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2 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana June Part three: Life in Christ "You Shall Love the Lord Your God.. By DAVID M. THOMAS AND MARY JOYCE CALNAN A Moment from Life She didn't know how long she'd been awake. It was just one of those times when you wake up, suddenly realize it, and then realize you've been thinking for a long time. She reached out to touch him. Then she remembered. The sadness overwhelmed her. It was real. He was dead. "Oh, God, I want to die too," she cried. "It isn"t fair! I love him so much. I need him here! Why did you take him? We had lots of years left! Oh, Mother Mary, help me,-help me. In the name of Jesus, your son The laws of help me. Please help me." a loving She couldn't family are choke back the very much tears. She wanted to die. Fifty-seven like God's years of marriage Jaws--both was a long time -- preserve and but not long protect rela- enough. She never really thought he'd t i o n s h i p, t h e be the first . . . covenant to what with her "belong" to heart condition and one another. the hysterectomy and all. Why he never even got sick! The phone began to ring. She had to answer. She didn't want to, but the kids might need her. "Hi, Morn. How are you? her daughter asked. "How am I supposed to be? she thought to herself "Oh, I'm okay," she answered. "I just woke up. I think I slept some, but I"l'm still tired. Maybe I'll try to go back to sleep." "Okay, Mom. I'll come over if you'd like. I have the kids today, hut you know how us grandmas are -- plenty used to carting kids around! Want us to come over? " "No. Maybe tomorrow. Today I need to rest. Thank you, darling. I'll call you." As she hung up the phone, she broke down again. "Oh sweet Mary! What will I do? How can I live? Sweet Jesus, help me. Jesus, Mary and Joseph help me!" When she woke up again, the sun was pouring in on her face. "Oh, my! It's three o'clock!" she exclaimed. "I slept the day away!" She pulled her hurting body up and then felt a gentle surge of energy. She.realized she was looking at the two pictures on their bedroom wall -- the Sacred Hea.rt of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Wedding gifts. She just sat there for a while, looking at the pain in Mary's eyes. "Mary did it," she said to herself. "She did it! With your help, Mother Mary, through your son, sweet Jesus, I can do it tOO." "Into your hands I com- mend my spirit," she prayed, with deep trust. "Lord, into your hands . .. Oh, Lord. Into your hands... " A Connection with the Catechism God is at the end of every rope. When we've gone about as far as we can go, God is there waiting. We can almost feel the temptation to despair that this widow had to struggle with. But at that very moment when she most needed help, God was there. And she knew it. God wraps loving arms around us, anticipating our needs. When we turn to God, even if just as a last resort, we express strength, not weakness. When we admit our need for God, we begin to understand and accept things we first Southwestern Indiana storm causes food pantry emergency The Evansville Area Council of Churches have issued a plea to area residents to respond to the need for funds to help re- plenish the emergency food pantry suppEes at it seven lo- catio:s in the Evansville area. The plea was a direct result of the storm which hit south- western Indiana earlier this month, according to Barbara Gaisser, director of programs at the Council of Churches. Gaisser said the storm _caused many area families to loose their fired "and created a giant increase in the need for emergency food." The money in the Food Pantry account will be ex- pended by the end of the addition to the food collections, the Council of Churches needs $2,000 each week to keep its seven emergency food pantries stocked. "The Evansville Tri-State has responded many times to disaster victims in other states and we hope that they will again respond to this plea for local help," said Gaisser. One hundred percent of do- nations will be used for food purchases. Contributions may be sent to Evansville Area Council of Churches, 414 NorthWest Sixth Street, Evansville,, IN 47708- 1332. (Use the notation "Food Pantry" on the memo sectio of thought would be impossible to accept. Once we let God be God, all else begins to fall into place. The First Three Com- mandments The Catechism does a masterly job of integrating the "command- ments of the new law" (the two great commandments of love of God and love of neighbor) with the "com- mandments of the old law" (the Ten Commandments). The Catechism's discussion of Christian life be- gins with the first three of the Ten Commandments, because these refer directly to our rela- tionship with God. Beginning in this way is a must. The first three command- ments clearly teach us that God is the beginning and the end, the alpha and the omega. First, we are to live every day of our lives in a spirit of worship and truth. We are to acknowl- edge the one true God, the Cre- ator and Lord of the universe. Second, we are to respect God and the things of God. It is only with respect that we are to use God's name. God is to be associated only with good not with evil. Third, we are to keep in mind that every breath we take, every minute we live, is a gift from God. We celebrate this by setting aside a special time just for God. As Christians we are invited to spend time with God in prayer, espe- cially in celebration of the Eu- charist. When we belong to God, we are expected to live in a certain way. As we enter more deeply into this part of the Catechism we are moved to ask: What kind of God is our God? Is God far away and in- different to our lives? Is God vengeful -- just waiting to catch us doing wrong? Is God authoritarian -- bent on turning us into mindless con- formists? What kind of God is our God? We can begin to find the answer to that question in the Exodus journey, the very first historical act of God recorded in the Old Testament. The Exodus story describes the actions God took to help the Is- raelites come out of slavery and into freedom. In a seffse, the answer to our question is right there in the events of the Exodus -- God wills us to be free and to live as responsible people in this world. God chooses a leader (Moses) and gives him a "road map" that outlines how people can best live this new freedom. We give the name "Ten Command- ments" to that road map. The Ten Commandments are the directives, the laws, of the covenant (the promise) binding God and the people. Family Road Maps These directives reveal that we belong to God. And because we belong to God, we are in- vited to live in a certain way. We are invited to live with a trusting attitude toward God. We are invited to rely on God's Understanding the mandments as family help us appreciate their for our life. Some may, react by saying, "Our f a$1 doesn't have any laws just live from day to haps a family doesn't. laws written down m white; but it does They're written on flesh  the hearts members. (Anyone who ries into a family able to list several erning that family!) The laws of a are very much like -- both preserve relationship, the "belong" to The laws of God, laws of our family, tended to be harsh our spirit. But they are! to be taken seriously. , The two kinds timately connected" much more to love who love God! Consider This..' So many times, tendency to react the words law and That's sad, because God are given to us for good. The effect of livi: laws is similar to pens when you plant tickle a baby or you love. Natural stuff.'' stuff. Good stuff Copyright 1994 Tt lishing, Allen TedaS. God's Unique Personality goodness and love. permisson. Historic item finds new place of honOr By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor A piece of diocesan history is in Florida. The antique altar chair which was used as the "Bishop's Chair" at Assump- tion Cathedral in Evansville is now located at the new Mary, Queen of the Universe Catholic Shrine in Orlando. Assumption Cathedral was razed to help pave the way for urban renewal in Evansville. The tall, ornate walnut chair, which had been used by Bishop Henry J. Grimmelsman, was acquired by the Yeiser family, then of Evansville. Ted and Emily Yeiser, now of Orlando, had the chair re- stored and then donated it to the shrine this year. The new shrine church building was built with funds from tourist donations, to serve the Catholic tourist population in Orlando. The church, at 8300 Vineland Avenue, will accom- F. Joseph Harte is director of the shrine. The Yeisers, on a recent visit to Evansville, said that the "Bishop's Chair" may currently be seen in the Day Chapei off the lobby of the main shrine church. It is scheduled to be housed in a religious items mu- seum, which will be locatod on the shrine property. The Yeis- POSITION ere said the chair will be erly identified as to and its service in the of Evansville. "/i Information above vided by Ted 8946 Savannah park'q FL 32819. CATHOLIC ELE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL-.: st. James Catholic School, Haubstadt, IN I - 8 Elementary School : Encollment d Facuhy ot: 11 Starting Date: Fall Semester 1995 Salary commensurate with education and Candidate be a practicing Roman ( hold or be eligible for a valid Indiana ]lemenarY Administrative License. For Application please contact: _M_s. Phyllis Beshears, Schools, Catholic cese of Evansville, l:).O Box 4 69' 00vansville, IN 47724 -0  69 (82) 424-5536 Apphcaion deadline July , 995