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Faith Today Supplement, The Message, Catholic Diocese of Evansville, September 25, 1987 I I acred music uld...stimulate love ng the brethren. It d form the corn- , bringing about on of voices and of nd reuniting souls .[J in one great yearning in the praise of God, Creator of the ']: universe and Father of all.' (Pope John Paul II speaking at \\; the Pontifica! Institute of Sacred \\;Music, November 1985) Music by nature is dynamic. Each piece of music moves foward at a certain pace, whether slow or fast; driving forces within the music give it a distinct flavor. In fact, people often will ON PILGRIMAGE describe a musical work as power- ful. They speak of the stirring ef- fects of the music -- its power to reach within them and to move them. Or they speak of the ability a song or symphony has to com- municate a mood that is "melan- choly" or "passionate" or "ex- citing" or "relaxing." Music is a dynamic sort of language: It speaks to people. It is a dynamic form of expression that Iddresses more than the listener's ear. It speaks to the heart. Within the church, music is a "language" of faith. For those who hear it, music has the power to evoke instincts of faith. It elicits a response from people -- a response of the heart. In addition, music -- like prayer -- helps to express the faith of those who perform it or sing it. Music is a form of prayer in the church. The power of music to create a sense of community among people is of particular interest in the church. Everyone understands how music draws people together and gives them a sense of shared purpose in other settings: at foot- ball rallies, for example. In a related way, music can help to develop a sense of unity among those who worship together in the church. This potential to form people into a community is such that in some places certain corn- positions seem almost to be iden- tified with a parish's "personali- ty." All of this makes the task of parish music leaders challenging. They must choose music that can speak to the hearts of people and evoke the instincts of faith; music that will help people to express their faith; and music that will do much more to unite than to divide the people. Music is a universal language. Almost larger than life, music can lift up spirits and foster joy. This is a language used to ex- press the inexpressible. No wonder it has found a place in the church's worship down through the centuries! --.......................'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'." CHILDREN'S -" . Music in the jungles -, ...... ,,.,'-:::.::.--t/1F' [ 7". .  ....... . --.'-. By Janaan Manternach , ", X). , (| ! / NO News Service sionaries in South America almost :  .... ,.:, . four centuries ago. They used the " i ff7 ' . black-robed priest sits power of music and other arts to : !  ::. alone in the steamy enrich the lives of the native , i   L! dark jungle near a peoples and to share with them ( ' magnificent waterfall, the good news of Jesus Christ. '" '.'".. ,J,wet and wearyafter One ofthemissionarieswas i, .:i ,.' i , .... '\\;, battling the river and falls. He named Roque Gonzalez. He was / \\;', '"; /:,ir ! .,.X;:. _,.".  begins playing a flute. Beautiful born in Asuncion, the present ; ,.. ,t,,,.l '  ,,d music mingles with the jungle capital of Paraguay, in 1576. His / .! !,;'.:':...  ..... '.: .... .: ::,- ..,;.,.. .... . noises, ancestors were Spanish colonists. --" .:C';.v ........................... ....... .... Roque learned early how badly ' ' Soon there is silent movement in the heavy bush. Cautious, curious. eyes appear between the long green leaves. Slowly natives armed with spears push through the branches and surround the priest. Without looking up, he keeps on playing beautiful music. The lovely sounds captivate the jungle natives. When the priest stops, they touch the flute. He lets them try to play it. The Indians still are cautious but they invite the music maker to go with them into the jungle. That scene from the recent movie "The Mission" is based on the lives of courageous mis- his own Spanish people and the Portuguese treated the Indians. Traders hunted, trapped and sold the natives as slaves. Father Roque went as a Jesuit missionary to the Guaycuru tribe living along the Paraguay River. He learned their langauge, Guarani. He told them about Jesus and also taught them to play music and make musical instruments, to build buildings and to grow crops. He lived as the Indians lived and ate what they ate. The ruins of the settlements founded by Father Gonzalez and his companions still can be seen in Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil. In these s.ettlements the Indians were safe from the slave traders. They lived as good Catholics and provided for the needs of the sick and weak. They became skilled ar- tists, musicians and craftsmen. Visitors from Europe were astonished to hear skilled Indian orchestras and choirs at Sunday Mass in huge churches in the mid- dle of the jungles. The Indians respected and loved Father Gonzalez and his compa- nions. But a witch doctor named Nezu was jealous of their in- fluence. He plotted to kill them. On Nov. 15, 1628, as Father Gon- zalez left the chapel after Mass, one of Nezu's friends killed him and another Jesuit, threw their bodies into the chapel and set it afire. In 1934 Pope Plus XI beatified Father Gonzalez and two compa- nions. Their feast is Nov. 15. (Ms. Manternach is the author of catechetical works, scripture stories and original stories for children.) Word Scramble Unscramble the words below. All the words are in this week's children's story. Example: QREUO 1. GENLUJ 2. LUFET 3. ZALEZOGN 4. HIROCS 5. GARAPUYA I00IoI00I00IEI !111111 ".nBa d " 's!oq ", 'zeIZUO o " 'a:mO " 'alSUn.f "I :stsuv What do you think? [] What was it about the Indian settlements founded by Father Roque Gonzalez and his Jesuit companions that astonished European visitors? From the bookshelf Music often is part of the big celebrations in our lives. I'm In Charge of Celebrations, by Byrd Baylor, is a unique and special book that talks about the meaning of celebrations. For her, celebrations are the moments when she responds to something ordinary, but does so in a way that is extraordinary. Mostly the book reveals her attitude of reverence, of wonder and of surprise at God's creation. (Charles Scdbner's Sons, 597 Fifth Ave., New York, N.Y. 10017.1986. Hard- back, $13.95.) /