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Faith Today Supplement, The Message, Catholic Diocese of Evansville, September 4, 1987 "A human life reshaped along the lines of Christ's teaching is at the heart of the new creation described in Scripture." began to discuss what they could do about it. We dealt with choices, human choices they might make about how they wanted to live. They decided what was impor- tant in life. Rather than drift or simply react to events, they decid- ed to run their own lives and to Jlut family life first. Faith played a key role as they set goals. What they actually decided is not the point. But in the context of faith and human choice they put their own stamp on their future. I suggest that this action, simple as it seems, is at the heart of what 6 is meant by a new creation. I suspect that both St. Paul and Pope John Paul would view my friends as people at work to build the new creation. We who marvel at scientific wonderworkers can overlook the creative forces at our own finger. tips. We have the power to make choices. A human life reshaped along the lines of Christ's teaching is at the heart of the new creation describ- ed in Scripture. (Father O'Rourke is on the staff of the Family Life Office in the Diocese of Oakland, Calif.) FOOD FOP, THOUGHT I IIIII II IIII God's people are called to act in such a way that they further God's creation. In an article this week, Dominican Father David O'Rourke proposes that one way people further God's creation -- or become co- creators with God -- is through the decisions they make about the course their lives will take. For him it is a matter of actively shaping one's life, not merely reacting to events as they occur. Why does Father O'Rourke place such emphasis on this type of decision making? The ability to put your own imprint on your future is a creative force at your fingertips, says Father O'Rourke. What does he mean? How does this decision making occur in families? oDo you ever think of such decision making as a way for you to ex- ercise a God-given creativity -- for example, decisions on how to con- trol stress, how to find time to spend together with family members? Many people rely on the wonders of science and technology to bring about a sort of "new creation" in this world. But science and technology, while basically good, can become evil when they do not serve genuine human needs, Pope John Paul II believes. What does he mean when he says ethics must take priority over technology, the per- son must take primacy over things? Second Helpings. Whether something that is technically possible is therefore morally admissible is discussed in a 1987 document titled "In- struction on Respect for Human Life in Its Origin and on the Dignity of Pro- creation," from the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The document was widely reported when it was released because of its opposi- tion to some contemporary medical procedures that aid fertilization such as "in vitro" or test-tube fertilization. "Rational reflection on the fundamen- tal values of life and of human procreation is... indispensable for formulating a moral evaluation of such technological interventions," the instruction said. In its introduction, the document stressed that science without conscience can only lead to the human person's ruin. Science and technology require "an unconditional respect for the fundamental criteria of the moral law: That is to say, they must be at the service of the human person, of his in- alienable rights and his true and integral good according to the design and will of God." (Origins, 1312 Mass. Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005. Single copy, $3.50.) ii i i i ii i Apnl. Iq2? ,Dormher. 1912 7ulv,Aueusl, 197f Not,ember. 1985 i! i May. 1941 Bring home a Catholic tradition with free EXTENSION Magazine [] Please send me a FREE trial subscription to EXTENSION Magazine. [] I would like to help keep the Catholic Faith alive in America. Here is my gift of $ Rev./Mr./Mrs./Miss/Ms. Address City State Zip The Cathohc Church EXTENSION soc,tv 35 East Wacker Drive ChLcago, Illinois 60601 i ii FT 0929 For 80 years, EXTENSION Magazine has been a part of Catholic families. Over the years, the magazine's appear- ance has changed, but its essential message remains the same. EXTENSION tells the story of priests, nuns and lay people struggling to bring the Catho- lic Faith to poor and remote mission areas of the United States. It describes what it means to be a missionary today. To learn how you can be part of the missionary church, send for a free trial sub-:;. scription to EXTENSIO:i  Magazine today. ,, % 29