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October 23, 1987 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Question Corner Q&A By FATHER JOHN DIETZEN NC News Service Columnist Approaching the Bible in the right spirit Q. In different Bibles the Book of Genesis is referred to as history, story, generations and so on. Where does the difference of translations or inter- pretations come from? I tend to favor the non-literal interpretation. Some of my friends see this as taking the Bible to have errors. They say the Holy Spirit will guide us in reading the Bible and that no scientific discoveries or historical influences have any significance in in- terpreting the Bible. You get the true meaning directly from the Holy Spirit. Does the Holy Spirit really influence us to that extent? Or is it a desire to have all black and white answers? --Ohio A. The real differences between what we might call traditional Christianity and what often are referred to as fundamentalist Christians are usually on an entirely different level than at first appears. So here the important question is how we each ee the written Word of God fitting into 'ur Chris- tian life; even more basically it relates '- 'ow we believe God wants us to use this world h. he has created. Unless we keep those facts in mind, we can argue for months and never resolve anything because weare simply on two entirely different i ii i i ii i tracks. They also directly affect any response to your question. A major difference between traditional Catholic Christianity and modern fundamentalism (which in fact is not so modern; it surfaces one way or another quite regularly} is in our attitude toward the created world. Put simply and perhaps too briefly, Christian tradition back to the beginning takes creation very seriously and sacredly. Whether material (bread, wine, water, oil, words, actions} or spiritual {our minds and wills, our passions and emotions) we believe that all,creation, rightly used, can be a channel of God's power and grace. The other approach tends to move in another direction. Things of this world, especially as they are affected by human action, only are "man- made," unworthy of God. None are capable of being sacraments, points of contact between God and ourselves through and in which God can work his love. For us, a significant part of faith in the Holy Spirit, in God, means accepting and using the gifts that Spirit has given us. To reject science, history, discovery is a rejection of the Holy Spirit. To ac- cept what our minds tell us, enlightened by faith, honors the God who made us and the Spirit who enlightens us. Thus, to use what we have been able to learn about the times in which the authors of Scripture INI iiii i i wrote, what problems they faced and what they meant to say is affirming not denying the Holy Spirit. Without denying that anything and everything is possible for God, we believe the normal and or- dinary way the Spirit works in us is not by shining a mysterious light in our eyes or some other miraculous intervention. Rather, when we do our best to use well the gifts he has given, his power is at work im- measurably in ways we cannot even imagine {Ephesians 3:20} enriching our minds and wills as we reflect on him and try to love him more deeply. As you suggest, his approach do creation and to the Scriptures may not always result in the black and white, us against them answers we might sometimes desire. We believe, however, it is still the best way to honor God and to respect this world which has come from his creating hand. A free brochure outlining marriage regulations in the Catholic Church and explaining the pro- mises in an interfaith marriage is available by sen, ding a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Father John Dietzen, Holy Trinity Parish, 704 N. Main St., Bloomington, 111. 61701. Questions for this column should be sent to Father Dietzen at the same address. Copyright'(c) 1987 by NC News Service i iiii i i ii 9 Letter from the missions 00Father Eugene Heerdink shares news about his work in S. America The following letter comes Hoping your health is good (week's) activity. We give and On Friday night, we end with from Father Eugene Heerdink, a and the work and burdens of direct an hour of praying and a home Mass and the people priest of the Evansville Diocese the diocese are not too heavy, teaching in the afternoon and elect three or four men to coor- in Columbia, South America. I have a week of rest and am from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. dinate their weekly meetings The letter was written to catching up on cur- visit in pairs some 50 homesin- thereafter. Bishop Shea, who wishes to respondence, reading, resting viting them to come to a mis- So the beginning of a share its contents, and catching my breath, sion of five nights the coming neighborhood, basic Christian It's interesting work. The week in one home in their community, is born. Our team Dear Bishop Shea, Maryknoll priest, the Fran- neighborhood, returns each year for two years Greetings from a few miles ciscan nun and myself spend In the evening we conduct to reanimate the leaders and south! Hoping the hot, hot sum- six weeks in a parish, the mission of one-and-a-half revive the communities that mer has past. Since we are An hour-and-a-halfeach mor- hours of singing, explaining have ceased to meet. working at an elevation of 8,500 ning we spend with the parish and sharing, dialoging on three In the six weeks we are in a feet, I've been wearing a priests and parish team, if there scripture texts, praying for parish we incorporate leaders of sweater and light jacket even in is one, reading and praying the needs of families and the parish in our team and work the rectories. Bible and planning the day's neighborhood, so that when we leave, the parish has its own team to con- tinue forming these com- munities with the pastor I S T. CELES TINE CHURCH CHURCH SHOOT Sunday, Oct. 25 At Celestine Community Club 9 Miles East of Jasper just off St. Hwy. 164 NEAR PATOKA LAKE 12 Gauge HAM SHOOT starts at Noon Closed Match Starts at 3 P.M. 1st Choice- ONE-HALF DRESSED BEEF 2nd Choice - ONE HALF DRESSED BEEF OTHER CHOICES CASH PRIZES SPECIAL GIVE-AWAY Remington 870 Shotgun. 28-inch barrel GRAND GIVE-AWAY - $1,000 First Prize **************************************** FRIED CHICKEN OR SAUSAGE OR HAMBURGER DINNERS SERVED FROM 11:30 A.M. TO 7:00 P.M. YOUR FAVORITE GAMES  QUILTS For Your Convenience, Last Mass at 10:OO A.M. Local Time wherever he wants them. Now, we are mid-way through a six-week period in Nemocon, a city of 10,000 with one 64-year-old active priest and a seminarian who is help- ing this year before starting his last three years of theology. No DUDS. Well, enough for now. Do keep me and our work in your prayers. I believe I'll be back for a month of vacation in summer of 1988. God bless! 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