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0 The Message Monthly -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Deceml: - Words, swords and plowshares What are the most powerful i' m" a00art00 u,ar00o00e "00anc00"un00ess, way to ever-00o00u, St weapons of destruction known to By JUSTIN c indof word and a concept that is humankind? What are the most po- I CLEMENTS m dressing he prefers on his salad, and usage within the American Catholic tent human instruments of healing i Development Director m Words can be a magnificent but it is often greatly misunderstood, and peace? I think the answer to ] source of creatlvity and insight. It preted and misrepresented. So the U.S. both questions is the same: words. I was Mark Twain, for example, in an attempt to solidify the position Words can help and heal, or they can hurt and kill. Words start wars and end them, not guns and bombs. Words make us laugh and cry; they make us angry and they make us think. Great leaders for good and evil -- know the incredible power of words. Charisma, that elusive trait of an effective leader, is nothing more than the ability to choose the right words and then know how and when to use them. Words come in two forms: spoken and writ- ten. Spoken words have much more potential force since they are delivered with the most common means of communication: nonverbal movement and gestures. Consider the extreme care with which certain people must choose their words: diplomats, thera- pists, professional negotiators. Consider the extra- ordinary power that words have when spoken by parents, teachers, physicians and bosses. Words can be addictive. We all know people who are unable to engage in conversation without the words "I," "me" and "my." Words can be frus- trating and confusing, especially when filtered through the inventive mind of a teenager: "Bad" is good; being "cool" is hot; "gnarly" is a personality trait; a "dude" has no direct relationship to who said: "Good judgment comes from experience. And where does experience come from? Experience comes from bad judgment." General George Patton said to his staff: "If we're all thinking alike, somebody isn't think- ing." Yogi Berra's son has said: "The similarities between me and my father are quite different." Each of us has been on the receiving end of the "word that cuts like a knife." Each of us is guilty of "saying something without thinking" which reduces another person to tears. Each of us has partici- pated in spreading rumors and gossip -- sometimes true, often untrue --just because we "had to tell somebody." (I recently heard a speaker refer to workplace gossips as "opinion coordinatorS!") On the other side of the equation, each of us has been encouraged and inspired by another per- son's well-chosen kind words. Each of us has been cheered and comforted by someone who just hap- pened to say the right thing at the right time. Each of us has attempted, often clumsily, to tell others how much we care about and appreciate them. The U.S. Bishops recently focused their collec- tive attention on a word of profound significance for Catholic Christians: Stewardship. Stewardship is a word which can elicit an extremely broad array of responses from: "That's a Protestant thing," all the ship in the life of the Church and as a for Catholics, wrote and published Letter on Stewardship entitled: Disciple's Response." In their introduction to the pa ops speak of stewardship in these t duty;" "what it means to be a Christ," and "a consequence of the Catholics profess and celebrate." They Christian steward as "one who receives gratefully, cherishes and tends them in a ble and accountable manner, shares them tice and love with others, and returns increase to the Lord." The pastoral itself begins with "the the vocation to follow Jesus and imitate his life. Responding to that call means of Jesus. Stewardship is not some type that we "do" as individuals and parishes. tice of stewardship is the characteristic the life style of Jesus' disciples, a ard is not an option for a follower ( it is a requirement. These are very strong and ch from the U.S. Bishops. These are words renew and revitalize the U.S. have much work to do. Support your local pro-life organizations JOHN PAUL II SPEAKS TO YOUTH WORLD YOUTH DAY 1993 This official commemorative volume tells the story, in words and photos, of World Youth Day 1993 in Denver, as well as previous World Youth Day cele- brations in Spain, Poland, and Argen- tina. Pope John Paul II loves young people and they love him. Their mutual love is exemplified in this book which includes all of the Pope's talks at World Youth Day, along with dozens of photos of the events in Denver. Also included are stories and articles about the various people, happenings and spiritual activities involving some 250,000 young people from 70 coun- l l l l I i m  l l @ |lJolSiras process 15 Oakland Ave. Harrison, NY 10582 tries at this international gathering with the ever youthful John Paul II. This inspiring coffee-table edition is an ideal book for youth, and a treasured memento of the Pope's visit. * Over 80 full-color photos * Full texts of the Pope's talks * Stories of people and events in Denver * The story of previous World Youth Days in other countries * Large deluxe coffee-table edition Sewn softcover, $11.95 wn hardcover, $19.95 Please send me __.copies of John Paul 1I Speaks to Yoilh . Sewn softcover, $11.95 Sewn hardcover, $19.95 I enclose full payment plus $2.00 per book for shipping and handling. ! understand the book will be available in November. /o1' s/ Golden Jubilarians David and Anna (Lattner) DiLegge of brate their fiftieth wedding Thanksgiving and renewal of vows Church, Evansville, at 1 p.m. Dec. 5. grandchildren will host a reception for after the service at DiLegge's Restaurant married Dec. 2, 1943, at St. Joseph They are the parents of six children: Angela Watson, Michael DiLegge and Gina ville, Carolyn DiLegge of Jasper, and Henderson, Ky. They have seven Legge retired in 1986 after over 40 yearS Corp.; he continues to assist Mrs. DiLegge as a self-employed Public Accountant. MILLER & M! . ",4 family can I.T,