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Igust 19, 1994 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 om acts of kindness ocesan schools invited, to.join kindness revolution MARY ANN HUGHES staff writer 'llis Beshears wants to a kindness revolution and would like the 7,000 stu- and 500 faculty members atholic schools throughout the Diocese of Evansville to join her.. At the August administra- tors meeting, the diocesan di- rector of schools presented each principal with a copy of the book, Random Acts of Kindness, published by Conari Following is a feature in the Message, designed to help draw together the People of God in southwestern Indiana. i Readers are invited to submit information about people who may benefit by some extra prayers and attention. Press. She invited each principal to read the book, which encour- ages performing unexpected acts of kindness, and then to implement the book's ideas into their individual schools. Religion classes would be the perfect place to begin, she said, adding "this should be a part of 'each and every class that is edge where the shoreline meets the sea. • • • being taught in our schools." • Services for Louis Englert, 72, who died Aug. 9, held Aug. 13 at St. Anthony Church, St. Anthony. is the father of Father Fred Englert, pastor at St. Joseph Church, Evansville. also include his wife, Dorothy; and children, Bonnie, Cyril, Donna, Shirley, Carmella, Janice, and Allen. Please send information for PEOPLE WE CARE BOUT to Mary Ann Hughes, The Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724. EVANSVILLE-NEWBURGH ELBERFELD AREA SINCE 1911" DEPENDABILITY DIGNITY & DISTINCTION Locations Serve You MPSON" 00EyEI|, "vJ/ FUNERAL HOME v , 424-9288 100 E. COLUMBIA, EVANSVILLE MPSON FUNERAL HOME 853-8314 ilm " 510 JENNINGS, NEWBUIqGH -- b.. ELBERFELD, IND. " Spreading a little joy, dimin- ishing evil with good, are ways people can make a difference. "We can't go to Rwanda, we can't go to Haiti, and we can't do much about crime in our community. But we can make a difference." As Beshears invited the prin- cipals to encourage their stu- dents and staff members to perform random acts of kind- ness, she warned, "You are about to experience something that will change your life." The following suggestions for lesson plans were offered to the administrators: • Discuss the Fruits of the Holy Spirit, charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, long-suffering, humility, fi- delity, modesty, self-control and chastity. How can these create opportunities for us to show kindness to others? • Read the Beatitudes. Dis- cuss each one and how it re- lates to kindness. List sugges- tions for showing kindness or ways others have shown kind- ness to you. • Read paragraph 1844, page 452, of the new Cate- chism of the Catholic Church: "By charity, we love God above all things and our neighbor as ourselves for love of God. Char- ity, the form of all the virtues, binds everything together in perfect harmony." (Col 3:14) Once you begin to acknowledge random acts of kindness -- both the ones you have received and the ones you have given m you can no longer believe that what you do does not matter. It is as if you are dancing along a beach, making footprints on the No one is applauding• No one even sees your splendid gyrations of joy. You know full well that the tide will come and wash away the marks your dance has left. Still, the dance fives on in your heart, as does the simple, clean delight of being alive. As you are about to leave, you turn to face the shoreline one last time and you notice a small child, fitting his feet into your tracks, spinning giggling• In that one moment, you know there is less suffering in the world• You know you do make a difference• I i ii Discuss this text and ask for suggestions of how to be a good neighbor. Who is our neighbor? • Discuss Faith, Hope and Charity. Which is most impor- tant? Why do you think so? • Read 1 Corinthians 13 and discuss. • Make a list of Random Acts of Kindness that the stu- dents ,have experienced. (Keep a running list.} • List kindnesses that the students are performing each day, or weekly, or monthly. Beshears encouraged the principals to take the ideas back to their individual schools and to present them to their teachers and students. "Pre- Forward, Random Acts of Kindness kindergarteners to twelfth graders, as well as adults, can participate in this endeavor. If they are told of the possible impact, I believe that they will do it with great enthusiasm. "We have nearly 7,000 stu- dents and approximately 500 teachers and staff. With all these people exposed to the idea, and with them telling others, we could make a real difference in the lives of our families, our schools, and our communities. "In some ways, I believe that is what we are asked to do to make a difference where we can." Bishops' pastoral message to families honored widely. "It is the focus of parish dis- cussion groups, a springboard for homilies, a source for parish bulletin entries and a basis for workshops and con- ferences around the country," he said. "It's been one of the best-received efforts of our committee." "Follow the Way of Love" is available in English and Span- ish-language versions through the U.S. Catholic Conference Office for Publishing and Pro- motional Services, (800) 235- 8722. Cost of single copies is $1.95 plus postage and han- dling. Bulk rates are available. WASHINGTON (CNS) The U.S. bishops' Committee on Marriage and Family has received a recognition award for "Follow the Way of Love," a best-selling pastoral message with practical recommenda- tions for today's families. The award was presented by the National Association of Family Life Ministers during their annual conference at the University of Dayton July 28. "Follow the Way of Love," written to commemorate the U.N. International Year of the Family, was approved by the National Conference  of Catholic Bishops last Novem- ber. More than 100,000 copies have already been sold. Bishop Joseph L. Charron of Des Moines, Iowa, chairman of the Marriage and Family Com- mittee, accepted the award and paid tribute to Cardinal Joseph L. Bernardin of Chicago, previ- ous chairman of the committee who guided the document to completion. Richard McCord, associate director of the NCCB Secre- tariat for Family, Laity, Women and Youth, said "Fol- low the Way of Love" is used