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............. The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana May Taking the time to make a difference-- Same journey, separate vehicles. i'oadway? If a tire blows out, is there a place to get away from interstate traffic? Hours later, the noise of the en- gine had numbed more than my ears. I realized that it had been a while since I had looked back. I could not see my wife's car. Had she had an emergency of some kind? Did she have to pull over to the side of the road? How long By PAUL had it been since I remembered see- R. LEINGANG EDITOR ing her? She was there when we drove through Peoria. Was she there when we went through Galesburg? Should I go back and look for her. I slowed the truck, but there was no clear sign of a car -- except the gleam of the sunlight reflecting on some chrome, far behind me. You have to realize by now what was happening from my wife's point of view. It was the same trip, full of the same tension, traveling together -- but apart -- to our new home in a new community. She followed the truck ahead of her, mile after mile, safely leaving room to maneuver between the two of us. Through congested areas, she stayed close. On the open highway, she stayed back, with the large truck clearly in her view. The closer we got to our journey's end, the more puzzled she became. Why is he slowing down? After all these hours, why is he making this trip last even My uncertainty kept growing, mile after mile. So did her anger and frustration. We -- my wife and I -- were traveling to the same location, in two different vehicles. I was driving a rented truck, which was loaded with most of our young family's possessions. She was driving a car, following behind as we made the move to a new com- munity hundreds of miles from our most recent home. We were on an interstate high- way -- 1-74, to be specific. We were nearing the end of our journey. Fifty, 40, 35 miles to go. I kept looking in the rear view mirrors which extended outward from the doors of our rented truck. It was comforting to know that my wife was safely behind me as we ventured together -- but apart -- to our new home. After some hours of fatigue, I had not kept up with the frequent scans a good driver should make. When I started, it was easy to look ahead, look to the sides, look to the mirrors. It had been easy at first, and somewhat exciting to drive defensively and continue to plan what might be necessary reactions. I asked the questions and looked for answers. If the load shifts and I have to stop the truck, is there room on the shoulder of the longer? The trip seemed to take Washington Letter slowed again, while my wife did nally pulled over and waited to make sure there.  : * * We are all traveling alone. Even when we are together in a home, we make decisions and look for certainty in dividual ways, sometimes not who are with us. , : * * Talk with a friend or family i time when you and another person L what you were doing together. If you have children in your home, asl tell you about occasions when they stood by adults. The question could be, "Did a grown-up ever misunderstand you thought you were doing the right thing?.", : , * Take the time today to resolve a understanding. Perhaps with your child. Or within your neighborhood. If each of us could resolve a with one other person, we will throughout the world. Comments about this column are or the Christian  ment, P.O. Box 272, Ames, Iowa 50010, " Shades of the '60s: Church firebombings again becoming By PATRICIA ZAPOR Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- There's a sudden crack -- glass breaking in a quiet, rural night. It's followed moments later by the whoosh of spreading fire as a small church goes up in flames, silhouetting two or three figures running for the woods. In the morning light, a pastor and cluster of parishioners gather to survey the smoldering ruins, trying to figure out what to do next and why on earth someone would set fire to their church. Sound like a civil rights-era scene of the 1960s rural South? Yes, but it's also been an in- creasingly common sequence of What was a common tactic of opponents of civil rights in the 1960s seems to again be in vogue as a way to strike out in hate. At a May 21 congressional hearing on church fires, wit- nesses from one state and four federal law enforcement agen- cies and several church organi- zations painted somewhat con- trasting pictures of what the rash of fires means. "Democracy is again under at- tack in America," Rep. Donald Payne, D-N.J., said in prepared testimony. "Most of us thought that the most brutal of these historic abuses were over, that the nation had shifted to more subtle means of racial intimida- tion and oppression." Witnesses from the FBI, the hol, Tobacco and Firearms de- scribed the extent of their in- vestigations and the legal re- strictions under which they operate. John Magaw, director of the ATF, said a race-motivated con- spiracy was uncovered in at least two fires in South Car- olina, but that there has been no evidence of an interstate or na-" tionwide conspiracy. In testimony prepared for the hearing, the Rev. Joan Brown Campbell, general sec- retary of the National Coun- cil of Churches, and United Methodist Bishop Melvin G. Talbert, president of the NCC, said too little attention has been focused on the possible connection between racist groups and the fires. state and federal levels continue to deny any connections among the several firebombings and say they doubt a conspiracy or motivation based on racism," their statement said. "It is our contention that these are not isolated, random incidents, but rather pieces in a pattern of hate crimes that have been under-reported by the media and overlooked by law en- forcement,' the pair said. "Whether or not there is a conspiracy involved in the torch- ing of these black churches, there is clearly a compelling con- sistency," said Richard D. Land, president of the Christian Life Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. "All of the churches have been black and all of the convicted or suspected perpetrators: where such bewildered could happe] cause they have a lot trouble first that the: most often blacks of caused by the tant, white ............. the "Second, that some el.e itant racists b] creasingly See events in the 1990s. In the past six years, federal authorities have investigated arson fires at as many as 60 pre- dominantly black churches, 25 of them since the beginning of 1995. Five of the suspicious fires in 1995and five in 1996 were set on or around Jan. 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The MESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47711 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville Published weekly except last week Jn December by the Catholic Press of Evansville Publisher .............. Bishop Gerald A. Gettetfinger Editor ....................................... Paul R. Leingang Production Technician ................ Joseph Dietrich Adverng .................................... Paul New,and Staff Writer ............................. Mary Ann Hughes Address all communications to P.O. Box 4169. Evansville, IN 47724-0169 Subscription rate: $17.50 per year Single Copy Price: $.50 Entered as periodical matter at the post office in Evansville, IN 47701. Publica- tion number 843800. Postmaster:. Return POD forms 3579 to Office of Publication  1996  Fh  Evansv',]le Treasury and Justice depart- "Indeed, many law enforce- ments and the Bureau of Alco- ment authorities at the local, Director asked to clarify regulations on 'intinction' To the editor:. In a recent edition of the Mes- sage, the diocesan director of wor- ship submitted his understanding of liturgical directives relative to the quite widespread practice of standing during the Eucharistic prayers -- even though kneelers are present -- and the practice of sitting immediately after receiv- ing Communion. I respectfully ask the director to also give his understanding of the church regulations in regard to the also very prevalent practice of communicants dipping the conse- crated host into the consecrated wine, known as intinction, before consuming same. Jerome W. Schneider Jasper From the editor: Father William Deering, diocesan director of wor- ship, responds to the letter. According to the General In- struction in the Roman Missal and other documents dealing with "Communion under both kinds," the following holds: The communicant approaches for communion and receives the host, in the hand or on the tongue. The communicant then takes the cup presented and drinks from it. If one is to receive by intinction, the celebrant or minister is to dip the host in the cup and place the host on the tongue of the recipi- ent. The communicant is not to take the host and do the intinction for himself or herself. This practice is prohibited. (Cf. General Instruc. tions in the Roman Missal #246b.) See LETTERS page 5 Notice to Message lie The 1996-97 Message subscription a close. Persons who are in doubt about scriptions are encouraged to call the Message 5536. Sister Mary Etta will be glad to determine renewal status. SubscriberS Message office informed of any dresses. New and renewal subscriptions throughout the year for a cost of $1'/ " who have not renewed their subsc:ri p]o,,p . 7, 1996, will be the last one mailed Bishop's The following activities and events are , ::, ule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger: