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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana -- On The Record-- . Choose to Love One Another By CHARLIE MARTIN CNS COLUMNIST GET TOGETHER Love is but a song we sing/Fear is the way that we die/You can make the mountains ring/Oh, make the angels cryfrhough the bird is on the wing/And you may not know why (REFRAIN) Come on people now/Smile on your brother Everybody get together/Try to love one an- other right now Some will come, and some will go/And we will surely pass/When the one who left us here Returns for us at last/We are but a moment's sunlight/Fading in the grass (REPEAT REFRAIN TWICE) Written by Chet Powers Sung by Big Mountain Copyright (c) 1995 by Giant Record. What happens when you "reggae-ize" an old classic? Well, if you're Big Mountain you get another i Top-40 hit. "Get Together" was one of my favorites in the '70s. The '90s version has a much different sound, but still presents the same straight- forward, important message. The song emphasizesthat our time in life is brief: "We are but a moment's sunlight, fading in the grass." When a person is a teen or young adult, it is difficult to recognize this. One's whole life lies ahead. Sometimes though, when a friend dies or some other serious circumstance cuts into this sense of infinite time, we rediscover this truth, namely, that our time on this planet is short. Consequently, how we live today makes a difference. Will we live it in a way that brings people together? Will our ac- tions demonstrate that love is the "song" we live by? For each of us there is a choice. Our fear and anxieties tell us that we must spend all our time taking care of our own interests. In our anxiety and fear, we come to believe that there is not enough in this world for everyone, so we must be sure to grab our share. However, we who choose to follow Jesus see life differently. We live with trust. We acknowledge our responsibility for our own lives, but we are commit- ted to helping others experience God's abundant blessings. How might we do this? 1. The place to start is at home. erosity daily. Freely give compliments. 2. Notice the small thin you. Look beyond the hassles that with siblings and affirm their positive Focus on the good in each person at 3. Be generous in how you friends. Listen to their concerns. E their problems, but be who cares, as one who sees the be when they cannot find this in themselves. 4. Don't underestimate what you global family. Commit to giving 10 percent income to organizations working to 5. Finally, look in the paper each day world situation where members of our huma ily are suffering. Then spend a few ing for these people, especially for those near your own age. Is it possible that on our planet get together and, as the song says, "try another right now?" Your answer to this will be seen in what you choose, in what you ! (Your comments are always welcome. dress: Charlie Martin, RR 3- Box 182, 47635.) At the movies: Current capsule reviews I 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. "Beautiful Girls" (Miramax) Returning to his Massachusetts hometown for a high school re- union, a musician (Timotlhy Hilton) about to turn 30 com- pares notes with his buddies about girlfriends and the scary prospect of settling down. Di- rector Ted Demme's relation- ship movie is a sweetly comical look at young men trying to come to terms with adult re- sponsibilities and the women who love them. Several sexual references about affairs, brief violence 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. "Broken Arrow" (20th Century Fox) Violent tale set in a remote area of the Southwest where an Air Force bomber pilot (John Travolta) has hidden two nu- clear warheads to extort a for- tune from the Pentagon, un- aware that his co-pilot (Christian Slater) is out to foil his plan with the help of a spunky park ranger (Samantha Mathis). Di- rector John Woo's handsomely mounted, explosive action thriller is fast-paced escapist fare until the mindless, ever- escalating violence goes ballis- tic in the last half-hour. Exces- sive violence, intermittent profanity and frequent rough language. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is O morally offensive. The Mo- tion Picture Association of America rating is R -- re- stricted. "City Hall" (Columbia) Gritty political drama set in New York, whose deputy mayor (John Cusack) is deter- mined to protect the mayor (A1 Pacino), an effective politician he much admires, from being ensnared in a burgeoning judi- cial scandal. Director Harold Becker skillfully turns the screws in an absorbing plot that explores backroom politi- cal compromises where ethics get lost in power struggles and wheeling and dealing. Brief vi- olence and much rough lan- guage. The U.S. Catholic Con- ference classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture As- sociation of America rating is R -- restricted. "Nueba Yol" (Kit Parker) Seriocomic tale of a deter- mined optimist (Luisito Marti) who leaves Santo Domingo to seek his fortune in New York City, where he overcomes formidable obstacles to find work and even makes wedding plans before becoming a victim of urban violence, though his dream of a better life lingers on. Written and directed by Angel Muniz, the Dominican production playfully contrasts the image of the U.S. as a land of easy money with the actual reality, but its major interest for viewers here is Marti's in- gratiating performance as a wry but compassionate pilgrim in a foreign land. Mostly subti- tles. Ambiguous treatment of illegal immigrants, stylized vi- olence involving drug traffick- ers and a few instances of rough language. The U.S. Catholic Conference classifica- tion is A-III -- adults. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America. "White Squall" (Hollywood) Fact-based account of a 1961 voyage in which the skipper (Jeff Bridges) of a floating prep school takes a dozen adolescent lads on an around-the-world cruise until a drowns some of and crew, leadiv itime inquiry into culpability. Dir Scott's slu study finally rowing scenes olence, its tragic the sober vivors. Some and crude violence and fanity. The U.S. ference cl adults. The sociation of PG-13 cautioned that may be inap[ dren under 13. Pro life tv spots to air in Evansville By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor Southwestern Indiana tele- vision viewers will be the first in the state to see an advertis- ing campaign which may have the power to influence a change in attitude toward abortion. The details of the advertis- ing campaign are not yet con- firmed, but organizers Lisa Hughes and Sandra Keefer hope the first commercials will be aired as soon as March 1. They plan to arrange a 13- week campaign and spend ap- proximately $40,000 on the ads -- about half of which has already been contributed by businesses and individuals. Hughes is Media Project Di- rector for Indiana Citizens for Life, headquartered in Indi- anapolis. Keefer is Project Di- rector of the Caring Founda- tion, headquartered in Jefferson City, Me. The two or- Lisa Hughes previews one of the pro-life television com- mercials planned for broadcasting in southwestern Indi- ana. Hughes is Media Project Director for Indiana Citi- zens for Life. Message photo by Paul R. Leingang i ganizations are cooperating in arranging for the advertising campaign. The two groups are also working toward buying corn- mercial time in the Indianapo- lis market. The television commercials are based on market research, and have already been used in Missouri, Radio ready begun September the stations ana University ar network sports Hughes said sion spots will inc free "800" be answered in but which will local crisis Keefer said advertising souri made change in low-up survey percent of the changed their o abortion is a choice. Keefer said gan, two who were survey offered that the them not to their planned DUBOIS COUNTY BANK MEMBER OLD NATIONAL BANCORP Member FDIC YOUR FIVE STAR SERVICE BANK MILLER & MI 00ince