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12 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana i i Maflic of Wor(t,s II II I By FATHER ( JOSEPH ZILIAK  : Associate Publisher We yearn to hear God's voice ill our lives. But where do we find that voice? How does God speak to us? Perhaps our first reaction is to respond that God speaks to us in church, in the house of the Lord. That is, of course, quite a good answer. But, most of us have also experienced the presence and voice of God many other places as well. If you've had the good fortune to spend any time oceanside, you've probably felt the strange and hypnotic power of the surging of the waves. Somehow in the relentless ebbing and flowing of the powerful waters, begin to note a mesmerizing sound of power, of timelessness, of all-knowing, of vastness. If you've had the good fortune to sleep or walk in the mountains, you'll no doubt recollect the strength and mightiness of the heights, the streams rushing downhill careening off boulders or stone outcroppings, the intensity of the sun, the blueness of the sky dotted with lazy clouds, the summits marked with the absence of trees or growth. Captain Coffee to speak at Knights of St. John convention :ZSZ32Z:Z L5 G32Z ' Captain Gerald Coffee will be the featured speaker at the 68th Supreme International Convention of the Knights of St. John, to be held in Evansville July 13-18. The theme of the convention is "Peace with Justice." This is the first interna- tional convention held by the organization in Evansville since 1974. Captain Coffee was a pris- oner of war in North Vietnam for seven of his 28 years as a naval officer. In his book, "Beyond Survival," and on the lecture circuit, Captain Coffee ascribes his survival in adverse and primitive prison conditions to four key ele- ments: faith in self, faith in one another, faith in country and faith in God. He will give tile keynote address, Friday, July 17, dur- ing a formal banquet at the Green Convention Center. The week-long interna- tional convention is expected to-attract delegates and wives from many areas of the United States, as well as Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Togo, Trinidad, Tobago and Panama. The convention culminates on Saturday, July 18, with a Mass at Vanderburgh Audito- rium followed by a parade of the uniformed members of the Knights of St. John and Ladies Auxiliary. The public is invited to join in the cele- bration .of the Mass, starting at 4:30 p.m. Captain Coffee will also be the featured speaker at a Catholic Schools apprecia+ tion night -- "A Night of a 1000 Thanks"  on Thurs- day, July 16. Tickets are available by calling the Catholic Center, (812) 424- 5536 or (800) 637-1731. God speaks to us through those near us Perhaps your most intense journeys have been originated through reading and meditative reflection. Neither space, nor earth's crust ham- per the explorative wuages of the mind questing the unknown. Family, friends or even unknown voices may serve to clarify the Word of God if we but seek and allow such communication. This has been the experience of people of faith throughout all of recorded history. We are no different. Various types of faith sharing situations in small groups has allowed many more people to experience the insights and wisdom of others. We are learning to trust the presence of the Holy Spirit working in and through others close to us. We are even allowing ourselves more readily to share our understandings and promptings of the Holy Spirit with others. Within this context we encouraged individ- ual responses to memories of fathers and their values this past weekend. The ages of those who came forward to share remembrances and in- sights ranged from pre-schoolers to retirees. Their Main st,00t " Pharmacy 2!7 E Mare St. [)owntown Wastuugto. Phone: 24.5 J41 statements were powerful because of the strong emotional element of direct remembrance. A few fascinating details. A number of thos e who sbared indicated they came from large fami- lies. The memories that were recalled were of fa- thers taking a little extra time to be with them personally. The bonding came not from being given expensive gifts, but from time which in- variably was associated with love, security and support. The values held dear by the fathers were re- fleeted in the values of the sons and daughters. The legacy was in that sense being perpetuated. Whether fathers were still living or already called forth from this life, the offsprings' emo- tions were equally strong. Not all the memories were pleasant. But re- flecting on the individual experiences seemed a way of sharing an insight into the working of God directly and powerfully in their own lives. There was no doubt that God speaks to us in di- verse ways, and quite markedly through the lives and values of people around us. ii LinCo Coffee Services Total Beverage Distributor Indiana - Illinois - Kentucky 46 Varieties of Coffees and Teas WHATEVER YOUR TASTE, WE CAN MATCH IT Washington 254-4409 Evansville 422-1833 i, i= HowPerdue TookA a00Turl00y. Turned It Around In 198,1, when Perdue came to Indiana chased a turkey company called an independent nationwide study of turkey showedthat at least 26 companies were than Shenandoah. Yet just one year later, dent producers in Indiana and Illinois were cost efficient turkey producers in America. 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