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Faith Today Supplement, The Message, Catholic Diocese of Evansville, November 13, 1987 | | ], "In creating us .to eye the time when civilization What is the moment when ment media. The church sees that I ]r: members of a pilgrim people, wheel and the insight to use it to combine -- in a virtually infinite their increasing interdependence. I\\;,." God himself has created our change the way people live and number of cases to change the For the church the hope is that I  basic interdependence and call- interact that you tend to associate ways people interact in society, insight can be brought to bear in I |  \\; t edustOearhlno solidarity with all. This with the beginnings of civilization? And people always hope that all these areas so that human digni- I . teaching is formulated in an in- Discovery, invention, insight -- theirs is a civilizing age in which ty will be protected and humani- ,/ comparably effective manner in the parable of the good Samaritan who took care of the man who was left half dead along the road." (Pope John Paul II in Detroit, September 1987) Try to picture in your mind's especially insight about how peo- ple can best conduct their lives together: These certainly are the stuff of civilization. Ages ago they ranked high among life's civilizing factors. Yes, ages ago. But does this mean only ages ago? some true progress will come about. This is why today's church is at- tempting to chart a course of dialogue with culture -- with universities and governments, with medicine, science, technology, communications and the entertain- ty's vision of life will be enriched. This is not an incidental concern. -'i" As the church views it, society's future depends on the use that is made of the current, civilizing moment. That is why the dialogue with Culture is of the essence. i..o...o.o.o.o.............o.....o.o.o.....o... CHILDREN'S PLACE A most learned woman By Janaan Manternach NC News SewIce H ilda of Whitby lived 1,300 years ago in England. It was an ex- citing time and place to grow up, especially for a young girl whose Uncle Edwin was king. Hilda had everything a girl could want. Her parents had a beautiful home and gave her a good educa- tion and lots of love. In 627 when she was 13, Hilda was baptized with her uncle. She spent most of the next 20 years at the royal court, enjoying the good things of life, learning more and meeting England's important people. When Hilda was 33, she felt God calling her to become a nun. She and a few friends spent a year praying in a quiet country place by the River Wear. Her bishop then made Hilda superior of a nearby monastery. Nine years later she supervised the designing and building of a \\; large new monastery at Whitby. It was really two monasteries side by side, one for men and one for women. When the double monastery was finished, the nuns and the monks elected Hilda as abbess, or superior. As abbess, Hilda was responsible for hundreds of monks, nuns and lay persons working in the monastery. They helped hundreds more people living nearby. Under Hilda's direction, Whitby monastery became famous as a ho- ly place. Families living nearby came regularly to pray with them. Others traveled far to seek Hilda's advice and spiritual direction. Hilda also shaped Whitby monastery into a center of culture and learning. She was the most learned woman in all England. Her monks and nuns were learning con- stantly. They studied and hand- copied the Bible and other great books. Almost all could play the harp or some other musical instru- ment. The monastery library became one of the best in England. Once she noticed that a middle- aged man named Caedmon, who took care of the monastery cows, had a gift for poetry and singing. But he could not read or write. Hilda encouraged and taught him. With her support, Caedmon became the first English Christian poet. In 664 the leaders of England's church gathered at Hilda's monastery for an important church meeting, the Council of Whitby. Soon after the council, Hilda became sick and never fully recovered. On Nov. 17, 680, after six years of weakness and pain, Hilda called the monks and nuns of whitby to her sickbed. "Love one another," she told them. With those last words, one of the church's great women died in peace. We celebrate her feast day Nov. 17. (Ms. Manternach is the author of catechetical works, scripture stories and original stories for children.) ' STARTL ,,, The Way to Whitby Many people traveled far to the Whltby monastery to seek HIIda's advice. Can you help one of the travelers find her way? i 1 What do you think? [] What are some things the monks and nuns at Whltby did? Can you find Whitby on a map of England? From the bookshelf Th/s Year's Garden, by Cynthia Rylant, Is an absorbing story about a family and the garden it works through the seasons of a full year. The story begins at winter's end with the family awaiting spring. Everyone works together to get. the planting done; in autumn they join to store and can the vegetables, and to make pumpkins into jack-o'-Ianterns. Then winter returns and the waiting begins again. This lovingly Illustrated story tells how a family's life Intertwines with the earth's seasons. The book fosters a spirit of caring as It shows us people who share, celebrate and grow together. (Aladdin Books, Macmillan Publishing Co., 866 Third Ave., New York, N.Y. 10022. 1987. Paperback, $3.95.) iik , ,