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ARKANSAS CATHOLIC NOVEMBER |8, |990 PAGE | 3 Mazgaret rlzer In Little Rock-- Rev, Richard Rohr speaks on Spirituality t is normal to feel sad or unhappy during certain times of our lives. When sadness happens at the holidays, it is called the =Holiday Blues'. It can be set into motion by many things including lack of money and time, weight gain, unmet expectations or loss of a loved one. As the holidays pass, our =blues" should fade and our 00d should return to normal. But, if five or more of the following signs last for two or more weeks after the holidays, the "blues" have turned into depression. * Loss or gain of more than five percent of your body Weight. *S - leep pattern changes - sleeping too much, waking and d0z, ing throughout the night or not sleeping at all. Less interest in things you once enjoyed. * Feelings of worthlessness. ,*F eelings of inappropriate guilt where you take respon- !lhility for things out of your control. "* Loss of concentration, thinking and decision making abilities. * Strong feelings of sadness and grief accompanied by waking at least two hours arlier than normal. By Rev. Albert j. Schneider Little Rock - 'Jesus is Lord. No one, no thing else can be. Not the USA, not military mighL" ' 'ou don't think yourself into a new way of living, you live yourself into a new way of thinking." "Some people are religion addicts. They don't love Jesus. They love feeb ings." "Some people think Christianity be- gan in Waco, Texas, in the 1960s. But to be Catholic is to be burdened and gifted with 4,000 years of Judeo- Christian tradi- *R ecurring thoughts of death or suicide, wishing to die or attempted suicide, tion." li0re: Immediately call a doctor. Do not hesitate. Depressed people are in pain but "Dig one deep ave an illness that is highly treatable. However, people who are depressed may well. A lot of realize they have an illness and do not seek help to relieve their pain. This is V'here family and friends can play a key role in recognizing the signs of depression and urging the person to get help. WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOURSELF OR OTHERS: 1. If you or your friend is depressed, call your doctor for advice. 2. If you or your friend do not have a doctor, ask your favorite hospital for a referral. 3. Know that the treatment for depression can occur in or outside the hospital aatl can include individual counseling, group sessions, support groups and/or etlieation ..... 4. Learn more about depression and mentai health by calling or writing: people dig 15 six- foot wells." Rev. Richard Rohr, OFM, spoke to more than 400 people here re- cently. His presen- tation was far-rang- ing, laced with in- sights and terms I National Institute of Mental Health Parklawn Building Rm.15C-05 5600 Fishers Lane RockviUe, MD 90857 (303) 443-4513 Ask for a Depression Awareness Packet. Copyright 1990 Fizer & Associates criticizes i. gao Paulo, Brazil gCNS) - A recently Ublished edition of: a Catholic Bible ! tains commentaries with a Marxist notation, said Auxiliary Bishop Joao t gelista Martins Terra of Olinda and ire, Brazil. . ,e said the Vaucan could require a !on of the Portuguese translation recall of already-pnnted copras of I yastoral Edition Bible. " artins Terra is a member of the .a an Bible Commission, part of the k ':an Congregation for the Doctrine .ith. ne said he had extensive / the new Bible at the request Og.o a,,on an. had Edition Bible, has =an Pastoral e of almost all biblical terms, e few mentioned are framed in game that is contrary to rev- and Bible theology," he said. COmmentaries have a "sociological retation with a Marxist connota- "' he said. The bishop cited use of such words as alienation, serf-sufficiency, city, commerce, conflict, corruption, domination, slavery, exploitation, prof- its, oppression, persecution, power and repression. A commentary about Acts 3:1-10, in which Peter and John made a crippled man walk, reads: "In this episode, remember the cure of the blind man. Peter and John personify the Church, through which Jesus continues to be present and ac- tual. The cripple incarnates the situa- tion of people who are weak and de- pendent. Wealth (gold and silver) do not liberate; on the contrary, they always produce new forms of submission and oppression. Only in the name of Jesus is it possible to free people, making them stand up and walk." The Pastoral Edition Bible was pub- lished by Pauline Press. The Brazilian bishops' conference approved the edi- tion, and Bishop Vital Wilderink of Itaguai, Brazil, gave his imprimatur. .from. evangelical. told him always to trust his intuition. It was that intuition which convinced him, after more than 13 years, to leave New Jerusalem, a charismatic commu- nity in Ohio, after his travels in Third World countries challenged him to make changes in his life. After a contemplative year, Rohr moved to Albuquerque, NM, where he founded the Center for Action and Contemplation. Members of that com- munity stay for periods from one to four months, working with the poor, studying Scripture and lib- eration theology, and following a program of spiri- tual direction which includes re- flection and con- templative prayer. According to Rohr, many find their time at the center a "transfor- mative experi- ence.". But contempo- rary developments within the charis- ~ matic renewal alarm Rohr, who preaching, theol- EdS~.a says that charis- ogy, Church his- Rev. Richard Rohr matics in the 1970s tory, phsychology, were real leaders in the Twelve Steps, the enneagram andthe Church who formed "true, spiritual, feminism. He regularly turned phrases Spirit-led communities." that hit home and provoked reflection. The thread connecting Rohr's Today, he says, charismatics aremore thoughts was contemplation, and he likely to be people who need security emphasized repeatedly that he was not in a movement which has become "ri - e presenting answers but a process. Eachglat ous, narrow and fundamentalist, individual must plumb the depths inavoiding peace and jusdce issues and prayer, then do as the Lord directs, in danger of becoming a right-wing At a late dinner after the presenta- political and sectarian movement." don, Rohr munched quesadillas and Still, he says, some of the most occasionally raised his voice to be heard dedicated and solid members of the over the noise in the restaurant. Church have come through and been "Lay people can become contemp- shaped by the charismatic experience. latives," he explained. "Some find Rohr expressed impatience with centering time in their cars while Catholics who designate themselves or driving to and from work. Others take others as conservative or liberal. Con- the phone off the hook and make to servatism is a "system of repression," he time for prayer at home. They're people says, while liberalism is "self-indulgent." who make choices and stick to them." On the third hand, he says, is the Rohr spoke easily of his own jour- Gospel, which is radical. Only by con- ney. The people who have influencedtemplative prayer, rooted in the Gos- him the mostareJesus, Francis ofAssisi, pels, will Catholics be able to cut Thomas Merton and a priest who oncethrough the divisions so visible today. Martins Terra questioned the imprima- tug saying bishops, under the Code of Canon law, are not authorized to ap- prove new translations of the Bible. Ivo Storniolo, one of three translators of the Pastoral Edition Bible, said it was written "to simplify the language of the Bible and facilitate reading it for the people in the base communities." Rev. Joaquim Salvador, secretary of the League for Biblical Studies, a group of Bible experts throughout the coun- try, supported Martins Terra's criticism. But Franciscan Rev. Leonardo Boff, a noted liberation theologian; told re- porters that the bishop's criticism weakened the unity of the Brazilian episcopate."