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'19, 1998 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 5 Zurich: Saturday, June 13, 1998 By BISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER i odyssey to Rome and travel with family after s coming to a close. The family checked ust a few minutes ago. They will leave Tomorrow morning, I depart from Rome. tge I have noticed in Europe here for the ad limina in 1993 is the of the economy. Both Italy and Switzer- be flourishing. The second change is the golden arches of the famed chain. For those who are addicted to "fast they are welcome relief. evident sign of prosperity is the It seems to grow from the ears of Our tour guides were interrupted and Florence during both walking and tours. Scooter drivers, taxi drivers, bicycle rid- bus drivers, pedestrians, restaura- public transport-- they all seem e disease. The phenomenon appears epidemic proportions. Television receiving have given way to telephone transmission Atop the roof of the Casa Internazionale where the bishops stayed in Rome are four serving a large portion of Rome. this phenomenon and expert- the interruptions generated, a double-edged arose in my mind. Does the telephone create an intrusion or provide an evasion? Let me explain When the phone rings in one's hearing it can be a welcome sound or it can be an intrusion. The tele- phone is a tool of communication. When its use is a matter of choice, then it is not an intrusion. When the sound of a ringing telephone is not welcome, the sound is an intrusion into one's private space and rel- ative solitude More and more I am convinced that the tele- phone joins the company of CD players, boomboxes, television, and radio as ways to evade silence and solitude. Some of us simply cannot handle silence except in sleep. Others choose to avoid solitude by surrounding themselves with sound. What does this mean? I simply don't know. I grew up, however, in a monastery setting where the "Great Silence" of night was an expectation. There was to be no conversation from after evening prayer until after morning Mass. It was an imposed discipline. Yesterday our group visited the shrine of our Lady of Einsiedeln. The Benedictine monastery there is the home of Saint Meinrad, the patron of Saint Meinrad Archabbey. As we entered the beautifully adorned church and shrine, signs were posted to remind everyone that it was a house of God and a place of prayer. Silence was expected. For those who were in violation, a sharp reminder came quickly from one whose task it was to maintain the proper decorum for the house of God. Silence was "enforced." I was reminded of my monastic up- bringing, a cherished experience, I might add. In retrospect, the journey to the Holy See leaves me feeling quite small. Unequaled beauty in the time- less art and architecture of the Vatican and ancient Rome challenged my ability to comprehend it all. Concelebrating the Eucharist at the Tombs of Saints Peter and Paul is always an awesome experience. The same Eucharist bridged the centuries as Pope John Paul -- today's Peter -- presided at the Eucharist with the Bishops of Region VII. Another reality struck me a stunning blow as I stood in the shattered city of Assist. The earthquake destroyed both art and architecture in the exquisite setting commemorating the lives of Saint Francis and Saint Clare. Tune and nature had wrought change since my last visit there in 1993 with the Bishops of Region VII. The destruction of human artifacts by the power of nature -- the power of God -- stands forth as a reminder of our own fragilit): In 1993, Cardinal Joseph Bemardin of Chicago was our leader. He presided at our Lirgy in Assist. In the scheme of things, he was a young man. Deadly cancer took his life. Bishop Nor- bert Gaughan of Gary was also with us. He had suf- fered a stroke but was able to make the journey with the assistance of a young priest and a wheelchair. Bishop Shea, already retired, did not make the trip in 1993. He died suddenly of a heart attack almost three years ago this coming August. The face of Europe has changed. The faces of the Bishops of Region VII have changed as well. Who knows what God has in store for our number during the next five years? What does God have in store for our diocese in the next five years? That we do not know. We are privileged to express gratitude for all the blessings we have enjoyed in the past five years. May God con- tinue to bless us all and grant us the strength to accept whatever changes come. Kingdom of Heaven is like.., a bunch of stuff have read and heard our start a para- Kingdom of God those words, "The is like .... "He many examples that the world of that current way of COMMENTARY E. "JACK" THOMPSON of Outdoor Ministries Evansville raay see very little rele- t SOme of those Scripture We are challenged take the parable and to understand can apply our Lord's our own lives. The cat- he often referred to those natural sub- and events that are Wen m our lives today. Kingdom to chil- feasts, bread, banquets, lost list goes on. a parallel various objects in rela- aaOther facet of our public life: That he lived in the That is where ght. of fact he said, where he lived, place to It was his life, and words, set for us to live by, if part of the King- he spoke natural things it closeness to the 'ratton. This was where he lived and taught and left us with an example to do the same. This of course doesn't mean Jesus advocated living in the desert, nor in the woods, nor upon the water. He would often visit the homes of his friends and disciples for a good meal and a rest; howev- er, he was telling us not to get attached to earthly things and let them control us. By living so much of the time in the out- doors, hiking from place to place, living off the land and being close to the Father's creation he was able to prepare his apostles for the job of leading his Church after his passion, cru- cifixion, death, resurrection and ascension to the Father. In. the vastness of God's outdoor temple or cathedral, with the quiet of the night and the still- ness of the morning, Jesus taught those men and women how to become one communi- ty, one church, to be concerned for each other and those they would serve. He was able to teach them how to pray and come to know the Father -- the important stuff to bring about the Kingdom of God. If you note the stories in the Gospels you will see that every time they were in a village, town or city there was little or no time for personal instruc- tions or quiet moments. There were people to heal, crowds to deal with, supplies to purchase and of course the constant con- cern, at times, for the preserva- tion of Jesus' life itself. It was those country walks and talks that prepared all of them for the next town, the next challenge. Even the Beatitudes and the miracle of the loaves and fishes took place away from the bus- tle of the towns and cities. In today's world things are not much different, maybe more amplified. There are certainly more worldly distractions. Work, monthly payments, shopping, recreation, school activities, social functions and on and on and on. A few years ago the little arm bands that has WWJD on them Jesus and how he and his apos- We cater to families and their tles lived in the outdoors, You neecl   Is0peted m  ::!:: recall I also mentioned that the principle of sound Catholic Jesus always used things in nature to explain how God's Kingdom was, is and will be. Jesus was always concerned about children and how they were to be taught and treated. We try very hard to offer that Jesus-inspired catechesis and example to the children of our diocese in our outdoor ministry programs. We have a small, attractive t is our own diocesan camp. It is owndd by you as a member of the Diocese of Evansville became popular. That little band with its slogan, if lived out, would be wonderful. I have seen manv a child with that band on do anything but What Jesus Would Do. Whether you realize it or not, all too often children reflect the spirit of their parents in their actions. Forty plus years of parenting and youth ministry have proven that to me. There are no perfect kids -- nor perfect adults, for that matter. I think it is time that Catholic Christian parents begin to live that WWJD. I would like to offer help that is real and available. You see, I started this artide talking about The Word of Life youth camp in Spencer County just east of Lincoln State Park, on Indiana Highway 102. It's about an hour from Evansville (not three hours) and maybe a little more than an hour from Vin- cennes, Washington. Mount Ver - non or the Princeton areas. It is close to two hours from Sullivan and minutes from almost any place in Dubois County We are accredited by the American Camping Association and we are part of the National Catholic Outdoor Ministry. We offer campers all the camping pro- grams offered in all youth camps except for horseback riding. We have new and remodekxi cabins+ doctrine and Eucharistic prayer. Our staff members are fully trained in programs, health and safety. They are all outstanding college-age students who have made TEC and are very faith- filled. We operate in the attitude of WWJD. We have the least expensive rates of all the camps in the area, with camperships available. It is our own diocesan camp. It is owned by you as a member of the Diocese of Evansville (the Church of Southwestern Indian). We can accommodate your child this year. We want to serve, teach md help you and your child experience God in God's great outdoors. All of this is to help bring about the Kingdom of God. If the children are going into the sixth grade this fall we have two special short-term weeks for them. If they are entering grades seven through 10 this fall we have a wonderful week-long camping experience for them. Call Carolyn Mueller, at (812) 424-5536 or toll-free in Indiana at (800) 637-1731 right away. We don't want your child or you to miss this summer's edition of the Outpost camping season. Then do it+ God bless you. ,IL, i , , --- In a democratic, pluralistic system, the first guarantee of each individual's freedom is established by unconditionally respecting human dignity at every phase of life, regard- less of the intellectual or physical abilities one possesses or lacks. -- Pontifical academy for life, "Human Cloning is Immoral," July 9, 1997 i ..... ,t i i, J tilt  ill lU.i i