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1997 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 5 op's Forum-- Marriage: The source of all vocations paragraphs from I of the Catholic Church lge and family life are of review. They are taken n a section of the Catechism enti- mestic Church." e to be born and up in the bosom of the holy ph and Mary. The other than "the ." From the beginning, of the Church was bften con- those who had become with all [their] they were converted, they that "their whole household" should also be families who became believers were s of Christian life in an unbelieving world. .. ; Our own time, in a world often alien and to faith, believing families are of pri- Importance as centers of living, radiant faith. ,n the Second Vatican Council, using expression, calls the family the Ecclesia It is in the bosom of the family that par- s are "by word and example.., the first heralds By BISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER of the faith with regard to their children. They should encourage them in the vocation which is prop- er to each child, fostering with spe- cial care any religious vocation." 1657 It is here that the father of the family, the mother, children, and all members of the family exercise the priesthood of the baptized in a privileged way "by the reception of the sacraments, prayer and thanksgiving, the witness of a holy life, and self-denial and active charity." Thus the home is the first school of Christian life and "a school for human enrichment." Here one learns endurance and the joy of work, fraternal love, generous -- even repeat- ed -- forgiveness, and above all divine worship in prayer and the offering of one's life. The family, the Church in miniature, has as its source the natural bond of marriage. Jesus elevated that bond to the dignity of the Sacrament of Matri- mony for baptized Christians. Civil society depends on the family. How often we have heard that the family is the smallest unit of society. For that reason, marriage is a public matter. There is civil law to govern mar- riage contracts. Not only does the law require a license, it requires a blood test, a clear intrusion into one's private life for the safety of society. The marriage contract is a public matter. In our time there is, indeed, reason for great sadness in the fact that too many approach the marriage contract as if to buy a commodity. A con- tract built on pleasure or personal self-fulfillment is easy to sign as long as one does not read the small print and is clearly known to be temporary if "it doesn't work out." And, tragically, so many faithful spouses and children of such unions are abandoned through such broken contracts. Unimaginable pain and confusion results for all. Happily I quickly add the good news. In our time, indeed, there are enormous reasons for rejoic- ing. They are personified in the untold numbers, husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, and lov- ing children bearing witness to the ideals of Christ- ian marriage and family life. This number includes those who daily struggle to overcome the devasta- tion of divorce and its scarring effects on their chil- dren. If there are to be vocations in our Church, we must never underestimate the essential and sacred nature of the Sacrament of Matrimony. It is the source of all others. Those who marry serve the Church in an essential way. Our new corporate neighbor CLEMENTS of Stewardship Development months much time has been advent neighbor, rauch more to come. arrival will we're seeing it already. But there will be other repercussions from Toyota's pres- ence in our midst, some of which directly correlate with the stew- ardship themes we discuss in this "Steward's Way" series. For example, we have already benefited from Toyota's storied reputation as a good corporate cit- izen and its stewardship of trea- sure. Toyota's recent $500,000 contribution to the Red Cross to aid local flood victims was a dra- matic and powerful message from a company that is still months away from having an operational plant in southwestern Indiana! But Toyota's positive influence on our personal and business ways of life promises to be much more than financial. Many of today's flourishing multination- al companies owe their success to a different style of manage- ment. One southern Indiana business leader recently experi- enced this "new" style when he, along with a delegation from his economic development area, vis- ited the mammoth Toyota corn- plex in Georgetown, Ky. As the Indiana guests were touring the Georgetown plant, one of the guides asked if the Hoosiers would like to question some of the employees about their impressions of Toyota. The visitors said, "Yes." So the guide immediately walked around the plant and randomly selected sev- eral "line" workers and supervi- sors and brought them to a near- by meeting room. The guides told the guests they were welcome to ask the employees anything they wished as they, the guides, left the room and closed the door. The guests began to question the workers about their 'Ibyota experiences." During the very frank exchange, one of the Toy- ota employees mentioned that he had previously worked for several years at a large Ameri- can auto plant. The guests asked his opinion about the dif- ferences between Toyota and his former employer. His first words were: "Night and day." Then he began to elaborate: "We have says everyone can use vacation to regenerate soul THAVIS News Service CITY (CNS) -- lean use a good vaca- to "regenerate , to the II said. and then, we all rest ical and pope said at a July 6, a few for an 11- mountains. Who has hiked in months since his People who work in a need to .s in the enjoy time, he said he recognized other trends in today's consumer society, when young people especially are tempted to use their time off in activities "dangerous to their own health and that of others." "Getting away can be useful, but on the condition that one does not dispense with healthy moral criteria and simple respect for one's own health," he said. People who forget this lesson risk wasting their time off and returning from vacation with- out any benefit to their spirit, he said. The pope also said that the "right to a vacation" should not lead people to forget about those who cannot join the vacation crowd, for masons of age, health, work schedules or simple eco- nomic need. He offered prayers that all those vacationing this summer enjoy a period of relbxation and happiness, The 77-year-old pontiff was scheduled to travel July 9 to the northern Italian resort area of Les Combes in the Aosta Valley, where he has vacationed five times before. The pope stays in a two- floor, stone-and-wood chalet owned by the church and typi- cally takes walks in the moun- tains by day. As in recent years, the Vati- can has emphasized the private nature of the pope's vacation. His only public appearance will be an Angelus blessing July 13. Some 200 police and civil ser- vice workers were being employed to insure the pope's safety and privacy, regular team meetings here just as we did at my former place of employment. But the tone of the meetings is entirely different. It took me a long time to adjust to the 'Toyota' style. "Team meetings at my former employer's consisted of report- ing how well we were doing and how each of us could handle any situation. There was an unwrit- ten but definite rule that you had to appear completely confi- dent and in control of every- thing. So when we prepared our reports, we made everything as 'rosy' as possible to impress our coworkers and our bosses. "It's completely different here. When I gave my report at my first team meeting, I talked about how well I was doing and how great my department was. I took great pains to make myself and my department look as good as possible. When I finished, the team leaders said, rhat was very nice, but we want to know what kinds of problems you've been running into. What's not going well? What is giving you the most difficulty? The purpose of our meetings is to help one another be as successful and productive as possible. We can't help you, and you can't help us, if we don't tell each other what's bothering us on the job." The employee continued: "It took me a long time to lealize that these folks were serious! They really did want to help me! I just couldn't believe that co-workers and superSsors could be trusted with my job problemsi I thought they would see me as weak and incompetent. But I eventually learned that they actually care about me and want to help me continue to improve. I can't praise this way of 'doing business' enough! We truly are a caring, trusting team of professionals who are devoted to one another and dedicated to this company that makes it all possible." What's the stewardship mes- sage in all this "Toyota-talk?" We write a lot in "The Steward's Way" about making our parish- es welcoming, hospitable com- munities as the basis for stew- ardship conversion. Like ',he Georgetown employee, what if every southwestern Indiana Catholic could say, with honest conviction: "My parish is truly a caring, trusting family of Chris- tians who are devoted to one another and dedicated to being good stewards and faithful dis- ciples of Jesus!" Our diocesan stewardship conversion would be complete! Catholics and Protestants disagree over Orange parades PORTADOWN, Northern Ire- land (CNS) --  feelinm  edandbyOranpam which  the }Yctestsnt tradim and the 17th-cmtury vic- tory of Protestant Dutch I William over Carbolic British Jame6 II in 1690. Orangemen, however, say they are celebrating their cul- ture and refuse to reroute parades, which have been occur- ring for 190 years. One Orangeman told Catholic News Service, "We are walking in a very dignified way, not exhibiting any triumphalism, and everyone has the right to walk on these roads." Bmandan aformer member o the Irla Ropublkan Arm said alter the July 6 events that relations  the British government and the nationalist cnmnmni which wants  Ireland munitsd with Ireland, wem at an all-tinm low. "The fault of what happened today lies fairly and squarely with the British government; what we wanted was a breath- ing space," MacConnaith said. "And the Royal Ulster Constab- ulary attempted to strangle the community to death,., but did not succeed."