatican Council these general interces- sions were part of the  Fri- day liturgy, following an ancient tradition.) We venerate this victorious cross in  "Venera" ritual, the third part of today's liturgy. There is to be only one cross used for this veneration, and there are a number of ways for thisto be observed. A cross might be unveiled in three stages; a crLyss not covered could be brought in through the con- gregation, down the middle aisle pausing to sing the invita- tion: "This is the woKi of the cross... '" to which all respond: "Come let us  orshtp. This is followed by the opIxrtunity for all those assembled to follow the celebrant in the procession to the cross for individual ven- eration. We conclude with a commu- nion rite. This was added to the Good Friday liturgy by Pope Paul VI. With the closing prayer we again depart only to contin- ue the celebration tomorrow night at the Easter  igil, e con- template the words from Hebrews9: 11-12: "When Christ came as a high priest of the good things which have come to be, he entered once for all into the sanctuaD; passing throh the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made by hands, that is, not belonsing to ati. He en not with the blood of  and calv but with his own  bl, and act'deved eternal redemption. Part IL the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday, wil| h" published ma u,