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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana -- On The Record--- GOODENOUGH- You are a good person cjBy CHARLIE MARTIN i Hey, your glass is empty/It's a hell of a long way home/Why don't you let me take you/It's no good to go alone/I never would have opened up/But you seemed so real to me/After all the bullshit I've heard/It's refresh- ing not to see/I don't have to pretend/She doesn't expect it from me So don't tell me/I haven't been good to you/Don't tell me/I have never been there for you/Just tell me why/Nothing is good enough Hey little girl/Would you like some candy/Your momma said it's OKfrhe door is open/Come on outside/No, I can't come out today/It's not the wind/That cracked your shoulder/And threw you to the ground/Who's there that/Makes you so afraid/You're shaking to the bone/You know I don't understand/You deserve much more than this So don't tell me why/He's never been good to you/Don't tell me why/He's never been there for you/I'll tell you that's why/it's simply not good enough So just let me try/And I will be good to you/Just let me try and I will be there for you/I will show you why/It's so much more than good enough REPEAT LAST TWO VERSES Written and Sung by Sarah McLachlan Copyright (c) 1994 by Arista Records Inc, I liked Sarah McLachlan's "Good Enough" the first time I heard it. However, I found the lyrics confusing. So, I called the promotional phone number listed on the cassingle jacket and inquired about the song's message. According to the person I spoke with, McLachlan's first chart hit is written for a woman's point of view. The song reflects some of McLachlan's own childhood experiences. She observed that her parents' marriage went through lots of ups and downs. She espe- cially noticed that her mother seldom had any- one to talk to about her hurts. The song also pre- sents how a child watches these family dynamics and wishes that her mother could find the sup- port she needs. It is true tha't few realities affect a child's life more than what goes on in his or her par- ents' marriage. In our society, many children in- tensely feel the pain in their parents' marriage. They long for a way to keep giving and receiving love from both adults. Sometimes, the scars of witnessing these conflicts leave the child wondering if he or she is "good enough" tobe loved. Such self-doubts perpetuate a cycle of pain. As the song suggests, these inner doubts can| person from opening up and other. Underneath an individual's veneer of dence sometimes lies a gnawing fear that, as nessed in past family experience, love dure. In past columns, I have painful experiences growing up. assure any teen that no matter what the stances of the childhood and healing can still work its wonders. Even when the trauma of c person with a deeply felt sense of not enough," there are ways to rediscover the and sense of adequacy that God souls when we entered physical life. In many places, self-help groups are! know personally that participating in really helps to heal past and present pain. i If possible, talk to a trusted adult at: or parish about how to join such a grouP exists in your area, ask an adult to guide. professionals who can help you start such teens. As God's daughters and sons enough" and deserves to be loved. Some ( in families where such truths got lost. sist you in re-experiencing the truth ofyOg goodness. (Your comments are always address: Charlie Martin, RR3, Box port, Ind. 47635.) At the movies: Capsule reviews NEW YORK (CNS)  The following are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by the U.S.' Catholic Conference Office for Film and Broadcasting. "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" (Gramercy) A drag queen (Hugo Weav- ing) and two equally flamboy- ant chums (Terence Stamp and Guy Pearce) travel by bus through the Australian out- back, rehearsing their stage act before alternately friendly and hostile audiences before arriving for their booking at a hotel where the drag queen's estranged wife and young are waiting. Writer-director Stephan Elliott's lavish treat- ment of the exotically made-up cross-dressers casts a comic eye on their extravagant ex- cesses but fails to address their inner conflicts with much in- sight. Sympathetic depiction of openly gay lifestyles, an im- plied homosexual affair, some crude sexual innuendo and fre- quent rough language. The U.S. Catholic Conference clas- sification is A-IV- adults, with reservations. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. "Murder in the First" (Warner Bros.) Loosely fact-based drama set in 1941 in which a timid Alca- traz inmate (Kevin Bacon) charged with murdering a fel- low convict is defended by a novice lawyer (Christian Slater) who argues that years of inhumane solitary confine- ment and brutalbeatings by the associate warden (Gary Oldman) transformed his pre- viously nonviolent client into a murderer. Director Marc Rocco's powerful tale of casual torture and abuse of institu- tional power is strengthened by superior performances, al- though its high moral tone re- garding prisoner's human rights comes across somewhat heavy-handedly. A gory stab- bing, several scenes of vicious beatings with shadowy nudity, an attempted sexual en- counter, a reference to mastur- bation and recurring rough language. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A- III-- adults. The Motion Pic- ture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. "Son of the Shark" (Sev- enth Art) Abandoned years earlier by their mother and abused by an alcoholic father, two pre-ado- lescent runaways (Ludovic Vandendaele and Erick Da Silva) embark on nightly cam- paigns of theft and vandalism which continue as the youths escape foster care and punitive environments, returning again and again to wreak havoc on their coastal community. French writer-director Agnes Merlet paints a bleak though poignant portrait of unloved, violence-prone siblings whom society tries but fails to help. Subtitles. Many fistfights, con- stant juvenile crime and men- ace, fleeting nudity, some rough language and occasional crude remarks. The U.S. Catholic Conference classifica- tion is A-III -- adults. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America. "Strawberry and Choco- late" (Miramax) An effeminate gay man (Jorge Perugorria) enthusiasti- S cally befriends a straitlaced Cuban student (Vladimir Cruz) teaching him about the arts while unaware that the stu- dent is secretly being pres- || sured to report the homosexual as a likely political subversive. Directors Tomas Gutierrez A Alea and Juan Carlos Tabio's J sluggish comedy-drama is weakly scripted and visually (812) drab but ably decries institu- Faith and Values Channel observes Black History Month The following programs are among the February specials on the Faith and Values Channel. rhis House of Power" This House of Power takes and in-depth look at the his- tory and influence of the African-American church. The hour-long documentary traces the beginnings of this unique institution from its origins on slave ships coming from Africa to contemporary times, and looks at the influences of the African-American church on American politics and eco- nomic history. Thursday, Feb. 2, 8 to 9 p.m. CST. Repeated Friday, Feb. 3, at midnight and Sunday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. traordinary contrast of styles in this award-winning presen- tation. Magnificat offers an outstanding traditional version of the Magnificat in D, per- formed by Tafelmusik and the Tudor Singers, crosscut with an electrifying jazz version fea- turing Bobby McFerrin, Ann Moritfee, and the New Swingle Singers. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 3 to 4 p.m. CST. Repeated Sun- day, Feb. 12, at 11 p.m. "Sermons and Sacred Pic- tures" and "The Last Breeze of Summer." Sermons and Sacred Pictures documents the life of the Rev. L. O. Taylor, an African-American Baptist min- ister who was also an inspired filmmaker dedicated to pre- Breeze of Summer reveals the quiet battle in the heart and mind of a teenage girl who comes of age among prejudice in the 1950s. Thursday, Feb. 9, 8 to 9 p.m. CST. Repeated Friday, Feb. 10, at midnight and Sunday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. (ET). "Clarence Fountain:" Five Blind Boys and Alvin Alley's 'Revelations.' The Five Blind Boys, a gospel singing group that origi- nated in the 1940s, perform with Clarence Fountain at a church in Brooklyn, N.Y., and talk about the development of gospel music and its founda- tion in religious values. Then, the Alvin Alley Dance Corn- "Magnificat" . serving the social and cultural pany presents Revelations. ,, Te spjri of Bach's os.tjp3 ,,fabcfhis 0wl), .cg.,ma uni.ty in Alley's choreography uses tra- tuals to express his deep feel- ings for his African-American roots in the South. Thursday, Feb. 16, 8 to 9 p.m. CST. Re- peated Friday, Feb. 17, at mid- night and Sunday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. "Faithful Defiance:" A Portrait of Desmond Tutu Faithful Defiance traces the faith journey of Archbishop Desmond Tutu from school- master's son to international spokesperson against apartheid. 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