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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana :< :, Taking the time to make a difference- We all followed the first set of directions from the police officer at the scene of the accident• Then we were on our own. I was driving north, slowly, in the inner lane of U.S. Highway 41, when a police car passed me, driv- ing in the grassy median. First we had to merge into the right hand lane. Then two more police cars guided all of us onto a roadway to the east. I could see that a coal train Living with the results of a decision pleasingly, we were moving to the "You can't get through," I told north, the direction we all wanted to go. When the pavement ended, we were able to proceed, north, along a gravel road. When the two lanes of gravel reached an old and empty factory smiled back grimly and said, "I know." mitted to the narrow roadway, no one around before reaching the dead middle of the field• Knowing what was to happen was Once committed, the path was ( there was nothing anyone could do except € By PAUL R. LEINGANG building, our northern pathway narrowed to one lane of gravel. Yet we all continued, cars and trucks, local and out-of-state drivers, bumper to bumper into the open the results of the choice that each oft * Talk with family members or friends story, or about the times when you 1 yourself to a course of action. was stopped alongside the high- way, and I presumed that the train had blocked the highway ahead of me: I found out later that my guess was correct. That was the only correct guess I made that day, however. All of us -- dozens of drivers at first, and then hundreds, I am sure -- dutifully followed the police officer's direction• We turned away from our north- bound travel, and headed east. I knew there was a way around the problem, but it was longer and would take more time than I wanted to spend. But then, I saw a stream of cars and trucks turning to the north on a small roadway. Maybe, there is a shorter detour, I thought, so I joined the parade. We drove along a paved street for a short while• It was bumper to bumper, but our forward progress added to my sense of confidence. And even more EDITOR field. I would have been worried, but there was a continual stream of traffic coming toward me from the north. That surely must be the southbound traffic, I presumed, using the same detour we were using, in the oppo- site direction• That was not a good guess. After what must have been a mile of northern progress, the truth of the matter became all too clear. The path to the north came to an end in the middle of that open field. All of the southbound traf- fic I had encountered was merely the line of north- bound cars and trucks heading back in bumper-to- bumper frustration. As I made the turn and bumped slowly back, south, through the potholes and roadside weeds, I spoke to a few of the northbound drivers who had rolled their windows down in the heat of,the after- noon. of your choice? Read the scriptural account discuss the consequences of the slavery in Egypt. At the time of Jesus, what was t pleship? Of deciding to follow him? : :: What is the cost today of bearing your faith? In school or at your place your household? , : * * Take the time today to examine one point in your life -- perhaps a career marriage. The birth of a child. The choic.e school. Take the time to confirm your accept the responsibilities that result from 1 Comments about this col+ prleing@cfm.org or the Christian Family P.O. Box 272, Ames, Iowa 50010. , Vatican Letter War of words? Finding the optimal prayer trans By CINDY WOODEN Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope John Paul II thinks the Hail Mary should really begin, "Rejoice, Mary, filled with grace." The Italian bishops think the Our Father should begin, "Our Father, who are in heaven, blessed be your holy name." And they definitely want to get rid of the line, "Lead us not into temptation•" "Is nothing sacred?" asked the most secular of Italian newspapers. The response of Italian the- ologians was "of course," but it is Scripture which is sacred, not a given translation. From the pew point of view, new translations may seem revolutionary, but the Vatican deals with them all the time. For example, while the U.S. and other English-speaking bishops' conferences are re- The MESS A GE 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 Pubhsher .............. Bishop Gerald A Gettelfinger Editor ...................................... Paul R. Leingang Production Technician ................ Joseph D)etrich Advertising .................................... Paul Newlaod 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. Publication number 843800. Postmaster: Return POD forms 3579 to Office of Publication t 1996 Caoc Press e EvansmHe viewing and voting on a trans- lation of the second edition of the Roman Missal, containing all of the Mass prayers, the Congregation for Worship and Sacraments is putting the final touches on the third post-Vati- can II Latin edition. The new Italian version of the Lord's Prayer is a highly publicized but very small part of a completely new Italian translation of the New Testa- ment. The prayer, expected to be- come an official part of Italian Masses around the year 2000, will match exactly the new translation of Matthew 6:9b- 13. "It is not a matter of modifi- cations made by whim, but rather with the intention of being more faithful to the words of Christ himself," said Avvenire, Italy's Catholic daily newspaper. "An optimal translation must have at least the two fol- lowing characteristics: It must be as faithful as possible to the original and, at the same time, as understandable as possible for the people who use it," ac- cording to an article in La Civilta Cattolica, a Jesuit-run magazine that often reflects Vatican thinking. In addition, "because of its liturgical use, an eventual new translation of the Lord's Prayer should reach a certain aesthetic level." In other words, it should sound like a prayer when recited, said the article, published in May. Obvious pastoral problems are involved when changing translations of widely used and familiar prayers, the magazine said. "Nevertheless, the obliga- tion of the church is to present a text as close as possible to the original meaning . . . one which can be used easily in the liturgy and which can be un- derstood, even at an primary level, by those far from the church and by non-believers" as well as by practicing Letter to the editor Catholics, it said. When Pope John Paul spoke of better ways of translating the opening words of the Hail Mary, it was not in the context of suggesting the text be changed, but of explaining what the prayer was really saying• At the Annunciation, the first word the Angel Gabriel addresses to Mary "is an invi- tation to joy: 'chaire,' that is, 'rejoice.' The Greek term has been translated in Latin with 'Ave,' a simple expression of greeting which does not seem to correspond fully to the di- vine messenger's intentions and the context in which the meeting takes place," the pope said at his May 1 weekly gen- eral audience. "Ave"--"Hail" in English w is too common a greeting for such a historic event, the pope said. "Rejoice" is closer to the biblical Greek and better echoes Old Testament pas- sages that promise a Messiah for God's chosen people• At his audience the following week, the pope said the next • 11: phrase, "full of grace qulte right either. The expreSS' grace' is a tranS Greek word 'k( which is a P the pope sai( The poin lesson, he lical Greek lated "made "filled with clear that the found in Mary of God's action not of her Fidelity to cially Father, a disciples Civilta In addition expressions, ops want to cal point God does temptation• The • ( I1 mg says, do temptation': The same ready See Candidate's position challenged Bishop's sclle To the editor: Gabriel Maddox, a junior at Mater Dei, has learned what has taken most of us a much longer time to learn: that we all have a responsibility to con- tribute to the welfare of our community. If, by following the policy of accepting political ad- vertising, the Message must print (to quote Ms. Maddox) "an advertisement for a (con- gressional candidate) who sup- ports an act with which the Catholic Church strongly dis- agrees," perhaps the Message should reconsider its policy• Surely she is not the only one who has been misled. An ad- vertisement in a periodical maintaining high moral princi- ple is tantamount, to many of us unenlightened readers, as an endorsement• Enclosed is a letter submit- ted to the Evansville Press which they did not choose to print. Perhaps the Message will print it: When I saw the name Jonathan Weinzapfel as a can- didate for the Eighth Congres- sional District and read fur- See LETTER page 5 The following activities and events are schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger: National Portland, Ore., ' Presb Wednesday, June 26, 9:30 a.m. Diocesan Consu Wednesday, June 26, 12:30 Personnel Board, bishop's house, Wednesday, June Future Parish Staffing 1 Church, Ireland, Wednesda