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1998 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 11 What bible is best for Catholics? By FATHER JOHN DIETZEN Catholic News Service :Question: I have been reading your columns in paper for about a year and just attended the first time in 30 years. I didn&apos;t even cry my father died, but I cried now. to know you reach all the way to (Ohio) Correctional Institution, and helped me put things into perspective. my 14th year in prison, and I read my Version Bible faithfully. Is this a Bible to use? Or is there a Catholic Bible that (Ohio) you for your thoughtful letter. Version of the Bible is an translation. and most authentic English translation auspices, in my opinion, is the St. of the New American Bible, with the New Testament and Psalms. with the approval of the bishops of the this edition contains much explanatory material -- church documents, Catholic approaches to interpretation and so on -- that helps make the Scriptures much more spiritually fruitful for most of us average readers. I will make sure you or your library receives a cop): Question: I am a 79-year-old who has been trou- bled for years with a nagging fear that I turned away from a call to the religious life. One of my senior-year teachers, a nun, asked me "What are you going to do next year?" I said I was going to work. Our conversation was brief, but I knew what she was asking. I have never married, but have followed a fulfill- ing career and have helped a lot of people. But I wonder if I had a vocation, even though I never desired it. As I approach the end, I worry what God will say about this. I've never discussed it with a priest, but I'd like to know your advice or consolation, if any. (Texas) Answer: God's call to us, the "vocation" he offers, is almost always in the context of the talents we were given, the abilities of body, mind and heart with which we have been blessed. Very rarely can one say, without some special insight or inspiration, I don't want or fit this kind of life, but I think that's my vocation. A genuine vocation is to something we want to do, a life that attracts us, a way of giving ourselves happily and joyfully to other people. In a sense we can't see ourselves living without it. Regardless of what the sister said, the religious life obviously was not something you felt called to then or now. The fact that we might have had other worthwhile lives does not diminish the value of the one we have. If I had another three or four lives, I could see myself doing several other careers happily and, I think, well. Given one life, however, I wouldn't trade with anyone, and I'm grateful for it. If I have any advice it is be grateful for the life that has been yours through the years; you have done the best you can, which is all we are asked. I am certain God accepts this as the vocation he wished for you. A free brochure, in English or Spanish, answering ques- tions Catholics ask abort baptism practices and sponrs is available by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Father John Dietzen, Box 325, Peoria, I11 61651. Questions for this column should be sent to Father Diet- zen at the same address. 1 ; 'ii ii i 11 ii ,i [i:::ii i i <>: ) i: Scouts head to Philmont Scouts in the Diocese of Evansville have been chosen to backpack in New Mexico this on the St. George Trek. They will be joined by Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger. They are: Troy Schneider of Holy Redeemer Church, Evansville. He is the son of Tony and Mary (Baehl) JaSon McCord of Corpus Christi Church, Evansville. He is the son of Michael and Joan Matthew Brittain of St. Henry Church, St. Henry. He is the son of David and Becky Brittain. trip begins with a retreat in Albuquerque. The St. George Trek at Philmont Scout Ranch , N.M., will be held from Aug. 2 to 16. TRoy SCHNEIDER JASON McCORD MATTHEW BRITTAIN , VOgel IN BROS. CARE Williams, R.Ph. Williams, R.Ph Williams, R. Ph. IN 47501 254-7857 SAFE CO. INC 497-8660 LinC0 Coffee Services Total Beverage Distributor Indiana-Illin0is-Kentucky 46 Varities of Coffees and Teas ATEVER YOUR TASTE, WE CAN MATCH IT Washington 25@4409 Evansville 422-1833 ii ii CORRESSELL, INC. HEATING. AIR CONDITIONING REFRIGERATION Commercial - Industrial - Residential Alan Corressell 426-1440 Main Street Pharmacy 217 E. Main St.. 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