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Faith Today Supplement, The Message, Catholic Diocese of Evansville, October 23, 1987 3 FOOl:) FOR THOUGHT II II I I IIII Think of some common, everyday situations in which people are apt to say, "This is what I believe." What influence do people's beliefs have on them -- their beliefs about family life, politics or neighborhood life? Can you describe some situations in which people have been changed -- in which their total p,.rsonality has been transformed -- by a belief? (Perhaps this is a belief about themselves or about others; about the value of education or money; about family life; about friends; about the poor; about the sick.) What are the implications of saying "I believe" in the context of Christian faith? Why do our writers say that creeds i statements of belief -- are really much more than words? What is the difference between the Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed used at Mass, according to Dolores Leckey? Think about your Christian belief. Do you find it difficult to put this into words? Why or why not? Following the suggestions of Father Bacik in Katharine Bird's article, doyou think you could put your belief into words by writing something about it? at this time," Father Bacik said. A concern develops about what values the parents want to pass on to the youngster. "I've had a number of young parents, especially men, saying thLt the birth is their deepest religious experience," he said. Often they "don't have the language to express it" and faith can help them state their awe and new sense of responsibility. Father Bacik says that people often need help in identifying what they belie-ze and in learning how to express their beliefs. He finds that writing a short personal creed can help. He urged a woman Religious to start working on a short creed three years ago. It is her way of saying "It's mine, it reflects what's in my guts." Writing a per- sonal creed is "her way of ap- propriating her faith," he said. (Ms. Bird is associate editor of Faith Today.) Second Helpings. The greal creeds are excellent sources for gaining insight into the belief of the earliest Christians and an understanding of what the early church period was like, writes Anthony Gilles in The People of the Creed. Telling this story leads the author into discussions of some of the major figures of the early centuries of the church such as Athanasius, Cyril, Arius and Augustine, as well as some of the great early councils of bishops. The approach is historical. But, Gilles says, this should not deter readers "from realizing that the story behind the early church is also the story of people like you and me who tried to express in their ordinary lives the Gospel's central teaching, 'The Word became flesh and made his dwell- ing among us.'"(St. Anthony Messenger Press, 1615 Republic St., Cincin- nati, Ohio. 45210. 1985. $5.95.) April, 1922 Bring home a [] Please send me a FREE trial subscription to EXTENSION Magazine. [] I would like to help keep the Catholic Faith alive in America. Here is: my gift of $ Rev./M r./Mrs./Miss/Ms. Address State Zip The Cathohc C;hurch EXTENSION Sooety 35 East WEJck;r ED.,ve C ,:ago. IHI[ IC9 C)6C)1 H' 0936 City For 80 years, EXTENSION Magazine has been a part of Catholic families. Over the years, the magazine's appear- ance has changed, but its essential message remains the same. EXTENSION tells the story of priests, nuns and lay people struggling to bring the Catho- lic Faith to poor and remote mission areas of the United States. It describes what it means to be a missionary today. To learn how you can be part of the missionary Church, send for a free trial sub- scription to EXTENSION Magazine today. 36