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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Novem -- Taking the time to make a difference--- . Listening for cues in the conversation We found the answers to our questions in paragraph four of the letter. My wife and I had received a let- ter from Mexico, with the return I address of a family who had gra- ciously hosted us two years ago. The letter was written by the old- est daughter, who had acted as our translator during our visit. We had stayed at the family home in Merida, Yucatan, for about a week, while we attended the World Assembly of the Interna- tional Conference of Christian Family Movements. Families from all over the world came to the assembly, and en- joyed the hospitality of host families in the city. It was an experience none of us will ever forget. Some families, who met for the first time at that occasion, have continued to keep in touch. Others, like us, have not been as faithful. It was with great pleasure that we opened and read the letter from Mexico, but I have to admit I was wondering what prompted it. The letter.was very nice, full of news and well- written -- a real pleasure to read, and to recall the people she mentioned. Just holding the letter somehow provided a physical link to a time long past but still full of memorable sights and sounds. By PAUL 11. LEINGANG EDITOR The writer apologized for not writing sooner. (We could have 'done the same.) The next paragraph brought us up to date about the family. Mother was fine. Dad was o.k. A younger brother and sister had advanced appropriately in their schooling. We read about the educational system in the next paragraph, and learned the name of the schools which roughly coincide with our el- ementary, middle, high school and college. "By the way," began the fourth paragraph -- and we knew imme- diately that this was going to be a paragraph of much more than "by the way" interest. "By the way," she wrote, she needed to interview people from another country for a school project. She also needed some information about us and our community, and some pictures of people and snow. Her request has been fun to fill. She really could have just asked for what she needed in the first paragraph but she was much too polite for that. Perhaps, timid. Certainly, respectful. * $ * Asking some one to do a favor is often a difficult thing for people. It is for me. Probably the reason I found the letter was that it struck home. I do the same want to ask someone for help. And not one of my sons did the same thing, too, to My son and I had spent the early gether, and he and I came to my office that he could use my car that day. Not one foot out of the car did he say, "Oh, by Dad .... " A friend of mine says his son does that -- on the telephone. Usually, the call| son is straightforward and brief. Dad, however, when the son begins wit*,, like, "Hey, hello, how are you." Some later, the real reason comes out .... Is there a "By the way" phrase that is i your home? Sometimes servant of such cues than the house. Talk with your family members they do -- or what you do -- when a favor be requested.* Friends and neighbors, too, seem to terns of communication. Clues are always noticed. Take the time this week to listen others are saying, or writing, or some way. Pay particular attention to the part comes after, "By the way." .--...- Washington Letter Pro-life landslide will have big effect on 104th Congress By NANCY FRAZIER O'BRIEN Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Forget the Republican land- slide. The result of the 1994 elections that might be most interesting to the Catholic Church is the pro-life land- slide. "In this election, not a single pro-life incumbent member of Congress (or governor) of ei- ther party was defeated by a pro- abortion challenger," said Carol Long, director of the Na- tional Right to Life Political Action Committee. "But over two dozen hard-core incumbent pro-abortion members of Con- gress were defeated by pro-life challengers." In addition to the defeat by pro-life challengers of 29 House incumbents who sup- port legal abortion, another 34 candidates judged to be pro-life by the National Right to Life Committee won open seats in the House of Representatives. In the Senate, pro-life candi- The MESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47720-0169 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville Published weetdy except last week in December by the Catholic Press of Evansville PtJsher ............. shop Germ A. Geelfinoer Editor ............................................ Paul Ldmgang Production Manager ........................... Phil Boger Cula ................................... Amy Iousrnan Avr .................................... Paul New]and ,, ............................ Ma/A Hughes Address all communications to P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169 (812) 424-5536 Fax: (812) 421-1334 Subscription rate: $15.00 per year Single Copy Price: $.50 Entered as 2nd class matter at the post office in Evansville, IN 47701. Publica- tion number 843800. Postmaster: Return POD forms 3579 to Office of Publkaon  1 Premaf  I I dates beat incumbents in Pennsylvania and Tennessee and took open seats in Arizona, Minnesota, Michigan, Mis- souri, Ohio, Oklahoma and Wyoming, as well as Ten- nessee's second Senate seat. Of the 11 newly elected senators, only Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, is seen as a strong supporter of legal abortion. The yardstick used by the National Right to Life Commit- tee to decide if the candidate was pro-life is whether he or she opposes the Freedom of Choice Act and abortion fund- ing in federal health programs, not whether the candidate has declared a desire to overturn Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. By that yardstick, Republi- cans Sonny Bono of California and Rick Smith of Washington, who won House seats, end up counted on the pro-life side, al- though both support legal abortion in the first trimester. Ms. Long and Douglas John- son, federal legislative director for the NRLC, estimate that the pro-life side gained 40 seats in the House and six in the Senate. Ms. Long called it a "stunning defeat" for Presi- dent Clinton and other backers of government- funded abor- tion. Although there was a slight. difference in the numbers, the National Abortion and Repro- ductive Rights Action League agreed that there had been a significant shift to a pro-life Congress. "Our tally shows that anti- choice forces have gained five new seats in the Senate and pro-choice forces have lost be- tween 32 and 40 pro-choice seats in the House," said Kate Michelman, NARAL president. "The 104th Congress could well be the most anti-woman, anti-choice Congress in our history." But unlike previous years, women will be among those speaking out on the pro-life side in the 104th Congress. Seven out of 11 pro-life women candidates backed by The Susan B. Anthony List, a political action committee founded in 1994 to help female pro-life candidates from either party, won their races. Previ- ously, Democratic women can- didates could go to Emily's List and Republicans to the WISH List for PAC funds, but only if they supported legal abortion. "For the first time, you will see numbers of women stand- ing up on the floor of Congress to speak for the majority of Americans -- and women in particular -- who are pro-life," said Marjorie Jones Dannen- felser, president of The Susan B. Anthony List. Materials from the pro-life PAC termed Rep. Barbara Vu- canovich, R-Nev., the only in- cumbent it endorsed, "a true pro-life heroine in her vocal and constant defense of the un- born" and the "only woman to speak out against abortion on the floor of the House or Sen- ate in recent history." Most commentators attrib- uted the huge Republican gains in Congress to a sound rejection of Clinton's policies. But little credit was given to the abortion issue, Ms. Long said. "We believe that there is abundant data to demonstrate that one of the strongest com- ponents of this anti-Clinton tide was a strong voter back- lash to the extreme pro-abor- tion policies that have been pushed by President Clinton and embraced by many con- gressional Democrats," she said. Pro-life Democrats generally did better than other members of their party who support legal abortion. For example, "in the South, where the Re- publican tide ran especially strong, it was in many cases the pro-life Democrats who survived," said Johnson. A national survey conducted Nov. 9 by The Wirthlin Group showed that 26 percent of vot- ers said the issue affected the way Eighteen percent them to vote for a who opposed percent said See Killing happens every day in To the editor: t Maybe the horror of Susan Smith killing her children could have something good come from it. People are horri- fied that a mother could do such a thing, but they fail to realize that it happens every day in abortion. Abortion is a mother decid- ing deliberately to kill her child, because for various rea- sons it is not birth to it. It's more horrible killed in abortion painful deaths. ing isn't that i Maybe this he make people aware rible abortion Bishop's The following activities and events are listed schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger.