Thursday, oct. 6, 2016 The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Greensburg Volume 56, No. 10 MARY SEAMANS THE CATHOLIC ACCENT RESPECT LIFE: Mary Jane Bigi, left, and Megan Vareha hold signs as they stand along Route 30 in Greensburg. Parishioners participated in several Life Chains throughout the diocese on Oct. 2, Respect Life Sunday. October is Respect Life Month; for stories and photos, see pages 8-9. Forgiveness at heart of love in marriage By Maria Guzzo Staff Writer GREENSBURG — The first thing Leonard Morris was going to do when he got home from the Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass was check for a box in his wife’s closet; a box that may or may not contain doilies — the answer to how happy their lives have been through the past 50 years. “Maybe I don’t want to know,” quipped Morris, a parishioner of St. Paul Parish, Greensburg, who with his wife, Kathryn, was one of 100 couples who attended the Sept. 25 Mass at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. Morris’s unusual mission was prompted by an anecdote in the homily from Bishop Edward C. Malesic, who used an amusing tale to get the jubilar-ians thinking and laughing about their marriages. On their 50th wedding anniversary, a couple reflected on their life together, Bishop Malesic said. The husband said to his wife, “I have always wanted to ask you something. From the night we married, you have always had a box in your closet. I have never looked in it. It’s your private prop-erty, but I have always wondered what is in that box.” His wife conceded, and they opened the box together, finding two crocheted doilies and $250,000 cash. “Let me explain,” his wife said, de-scribing how her grandmother had re-vealed the key to a long marriage: “Don’t fuss with your husband. Every time you get upset with him just crochet a doily.” Hearing this, the husband swelled with pride thinking, “50 years and only two doilies in that box!” But, he wondered, what of the $250,000 cash? His wife replied, “That’s the money I made from selling doilies!” Though it may be a tall tale, it was an effective narration of the amount of patience and compromise that comes with marriage. Continued on page 6 REMEMBER TO VOTE NOV . 8 The Catholic Accent will publish a Voters Guide in the Nov. 3 issue. INSIDE THIS ISSUE PAGE 3 Year of Mercy: Indiana County parish is sheltering the homeless. PAGE 4 Evangelization and Faith Formation Conference encourages growth in faith.