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The Message -- for Catholics 0f Southwestern Indiana Perspective October 9, By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message Editor "We are called, we are chosen, we are Christ for one another" -- according to the words of a song. If the words stay in the hymn book, then the song is a lie. October is Vocations Month. In particular, the week of Oct. 11-17 is observed as Vocations Week. Members of the Serra Club in Evansville are dis- tributing prayer cards for use during Vocations Week and beyond. The Serrans are named in honor of Father Ju- nipero Serra, the Franciscan friar who established the missions in California. Father Serra's mission- ary zeal draws contemporary praise and criticism because of the impact of his faith and culture on the life of the indigenous peoples. Not unlike Christopher Columbus, Father Serra had a tremendous impact on the develop- ment of the Americas. Those same Franciscan mis- sions stretching from San Diego to San Francisco were the foundations for the major cities in Cali- fornia today. Views about missionary activity may change over the centuries, but I have no doubt that Father Called and chosen: A vocations reflection Serra acted with the utmost sincerity, following his calling. How will our work be judged in centuries to come? Perhaps the best hope is that we be judged by our willingness to serve the People of God in the best way we know how to do. During the month of October, several items in the Message have been chosen to bring about an increasing awareness of vocations in the Church today. Last week, an article called attention to the Serra Club effort to organize prayer for vocations at every parish in the diocese, every day of every month. Another article presented a profile of the vocations office. A feature story on a seminarian studying for the Diocese of Evansville was used prominently on page one. Another article re- ported on the dedicated lives of eleven Daugh- ters of Charity. That qualified candidates will be called to the priesthood and to the religious life is a prayer all of us should pray. But that's not all. Let us pray, too, for all Christians, that they an- swer their baptismal call to serve the people of God. This week, an article in the Message calls attention to the marriage commitment cele- brated with couples from throughout the dio- cese. Marriage is a vocation for husband and wife, called to be Christ for one another, and for the community in which they live out calling. This past weekend, I was immersed in a three-day TEC experience. TEC stands for Teens Encounter Christ. Young people from many parts of the diocese were team of teens, young adults and some of us older folks. Part of the weekend is spent in hearing from a married couple, a priest, a religious a single person -- all of whom bear witness the calling they answer, to be Christ for one other. Answering such a call takes a life time. During October, please pray for all making life commitments and decismns Washington Letter Some hot issues turn cool in '92 election rhetoric By PATRICIA ZAPOR Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) cussion of some topics con- spicuously absent. With the nation focused on domestic economic problems, ther1992 campaigns have spent little time on subjects that have been important ill previous national elections, such as crime and interna- tional politics. Just 18 months ago, with troops returning victorious from the Persian Gulf and new democracies emerging "hot." Capital punishment, human rights, immigration and foreign aid are not. As the long cycle of the U.S. presidential campaign enters its final weeks, voters preparing to make election choices may find public dis- Offering advice to teenagers To the editor: As older people, what can we do to help the young folks with sex education to end abortion and AIDS? I would like to tell them about my life. When I was a teenager my mother had died and I was alone in Evansville. In my mind I wanted to save myself for my husband. There were many, many temptations but when my husband and I went. to the altar, with me as a vir- gin, it was a beautiful feeling for both of us. We go into puberty at 12 and I know we can wait for a few years for the right one and then enjoy sex as God wants us to and take on the responsibilities of babies and a marriage together. It is God's work that babies are conceived and to be re- sponsible for them it takes a marriage, In this way sex, ba- Lies and a marriage is beauti- ful. Teenagers, this isn't as hard as it seems and the pride you have in yourself is all worth it. Name withheld Fr. Lambert Reillv's Mission To the editor: To those of you from other parishes who joined St. Bene- r around the globe, the role of the United States in interna- tional politics was at the top of the news every day. Re- member the "new world order?" A year ago, politicians hotly debated the ramifica- tions of a coup in nearby Haiti and how the United States should treat Haitians fleeing to Florida shores. And only five months ago, as Los Angeles surfaced from a devastating wave of rioting, dict Parish this past week for the Mission, led by Father Lambert Reilly, O.S.B., we are thankful you could join us. To those of you who would have liked to make it but couldn't, we regret you missed such a spiritual en- counter. A special thanks to all who were able to arrange this most beautiful experience. It is al- ways a joy to hear what our gifted friends have to share about the sacraments, espe- cially the Sacrament of Rec- onciliation and the Eucharist. At times, I think, we tend to take the sacraments for granted and they begin to lose their meaning. What an in- sight we were given by Father Lambert! For all his time, effort, en- ergy and love that went into the Mission, thank you, Fa- ther Lambert. Thank you es- pecially for sharing the beau- tiful gifts God has bestowed upon you. May he grant you much peace and joy in doing his holy will! Mary Kir"h Evansville The MESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky AVe. Evansville, IN 47720-0169 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville Published weekly except last week in DecrrJer by the Catholic Press of Evanse  ............... v. ========================== Address all tio, to p.o. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0160 Subscription rate: $12.00 per year Single Copy Pnce: $.50 " Entered as 2rid class matter at the post office in Evansville, IN 47701. Pul0ica- ton number 843800. Postmaster: Return POD forms 3579 to Ofce o Pubcat.n racial justice seemed to be the most critical issue on the minds and lips of current and would-be policy-makers. Today none of those sub- jects is prominent in the day- to-day political debate. For example, a computer- ized search of the major news wire services for August and September turned up only one mention of racism each by President Bush and Demo- cratic nominee Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton. Throughout May the subject was never far from the candidates' speeches. By comparison, health care as a topic showed up in 131 Clinton stories and 119 Bush stories in August and September. Education came up about 120 times under each candidate's name. Crime and the death penalty were consistently hot . topics in the 1988 campaign, but this year, crime comes up comparatively rarely 50 mentions or less and the death penalty about a dozen times. In 1988 Bush sought to tray opponent Dukakis as soft on crl making much of the of a Massachusetts pris( lough program and opposition to the de penalty. The fact that both and Bush support punishment seems to negated crime as a polit issue in this race, to Leigh Dingerson, director of the tion to Abolish the Penalty. "It's nowhere near high-pitched issue it 1988," she said. Although she ant ponents argue that ca punishment does control crime, Clinton's tion apparently has mU the usual debate ab whether Democrats or See Bishop's The following activities and events are listed on schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger Peter and Paul s' Personne Wednesday, Oct; 14, 1:30 t. Bishop St."lohn Church, t, October 20. Theology. )f the Pie Cardilml Lag Visiting Professors in Scripture a , i , iii ::i ii