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The Message --for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 11 "If you want peace, work for justice' By FATHER JOHN DIETZEN Catholic News Service an advertising jingle, we seem to on billboards, bumper stickers, the saying of Pope Paul VI, :peace, work for justice." quote come from? Our deacon an encyclical. The director of reli- at a neighboring parish thinks it (Illinois) sense, they both are. The theme treats its people justly and with a society of peace runs throughout from the New Testament on. predates Jesus in the Hebrew also in writings of other pre-Christ- about peace," says Isaiah, and and security" (Is 32:17). The Isaiah is not speaking here of jus- general, but of the right treatment this now well-known message for the World Day of Peace. They are a briefer, but faithful, rendering of a sentence in his 1967 encyclical "The Development of Peoples." "Peace is something that is build up day after day," he said, "in the pursuit of an order intended by God, which implies a more perfect form of justice among men" (76). The same thought is expressed, in nearly the same words, by Pope John XXIII in the encyclical "Peace on Earth" (1963; No. 165). It is also found in various places in the writings of Pope John Paul II. Question: Jesus is quoted in Luke 23:34, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do." A footnote in the New American Bible indicates the words do not occur in the oldest manuscripts of Luke or other earlier Greek manuscripts. Why then did the church include that portion of the Bible? It is significant, because forgiveness of his crucifiers from the cross has become an accepted part of Catholic theology and spirituality. (New York) Answer: The need to make some educated choic- es between various ancient manuscript readings is not uncommon in Scripture scholarship. Determining which of the various possibilities is most probable involves many factors. Which one best reflects the style and language of that writer, the liter- ary devices he uses? Does the time the manuscript was written explain why certain changes may have been intro- duced? What is most consistent with other passages, other words or actions of Jesus for example? So here, the New Jerome Biblical Commentary notes that the internal evidence (evidencefrom the text itself) weighs heavily for the authenticity of this passage (p. 719). Luke balances Stephen's prayer of forgiveness (Acts 7:60) with that of Jesus. Unlike the other synop- tics, Luke presents Jesus as speaking at every main section of the crucifixion, as here at the moment of crucifixion. Other manuscripts might have left out these words for several reasons. The destruction of the Jew- ish temple could seem to indicate that Jesus' prayer of forgiveness was ineffective. Or maybe the omission resulted from anti-Jewish sentiment. Whatever the academic reasons for such choices, the passage remains part of the canon of the Gospels accepted by the church, guided, we believe, by the Holy Spirit. A free brochure answering questions Catholics ask about Mary, the mother of Jesus, is awzilable by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Father John Dietzen, Box 325, Peoria, IL 61651. Questions for this column should be sent to Father Dietzen at the same address. (Schmidt) Rusch St'. of rural Van- their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a at 9 a.m. May 24 at St. Thomas Church. A from 7 to 9 p.m. May 23 at the Trailblazer Hall at Vincennes University. Friends and The couple requests no gifts. They were ,1948, at St. John Church. Father Maurice DeJean the of five children: Diane White- Rusch of Vincennes, Virginia Mills atricia Snow of Mount Carmel, i11., and Rick have 11 grandchildren. Mr. Rusch Mrs. Rusch is a homemaker. I I IIII II I I t LinGo Coffee Services Total Beverage Distributor Indiana.Illinois-Kentucky 46 Varities of Coffees and Teas  WtlATEVER YOUR TASTE, wE CAN M00c. IT - Evat ille 422. t&3 11 It I I II Wo00h mentioning Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago, will preside at investiture cere- monies May 18 in Green Bay Wisconsin, for new members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. The order is a an ancient order of papal knights and ladies dedicated to the mainte- nance and restoration of the Christian pres- ence in the Holy Land. Members participate in prayer, fundraising and pilgrimages. The order will have three new members from the Diocese of Evansville: Shirley Kempf, a parishioner of St. Wen- del Church, St. Wendel, who is active in her parish choir, in a prayer chain, and in Cur- sillo. She has traveled to Medjugorje and attends Marian conferences yearly. Harold A. Kempf, a parishioner of St. Wendel Church, St. Wendel, who is a mem- ber of the Knights of St. John and the Knights of Columbus. He is past president of Catholic Charities board, and a member of the board of directors at St. Vincent's Day Care. He is a Eucharistic minister, and active in the parish council and the choir. He is owner and operator of Kempf's Donut Bank Baker): Cynthia Koch, a parishioner of Holy Rosary Church, Evansville, is a board mem- ber of the St. Mary's Hospital Foundation. She is active in her paris prayer chain min- istry and a member of her parish council executive board, She is a past committee chair of the Junior League of Evansville, active at Memorial High School, March of Dimes, American Heart Association and Multiple Sclerosis. She joins her husband, Robert L. Koch, in the order. Festival of Hymns at St. Joseph, Jasper A Festival of Hymns will be held at St. Joseph Church, Jasper, on Sunday, May 17, at 7 p.m., featuring Donald Busarow of Wittenberg Uni- versity, Springfield, Ohio, and the Holtkamp pipe organ. There is no charge for the program r ii . i , i i [ ] - it ' HAUBSTADT ELECTRIC Licensed Bored lnsurod tndustrtaL Comrrrcia} a Resident PO. Bo 405 TONY NAZAR|O HatJbstadt. tN 4763-9 812-768-5207 130-766-2787 ii rl III and everyone is hwited to attend. National Emergency Services Week The staff of Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center's Ambulance Services has planned a number of celebration acl May I 7 through 23. .... Free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings will be conducted at Buehler's Buy Low at The Crossing, on Monday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to noon. Dubois County EMS personnel will partic- ipate in a disaster drill Wednesday, May 20. Ambulance Services will host a blood drive at the Center for Sports Medicine in the Jasper Health and Fitness Complex, Thursday, May 21, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Appointments required. Call (812) 482-0324, Archabbot to speak at Monte Cassino Benedictine Archabbot Lambert Really will speak on the topic, "Mary, the First and Greatest Christian," Sunday, May 17, during pilgrimage services starting at 2 p.m., at Monte Cassino, near St. Meinrad. Services are held each Sunday in May. Archabbey wins design competition St. Meinrad's newly-renovated Archabbey Church of Our Lady of Einsiedeln has received the first-place award in the third Eugene Potente Sr. Liturgical Design Com- petition, sponsored by The Studios of Potente, Inc., of Kenosha, Was., and Liturgy Training Publications of Chicago. CPC supports variety of good works Numerous good works are funded by pledges to the Catholic Parishes Campaign. Among them, the Christian Sharing Fund which helps Fople with emergency needs, the Mirdstry of the Deaf which provides reli- gious and liturgical programs, and the Lay Employees Pension Plan which funds a i- t.t retirement plan for over 1,000 employees of parishes and schools in the di. :; ? II llilll I i I 2!! I]II [ [iFIl'i II il I (] : i ::7"--" RUXER FORD LINCOLN-MERCURY JASPE. -  482-1200