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0 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Magic of Words I I I I I I August 14, 1992 By FATHER JOSEPH ZILIAK {" Associate Publisher Mary attracts artists, members of the faithful This is a story of Mary. Mary, the Mother of Jesus the Son of God, holds a powerful fascination for people of many nations and cultural backgrounds. There continue to be reports of the appearance of Mary to indi- viduals of a variety of nationalities and places. Reports of such appearances cause a good deal of difficulty for the local bishops because of the delicacy of these situations. The church dare not speak authoritatively about such things with- out proper and adequate documentation and proof. The faith and trust of people is not to be jerked back and forth lightly. Bishops, above all, know that and thus are extremely cautious and slow to note the authenticity of appearances of Mary. Regardless of today's devotion, history since the time of Christ is filled with reminders of this woman, Mary, chosen to bear a son and name him Emmanuel. It is difficult to visit many churches in this country, or any other, without quickly noticing how many are named in her honor. Above all, artists have been inspired by the story and role of Church, Continued from page 1 about torture practiced on people, about rapes of women .and girls," he said. "It is necessary that inter- national organizations insist on visiting these camps, to Mary. She has been the object of their highest skills. Just some examples from our recent trip to Spain and Portugal alone reinforce the power of Mary in the artistic imagination. In Madrid's Prado Museum magnificent works by E1 Greco re- main vividly in the mind of the viewers. Murillo's the Assumption of Mary is well known. Behind the high altar in Toledo's Cathedral a magnificent wall of wood carved, painted or gold gilded figures re-tells the highlights of the life of Christ. This retable took six years to complete. Central to the lavish work of some 40 different scenes is a 14th century silver plated statue of Mary. Above are scenes of the Nativity, the Pieta and the Assumption. Ter TMhe across the nave is the choir chapel. are 54 choir seats, each ornately decorated. Placed fronting the people as they enter the choir area is the "White Virgin." This is a 14th century marble sculptured Mary, crowned and holding Jesus on her left arm. (Isn't that the way the vast majority of women hold their babies?} The baby is touchinghis mother's chin. The mother's face is smiling -- radiant with maternal happiness and tenderness. I ii see the on-site situation, to listen to the imprisoned peo- ple," said Cardinal Kuharic. He added that "sanctions are not an effective means" for stopping Serbian aggression. Cardinal Sodano said the Washingtor Auto Trim 27 Years Service Sixtl fifth anniversary Gus and Hilda (Wagner) Spindler of Evansville are celebrat- ing their sixty-fifth wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Benedict Church, Sunday, Aug. 16, at 10:30 a.m. Father Stephen Snoich, O.S,B., will preside. The couple was married at St. Joseph Church, Evansville, Aug. 17, 1927. They are the parents of five daughters, Ruth Wag- ner of Evansville, Jetty Chomistek of Midland, Mich., Sue Mitchell of Washington, Ind., Joan Neywick of Richardson, Texas, and Kathy Marble of Minneapolis, Minn. They have nine grandchildren and 10 great.grandchildren. COMPANY ii i,i i RAY'S FIRE & SAFETY Fire Extinguisher Sales & Service 117 Bbsseron Street Commercial and Residential MICK RAY;'Horne: 882-4185 Shop: 886-4960 Pager: 885-7571 Vatican wants the U.N. Com- mission on Human Rights to investigate the existence of the concentration camps. He said Cardinal Kuharic had given the Vatican "more than reliable information" that the camps exist. "If the information about these concentration camps is true, it is a troubling thing," Cardinal Sodano said. "One never would have thought that in Europe it would come back to this," the cardinal said. During World War II, the Nazis detained millions of people in concentration camps. Pursuing a policy of genocide against people of particular religious, ethnic, national and racial back- grounds w as well as homo- sexuals  they murdered an estimated 15 million to 16 million people. Six million of those killed were Jewish  a toll that took nearly two- thirds of Europe's pre-World War II Jewish population. i Built with Quality to Save You Time & Money oI#SPER.,m00 GIN[S,INSM!SSION The Cathedral of Seville provides similar riches. In the major chapel is found, what is pur- ported to be the largest altarpiece in the Christian world. The central vault of the church rises 38 meters. The altarpiece seems to be almost half that height. It was begun in 1482 and completed by 1564. In front of this majestic wood carved and gold gilded altarpiece is a statue of Mary of the Seat, also the name of the church. Together the inapact is powerful. Fatima beckons visitors from throughout the world. Central, of course, is Mary who loves her children so much that she would call them to prayer, penance and sacrifice. Remember that Mary appeared the first time, May 13, 1917, just as World War I was in its third year. This was also 10 years after the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. People still walk to the basilica on their knees, praying the rosary. That is a humbling and impressive sight! Mary still leads us to her Son today in many different ways and in many different lands. It is good to remember her place in history and her message to us. Factory and General Office Hwy. 231 S. 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