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September 18, 1987 The Message- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 17 y People" Collection of essays on laity is doctrim 1, traditional, timely PRACTICAL SPIRITUALITY FOR LAY PEOPLE, by Dolores R. Leckey. Sheed and Ward (Kansas City, Me., 19187). 112 'pp., $6.95. Reviewed by E. HANLON be part of spiritual develop- ment. "It is true that many men and women feel alienated from their jobs, often because they cannot see any direct value in what they are doing." Even this situation can foster spiritual growth. More than half a century ago Cardinal John Henry Newman wrote that "In all times the laity have been the measure of the Catholic spirit." Today the church calls on the laity to play a larger role in her work through the ordinary routine of daily life. This book  the director of the United tates bishops' laity secretariat is part of the general response to that appeal. News Service with grant assistance from the Catholic Church Extension Society. "The practical dimensions of this book refer to the stuff and rhythms of lay life: the energy and time we give to family and friendships, to work on the civic responsibilities, to culture and leisure, as to personal religious devotions and church life." She reminds us of the im- portance of many things that we are apt to forget during the dai- ly routine. Living in community pro- vides opportunity for spiritual advancement. "When you stop "The Mass," she states, "is to think about it, almost central to the lives of Christians everyone is part of a small inthe Catholic tradition .... We group of some sort -- a group begin to see that the Incarnation that is a bridge, as it were be- of Jesus, the Eucharist, and the Prayer, family, work, com- tween the individual person Creation are intertwined: the munity, change, church and the and larger institutions of socie- world and all that dwells there world are discussed. In the ty ..... The parish is the usual is sacramental -- for it speaks to family section, she writes, "We way for individual Christians to. us of God and communicates parents can help each other to relate to the diocese and the God to us." ceaselessly." "I suppose real old age begins when one looks backward rather than forward, but I look forward with joy to the years ahead and especially to the surprises that my day may bring .... The energy of Christ glows in wrinkled faces and hesitant steps." make peace with our own universal Church." For the laity, all the world is a and wife and children and It is largely a collection of the parenthood, with all its joys stage, including "the places of f r i e n d s a n d b u s i n e s s essays written over the years by and sorrows. We can help each ABOUT CHANGE, she says, government and politics, of associates." Mrs. Leckey for Faith Today, other to see that our children "the issue is how to live out the science and the arts; the places Her work is doctrinal, tradi- the religious education supple- are God's gifts to assist us in measure of my days. Each day of neighborhood and civic tional, and timely. ment appearing in Catholic that arduous but rewarding task is a gift; each day offers upper- associations, of shops and E. Francis Hanlon is a retired papers. Faith Today is publish- of growing up in Christ." tunities to work honestly, to gardens, and homes; the places newsman and college ed by the National Catholic Work is personal and should love concretely and to pray of relationship, with husband instructor. ' "Serious dialogue" necessary on women priests By BARB FRAZE could "radically change" ecumenism, summarized the NC News Service Catholic-Anglican relations, status of dialogue with different He also noted that denominations, and included COLUMBIA, S.C. (NC)- A "pressure" from people in some reflections on the "verY serious dialogue" is "particular situations,"suchas ecumenical movement. necessary with Anglicans to mixed marriages, creates added Cardinal Willebrands said the resolve the issue of women urgency "to solve the problems issue of apostolic succession -- priests, said the Vatican's that separateus." faithfulness to and historical leading ecumenist. The cardinal spoke at "A Day continuity with the ministry of C a r d i n a 1 J o h a n n e s of Dialogue" sponsored by the the first apostles -- "has been "Willebrands, president of the National Conference of Catholic complicated by the ordination Vatican Secretariat for Pro- Bishops, the Lutheran Church of women in some parts of the meting Christian Unity, told in America and the Lutheran Anglican Communion." more than 200 ecumenists in T h e o l o g i c a 1 S o u t h e r n The Catholic practice of not Columbia Sept. 12 -- one day Seminary. ordaining women is "tradi- after Pope John Paul II's visit -- His address discussed how tion," he said, but not tradition that resolution of the issue the Catholic Church views "in the weak sense ofcustom." Monarch of the Tented World AND America's Only 5-Ring Circus WITH $1,000,000 Wild Animal Zoo Fun For The Whole Family THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1987 Two performanGes: 4:30 P,M. & 7:30 P.M. 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IN REVIEWING the status of interfaith dialogues, Cardinal Willebrands said that "all of the dialogues are important ... but the Lutheran-Catholic dialogue is important especially for Western Christianity because at the heart of the Reformation in the 16th century was the con- flict between Martin Luther and the authorities in Rome." "Reconciliation between Lutherans and Catholics would therefore be highly symbolic as well as significant." Cardinal Willebrands did not deliver the entire 33-page ad- dress because he ran out of time. But in the text he called Catholic dialogue with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) "one of the most pro- mising at the moment." "There has been remarlble growth in common understxg' ding of one .another's tradi- tions," he said in his text. Cardinal Willebrands and Bishop JamesR; Crumley Jr., bishop of the LutheTen Church in America, said "real" I pressures, such as interfaith marriages, are causing pain for many Christians and that Chris- tian unity thus has realistic as well as theological implica- tions. Bishop Crumley, Lutheran co-chairman of the Interna- tional Lutheran Roman- Catholic Dialogue, gave the of- ficial response to the cardinal's address. Bishop Crumley said the "urgency" for unity was felt prominently in the United States, which has many inter- faith marriages. While churches insist that they are concerned about family stability, churches do not let families "come to the altar together," he said. He added that he was convinced "the walls built around those altars are human." Bishop Crumley said pro- gress toward unity "must pro- ceed deliberately and step by step." Cardinal Willebrands noted that Christian churches have "communion that is real." 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