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JUne 8, 1990 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 00ln"'s-op' s Forum .................. ................................................. .... 11 By BISHOP GERALD A. GETFELFINGER We will not soon forget Pentecost 1990 "...and there was the sound of a mighty Wind!" The vigil of Pentecost this year shall not be soon forgotten The mighty winds of tornadoes ought death and devastation to people in Petersburg and surrounding areas. Our brothers and sisters in Petersburg have suffered much from aatural disaster this spring First it was the flooding that destroyed pipe-lines providing water to the city and its people. Now the power of wind has brought even more loss to them and others in the path of the tornadoes. Our hearts and our Prayers go out to help those who have lost so much in the wake of these natural disasters. Would that we could take away the pain of such tragedy! This Pentecost Sunday morning I received two Phone calls, one from Father William Dietsch of Sts. Peter and Paul in Petersburg reporting that he, ad as far as he knew at that time, and his Parishioners had all survived the storm. He said that the church sustained minor damage compared to the church next door and the homes of neighbors. He described the damage done by the wind as "unbelievable;" buildings totally gone, others sheared in half. The second call came from my sister reporting that one of our nieces had lost everything in a later storm system that came about midnight to the Floyds Knobs-New Albany area. How they surviv- ed the total destruction of their home and their belongings was miraculous. Her husband went to the hospital for broken ribs, she and the baby were not hurt. As the storm came, they awakened and got out of bed as its mighty power struck. The baby was found rolled up in the floor carpeting, but safe. The house, vehicles and belongings destroyed. In insurance terms this destruction is called an act of God to distinguish it from all that we human beings do to ourselves in so many ways. We of course know what causes floods and tornadoes. We even know how these natural disasters unfold. Why they happen in scientific terms. In human terms. The human spirit, empowered by the same God of nature, is able to rise above any material loss, yes, even the loss of human life. It is the Spirit of God swelling within us that makes it possible. Empowered by that same Spirit, brothers and sisters in the human family reach out to assist in time of such disaster. There are two miracles quite evident in these terrible events. One is that so few human beings were killed or injured in the face of such awesome power. Second is the generosity of friends and neighbors who reach out to help those in need. "The floods came..." and "...and there was the sound of a mighty wind; the Spirit of God came upon those who believed." 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BOX 191 LINTON, INDIANA 47441 PHARMACY SHOPPING CENTER HWY 50 EAST WASHINGTON, INDIANA 254-4960 or 254-2274 i i Indianapolis Religious educators from In- diana's five dioceses will meet Oct. 9 through 11 in In- dianapolis for the 1990 Indiana DRE Convention, "Back to the Future: Storytelling, Tradition, Catechesis, Community." Parish directors and coor- dinators of religious education are invited to attend this bi- ennial convention; it is spon- sored by the offices of religious education in the dioceses of Evansville, Lafayette, Gary, Fort Wayne-South Bend, and the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Father Edward Hays, Sister Barbara Dohery S.P., and Gra- ziano and Nancy Marcheschi will be the key resource people for the convention. Father Hays is priest-director of the contemplative center, Shantivanam, in Easton, Kan- sas. He has written "Prayers for the Domestic Church," "Pray All Ways," "Secular Sanctity," and "A Pilgrim's Almanac." 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