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t =  TbP. Message .--r.for Catholics,of Southwestern I ndiana "- Bishop's Forum -- Summer discipline ByBISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER Times have changed The free- d0m of summer has too In years Past, life for children and parents Was in many ways easier and safer than today, not necessarily easier Iy Summers were spent on the farm until I was ordained There was always work to be done in which everyone had some Rake, even though much of it was so simple and dull. Daily chores Were assigned Each one of us .knew what was expected If tend- !ng cattle was involved, there was 1.niediate accountability. Cows, Pigs, and chickens did not mind re- that they had not been fed or milked on In all cases, we knew better than to choose option held in store for the one not perform the assigned task. Those chores did not change during the sum- With grass cutting, weed pulling, and garden many new ones were added. Sometimes r for rain, not so much for the crops get a day to go fishing. Of course, the downside to rain was that not only grew faster, they are easier to pull :he ground has been softened by the rain. At us farm kids, we were convinced of some plot against us. There was always some- be done on the farm. Even much of that anged with power tools and automation. e summer imposed its own discipline. It re- an accompanying self-discipline. It meant submission of will. The common good came ahead of personal want. Electricity and automation have changed all that. Electronic equipment in every home has taken away the need, indeed the joy, of anticipating a trip "to town" and an afternoon matinee. Power lawn mowers that work have re- placed the old push mowers that would frustrate any boy or girl re- quired to use them. Although our summers were "freer" there was a structure to their days. Some chores never changed, but the pace of other word depended upon the task. Fruit and crops do not wait to be harvest once ripe. On the other hand when the fields were too wet from rain, a fishing outing was always a wel- come one. Usually once a year we a "grand excur- sion" to an amusement park in Louisville which included crossing from New Albany to Louisville on a riverboat with a large paddle wheel. Once in a rare summer, we got to go to the circus when it came Louisville. These special outings, in retro- spect, were our parents way of showing apprecia- tion for our daily efforts. Fidelity to prayer was also a serious part of our summers. Meals were always taken together. Rare was the excused absence from the table. Each meal began with prayer and closed with prayer. Sunday attendance at Mass was simply part of our day. We worshipped together as a fam- ily. Regular confession every two weeks added to Saturday evenings after supper. Because modern living has become easier by reason of technology, there is more time available to optional activities. With more time, unless there is a pattern for daily living that is predictable for young people during the summer, there is obviously more time for "idle minds" and "idle hands" to get into trouble I suggest that every day include the major ele- ments suggested by the author of"Everything I ever needed to know I learned in Kindergarten." They do not require a heavy handed discipline, but they do demand a submission of will for the com- mon good. Learn some -- set aside an hour to read in addition to whatever educational TV might be available Think some -- declare an hour a day of si- lence in the home when no one can be disturbed by another or by other controllable noises. Play some -- we all need it, including par- ents. Work some -- everyone who eats at the table should also have a responsibility to meet each day; cleaning the house, doing dishes, mowing the lawn, baby sitting are but a few examples. Pray some -- which certainly must include regular weekly attendance at Holy Mass. I recom- mend considering an additional day during the week when attendance at Mass could be encour- aged but not required. Prayers at morning, meals and at night should be a personal daily habit. They must be taught and encouraged. Lastly, a little nap every afternoon can do mar- velous things for young and old! MILLER & MILLER "A family name you can trust" 424-9274 DUB01S COUNTY BANK MEMBER OLD NATIONAL BANCORP Member FDIC FIVE STAR SERVICE BANK "Where customers send their friends" Open nightly tii 9 p.m. & Son US 231 SOUTH - JASPER, IN - 482-2222 ..adz Geo TOYOTA lU Know: 1-800-937-USA1 IERA is most trouble free car made in America J D. Powers ? Suicidal? Feeling Hopeless? THE HELP LINE 1-800-852-7279 FPE, confidential assessments and help! DRAL HEALTH CENTER AL ', HOSPITAL Ant l-lcr;tith (:life- (:_-'nt-r I'ilh P'iti'r IL'I & .|iis|ll'l Illiliiiilil i HI2/'iP42 "-x:S'tl !if! SENIOR CITIZENS AUTO INSURANCE Us today for discounts New Low Rates t . SPecial Discounts. ;all us today for a quote. IN URANCE AGENCY 464-5993 DENNIS K. FELDHAUS Mater Dei Class of '70 Letters Continued from page 4 sorely missed. She has touched hundreds of lives in her years at our school. The smallest and largest of students have found comfort in her gentle touch as she has bandaged scraped knees, prepared ice packs for jammed fingers, and taken temperatures galore. They have sought her aid when preparing reports which re- quired supplies from the office and have trusted her to deliver forgotten lunches, assign- ments, and books which have been brought in by their par- ents. She knows each student by name and greets each with a smile. She deeply cares about each student and their affec- tion for her is obvious. The principal and teachers of Holy Spirit also depend upon Rita in so very many ways. There are the things you might suspect such as running off worksheets and typing tests, but her importance to us goes far beyond that. She has II Hi-Tech Sheet Metal Inc. Residential, Industrial & Commercial Heating & Cooling Installation Sales & Service Operated by Michael and Patricia Koch 15 S. Third Avenue, Evansville II Jl TF S Box 68 Montgomery, Indiana 47558 Donald J. Traylor President Phone: 486-3285 I I COMPLETE INSURANCE SERVICE Auto! Home! Fire & Life! Your Personal Service Agent James L. Will Ins. Agency Inc. 1925 W. Franklin Street 425-3187 i i ii Funeral Home L 9, -::- .................... 7. fed us and laughed with us. She has comforted us in times of sorrow and rejoiced with us in times of joy. We have sought her counsel and have benefited from it. We have watched her and learned much about truly living our faith each day. Secretary, nurturer, celebra- tor, comforter, heroine -- all these words and more are needed to describe this woman and what she means to us. She has enriched our lives, she will be missed. Holy Spirit Faculty: Patty Schaus, Ann Lampkins, Jerry Farrell, Sister Doris Marie Knebel, O.S.B.; Janet Porter, Connie Summers, Ray Musich, Jennifer Kempf, Charles Masterson, Mary Foley, Rosemary Neufelder, Father Tom Kessler, Ruth Ann Hall, Karen Miller, Laura Acker- man, Julie Anoskey Congratulations on editorial To the editor. Congratulations on the . . , much needed and well-Titten editorial about writing to our senators and representatives [about excluding abortion from health care proposals]. , . This [quotation from Lord Actonl would have been perfect with ),'our editorial: "All that is needed for the triumph of evil is that good people be silent." Father Erie Lies, O.S.B. St. Meinrad Archabbey