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July 24, 1998 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 15 JIM and ANN CAVERA To enter the grounds of St. Meinrad deep in the hills of Southern Indiana is to enter a different World. Early one evening after a hectic day at the office, I drove out to St. Meinrad for a quiet retreat. It had rained recently. On the path from the outer parking area to my room, I became acutely aware of the smell of lush greenery and the stillness. A .few yards away a solitary bird dove for a tiny insect. I had almost forgotten the wonderful quiet of an evening in the country. Only one person met me on the path and she graciously changed direc- A wellspring of faith tion to escort me to my room. That night I opened my windows to soak in the fresh air and quickly fell asleep. My dreams of making this my permanent home were interrupted by a cacophony of bells that announced to the countryside the beginning of a new day. I chuckled to myself as I remembered that St. Meinrad has a sunrise service every morning, not just on Easter. The monks gathered for morning prayer just as the first rays of the summer sun peaked over the fields and lit up the very tops of the stained glass windows. St. Meinrad is on God's time. Morning is a time for praise. The pace was slow compared to my average "work" day, but I never felt bored. God's time is full of the real business of life. There was much spiritual food to reflect upon and time to study and pra}: With the absence of the distractions so common in the business world, I found myself more in tune with the rhythm of faith. Ann has likened St. Meinrad to a wellspring where one finds true refreshment, the kind that renews our strength and our spirit. Thirsty people have alwavs sought out deep wells. Once by a well, Jesus met a woman who was thirsty not only in body but in spirit. She was so delighted with the spiritual water she found at the well that she hurried back to share it with others. We are blessed to have the deep well of faith at St. Meinrad so close at hand. Some- times, we forget that we are all connected to Christ, the true source of our living water. The retreat poured water into the dr},- channels of my spirit. It helped me rediscover my own wellspring. St. Meinrad is indeed a special place where hope is renewed and Easter can happen eve D" day. By JIM CAVERA Jim and Ann Cavera live and work in Evansville. Their colu,m is a re,ular feature of the Message. VOUR FAMILy PHARMACV Please Support Message Advertisers Stratman's Pharmacy City-Wide Delivery 413 Locust Street John and Judy Stratman 425-5293 PAUL'S PHARMACY Paul Mayer, Owner 2345 W. Franklin St. 425-4364 Oak Hill Pharmacy Prescription Specialists Hwy. 62'and N. Weinbach Ave. LARRY SCHULTHEIS, Prop. 425-4422 Plaza Pharmacy Newburgh Plaza Shopping Center Fast Prescription Service Ken and Rebecca Hacker 853-7141 Hi-Tech Sheet Metal Inc. Residential, Industrial & Commercial He.ating & Cooling Installation Sales & Service 1422-9242 I by Michael rind Patricia Koch 15 S. Third Avenue, Evansville Z00IEMER Funeral Homes Four Convenient Locations EAST CHAPEL 800 S. HEBRON AVENUE Tribunal head recommends book on annulments 100 Answers to Your Questions on Annuhnents, l Edzurd N. Peters, ].D., ].C.D., Basilica Press (Simon and Schuster Custom Publishing), P.O. Box 640, Granville, Ohio, 43023. 223 pages. Hardback. $24.95. Msgr. Charles Koch, head of the diocesan tribunal, states that "this certainly is a book to recommend to our readers." Msgr. Koch continues: "It is not a difficult book to read or understand. It is not a technical text book for experts. Rather, it deals with questions that many people who have no formal train- ing in Canon Law raise frequently: The answers to these frequently- asked questions are provided by a married Catholic layman who has expertise in Canon Law and tri- bunal practice. In the process of responding to these questions, he covers most of the aspects and pro- cedures involved in annulment cases. He is faithful to the teaching and faith of the Catholic Church and upholds the sanctity and indis- solubility of a valid marriage while explaining the legal process the Church applies to determine if a person involved in a marriage that failed might be free to enter a new marriage in the Catholic Church. "I believe the book would be helpful to those invoh, ed in parish ministry who often are the first to be confmnttKt with these questions and minister to the divorced and re-married before most are referred to the tribunal."