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8 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana --- On The Record -- Planet Earth should remain sacred HUMAN WHEELS This land today/Shall draw its last breath/And take into its ancient depth/This frail re- minder/Of its great dreaming self/While I with human-hin- dered eyes/Unequal to the sweeping curve of life/Stand on this single point of time By CHARLIE MARTIN CNS COLUMNIST (REFRAIN) Human wheels spin round and round/While the clock keeps the pace/Human wheels spin round and round/Help the light to my face That time today no triumph gains/At this short success of age/This pale reflection/Of its brave and blundered deed/For I descend from this vault/Now dreams beyond my earthly fault/Knowledge, sure, from the seed (REPEAT REFRAIN) This land, today, my tears shall taste/And take into its dark embrace/This love, who in my beating heart endures/Assured, by every sun that burns/The dust to which this flesh shall return/It is the ancient, dreaming dust of God (REPEAT REFRAIN TWICE) Written by John Mellencamp, George Green i Sung by John Mellencamp Copyright (c) 1993 by Windswept Pacific Entertainment D/B/A Full Keel Music Co. (ASCAP) WB Music CorpJ Katsback Music Admin. By WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) John Mellencamp's "Human Wheels" is somber stuff. The cassingle is off his new CD by the same title. If you have followed this column over the years, you know I am a big fan of Mellen- camp, a fellow Hoosier. However, this single has to rank right there with those by R.E.M. for mys- terious lyrics. I take it that this song is about human his- tory -- where it's been and where it's going. Mel- lencamp speaks of how the "human wheels" of life keep spinning "round and round." The clock of his- tory "keeps the pace." Before this continual flow of history, our indi- vidual existences "stand on this single point of time." Given the circumstances of life today, we live on land that is in the process of drawing "its last breath." Indeed, few of us would deny that we live in a time of immense problems. We point out numer- ous threats to the Earth. We read daily newspaper accounts of wars and the human suffering they cause. We wonder what will happen to the human family as we run out of non- renewable resources. Yet as Christians our perspective is based not in despair but in hope. We turn to our God for ,/i guidance and strength as we bring healing other and to the planet. We do this by first accepting personal bility for what our individual lives can be. ample, if we want to live in peace we start right where we are. We build peace with our parentS, ters and brothers in our homes. We toward our friends in school. We extend peace neighbors in our communities. If we want to treasure Earth as a and all future generations, all we can. We reuse whenever possible. We to participate in the throw-it-away in society. As Christians, we hold a vision of the Earth: sacred, a sign through which th( to us. Further, we see all its peoples as dignity because they bear this Creator's Thus we even treat people that we with respect, recognizing that no one ality exactly as we do. Yes, the human wheels of history and keep spinning. Yet it is this day of life that is the gift. have the chance to give our love choose to promote the caring that can make s ence for both today and tomorrow. Given this tunity, we live not in some a vibrant, thriving hope. :: (Your comments are always Please address: Charlie Martin, RR 3, Rockport, IN 47635. 'Real American Catholic story' not told by med By PATRICIA ZAPOR Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Like the contrast Charles Dickens painted in "A Tale of Two Cities," the story of how Denver was transformed by the pope and World Youth Day was striking, said the presi- dent of the National Confer- ence of Catholic Bishops in opening the bishops' annual fall meeting Nov. 15. Baltimore Archbishop William H. Keeler said that while the news reporting of the pope in Denver was "fair, even glowing," the media's assess- ment of the Catholic Church in general during World Youth Day showed there is "a pre- programmed 'Catholic Story."' The archbishop highlighted the crime problems of Wash- ington and Denver and com- pared that to the weeklong calm that took over Denver when 186,000 youths from around the world met there this summer for World Youth Day '93. For a few days Denver was transformed, Archbishop Keeler said, after it was sin- gled out earlier in the year for experiencing "the same kind of open running wounds from vio- lence as Washington, Balti- more and so many other cities." "The world watched and was amazed at the powerful image of those young people so hun- gry for a clarity of faith and a desire to understand the basic values which give greater meaning to their lives," he said. Those youths, he added, recognized that the answer to their quest was symbolized and personified in Pope John Paul II. While the news coverage al- lowed millions of people to share in some of the events, the news media was less re- fined when trying to describe the American Catholic Church in general, Archbishop Keeler said. They missed the bigger story of the role religion plays in people's lives, according to the archbishop. Around their cov- erage of the enthusiasm and love of the youth for the Holy Father were wraparounds of "the predictable caveats that many Catholics do not agree with him," he said. "The media's 'American Catholic Story' is a caricature wherein complex issues are crudely stated -- crudely and quickly stated," he said. For example, the archbishop said he was invited on NBC's Today Show to explain the Catholic Church's position on abortion, birth control, celibacy and the male priesthood -- in 30 sec- onds. "The glib answers they seek to important questions leave no room for detail and nuance, no room for the whole universe of concerns on which the Holy Father challenges all human- ity," Archbishop Keeler contin- ued. He noted that 30 to 40 percent of the American public attends religious service each CTNA offerings: Church commitment and public funds What happens to Catholic Msgr. Charles J. Fahey, senior identity when health and wel- fare ministries get public funds? That's one question to be discussed in the final edi- tion of =Church '93" -- trans- mitted by the Catholic Telecommunications Network of America. The program is entitled, =Church Commitment and Public Funds: maintaining Catholic Identity in Health and Welfare Ministry." It will be available for viewing "live" at the Catholic Center, from 2 -- 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 2, or on videotape at the Media Center. Program participants in- clude Auxiliary Bishop Thomas J. Costello of Syracuse, N.Y.; associate of the Third Age Cen- ter, Fordham University, Bronx, N.Y.; Donna Hanson, secretary for social ministries in the Diocese of Spokane, Wash.; and Charles E. Thoele, former chief operating officer of the Sisters of Mercy Health System, St. Louis, Mo. Father Philip J. Murnion, di- rector of the National Pastoral Life Center, will be the pro- gram host and moderator. The first part of the program will be devoted to a studio con- versation. The remainder of the program will be interac- tive, enabling viewers across the country to participate in the discussion by telephone. week, meaning more people go to church every weekend than attended all major league base- ball games in the last season. "But while every newspaper and television station has a team of sports reporters and editors, it is rare to find even one full-time reporter in a newsroom -- rarer still to find a religion reporter who truly understands the religion about which reports are written," he continued. Archbishop Keeler said the bishops dare not ignore the challenge of how the media de- pict the church. But he also said there is a need for journal- ists to respect their own profes- sion -- realizing and conflict are news worth reporting' The real Story" is that have waiting list church grew bers; that there has crease in the dates for the beginning in each of the last that the Catholic a fresh perspective to 25 million that Catholic charities serve the gry, homeless and great numbers, MILLER & MILLEI00 1 ",4 family can EVANSVILLE AND SHOPPING FOR THE BEST PLUMBING SERVICE RESIDBCrlAL CONMEIICIAL G (FREE ESTIMATES) RANT PLUMBING CO. 484 s. 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