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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 26, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Page 8A — Herald-Zeitung — Saturday, August 26, 2000More than I wanted to know Religion Following Mary’s prayer “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord” Luke IA6-55 -- Tim JUDKINS I take great interest in the four major professional golf tournaments each year. These are high and holy events for me and I generally 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, I 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 dog-fight (or should I say “Tiger-fight”). 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 family 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 I delayed my gratification to Monday evening. What were the chances I could shield myself from the final outcome before I viewed the tape 24 hours later? This would require a defense strategy of military proportions. I would have to aggressively 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 w ithin reach, or so I thought. As Monday began. I turned on the radio in the car and immediately switched channels as I heard the sports guy talking about the PCA. 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 one-minute national new s report, confident that there had to be new s of greater international significance than a mere golf tournament. I was w rong. Before the sixty seconds were up and w itll no time to react, the reporter cheerfully reported that this must be the year of “the Tiger.” Arghhh. My plan was foiled before the first hour of my day was complete. Even if I had weathered this storm, I would be hit by another innocuous headline within 30 minutes that revealed more than I wanted to know. My plan to remain ignorant had no chance of success because exposure-overload was an inevitable reality, whether I wanted it or not. Media as it is, offers nowhere to run and now here 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, information about God is everywhere and it, too, is unavoidable. The Bible records in Romans Chapter I that God is known through that w hich He has created. This means that starry nights, gorgeous landscapes and even other humans testify to his loving reality. Its unavoidable. The unavoidable headlines indicate that in the end. God wins. (Tim Judkins will speak on “God and the Sixth Sense this Sunday at the contemporary worship service at First Protestant ( hurch I Mary said “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior for he has looked upon His low ly servant. From this day all generations 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 w ith 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 REINEMANN mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children forever." In the magnificent we encounter the fruit of that dialogue 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 Mary s “birthday into heaven.” 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 w ill 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 Mary’s prayer to God in the hope of being with Him in eternity. (Mike Peinemann is deacon at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.) Make right choice in foundations Last night I watched a program that chronicled the television series “Eight is Enough." The series, which began in 1977, was a popular snow that depicted a large family and followed the events of each family member as they encountered the moral challenges and values of the late j 1970s and early 1980s. Its fundamental quality and appeal confirmed that even faced w ith the deterioration of society’s integrity, where good character and common decency are challenged by the enticement of worldly pleasure, our family system 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 policies as to the admission of homo Ron Zipp sexual men and women into the ministry. They have made an even larger step in allow ing, and indeed, endorsing, the marriage of homosexuals. It appears that the Episcopal Church has decided to be politically correct and dismiss the basis of its purpose in providing the doctrines and teachings that exemplify and glory the life and death of our Lord Jesus Christ. Indeed, many Episcopalians have objected to this unprecedented action of their leaders and are considering leaving their fam ily church in search of a church that supports their traditional values. Each one of us in this great country has a choice to believe in w hat we consider decent, honorable and just. Freedoms, conservative morals and ethical values must be defended and protected if this great country, like our family system, is to survive. Our churches, like our families, are the rocks upon which Christ and his teaching are built. Therefore, please consider the choice you make when selecting the church that you attend. Make sure that traditional 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 Church.) Quiet retreats offer reflection time By Jaime Jordan Fort Worth Star-Telegram FORT WORTH — In a high-tech, high-volume 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 parishioners to seek out silence, whether in spiritual retreats or simply in a quiet place in their homes. “When (Jesus) said, ‘Come away w itll me to a quiet place,' I think that’s one of the key invitations to silence,” said the Rev. Mark Cannaday, rector at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Arlington. “Jesus frequently went away to pray, and that's motive for anyone.” The concept of speaking to God through silence may seem contradictory at first, Cannaday said. “‘Silence speaks? It seems almost nonsense, but of course it is, because silence has a different voice. Its still and it’s small,” he said. “It refers back to that experience that Elijah had in the Old Testament, that God doesn’t speak in the whirlw ind 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 silent.” 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 it’s just so important to stop,” said Vicky Caudell, who schedules silent retreats at the Mount Carmel Center for Spirituality in Dallas. “As long as we're standing around and we're doing the talking to God, he can’t get through. We have to slow dow n and get silent so he can talk to our hearts.” That is the premise for silent spiritual retreats, said Sister Dorothy Powers, director of children's 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 person 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 w ill 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 they’re ready to do some interior spiritual journeying to deepen their relationship w ith the Lord to make sense of their lives,” she said. “The variety of reasons are as great as the variety of people who go.” Slowing down, quieting one’s self can be an abrupt change for many who aren’t used to silence, Cannaday said. “It’s sort of like being detoxified, I would guess. The truth is that you have to kind of physically let yourself calm dow n. It would be like having a hectic day. Everything has been chaos, so when you sit down you’re still sort of moving.” The Mount Carmel Center for Spirituality facilitates that slowing down as much as possible, Caudell said. Although located in the southwest comer of Oak Cliff', the monastery sits on 45 secluded acres of land. “It’s an oasis of quiet in the midst of Dallas,” she said. Retreats can last anywhere from one day to eight or more days. Powers said. They range in price from a free-will offering for a day visit to a couple hundred dollars for a week. Happy. 2SJth (binwohAahy VYIdm & (bad! tRcuprwnd & Txuuua Cdupad 26,1972 Wishing You Many More Years Of Love & Happy Riding! Love, Victoria St Marcello, Jennifer fir Scott, and Raymond Church for sale ?v vV> ' ' I, <•I' •<<.! v.- • . . ■ • > ' • K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Principal Steve Winkelman and Pastor Don Fraker stand in front of the “For Sale” sign at Cross Lutheran Church and School, 169 S. 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