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Faith Today Supplement, The Message, Catholic Diocese of Evansville, November 11, 1988 Page 4 * Faith Today "Children need to hear that their parents have faith and live faith; that the Euch- arist is a source of happiness to them..." Everyone knows what it is like to be misunderstood. Maybe in an effort to explain yourself to another person your words are misinterpreted, rots-taken. Frustration is the inevitable result for you. Or even anger. It is no wonder that people sometimes are reluctant to put their deepest thoughts and feel- ings into words. There is a risk involved -- the risk that what you say will not be what others hear. There is the risk, too, that you will be dissatisfied with whatever words you manage to piece together in the effort to express yourself. And, of course, there always is the risk that others will disagree when the)' do under,and what you have to sat'. That is how people sometimes feel when the), first attempt to put their faith into words The)' sense that a risk is invok, ed. "Will anyone else understand what 1 am trying to say?" But the fact is, there are times when it is necessary to put faith into words. If a home, for example, is actually to be the "domestic church" described by the Second Vatican Council, there will be many times when faith needs to be expressed openly. Children need to hear that their parents have faith and live faith; that the Eucharist is a source of happiness to them; that actions pat- terne'd on the actions of Jesus give tfieir lives meaning; that a 2,000-year-old Gospel makes sense to them in an age of electronic marvels. The adult members of the domestic church also need to hear of faith from each other. For faith isn't lived alone. People at home -- and in parishes, in small groups, in friendships -- live faith together. You might say that the)" thrive by hearing each other's faith expressed. However, putting faith into words is learned behavior for many people. It doesn't always just come naturally. Today many people learn to put faith into words in the small groups of a parish, where they sense that any risk involved is slight. In such groups people quickly realize that others are in the same boat with them. Others, too, find that words don't measure up to the faith they want to express. Others, too, fear that what they mean to say won't be what others hear. A certain measure of trust within these groups means that people can speak of faith without inevitably becoming frustrated. It is possible for them instead to find th:Lt in a mysterious way they thrive by their efforts to share faith. .'.'.-.'.'-'-..-....-'...................'-....'." CH IL00LACE .'.'.'.'...'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'--.-.'--.'-'." A hero of Munich i[il00_3 Y . -- ---- unich is one of Ger- ,,/ , /, -,,,.r: vM,  $:f]i[, ,/;[ i;.fy,l, , )t' III #1I . 11, I I I attractive cities. " - )l'lilT;!4"-["t-' P.+ lilllFml | W Tourists flock there ",///ff.   ,7" t "; , l_ Ji from all over the 7"- '" / world. Many stop downtown at a .ff a/.--, l F/(I [ I simple shrine next to St. Michael's  '-'' "J   Church. There they pray at the grave " of a Jesuit priest named Rupert Mayer. The older people of Munich still remember him well. He came to Munich in 1912. At the time, people from farms and rural villages swarmed into Munich looking for work, for a place to live, for a better life. What they found was poverty, unemploy- ment, homelessness. Father Mayer spent his energies finding jobs, searching for housing, collecting food. He helped hundreds of families to survive. He also helped them to find hope in God and to help one another. The year 1914 was the time of World War I in Europe. Father Mayer went as a chaplain to the front lines. He was with the soldiers in their trenches in France, Poland and Romania. He prayed with them, heard their confessions, celebrated Mass with them. He so bravely helped dying soldiers that he was awarded the Iron Cross for courage. A month later he was badly wound- ed in battle. He lost his left leg. After recovering, Father Mayer returned to Munich. He worked hard to help people still suffering because of the war. All over Munich people respected and admired this brave, compassionate priest. Soon after the war he began to speak out against the growing in- fluence of Adolf Hitler and Nazism. He preached that one could not be both a good Catholic and a Nazi. After Hitler came to power in 1933, Father Mayer continued to speak out against the Nazis. When Hitler began to attack church schools and religious orders, Father Mayer publicly preached against this persecution of the church. Then the Nazis decided to silence him. He was ordered to stop preaching. He was arrested several times, but the government could not stop him from preaching the Gospel. Finally in 1939 they put him in prison He suffered there for seven months. His health gradually failed. The authorities feared that if he died in prison, people would consider him a martyr. So he was sent to a quiet monastery in the mountains. At the end of World War II in 1945, Father Mayer returned to Munich. He took up his work at St. Michael's Church, but his broken health continued to get worse. On Nov. 1, 1945, he died during Mass while preaching about the saints. On May 3, 1987, Pope John Paul II beatified Father Rupert Mayer in recognition of his heroism and holiness. (Ms. Manternachis the author of catechetical u,orks, Scripture stories and original stories fi;r children.) Hidden Words Find the words hid- den in the puzzle. They may be ver- tical, horizontal or diagonal. All the words ore found in this week's story. M S 0 L D I E R S S U S P 0 V B P 0 A M N R I C A 0 L H U R I F I S V I E Y 0 S C E C E A R S 0 0 S H H R F 0 0 V N E I 0 T A I Z Y G S P Z Y C S H I Y A D L A A M A Y E R F S S N What do you think? [] How would you describe Jesuit Father Rupert Mayer? Was he courageous? Dedicated? What words would you choose to describe him? From the bookshelf Parents and teachers often do what they can to acquaint children with stories from the Bible. To help them, there is the Bible itself. But there also are adapted versions, such as The Miracles of Jesus and its companion, The Parables of Jesus, by Tomie De Paola. These two books contain 29 stories. Each is exquisitely illustrated. The il- lustrations capture the stories so well that once children have read or heard them, they can see or retell them again just by looking at the illustrations. (Holiday House Inc., 18 E. 53rd St., New York, N.Y. 10022. 1987. Hardback, $14.95 each.) Munich, Mayer, poverty, soldiers, Nazis, prison, heroism .. / , _,