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_ September 24, 1993 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana ]) II I II I III --- Bishop's Forum I I I Discipline: I don'; like it! ByBISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER Tasks required of me this past weekend have highlighted once again my own personal reaction to discipline. I find it difficult, no matter its source. One example is this column and the other was the work of synod planning. The writing of the "Bishop's Forum" demands discipline of me every week. It is a self-imposed dis- cipline. My resistance mechanisms start playing an old tune: "Why did I do this to myself?." Then the temptation tape begins playing: "Since you decided it on your own, why not stop it on your own?" The conscience recording kicks in instantly: Wait a minute, you made a commitment to do this even if it was only to yourselfi" And so it goes. How many of you have made similar commit- ments to yourself?. There is the exercise program. Weight management (the 'in' word) has replaced the raw discipline of controlling your appetite for fat producing goodies. Recall all the well inten- tioned resolutions to self-discipline you have made -- and abandoned. I am convinced that it is human to resist discipline even when we have experienced its value. Is it not part of our inheritance from Adam and Eve? To add a further complication, consider the discipline that is self- imposed but involves a commitment to a significant other. For example, there are those of us who have made commitments to spouses and chil- dren; some of us have espoused ser- vice to the Church. Many of us make personal decisions to engage in so- cial activities that make demands of us. Think of the young athletes who participate in competitive sports drawn by the temporary crown of victory. In these cases, we have decided to discipline ourselves on behalf of others (as well as ourselves). Discipline can become very irksome when it is placed on us from the outside. It is especially so when we have little or nothing to say about it, or at I II Why do you want to be a delegate to II I III I IIIIIIIIIJ least feel that way. Tax time is one of those mo- ments that exemplifies such a discipline. School discipline imposed on children and adolescents is another. In our heads we know that discipline doesn't have to be irksome. If only discipline came natu- rally! Then there is the discipline that is imposed on us by reason of our desire to be part of some- thing larger. For instance, when we enroll in an organization that has rules, we voluntarily ac- cept the obligations that go with "belonging." Even though such commitments are voluntary on our part, our tendency is to be selective about those rules we keep and those we want to side- step. Discipline reminds us that we "bought the whole package." You may wonder by this time: "Where is he going with this discussion?" Since the editor has imposed a discipline of limits on the number of words he can use, I will continue my reflections on discipline in our lives. iill ii l i l i Synod '93? Some selected responses To take an active part in the I would like to help make de- To have an opportunity to future of the Catholic Church cisions and help participate in provide input into the formula- and to represent the youth in making the Church and the tion of diocesan policies, and to the area and their needs. Synod a better place for the fu- serve my Church, and my Carla Beckman ture so more people will attend, parish. St. Anthony, St. Anthony -- Angel Temple St. Joseph, Jasper -- Patricia Early St. Francis Xavier, Vincennes I want to be able to under- I just want to get involved to stand fully the Synod process help and learn more about this I believe in an alive, vibrant in order to assist in a'ddressing 1993 Synod. Church that serves its members the common needs of the mBradBueltel with love. I want to be a part of Church in Southwestern Indi- Nativity, Evansville a team that creates a plan that ana. Roselle Weinzapfel Each of us is responsible for helps the Catholics of South. St. Philip, St. Philip the Church to do what we can. western Indiana be fully aware Ecclesiastes 3:1 -- "There is a of and ready to participate in I want to help shape the di- time for everything." I have that kind of Church. rection and efforts of the reaped what the Church offers. --Karen Eberhart Church as we head into the It is now my time to sow. Newman Center, twenty.first century, n Mary Ann Crabb University of Evansville Philip Todd Holy Name, Bloomfield St. Martin, Whitfield To learn more about the I would like to see the range Catholic Church; how it is run of interpretations people hold To have a chance to plan the and how it works. Also to be in. within our "one" faith and also of the Church in our volved and to be recognized as see how the input of the people a delegate for my Church. is received and acted upon. -- Francis Vieck  Alicia Creedon -- John Wolber St. Thomas, Knox County St. Joseph, Princeton St. Benedict, Evansville I PRAYER FOR THE SYNOD - LiHCO Coffee Services ] Total Beverage Distributor Diocese of Evansville ,.oi...-,,,,.o,,. Kentucky I LET US PRAY 46 v... of Co.d Te,, WHATEVER YOUR TASTY. A 'WE CAN MATCH IT Cod of life and love, You sent Your Son to live among us, k.. " wmioon that we might know and love You, - Et 4z2.1 that we might serve and worship You as Your faithful people. ...... IIIII II IIIII I I III Assist us in living holy lives as faithful disciples of Jesus, Your Son, , Ed. L. Lee so that Your presence may be known and felt in our midst, Mortuary that others too may come to know and love You 101 North Meridian Street so they may begin to serve and worship You. Washington, IN 254-3612 III III II I i ]111 I I II I I II I Box 68 * Montgomery, indiana 47550 Donald J Traylor President Phone: 486-3285 Help us to see Your plan for the Church. As we look to the future, may our plans be faithful to Yours, so that we, the Church of Southwestern Indiana, may further Your kingdom through preaching and living Your gospel. All praise be Yours through Jesus Christ Our Lord! AMEN! Erapower us with Your Spirit to use fully the many - ' ' " ' gifts You have given us. ' ' Increase ourhith. MILLER & MILLER "A family name you ! RESTAURANT   cantrust" I SPECIALIZING IN OEOO'O0000a:E0000OOD , 424 9274 ! CHARBROILED STEAQK - I = COUNTRY FRIED CHICKEN '" ' ' I SAOOOB'SA'DBAR [ COMPLETE INSURANCE SERVICE BANQUET ROOM FOR PRIVATE PARTIES FORYOURCArNGS,C I Auto! Home! Fire& Lifet I I Your Personal Sewlce Agent i 482-264011 I ] James L. Will Ins. Agency Inc. i i .,,. ms. ' ' 1925 W. Franklin Street 425-3187