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November 14, 1997 The Message for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 5 Blessed are we because of the love others have for us By BISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER Today is Saturday I am writin thl room ;-, .... g "s in my hotel the d:neVaSnmgtn: D.C., just down the street from .. , gnaiing the capitol of our nation. I am tak- ing advantage of a break (n our meetm COmraitm ...... " g to fulfill my ,u to this forum. By the time you read thin, Our meeting will have conclude whi _ .. d the dav before ch ,-cans there is no way to re ort on our deliber- P ations during the week I am s will have t=,, . , ure that many of you EWTN ouOwecl us on the daily coverage by desi This Oming, Archbishop Harry Flvnn was the atecl presider for ou Was a S,e'-, r concelebrated Mass. It r ai ra erforu " horaily he toll- y . nlty m the church. In his , a wonderful story about a young man Who, at age 17, married education at ..... and with a child, began his th umverslty. He and his wife struggled C'lly as he Worked untiringly to get his degree. aaa been fortunate enou to heln h ..... h to have scholarships for thelut),.n, ey d!d not pr:gide all that was neecled in the eastY emd. He did graduate from the college He and his wife with their three children moved to California to gain a livelihood for his family as he pursued his career and a graduate degree. He was successful and upon gaining his degree was offered a job back in the east. He called his friend, Archbishop, whom he had not seen in five years. He asked if he could stay the night as he was coming for an inter- view. Archbishop Flyhn met him at the airport. As they entered the main terminal, the young man stopped and Said: "Excuse me, Father, but I must call my wife." He had left her not more than four hours before. The next day, Archbishop Flynn told us that he met the young man at the place of the interview that they might share supper before he was to fly back to California. Upon arriving at the restaurant, the young man asked to be excused to call his wife. Archbishop Flynn reported his reaction and responded with "You will see her in five hours and I haven't seen you in five years." The young man kindly reminded him that the love that had sustained their marriage had to come first; our love is rooted in the little things. Archbishop Flynn drew this lesson for us. The Unity in the church requires love of each of us for the other. St. Paul demonstrates this for us so often when he asks his secretary to be sure to convey loving greetings to a list of friends at the beginning and the end of his letters. Despite differences we might have with each other, the care we show for each other in the little things will carry us through moments of ten- sion. Moments like these can be characterized by the arguments the apostles had about who was to be the greatest, others may be in differences between bish- ops; between spouses; between parents and children. In all cases, unity will be measured in the love found in the little considerations that we have for each other every day. Thanksgiving Day is near. The liturgical year of the Church is drawing to a close. We would do well to review the past year in gratitude for all the love shown us in seen and unseen ways. As the leaves turn colors and fall to the earth, we can be grateful for the harvest. And as our personal day for dying approaches, we have yet another opportunity to renew our determination to love each other. Together, let us resolve to show that love in the little things of every day life. We will be no need for anxiety when unity that is so essential for marriage is built on love. the day of the Lord comes. Maida: God's covenant of love rediscovered in RetrouvaiUe (CNS)Retrou_ dignity of Christian marriage." the bridegroom who supplies the third partner in their rela- encouraged them "to continue on tries to rediscover God's The sign of transforming the wine," he added, tionship, that is, the Lord God." the journey to rediscover in ever as "the original and - of Christian Uardinal . of Detroit. .era bering God's covenant pressed in the gift of death- aid, "we have and confidence even When our seem so limit-. s came Opening Mass con- Oct. 3-5 in Troy, ement go as to the Catholic it COnsists of a week- up to help wives develop the com- skills necessary for reconciliation. of nearly COmmunities in Mexico and water into wine  and a far superior wine, as the head wait- er noted in St. John's Gospel points to the arrival of the Mes- sianic era, Cardinal Maida said. It is "a foreshadowing of a whole new Messianic age when all human limitations will be overcome by the surprising grace of God." The wedding feast itself "symbolizes the Messianic or heavenly banquet and Jesus is The cardinal said Jesus was trying to show that marriage "was being tran;formed and renewed from within," and that marriage is a covenant that involves God as well as the two spouses. In that sign, Cardinal Maida continued, Jesus also showed how the "covenant can be con- tinually deepened even through apparent conflict and confusion, as long as the couple is open to He pointed to Mary's role at Cana, praising her courage, con- viction and patience. "We have to have the :illing- ness to be able to come forward humbly and lay before the Lord our needs," he said. "We also have to say sincerely and direct- ly to one another our hopes and fears." The cardinal thanked confer- ence participants for their com- mitment to Retrouvaille and new ways the mystery, of God's ageless love for us and for all." Since 1990, when Retrouvaille began in the Detroit Archdio- cese, the program has involved 1,167 Couples, 76 percent :of whom are still together and working on their relationship, according to the archdiocesan Office for Family and Youth. Contributing to this story was Darci Smith in Detroit. Pope says Catholics do not adore Mary like they adore God By CINDY WOODEN Catholic News Service of adoration reserved for God;" the pope said Oct. 22 dUring his weekly general audience. "The love believers have for Mary differs from that which they owe God: While the Lord is loved above all else with all the heart, all the soul. and all the mind, the feelings which unite Christians to the Virgin reflect on a spiritual level  the affec -' tion children have for their moth- ers," he said. Continuing his series of audi- ence talks about the Blessed Vir- gin Mary, Pope John Paul said Christians' love, respect and ven- eration for Mary is authentic only when it leads them to greater love and adoration of the Trinity. From the earliest times of the church, he said, Marian devotion promoted fidelity to Christ. "To venerate the Mother of God means affirming the divinity of Christ." VATICAN CITY (CNS)  An "infinite distance" exists between the type of veneration Catholics have for Mary and the love and adoration they have for God, Pope John Paul II said. "The faithful's veneration of Mar34 while superior to their ven- eration of the other saints, is nev- ertheless inferior to the worship . in Michigan. Pope rumored sick, skips Mass; Vatican denies he's ill From Roots to By LYNNE WElL Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS).- Pope John Paul II was absent from an annual memorial Mass Nov. 11 amid reports that he might be ill. The Vatican did not prode an explanation. But a spokesman as Christians are a of deepening the Lord Cardinal homily. conver- as well as a admit failings he said. been a won- said the pope would conduct his for this kind 'weekly general audience the fol- COnversion for lowing day. so many The pope's participation in the Mass for cardinals and bishops who have died during the past year was. announced several weeks in advance in the Vati- can's calendar of papal liturgies, as well as in a Vatican press office news release four days' before the event. But less than an hour before the noon celebration, Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro- Vails told journalists that Cardi- nal Bernardin Gantin, dean of the Sacred College, would pre- side instead, as he had done on the same occasion in 1996. Navarro-Valls said Pope John Paul was not ill.After numerous calls from journalists outside the Vatican, the spokesman said through an assistant that the pope would conduct his weekly general audience as usual the following day. The Italian news agency ANSA, citing unnamed sources, said the pope was suffering from a "sniffle." There were other unconfirmed reports of possible illness. Catholic News Service learned from a Vatican official that the pope had a mild fever. In the last y.ear, Pope John Paul has canceled a handful of public appearances due to what the Vatican described as colds or bouts with the flu. On a pastoral visit to Poland in late May, the' pope sneezed during speeches,, and he was coughing through- out World Youth Day celebra- : tions in Augur. On the weekend before cancel- ing his partidpation in the Mass, Pope John Paul met the president of Hungary and held a beatifica- tion Mass in St, Peter's Square on a windy and overcast Nov. 9. Gospel story at Cana, .at the Mass, the is quite signifi- would Work his to affirm the Standing in awe of Mary's divine maternity, "believers dis- cover a special manifestation of the tenderness of God .the Father," he said. The Incarnation, the pope said, also focuses attention on the power of the Holy Spirit who accomplished the conception of the baby Jesus in Mary's womb and continued to guide her life. While Mary's place in the hearts and minds of believers is not on the same level as the members of the Trinity, she is above all the other saints, he said. Marian devotion is unique, the pope said, "because it refers to a person who was unique in her personal perfection and her mis- sion." Continued fram page 4 ed the charitable choice provi- sion in the juvenile justice bill now before the Senate, and plans to introduce in January "a universal application across federal code." This would mean, said an Ashcroft staff person, that "any time the government can part- ner with the private sector, faith-based organizations must be considered ff they apply."