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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana July 1 The message is clear By PAUL R. LEINGANG Editor When you see the same thing over and over, you probably ought to begin to pay attention. I saw a story in a daily newspaper recently, about an over-the-road truck driver and his family -- and how they took a vacation. According to the story, the trucker's wife and children occasionally accompanied him on some of his long trips in the summer. Ordinarily, he is home only seven days a month, so in summer, when the kids are out of school, the family occasionally piles into the sleeper cab and travels with him for a while. The quarters are cramped, but everyone seems to enjoy the togetherness. Wife and husband can talk pri- vately after the kids are asleep. In the daytime, each of the children gets a turn in the front seat with dad. I don't remember all of the details in the story, but I do remember clearly what was to me the most powerful quotation of them all. "What do you enjoy the most?" one of the children was asked. "Spending time with dad," he said. The comment reinforced something I had read just a few days earlier. Jim and Ann Cavera write a weekly column about family life, and their columns always seem to strike a responsive chord in me. They recently wrote a column which included a brief story about a family vacation. The children were in the back of the family station wagon, reading books, playing games and eating snacks on the way from Indiana to Florida. Addressing one of their children, the Caveras com- mented, "'We were amazed that your favorite memory was the journey itself and not the places we visited." Over and over, it seems, the answer is the same. Ask the members of a healthy, happy family what they remember best, or enjoyed the most, and the the answer is virtually the same. Spending time with each other. Being together. One of the most reassuring promises of Our sacred scriptures is certainly the declaration made by Jesus to the disciples at their commissioning (Matthew 28:16-20). When they saw Jesus, the disci- ples worshiped, "but they doubted." Jesus told them to make disciples of all nations, "And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age." "Taking the time to make a difference" is a hope- ful and often repeated phrase in this weekly column. Over and over, family members discover that it takes time together to make a difference. Take some time today to talk with your with the people in your household. How do you spend together? If you have children, ask them to tell their best memories of vacations or family Talk with them about your memories of Take the time to study how you spend a week. How many hours do you spend others? How many hours do you spend Watching television? On the internet? If you are not satisfied with the way spending your hours, start making some Schedule a meal with the family. Establish a pattern of time together once a week. Take the time to examine the impact of sports and extra-curricular activities on your Examine your church and " " and their impact on your family. Spend time with your family in service to needy. Spend time with your family in family, too. ': Take the time to make a difference. Comments about this column are welcome at prleing@cfm.org or the Christian Family Box 272, Ames, Iowa 50010.. : Washin00on Letter Another hot summer for opponents of assisted su" By NANCY FRAZIER O'BRIEN Catholic News Service federal Controlled Substances Act specifically prohibits the distribution of drugs that would cause or assist in a suicide. Attorney General Janet Reno ruled in June that it does not, but assisted suicide opponents in the House and Senate hope to change that with the Lethal Drug Abuse Prevention Act of 1998. The Constitution subcom- mittee of the House Judiciary Committee was to hold hear- ings on the legislation July 14. The day before in Eugene, Ore., attorneys for the National Right to Life Committee were to argue a broader question whether the Oregon law per- WASHINGTON (CNS),- Last summer began with spec- ulation about how the U.S. Supreme Court would rule in assisted suicide cases from New York and Washington state. But the decisions handed down on June 26,1997, affirming the two states" bans on assisted suicide, did little to quiet the debate. And in the summer of 1998, assisted suicide continues to be a:hot topic in Washington and around the United States. ,Hearings related to assisted suicide were scheduled for mid- July in the U.S. House of Repre- sentatives and in an Oregon courtroom. And in Michigan, a ; referendum that could overturn the state's new ban on assisted suicide is likely in November. In Washington, the focus will be narrowed to one aspect of assisted suicide- whether the mitting assisted.suicides dis- criminates against the state's terminally ill patients by deny- ing them protections extended to everyone else in the nation. And in Michigan, where retired pathologist Jack Kevorkian has admitted to helping dozens of people commit suicide in the past decade, supporters of assisted suicide appear to have succeed- ed in gathering enough signa- tures to place the question before the state's voters Nov. 3. If the referendum measure were to be approved, it would overturn Michigan's new law imposing a maximum sentence of five years in jail and a $10,000 fine on those who help others commit suicide. In Congress, Rep. Henry J. Hyde, R-Ill., and Sen. Don Nickles, R-Okla., have pro- posed identical versions of a bill which would require the Drug Enforcement Administration to remove a physician's license to prescribe certain controlled substances if he or she pre- scribes such substances for use in an assisted suicide. Although physicians' medical licenses are regulated by the states, the federal government is the jurisdiction that gives doc- tors the authority to prescribe narcotics such as heroin and "Global ethic is already here: It's Jesus To the Editor:. About a month ago the Mes- sage had a full page story on an art exhibit at Holy Angels Church in New Harmony, by a group involved in a project to find a global ethic. Members of this group include at least one Catholic priest and several nuns. Ostensibly, the aim is to find agreement among all peo- ple on a core ethical belief. However, God, and specifically Jesus, is not mentioned. This greatly bothers me. One of the positions taken by the larger organization, as men- tioned in a story in the Evans- ville Courier about a month ear- lier, is that no religion is any better than any other. Also top- ics such as artificial birth control and abortion are specifically avoided because all peoples can't agree on them and they are, therefore, devisive and can't be part of a "Global Ethic." I hope that any Catholics involved are there to point out the true Global Ethic personi- fied by Jesus Christ and given to all humanity through His Holy Catholic Church. This is THE truth that most are still search- ing for. This truth is diametri- cally opposed to any notion that common ground can be found between it and ideas which are born of ignorance of it or error and heresy against it. The truth is always the truth and must be presented as such. If someone doesn't accept it one doesn't change the teaching because then it is no longer truth. It must be lovingly but consistently presented until God the Holy Spirit touches the heart of the non-believer. Only then can there be common ground: The common ground of divine truth. The Global Ethic is in the tabernacle at Holy Angels church. Jesus, truly present in  Euct (even if mos[t don't believe), said, "I am the way, the truth .and the Life." That's it. Nothing more, nothing less. When this simple fact is laid out for all to see God will work mir- acles of conversion. I know many people, including myself, who came back to the Church or were converted through the power of the Eucharist. I urge those ordained, priests and deacons, who are involved in groups with people who do not understand or accept the Catholic church to gently but strongly be the light that leads others to her. Don't waiver. God has promised that the truth, not compromise, shall set us free. Michael A. 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POmac, t P,en POO foetus 3579 to Office of tg'  Press of Ean.wiUe the Assisted Suicide Restriction Act of 1997., bans any federal ..... assisted suicide. -i "Let me make legislation does," "It simply clarifies pensing of stances for the ed suicide is lon-standing Controlled Substances  In a national wide poll National Right to Life tee earlier this year, of Americans said should not allow the erally controlled other dangerous drugs purpose of assisting or euthanasia. Only 29 percent sa law should allow 6 percent said know or refused margin of error phone poll was 4.3 In Oregon, before U.S. Michael Hogan' to allow the plaintiffs to a case See Vacation, July 16 through July 29.