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2 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana -- On The Record--- &apos; Reflections for those who don't feel bl BLESSED Hey, you/You're a child in my head/You haven't walked yet/Your first words have yet to be said/But I swear you'll be blessed By CHARLIE MARTIN CNS COLUMNIST I know you're still a dream/Your eyes might be green/Or the bluest that I've ever seen/Any- way you'll be blessed (REFRAIN) And you, you'll be blessed/You'll have the best I promise you that/I'll pick a star from the sky Pull your name from a hat/I promise you thaUI promise you that/I promise you that/You'll be blessed I need you before I'm too old/To have and to hold/To walk with you/And watch you grow/And know that you're blessed (REPEAT REFRAIN THREE TIMES) Written by Elton Johnfraupin Sung by Elton John Copyright (c) 1995 by William A. Bong Ltd. Do you feel blessed? Elton John's "Blessed" speaks of a child who is deeply wanted before arriv- ing on our planet. John talks about this child as "still a dream." He doesn't know if"your eyes might be green or the bluest that I've ever seen." Yet, he promises this child that "you'll be blessed. You'll have the best." What constitutes the "best" varies according to one's values. However, no environment can produce the best for a child unless it contains lots of respect, fairness and love. As a teen, you don't have full control over what your living situation offers you. Some families pos- sess the type of blessed home that the song de- scribes. Others do not. Whatever your current environment, it is im- portant to recognize that you are blessed. Even when a home does not provide the emotional sup- port it should, your life still holds great promise and value. It is the opportunity to experience personal satisfaction and do significant good for others. Admittedly, this is much easier when those you live with appreciate who you are. us will never receive such recognition ilies. Our challenge is to let life God-given dignity. Here I want to speak to those of: hurtful situations. As a teen, I sonally. As I was, you may be to pursue choices that will brine quences. Drugs, alcohol abuse and options in our world. Since no one seems toz you, you may wonder why you should self or the lives of others. I wish I could tell you that for the pain that you feel or an easy w such choices. There isn't. Yet if you self a chance to find other options, the you genuinely are will emerge. If you dreams and passions, they will lead you to a which you experience respect, fairness I speak from my own life journey. I sense of being blessed as I grew up. our God because I am able to see that blessed. (Your comments are always welcome. dress: Charlie Martin, RR 3, Box 47635.) At the movies: Current capsule reviews /i 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. "Anne Frank Remem- bered" (Sony Classics) Compelling documentary portrait of the Jewish teen-ager known to millions through the diary she kept while hiding with her family in Amsterdam until they were betrayed and sent to the Nazi death camps Written, produced and directed by British filmmaker Jon Blair, the film puts Anne's life in his- torical perspective by inter- views with those who knew her as a child or met her in the camps as well as the dramatic use of visuals provided by fam- ily photographs, period arti- facts and archival footage, in- cluding scenes of a 1941 Wade Funeral Home 119 S. Vine Street, Haubstadt, IN 768-6151 Call about pre-need counseling. Robert J. Wade Alan J. Wade wedding at which Anne is briefly glimpsed. USCC classi- fication: A-II -- adults and adolescents. MPAA: PG -- parental guidance suggested. "Before and After" (Holly- wood) Fearing their missing teen- age son (Edward Furlong) has killed his girlfriend, the boy's father (Liam Neeson) destroys all physical evidence of the crime while his mother (Meryl Streep) struggles with her con- science over this obstruction of justice. USCC classification: A- III-- adults. MPAA: PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned D-O.W'N'T.O-W'N 301 MAIN ST. - VINCENNES, IN 47591 that some material may be in- appropriate for children under 13. "From the Journals of Jean Seberg" (Planet) Fictional.autobiography of the screen actress whose 1957 debut in Preminger's "Saint Joan" was mercilessly panned, then found brief fame in France in Godard's 1960 "Breathless," combined career with marriages, related to her Black Panthers f her suicide in 1, USCC c adults. Not tion Picture As America. 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