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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 7, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 8A HERALDZEITUNG Saturday June TlM JUDKINS Spiritual junk food makes world obese A recent article about obe sity caught my attention It suggested that the waistline of the worlds population con tinues to increase This is due to factors beyond mere caloric intake This is old news More intriguing is the even larger possibility that obesity is not limited to ones physical con dition The notsosubtle par allel between physical and spiritual fatness is far more fascinating One reason given for the overweight condition of the world is cheap masspro duced processed This condition is matched in our Christian experience Spiritual diets of most Christians are unhealthy at best destructive at worst Junk food or church is standard fare and it is distributed by pulpiteers each Sunday morning Sermons that consist of cheap and massproduced processed material lead the consumer to believe not only that the food being offered is good for them but that it is the best food available The result is spiritual obesity I A second reason given for global obesity is advertising ft hd marketing of junk Grnquestionably junk food is Ibpth more attractive and tastier than vegetables This rategy is certainly not for Vto the church world Churches find themselves advertising and marketing spiritual junk food in order to attract Programs and preachers tit illate and tease with cake and ice cream because pro moting peas and carrots rarely draws a crowd We have become experts at dis guising vegetables under a mound of whipped cream The third piece of advice offered to reverse this trend toward expanded waistlines was get people moving any way This is a tall order in a world that gener ally has embraced a very sedate and inactive lifestyle in and out of the church Personal spiritual health suffers from the same dilemma Pew potatoes who live their spirituality vicari ously through ministers enlarge their spiritual girth Flabbiness has no chance where Jesus is allowed to lead and live in our lives We are active because He is active As an obese person cannot get in shape by merely watching exercise programs on TV neither can a Christian be spiritually fit by watching ministers and musicians perform on Sunday At some point they must engage in spiritual activity that burns the excess spiritual fat that col lects around the soul The paper said the world has as many obese people as starving people Sadly I can not help but think that the same could be said about the spiritual world as well The Rev Tim Judkins is the teaching minister at First frotestant RELIGION Contact Featured Editor Brian Grant 6259144 ext 222 Globetrotting pope marks 100th foreign tour BY VICTOR L SIMPSON Associated Press Writer VATICAN CITY He has shuffled to tribal music stared down dictators and taken on journalists anxious to hear the views of St Peters successor Almost nothing has defined Pope John Paul IIs pontifi cate as much as his foreign tours Despite his age and infirmities John Paul sets out Thursday on No 100 five days in Croatia a Roman Catholic stronghold in the Balkans With the Croatia trip the 83yearold pope will have been on the road for an amaz ing 575 days nearly 1 years of his pontificate accord ing to Vatican Radio which keeps statistics on papal trav el Prom the start of his papacy he made clear that in this global age global travel was required Almost immediately upon his election in October 1978 he accepted an invita tion to the Dominican Repub lic and Mexico for a trip his predecessor John Paul I had turned down That was trip No 1 in January 1979 the start of travel to 129 countries Upon arriving he would kneel and kiss the ground a practice he has given up because Parkinsons disease and hip and knee ailments have made him too weak to bend down On recent trips he has blessed a pot of soil held up to him Aboard the chartered Ali talia jetliner he began the tra dition of airborne news con ferences Walking down the aisles in the press section in the rear of the plane John Agence France Presse Photo Pope John Paul II waves to the crowd gathered in the har bor of Rijeka Croatia as he disembarks from a catamaran upon his arrival Thursday The Pope started his 100th over seas trip Paul answered questions posed in half dozen languages raising eyebrows among Vati can officials who thought the exercise undignified Flying to South America he defined Chile under Augusto Pinochet as dictatorial and said it was the popes task to speak out against human rights abuses On another trip asked what he thought of Pope Pius XII the controversial World War II pontiff he responded with out a pause A great Pressed why he received Austrian President Kurt Waldheim who was accused of complicity in war crimes he snapped He was elected democratically in a democrat ic Returning from a grueling twoweek trip to Bangladesh Singapore the Fiji Islands NANCY NEY CHARTER SCHOOL 169 S HickOiy New Braunfels 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Zealand and Australia in 1986 this correspondent was asked to join the pope at dinner in the firstclass sec tion of the Qantas jumbo A weary John Paul persistently asked questions about his pil grimage and expressed fasci nation that Australians seemed more American than British The news conference like the groundkissing ceremony has been dropped with Vati can officials blaming the popes lack of mobility John Paul has always drawn huge crowds but no pilgrimage has drawn the raw emotion or had the political impact as the first of his nine trips to his native Poland It was the height of the Cold War Sovietmade armored vehicles in a show of disre spect trampled flowers strewn on the motorcade route John Paul winced every time police pushed back Poles seeking to greet him His presence rallied Poles giving them the courage to form the Solidarity trade union which sowed the seeds for collapse of communism across eastern Europe a decade later As he left the country last August tearyeyed Poles 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