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"' "4 The Message --- for Catholics oi i Southwestern Indh'ana ".. --- Taking the time to make a difference-- ,, Of fences and families: A building proj .:. The wooden fence is slowly taking shape. The fence is at the edge of our back yard, and I am building it myself. The hardest part for me is figuring out what it should look like, and trying to visualize the parts that are needed to make it work. My efforts at drawing plans were less than successful, [ could sketch out on paper what I sawin my mind, but the proportions were all wrong. I drew lines, and forced them into the shapes of posts and boards and sections of lattice but what I saw on paper had no beauty, no substance, and only very lit- tle resemblance to the real situation in the back yard. There's a tree to'avoid. There's a long straight area where the fence has to be long and straight. A person with drafting experience could have drawn it in a few minutes. I finally decided that the only way to begin, for me, was to begin. I started with one section of the fence, eight feet wide, of course, because that is one of the standard measurements of lumber. When that one section was complete, ! no longer had to rely on my imagi- nation. The rest of the fence is being constructed in By PAUL R. LEINGANG EDITOR the image of that first section. The wood is imperfect, and so is my construction talent. But the fence is progressing. My hands remember in the morning the work they did the day before, but the sight of the fence from a window in our house gives me joy. * , * The word, creation, I know, means making out of nothing, strict- ly speaking. But there is a certain joy in "creating" something that did not exist before, even if there is a need to use things already available. Part of the challenge in using available items is that the size and shape of the individual items must make a difference in the finished project:' Standard lengths and widths and thicknesses are important. The way my fence is constructed is determined by what is available and it is built in a size that takes advantage of the pieces of lumber that were cut and shaped long before I began to imagine my project. * * * This may be a stretch to make, but it seems to me that a family is also composed of individuals who are assembled as time goes by. Their sizes and shapes and personalities are far from "standard" yet it is the individual members of the family who deter- mine how the entire family will turn out. And no one but God could visualize from beginning to will look. Who but God could ever the shape the strengths and the work and the joy of a couple .... over years of time ? Who but God could ever look at car' or adopted, and know bring? * * Families come in all shapes the shape of your family? What plans and expectati have for you? For your family? )w turn out? If you have children in your about the successes and failures of t] you. Tell them about expectationsthatwere i and those that were not. Some persons are expected to live terms, and they reject them. Some have been i no standards, and they still search for the' Take the time to make sure that those you love know that everyone is .... f your family life. :i: Build a family together.  :: Comments about this col or the Christian Farnily. P.O. Box 272, Ames, Iowa 50010. Vatican Letter The Vatican and U,N. conferences: Pieces of the same By CINDY WOODEN Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In r the wee hours of June 15 the gavel came down on the last of a series of U.N. conferences aimed at improving human life on the planet into the third millennium. For the Vatican, the confer- ences held since 1992 dealt with pieces of the same puzzle. That is why even though the June Conference on Human Set- tlements was a bit of a sleeper -- except for those directly involved in the negotiations until 3 a.m. -- the Vatican was repre- sented in full force. Expertise on issues related to housing and urban planning was not Pope John Paul II's main criterion for choosing the members of the Vatican delega- tion, although some experts were included. The common denominator among the Vatican delegation's chief negotiators was that they had represented the Holy See at previous U.N. conferences: the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, the 1994 Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, the 1995 Summit on Social Development in Copen- hagen, and the 1995 Conference on Women in Beijing. Pope John Paul supported the broad aims of the conferences: to ensure the planet was fit for human life now and in the future, to promote development, to eliminate poverty and injus- tice, particularly against women, and to curb the ills found in the world's megacities. In closed-door negotiations and public statements, the Vat- ican's objectives and objections remained constant. And the pope made sure everyone knew it. Among the Vatican delegates to the confer- ences was the pope's spokesman,. Joaquin Navarre-Vails. In opposing widespread abor- tion and artificial birth control, in supporting measures to reduce pollution and in vigorous lobbying for recognition of hous- ing as a human right, the Vati- can delegations based their posi- tions on respect for human dignity and for the reai needs of people. "No goal or policy will bring positive results for people if it does not respect the unique dig- nity and objective needs of those same people," the pope told the secretary-general of the Cairo conference in early 1994. A consistent Vatican presence was required at the conferences not just to deal with the unique bureaucratic workings of inter- national U.N. meetings. The same issues were raised Why so much concern? To the editor ing him thanks and praise, I would like-to add acom- why is there so much concern ment to the many letters about others around us, sit- regarding whether we should ting, standing or kneeling? stand or kneel in church. Does this sound familiar? Very briefly, if we are there, "O Lord, I am thankful that I worshipping God, reverently am not like that... " with all our heart, mind and Bea Kerby soul, contemplating him, giv- Evansville Standing in 'Memory Lane' To the editor: The recent letters in the Mes- sage addressing the issue of standing or kneeling during the Eucharistic Prayer has led me down "Memory Lane." It was the spring of 1973 when, as a seminarian studying in Innsbruck, Austria, I had the marvelous opportunity of attending the Holy Saturday Easter Vigil in the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome, presided over by his Holiness, Pope Paul VI. To  my horror, we stood during the entire Mass due to the absence of pews and kneelers. And this in the Mother Church of all Christendom, indeed! Such pos- ture did not impede our rever- ent worship nor faithful wel- come of our risen Lord. Whether we sit, or stand, or kneel, let us all praise the Lord with one heart, mind, and voice. Father James E. Sauer Evansville See LETTERS page 5' over and over again: for exam- ple, abortion and birth control were obvious topics at the Cairo population conference. But efforts also were made to promote abortion and birth con- trol at the Earth Summit as part of efforts to protect the environ- ment from a rapidly growing population, at the social summit as part of the effort to reduce poverty, at the women's confer- ence under the banner of ensur- ing women more control over their lives, and at the Habitat conference as part of a list of essential services needed by city-dwellers. The Vatican's response was no, no, no and no. Vatican negotiators were not simply trying to defend Catholic doctrine in an international forum. Every couple, they said, has a right to decide how many children they will have and how their births should be spaced. Governments have no right to make those decisions. Pope John Paul complained that the Cairo conference focused so heavily on reducing the number of people sharing the world's resources that it ignored international develop- ment goals to increase those rresources and distribute them more fairly. Besides thwarting specific policy proposals like abortion and birth control, top-level Vat- ican diplomats at ferences were internationai approving ( nations to P development aid. "All c financial re ernmentS a: today's g Lo Diarmuk yl tat conference" will' must be cially which will re more than jt as a moral ix Navarro- of conferenceS  atic shiit fret national  )liq corn ; elq ket The MESSAGE 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 PublisheP .............. Bishop Gerald A. Getteffinger Editor ....................................... Paul R. Leingang ProductionTechnician ................ 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