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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Jam -- On The Record--- The power to make dreams come true HERO There's a hero/If you look in- side your heart/You don't have to be afraid/Of what you are/There's an answer/If you reach into your soul/And the sorrow that you know/Will melt away CNS COLUMNIST I REFRAIN: And then a hero comes along/With the strength to carry on/And you cast your fears aside/And you know that you can survive/So when you feel like hope is gone/Look inside you and be strong/And you'll finally see the truth/That a hero lies in you It's a long road/When you face the world alone No one reaches out a hand/For you to hold You can find love/If you search within your self/And the emptiness you felt/Will disappear (REPEAT REFRAIN) Lord knows/Dreams are hard to follow/But don't let anyone/Tear them away/Hold on There will be tomorrow/You'll find the way (REPEAT REFRAIN) Written by: Mariah Carey, Wal- ter Afonasieff Copyright (c) 1993 by Sony Songs/Rye Songs (BMI)/ WB Music CorpJWallyworld Music (ASCAP) Think of a time when you felt hopeless. According to Mariah Carey's new hit "Hero," this is a time to "look inside" yourself and to "be strong." You finally see the truth: "A hero lies in you." "Hero" is Carey's second release off her recent "Music Box" CD. The song contains so many good ideas that several columns could be written about it. Yet it is the song's primary message that I want to stress: Each of us possesses the power to make our dreams come true. Carey characterizes this power as a "hero" that lives within each of us. This is the part of us that holds great strength and courage, lifting us past life's disappointments and obstacles. Perhaps this is one reason why unexpected chal- lenges come our way. Through dealing with such circumstances, we discover more of who we really are. For example, remember a time when you were fearful of trying something new like taking a tough course or going out for a school athletic team? Sup- pose that you found the courage to go ahead, and to your surprise you succeeded in the course the team. At that point, you could look back smile. The "hero" within helped you attain your potential. Of course, not every new endeavor turns What happens if you flunk the course the team? This experience also can assist Y finding the "hero" within. This "hero" helps you keep the alter it in a way that gives you the essence you sought. You can look at why you failed the what went wrong. Perhaps you will you need additional math skills before you for physics. Or, to use my other example, accept that you just aren't quick basketball team. Consequently, you centrate on a sport where quickn tant, say the golf or cross country The song makes no reference to to think about this "hero" in us and not that this power is part of the way US. We can ask God to guide us in . of our soul to build a joyful, creative lile, i : (Your comments are always address: Charlie Martin, RR 3, port, IN 47635.) Parents responsible for effect of TV on families, pope By CINDY WOODEN Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Parents bear the main respon- sibility for the effect of televi- sion on their families, Pope John PanlKsaid... i, : .... , "Forming children's viewing habits will sometimes mean simply turning off the televi- sion set," the pope said in his message for World Communi- cation Day. "Parents who make regular, prolonged use of television as a kind of electronic baby sitter surrender their role as the pri- mary edueators of their chil- dren," he said in the message released Jan. 24 at the Vati- can. The theme of the May 15 ob- servance is "Television and the Family: Guidelines for Good Viewing." To make the positive poten- tial of television a reality re- quires the cooperation of par- ents, television industry workers, public authorities and church personnel who work with the media, the pope said. He encouragedparents to in- form themselves about the con- tent of programs in advance, to discuss programs and the moral values presented in them with their children and to regulate the amount of time children spend watching TV. While there are programs of value as entertainment, infor- mation or culture, he said, sometimes family life requires the TV to be off limits. The blank screen is called for not only when the program- ming available is unsuitable, but "because there are better things to do, because consider- ation for other family members J requires it, or because indis- criminate television viewing can be harmful," he said. Television can bring families together, create solidarity among families and inform them about cultural or reli- gious values, the pope said. But it can also cause harm "by propagating degrading values and models of behavior, by broadcasting pornography and graphic depictions of brutal vio- lence" and by casting doubt on religious beliefs or presenting moral truths as relative, he said. Its negative potential also includes "spreading distorted, manipulative accounts of news events and current issues ... carrying exploitative advertis- ing that appeals to base in- stincts and ... glorifying false visions of life that obstruct the realization of mutual respect, of justice and of peace," Pope John Paul said. "Recognizing the importance of a free exchange of ideas and information, the church sup- ports freedom of speech and of the press," he said. But those who work in the television in- dustry must show respect for their audiences and for the families who make up a large part of that audience, he said. Whether the television sta- tion or network is owned by the government or by a private company, the pope said, the airwaves are public property and must be used for the com- mon good. "Television is often required to deal with serious'themes: with human weakness and sin, and their consequences for in- dividuals and society; with the failings of social institutions including government and reli- gion; with weighty questions about the meaning of life," he said. "It should treat these sub- jects responsibly -- without Cable TV Among cable television pro- grams of note are the follow- ing: Sacred Songs, Sacred Spaces: Hayden's "Missa St. Cecilia" on the Faith and Val- ues Channel (Formerly VISN) Monday, Jan. 31, 7:30 CST. Performance by the Byerischer Rundfunk Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by seI cere concern ciety, as lous regard for pope said. Pope John church Catholic faro views which help evaluatl th  He ducers and velop at ethics mitment to of families values life." 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