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September 2, 1994 II The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana I II I "5 --- Bishop's Forum I can certainly appreciate how a student feels when the assigned essay is due and time has run out. Worse, when time has run out and ideas are hard to pin down. How is it that I can remember so vividly? Well, today is Tuesday and this column should have been completed on Sunday. Personal self discipline is criti- cal for success in school, but it does not end there. Whatever commit- ments we may mke in life require self-discipline to one degree or an- other. There is only one way that I know to learn self-discipline is to practice it day in and day out. Then, to maintain it demands a willful choice each day. In other words, self-disci- pline goes against the broken nature to which we have been born. It is so much easier to allow our appetites to I I ByBISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER School days prayers. Then there is the discipline that comes from families practicing self-control together. Common meals. Family prayer. An hour or two of silence during waking hours. An evening or so a week without TV. A set time for study and reading. Sharing kitchen duties. Taking turns at dinner sharing the high point of the day; a low point. A prayer for those who have less or who have needs. At least one night a week at home together. Reg- ular, and often, expressions of love for one an- other. As we begin.another school year, I encourage all families to make a serious effort to worship to- gether as often as possible. There is much truth in the expression "the family that prays together stays together." I could also add that the family that plays together, dines together, and, yes, suf- fers together is the more loving for having done it. Lastly let us exercise always the discipline of having a genuine care for each other as sisters and brothers of the Lord. lead us. It does nottake much imagination to understand that such is a sure formula for disaster. The beginning of a school year is a valuable moment for each of us to be renewed in our own lives of the need of self-control won only by daily effort. Of course, that same self-control helps us avoid sinful- ness and broken relationships with God and each other. Self control does not require heroic acts, but rather a consistent practice of making conscious choices to be in charge of one's own life. Simple choices. I will list but a few: Getting up on time. Getting up without being called by someone else. Going to bed in time to guarantee a "grouchless tomorrow." Single helpings at meals. No dessert from time to time. Being on time for Mass on Sunday. Staying for the entire Mass. Going to confession regularly. Offering daily ]]]] ]] I I Remembering Bishop Shea's wit and humor COMMENTARY By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor Among the many memories of Bishop Francis R. Shea are the memories of his humor. He could turn a phrase, play with a Word, and tell a memorable story. Among the most recent com- ments quoted is the story bled, fell and broke his hip at his home this year. Unable to get up from the concrete drive- way where he had fallen near the side door of his home, the 80-year-old bishop called for help. Father Robert Deig and Jerry Ziemer, going to nearby Christ the King Church for a funeral, came to his assistance. First on the scene, however, about how Bishop Shea stum- were some ants, marching I _ "" Box 68 Montgomery, Indiana 47558 / I Don.aid Ii Traylo. " Phone: 486-3285 lull AUTO TOPS. SEAT COVERS. BOAT COVERS STEREO SALES & INSTALLATIONS 254-3943 HWY 50 EAST, BEHIND UPS CENTER EUGENE WELP, OWNER ; : ) ;  :  i i = ): across the driveway -- and across the fallen Bishop Shea. With typical understatement and multiple meaning, Bishop Shea asked his rescuers to "tell the ants this is no picnic." Among the most widely quoted lines some years ago was a comment attributed to Bishop Shea about whether he thought priests should be able to marry. "It's all right with me," the bishop was quoted, "as long as they don't make it mandatory." At a celebration two weeks befbre his seventy-fifth birth- day, Bishop Shea was praised by Benedictine Sister Mary Terence Knapp as a "bishop, friend, model and teacher.," who "showed us that life is to be lived and enjoyed." Sister Knapp continued, "You mod- eled for us the good news." In response to the praise, Bishop Shea commented that Sister Knapp had "painted my picture in such a way that I'll never live up to it if I live an- other 75 years." During that same celebra- tion, Bishop Shea also reacted with the kind of humility which was often woven into his humor. Noting all of the atten- tion being paid to him, he said, "'I am not sure I deserve all of this." With a brief pause for perfect timing, he added, "But then, 1 had the mumps one time, too, and I don't think I deserved that, either." Much of Bishop Shea's way with words must have come from his familiarity with the well-written word. In 1988, Bishop Shea was asked for a reading endorsement by the Newspaper in Education Coor- dinator at the Evansville Courier Company. Bishop Shea wrote that he intended to spend a lot of his time in retirement reading the shelves of books in his home. He recalled that the favorite books of his youth were the Rover Boys and the Tom Swift series, and later, Treasure Is- land, Ivanhoe and Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare. "I simply cannot imagine a life without reading, " he stated. "I was the youngest in my family and just about everyone was an avid reader. Getting my own library card was just as much a thrill as my driver's license was later on. The former took me, in my imagination, much further than the latter ever did." 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