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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana --- On The Record--- Be careful about making promises " PROMISES BROKEN Streets are filled with broken glass/You get buried by the past]Give me just a little taste/Lay this mess to waste/Take me home/My mind is racing/Take me home/My body's By CHARLIE MARTIN CNS COLUMNIST aching/So alone I'll make you wanna/Stay with me/Befriended by the enemy/One more time. (REFRAIN) Every little thing about you/Tells me nothing out there/Is ever gonna help me/All these words I hear spoken/Just promises broken. Now looking outside/From my window sill/Throw another coin/In the wishing well/You'll never find what]You are looking for 15 miles/Your dim light shines/From so far away/Your sad smile is/All I see when I say (REPEAT REFRAIN) From the hotel satellite/Don't look like/You're living right/Here's a deal you can't refuse/You ain't got as much to lose/But I don't mind/Can you tell your troubles/To someone who won't laugh at you?/It's all right]And as I watch you walk away/Hope a part of you will stay/It's all right. (REPEAT REFRAIN) i Written by D. Pirner Sung by Soul Asylum Copyright (c) 1995 by WB Music CorpJ Made to Be Broken Music (ASCAP) Soul Asylum first grabbed na- tional attention with their hit "Misery." Now they are back on the charts with "Promises Broken." Both cassingles are released off their "Let Your Dim Light Shine" CD, a lyric that just happens to show up in this current release. One way to listen to this song is to think of a time when you experienced "promises broken." What did it feel like? How did you handle the situa- tion? The person in the song becomes disillusioned and confused. He appears to want his relationship to continue, and he hopes to "make you wanna stay with me." He tries to minimize his hurt by saying that, "As I watch you walk away, hope a part of you will stay." Yet, he realizes that "all these words I hear spoken" are "just promises broken." We are not told what these promises were. However, any promise depends on trust, and when a promise is broken, trust is injured and sometimes lost. Two lessons flow from the song's story. The first concerns when promises to us are broken. This always hurts. While difficult, the healing of this hurt begins by facing how we feel. To pretend that the promise wasn't broken or that it didn't hurt is just to set yourself up for further pare. If someone has broken a likelihood is that this will happen your pain and don't share it with you hurt yourself and the relationship want to keep. On the other hand, if you about but the other person doesn't caused, a new question emerges: in this relationship if I am going to disrespect? The other clear lesson in the need to be very careful about wha.t we speak not just about being in a romance, type of relationship built on trust. And I! 1 of course, about the kinds of promises to make. : Suppose you promise ents but do not follow through. Will they continue trusting what you say? Whether it be with parents, your promise can be a way of saying If you break a good promise, you show you care. All of us make mistakes, and theY serve as the pathways to harsh that injured trust can be quickly fixed. tect the sacredness of your word by with what you promise. (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) w The following are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by the U.S. Catholic Conference Office for Film and Broadcast- ing. "Chungking Express" (Mi- ramax) Set in bustling Hong Kong, two single cops (Tony Leung and Takeshi Kuneshiro), each recently dumped by their girl- friends, cling to the hope of reconciliation even as mysteri- ous new women (Faye Wang and Brigitte Lin) complicate their lives. Writer- director Wong Kar-Wai's gently comic look at the lovelorn is impres- sive for visual technique but barely maintains its wispy nar- rative thrust. Subtitles. Some sexual innuendo and brief styl- ized violence. USCC classifica- tion: A-III -- adults. MPAA rating: PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned that some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. "The Flower of My Se- cret" (Sony Classics) Bittersweet romance from Spain in which a middle-aged woman (Marisa Paredes) at- tempts suicide after learning her husband has left, then re- covers with her mother's help and begins anew with the aid of a would-be beau (Juan Echove). Directed by Pedro Almodovar, the story is basi- cally a 1940s tearjerker, though enlivened by zestful characters and surreal comic moments. Subtitles. Sexual sit- uations and occasional rough language. USCC classification: A-III -- adults. MPAA rating: R -- restricted. "Hellraiser: Bloodline" (Miramax) Sadistic horror fantasy in which the descendants of a toy- maker (Bruce Ramsay) con- tinue a centuries-long battle against a pinheaded demon (Doug Bradley) loosed from hell by their ancestor. Directed by Alan Smithee (a pseudonym), the fourth in the series lum- Washington Catholic to present 'Finders Creepers' Students at Washington Catholic High School and Mid- dle School will present the mystery-comedy "Finders Creepers" on March 29 and 30. Cast members include Ryan Hilderbrand, Michael Ross, Brian Hawthorn, Brittany Welp, Kerri Webb, Lindsey Gillum, Emily Durnil, Ben Hop- kins, Fran Bradley, Shaun Sul- livan, Erik Gillum, Sara Gra- ham, Ryan Sullivan, Andrea Baumert, Ryan Welp and Brian Hathhorn.. Washington Catholic teach- ers Steve Smeltzer and Kim Benefiel are assisting the stu- dents with this production. Erin Casper is the student assistant. The play will be presented at 7 p.m. each evening on the Washington Catholic High School stage. Ticket informa- tion is available from Cindy Wichman at (812) 254-2050. bers clumsily along from one bloody death to another in a meaningless jumble of noxious pulp waste. Excessive violence, sexual situations and rough language. USCC classification: O -- morally offensive. MPAA rating: R -- restricted. "Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco" (Dis- ney) Frisky sequel to the popular 1993 family film has a scrappy bulldog (voice of Michael J. Fox), sassy Himalayan cat (voice of Sally Field) and trusty golden retriever (voice of Ralph Waite) separated from their human family at the San Fran- cisco airport and forced to deal with an urban group of stray dogs and other misadventures as they wend their way home. Director David R. Ellis' shaggy-dogs story incorporates a mushy puppy-love subplot to bolster the already familiar plot of talking pets persevering to reunite with their worried owners. USCC classification: A-I -- general patronage. MPAA rating: G -- general au- diences. "Knocks at My Door" (In- ternational Film Circuit) Political thriller set in a re- pressive Latin American country where two nuns risk their lives by sheltering a hunted rebel, then are be- trayed and have to decide whether to renounce him and go free or defy the evil regime and be executed. Directed by Alejandro Saderman, the 1993 Venezuelan production creates a realistic picture of two women religious whose piety deepens their commit- ment to helping the poor and the oppressed. Subtitles. Styl- ized violence and menace in a justice context. USCC classi- fication: A-II -- adults and adolescentS" MPAA. "The Star max) Promising a phony Castellitto) conS in 1953 to pay screen test catches up begins to vulnerable (Tiziana the movie's whimsy, Giuseppe dark story lated converS love may or redemptive Subtitles. A few sexual male nudity az rough cation: reservations. __ restricted. Book Review: Feathers on the Feathers on the Wind: Re- flections for the Lighthearted Soul Text and cover illumination by Edward Hays. (Forest of Peace Publishing, 251 Muncie Rd., Leavenworth, KS 66048, Oct., 1995, 128 pages, paperback, $10.95. Also available at religious book stores) Spiritual pilgrims everywhere know Edward Hays and watch for the release of his latest I I III Reviewed by MARY ETTA KIEFER, O.SJB. Message Staff book -- and here it is. The great storyteller has done it again. Feathers on the Wind is a collection of short medita- tions that fuse body, mind, and spirit in the same way that Hays' work has always blended the sacred and the secular. From his rich store of me- dieval miscellany (his files must be the envy of every spiri- tual writer), Hays brings sim- ple models and matches them to our own peculiir predica- ments, always with his imagi- native, upbeat focus. These feathers, are not de- signed for theological argu- ment or intellectual rumina- tion; rather, they are mystical moments from the ordinary destined to show that all mo- ments are holy. Feathers on the Wind is for in- dividuals and families. It's an ideal resource for small faith communities and prayer groups. Your copy will be much borrowed. About the author: Edward Hays is an known whose books available in stores written gories: ContemPt and Among his Sunda Pray All Tattoo tary and the Magic Lante