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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana -- On The Record-- . Mistakes need not diminish us WONDER Doctors have come/From distant cities/Just to see me/Stand over my bed/Disbelieving/What they are seeing By CHARLIE MARTIN CNS COLUMNIST They say I must be/One of the wonders/Of God's own creation/And as far as they can seefrhey can offer no explanation Newspapers ask intimate questions/Want con- fessionsfrhey reach into my head/To steal the glory of my story/They say I must be/One of the wonders/Of God's own creation/And as far as they can see/They can offer no explanation I believe fate smiled/And destiny laughed/As she came to my candle/"Know that this child will be able'/Laughed as my body she lifted/"Know this child will be gifted/With love, with patience/And with faith/She'll make her way" People see me/I'm a challenge to your balance/I'm over your heads/How I confound yon/And astound you to know/i must be one of the wonders/Of God's own creation/And as far as you can see/You can offer me no explanation / (REPEAT FOURTH VERSE) Written and Sung by Natalie Merchant Copyright (c) 1995 by Indian Love Bride/ Elektra Entertainment Group What do you appreciate about yourself?. What is the measure of your worth? I thought about such questions as I listened to Natalie Merchant's "Won- der." This is Ms. Merchant's second chart hit off her debut solo album "Tiger Lily." This cassingle speaks about a special child that "doctors have come from distant cities just to see." They stand over the child's bed, "disbelieving what they are seeing." They comment that the child "must be one of the wonders of God's own creation." The song suggests that "fate smiled and destiny laughed," saying: "Know that this child will be able, ... know that this child will be gifted with love, with patience and with faith, she'll make her way." Yet, isn't this true for each person? Isn't each human being "one of the wonders of God's own cre- ation?" Sometimes, though, we hardly feel this way. Far from being a wonder, we doubt our worth and question whether we have any special purpose. Such thoughts and feelings can occur when we encounter failure, or perhaps when big mistake. For example, an individual ishly or unkindly hurt someone that We need to face our mistakes and take sponsibility for them. However, failure or: even when numerous, can prompt us to path of growth. In truth, no a mistakes or failures subtracts from a worth. Our genuine worth comes fro connected with God. This connection Thus, our worth comes from who we are. added to or diminished by what we do we do not do. This is one way of what it means to be made in God's ness, as the Scriptures tell us. Consequently, we need to be focused ciating who we are. Each of us carries in an individual way. You are who you are, you are in your individuality is a gift. All of us have times when we feel down 0 selves. When this happens to you, try that what you feel, while important, who you are. Who you are is forever, is a wonder! (Your comments are always welcome. dress: Charlie Martin, RR 3, Box 182, 47635.) At the movies: Current capsule reviews NEW YORK (CNS) m The following are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by the U.S. Catholic Conference Office for Film and Broadcast- ing. "Angels & Insects" (Gold- wyn) Ponderous British drama of the 1860s centers on a penni- less naturalist (Mark Rylance) whose happy marriage to the pretty daughter (Patsy Ken- sit) of a wealthy patron is shattered at discovering his wife's incestuous relationship with her worthless brother, causing him to turn to a woman (Kristin Scott Thomas) whose intelligence and inter- ests match his own. Directed by Philip Haas, the multi- leveled Victorian narrative gains dramatic force through restrained performances and evocative visuals while prob- ing the relationship between love and passion, beauty and intelligence, nature and envi- ronment, Darwinian material- ism and the human spirit. Several gauzy but graphic bedroom scenes and re- strained treatment of incest. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-IV -- adults, with reservations. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America. "A Midwinter's Tale" (Sony Classics) An out-of-work English actor (Michael Maloney) sets out to direct and star in a small-town shoestring production of "Ham- let" to be staged on Christmas Eve in an abandoned church despite the bickering of an ec- centric cast of misfits. Writer- director Kenneth Branagh turns in an unpretentious comic valentine to struggling actors and the-show-must-go- on tradition. Sexual references and some rough language. The U.S. Catholic Conference clas- sification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- re- stricted. "Muppet Treasure Island" (Disney) Daffy mix of people and pup- pets cavort on sand and sea as a plucky lad (Kevin Bishop) outsmarts a treasure-hungry pirate (Tim Curry) with a little help from dauntless Kermit and starry-eyed Miss Piggy. Director Brian Henson's musi- cal take on the Robert Louis Stevenson adventure classic is goofily entertaining in spo- radic, tongue-in-cheek spurts. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-I -- general patronage. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is G -- general audiences. "Mr. Wrong" (Touchstone) Uneven comedy in which a career woman (Ellen De- Generes) is swept into an af- fair by a handsome, wealthy stranger (Bill Pullman) only to discover he's a nut case ob- sessed with marrying her, de- spite all efforts to get rid of him -- and his jealous ex-girl- friend (Joan Cusack). Directed by Nick Castle, the contrived narrative serves primarily as a vehicle for Ms. DeGeneres' low-key comic talents. Brief slapstick violence, sexual in- nuendo and crude references. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture As- sociation of America rating is Memorial to present 'Babes In Arms' Memorial High School, Evansville, will present the Rodgers and Hart musical com- edy "Babes In Arms" on March 14, 15 and 16. The comedy revolves around young actors and actresses try- ing to make it big while working in summer stock on Cape Cod. Cast members include Libby Melton, Ryan Mills, Michael Leavell, Reagan Reyster, Sandy Hall, Elizabeth Elliott and Pat Roe. Karen Miller, Garland Aramow- icz and Jim Walling are serving as directors; Joan Steffenhagen and Laura Ackerman are tech- nical assistants. The play will be presented at 7 p.m. each evening; tickets go on sale in March. DUBOIS COUNTY BANK MEMBER OLD NATIONAL BANCORP Member FDIC YOUR FIVE STAR SERVICE BANK MILLER & MILLER "A family name you can trust" 424-9274 PG- 13 -- parents are strongly cautioned that some material may be inappropriate for chil- dren under 13. "Rumble in the Bronx" (New Line) Inane action flick about a Chinese martial-arts expert (Jackie Chan) who runs into a dangerous biker gang while visiting New York, and ends up persuading them to help him foil a big diamond rob- bery. Directed Tong, the easy blend brand of more realistic confrontations. lence, fleeting eral instancel guage. The Conference cla III -- adults. ture Associatio'. rating is R .I.v FINALLY "The Music you've been asking for is here" "All new recording.., over 50 minutes of beautiful music, ,, formance by recording artist Keith Wells Here I Am, Lord Bq On Eagle's W__nings_ Prayer of St. Francis Not i .i Mail check or money order with the form belOW, :i ......... CuLO00 y Compact Disc __.___ Cassette tape ___.___ Shipping/handling Total Enclosed pdce $15.95 $12.95 Mail Check Payable To: Golden Lyre Records P.O. Box 1100 West Action, MA 01720 Please Print: Name Address ch, 100% 30-day money back g ST. 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