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16 The Message Monthly -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana "Magic .... of' Words September 4, JOSEPH ZILIAK Associate PuNisher 1 :\\; m,n told me this weeke, n(t ()f his expe, ri- ence dtring t hm'icam; Andrew. If(; was one of tho fortunate ones, because his house was not touc]led. }h; iives (town in the Florida Keys. I-te said that, he charted the course of Andrm, from out in the sea until landfall. From all of the information, he felt se(:ure that his area wouht be spared An- drew's tury. As we know, the information regarding the, path of Andrew was on target. What happened and is happening to those whose lives have been unalterably," changed is not to be taken lightly or ignored. It is just the fact that I am going tq talk about someone who was spared. Radio, television, newspapers, telephone and electricity to power the many amenities of a sec- ond home down in the Kevs were taken away with the storm's destructive force. It was several days before Sam heard any out- side voice over his battery operated radio. The news announcer said that if any people could re- ceive his voice that there was extensive damage through Homestead and other points across the state. Listeners were encouraged to spread by word of mouth that help would be coming as quickly as possible to bring things on line. . I HI I II : :i,i A communications system :r:-' for a family of faith o During this same period of time his family- communication to ke, cp the sense of l)ehmging :l00lec and caring strong, so. too. does a family of faith in ||,. a diocese m,'ed to establish a network of (:ommu- a up in the Midwest - was unable, to make any con- [act. They contemplated driving down to c[,eck. CNN News had indicated at first that the Keys had also l)een hit by Andrew, l:inallv, they v:ere able to have telephone contact and share lte, ws that all was okay, Sam's home halt sustained no damage In fact. the only sign of Andrew had been a little wind and a shower or two. After conmmnication lines were available, life went on peacefully for this family. The anxiety level dropped consider- ably. They were together this past weekend at a family gathering. On Sam's part a feeling of isolation was very, strong. On the part of his family, concern and anxiety for Sam's safety was parammmt. As soon as accurate information and communication was re-established, the negative feelings vanished. Whether we recognise it or not, similar emo- tions are at work in us when we as a people of faith are shut off from one another, If we don't hear from one another, we may find ourselves filled with questions. How are they? What's going on? What's important for them? What are their problems? Am I failing somehow to reach out and help? Is there something that I could do? Just as a family needs to create a network of I I I I ni(:ation. One way is for a bishop lo write a letter to the priests each week, and the, n have the priests relay, that. information' to the parishioners. Such a sys- tem is st) woeftdlv short of fulfilling any defini- tion of communicatiou that it is hardly worth considering. It is simply too much to presunm that the bishop even knows all the information that is available within a group of 90,000 or inore. Sec- ondly, if he did, he wouldn't be able to put every- thing in a weekly letter. What he considers im- portant may not be equally important for others, and vice versa. Once these missives arrive at the priests' doors, what would they do with them? Do they copy them and send them to each household? Would they read the letter at each of the weekend Masses? Think of the cumbersome problems that arise! 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