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August 12, 1988 "View Point The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 11 Reflections from the Sidelines By FATHER RICHARD HOFFMAN Retired Diocesan Priest "The truth of the matter is" or "to be quite honest with you" -- have you and I not used these phrases at times when our conversation became quite heavy or when we wished to chalk up a point on the score-board of life? In a way, we are proclaiming that truth is not all that common. It is an admission, quite implicit, that our lives are in- terwoven with lies, both personal and social. On the other hand, we are truth-seekers; we earnestly desire honesty and integrity. I like to call this "the ?taint echo" of the pristine Adam and Eve in us, an echo which has not been silenced by evil's ex- perience. Someone has commented, "the truth will set you free but first it will hurt like hell." Now that's a lot of pain. Throughout life's experiences we are challenged to give vent to this "faint echo," to embrace the truth with all the conse- quences, or to choose the lie. I am suggesting that to choose the former is to transcend time, as it were, and to bask in the eternal, comparable to the Sabbath's rest. "I am the truth," spoke Jesus of Nazareth. Is it possible that we search for truth "in all the wrong places?" One of the great pitfalls of formal educa- tion, philosophy, psychology and religion is the St. Mary salavaged building The search for truth is a deeply personal one tendency to turn out "mass clones" or people who merely parrot the "party-line." It is a subtle way of assuring immortality. This tendency is based on the theory or assumption that if we but educate people to think "right" ideas (now these are deter- mined by the so-called "intelligentsia"), then the logical conclusion (mark you} is that humans will be set free. In other words, the new Eden can be re-created by the mind alone, or solely by humans' own efforts. The character "Speck" in the TV series "Star Trek" would be an example of this theory. People of the Occident, particularly males, tend to put most things in the head. In this way they can be in control, even of God. Definitions are formulated and then refined; explanations are of- fered for most everything as though there is a ra- tional explanation for them. Endless mind games become the vogue. Bloody wars have been fought over ideologies. People have been branded as heretics, excommunicated, exiled or slain -- all in the name of truth, of God. If true to their calling, prophets, poets,priests seldom have an east time of it; they call people to their true, personal selves, or to a personal God if you will. Their message is couched usually in the warmth and mystique of symbolism, imagery, fantasy and seeming illu- it sions. This runs counter to the frigidity and sterili- ty of logic. There is a little god, a dictator within each one of us and within groups which likes to proclaim, "I/we have all the truth." This lie echoes throughout human history. What is easily forgotten is that our minds, brilliant as they may appear, are flawed as all other faculties of humans, and that humans are searchers not arrivals. Now the above in no way is intended to belit- tle or disparage the noble efforts of women and men in the above-mentioned disciplines to im- prove the lot of humans. I am a searcher with you. Moreover, I have no intention of defining "truth," for it is a "many splendored thing." But I have come to see that Truth is deeply personal, involv- ing the whole of me in the Dance of Love. In this regard it may be helpful to note that the division of the human into her/his component parts was quite foreign to ancient Hebrew faith which viewed the human as a whole. Truth seeks communion rather than communication or possession. Truth asks of me a free "yes" where I am led and where I walk, now quite haltingly. Will you be kind enough to join me so that we may walk together into the sunlight? tt t t materials 9, 1971. Elementary School before School, Vincennes, and "enterilng St. Meinrad Seminary M e m o r i a 1 H i g h S c h o o 1, for high school, college and Evansville. theological studies. Since his ordination in 1965, he has serv- Father Betz describes the ed parishes in Vanderburgh community at Ireland as "a County, Loogootee, good place to live." His Washington, Vincennes, description is more than a Evansville and Shoals. He has slogan. It is a summary, also taught at St. John High describing the solid virtues and School, Loogootee, Washington strengths of the parish com- Catholic High School, munity. It is a good place to Washington, Rivet High live. Continaed from page 9 August 15, 1904, for the Gothic style brick structure with Bed- ford stone trimming. The first Mass was celebrated el' on Christmas in 1905. Improvements were made at the church -- in the past as in the present. Steam heat was ad- ded in 1907. New pews were in- stalled in 1916. In 1930, seating capacity was increased, new altars were installed, electric light fixtures were added and the belfry was built. When the original church was torn down in 1907, were used to build a two room school and parish hall. Father Louis Becher was named pastor in 1937; a four room brick school building was completed that same year. Father Carl Shetler was nam- ed pastor in 1957, followed by Father Raymond Reising in 1970. A new four-room school was built in 1958. Plans for a new church were shelved in 1970; instead, extensive remodeling was completed at a cost of about $80,000, and the church was rededicated on May Family Fun For Everyone St. Benedict Summer Social Thursday- Friday- Saturday Aug. 25, 26, 27 St. Benedict Parish Grounds 1312 Lincoln Avenue, Evansville A ,0 ,  \\; TO BE GIVEN AWAY / ., X let..$2,500 / , 2nd..$1,000 f ,. ! ssoo.c, d '..M  Drawing Aug, 271 Father Kenneth Betz, the cur- rent pastor, was appointed in 1982. An updating project for the church interior is now under- way, since early June. The pro- ject, to be complete later this month, includes new carpeting, painting and some carpentry work. according to Father Betz. Father Betz is a Jasper native who attended St. Joseph Schipp named development vice president DANIEL SCHIPP I Daniel Schipp has been ap- pointed vice president for development, at St. Meinrad Seminary. Schipp, who came to St. Meinrad in 1982, has served as director of development since 1985. His new respon- sibilities were announced August 1 by Archabbot Timothy Sweeney, O.S.B., and Father Eugene Hensell, O.S.B., president-rector of St. Meinrad Seminary. "After conducting a national search, we discovered that we had the best person for the posi- tion right here at home," said the archabbot. Schipp succeeds Dan Conway who was recently ap- pointed executive director of the office of planning and development for the Arch- diocese of Louisville, Ky. Schipp, a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, has also worked in community development and planning in the Lincoln Hills region of southern Indiana. A former Fer- dinand resident, he resides in Tell City, Ind., with his wife, Patricia, and two daughters. They are expecting their third child in September. "Being a member of America's Number One Long Term Health Care Team is a responabLlffy that we take seriously." Hem at Medco Center of Evmalvtlle North. we malh:e the most effective medical ogre combines prefesslo--l quality with a pereonal touch. Talm into consideration just a few of the wide variety of services offered by our Medicare Approved center: Physical. Respiratory. Speech Therapy (on a daily basis.) Art Apprtation - Community trips. Intermedlate/[lled mrrices pro- vided by 24 hr. R.N. covemse. Physical Fttnea Pregnun dest6ned to fit persomd tastes & interests. Individualized talammat and ac. tlvtties program which allows resi. dent & family to be a part of the _ 2......" rehabilitation manasement team. Award-wianin s Dtete.,'y Dept. pro- viding testel & nutritious meals to resident & family A written & unique "Guarantee of our Superior Service." 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