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April 21, 1989 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana View Point REFLECTIONS FROM THE SIDELINES By FR. RICHARD HOFFMAN Guest Columnist Preparing the soul for the long journey to the ce nter "You have heard it said.., but I say to you." Recently I overheard the remark, "I believe that I have lived on the periphery of life for so long now that I wonder if life has any meaning at all." From one perspective this can mean, 1) act- ing mainly or merely out of one's role or office with all its "shoulds" and "oughts," 2) allowing others to define me, 3) reacting to past hurts or others' expectations, and 4) repeatedly appealing to external authority to validate one's selective beliefs. Such a lifo would be shallow indeed for real life or authority is outside one's self. The in- dividual would be like "a reed blowing in the wind" with no internal center. I call such behavior "deflation" for the ego is too small. From another angle, the periphery of life can mean being obsessed with "being right" and play- ing the deadly game of "witch-hunting." I believe that I am the absolute criterion for what is best for others; and woe to those who think, speak, act, or even dross different than I. Here the ego is much too big. I call this "inflation." Victim behavior is one result of deflation, while one effect of inflation is the familiar "messiah complex." Religion seems to be the fertile soil for spawning "messiahs." No one human being has the whole picture. This is why dialugue, consulatation, negotiation, and discernment are essential for human communi- ty life. I am of the opinion that much of human behavior still is unexplainable, even scientifically and analytically. One reason for this may be that to a great extent our lives are lived on the un- conscious level. Consciousness demands the most rigorous discipline of all plus the ability to laugh at one's self consistently. And even then, "pure consciousness" is not a known factor to date. Have you had a pure motive recently? Struggle, pain, search, listening, prayer prepare the soul for the long journey to the center. It is to risk everything we believe important -- power, prestige, succeas, wealth. Are these not "illusions and not the solutions they promise to be?" The center is where all things are wonderful. ly now, freeing and gift. It is the "narrow gate" through which few dare enter because to all ap- pearances it doesn't make sense; it isn't logical. But then how many things in life are this way? In the deep center we discover the reat paradox, that our nothingness is really everything, the darkness is our light, and our poverty to be the greatest riches of all. The center has no limits or boun- daries. It "knows" peace even in the midst of turmoil and uncertainty. It is the work of the Spirit blowing where it will for it does not know "periphery." How does one get there? There are no signposts or maps. Where is it then? No-where. How much does it cost? Nothing and yet everything. Can I earn it? It is not a matter of merit. Will I know if I am there? If you think you know, then probably you are not. You may ex- claim, "Stop talking in riddles." "But I say to you, love your enemies; do good to those who hate you and persecute you." "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed." "And he spoke with authority and not as the Scribes and Pharisees." '"And power went out from him .... " 9 Rogation Service Farmers, gardeners invited to attend April 25 service in Ferdinand A "Rogation Service for maculate Conception Convent begin with Vespers at the Con- lome about the fifth century, tion against evil." Gardeners and Farmers" has Chapel of the Sisters of St. vontChapel; then thecongrega- dccording to the Catholic Renewed interest in the been announced by Father John Benedict at Ferdinand, Ind., on tion will process to St. Fardi- Almanac. They were probably prayer for field and garden was Boeglin, director of the office of April 25 at 7 p.m. hand Church while singing the Christian replacements for evident last summer, according Catholic Rural Life in the "Please come, rain or shine," traditional litany of saints. The seasonal festivals of agrarian to Father Boeglin. He cited the DioCese of Evansville. is the invitation from Father Eucharist will be celebrated at cults. "They were observances example of the crowds who at- The service will be "an even- Boeglin. "If it rains, bring an the parish church, and the ser- of penance, thanksgiving, and tended services to pray for an Ing of prayer and song for umbrella." vice will conclude with the petition for divine blessing on end to the drought. spring planting," according to Farmers and gardeners who blessing of the seeds and the the various seasons," according The "Rogation Service" Father Boeglin, pastor of St. want to participate are asked to soil. to the almanac, planned for Ferdinand this Celestine Church, Celestino, bring a bag of soil and some Priests of the diocese are be: "Rogation days originated in year, according to Father Ind. seeds for the garden or for the ing invited to concelebrate. France about the fifth century," Boeglin, "is intended not. just The "Rogation Service" is field. 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