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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Se -- Taking the time to make a difference-- " An 'unmentionable' need: A way to help There's always a little bit of laughter when the pastor mentions it in church. Or when somebody else gets up .to talk about it with people at a meeting. It's a laughter that acknowl- edges a bit of embarrassment. It happens when people first hear about "Undie Sunday." That's "undie" as in "undies" -- slang for "underwear." People giggle. Under- wear is not something you hear much about, especially at church. "Undie Sunday" is a creative effort to provide a basic, often un- spoken need, for a portion of God's people. Somebody in the church community orga- nizes a collection of new underwear -- to be used at a homeless shelter, at a maternity home, or in some other situation of human need. Maybe part of the reason people laugh when they hear such talk in church -- or anywhere in public m is that underwear is usually such a per- sonal matter. Underwear is "unmentionable." For some reason, human nature perhaps, we seem to be more comfortable talking about "feed- ing the hungry" and "giving drink to the thirsty" than we are about "clothing the naked." Once you realize how embarrassed people get when you mention the word underwear in church, By PAUL R. LEINGANG EDITOR you start to realize how embarrass- ing it might be for someone to ask for it. A pregnant teen at a mater- nity home needs it. So does a per- son on the way to a job interview. A child in grade school does, too. Self-respect is hard enough to find under difficult circumstances. "Undie Sunday" is a celebra- tion of human dignity. * * * When I first heard about "Undie Sunday" from some friends in Omaha, Nebraska, I have to admit, I laughed. The friends laughed, too, because they knew what happened when somebody mentioned the un- mentionable, and even put up signs at the doors to the church. People giggled first, then thought about the seriousness of the need, and then they responded. All they needed was an opportunity to give. All they needed was for somebody to point out a need they had never considered before. In Omaha, the people who organized an "Undie Sunday" were members of the Christian Family Movement. After the first year, it quickly became a tradition. Within the past year, there were "Undie Sun- days in other communities, too, in Chicago and Evansville, to name a few. "Undie Sunday" is an op- portunity for people to take the time to ence. "Undie Sunday" is scheduled at St. Church, Evansville, on the weekend 23. New underwear (and money to purchase wear) will be collected for the Christian Life which is directed by an ecumenical board. . . 'i Have you ever been too embarrassed to ask something you need? Too shy? Too stubborn? is the experience of others in your home? Take a thoughtful look at your family, your: neighborhood and your community. Are there problems that people typically refuse to talk Is there a need someone may be too shy to Jesus taught his followers to care for each other, and to share their surplus with others in: need. If someone wants your tunic, give cloak as well, we hear Jesus say in the fifth of the Gospel of Matthew. Listen carefully to Jesus has to say in the voice of your neighbor. the "extra mile. Give to anyone who asks. The first Sunday of October is observed by many people as "Respect Life" Sunday. time to make it possible for someone in your or community to experience the respect that to all human life. Questions and comments are welcome at Christian Family Movement, P.O. Box 272, Iowa 50010. --.-.- Vatican Letter Pope John Paul I1: Coping with aging under media's watchful e By JOHN THAVIS Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) Those who have followed Pope John Paul II for many years can close their eyes and see his trademark gesture: feet planted firmly, arms out- stretched to the crowd and a wry smile on his face. But lately, that image has been supplanted by another, less majestic one: This pope walks with a cane, occasionally winces in pain and has been known to rest his chin on his chest when he reads his speeches. Like everyone, the Polish- born pope is growing older. Like few before him, he is growing older under the mag- nifying lens of the global media and the watchful eyes of his aides. At 74, Pope John Paul has seen a change in the chemistry that worked so well in earlier years: the marriage of papal The MESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47720-0169 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville Published weekly except last week in December by the Catholic Press of Evansville Publisher .............. Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger Etor ............................................ Paul Leingang Product Manager ........................... Phil Boger Circulation ................................... Amy Housman Advertising .................................... Paul Newland Stafff writer ............................ Mary Ann Hughes Address all communications to P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169 Subscription rate: $15.00 per year Single Copy Price: $.50 Entered as 2nd class matter at the post office in Evansville, IN 47701. Publica- tion number 84380G Postmaster: Return POD forms 3579 to Office of Publication  1994  Press of Evans'die charisma and the media spot- light. The TV cameras are still rolling, but today they reveal the inevitable ebb of physical energy in a man who has put in long hours his entire career. His recent injuries -- a shoulder separation last No- vember, a broken thigh bone last April -- have slowed the pope down noticeably. His slow-healing leg forced him to cancel an October visit to the United Nations and three U.S. cities; some Vatican officials were relieved that a hobbling pope would not be put on dis- play. In early September, arriving for an overnight visit to Croa- tia, he could not bend over to kiss the ground, another of his trademark gestures. Instead, a bowl of earth was lifted up to the pontiff. When he ascended the altar in Zagreb, the Croat- ian capital, he chose not to walk up the steps but rode a specially constructed elevator out of public view. U.S. prelates who have seen the pope in person sa.y he looks and sounds good. But in public, with his face often hidden by his hand in meditation, and with a voice that no longer American Bible translation To the editor: I notice in your paper that the bishops of the United States have approved the so- called "inclusive language" paraphrase of the Bible. This is but another example (post Vat- ican II) of catering to the radi- cal feminist movement who will never be satisfied with anything. It will be interesting to see what Rome does when one of the bishops ordains a woman priest in defiance of the pope. Probably nothing. The entire so-called "Ameri- can Bible" translation is noth- ing but a paraphrase, reads like the Chicago Tribune, and has absolutely no literary qual- ity. The following is an exam- ple of what I mean: There are hundreds more and much worse. "Some distance away a large herd of swine was feeding. The demons kept appealing to him, 'If you expel us, send us into the herd of swine.' He an- swered, 'Out with you!' At that, they came forth and entered the swine. The whole herd went rushing down the bluff into the sea and were drowned. "The swineherds took to their heels, and upon their arrival in the town related everything that had happened, including the story about the two pos- sessed men. The upshot was that the entire town came out to meet Jesus. When they caught sight of him, they begged him to leave their neighborhood." St. Matthew 9: 30-34. Incidentally, I am t'ired of hearing statements such as "A reading from Paul, or the letter of James, or the Gospel of Luke." I believe these men were declared saints by the Church unless this also has been changed. Mark, Luke and Paul are my neighbors, not names from the Bible. Respectfully, Robert A. Brown Prairie Creek, In. rings out sharply, it's easy to get a different impression. At an audience with pilgrims at the Vatican Sept. 21, the pope inched along the receiv- ing line, a curved figure lean- ing on a thin black cane. He gingerly made his way to the oversized papal throne, where he sat looking rather uncom- fortable for more than anhour, then needed help going down four steps afterward. Doctors and curial officials say the pope's general health is good, but that his two falls have made him much more tentative in public. They say the pope is quite conscious of his changing image, and that can have a negative effect. "I think the day he doesn't feel like he's being examined every tine he takes a step, he'll walk just fine," said one member of the pope's medical team, who asked not to be identified. The doctor said the pope had assured him he had never felt pain in the right hip, where re- constructive surgery was per- formed in April. He said the pope may still discomfort in the leg' cially as he used ing regularly again, this was not ous medical problem.: while, the pontiff was ming at his summe! outside Rome and walk more than time during his in the Italian said. "My advice is don't how he walks you'll see that he better," the doctor laugh. But it's hard not how the pope is days. Photographers low him well-being is often the basis of a few video footage. What ple don't realize is the rest of the world ican officials see the on TV than in real news broadcasts shoW' on an off day, papal health begin to See VA Bishop's sched The following activities and events are listed schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger. : DRE