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Sunday, September 15 2002

Football Portage 55 Blacklick 14
Bishop Carroll 39 Richland 22

Serving individuals

What I am about to write probably has nothing to do with Jon's topic on Friday, alms giving, yet his words brought to mind a decision Pat and I made more than 15 years ago. From the time we were married, we served actively in our local church. I was chairman of the Board of Administration, Pat served on several boards and committees and we were deacons. After several years, we became very frustrated dealing with petty disagreements and the belief that the church was more interested in acquiring new members to insure its continued existence than it was in serving the community. We both felt that working with large groups didn't seem to fit our skills. We wanted to make a difference on an individual basis. We believed that our talents and desires to serve others were being wasted.

Pat first came to the idea of being foster parents and I reluctantly came around to her way of thinking. We researched the idea and concluded that there was a desperate need for loving families to care for abused children. The idea also appealed to us because we both love working with kids and didn't have any of our own. Even though the work has been very stressful at times, we have kept at it now for 16 years.

Ministers often say that God called them into the ministry. Well, Pat and I feel that God called us to be foster parents. Another issue that pushed us toward becoming foster parents was the furor over abortions. Many were marching peacefully to protest abortions while others were picketing abortion clinics and a radical few were actually killing doctors and nurses in the name of saving fetuses. We believed that if all the energy, emotion, and money spent by these individuals was used to care for the many unwanted and abused children in the country, abortion would become a moot point. Thus, we believed becoming foster parents served a greater purpose than marching around carrying a sign and making a spectacle of ourselves.

New photos: Today's new tour gallery is "Montmartre and Sacre Coeur Basilica - 2"

Potatoes don't plant themselves

An old man lived alone in Ireland. He wanted to spade his potato garden, but it was very hard work. His only son, who would have helped him, was in Long Kesh Prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and mentioned his predicament. Shortly, he received this reply,

"For HEAVEN'S SAKE, Dad, don't dig up that garden, that's where I buried the GUNS!"

At 4 o'clock the next morning, a dozen British soldiers showed up and dug up the entire garden, without finding any guns. Confused, the old man wrote another note to his son telling him what happened, and asking him what to do next. His son's reply was: "Now plant your potatoes, Dad. It's the best I could do at this time."

See!. I told you the Irish are smart!

—Sent by Bob Kennedy

Thought for the day

A survivor of Auschwitz, traumatized by the cruelties of concentration camp life, found it hard to relate to strangers whom he avoided. One day, after attending a retreat, he found he felt better about relating to strangers. When asked what happened to bring about the change, hre replied, "I took a valk and talked to God." "What did God say?" his friend asked. He replied, "Ah, I say to God, 'God, vot is this, is it OK to luff the strangers?' And God said, "Harry, vot is this 'strangers'? You make strangers. I don't make strangers."'

Anthony M. Coniaris
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