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4 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana -- Taking the time to make a difference-- A moment of joy, a view of the world It was a moment of joy and wonder. A small boy was following in the footsteps of Moses and Jesus. That's quite a connection to make, you might say. And if you did, you'd be right. Here's the story. My wife and I were traveling. We started with a commuter plane ride from our home city to a larger city, where we would board another larger plane to complete our jour- ney. Just moments into the first leg of our journey is when the joyful discovery was made. We were sit- ting in the passenger compartment of the turboprop plane. Most of the 30 seats were filled. The engines built up speed smoothly as we rolled down the runway, with only a few rattling noises coming from the body of the plane as the air- plane wheels rolled over the joints in the runway pavement. Then the rolling noise stopped as the nose of the plane raised upwards toward the sky, and the wheels left the earth below. We were air borne. Above the noise of the engines, a small boy's voice was excited and clear. "Look, mom!" he said, from his seat by the window of our metal magic car- pet, 50 feet above the end of the runway. "You can see the whole world!" * * $ By PAUL R. LEINGANG EDITOR It was true. You could see the whole world from that viewpoint. Nothing visible held us up in the air. Nothing blocked our view of the earth below. There were no obstructions to our view of the ground which stretched as far as the eye could see in all di- rections. It was true, too, in another way, for the boy who surely must have been making his first plane trip above and away from the only world he had ever experienced. He cer- tainly could see all of his world. $ From the heights, a person can see forever. I "can't help but think of the view that Moses, com- mandments in hand, must have had from the top of the mountain. Or the view of the whole world Jesus had, as he was tempted by the devil at the top of a mountain. I can't help but think, too, as I recall the wonder of the small boy, that we don't need to go very far at all to find a new perspective. There is also something quite appealing about "going a little distance" to get a better view. Jesus preached from the Mount, not only to the thousands around him, but to the whole world of Jews and Gentiles. Jesus also took to a boat, and put out a little way from the shore, so that he'could crowds which had gathered to hear him. the water, he must have been able to which was separated from the waters at the time 0 creation. :: Take the time today to take a look at from a few feet away, where you world. Perhaps you can look at your home from window of a neighbor. Perhaps you can see not the building, but the family inside of it they look like from a neighbor's point of view. Take a look at your neighborhood from anew perspective. Spend a little time getting to someone better, down the street or in If there are children in your home, take :i: you. Get a new perspective on your city. a little from your everyday world, and take a it from th.e viewpoint of one who is hungry or : :. less, or lost and lonely. Take a look at your city from the point ofvie of a child. From the point of view Of a wheel chair. Or from the point of view : : of a minority. When you have seen the whole world, take t time to make it better. Take the time to make aq ference. Comments about this column prleing@cfm.org or the Christian Family ment, P.O. Box 272, Ames, Iowa 50010. Washington Letter Republican Catholic running mate wouldn't be a fi By NANCY FRAZIER looking for in a running mate, said. "You can put a statement member of Congress whose state chairman Robert O'BRIEN Dole said, "Somebody I could in there saying that we are a represents a whopping 54 elec- in a letter to Dle' Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Quick: Name the only Catholic to run for vice president of the United States as a Republican Party candidate. If you couldn't come up with William E. Miller, who ran on the unsuccessful Republican ticket in 1964 with Barry M. Goldwater, you're probably in the majority. But with strong interest in the elusive "Catholic vote" and a need for Republican Bob Dole to win such key states as Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania, thereis a good chance that a Catholic will again fill the vice- -presidential slot on the Repub- lican ticket in 1996. Dole began the search for a running mate in earnest in late May when he appointed former NATO Ambassador Robert F. Ellsworth, a fellow Kansan and longtime friend, to head the search team. Asked what qualities he was The MESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47711 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville Published weekly except last week in December by the Catholic Press of Evansville Pubtisherl ............. Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger Editor ....................................... Paul R. Leingang Production Technician ................ Joseph Dietrich Advertising .................................... Paul Newland 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 Copyrig 1996  Press of Evansv have confidence in. Somebody who understands how the pro- cess works. Somebody who could obviously be president." None of the men who opposed Dole in the run for the Republi- .can nomination is likely to get the nod. And that includes Catholics Alan Keyes, Patrick Buchanan and Rep. Robert K. Dornan. Most often mentioned as po- tential running mates for Dole are three Catholic governors -- John M. Engler of Michigan, George V. Voinovich of Ohio and Tommy G. Thompson of Wis- consin. Thompson, chairman of the National Governors Association, recently brought up the divisive topic of abortion and called for a change in the Republican Party platform, which calls for a constitutional amendment to ban abortion. "I want the party to be the party of the big tent," Thompson pro-life party but that there's a sizable number of Republicans that are pro-choice, and there's plenty of things that unify us much more than separate us." Other calls to reconsider the platform stand on abortion have come from Gov. Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania, who is Catholic; Gov. George Pataki of New York, a Catholic who now at- tends an Episcopal church; and Govs. Christine Todd Whitman of New Jersey and Pete Wilson of California, both Presbyteri- ans. Political commentators say Dole might choose Engler, 47, or Voinovich, 59, because of the im- portance of their states in the 538-member Electoral College. Michigan has 18 of the 270 elec- toral votes needed to win the presidency, Ohio 21. Another name, less frequently mentioned, is that of California Attorney General Daniel E. Lungren, a Catholic and former toral votes. But each of the Catholic gov- ernors has his drawbacks as a potential Republican vice-pres- idential candidate. Voinovich is not considered a charismatic speaker. One polit- ical wag said he is so low-key that a vice-presidential debate between him and A1 Gore on broadcast television stations would be "the best excuse for cable (TV) that we've ever seen." The Ohio governor also has publicly criticized Dole for sup- porting repeal of federal gasoline tax, and alienated some voters in his own state by approving a $400 million tax increase in 1992. But no Republican has ever been elected president without carrying Ohio, and Voinovich was the first governor to endorse Dole. His Croatian ethnic back- ground and deep Catholic and pro-life beliefs could give the Dole campaign a boost. He has been governor since 1990 after 10 years as mayor of Cleveland. Another point in Voinovich's favor is that, as state GOP Stance questioned To the Editor: I believe Father Deering mis- used the words "standing" and "stand" in quoting scripture in response to JoAnn Schlachter's letter in the May 17 Message. She had asked why people don't kneel to show reverence for Jesus during the consecration in some churches. His attempt to use the word in a literal sense isn't warranted in the full con- text of the quotation. In context, "and all standing here," refers to all those present. They could be sitting or kneeling. "We thank you for counting us worthy to stand in your presence," means we are worthy to be in your presence. Does my reasoning stand a chance? I consider myself in good standing in the church. If you disagree I don't think I could stand it. So how about let- ting things stand as they are? I could be unpopular but we all have to take a stand sometimes, don't we? AS for me, I plan on being on my knees if not flat on my face before Jesus at my judgment. Will you be standing? Michael A. Goedde Evansville See LETTERS page 5 closet that has skeletons !n it." Thompson, consin into an fare reform state level by times such as fa ""-at re u ients for working c In late iVI quest for waivers eral re fare, food st amps Thompson innovator at school choice into law a bill ing period Elected to lature in 1 graduation frr Thompson has since 1986. Engler, also a nent of welfare state level, has bad during cause he:- ht being overwelg ' Bishop's sch The following activities and events are schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger: ....