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I)lcmbtr 3,113 ' The Millage MomMy -- for Cstholil of Soub'lmm Indts 5 Bishop's Forum -- Reflecting on Advent and the Synod ADVENT is a time with a mixture of discomfort and carry out all those actions that he ratified. Or the f wonderment . . . ADVENT is a time of waiting with expectation... ADVENT is a time f anticipation of things yet to be... . The Christian seas is a Speci-, .- on of Advent -. L  girt to us for it teaches US-op.e for a better life on this earth Q-a wlta the certaint o nali,v ; .... Y f faith eter- "-- '- ae life of heaven t their child will be like. There is that their offspring will be whole and happy thoughts for the life yet to be lived. wait with expectation knowing that set amount of time necessary for a baby ByBISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER joyful preparations. Parents anticipate the first pangs of labor. Mothers and fathers make contingency plans for the mo- ment that the time of birth is at hand. While all is ready for the newborn to arrive the anticipation builds among family members and the community of friends. Then the wait is over! Or does one advent give way to another with its wonderment, its waiting, its anticipation? Although our Synod was not a birthday, it certainly was preceded with an advent. It had the mixture of all the emo- tions and feelings of any advent be it for a birthday or an arrival of a long lost friend. The twenty-eight-month wait for our Synod is over. A new advent has begun. wonderment that goes with the question: Is it pos- sible to do all those items the Synod delegates called for by their votes? Many others of you have begun the wait for the implementation of your favorite action item flowing from the Synod. Still others anticipate the new Diocesan Pas- toral Council as an exciting way fi)r the laity to be even more involved in the life of the Church in our diocese. All of us, nonetheless, must make room for these "newborns" and indeed welcome them as part of the life of the "family." Each of us must share responsibility for the quality of life in this our family. Each of us is challenged to give of time, talent and treasure to make certain that the work of the Synod is nurtured to full maturity, that the Mission of Our Diocese may be realized in its mother. It is a waiting filled Many of you may wonder how the bishop will this new advent. P0pe in Youth Day message urges young people to sha life re ^ x WOODEN 'atholic News Service message for the 1994 and 1995 day both years. It will be cele- called to participate by reason our century, to all of you, dear celebrations of World Youth brated internationally with the of their baptism and their be- young people who hunger and Day. The theme for the celebra- tions will be: "As the Father has sent me, so I send you." World Youth Day will be cel- ebrated locally on Palm Sun- [ CITy (CNS) are called on to life that is his followers, aul II said in a s-' .-Urges Catholics to make piritual room for Christ at Advent Y Jo TI_A VATt,._ VIS, Catholic News Service to akra, CITy (CNS) _ Pone John Paul II asked eo le Year. uu tbr Jesus as they count down to ChristmP: tPis "V tory heaesa, arecaa'tcold,neeti cthe-- Lord if our minds are distracted, if our v-" ae sap - "uur eyes are unable to open to the mys- at  at a blessing Nov 28, the first Sunday of Ad- for "vigilance- among his followers, the pope a request that challenges "our laziness, asking in our daily lives," he said. not look at Christmas as a merely historical but as a chance to welcome Christ anew in the pope said. Christmas this year, he said, the church is to the U.N. International Year of the Family should recall that a family, born from a man and a woman to join their lives, is by toward the future. a "project of love" marked by "the ex- new lives that the family nucleus is With tenderness, to care for attentively and WAIT UNTIL REACHED YOUR LIMIT. yQ Willng im though you simply cannot cope o.."e more demand, ire us,, ca, :4 h0U'4 ame:, confidential per, amsmnts uay, Seven days a week to help you i: get past it. THE HELP LINE To634"NEED (634-6333) II Free 1-800-852-7279 B Aselviceofthe AL HEALTH  pope in Manila, Philippines, in January 1995. The pope's message, dated Nov. 21 and released Nov. 27 at the Vatican, urges young people to continue the journey they began at earlier youth days. The 1993 World Youth Day celebration in Denver, he said, was a time of "experiencing and tasting the gift of life in abundance." At the Denver celebration last August, young people fo- cused on Jesus' words: "I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly." "While we keep the mar- velous and unforgettable sight of that great meeting in the Rocky Mountains before our eyes and in our hearts, our pil- grimage continues and makes its way this time to Manila, in the vast Asian continent, cross- roads of the 10th World Youth Day," he said. The pope said the person calling young people to prepare for the Manila celebration is "Jesus Christ, center of our lives, root of our faith, reason for our hope and source of our love." "Called by him, young people from every corner of the world will examine their commit- ment to the "new evangeliza- tion' in the tracks of the mis- sion entrusted to the Apostles longing to the church commu- nity." The pope said the mission- ary commitment of the church arises from the truth of Christ's resurrection. Like the Apostles, members of the church are strengthened in their mission by Christ's resurrection, which showed "his message was not a lie, (and) his promises were not written on sand." "He, living and blazing with glory, is the proof of the om- nipotent love of God, which radically changes the course of history and of our individual existences," the pope said. But for the Apostles ar.J for Christians today an encounter with the risen Lord cannot be just a moment of individual joy, he said. "Strengthened by faith in the risen Christ, we all are asked to throw open the doors of our lives without fear or un- certainty, to accept the Word which is the way, the truth and the life and to shout it courageously to the whole world," he said. Pope John Paul said young people experience first hand "the apprehensions of the cur- rent historical season, dense with hopes and uncertainties, in which one can easily lose the way that leads to an en- counter with Christ." thirst for truth, the church pre- sents itself as a traveling com- panion," he said. "Faithful custodian and in- terpreter of the patrimony of faith given it by Christ, the church wants to dialogue with the new generations," he said. At the same time, the pope said, the church entrusts young people with the task "of shouting to the world the joy which springs from having en- countered Christ." Go and preach the Good News that redeems," he told the youths. "Do it with joy in your hearts and become communicators of hope in a world that often is tempted to despair, communi- cators of faith in a society that often seems to resign itself to disbelief, communicators of love amid daily events that are often marked by the most un- bridled egoism," he said. Young people are called to show their peers and the whole world, through word and ac- tion, the truth that reconcilia- tion and peace begin in the human heart, the pope said. ro you, young people, is en- trusted in a particular way the task of becoming communica. tors of hope and peacemakers in a world always more in need of credible witnesses and, co- and in which all Christians are "To the men and women of herent announcers.' Church teaching on sexuality not meant to restrain 10ve VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Catholic teaching on sexuality and parenthood is not designed to put =a restraint on the gen- erosity of love," Pope John Paul II said. Rather, he said, the church's teaching is aimed at helping couples see new life as an ex- pression of their complete self- giving. The church recognizes the legitimacy of using natural methods of family planning when couples decide they have a valid reason to delay having a child, the pope told a Vati- can-sponsored conference marking the 25th anniversary of Pope Paul VI's encyclical on human life and married love. "Adhering fully to God's de- sign for matrimony, couples do not feel impoverished in their love, but on the contrary, expe- rience the fullness of their mu- tual dedication," the pope said. The Nov. 25-26 conference on the encyclical "Humanae Vitae" ("Of Human Life") was sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the Family. More than 100 Catholic university leaders, moral theologians and people involved in ministry to families took part. Pope John Paul said Pope Paul, "in promulgating this highly valuable document in one of the most delicate and difficult moments of his pontif- icate, showed apostolic courage, love for the truth and authentic fidelity to God and to human beings." "It is comforting to see how in the Catholic Church today the service to humanity ren- dered by this great pope is gaining recognition despite the demanding character of the doctrine he reaffirmed and the strong resistance offered by those opposed to it," the pope said. Humanae Vitae "touches es- sential aspects of the experi, ence spouses are called to live as their means of sanctifica, tion" and is a document requir- ing "the distinct attention" of all pastoral workers.