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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana August I September 4 Why Spend Time With the Bible? What can an individual or a family expect to profit by making a project of spending more time with the Bible? Every person is pressed by problems or challenges. But we all need a vision of what life can be. We benefit by stepping back to realize that at every stage in the history of salvation, people of faith dealt with challenges -- and met God in the process of coping with those challenges. Have you ever found in reading the Bible that you and your life situation were being addressed? How? October 16 Is Civility a Virtue? Anger can lead to a rhetoric of violence, a bishop said concern was directed to the ways people speak to or other in cases when they disagree on issues. Discourse civil, he suggested, can harden divisions in faith civil discourse a virtue in the public forum? Is it a virtue for life and workplaces? Is it a moral imperative? How people' municate on matters that really matter to them is the topic edition. What blocks communication between people? What nication ? September 11 Who Wrote the Old Testament? In an overview of people who shaped the Hebrew Scriptures as we know them -- from ancient history to the psalms, from kings to prophets to poets -- we'll see how a people's interaction with God shaped the history known as salvation history. Who were some of the people who put pen to parchment to produce the written accounts we possess? Do you have a favorite book or passage of the Old Testament that you turn to often? October 23 To Do What Is Right. It is a goal for followers of Jesus to do what is right. that our responsibility is great when it comes to choices that made and the direction we give to our lives. To avoid what is wrong, or destructive, or uncaring, or or deceitful and false, is a high calling for the do some past and present models of faith in the cht important aspect of Christian living? Think of an occasion at home or at work when doing what seemed very difficult? What made it difficult? September 18 Putting the Psalms to Good Use. Series Iii: The Ho Psalms may be the lifeblood of monasteries. But who else reads them? Prays them? It is said that Dorothy Day considered the psalms essential in batting bouts of depression. Why? Let's look at concrete ways for individuals, families, parish groups and other small com- munities to draw upon the psalms for prayer and reflection. Do you ever turn to the Bible when praying? Why, and how? September 25 Who Wrote the New Testament? Who were the people who penned the books of the New Testa- ment as we know them? Are there any whose names we don't real- ly know? This edition takes a look at where these writers lived, what communities or regions they wrote for in particular and what their cultural environment was like. To speak of the writers of Scripture is to speak of the presence of the Spirit in time and a special way. Is there one New Testament book or passage that you turn to frequently? What is the reason ? !!: The Spi00dt,.QfMora!.U00ng .............................................. October 2 The Workings of Human Dignity: Difficult Cases. Clearly, Christians are called to recognize the God-given dignity of every human person. But how is respect for another shown in cases when the other does not show respect for us? What about oth- ers who exploit us? Can we manage to be merciful, forgiving and kind without condoning unjust behavior toward others or ourselves? What does it mean to show respect for someone who disagrees with you on matters that are serious? October 9 The Workings of a Family: In Search of a Difficult Balance. Most famih'es find themselves drawn in two m seemingly essen- tial -- directions at once: toward a focus on their own family unit and toward others outside the home. To be sustained, the nuclear family must indeed be nurtured. This requires time and energy. Yet the fam- ily is called to reach beyond itself into the community where it serves and supports others, and also is supported by them. How can fami- lies achieve the necessary balance here? Is this a moral imperative? How can a family make more time for itself when it so often is asked to make more time for others? 4 for readers to participate in of the Saints October 30 What Is a Canonization? Who Gets Canonized? After the death of Mother Teresa cutta, people asked many questions about canoniza its processes? Who gets canonized, and how long what role is the church assuming in declaring Each saint somehow serves as a reminder to others God asks. Why do we still need saints? November 6 St. Therese and the Doctors of the Church. Like other doctors of the church, St. Therese of Lisic ences of God and exercise of faith show that she is not sional. She knew fear, but possessed hope; she experienced 1 emotions that trouble people now; her youth is a much can be discovered through the young; she was a contemplative and was particularly close to Scripture. doctor of the church? Who are the others that St. Therese Tell briefly of a doctor of the church who has a valuable today. November 13 The Rescuers: Contemporary Models for Faith. Despite the many failings among Christians to the plight of Jews during World War II, numerous icaUy supported the efforts of Jews to survive. These earned the title of "rescuers," and now the National um has a special exhibit devoted to them. Who were some Christian rescuers, and how are they an inspiration for o Ord times? What is your definition of"courage"? What isneeded to be November 20 The Communion of Saints. Because of the church's liturgical year, a multitude of holy of the past will never be forgotten. But doesn't the saints professed in the creed encompass and friends who have died and who are not specifically liturgy? This Faith Alive! edition examines the meaning "communion of saints," asking how it relates to the lives ......... nary people. Tell of a saint you recall in a particular way and for a in your spirituality. i!: Series IV: The Hope of Advent and Christmas: Spirituality Today November 27 What Does "Spirituality" Mean? We're encouraged to s.'k out and develop a is it that we are to develop? Spirituality can See FAITH opimons, faith-witness and religious educa- Readers are encouraged to respond in tion items collectively known as Faith Alive! advance of publication to the question print- Each ition of Faith Alive! also includes ed at the end of each week's description. , i , , q / ii i , t, ,, i,,.,, , , ,,ll i i i ii, : i!!;  Z