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Faith Today Supplement, The Message, Catholic Diocese of Evansville, November 18. ! 988 for the sacred t() the Via l)()h)r()sa dovn which Itlstls It)lied with the cr()s,',, lierc pJigrinls stop at tile Stations of tile ,ross: disregarding Ill(." ()(_'casiona ne;tvily laden donkey. t .:)rtht)dox .laws w('aring skull caps It)in Hasidic lows in Ilat'k /'rock ();Is and hats ;it the ;'estern Wall, Part of whatonce was the temple ()urtvard. Setzreuated by sex. men 'lnd " " .... . ' x'omer| pausc to pray, to rcad I ttkl, prayer scrolls :m.! t(') toudl tile Wall. {,,Itl JertJsalcm i v,:ts reminded that llristians do not have ,t monopoly on the seriousness with which thex" Dr:Mice their religion. 1 also becanc more aw:tre of tile varied ways peo- Plcs()f faith encounter God. " I/Xtck in the United States, t!()USands of miles from the bustling !'lt.v of lerusalenl Native Americans C;Irch , . . .. . lor the (,rcat SDrtt ,n an en- urtl'lY different sort of environment. t '()r the Sioux Indians, the serene ;nd nlajestic Black Hills of South I!akt)ta arc a sacred place. The ln- I ans go there today to make con- ,ct With the Great'Spirit just as Ihcir ancestors did st) long ago. A rcflcctivc and 13hih)s()l')hic:ll i')c()- pie. the Si()ux h)()k t() the world ()f ii:lltlrt" It) experience the s,lCl'ed said Benedictine F:lther Thc)mas Hillcn- brand, itc is chaplain of Mount Mar- tv College in Yankton S.I). All nature "speaks to the Sioux alout tile presence of a Sttpreme Be- ing. of ,t force or power" greater than they, Father Hillenbrand cx- pl;uned. They see the Great Spirit as a friend sometimes but also as ,t foc at times, frightening and yet attractive. For the Sioux, thtmder and light- ning :Ire "'the Great Spirit speaking to us'" F:tther Hillenbr,md said. They also believe that the Spirit can bc f()und in ,minlals and in the sun and tlloon and stars. Among these people, "an,w)ne willing to be open to the created universe is on tile road to commun- ing with the Spirit and the spirit world." the priest added. (Ms. Bird is associate editor of Faith Toda.l,.) gs believers share ..'''"," lay differ.'tlle desire to !S them oil to future generations is ''rl "Vt'rsal. , i,.lllher COllltllOI1 ('attlrc of world spring as a time of rebirth and new life is a conlnlorl time of'celebration. In using such natural symbolism, Christians often speak of grace bL, ildirlg on nature. ()parting and eh)sing the day with prayer is :mother conlmon custom. "lhc event of death is acconlpanied I')v rituals that mark this most impt)r- t;ttll l')as;Jge. And hi,ill)' religions possess a body of literature, special books and teachings. The people of the world's religions in re:my ways arc united in mind, through their questions; in he:u't, through their restlessness: in rophets, religious lealers, atilt)n, through their ritual I ''ts, saints. Their messages, rituals expressions. ,[.t tile gods thcy are devoted to There are differences and ,['t ) differ, but the desire to find sometinlcs discord But there is also 1 lcctiotls b x, n th tx o In s  est tad a belt f m life s /1 "'" "' ct 'ca e ' ," a a .'1 ared qu "." a " " "e '." ! .Stant. purpose. , ne v,'orld's religions set aside )'s and times and se:tsons to (Hellgesbach is a prr)fe$$of alld el)Fit(: nle It ) 0 slons s trot It llidl(llI(i U/lll'elslt ' It ; " "; lingful cca." .'. Tile admilti.'trc " " ' "','" I I ural SymbolistS1 of the season of at Sottth Bend.) , 00I00VOOD ear tHOUGHt00 ; , Nightly TV news programs often report on conflicts which have a religious lenle tn  such'as Jewish-Arab strife in the Middle East or Catholic-Protestant !nrest in Northern Ireland. It can seem that people of different religious beliefs I nothing but fight each other. "Have there been occasions when representatives of the world's different reli- t. lions met together to promote peace? Are there occasions on the local level when 'eople of different religions band together to work on a common cause? eWhat are some common characteristics that followers of the world's religions hare? "What does it mean to say that people have a universal yearning for God? "aond Helpings. Open dialogue is "an essential element of religious . "- in a religious[y plural context," says Constance Tarasar in a chapter in Religious Uralism and Religious Education, edited by Norma Thompson. Acknowledging at the openness needed for such dialogue is difficult to attain, Ms. Tarasar says approach which often succeeds in breaking down barriers is for people of erent religions to work together on a common project. "Common work can ter better relationships and prepare the ground for dialgoue" by creating trust .. ong people, she says. Dialogue then can build on this relationship and help 3Ple to identify what they share. (Religious Education Press, 1531 Wellington ad, Birmingham, Ala. 35209. 1988. Paperback, $14.95.) I Write today for o complimentary copy of this useful publication Now, for the first time, Notional Catholic News 5ervice -- publisher of Faith Today- offers its weekly TV & Movie Guide to individual subscribers. *You may receive o complimentary copy to review simply by writing to us at the ad- dress below. on e evit o I ---- This valuable tool serves parents, videocossette and cable 13/ viewers, moviegoers and many others. 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And it is put to use in educational groups of many kinds -- in parishes, schools, homes. This pull-out supplement supports the ongoing work of religious educators through materials that are easy to read and interesting to discuss. Faith Today another valuable service of your Catholic newspaper 39 .............. 2,3