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4 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana August 19, -- Perspective-- - The importance of not doing something I did not write a column for last week. I was away from the of- rice, because of a funeral, at a time critical for preparation of the Mes- sage. My wife's mother died. She and I and our children, and mem- bers of her family, spent time to- gether. The funeral was early last week. It was the central event in a few days full of traveling and meet- ing, decisions and activities, prayer and planning, mourning and cele- bration. My decision not to write a col- umn was hard for me to make. To the best of my recollection, I have never before missed a week of the Message, in more than seven years as editor. Not all of the columns have been memorable, of course. There was the one that came back to me, crumpled up in a wadded ball of smudged paper, with a note from a reader: 'You call this journalism?" By PAUL R. LEINGANG EDITOR Other columns have brought kinder reactions. -- "I put it up on my refrigerator" and "I used it in school." We publish the official dioce- san newspaper for Catholics in southwestern Indiana 51 times a year. Never before have I not writ- ten a column for an issue of the paper. As a reader, you may not have noticed. As a writer, I can not help but notice, and reflect on what it means. In some ways, not writing a column will stand out in my mem- ory, as the personal marker for my mother-in-law's funeral. In some ways, not writing a column will be a tribute, akin to the "missing man" formation in the military -- a way to note dramatically the ab- sence of someone from the assembly. Omitting the column says more. It says that what I was doing was more important than meet- ing another deadline, performing another task. This family event -- a portion of the sacramental life of the domestic church -- was more important than my obligation to the diocesan church. There is a long history in our church of not doing something, although we in recent years have not paid much attention to that tradition. Perhaps in an effort to emphasize the positive, we have not paid sufficient attention to the value of the negative. Not doing work on Sunday was a powerful wit- ness to the world, of how we valued and kept h01y the Lord's Day. Not eating meat on Friday was a way to keep our senses aware of a spiritual reality. Fasting and abstaining in Lent helped sharpen our hunger for the feasts of eternal Easter. I know that some of us became legalists and followed the letter of the law and forgot about the spirit. Others among us found positive value in giv- ing things up. I encourage you to look at your own responsi- bilities and commitments and how they affect your family, whatever its shape or size. What is impor- tant enough in your life that you would be willing to give it up? .---- Vatican Letter Off the road: Globe-trotting Pope stayed home for nearly a year BY CINDY WOODEN Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) The papal trip to Croatia scheduled to begin Sept. 10 or 11 will break another travel record for Pope John Paul II, although it's a record he didn't want to set. It would be the first time in his almost 16-year reign that Pope John Paul has spent a full year in Italy and the Vati- can. He returned from his last papal trip -- to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia -- Sept. 10, 1993. Even if the pope makes a hoped-for Sept. 8 or 9 trip to Sarajevo, the besieged Bosnian capital, the elapsed time be- tween his trips abroad would still set a personal record. Falling and breaking his leg in late April contributed to his yearlong grounding by forcing the postponement of a sched- uled May 13-15 trip to Bel- gium. A long-desired papal trip to Lebanon, scheduled for May 28-June 1, was postponed in- definitely -- weeks before the pope fell -- after the bombing of a Catholic Church near Beirut led to security concerns for the pope and for people who i ii The MESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47720-0169 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville Published weekly except last week in December by the Catholic Press of Evansville Publisher .............. Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger Editor ............................................ Paul Leingang Production Manager ........................... Phil B0ger CnculafJon ................................... Amy Housrnan Adversg .................................... Paul Newlaad $tafff writer ............................ Mary Ann Hughes Address all communications to P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-O169 Subscription rate: $15.00 per year Single Copy Price: $.50 Entered as 2nd class matter at the post office in Evansville, IN 47701. Publica- tion number 843800. Postmaster: Return POD forms 3579 to Offce of Publication C 1994 Cathac Pros ot  would come to see him. He returned from Japan via Paul's July 1992 operation to Catholic Church began his vis- A customary winter trip to Africa was never planned for 1994 because of preparations for the April special Synod of Bishops for Africa. It is not unusual for Pope John Paul to spend the last two or three months of each year visiting Roman parishes, Italian dioceses and keeping a packed schedule of Vatican ap- pointments. His previous record for suc- cessive days on the Italian peninsula was almost as long as the one he is poised to set. Anchorage, Alaska, on Feb. 27, 1981, and did not fly off again until Feb. 12, 1982, on his way to Nigeria. That long break in his globe- trotting habit came after he was seriously wounded in an assassination attempt May 13, 1981, and later re-hospitalized because of an infection result- ing from a blood transfusion. Three scheduled trips -- to Switzerland, to Lourdes, France, and to Spain -- were postponed. Surprisingly, Pope John remove a large, noncancerous colon tumor did not force him to stay at home longer than scheduled, although he did not stay away as long as originally planned. That October he presided, as promised, over a meeting of Latin American bishops mark- ing the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the Americas. But a planned one-day stop in Mexico and a rumored visit to Nicaragua were not included in the trip. The universal pastor of the its to his far-flung flock with a trip to the Dominican Republic Jan. 25, 1979, just over months after being pope. In his 61 pastoral trips side Italy, he has visited 5 cities in 112 countries percent of the world's indepen" dent nations as of Oct. 16 1993, the 15th anniversary his election. According to the vice diree" tor of programming at Radio, the chief trip See VA D k ;  parents, to the rectory for an ,.emem,.,er, evening meal. What a joy and gather Lutterbaeh wonderful opportunity this was for the family to enjoy an To the editor, evening with Father Lutter- The news announcement July 26, of Father Albertus Lutterbach's unexpected death was a shock to all. We at The Reading Carrel, Inc., in Evans- ville would like publicly to praise him for his generosity to children who have problems learning to read. Since 1982, Father Lutter- bach has sponsored a child at The Reading Carrel; in fact, he is sponsoring a child this sum- mer. Each year for the past 12 years he has called or written a letter asking if we have a child needing a sponsor. The answer has been "Yes" for we always have clients at The Reading Carrel whose parents are unable to pay for the indi- vidualized tutoring. When his check arrived in the mail, he would have a note enclosed requesting a picture of the child. He placed the pic- ture on the mantle in his office as a reminder so he would re- member to pray for the chil- dren daily. When Father Lutterbach was stationed in the Evansville area, he would invite the en- tire family, the child and his siblings, parents and grand- bach. Another project to help oth- ers was in redeeming cans through recycling. Some of the students at Indiana University helped in this project. He did so much in such a silent way. In our last telephone conver- sation with Father this sum- mer, his final words were, "Sis- ters, if you ever need me just let me know. This is one way I can help you turn the lives of these youngsters around and let them know they are great, worthwhile citizens for our community and country." We offer our deepest sympa- thy and prayers to the family of Father Lutterbach. Sister Mary George Kissel, O.S.B., Director Sister Margaret C. Kissel, O.S.B., Assistant Director Proper attire To the editor, After reading Alfred H. Daniel's dissertation on attire worn by co-participants in the celebration of the Eucharist at Mass, (in the August 5 issue of the Message), I would suggest ed adding to that a remark re- garding the appearance of lec- tors. A lector, it seems to me, is a somewhat principal partici- pant in that he or she is first in line following the general opening of service to appear before the congregation. To be dressed in clothing that one would use to mow the lawn or play 'catch' with the kids, would seem to me to be a bit disrespectful.I would sugg est a lector leave the jeans and: 'tee' at home. Slacks and sport shirt'in summer for men; add a jacket for cooler weather. Most ladies look nice all the time and I'll bet the Lord thinks so tOO. Richard H. Gianrdrd Evansville Bishop's schedule The following activities and events are. listed on the schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger.