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2 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Janu= --- On The Record- Does the atmosphere you're in control you C.ZtNWAL I've walked these streets/A vir- tual stage/It seemed to me/Makeup on their faces/Ac- tors took their place/Next to me. By CHARLIE MARTIN CNS COLUMNIST I've walked these streets/In a carnival of sights/To see all the cheap thrill-seekers/The vendors and the dealers/They crowd around me. (REFRAIN) Have I been blind/Have I been lost inside my- self/And my own mind hypnotizedJMesmer- ized by what/My eyes have seen? I've walked these streets/In a spectacle of/Wealth and poverty/In the diamond mar- kets/The scarlet welcome carpet/That they just rolled out for me. I'ye walked these streets/In the madhouse asy- lum they can be/Where a wild-eyed misfit prophet/On a traffic island stopped/And he raved of saving me. (REPEAT REFRAIN) Have I been wrong/Have I been wise/To shut my eyes/And play along/Hypnotized, para- lyzed/By what my eyes have found/By what my eyes have seen/What they have seen? i (REPEAT REFRAIN) Written and Sung by Natalie Merchant Copyright (c) 1995 by Indian Love Bride/ Elektra Entertainment Group Natalie Merchant's "Tiger Lily" CD launched her solo career. Many of us appreciated her abilities as lead singer for 10,000 Maniacs. Now her talent is even more apparent in the lyrics and sound on this disc. Offher new release is the hit cassingle "Carni- val." The accompanying video shows Ms. Merchant taking pictures as she walks around in a seedy part of town. She compares the sorriness of these scenes to a carnival where "all the cheap thrill seekers, the vendors and the dealers crowd around me." If you live in a large city, her snapshots are fa- miliar to you. Even if you live in an extremely rural area, all the same sights are readily available through television or your local video rental store. I think the "vendors" we're talking about here include all the people who try to "sell" us a ques- tionable or harmful values system that they claim is fun or bold or exciting. Certainly, we can look for more in life than what the "vendors" all around us offer. We can choose to act in ways that bring lasting satisfaction into our lives and do genuine good for us and for others. Ms. Merchant speaks about how just living in this atmosphere affects us. She asks: "Have I been lost inside myself and my own mind, mesmerized by what my eyes have seen?" She may be right. The atmosphere has its influence. Even when we are not volved with thrill-seeking, the it via television, movies, music and other our culture can tend to mesmerize c Consequently, we need focus on and how we use our time. furthermore, that we need to be careful abo ut we choose as friends. If you are spending lots of time with who don't hold similar values to yours or tudes toward life are negative, it will can lose sight of the importance of what right andhopeful. That's one reason I am so supportive youth groups. Their activities provide ternatives to the carnival of today's e Youth groups bring friends toge share ideas and to design projects that have suggested: build satisfaction for one's o qz ! while doing good things for others. We need not be hypnotized by of society's carnival offer us. Instead, we choices that produce long-term be1 If you are not involved with group, check it out. Something very you. (Your comments are always welcome. dress: Charlie Martin, RR 3, Box 182, 47635.) At the movies: Current capsule reviews NEW YORK (CNS} -- The following are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by the U.S. Catholic Conference Office for Film and Broadcast- ing. "Delta of Venus" (Fine Line) Dull soft-core porn with an aspiring American writer (Audie Enland) in 1939 Paris working on smutty stories for an anonymous patron who turns out to be her lover (Costas Mandylor). Directed by Zalman King from the writings of Anais Nin, the flatly acted movie is a dreary chronicle of a woman's assorted sexual fan- tasies and encounters. Graphic sex scenes. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is O morally offensive. The Mo- tion Picture Association of America rating is NC-17 -- no children under 17 admitted. "Eye for an Eye" (Paramount) When the cold-blooded mur- derer (Kiefer Sutherland) of her teen-age daughter is freed on a legal technicality, then threatens her 5-year-old, a ter- rified mother (Sally Field) plots to kill him and get away with it. Director John Schlesinger's emotionally ma- nipulative melodrama blurs the distinction between pre- meditated murder and justified self-defense. Brief but intense violence including rape, am- biguous treatment of murder and intermittent rough lan- guage. The U.S. Catholic Con- ference classification is A-IV -- adults, with reservations. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- re- stricted. "Wild Reeds" (Strand} Coming-of-age tale set in 1962 rural France at the end of the Algerian war when two boys and a girl confront issues of sex, class and politics after a French-Algerian youth is placed in their high school se- nior class. Andre Techine di- rects a slow yet sensitive story of youths facing adult realities during a turbulent period in French politics and society. Subtitles. Restrained portrayal of sexual encounters, brief nu- dity, sexual references and an instance of rough language. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-III -- adults. Not rated by the Motion Pic- ture Association of America. "Bio-Dome" (MGM) Mindless but obnoxious com- edy directed by Jason Bloom in which the boorish antics of un- talented comics Pauly Shore and Stephen Baldwin wreck an expensive environmental habi- tat, then put it back together for a bogus feel-good ending. Comic crudities, sexist humor, sophomoric sexual references, coarse expressions and an in- Book review: A pilgrimage through grief A Pilgrimage through Grief: Healing the Soul's Hurt After Loss. Text and pho- tographs by James E. Miller. (One Caring Place, Abbey Press, St. Meinrad, IN 47577, 98 pages, 43 photos, Paper- back, $9.95.) Reviewed by Mary Etta Kiefer, O.S.B. Message Staff Books, articles, and work- shops on grief management flood the marketplace -- offer- ings by psychologists and psy- chiatrists, theologians, funeral directors, chaplains, and pas- tora| people working through the church. But this book, gen- tle for all its firm resolve, pre- sents an ancient pilgrimage model as fitting now as in the Middle Ages, complete with map and directions for the re- turn trip. In inviting the reader into this journey into grief, Miller includes a warn- ing in the words of Philalethes: "If any student of this art is afraid of hard work, let him stop with his foot on the thresh- old." Yet, he encourages the expe- riencing of grief, not with the intention of explaining the mystery, but to be in its midst, recognize it, absorb it, and find new resources in ourselves for doing it. "There is a strength to be gained in going where we do not want to go," Miller tells us. The reader is connected to the Hebrews, whose captors asked them to sing hymns of happi- ness by the waters of Babylon. Who has not experienced such a sense of strangeness at a time of loss or dislocation? In becoming pilgrims, read- ers visit places significant to them and share the quality of grief expressed by eloquent voices from the past, as they seem to cry out today's own aching. Four experiences are offered on the pilgrimage: ab- sence, aloneness, silence, and mystery. Emerging from the pilgrimage and returning to the place where it began are characterized by the author in poetic simplicity. This work blends quotations from scripture and poets with Miller's own guidance on the pathway, and the fine pho- tographs offer an extra pattern of serenity to ease the pain- weary traveler. Persons in grief ministry would do well to add this little volume to their resources.For the grieving in- dividual, it is a treasure of a book arising from the author's own grief experience, and will strike a resonant chord in any- one who has ever asked, "How can I bear it? How can I go on?" About the author: James E. 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