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12 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana loneliness by making conn By CHARLIE MARTIN Catholic New Service AS LONG AS YOU LOVE ME Although loneliness has/Always been a friend of mine/I'm leaving my life/In your hands/People say that I'm crazy/And I'm blind/Risking it all in a glance/How you got me blind/Is still a mystery/I can't get you out of my head/Don't care what is/Writ- ten in your history/As long as you're here with me REFRAIN I don't care who you are/Where you're from/What you did/As long as you love me/Who you are/Where you're from/Don't care what you did/As long as you love me Every little thing that/You have said and done/Feels like it's deep within me/Doesn't really matter/If you're on the run/It seems like we're meant to be REPEAT REFRAIN I've tried to hide it so that/No one knows/But I guess it shows/When you look into my eyes/What you did/And where you're comin' from/l don't care/As long as you love me baby REPEAT REFRAIN others who also may be lonely. For Written by Max Martin Sung by Backstreet Boys Copyright (c) 1997 by Zomba Recording Corp. Is it important to know something about the per- son you fall in love with? Not according to the guy in the Backstreet Boys' "As Long as You Love Me." In his words, "I don't care who you are," or "what is written in your history." In fact, "what you did and where you're comin' from I don't care, as long as you love me." His reason for such disregard is simple: "Loneli- ness has always been a friend of mine." Apparently, any kind of relationship would be better than being lonely. Indeed, loneliness hurts. But there are better approaches to the pain than heading blindly into a romance. Getting involved with someone without knowing anything about his or her history, values or how he or she treats others is to invite even worse hurt. What can one do when life feels very lonely? Here are some suggestions: 1. Feeling lonely is actually about feeling discon- nected from others. Consequently, building connec- tions is the way to diminish this feeling. Reach out to others. Invite others in your class to share a common interest, like getting together to enjoy music or to play sports. 2. Without denying your own hurt, reach out to elderly people in nursing homes Some physically or emotionally dren seldom have playmates. Find out from someone on staff who these people in your area 3. Consider becoming a pen pal to l where else on our planet Our world needs to recognize of the human race comprise a means building better beings. We can't wait to take action ments acknowledge our common images and likenesses of God. 4. All of us need to foster God. Our creator is a friend whose busy. God never loses interest in follow the crowd or drop you if doesn't consider you part of the "in" I Bring whatever you are feeling, loneliness, to God. ! realize that my question of having someone to romantic love is only one way to be others. Expand your vision. Loneliness need not be a into an incentive to establish real others. Your comments are always Charlie Martin, 7125 W 200S, Rockport, COMMUNICATION material may be inappropriate for children under 13. NEW YORK (CNS) -- The fol- lowing are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by the U.S. Catholic Conference (USCC) Office for Film and Broadcast- ing.Ratings are also given by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). "As Good As It Gets" (TriStar) Acerbic comedy of a misan- thropic author (Jack Nicholson) who tries to rejoin the human race after falling in love with a friendly waitress (Helen Hunt) and befriending a broke homo- sexual artist (Greg Kinnear). Directed by James L. Brooks, the thin plot begins with the mean- spirited humor of Nicholson's nasty, self-centered sociopath, then turns mushy as he attempts to reform, but the pro- ceedings are overlong and only sporadically amusing. Stylized violence, sexual situations, recurring rough language and occasional profanity. The USCC classification is A-W -- adults, with reservations. The MPAA rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned that some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. "Deconstructing Harry" (Fine Line) Impressionistic account of how a writer (Woody Allen) views his life and work, with the imagined characters of his stories often getting mixed up with people and events from real life. Also directed by Allen, there are some witty situations and funny one-liners but the result is an often painful picture of a glib egoist who is only interested in self-gratification and turning his experiences of it into fiction. Compulsive infi- delity, sexual situations, repeat- ed references to oral sex, brief nudity, recurring rough lan- guage and some profanity. The USCC classification is A-IV adults, with reservations. The MPAA rating is R -- restricted. "Home Alone 3" (20th Century Fox) Unimaginative comedy sequel in which an 8-year-old boy (Alex D. Linz) quarantined with chicken pox booby-traps his home against four crooks determined to retrieve a stolen computer chip from inside his toy truck. Writer-producer John Hughes and director Raja Gos- nell repeat the basic premise of the original with few variations, resulting in little more than redundant comic mayhem. Much slapstick violence. The USCC classification is A-II adults and adolescents. The MPAA rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. "For Richer or Poorer" (Universal) Thin comedy in which wealthy yuppies Tun Allen and Kirstie Alley hide from the IRS by pos- ing as newcomers in an Amish community whose shnple hard- working lifestyle inspires them to change their ways and renew their marital commitment. Directed by Bryan Spicer, the fish-out-of-water premise is wholly predictable, but the actors manage to wring some measure of humor from their unlikely predicament. Mild sexual innu- endo, recurring coarse expres- sions and an instance of rough language. The USCC classifica- tion is A-IU -- adults. The MPAA rating is PG-13  parents are strongly cautionedthat some "Kundun" (Touchstone) Dramatization of the early life of Tibet's 14th Dalai Lama (Ten- zin Thuthob Tsarong), whose faith in nonviolence is put to the test when Red China occupies his country in 1950, his appeals to the West go unanswered and the growing repression of his people force him into exile in 1959 at age 24. Director Martin Scorsese provides an evocative picture of an ancient people whose mountainous isolation protects them from the chang- ing world outside until sudden- ly invaded by a 20th-century army, but the result succeeds more as spectacle than as human drama, political history or spiritual experience. Scenes of violence in a meaningful con- = Ed. L. Lee Mortuary 101 North Meridian Street Washington, IN 254-3612 ] I H ii text. The USCC classification is A-II  adults and adolescents. The MPAA rating is PG-13 parents are strongly cautioned that some material may be inap- propriate for children under 13. "Mouse Hunt" (DreamWorks) Madcap comedy in which two impoverished brothers (Nathan Lane and Lee Evans) inherit a historic mansion, then plan to auction it off for millions if they can just rid it of an elusive mouse that is bringing the house down around their heads. Directed in episodic fashion by Gore Verbin- ski, the result offers some zany, occasionally over-the-top comic mayhem as the resourceful rodent foils the humans' every trap. Much slapstick violence, mild toilet humor and fleeting sexual 'innuendo. The USCC classification is A-II  adults and adolescents. The MPAA rat- ing is PG  parental guidance suggested. "The Postman" (Warner Bros.) Set in a lawless post-apocalyp- tic society where isolated towns are at the mercy of a murderous army of thieves (led by W'tll Pat- ton), a wandering loner (Kevin Costner) assumes the uniform and role of a dead U.S. postman which has the unexpected effect i their o restore by Costner, is far-fetched involving, mental while character. sexual fleeting profanity and rou sification is MPAA rating The 18th finds Brosnan) out to acal hate gating a war and China ha ings for his new work. Directed tiswoode, virtually Bond's tication in mindless violence, fleeting classification offensive. The PG-13 cautioned may be dren under 13. "A Family Serving BRADLEY'S COLONIAL C 1005 E. Main Street Boonville, Indiana 47601 812-897-1459 Wm. L. Bradley Ann M. Funeral Director Fu 24-hour Funeral News number : 897"