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The Message -- for Catholics ' of Southwestern Indiana Magic of Words October 11, By FATHER JOSEPH L. ZILIAK Associate Publisher Becoming aware of injustice today "Justice comes late in development," said Creighton University lecturer Roger Bergman. He went on to pose a rhetorical question, "Why is social justice so rare?" Good question. Sometimes an awareness of a social justice issue is long in coming to the way we do daily business. For instance, why was it that only in fairly recent years that banks allowed a wife's salary to be included in the family in- come? This is significant when seeking a loan for the purchase of a house. Why was it that only the father of a family could sign for a driver's license? Thank God these strange ways have been changed and life is a lot easier for many peopleas aresult. But why does it take so long to do things that seem so obvious in their injustice? I can recall that on one occasion I felt that my medical insur- ance coverage reached the height of unreason- ableness, which is often to be equated with social injustice. I once had a laser treatment on the retina of my eye. I thought this would have easy coverage on the insurance. The terms of coverage at that time stated that had I entered the hospital for the treatment, I could have insurance coverage. Since I had driven myself to tile doctor's oft'ice, re- ceived lhe laser treatment and drove myself 1]ome ilnInediately afterward, 1 could receive llO insurance. To me that was a stupid way of viewing medical care. The treatment I received saved the insurance company probably hundreds of dollars by such an outpatient treatment, mid yet I was penalized for saving the insurance coverage. On top of that, I lost about two hours out of one day's work for the procedure instead of a day or two in the hospital. Maybe I'd better check the wording on the policy, but I feel sure that an outpatient proce- dure would now be covered fully. That's progress. That to me is a situation where justice is served. Bergman approached the subject in a much more philosophical fashion during a pre- sentation at the Catholic Press Association Mid- west Regional Convention held recently in Omaha. But his bottom line for initiating a change in the system comes from "personal en- counters." In other words, when we experience injus- tice, we feel dissatisfaction and begin to look for ways that will change the system or situation. "Justice conversion is impossible without an im- mersiou in a new environment of injustice," said Bergman. Put things yet another way. If you want a taste of what it means to be hqlneless, spend some time at the OzanamCenter at St. Anthony Church, Evansville. They provide short term housing for families in need. Or volunteer to help. at the House of Bread and Peace in Evansville where women and small children are provided refuge for short periods of time. A number of people from our area have visit- ed various parts of Haiti as they visited "sister parishes." Unless they were totally isolated from street life there, they came away with sights, smells and sounds of noble people living in very impoverished circumstances. A number of Confirmation programs include community service hours for preparation of the young men and women. Carefully designed, these efforts could include, both an awareness of ways we help people in need, and also an acquaintance with injustices present in our midst today. It is only hen we see problem situations, and judge them to be improper or unjust, that we will begin to act and change our ways. Sometimes we learn very slowly. Around the Diocese J Sports Heaven Parishioners at St. John Church, Loogootee, received the "best theme" award for their float which was entered in the Labor' Day parade in Loogootee. The float was titled "Sports Heaven." * |vl | i Con00nue,00om00a00e7 I= I Youth group at Dubois County Bank Holy Redeemer YOUR FIVE STAR SERVICE BANK Cayce Bridges and Erica Fulcher are the youth representa- tives for lhe Senior High Youth Group at Holy Redeemer Church, Evansville. Please send information for AROUND THE DIOCESE to Mary Ann liughes, The Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, 1N 47724. The deadline for copy is 9 a.m. the Friday before publica- tion. rNi ILUMBE 104 COMPANY SHETLER MOVING & STORAGE AtlasXan Lin00nt 1253 Diamond Avenue Evansville, Indiana 423-5234 i!i :' / Jasper parishioner honored Father Patrick Foster, pastor at St. Joseph Church, Jasper, cently presented a plaque to Joe Schroeder, above center, his outstanding work in the St. Vincent de Paul Schroeder is serving as president of the society. Other bers include Patty Cox, Barbara Habig, Betty Heichelb Lawrence Klem, Clarence Buechler, Suzy Luegers and Frank Renner. "FuneralPre-Planning Since 1940" ;" Miller & Miller I 424-9274 Saturday, October 12 5 p.m. Mass Catholic Pollack Ave., The world's largest and youngest performing handbell choir will ring and sing in the spirit of Christian fellowship. Come and hear 40 young girls and boys praise the Lord! (The Mass will be in total communication in and sign language for the hearing and the