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The Message N for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Entertainment January 11 IP On the Record By CHARLIE MARTIN CNS Columnist What happens if we trust in life? LIFE IS A HIGHWAY Life is like a road/That you travel on/When there's one day here/And the next day gone/Sometimes you bend/Sometimes you stand/Sometimes you turn your back to the wind/There's a world outside/Every dark- ened door/Where blues won't haunt you anymore/Where the brave are free/And lovers soar/Come ride with me/To the distant shore/We won't hesitate to/Break down the garden gate/There's not much time left today REFRAIN: Life is a highway/i want to ride it/All night long/If you're going my way/l want to drive it/All night long Through all these cities/And all these towns/It's in my blood/And it's all around/I love you now/Like I loved you then/This is the road/And these are the hands/From Mozambique/To those Memphis nights/The Khyber Pass/To Vancouver's lights/Knock me down get back up again/You're in my bloodJI'm not a lonely man There's no load I can't hold/Road so rough, this I know/I'll be there/When the light comes in/Tell 'em we'r survivors (REFRAIN TWICE) m dtstanco/Between you and I/A misunder. standing once but now/We look it in the eye (REFRAIN THREE TIMES) Written and Sung by Tom Cochrane Copyright (c) 1991, 1992 by Falling Sky Music. and BMG Songs Inc. Tom Cochrane's upbeat "Life Is a Highway" describes life as a "road that you travel on." Life keeps us on the move. with "one day here and the next day gone." No matter where the road brings us, Cochrane suggests that our goal is to be sur- vivors, enabling us to keep traveling down life's path. I like the song's sense of confidence that we can learn from whatever happens in life. In fact. I would take the song's message a step further. We can trust life itself and see it as God's invita- tion that we find enjoyment and self-satisfaction. For teens, as for the rest of us, this means keeping our perspective on long-range objectives and priorities. At times, we might become dis- couraged when immediate circumstances do not turn out the way we had hoped. Yet, if we keep trusting and believing in life's path, new opportunities always show up, often pointing us previous plans. For example, one might be hurt when dating partner suddenly deci would rather date someone else. One's ate response is likely to include feelings of and grief. While it may take time to get beyond grieving, eventually we are likely to others who are better matched with our alitv and interests. Consequently. trusting life is We can maintain an open attitude, ex new and good outcomes to corot The very belief in such comes a pathway along which God's healing and surprise o However, if we give in to negati are more likely to stay stuck in unhappiv Perhaps the toughest part is wail new life changes to emerge. If we can keep lieving in ourselves and see life as a hi lasting happiness, then trust remains lifts our spirits. Indeed, life sometimes do a bumpy detour than a smooth interstate ward the goals and dreams we seek. a great difference in what we in a better direction than our 182 Hesburgh book is celebration of the human s By FRANK ALLEN Catholic News Service "Travels with Ted and Ned," by Holy Cross Father Theodore M. Hesburgh, edited by Jerry Reedy. Dou- bleday (New York, 1992). 320 pp. $25.OO. With the urbanity for which he is known, Holy Cross Father Theodore M. Hesburgh recounts his travels across the United States and Alaska and around the world in his meticulous autobio- graphical journal, "Travels With Ted and Ned." Along with Father Ned Joyce, former executive vice president of Notre Dame, Fa- ther Hesburgh toured spectac- ular scenic forests and parks of Utah, Wyoming, Oregon and California in the first leg Of a sabbatical in June 1987, and then flew in a two-engine Cessna to Alaska. On this 18,000-mile trip w friends teased that they wouldn't make it beyond Gary, Ind. -- he discovered not only "the beauties of the land but the beauty ofthe people." Parish consolidation to be explored in nationwide teleconference As dioceses around the country confront dwindling congregations, fewer priests and increasing financial con- straints, the need to consoli- date existing parishes be- comes inevitable. Are these mergers, how- ever, merely strategies for conserving limited resources? Are there ways of managing the resulting tensions con- structively? Might the need to merge become an opportunity for improving parish min- istry? These and other related questions will be explored in "Parish Consolidation with Less Pain," a nationwide tele- conference on Thursday, February 4, from 2 to 3:30 CST. The live program, the first of the Church '93 series pre- sented monthly by the Na- tional Pastoral Life Center, will originate from the stu- dios of The Catholic Telecom- munications Network of America in Washington, DC, and will be transmitted to the Diocese of Evansville and other CTNA affiliates across the country. Participating in the pro- gram will be David E. Bald- win, pastor of St. Benedict the African Church and direc- tor of the Office of Research and Planning for the Archdio- cese of Chicago; Robert G. Duch, pastor of St. Barnabas Church and director of the Office for Parish Services of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Doris Edelin of Holy Com- forter-St. Cyprian Church, Washington, D.C. and Robert M. Kearns, S.S.J., pastor of St. Peter Claver Church, Balti- more, Md.. The Rev. Philip J. Murnion, director of the New York- based National Pastoral Life Center, will be the host and moderator. The first part of the pro- gram will be devoted to'a stu- dio discussion of the issues involved. The second part will be interactive, enahling interested persons around the country to participate in the conversation by telephone. For further information, contact Paul R. Leingang, diocesan director of commu- nication, (812) 424-5536 or (800) 637-1731. A tape of the program will be available at the Media Center. Four HIGHLAND CHAPEL Convenient Locations sooo FroST VE. "I have visited about 145 countries on earth," Father Hesburgh says, "and seen most of the natural wonders of the world. But ... there is no collection of natural beauty in the world that can rival the western United States." In the second segment of the sabbatical, a trip to Cen- tral and Latin America, this gentle tourist with a deep knowledge of Hispanic cul- ture  Father Hesburgh speaks fluent Spanish sought to strengthen bonds between business, educa- tional and religious worlds. Serving as the ship's chap- lain, he completed the third segment of the sabbatical in 1987-1988, a 30,000-mile, around-the-world trip on the Queen Elizabeth 2 to the Far East and Hawaii, the Panama Canal and Caribbean. He then visited Antarctica late in 1988 on an ice-breaker, the Society Explorer, where he celebrated Christmas Mass at remote research stations. This cosmopolitan odyssey (with periodic updates about Notre Dame's football team) is a journey away from activi- ties devoted to ecumenism, higher education and interna- tional cooperation ment  except that ment" seems as y as Father Hesburgh, transformed the Notre Dame into a class academic and institution in his 35 its president, and his and traveling perfect opposites: burgh, from Syracuse, N,'. liberal and spontaneouS,: Father Joyce, from S burg, S.C., is conserva and methodical. This work is about li each day to the fullest, totally changing one nary, lifelong way o: without coming apa seams. It's a book joying, not dreading rt ment." (In 1990, his auto raphy, "God, Country, Dame," was a Father Hesburgh broa the usual format of aries by seeking a sionate, spiritual of experience. At your bookstore or prepaid from E. Oakton Ave., Des IL 60016. Add $2 for and handling.. 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