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4 The Mess=_ge w for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana -- Taking the time to make a difference--- .... Gifts from God: The support of uLhers My son is alive, life back into him with mouth-to- is true, but I believe that God sent messengers to be His life is a gift from God. I don't want to write about what happened, but it is the only thing in my mind. Everything else is just a distraction. On a Sunday morning, April 30, my 19-year-old son Ben was in a car accident. Ben was a passenger, sound asleep when the car struck a con- struction barrier. He did not wake up when the car began flipping end-over-end. He did not wake up when the car came to rest on its wheels across the oncoming lanes of an interstate highway. Ben was not breathing -- that'swhat the driver told us later. Ben had no pulse. I'll never know exactly what happened, but the driver and other people who were there told us what they could. The driver was able to get out, but the passen- ger's door was jammed shut and the car was start- ing to smoke. Somebody helped get Ben out, pu!ling him through the broken window. Two women stopped their car at the scene. One of the women, who wore blue nurse's clothing, must have known immediately what to do. It must have been she who gave my son CPR -- pounding on his chest to start his heart again and breathing By PAUL R. LEINGANG EDITOR mouth resuscitation. A paramedic arrived minutes later, and the nurse went to help the driver, who had gone into shock about this time. Somewhere at the scene or on the way to the hospital, Ben was put on a ventila- tor. Somewhere, too, he tried to fight off the people who were giving him help -- that's a sign of head in- jury, I learned later. Ben and the driver of the car were taken to Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis. The driver was badly bruised in body and soul, suffering from the pain of physical injury and the deeper pain of acknowledging what had happened. Ben woke up in the hospital with a tube in his throat, and tied up to keep him from hurting any- body. After emergency room care he was taken to the Neuro Critical Care Unit. And after a day and a half of anxious watching and evaluating, he moved to a regular room. Two days later, he was home. The driver is home, too. Seat belts saved their lived, the state trooper said. I know that is true, but I believe that safety belts were only the instruments of God's care for them. Immediate medical attention at the scene saved Ben's life -- in fact, restored life to him. I know that with him at a time when only God could save him.: '' * * * One of the graces my family has received through the days of Ben's accident is given to us by people around us. Sisters ers, co-workers, friends -- so many people have : shown by their actions that they love us. It is far too easy -- at leas"t is fv:o:Who  p into a routine of indifference toward P P with us on our life's journey. It is far too easy sume others know how much they mean tumult in my family was an occasionto ings usually left hidden. A word of loving concern is a participation in "the word of the Lord." , * * Talk about times in your family when others were able to support someone at a or a joyful -- time. Are there occasions or events in your lift you felt permission to show your love for Take some time in the days ahead someone for a kindness given to you " a grace given -- a word, a prayer, a telephe^c:ta  card, a moment of Silent supportive prese1*? - ,; time of need. ' uestions and comments are welcome a! t o .Q " Box 272. ttmo, Chnstmn Famdy Movement, P.O. :; Iowa 50010. : : Washington Letter Avoiding the 'horrific' consequences of foreign aid c By NANCY FRAZIER O'BRIEN "the time is right to rethink for- ventable diarrheal disease; cause proxy war, we have to offer to help "We Ought to' haVe,I t very big tax bias in favor Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Few actions of the 104th Congress will have more far-reaching and long- lasting consequences worldwide than the vote on a proposed 30 percent cut in the $21.3 billion in- ternational affairs budget. That's why the U.S. Catholic Conference and other Catholic so- cial action and missions groups have been watching the debate closely. =We anticipated this-battle,  said Jesuit Father Drew Chris- tiansen, head of the USCC Office for International Policy. As Congress began to reformulate for- eign aid policy in light of a post- Cold War world, the bishops' In- ternational Policy Committee contributed its views in the Octo- ber 1992 document, "Lazarus at the Gate: American Responsibili- ties in a Changing World." The document called on Ameri- cans =not to turn away from the cries of a still suffering world be- fond our shores" and said that ii i i i i The MESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47711 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville P weekly except last week in Decendr by the Catholic Press of Evansville .............. sbop Ca ^. Geoer Editor ............................................ Paul L Adverfng .................................... Paul Newland Staff Writer ............................. Ma/Ann Hughes Address all communications to P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169 Subscription rate: $15.00 per year Single Copy Price: $.50 Entered as 2nd class matter at the post office in Evansville, IN 47701. Publica- tion number 843800. Postmaster: Return POD forms 3579 to Office of Publication COl 1995  Press  E eign aid and to redirect it from se- curity to development and from geopolitical concerns to human needs." But, Father Christiansen points out, "Aid is only a small part of what the Third World needs." Also necessary is a commitment to in- vestment, debt relief and trade in developing nations, he said. None of those needs will be met by slashing foreign aid. "The.Republican-controlled U.S. Congress is intent on cutting the budget," said Jo Marie Gries- graber of the Center of Concern in the May 1995 issue of Center Focus, newsletter of the Jesuit- founded social justice think tank. "Leaving defense items un- touched, they find foreign aid a convenient target, partly because the U,S. public perceives foreign aid as much larger than its actual size -- which is about I percent of the entire budget,: she added. Foreign aid "now has a limited number of active supporters, in- cluding religious groups and the foreign policy 'establishment,' the development agencies and busi- ness that contract to provide the aid," Ms. Griesgraber said. The Agency for International Development, the government agency through which much for- eign aid is funneled, issued a fact sheet May 1 outlining the "truly horrific" consequences that would result from the proposed foreign aid cuts. A 30 percent cut in foreign aid would keep 4 million children from receiving needed vaccinations, greatly heightening their risk of death or severe illness from such preventable diseases as measles, whooping cough and diphtheria," AID said. The cuts also would put 6 mil- lion people at increased risk of in- fection from "river blindness;" re- sult in the deaths of at least I00,000 children to easily pre- almost 2 million preventable cases of HIV infection; and lead to nearly 100,000 new cases of blind- ness, mental retardation or severe developmental disorders caused by lack of proper nutrition, according to the AID fact sheet. Meanwhile the United Nations reported May 2, in its first survey of the state of the world's health, that the greatest underlying cause of death, disease and suffering worldwide is poverty. The 120-page World Health Re- port said more than half of the world's 5.6 billion people cannot get the most essential drugs, and about a third of world's children are undernourished. The effects of the U.S. cuts will be felt most directly by the poor in foreign countries, and a group of missionaries working in Southeast Asia have tried to bring their plight to the attention of Congress. In a letter to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee earlier this year, nearly three dozen Mary- knoll priests, brothers, sisters and lay missionaries working in Cam- bodia, Thailand, Japan, Nepal, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Bangladesh and East Timor spoke out against ending U.S. aid to Cambodia. "The programs there in develop- ment, education and infrastruc- ture repair are essential to Cam- bodia's future as a democratic country," they said. "The United States has an op- portunity to take a significant step toward both redeeming our past i n Indochina and contributing to a future of peace and justice in Cambodia," the missionaries added. "Let us not lose the mo- ment." Father Christiansen agreed that the United States has a spe- cial responsibility toward those countries directly harmed by past U.S. policies. "If we have contributed to some of the disorder by sustaining a those countries recover and to pur- sue a path of democracy and de- velopment," he said. House Speaker Newt Gingrich has other ideas for bringing U.S. money into developing nations. "What we should be doing is en- couraging our companies to invest in other countries," he told a con- ference hosted by Cable News Net- work May 3. ing in countries that ment to recognize want is genuine creates people are better on their own,  lican added. ?We citizens of the world, some kind of program.' STEWARDSHIP BY THE Jesus is the perfect steward -- watching carefa|lY who had been entrdsted to Him by the Father. Do and wisely use the gifts entrusted to me? Bishop's schedule The following activities and events are listed :e.: schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger :