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The Message -- for Catholicsof Southwestern Indiana Don't just get used to it Written by Rob Thomas/John Leslie Golf/John Joseph Stanley/Brian Yale By CHARLIE MARTIN Sung by Matchbox 20 Catholic News Service Copyright (c) 1995 by Tabitha's Secret Music 3 A.M. She says it's cold outside/And she hands me my raincoat/She's always worried/About things like that/She says it's all gonna end/And it might as well be my fault/And she only sleeps/When it's raining. REFRAIN She says baby/It's 3 a.m./I must be lonely/When she says baby/Well I can't help but be/Scared of it all sometimesJSays the rain's gonna wash away./I believe it. She got a little bit of something/God it's better than nothing/And in her color portrait world/She believes that she got it all/She swears the moon don't hang/Quite as high as it used to/And she only sleeps/When it is raining/And she screams/And her voice is straining. REPEAT REFRAIN She believes that life/Is made up of all/That you're used to/And the clock on the wall/Has been stuck at 3/For days and days/She thinks happiness is/A mat that sits on her doorway/But outside it's stopped raining REPEAT REFRAIN Matchbox 20 got lots of attention with its first chart hit "Push." Now, off their multiplatinum debut disc "Yourself or Someone Like You," is their latest release, "3 A.M." The song is interesting, even with its mysteri- ous story line. Some of the lyrics intrigued me, so I decided to review the song for this column. Consider what the character in the song says about his girlfriend: "She believes that life is made up of all that you're used to." Is this true? If so, we'd better be careful what we get used to! Given this point of view, what should one's response to failure be? Should you just get used to it? Many times obstacles or disappointments are stepping stones on our pathway to success. For example, if you get a D in a class that you hoped to do well in, you then know that your current approach to the class is not working. Get a new plan, and reapply your efforts. Don't just get used to it! Then, there is this line in the song: "She thinks happiness is a mat that sits on her door- way." is happiness something that just happens to you? I doubt it. Happiness often arrives only when we make an important decision. Happy people think of others' needs and are generous, giving without expecting anything in return. ! Happiness often is found vision Of what is important in work hard to achieve their Sure, you might have to but happy people don't give up Also, they don't focus on the disappointments and setbacks. regard these events as signs strategize and double their efforts. Finally, the song has the clock on the wall has been stuck at i take this as an indication that pening in the person's life. EveI Occasionally, this can happen Again, we're not forced to just need to take a look at how we got ' Maybe we made mistakes in haps an unexpected hurt tional energy. Depression and a stuck can be the results. Compassion, patience and per ways out of this painful er make a new plan. Ask others you try to get your life moving a We all have a choice about approach to life will be passive Creator, who give us life, invites the co-creators of our lives. Taking an active approach honors the Creator, who has shown you can become ..... Your comments are always address: 7125W 200S, Rockport, THE CATHOLIC COMMUNICATION CAMPAIGN NEW YORK (CNS) -- The fob lowing are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by the U.S. Catholic Conference (USCC) Office for Film and Broadcasting. Ratings are also given by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). "Hurricane Streets" (MGM) Urban youth drama in which a depressed Manhattan teen (Brendan Sexton III) whose thieving pals are verging on more serious crime gets involved in an accidental killing just as he's about to moe to New Mexico with a troubled girlfriend (Isidra Vega). Writer- director Morgan J. Freeman's gritty tale presents adolescent frustrations with some sensitiv- ity but the narrative is drawn out to a contrived, unconvincing finish. Brief violence, numerous thefts, some recreational drug use and much rough language. The USCC classification is A-III adults. The MPAA rating is R -- restricted. "Love Walked In" (Triumph) Muddied crime story in which a failed lounge singer (Denis Leary) plans to blackmail a wealthy married man (Terence Stamp) by getting his adored wife (Aitana Sanchez Gij6n) to seduce him, but is unprepared for the dire consequences this has on his own marriage. Direc- tor Juan J. Campanella superfi- cially explores several crises of conscience in a downbeat narra- tive hampered by an intrusive subplot paralleling these crises with those of imaginary pulp- fiction characters. A sexual encounter with nudity, brief vio- lence and frequent rough lan- guage. The USCC classification is A-III -- adults. The MPAA rat- ing is R -- restricted. "Palmetto" (Columbia) Absurd thriller in which an embittered ex-con (Woody Har- Author says 'Deal with things the way they are' Thinking Catholic, by Daniel E. Pilarczyk. St. Anthony Mes- senger Press, 1615 Republic St., Cincinnati, OH 45210-1298,1998. Paperbound, 99 pages, $6.95. BOOK REVIEW By MARY ETTA KIEFER, O/S.B. Message staff Thinking Catholic is a chal- lenging book emphasizing all the major tenets of the Church: the goodness of creation, being stewards of God's gifts, God's and education and learning. In fourteen reflections, the author has applied Thinking Catholic to attitudes of daily living. Pilarczyk tells us that we are called to be realistic and recog- nize what our world is, and what it is not:. "I have not set out to demort- strate how crazy and how bad things are in the world that sur- rounds us. There isn't much need for such a demonstration. Those who need to be convinced that things are not what they should be have only to consider the fren- in a conversational manner, pre- senting a clear path for the Catholic heart and mind, "to show how different we are -- or should be-- from many of those around us." Indeed, there is comfort in hav- ing a clear map when we deal with the conflicting messages we hear daily -- and deal with them we must, says Pilarczyk. Think- ing Catholic is the ability "to see how it all fits together in a coher- ent vision, to accept it joyfully and confidently as God's gift and plan for us, to respond to it all with love... That's what think- ing Catholic is all about." About the author:. Daniel E. Pilarczyk is arch- bishop of Cincinnati, Ohio, and a past president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. His writings, dearly the work of a master teacher, are widely read in various publications, and one of his books, Twelve Tough Issues: What the Catholic Church Teaches -- and Why, is a best seller also published by St. Anthony Messenger. presence in the world, respect zy and the frustration of the for life, after-life, spiritual world's 'successful' people to see ............ maturity, the Church commu- that the world promises more !  I nity, love of neighbor, posses- than it can deliver, that its s,,es sions, friendship with Jesus, Pitch is tinged with madness." prayer, a universal Church, sin, And he has told us his purpose Funeral Homes .1 ,,Funerat,,Hmes ] Four Convenient Locations WEST CHAPEL ] Iil I i I I IIII I I I1"1 " .......... I relson) is rive woman a[ that leaves him! der. Directed by dorff, the reduce this pulp. Some sexual language fanity. 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