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10 I i Magic of Words The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana in i iii i ii I II I I I I I I I II I II I I I III August 28, 199 By FATHER  JOSEPH ZILIAK Associate Publisher Give God a chance to speak to you Have you ever played spin-the-Bible? If so, was it a good experience? If not, how can the Words of Scripture give meaning to our daily lives? What I've chosen to call spin-the-Bible is the phenomenon of opening the Bible wherever, then placing a finger at random on the page that lies open and reading that passage as a special message for us from God. Although there are some heartwarming sto- ries of the mysterious workings of God's Spirit in this fashion, I don't practice that approach my- self. Do you? One of my sources for checking in with God each day is through the Scriptures that are set for us in the Mass readings. For all of us, this ap- proach is certainly possible on a weekend with the Sunday readings. I believe, and I feel you do too, that God speaks to us quite directly, quite frequently if we but give him a chance. For instance, let's just take a look at some of the thoughts that we all may have come upon from the past Sunday's Mass prayers I III I I and readings. The opening prayer was filled with wisdom, a wisdom that parents would love to pass on to their children. "Help us, Lord God, to seek val- ues that will bring us lasting joy in this changing world." Such a simple and yet beautiful prayer that we construct our lives around ideas, ideals, goals that take a long-view of life, and what will be of ultimate joy and emotional peace for our hearts and minds. The opposite of this is to seek things for right now without considering the longterm effect, in other words, an immediate re- turn or good feeling. Seeking values of lasting joy includes think- ing of all the possible implications of what we do, or do not do. Sometimes this style of living will require us to spend more time up front, more time in re- flection and considering what all may happen -- good or bad. What we experience, though, is that time spent at this stage is extremely valuable for anything that follows. What about that section from the letter to the Hebrews: the one whom the Lord loves, he disciplines. Let this line be a topic of long medi- tation and prayer. Is this true? Should this be true? Isn't God, thereby, a God who doesn't love us? Quite the contrary! A God who calls us to task, and demands certain things of us is a lov- ing God. How else do we know what is right or wrong? How else do we form ideas of expecta- tions asked of us? If you as a parent demand nothing of your children and set no limits or borderlines for good behavior, how do you show them that you love them? How do your children know what they should be doing? Where will they discover the boundaries of acceptable or t/nacceptable be- havior? Where will they learn how they are to relate to other family members, neighbors, schoolmates, teachers, employers? We let God into our lives in very simple ways. One of these is through his Word that en- lightens our decisions and values. His ways lead to a peaceful heart. I I II I I . PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (CNS) -- Haitian lawmakers are divided over a solution to the political and economic crisis spawned by the mili- tary coup which ousted the country's priest-president Fa- ther Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Members of the legislature who supported the coup told a Organization of American States (OAS) mission that Fa- ther Aristide should resign and an international trade embargo levelled against the island-state should be lifted. But pro-Aristide politicians want the exiled leader re- stored to power and an estab- lishment of democracy. Meanwhile, three backers of Father Aristide were found Haitian lawmakers divided on possible Aristide return by their parents dead of gun- "Aristide knows that he the ousted president. Aristide and (Prime Minister shot wounds in a Port-au- Prince morgue. They had re- portedly been arrested on the night of Aug. 17 by soldiers who accused them of posting pictures of the president on city walls during the OAS team's visit. Only one, Mar- tine Remilien, 25, was identi- fied fully in press reports. Just the first names of the other victims, Ancy and Jaquelin, were made public. Another Aristide supporter, 31-year-old Joseph Dorvilus, was hospitalized after a se- vere beating following his ar- rest for the same activity as the slain youths. cannot return to the country, so he has to give up," legisla- tor Jean-Eddy Talandier told reporters after meeting with the OAS delegation recently. Deputy Joseph Benoit La- guerre said that "we just want the lifting of the criminal em- bargo. Then we will see about negotiations" on the future of But Sen. Rony Mondestin said that "Father Aristide should be recognized as the constitutional president of the country, then we will ne- gotiate his physical return." "We must have restoration of President Aristide, and we encourage a meeting between St. Zeggling, S.P., dies Aug. 17 Services for Sister Mary Jeane Zeggling, S.P., 75 who died Aug. 17, were held Aug. 19 at St. Mary-of-the-Woods, with burial in the convent cemetery. Sister Zeggling was born in Evansville to Frank and Mary (Will) Zeggling. She attended Memorial High School, Evansville, and St. Mary-of- the-Woods College. She en- tered the Congregation of the Sisters of Providence in 1936. She made her final vows in 1944. Marc) Bazin to be held (with) the mediation of the Organ!] zation of American StateS, Deputy Pierre Duly BrutUS said. "We cannot wait any longer," Brutus said. 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