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November 11, 1988 -- i ' View Point The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana J 'l By FATHER JOSEPH L. ZILIAK Associate Publisher Changing lives to overcome the paralysis of anxiety Talk about troubles! Queen Elizabeth has them. Several of her dogs needed psychological help recently to manage and control feelings of anger and hostility. Apparently the dogs were nip- ping members of the royal household on occasion and needed some therapy to get themselves together again. I hope your troubles are not as heavy as the queen's. There is no attempt to make light of the fact that we humans do, at times, have problems and situations that are of great concern. To some extent we are victims of our past as we try to find ways of dealing with difficulties. Sometimes we may notice that worrying is a common component of life. We may notice that some individuals assume that worrying is something that everyone does. There are others who rarely show signs of carrying any heavy burdens on their hearts. Have you noticed the personality type that can not enjoy success or happiness without fear of los- ing it, or concerned that it is undeserved or of very short duration? Have you noticed the type of per- son who finds a good quality in virtually any difficulty? 'Voters Let me share a little bit of research on the sub- ject of what worries you. Research shows that: - 40 percent of our worries are about things that never happen. - 30 percent of our worries are about decisions already made that cannot be altered. - 12 percent of our worries are about sickness that never came. - 10 percent of our worries are about children and friends who turned out to be quite capable of helping themselves. - 8 percent o[ our worries are about real problems. - Conclusion: 92 percent of our worries are useless/ Continued lm page 1 Archdiocese of Denver. Their running mates also made appearances at Catholic functions. The Republican vice- presidential candidate, Indiana Sen. Dan Quayle, who is Presbyterian, attended a Sun- day Mass with Bush, an Episcopalian, at a Catholic church in a Cleveland Polish aeighborhood last August just after the Republican conven- tion. Quayle's Democratic COunterpart, Texas Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, also Presbyterian, delivered a speech the last week of the campaign at St. Mary's University in San Antonio. Officials at each campaign said in telephone interviews 2:::;:00IIj;IIIIIEIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII;IIIIIIIIIII FOR COMPLETE ELECTRICAL SERVICE H.G. FISCHER RT. 1 ST. ANTHONY We are reminded in Scripture to "cast our cares unto the Lord." We are urged to recall.that Christ said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and find life burdensome, and I will refresh you. Take my yoke upon your shoulders and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart. Your souls will find rest, for my yoke is easy and my burden light." (Mt. 11:28-30) It is one thing to turn to prayer and spiritual life as answers to our personal problems. It is quite Nov. 7 -- the day before the election -- that they had recognized the Catholic vote as essential to a victory, though each went about it in a different way. Dinesh D'Souza, a Catholic and head of the Bush cam- paign's Catholic liaison, said that from the outset Bush cam- paign manager Lee Atwater said that "the key to the elec- tion was three groups -- evangelicals in the South, the women's vote and the Catholic vote." "The (Bush) campaign made an effort to identify with Catholic values," D'Souza said, pointing to the vice president's positions on abortion, volun- tary school prayer and tuition assistance. D'Souza added that Bush rallies at Catholic schools were part of the campaign's efforts to reach out to Catholics but also were tied into Bush's emphasis on education. Dukakis spokeswoman Lor- raine Voles said the Democrat's a different situation when another person or per- sons are the major source of our problem or problems. We need to believe what our Lord holds out to us as promise. There is, indeed, a noticeable eas- ing of worries when we allow our Lord to step into our lives. It is truly possible to transfer anxiety to Christ. Once we accomplish the transference, we do not have to bear burdens of guilt or worry. We still may need to change some things in our lives, but we will not be burdened with the paralysis of anxiety. We may have to be quite honest with ourselves and effect the changes that we usually know we have to do. That takes courage and a strong will. But it is quite possible. This is the ac- tivity level of which Christ speaks. We cannot bear the burdens of others. Each of us ultimately must stand alone. We may need help and guidance with resolving family or spousal pro- blems. Such help is available from many quarters. Worries are not worth the effort. Anxiety is not productive of good and positive results. Peace of heart and mind is far more valuable and health- producing. Lord, help us in our searches of peace. campaign used a grass-roots ap- proach, rather than national ef- forts, to garner Catholic sup- port. She said Catholic events were a concern of the cam- paign's field offices, which sent representatives to speak at church breakfasts or at parish council meetings. "We have seen the Catholic vote as a voting force," Ms. Voles added. Washington Post columnist Mark Shields wrote earlier that Dukakis owed a "tremendous debt of gratitude" to Catholic voters, "without whose over- whelming support he could not have won" key Democratic primaries. Christ the King Continued from page 9 In the 1987 parish directory, Father Deig wrote, "The Fathers of Vatican II, while giv- ing much to us that is new, also have us rediscovering and savoring an ... ancient scrip- tural idea of the church, name- ly, that we are the People of God. The church is not a building of stone and steel but a building of 'living stones' erected on the foundation stones of the the 12 apostles whose Cornerstone is Christ. And these living stones are people." There are challenges ahead for the parish, said Father Deig. As elsewhere, a changing socie- ty has great impact on home, family and parish; more mothers are working outside the home, and families are more mobile. He hopes to attract more young families into a greater participation in parish life, he said. He hopes for continued ex- cellence in the parish school. "I have always been a strong Shields suggested that Dukakis would have to win the Catholic vote to win the White House, adding that in the primaries Catholics identified with his Greek Orthodox ethnic roots and considered him one of their own. At the outset of the cam- See VOTERS page 16 backer of schools. I try to at least touch base every day," he said. He admitted he has some concern about the future impact on parish finances. He hopes for a teaching church, like Matthew's householder, "who brings out from his storeroom both new and old." He emphasized his convic- tion that the parish is not a set of buildings, but rather a church of living stones, the people of God.