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November 20, 1987 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Question Corner 13 & b Q&A By FATHER JOHN DIETZEN NC News Service Columnist Enlightenment sought on 'born-again' phenomenon Q. I believe I am a reasonably tolerant person about other people's faith and beliefs. I am getting a quite different attitude from my friend who says he is a born-again Christian. By this he means he was born again spiritually, not by baptism as I understand it. Basically he is stating that you cannot be born again through our "man-made" institutions of bap- tism and confirmation. He says that only the Holy Spirit chooses the time and place for someone be- ing born again. Could you enlighten me in a way to deal with this phenomenon? Perhaps'since my friend refuses to be a member of an organized church, he has no other way to receive the Holy Spirit. --Pennsylvania A. This born-again :phenomenon has many facets which interweave. We have centuries-old historical, theological and biblical background for our traditional Christian practices concerning bap- tism and confirmation. These ere readily available if you wish to research them. I hope, therefore, you will not think Iam dodging your question when I point out again, as I did lcently in response to a si]nilar topic, that the I & /St l ---lk - _ __ --------- _,,:,_-.  VINCENNES American National Bank Bicknoll - Sandborn Vincennes Drive-in Facilities - Member F.D.I.C. A Full Service Bank real difference between you and your friend is something more basic than specifics about the sacraments and "receiving the Spirit." It has to do here rather with our understanding of the relationship between Jesus and his church from the beginning. According to the Gospel (Matthew 28:20), Jesus promised that until the end of time he would be with his disciples, his community of believers, who were to teach and baptize in his name. We place very strong faith in what we call tradition (which simply means those things that are handed down to us) because we believe that Jesus takes his promise very seriously, that he has kept it and keeps it to this day. For this reason above all, we would believe that anyone who says the Christian churches have been all wrong about things like this until now have a lot of explaining to do. This is not to deny that past and present groups who have held such theories have much truth on their side. For one thing, they. can help all of us keep in mind certain truths about G0d's action that we can easly let slip. We believe also that the church can grow and develop in its faith. In light of new circumstances I II I Golden jubilarians Mr. and Mrs. Richard Mischler will celebrate their 50th wed- ding anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 5:15 p.m. Nov. 21 at St. Simon Church, Washington. A reception will be hosted by their children at 7 p.m. at the K of C. All friends are invited. The couple requests no gifts. Mr. Mischler and "[helma Wathen were married Nov. 22, 1937 at St. Mary Church, Washington. There are three children, Richard of Evansville, Mary Jane Lehr of Marissa, Ill., and Michael of Washington. They have 10 grand- children and two great.grandchildren. and events of history, it can and always will see new things in the Gospel message, which is simply another way of saying it will always come to know Jesus Christ more deeply. We are, after all, not dealing here with fringes of our faith. The sacraments, especially baptism and Eucharist. have roots going back even into the Old Testament. They have been, and still are, held by Christians to be essential and integral elements of our life with Christ. If anyone says that the church has been wrong on this important point all through the centuries, our response is simply that we prefer to believe in Christ and his promise (John 15 and 16) to guide and preserve us in whatever is essential in keeping his church, his community of believers, faithful witnesses to him until the ena of the world. A free brochure answering questions many ask about Mary, the Mother o ]esus, ts available by sending a stamped, sel-addreesed envelope to Father Dletzen. Holy Trinity Parish. BJoominBton, IlL 61701. Questions for this colmmz should be sent to Father Dietzen at the same address. Copyright (c) 1987 by NC News Service i Special jubila00ans Mr. and Mrs. Henry S. Will will celebrate their sixtieth wedding anniversary Saturday, Nov. Z8 at Good Shepherd Church, Evansville. A Celebration Mass will be held at 4 p.m., followed by the reception and dance in the school cafeteria. Family and friends are invited; no invitations will be mailed. The couple re- quests no gifts. Mr. Will and Pauline Wilsbacher were married Nov. 23, 1928 in St. Rupert Church, Red Brush. They are the parents of eight sons: Robert and Leo of Equality, m., Ramon of Boonville, Ind., Edward, Donald, Cyril, Marvin and Mike of Evansville and three daughters: Sister M. Theresine of In- dianapolis, Judy Vugler of Jeifersonville, Ind., and Elaine Pokorney of Evansville. A daughter, Martha Schnur, is deceased. The couple also has 40 grandchildren and 20 great- grandchildren. Mr. Will is a retired farmer. "Where customers send their friends/" Open nightly til 9 p.m. & 0000art OLD US 231 SOUTH - JASPER, IN - 482-2222 I I