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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 26, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Page 8A HERALDZBITUNG Saturday August RELIGION More than I wanted to know TIM JUDKINS I take great interest in the four major professional golf tourna ments each year These are high and holy events for me and I gen erally make time in my schedule to watch them on TV Occasionally responsibilities and schedule conflicts force me to tape these tournaments and watch them later If I can do this without knowledge of the outcome 1 can enjoy the competition as if it were live I fully intended to watch the final round of this years PGA tournament since it actually appeared to be a real dogfight or should I say The demands of the day however caused me to miss some of the beginning of the round so I employed the tape now watch later plan That evening with full intention of entrenching myself on the couch to watch the tape my fami ly expressed a desire to watch anything other than golf Ugh I knew the right thing to do was to spend quality time with them so 1 delayed my gratification to Monday evening What were the chances I could shield myself from the final out come before I viewed the tape 24 hours later This would require a defense strategy of military pro portions I would have to aggres sively protect myself by not watching the sports on TV or reading the newspaper or listening to the spot reports on the radio The chance for success was small but within reach or so I thought As Monday began I turned on the radio in the car and immedi ately switched channels as 1 heard the sports guy talking about the PGA Whew I dodged one bullet Would it be like this all day The cruel finger of fate was not to be denied I changed stations to listen to the oneminute national news report confident that there had to be news of greater interna tional significance than a mere golf tournament I was wrong Before the sixty seconds were up and with no time to react the reporter cheerfully reported that this must be the year of the Arghhh My plan was foiled before the first hour of my day was complete Even if 1 had weathered this storm 1 would be hit by another innocuous head line within 30 minutes that revealed more than 1 wanted to know My plan to remain ignorant had no chance of success because exposureoverload was an inevitable reality whether 1 want ed it or not Media as it is offers nowhere to run and nowhere to hide Some people similarly try to avoid God and information about him They shield themselves thinking that by doing so they can avoid accountability and deal with reality later Unfortunately infor mation about God is everywhere and it too is unavoidable The Bible records in Romans Chapter 1 that God is known through that which He has creat ed This means that starry nights gorgeous landscapes and even other humans testify to his ioving reality Its unavoidable The unavoidable headlines indi cate that in the end God wins Tim Juclkins will speak on dad and the Sixth Sense this Sunday at the contemporary wor ship service at lirst Following Marys prayer My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord Luke Mary said My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord my spirit rejoices in God my savior for he has looked upon His lowly servant From this day all genera tions will call me blessed the almighty has done great things for me and holy is his name He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation He has shown the strength of his arm and has scattered the proud in their conceit He has cast down the mighty from their thrones and lifted up the lowly He has filled the hungry with good things and the rich he has sent away empty He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he has remembered his promise of MIKE PEINEMANN mercy the promise he made to our fathers to Abraham and his children In the magnificent we encounter the fruit of that dia logue between Mary and God It is a prayer of praise coming forth from a heart proclaiming the greatness the goodness and the mercy of God Christians have long celebrated Marys birthday into Thinking on the feast of the assumption we remember how God prepared for the coming of his son of man by keeping his mother completely from sin from the beginning and throughout her whole existence we remember how he came to receive her into heaven at the end of her life He will come at the end of our years too and the best way to prepare for this meeting is to give him the place he deserves in our lives is to keep ourselves from sin and wrongdoing with his help Let us follow Marys prayer to God in the hope of being with Him in eternity Mike Peinemann is deacon at Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Make right choice in foundations Last night I watched a program that chronicled the television series Eight is The series which began in 1977 was a popular show that depicted a large family and followed the events of each family member as they encountered the moral chal lenges and values of the late 1970s and early 1980s Its fundamental quality and appeal confirmed that even faced with the deterioration of societys integrity where good character and common decency are chal lenged by the enticement of worldly pleasure our family sys tem is a good foundation a dependable source of sound direction and ethical guidance Recently the General Convention of the Episcopal Church made changes in its poli cies as to the admission of homo RON ZIPP sexual men and women into the ministry They have made an even larger step in allowing and indeed endorsing the marriage of homosexuals It appears that the Episcopal Church has decided to be politically correct and dis miss the basis of its purpose in providing the doctrines and teach ings that exemplify and glory the life and death of our Lord Jesus Christ Indeed many Episcopalians have objected to this unprece dented action of their leaders and are considering leaving their fam ily church in search of a church that supports their traditional val ues Each one of us in this great country has a choice to believe in what we consider decent honor able and just Freedoms conserv ative morals and ethical values must be defended and protected if this great country like our family system is to survive Our church es like our families are the rocks upon which Christ and his teach ing are built Therefore please consider the choice you make when selecting the church that you attend Make sure that tradi tional doctrine and worship are recognized and practiced and that they reflect the ideals which you and I hold most dear The Rev Ron Zipp is with Christ the King Anglican Quiet retreats offer reflection time BY JAIME JORDAN Fort Worth StarTelegram FORT WORTH In a high tech highvolume world finding quiet time away from the hustle and bustle of daily life can be a chore in itself But more and more spiritual leaders are urging their parish ioners to seek out silence whether in spiritual retreats or simply in a quiet place in their homes When Jesus said Come away with me to a quiet I think thats one of the key invita tions to said the Rev Mark Cannaday rector at St Albans Episcopal Church in Arlington Jesus frequently went away to pray and thats motive for The concept of speaking to God through silence may seem contradictory at first Cannaday said Silence It seems almost nonsense but of course it is because silence has a different voice Its still and its he said It refers back to that expe rience that Elijah had in the Old Testament that God doesnt speak in the whirlwind or in the storm Mostly God speaks in that still small voice that comes in silence that comes while I or we as a group are Thus the power of silence And so as the pace of the world picks up more clergy are urging parishioners to seek God not only in churches but also to participate in retreats where they seek to empty themselves in the presence of God and wait in silence for a word from him In our society its just so important to said Vicky Caudell who schedules silent retreats at the Mount Carmel Center for Spirituality in Dallas As long as were standing around and were doing the talk ing to God he cant get through We have to slow down and get silent so he can talk to our That is the premise for silent spiritual retreats said Sister Dorothy Powers director of chil drens catechesis at the Catholic Center in Fort Worth The basic format although it varies depending on the retreat center is set up so that a lay per son meets with a retreat leader for 30 minutes to an hour a day to help them reflect on their life and where God is in their life The retreat leader will give the person Scripture to reflect upon as the day is continued in silence Usually people who go on a silent retreat are at a point in their lives where theyre ready to do some interior spiritual journeying to deepen their relationship with the Lord to make sense of their she said The variety of reasons are as great as the variety of people who Slowing down quieting ones self can be an abrupt change for many who arent used to silence Cannaday said Its sort of like being detoxi fied I would guess The truth is that you have to kind of physical ly let yourself calm down It would be like having a hectic day Everything has been chaos so when you sit down youre still sort of The Mount Carmel Center for Spirituality facilitates that slow ing down as much as possible Caudell said Although located in the southwest corner of Oak Cliff the monastery sits on 45 secluded acres of land Its an oasis of quiet in the midst of she said Retreats can last anywhere from one day to eight or more days Powers said They range in price from a freewill offering for a day visit to a couple hundred dollars for a week 28th Wbtn Dad Wishing You Many More Years Of Love Happy Riding love Victoria Marcello Jbwa Jennifer Scotland 1972 Church for sale Mttrris s a K JESSIE Principal Steve Winkelman and Pastor Don Fraker stand in front of the For Sale sign at Cross Lutheran Church and School 169 S Hickory Ave Church members will break 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