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 The Message -='for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana --- On The Record-- .... ONE OF US If God had a name/What would it be?/And would you call it/To Think about God as a friend By CHARLIE MARTIN CNS COLUMNIST i Sung By Joan Osborne Copyright (c) 1995 by PolyGram Records Inc. to any other dear friend. In fact, we findit share the goings-on in our lives with With so much happening in activities, we just have to develop his face?/If you were faced with him/In all his glory/What would you ask/If you had just one question? (REFRAIN) And yeah, yeah/God is great/Yeah, yeah/God is good/Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah/What if God was one of us/Just a slob like one of us/Just a stranger on a bus/Trying to make his way home? If God had a face/What would it look like?/And would you want to see it/If seeing meant/That you would have to believe/In things like heaven and Jesus/And the saints/And all the prophets? (REPEAT REFRAIN) Back up to heaven all alone/Nobody calling on the phone/Except the pope maybe in Rome. (REPEAT REFRAIN) Written By Eric Bazilian Joan Osborne's "One of Us" is a quite different chart hit. I was so intrigued by the song that I decided to listen to her entire "Relish" CD. I discovered that I liked many of the album cuts. Os- borne's blues/rock/Gospel approach creates a fresh, new sound. The song presents interesting questions: "If God had a name, what would it be?" "If God had a face, what would it look like?" "What if God was one of us?" Such questions encourage us to understand that God is not just some power in some place out there. The song's focus on God's "name," "face" and God as "one of us" helps us to recognize that God's presence in our lives is meant to be a very personal experience. Perhaps the deeper questions for all of us are these: How willing are we to open our hearts and minds to our God? How much do we invite God into our everyday lives? The first response is measured by time. If we say God is important to us, then we make time to share our lives with God. We even find time on a daily basis. We would not go days or weeks without talking ing personal time with God. One terrific aspect of being how God is always available. friends or family members might be busy with other endeavors, this is not tre God's attention is always accessible. Consequently, developing the your heart with God makes do talk with God. Your approach what time of day works best for you. This could happen as you ride some quiet with God as you what will be asked of you in this day. prefer the end of the day as you look ety of experiences and happenings. My own choice is slightl) the morning, before my mind gets other demands. " " s" when Whether God will be one otu to your own life depends on your interest in you. God is there, sonal relationship with love that (ur comments are always welcome. dress: Charlie Martin, RR 3, Box "J 47635.) Atthe movies: Current capsule reviews THE CATHOLIC I COMMUNICATION CAMPAIGN NEW YORK (CNS) -- The following are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by the U.S. Catholic Conference Office for Film and Broadcast- ing. "Antonia's Line" (First Look) Multigenerational tale of a fiercely independent Dutch woman (Willeke van Ammel- rooy) whose lesbian daughter and eventually her grand- daughter and great-grand- daughter live on the matri- arch's farm where all confront emotional crises over the decades, drawing strength from their female solidarity. Writer-director Marleen Gorris celebrates nontraditiona] fami- lies and the resilience of women in a whimsical story overpopulated with village ec- centrics, misfit clerics and dis- posable men. Subtitles. Several bedroom scenes with nudity, occasional violence including rape, an off- screen suicide and an instance of rough language. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-IV -- adults, III IIIII I 486-3977 Just off Hwy. 50 in Montgomery, IN II With reservations. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America. "Big Bully" (Warner Bros.) Comedy clunker in which an author (Rick Moranis) returns to his hometown as a grade- school teacher, then learns the bully (Tom Arnold) who had made his life miserable as a child is on the faculty. Directed by Steve Miner, the unamus- ing situation has the two re- sume their childhood antago- nism with grown-up intensity, while their boys do their own bully-victim routines. Much unfunny violence, some life- threatening situations, sexist humor and occasional coarse language. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A- III N adults. The Motion Pic- ture Association of America rating is PG N parental guid- ance suggested. "Black Sheep" (Paramount) Inept comedy in which a well-meaning oaf (Chris Far- ley) nearly ruins his brother's chances to be elected governor, despite the efforts of a cam- paign staffer (David Spade) to keep the bumbler out of the public eye. A limp script and tepid physical comedy make di- rector Penelope Spheeris' movie look more like an ex- tended TV sitcom. Some slap- stick violence, brief substance abuse, minor sexual innuendo, intermittent profanity and an instance of rough language. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 parents are strongly cautioned that some material may be in- appropriate for children under 13. "Vukovar" (Tara) When her Serbian groom is i D.O-W.N-T-O'W'N 301 MAIN ST. 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