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12 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Make plans for the year ahead By CHARLIE MARTIN Catholic New Service AT THE BEGINNING We were strangers/Starting out on a journey/Never dreaming/What we'd have to go though./Now here we are/And I'm suddenly standing/At the begin- ning with you. No one told me/I was going to find you./Unexpect- ed/What you did to my heart./When I lost hope/You were there to remind me./This is the start. Refrain: Life is a road/And I want to keep going./Love is a river/I want to keep flowing./Life is a road --/Now and forever -- /Wonderful journey. I'll be there/When the world stops turningJl'll be there/When the storm is through./In the end I want to be standing/At the beginning with you. We were strangers/On a crazy adventure/Never dreaming/How our dreams would come truedNow here we stand/Unafraid of the future/At the begin- ning with you. (REPEAT REFRAIN) I knew there was somebody somewhere/Like me THE CATHOLIC COMMUNICATION NEW YORK (CNS) -- The fol- lowing are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by the U.S. Catholic Conference CUSCC) Office for Film and Broadcasting. Ratings are also given by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). "The Boxer" (Universal) Against the backdrop of a shaky IRA cease-fire, the efforts of a Belfast IRA ex-con (Daniel Day-Lewis) to resume a boxing career and romance his old flame (Emily Watson) are com- plicated by the fact that she is now the wife of an IRA politi- cal prisoner. Director Jim Sheri- dan explores IRA infighting in a grim yet hopeful drama that stresses surviving in a culture of violence. Some violence, much rough language and intermittent profanity. The USCC classification is A-III adults. The MPAA rating is R restricted. "Live Flesh" (MGM) Overwrought Spanish melo- drama in which an unjustly convicted ex-con (Liberto Ribal) becomes involved with the wives of the two police detec- tives who arrested him seven years earlier. Writer-director Pedro Almodovar transforms Ruth Rendell's 1986 novel into alone in the dark./Now I know my dream will live on./I've been waiting so long./Nothing's going to tear us apart. (REPEAT REFRAIN) Life is a road/And I want to keep going./Love is a river/And I want to keep flowing./Starting out on a journey,/Life is a road/And I want to going./Love is a river/And I want to keep flowing./In the end, I want to be standing/At the beginning with you. Written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty Sung by Richard Marx and Donna Lewis Copyright (c) 1997 by 20th Century Fox Film Corp./Atlantic Recording Corp. (for United States) and WEA International (outside United States) A beginning point in life can be exciting. It is a time to feel hope and the promise of something new. "At the Beginning" is a song from the feature animation film "Anastasia." Richard Marx and Donna Lewis sing that "life is a road, and I want to keep going; love is-a river I want to keep flowing." At a beginning point in our lives, we sense that things can be different, and indeed they can. How- ever, much depends on our road map. Is it accurate and detailed enough for the journey we are plan- ning? No one can know all the detours and surprises that lie ahead. The promise of future events can also be accompanied by our uncertainty and fear. No road map reveals everything. Yet we can plan where we want to the year ahead, for example. If you wants to tap into the promise of the do you set goals to guide your 1 Here are some suggestions. 1. Be "focused." Don't think only better year. Consider specific as that would be more satisfying Better grades? More income? New 2. Be "possible." It does little over which you have no control. ting a raise in your after-school job is sion. The goal you can set is to make effort that will get your mana ate the opportunity for a raise. 3. Be "planned." Write out the will lead to change. Look at a week's will you accomplish this week that reach your goal? 4. Be "short term." Actually, more attainable than year-long ones. drive when we keep the end in sight. make a significant change, break it term, smaller goals. 5. Be "collaborative." Tell trusted goals and ask them to check with you on are doing. Support from others is key to Share with God what you have set as goals. God has given each of us this sees that we stand "at the beginning." !: Your comments are always welcome. Charlie Martin, 7125 W 200S, Rockport, a soap-operatic tale of betray- als, guilt and belated forgive: hess. Subtitles. Several sexual encounters, brief nudity, fleet- ing violence, recreational drug abuse, recurring rough lan- guage and occasional profanity. The USCC classification is A-W -- adults, with reservations. The MPAA rating is R restricted. "Afterglow" (Sony Classics) The shaky marriages of two couples (Julie Christie and Nick Nolte; Lara Flynn Boyle and Jonny Lee Miller) are further complicated by an affair between the older husband (NoIte) and younger man's wife (Boyle), forcing each spouse to re-evaluate their relationships. Writer-director Alan Rudolph begins with a serious treatment of infidelity and its conse- quences, only to reduce the story to the level of bedroom farce leading to a bogus sunny con- clusion. Sexual situations with nudity, brief violence, some rough language and consider- able profanity. The USCC classi- fication is A-III  adults. The MPAA rating is R  restricted. "Mr. Magoo" (Disney) Feeble live-action comedy in which the near-sighted Magoo (Leslie Nielsen) is pursued by thieves and federal agents after unknowingly walking off with a priceless stolen ruby. Directed byStanley Tong from a story based on the popular cartoon character, the thin premise occa- sions few amusing sight gags while floundering in a dull series of slapstick kickboxing confrontations. Mild sexual innuendo and frequent comic violence. The USCC classifica- tion is A-II  adults and ado- lescents. The MPAA rating is PG parental guidance suggested. "Oscar and Lucinda" (Fox Searchlight) Quirky story set in Victorian- era Australia where an English preacher (Ralph Fiennes) and an idealistic heiress (Cate Blanchett) are drawn to each other by their scandal-causing love of gam- bling. Director Gillian Arm- strong's lushly photographed period piece overemphasizes the characters' comical eccentricities before abruptly switching to bizarre melodramatics. Brief but intense violence including sui- cide and a sexual encounter. The USCC classification is A-III adults. restricted. "The Winter G (Fine Litte Talky drama set cold day in a town explores between an (Phyllida Law) and daughter two teens one another, a ing spir ing hooky. Rickman's moody themes of grief, coming of age lethargic fashion: ences ty, frequent sification is A- MPAA rating Old hermit offers compass for crossing millen The Old Hermit's Almanac: Daily Meditations for the Journey of Life, by Edward Hays. Forest of Peace Publishing, Inc., EO. Box 269, Leavenworth, KS 66048- 0269, (800) 659-3227. Paperback, 400 pages, $15.95. BOOK REVIEW By MARY ETYA KIEFER, O.S.B. Message staff This welcome volume, Father Hays' twentieth book, is a year- ful of adventures celebrating "Holidays and Holy Days, Famous and Infamous Days, Forgotten and Misplaced Days, and Feast Days of Famous and Anonymous Saints..." (quote from the back cover). The reader of The OM Hermit Almanac will leap into the book to see what's coming. For exam- ple, April 18, "Inspection of Pandora's Box Day." Drawing from early Greek theology, the author tells of Pandora's release of evils from the box, or as Hays puts it, "opening a can of worms." In her haste to escape from the consequences of her act, Pandora failed to see the gift remaining in the box: hope. All cultures have their stories of how evil entered God's Cre- ation, says Hays, but none of the ancient scriptures ends the story without hope. The author offers his own formula for making a tomorrow full of hope: "fill today with love." The Old Hermit's Almanac is a treasury of humor and spiritual wisdom, presented in commen- taries, meditations, stories, and historical moments. Its illumi- nated cover and pages and its creative wisdom will charm your spirit. Ask any bookstore. About the author. Edward Hays was ordained a diocesan priest in Kansas City, Kansas in 1958. He made a prayer pilgrimage to the Near East and India in 1971, and returned to establish a lay con- templative community in East- on, Kansas, where he directed the house of prayer for 23 years. A prayer and study sabbatical i CORRESSELL, INC. HEATING AIR CONDITIONING REFRIGERATION Comme. k.. ReCden Alan Corressell 426-1440 ,lrll i I ii, i resulted also reviewed Father Hays dual and prison new almanac dancer, The St. George and tl All Ways and among the Built to Time Factory Hwy. (81