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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana "5 ce tOI u f tF Bishop's Forum-- o,3,, was but 50 years. ;farm woman. had raised us alone in al- years of marriage. She g out to others now that she had the time. rain in her ab- could not diag- I cancer. Ex- was elected. a phone call on Monday, Nov. , Just after surgery. through fine. The s a result of adhesions, scar an appendectomy many years earlier. at all. time I was called to the phone. It about the same hour. I thought it "Mom's doing fine." It wasn't. suffered a very severe stroke from a :lot. She was in grave danger of Was in a whirl. I was to be ordained a Mother had so much looked forward ByBISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER If ly on .... to it. I was scared that she might die before I got to see her even though there was nothing I could do. Within an hour I was at her bedside with Dad at St. Edward's Hospital in New Albany. Mother was in a deep comatose state. You, I am sure, are familiar with the scene, one that all too many -families experience. The endless waiting in hospital waiting rooms with others who are suffering too. It was here that I learned a harsh but invaluable lesson. During the course of that long lonely night into the waiting room came a grown man of about 35. He was sobbing so severely that his whole body was heaying. He was alone. His mother too was in grave danger of death. One of us, I cannot remember who, got up to con- sole him. Through his tears and sobbing he told us that his mother was dying. He had not gotten to the hospital to see her before she went into uncon- sciousness. Somehow a rift had come between him and the rest of his family. He admitted that had failed his mother. Then he began repeating the haunting words: "If only... -- I had gotten here before she became unconscious. -- I had told her that I was sorry while she could still hear. I had called her more often. -- I had helped her instead of causing her trouble. -- I had been faithful to my prayers as she taught me. -- I had gone to church as she did. -- I had said I was sorry for hurting her. I had told her that I loved her as she loved me! His pain was enormous. His flood of tears could not heal his mother. She died. He was too late. He could not be consoled. Our mother survived. She remained paralyzed and speech impaired. Her mind remained sharp till her death 28 years later. She loved us. We loved her. We told her often. We were all at her bedside when she died. That young man in the hospital that one lonely night taught a lesson he never knew. Thanks to him, none of us kids had to say: "If only..." ,r ministers must help link classw0rk, faith, cardinal says BUNCE Service Ill. (CNS)- while ful- central mission of must also guide class- with the to the Congre- Education. Laghi, former in the gave the symposium Edward ! anniversary as Founda- at the Univer- s at Champaign. urn, titled of To- the Youth of April 25 at the university's Student Union. The most essential aspect of campus ministry, according to Cardinal Laghi -- who in the 1980s was Pope John Paul Irs official represeritative in the United States -- is providing the sacraments, religious guidance and other forms of pastoral care to individual students. Campus ministry "has brought the celebration of the Eucharist into the university and formed communities there. This traditional form of cam- pus ministry can never be re- placed," he said. Still, campus ministers must develop a form of pastoral care specific to the university set- ting, he said, by encouraging a "meeting of scientific and learning discovery -- what stu- dents learn in their courses to their faith." & MILLER For many students, the years spent at college are a "parenthesis in their life of faith," the cardinal said. "The tendency of people in the university (is) to separate their faith from their univer- sity activities .... The meeting and dialogue of faith with the world of the university is strictly limited." To counter this tendency, priests involved in campus min- istry must be aware of what stu- dents are learning and experi- encing in order to guide them to the realization that there is no gap between Christian faith and scientific truth. "If this does not happen, there is a risk of graduates ei- ther leaving in a separated world (of faith and learning) or leaving the faith completely," said Cardinal Laghi. Another danger is the "frag- mentation" of ideas that may result from a university educa- tion that primarily prepares students for work in a specific field. "(Students) all collect a lot of information, but they don't put it together into a pic- ture which is a complete one," Cardinal Laghi said. "When you go to class, you learn a lot of elements. But, you have to realize faith is not only elements, faith is a per- son," the cardinal said. While students are very re- ceptive to "horizontal values" human rights, solidarity, peace and justice -- the mes- sage is empty without the "ver- tical value  found in the person of God, he said. The symposium, the conclud- ing event in a two-day celebra- tion of Msgr. Duncan's anniver- sary at Newman, also featured talks by such nationally known figures as Holy Cross Father Theodore Hesburgh, retired president of the University of Notre Dame, and the Rev. Mar- tin Marty, Protestant theologian and senior editor of The Christ- ian Century magazine. In his presentation, Dr. MarCy offered a portrait of the average Catholic university student. Today, Catholics are the highest educated identifiable group in the United States, as well as the largest religious group represented on college campuses, he said. Moreover, the percentage of Catholic freshmen is slightly higher than the percentage of Catholics in the general popu- lation. Because of these factors, Catholic students will have a large impact not just on the church but on the whole of so- ciety. "The private and individual search is intense during these years,  Dr. Marty said, and col- lege is often a time for stu- dents to return to a sense of community. "What happens when (Catholic students) come together and find community is decisive to American culture." h Sheet Metal Inc. al & Commercial Heating & Cooling Sales & Service 422-9242 I Patricio Koch 15 S. Third Avenue, Evansville "A family name you cantrust" Preparing for Pentecost- 424-9274 A Day of Family Ministry " BoX 88 Montgomery, Indiana 47558 FUNERAL HOME Pre-planning ..... Because you care 425-2896 Phone:486-3285 Je?,n 8owmg Hestr FUNERAl DIRECTOR '1let) Father A1 Lauer will be the guest speaker during a Day of Family Ministry, Sunday, May 15, at Holy Redeemer parish in Evansville. The day, which is sponsored by the Evidence of Grace Prayer Group, begins at 2 p.m. Father Lauer will be leading two session: Introduction to the Holy Spirit and His Gifts to You, and From This World to Jesus -- the Spirit Connec- tion. The Emmaus Players will have teen ministry at 2 p.m. in Holy Redeemer's Activity Cen- ter and Terry and Leslie King will provide Children's Min- istry at 2 p.m. in the cafeteria. A Mass and healing service will begin at 5 p.m., followed by Reconciliation. Father Lauer is the founder of Presentation Ministries, a canonically established Associ- ation of the Laity under the Archbishop of Cincinnati. During his second year of priesthood, Father Lauer expe- rienced a Holy Spirit renewal that is the key to his ministry. He began teaching adult Bible studies and experienced first- hand, the power of God's word to change lives. His radio program, Daily Bread," is now heard across ii i i Hill II I I r II RUXER j 4JAsPE" 1 FORD - LINCOLN - MERCURY 82-10 , , ,,,, i , b FATHER AL IUER the country each week, Mon- day through Friday. In addition to his radio broadcasts, he trains Bible teachers, healers, intercessors, leaders of basic communities, and Bible counselors for min- istry. He is the author of One Bread, One Body, a daily Scripture study.