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Faith Today Supplement, The Message, Catholic Diocese of Evansville, December 25, 1987 On behalf of her people By Teresa Schuelke NC News Service E very day Alfretta Antone (pictured right) pinches herseff to see if she real- ly did address Pope John Paul II when hc act with native Americans in Phoenix during the annual Tekakwitha Con- ference in September. She is vice president of the Pima- Maricopa Indian tribe on the Salt River Indian Reservation, just out- side Phoenix. "There isn't a day that goes by without my thinking about it," Mrs. Antone said. "I've seen all of the love flowing (from him). "I still kind of wonder if it hap- "pened." Mrs. Antone's selection as the designated speaker in Phoenix brought mixed feelings for her. She was excited to have such an impor- tant opportunity on behalf of her people. Yet the mother of five thought herself unworthy of the honor. Father Gil Hemauer, executive director of the Tekakwitha Con- ference, said Mrs. An,one was a natural to be the speaker. "Alfretta has been a dedicated lay Catholic leader in the conference and in her tribe for many years," he said. Her witness, her beautiful face, her peace, her serenity all meant that "she should have been the one." Mrs. Antone has served as a fund-raiser for the conference and was responsible for organizing volunteers for the Phoenix meeting with the pope. She also has been vice president of her tribe for 12 years and president of the parish council twice at St. Francis Mission. She believes that "personal growth comes out with all the things you try to do for people." When the path of the pope's U.S. pilgrimage led to this first meeting wiuh native Americans, the encounter was distinguished by simplicity. Instead of professional choirs and orchestras, the native Americans greeted the pope with native chanting to the accompani- ment of gourd rattles. Behind the simplicity, however, lay great emotion. As the pope spoke of honoring their peoples' cultural traditions, many native Americans had tears in their eyes. Preparing to speak for the con- ference, Mrs. An, one worked together with Father Michael Galvan. The Ohlone Indian is liturgical director for the Tekakwitha Conference and direc- tor of clergy formation for the Diocese of Oakland, Calif. He and Mrs. Antone condensed a longer text into a 10-minute presentation. "We wanted to state what was helpful from the church and the support needed from the church, and what we're asking for in the By Father John Castelot NC News Service he Gospel of Luke has been given many subtitles: the Gospel of Poor, the Gospel of Women, the Gospel of the Spirit. Still another appropriate title would be "Pilgrims' Progress," In fact, this title could cover Luke's two volumes: his Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. Luke sees the process of salvation as a great pilgrimage made up of lesser trips which illustrate this process: Mary and Joseph journey to Bethelem and at the end of their pilgrimage Jesus was born. Earlier, Mary made a sort of reverse, solitary pilgrimage from Nazareth to a town of Judah to visit Elizabeth. Later Mary and Joseph bring the baby to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord. Here we learn thgL_ future," Father Galvan said. Mrs. An,one's presentation touched on topics like treaties, land and water rights, health services for smaller tribes and alcoholism. Since the papal visit, Mrs. Antone says she has changed, renewing ef- forts to become a better Christian. "You need to imitate everything that's good and kind and beautiful about the pope," she said. She add- ed that many other people she has talked with also are experiencing renewal The pope's meeting in Phoenix with native Americans was an occa- sion for acknowledging the church's awareness of native Americans. Said Father Galvan, "It was a glorious event" and it was "important to the native people." (Ms. Schuelke is a staff writ.9 for The Catholic Sun in Phoenix, Ariz.) Pilgrims' progress Jesus will be "a light for revelation to the gentiles" and glory for his people Israel (2:32), but also that he "is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel and to be a sign that will be contradicted" (2:35). This journey anticipates Jesus' own fateful journey to Jerusalem to offer himself totally to the Father (23:46). Finally, the whole family goes on Passover pilgrimage to the temple, where ,e hear Jesus say: "Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?" (2:49) This hap- pens at the end of the Gospel's in- troductory section. The whole central section of Luke's Gospel is concerned with Jesus' final pilgrimage. It begins with the solemn announcement: "When the days for his being taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem" (9:51). Luke is an artist through and through. He loved parallels, bal- ance, symmetry, and he underscor- ed the parallels between the career of Jesus in the Gospel and that of the Christian community in Acts. Thus Jesus' great journey to;, Jerusalem is paralleled in Acts by the far-reaching missionary ventures of Paul. In fact, the ruling theme of Acts is that of a pilgrimage under the guidance of the Holy Spirit: "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you will be my witneses...to the ends of the earth" (1:8). A most instructive pilgrimage in the Gospel of Luke is that of the two dejected discipleli heading for Emmaus after the resurrection.3 far as they were concerned, they were on a trip to nowhere, their hopes dashed by the crucifixion. When the unrecognized risen Christ caught up with them, "he interpreted to them what referred to him in all the Scriptures" (24:27). This was a necessary preparation for their eventual recognition of hin "in the breaking of the bread." And "then they said to each other, 'Were not our hearts burn- r