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4 The Message -- for CatholiCs of Southwestern Indiana October 3, Saints in the marketplace By PAUL R. LEINGANG Editor When the videotape came to an end, the people applaud- ed. That was not what I expected. But the reaction was certainly appropriate. The videotape was from a television newscast, one sto W, about a couple from Cleveland, Ohio. Their names are Jim and Ma W Lou Beers. You may have read about them last week, in a Message feature sto W by Mary Ann Hughes. The television news report, in the brief span of two minutes and a few seconds, traced the married life of Jim and Ma W Lou. They had been married eight years • when Jim suffered a stroke. He was paralyzed and unable to speak. That was 24 years ago w and during that time, their love for each other has not diminished. Jim now "speaks" through the use of a portable As the tape concluded, applause broke out spon- taneously in the church• Applause for the commit- ment and fidelity demonstrated by the couple. • Appreciation for the love and tenderness obvious in their eyes. Our Sacred Scriptures hold up many examples for us, of people who have shown great love. Or great faith. Some have lived long lives of commitment, while others showed a burst of wisdom at a critical point in time. We have come to know some of those people by a kind of shorthand description. There was the Good Samaritan, whose mercy crossed ethnic lines, and we remember the Good Thief whose faith and hope led to a promise of paradise. There was a Canaanite woman who begged Jesus to heal her daughter, and reminded Jesus that even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their computer. And Mary Lou speaks of her abiding faith . . masters. Her faith was rewarded. in God m whom she calls "our strength" and "our hope" and "our love." The couple will speak this weekend at St. Bene- dict Church in Evansville on Saturday evening, Oct. 4, and at a Young Adult Conference at Resurrection Church on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 5. The videotape was played at the end of Mass at St. Benedict Church, last weekend, as part of the announcement about the speakers' schedule. Whom do we applaud? Reflect on the qualities and characteristics that you appreciate in others. If there are children in your home, ask them about the people they admire. Talk about the qualities they find attractive. How do we show appreciation? Take the time today to "applaud" a person with an admirable quality. Praise a child for making a good or a wise choice. Searc.h among your family and friends for" one who is always willing to help," or "the one w always remembers birthdays." Take the time to sh'( your appreciation for such a one. I Read the paper or watch the news with your f, ily and discuss individuals and families who have ' I qualitiesyou admire. ,] Write a letter to the editor of a newspaper in s port of an issue. Your. letter may have significant impact among the more-easy-to-obtain letters aga something. " them :i Write or call your elected officials to let i know about their actions or decisions which have  had a positive impact. Thank a doctor for a healing, or a counselor fo assistance. Find ways to applaud "good" television pro- grams. Write letters to local stations to express yo approval of quality programming during the enter÷ tainment hours. Write to the news department to t;l of your approval for a story which shows respect human dignity. Take the time to make a difference. Comments about this column are welcome • prleing@cf-m.org or the Christian Family Movement, Box 272, Ames, Iowa 50010. Washington Le00tter Are the next targets in welfare overhaul charities themselves!l By MARK PATTISON Heritage Foundation think tank, issue. "We're only going to hire only it was dressed up in more to the persistently poor, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) Last year's welfare overhaul effort made a point of weaning individuals off the government dole. And to hear some social crit- ics, the next targets should include the charities that help the poor. For many national social service organizations, Catholic Charities USA includ- ed, more than half of the budget comes from grants from feder- al, state and local governments to run programs. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., had hinted in his attacks against Catholic Charities earlier this year there needed to be greater ,separation between government and charity, but the issue has found a beachhead among some intellectuals• At a Sept. 24 forum at the 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. EvansvilLe, IN 47711 of the Diocese of Evansville Published weekly except last week in December by the Catholic Press of Evansvil/e Pu.r, het .............  Gerald A. Gettelfinr Etu ...................................... Paul R. ngang Tectran .............. Joseph Oh ................................... Paul Ne, dand Staff Wnter ............................ Mar./Ann Hughes Address all commun.atons to P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169 Subscription rate: $17.50 per year Single Copy Price: $.50 Erred as perio..aJ martin at  post  in Evat'vi. 1N 47701. PutY,¢alJon nt,'trer 843800. Postmas: Rm POD ms 3579 to Office 0t PtOtca 1997  Press of Evansville author Joe Loconte listed four reasons why government aid to private charities  and reli- gious charities in particular is insidious: Government is remaking charities "in its own bureau- cratic image," he said. Government contracts seek to deliver services, "not results," Loconte said. The phenomenon of "mis- sion creep," charities bending their original mission to secure government contracts. The secularization of faith- based social service agencies, since government contracts tend to ban religious activities 'where services are offered and discrimination in hiring on the basis of religion• At the forum, Amy Sherman, ministry director at Trinity Pres- byterian Church in Char- lottesville, Va., said there are ways to get around the hiring by word of mouth," she said. "I've already got the woman I'm going to hire in the back of my mind." Robert Rector, a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, took an even stronger stand against charities and the people they serve, calling them "more liberal, more permissive and more behind the times than the public sector." Rector took aim at food banks and their clients, calling food banks "the most pernicious, permissive welfare program" with "no test for deserving (aid) or fraud," adding that poor peo- ple head to where the aid is greatest and where there are the fewest questions asked. It was the same kind of stereo- typical broadside that has been leveled against the poor since they took up an uncomfortably visible residence at big-city street comers and steam grates, Remembering Mother Teresa To the editor:. The discussion about Mother Teresa and her life sheds light on many of the problems we face today; and although the flame is out, her light will shine as long as we cherish and per- petuate her memory. Some of her few detractors ask why she didn't approach her problems at a higher level than the gutters of Calcutta. Are we trying to legislate morality, something which is virtually impossible? The late Albert Schweitzer said, "The great problem with the regener- ation of civilization lies within the fact that it is an internal process and not an external one as well; and, therefore there can be no healthy cooperation between the material and the spiritual." Mother Teresa said the worst form of poverty is to be unloved and unwanted. She loved God and manifested her love by helping those who needed love the most. We must learn to love all of God's creation, especially mankind, and to use the light Mother Teresa has given the world to guide our ways. A. Jack Bridges Evansville intellectual language. Nobody in Rector's audience challenged his assertions. But they did not go unchal- lenged a day later at a confer- ence hosted by tile National Assembly, an umbrella group of 50 nationwide social service providers. The group includes organizations as diverse as Catholic Charities, the Boy Scouts, the YMCA, the Salva- tion Army and the United Way. The voice of Benedictine Sis- ter Christine Vladimiroff, head of the Second Harvest network of food banks, tightened when she responded to Rector's charges• "I do not believe that any par- ent wants to take any child to a soup kitchen to eat," she said. "We don't ask questions, but we do know the people." Sister Vladimiroff said mis- sion creep can occur, but typi- cally when it is "compatible with the ministry." Charity workers grow dis- couraged seeing the same peo- ple needing the same help after five or 10 vears and ask, "What can we do so that they won't have to depend on us?" she said. Training in volunteer activities at fobd banks and for food sebcice jobs can giye skills added. Fred Grandy, the former gressman and actor heads Goodwill Ind even more blunt. "I stopped believing Robert Rector said 10 ago," Grandy said. remarked n't want to require until Wisconsin state ment initiatives to poverty turned Go "a liberal service tough, results-based "Our placement rates as high," Grandy edged, but that's be will clients "are much place" due to histories ability, drug abuse and Father Thomas ident emeritus of Ca ities and who now anal causes poverty for the Assembly and the Cer Concern, said that for groups, being subject to gious 15roselytizing been a condition.for the receive services, o . Recalling his Irish recalled how Catholics in the wake of to famine "To get your bowl See OVERHAULS Bishop's schedule Mass and Dedication, Holy Angels Church, Reli Education Building, New Harmony, Sunday, Oct. 5, 9 Golden Jubilee Mass, Holy Redeemer Church, ville, Sunda; Oct. 5, 2 p.m. Meeting with junior high students, Holy Rosary Evansville, Sunday, Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m. Mass, Grandparents' Day, St. John the Ba Newburgh, Friday; Oct. 10, 9:30 a.m.