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12 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana -:- Magic of Words-- We write our individual histories as we respond to hurt Why the anger? Why does the anger express itself in acts of wild violence? Does the Postal 'Department have a special place in this story of vengeful killing? Beginning with the final ques- tion first, we would have to say that recent days have simply headlined the fact that disaf- fected workers have taken re- venge within the Postal Depart- ment. We know that similar situations have occurred in the past, but those occasions in no way mean that postal carriers and workers are different from anyone else. The question that I have is at a deeper level. What causes anger to bubble inside a person? Is that always the actual fault of someone or some event? Can anger result from an unhealthy re- sponse to events that are beyond our powers to control? Have you ever come across a dog that cowers if you come close? Have you seen dogs that crawl or run whimpering with tail between the legs as you would like to show a sign of affec- tion? What is your response? What do you think of By FATHER JOSEPH ZILIAK COLUMNIST such a dog? Don't you immediately presume that some person or per- sons have mistreated the dog? Don't you assume some bad experi- ences have come the dog's way? You further presume that if you had enough time, you could bring about a transformation of that ani- mal In a similar fashion, I assume -- in the face of an angry response or behavior -- that the person has been hurt somewhere, somehow in the past. I tend to see anger as a be- havioral pattern that has been learned, and not something that is inherited. But does everyone who has been hurt turn to an angry response? No. It is at the critical juncture of response to hurt that people vary and write their individual histo- ries. I remember that an adult kicked at some of us boys one time because we did not immedi- ately stop shooting basketballs at his word. I have not condemned the whole category of persons who do the same kind of work that he was engaged in, but I told myself that that person had a problem. His loss of control was more of a lesson for me to make sure that I do not fly off the handle without due cause. The so out of line with the situation that I aware that adults do not always do the thing. If I were not also formed by family ers with a better grasp of dealing pline, I might succumb to the tem blind and mindless violence in return for sumed injustice or disobedience. We have to be able to step back and how people treat us and how we we do not, we may easily react in fashion. How do we learn to do that? Home -- parents, big brothers and little brothers or sisters -- are the first defense. Teachers, coaches, scout priests, deacons, sisters, brothers step of helping our children learn to the little hurts of life. Our faith is of great advantage for us. we acknowledge as our savior and model Christ, who had to have a good of himself in dealing with people who do him harm, as well as those who actually  him harm. Remember, Jesus' words on the cross, forgive them for they know not what the Vatican Letter 150 years of Holy Childhood: Small sacrifices make big the organization wants peo- ple to remember that the world's children need more help than ever. At a recent press confer- ence, officials of the associa- tion presented these sober facts: Over the last decade, 1.5 million children have been disabled by bombings, mines, firearms and torture. w Some 12 million chil- dren have been forced out of their homes by war, and 5 million are growing up in rege e camps. More than 10o million children are forced to work, often in inhuman labor con- ditions. m The scandal of sexual exploitation of children through prostitution and pornog:'a[hy has become a worldv,ide phenomenon, Often fed by "sex tours" of- fered by Western agencies. "-- In half of 100 developing countries, the percentage of children enrolled in primary By JOHN THAVIS Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In 1843, the plight of aban- doned Chinese. babiesin, spiret dFrenizH priest to Orga- nize a unique children's aid campaign, asking contribu- tions of "a penny a month." Today, as it celebrates its 150th birthday, the Holy Childhood Association has come of age. Now a Vatican organization, it distributes $15 million annually toward schools, children's homes and other projects in 152 countries. All the money is still raised by young people, an eloquent example of chil- dren helping children. To mark the anniversary, the association brought hun- dreds of young people to Rome in early May for a meeting with Pope John Paul II, a drawing contest, dance performances and a general celebration. But when the party's over, ,, , I I i EVANSVILLE SERVICE ANDSHOPPING GUIDE ii ii i i iiii FOR THE BEST PLUMBING SERVICE RESimS'Crl/ COMI.RCt/U. (FREE ES'nMATES) GRANT PLUMBING CO. 484 S. GOVERNOR AT CANAL Ph. 424-2441 i Carpet Cleaning SERVICE MASTER For Free tes Call 4284)90O i I Evansville Wet Heat & Piping Co. Inc. Sales & Service TV & 2-Way FM 191 ! W. FRANKLIN ffl"REET PHONE (812) 423-7849 Herman Goebel Motor Co.. NEW OR USED CARS Where the I=t  m mK Tride up  down ol w.  4,- M&S Fire & Safety Equip. Co. Inc. 870 E. Franklin 424-3803 New & Usod Boik, Furnaces & R 424.O991 ooo S. Omg0n The act of giving and sharing helps break the shell of selfishness many children have. schools is decreasing -- an alarming development. "International opinion can- not ignore the unbearable conditions that afflict mil- lions of children throughout the world," said Msgr. Henri Bodet, secretary-general of the Holy Childhood Associa- tion. "These are dramatic situa- tions affecting the physical, moral and religious life of young people, who are inno- cent victims of the irresponsi- bility or the perversity of human society," he said. Against this sea of prob- lems, what can children do? That's where the spirit of Father Charles de Forbin-Jan- son comes in. He founded the association on the belief that the natural generosity of chil- dren would make them eager partners in a missionary aid program. Today, the association's young members continue to make small sacrifices and their own contributions. They sometimes choose a single ! I country and try to learn about its people and their hard- ships. They are guided by thousands of volunteers who instill a simple message: that helping the needy is a basic duty of Christianity. The Holy Childhood Asso- ciation began with estab- lished, richer churches help- ing missionary areas. But today there is a more equal exchange, and poorer coun- tries like Sri Lanka, Colombia and Mexico have hundreds of thousands of association members. Msgr. Bodet said he partici- pated years ago in a liturgical ceremony in a poverty-ridden area of central Africa, and a procession of rag-clad chil- dren came up to offer him their coins. "At first I didn't want to take them, but they insisted: 'Take this and use it for chil- dren poorer than us,"' he re- called. About 5 percent of the as- sociation's "funding now comes from children in Third POSITION AVAILABLE - PART TIME DIRECTOR OF RELIQIOU$ EDUCATION St. John's, a small central city parish in Evansville, is seeking a part time D.R.E. to work in team ministry. Applicant should have some experience in religious education or related area. Desire to work with children in a primarily African-American community is a must. Please write or call: Mrs. Latoski McCarty or Fr. Earl Rohleder Search Committee, St. John's Church 617 Bellemeade Ave. Evansville, IN 47713 .... 812-424-92316 i I ill *r I i i I i I I i 1 I ................................... III I I I World countries, he Sister Maria Crescini, who ion branch of the said the act of sharing helps of selfishness" many have. It also initi into the n: church and ope to the wide pie who make The ch tagonists in fund in developing cern for those she said. Children crete gestures Crescini said, the Italian Hol office has against "made in toys. The children a 12-year-old Jade who was re one mormng young makeshift where she works a day a miniature trains diers. In compe: parents receive year. The girls their afraid to go back turn to prost vivat. "We want the know where these from and tle. We ask accept any land," Sister In Brazil the has dem and mutilation human organs. opened several street children. The Holy bers who cou the Rome their drawil depict the the Gospel. Some aper, some o ayes.