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ii7, 1998 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 13 JIM and ANN CAVERA earn .Last Saturday Grandma wrote the following sen- t lv e i!Lce " at the top of her grocery list: "Go to the phar- lc and get some bismuth powder." Pharmacist the [ber one didn't know anything about bismuth osseSs, ciati0n ess in into ;b,,b00l der. Pharmacist number two looked it up in his nce book. The only bismuth he had was as one , e many ingredients in a popular antacid. When I 1Grandma that this powcier could no longer be d; she gave a heavy sigh of exasperation. Seems (l to be a small thing to get some bismuth when needed it. "Mama used it for little scratches on babies," she said;,I realized she meant her own r and the babies she is thinking about were Doctor Grandma Of her sure-fire home remedies; oil of citronella for mosquitoes, boric acid solution for a sore eye, epsom salts for an infected cut. These are her own personal duct tape for holding physical reality together. When things do fall apart, we head for the Emer- gency Room. This happens so often that Grandma sometimes refers to a certain physician there as her emergency room doctor. This is where we found our- selves a couple of weekends ago when, after putter- ing in the garden, she collapsed. After a bunch of tests, her favorite doctor sent her home with orders to rest and not spend two hours at a time outdoors in the heat. After Grandma's cardiologist reviewed the tests, he summoned us to his office. "Your iron is dan- gerously low," he said. "Have you been taking the vitamins I gave you?" Mom explained that since she drinks a daily sup- plement plus soy milk, she had decided not to take his vitamins. She doesn't want to be "over-vita- mized." The cardiologist banged his forehead several times with the palm of his hand, leaned forward and asled gently, "Tell me, Mrs. Smith, just which med- us away with orders to take the vitamins, plus some iron tablets. I decided not to mention the vinegar and honey concoction she drinks every night. It's a delicate balance we walk between home remedies and the wonders of modern medicine. I wonder if some da), 30 years from now, my own chil- dren will humor me bv making futile searches for gin- seng, garlic tablets and St. Jobm's wort in some new millennium pharmac,,. Every generation has its own brand of snake oil. The cold, hard truth is that bodies, like cars, eventually fall apart no matter how much we touch up the paint, or what brand of oil we use. Later, when I went back to the pharmacy to pick up prescription refills, idle thoughts crossed my mind. Grandma has a keen mind in a frail body that continues to function in spite of frequent dire medical predictions. I wondered what kind of shape Grand- ma's modern day shamans will be in when they approach their eighty-fifth birthdays. By ANN CAVERA lb0Ut 'vcn' nine" _voumzeru brothers and sisters some 70 ical school did you graduate from?" She laughed and Jim and Ann Cavera live and work in Ewmsville. ago. Often now, Grandma has me seek out one shot back, "Obviously, not a very good one." He sent Their column is a regularfl-ature of the Message. a 0000'f00rchbishop urges 'radical return' to God's plan for family dr.S. DO SPRINGS, Colo. The league  an international ing childlessness among marrkKl cussion on Pope Paul VI's 1968 the), intentionally and willfully i3. ) Denver Archbishop group promoting the use of nat- couples, growing demand for chil- encyclical, "Humanae Vitae," suppress their fertility." les j. Chaput told a Col- ural family planning by married dren among the unmarried -- have shown that the contracep- But fertility is "an integral part ' Springs audience that"the couples  provided Catholic already can be seen. tion dispute is not primarily of who we are," he said, and to ::ill survive into the third News Service with a copy of the "How has our nation, which about regulating family size or withhold it or refuse to receive . flail 'ura only if there is a rad- archbishop's talk, "Surviving as was built upon biblical princi- church authority vs. personal it as a spouse's gift "contradicts sudritL"return to God's nlan for a Catholic Family in the Third ples upholding the family, conscience, butabout "thevery the essence of conjugal love pre- fiole, t, ,- ,, , and who, the family is. Millennium." arrived at this kind of dilem- meaning of life and the essence cisely at the moment when it l'; i.%0tjust survive but "thrive Archbishop Chaput cited a ma?" he asked, of marriage." should find its most intimate Lct s[0 d t r00 Time magazine article predicting Though the answer is compli- The archbishop said, "Contra- and sincere expression." intended," married cou- iity ra llust embrace the challenge eld,,ttrch teachin on conjugal aclt!!aad marital chastity, he sa"id , a, the Couple ; pie League convention social trends beyond the year 2000. He said some of" them -- serial monogamy instead of lifelong marriage, children raised by care- givers rather than parents, increas- cated, he said, "the rejection of the truth about human sexuali- ty and conjugal love  brought on, at least in part, by the wide- spread acceptance of contracep- tion  has played a major ro16 in the breakdown of the family in this century." Since 1930, he said, the church has reaffirmed the "constant teaching that contraceptive meth- ods of birth control are incom- patible with an authentic Christ- ian understanding of marriage and human sexuality." He said three decades of dis- ception is a contradiction of the deepest truth of the human per- son who, created in the image and likeness of God as male and female, can only find himself through a sincere gift of self." He suggested the most radi- cal example of this self-giving occurs in marriage. "For spous- es, the moment of conjugal union constitutes a very partic- ular expression of this," he said. In using contraception, he said, a couple "chooses to engage in intercourse and, foreseeing that their act may result in a new life, lll00!len Jubilarians , n. i, and Anna Fern (Gallagher) Duncheon of Montgomery ) ll."_ ted their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a Mass of |000000iVing on July 12. A family dinner followed in the home ' nt.deaughter, Anita Hart. They were married July 17,1948, at Golden Jubtlarians _ li: ck Church, Coming Father Conen officiated. They are ' I)reysof six children: Maria Knepp of Montgomery, Donna Paul J. and Betty J. (Knapp) Wolf of Evansville celebrated their m!il  i a. of Jasper, Bernard 'Tony Duncheon of Montgomery, fiftieth wedding anniversary with an Open House on July 12 at rt of Re nna Barle of Mont ome ni:  Cannelburg and g" y g Or. Burdette Park. They were married July 8, 1948, at Assumption |rl, o I '- J hn, is deceased. They have 14 grandchildren; one Church, Evansville. They are the parents of two children: Thomas [[ aid is deceased. Mr. Duncheon is a self-employed heavy Wolf and Peggy Hazelip, both of Evansville. They have four all[2 " ent COntractor. Mrs. Duncheon retired in 1996 after 40 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Mr. Wolf is retired from I  aching in the Barr-Reeve School System. Hoosier Liquors; Mrs. Wolf is retired from National City Bank. Contraception also changes a couple's relationship with God, he said. "They decline to let God's love commune with theirs and what is sin but the break- ing of communion with God?" They also "make themselves the arbiters of human life," he added, taking to themselves "a preroga- tive which belonb to Cod alone." Archbishop Chaput said, "Abstaining from intercourse when a couple is fertile is in no way contraceptive." And 4ou: pies who, "with just reasons, make use of natural family plan- ning, are responsible pa/nts, no less so than those who elect to accept many children." "In either case," he added, "parents should base their deci- sions on prudent reflection, hav- ing taking into consideration their own good, e good of the children already, borri, and hav- ing properly assessed their own situation on a material and spir- itual level." The archbishop offered partic- ipants practical suggestions for surviving as Catholic families and strengthening their aposto- late: Pray as a famil), for their own marriages and families and for family renewal worldwide. -- "Put on the full armor of God:" truth, rigghteousnk % zeal, faith, sah'ation and the Spirit. "Nourish yourseh, es with the cra ments of F-nance and the Eucharist regularly." Study and meditate on church teaching aIut marriage and human sexualilv. Spend quail D" time as hus- band and wife, and as a family; to prepare or the Great Jubilee of the Year )00.