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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Taking the time to make a difference -- The I.ord is looking for you in the ga "The Lord knew what he was doing," said Dale Oberbeck, quoted in a recent story in the Message. The Evansville man had a plan to grow garden crops for the hungry. He asked for 60 acres -- which the Lord must have known was far too much for Dale and his volunteers to handle. Instead of 60 acres, he got two acres. The Lord had given him "something we could take care of." Actually, the use of the land was given to Oberbeck and his volunteers by the people responsible for the care of a large city-owned cemetery. Oberbeck was grateful for the gift from the city, but deeply aware that the ultimate source of all gifts is God. The land is a gift from God, and Oberbeck intends to use it to grow garden crops for the hun- gry and needy members of God's family here on earth. He and his volunteers planted their "Big Garden" and will continue to tend it over the remaining weeks of the growing season. Green beans, beets, lima beans, peppers, cucum- bers, carrots, Swiss chard, tomatoes and squash will be available to ."anyone who needs the vegetables," said Oberbeck. A local food bank will take the surplus. * * * Mary Robertson, of Menomonee Falls, Wisc., By PAUL R. LEINGANG EDITOR recently commented about a national effort to "Plant a Row for the Hungry." Robertson wrote about the idea in a recent issue of ACT, the newsletter of the Christ- ian Family Movement. What she described was a sug- gestion that home gardeners plant an extra row of vegetables and give them to a local food pantry or to other agencies which help distrib- ute food to people in need. Espe- cially valuable would be vegetables that handle easily and don't spoil in a few days. , , , Oberbeck and Robertson, each in very different ways, have helped to call public attention to a human problem with a human solution. Those who have food can share what they have with those who do not have enough. Feeding the hungry is a work of mercy. It is one of those mysterious ways in which the work of human hands accomplishes God's will. Somehow, Dale and Mary make Jesus present among us. How appropriate it is, to find our Lord once again, in a garden. * * * Talk with your family or friends about the times they have had "surplus" food. What has been done with it? Some fortunate gardeners have experience of tasting the first of the .garden vegetables. If that is your experience, talk ers about it. If that is not someone who can describe the pl the "first fruits." Examine the needs of the hungry m or town. How is food provided or churches or agencies serve the needs of the Are volunteers needed? Are donations Take the time to do more than gather tion. You can make a difference in * Grow an extra row in :: hungry. * Encourage a neighbor to give surplus bles to the hungry. Help a child raise a garden. Help a charitable agency pu Volunteer at a food bank or give =! Serve a meal for the hungry. Pray to the Lord, who knows what doing and who will always give us can take care of. Take good care of what the Lord you, and share it with others. . :. Comments about this column are prleing@cfm.org or the Christian Family P.O. Box 272, Ames, Iowa 50010. ----- Vatican Letter The pope on Mary: Scholarly study or rewriting the By CINDY WOODEN Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- For almost two years, Pope John Paul Irs weekly audiences have shown how seriously he takes his papal motto, "Totus tuus," addressing Mary with the pledge, "Com- pletely yours." One recent talk even led an Italian newspaper to claim that the pope is so devoted to Mary that he was willing to rewrite Scripture to make her more prominent. By the end of May, Mary's The MESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47711 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville ,4 I, Published weekly except last week in December by the Catholic Press of Evansville Publisher ............. Bishop Gerald/ Getlelf.ger Editor ...................................... Paul R. Leingang Pr(:n Technician ............... Joseph Detrich lVJverb.ng ................................... Paul NewlanO Staff Wnter ............................ 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 perdJv.a} matter at the post office in E,cans. IN 47701. Pubi.,ation rrnt 84,.3800. Postmaster: Return POO forms 3579 to OffK:,e of Publt, aton CopyrJgt! 1996 Cathohc Press of Evanswlle The Jesuit also s month, the pope had dedicated claim a new doctrine and care- thought that since Mary was so 52 audience talks to her life, her role in the church and her exam- ple for believers. And the series has not ended. Step by step, using the Gospels as his primary text, Pope John Paul has taken his listeners through the life of Mary, high- lighting her involvement or prayerful presence at the most significant events of Jesus' life. Many marveled that the pope had so much to say. But the talks were rarely men- tioned in the Italian press -- until May 21, when the pope said he believes Jesus met Mary after his resurrection, even though the Gospels say nothing about it. "For the sake of Mary, the pope corrects the Gospels," said the headline in I1 Messaggero. "John Paul II corrects the Gospels," shouted the headline in La Repubblica. "The evangelists don't list the Madonna among the apparitions. But for the pope, things went differently." A week later, the Vatican newspaper tried to clear up the confusion. L'Osservatore Romano said the pope was "not correcting, but interpreting the Gospels," using sound biblical and theological reasoning. "He has given us a beautiful lesson on how to read the Gospel," the newspaper said. A biblical scholar in Rome agreed. U.S. Jesuit Father Robert O'Toole, rector of the Biblical Institute, said those who claimed the pope was "correcting" the Gospels do not understand the Catholic approach to Scripture. "The Catholic position is that the truth comes not from Scrip- ture alone, but from Scripture and tradition," he said. The pope, he said, "is not changing or read- ing things into Scripture. He's not saying itis there. He's just saying it is reasonable to think this." Pope John Paul did not pro- fully worded his talk to make it clear his opinion was not a cer- tainty, Father O'Toole said. So, the talk is unlikely to cause ecu- menical tremors, even with Protestants who emphasize the truth revealed in Scripture alone. For the Italian newspaper writers, and many others as well, the notion that the risen Jesus appeared to Mary was a new one. But as the Vatican newspaper pointed out, many saints and the- ologians have come to the same conclusions over the centuries: The spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, even suggest meditating on such a meeting. "He appeared to the Virgin Mary," St. Ignatius said. Even if the Scriptures don't say so explic- itly, the meeting is implied in the passages saying Jesus appeared to "many others." "Scripture supposes we have an intellect," the saint said, and by using reason, the meeting obfiously occurred. Pope John Paul made the same point. In the pope's systematic treat- ment of Mary's life and role of the church, he could not skip from the crucifixion to Pentecost with- out looking at the resurrection, Father OToole said. Reading Scripture leads to questions, especially when some- thing which obviously could have occurred is not mentioned, he said. "You can ask questions like: If Jesus did not appear to his moth- er, what was the reason? Was he mad at her? Was he not a loving son? Wasn't she the most faith- ful disciple?" Another argument, he said, is the simple fact that "it is fitting. Since Mary is the ideal disciple, it is reasonable that she would participate in the whole of the Christian experience, and that would include the resurrection." Pope John Paul also said it . was.P%sSi)!e the Ggspel" wr!ters , devoted to her son, her testimony about the resurrection might have been seen as suspect. As Father O'roole pointed out, at the time Jesus lived and died, women were not legally accept- able witnesses. The testimony of two men was required to settle disputes. Jesus' meeting the ier assumption than for women: "A man awaythat a the most life," he said. " : : : : Sanctions remain a de tool in improving hu By MARK PATTISON Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The debate over using economic sanc- tions against nations for their political, military or human rights stances -- a debate that has engaged both Pope John Paul II and Cardinal Bernard F. Law of Boston -- remains one of the most difficult issues in for- eign policy. Corporations chafe against sanctions, especially when they wish to do business in a sanc- tioned country. They contend economic stimulation will do more for the citizens of a rogue state than isolating it from the family of nations. that because brings money offending power longer it to be removed' Both sides unevenly a admin admi sues a policy with China, human r][ Supporte rs like to Burma, Cuba on tioned stateS. numbers See Bishop's s The following activities and eventS of Bishop Gerald A. Ge, ttelflnger: : Sabbath Service and farewell Arthur Abrams, Adath B'Nai Israel Friday, June 6, 7:30 p.m. Mass and dedication of parish Church, Dale, Saturday, June 7, 5:30 l Mass and Deacons' breakfast, Huntingburg, Sunday, June 8, 9:30 a.n. Staff planning day, Catholic Center, : , 11, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 17, Mass, Clergy Retreat, Tuesday, june Center, Evansville.  ChicagO, Bishops' Support Meetmng,