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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana : / ..-- On The Record-- Putting more soul in your life By CHARLIE MARTIN CNS COLUMNIST ALL ABOUT SOUL She waits for me at night/She waits for me in silence/She gives me all her tenderness/And takes away my pain/And so far she hasn&apos;t run/Though I swear she's had her moments/She still believes in miracles/While others cry in vain. It's all about soul/It's all about faith/And a deep devotion/It's all about soul/'Cause under the love/Is a stronger emotion/She's got to be strong/'Cause so many things/Getting out of control/Should drive her away./So why does she stay?/It's all about soul. She turns to me sometimes/And she asks me what I'm dreaming/And I realize I must have gone/A million miles away./And I ask her how she knew/To reach out for me at that mo- ment/And she smiles because it's understood/There are no words to say. It's all about soul/It's all about knowing/What someone is feeling/The woman's got soul/The power of love/And the power of healing./This life isn't fair/it's gonna get dark/It's gonna get cold/You've got to get tough/But that ain't enough It's all about soul. There are people who have lost/Every trace of human kindness/There are many who have fallen/There are some who still survive./She comes to me at night/And she tells me her de- i sires/And she gives me all the love I need/To keep my faith alive. It's all about soul/It's all about joy/That comes out of sorrow/Who's standing now/And who's standing tomor- row/You've got to be hard/Hard as the rock/In that old rock 'n roll/But that's only part/You know in your heart/it's all about soul. Written and Sung by: Billy Joel Copyright (c) 1992 by Impulsive Music (ASCAP) What is soul? How you answer this question depends on your definition of "soul." For Billy Joel, soul is the "stronger emotion" that lies "under the love." Joel speaks of this part of our lives in his new hit, "All About Soul." The cassingle is his second hit off his "River of Dreams" disc. The guy in the song experiences soul in the woman that he loves. She displays tenacity before "so many things getting out of control," things that "should drive her away." She also possesses a sense about what he is dreaming and feeling. She finds "joy that comes out of sorrow" and re- mains caring toward others even when there are many others "who have lost every trace of human kindness/' Clearly, Joel's list of soul qualities could go on and on. Yet, knowing how to describe soul is not nearly as important as recognizing how to put more soul into your life. doing so. How everil There is no sure recipe for :: are a few suggestions: 1. Live by your inner sense of the truth. often feel pressure to act as peers are one wants to fit in and know that he or she is ac- cepted. Yet, "soul" means having the courage to your own values. Doing so may put you at your friends. However, the long-term by your own truth far outweigh the of others' approval. 2. Back off from judgment. It's easy to off as stupid or out of it. It takes a lot others their points of view, many ways to see a situation. Stand by opinion without being too quick to judge. , , ] 3. Be kind. Here's where I agree with JoeJ, soul is manifested in going out of your way and care for another. The best place soul is in your own home. 4. Live with openness and spontaneity" need to be aware of commitments and ties. Yet we need to save room in our new and unexpected. Getting into soul way. Rather, living and loving as fully as us open to the new ways that God may lives. Like Joel, my list is just a beginning. prefer to design your own ways to Whatever your approach, you can soul through a life that is open to surprise. (Your comments are always address: Charlie Martin, RR 3, port, Ind. 47635.) CTNA offerings: Catholics in America Ed. L. Lee . Mortuary 101 North Meridian Street Washington, IN 254-3612 Catholics/Americans is a 12-part series underway on the Catholic Telecommunications Network of America. The se- ries explores how Catholics came to America, how they changed America, and how they were changed. The pro- grams are aired on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Central Time. Other programs available on CTNA include Jesuit Jour- nal, a series on current issues, each Thursday at 2 p.m.; New Catechism, lectures and pre- sentations on the new Care- chism, on Wednesdays at 6 p.m.; and Nuestra Familia, a Spanish magazine-style pro- gram exploring family life, on Mondays at 3 p.m. (All times listed are Central.I CTNA programs are avail- able o12 Ku-bavd satellite SBS 6, transponder 13, and are in- tended for affiliated parishes and institutions. Individuals viewing CTNA programs on home satellite receiving systems are asked to make a donation. 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