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8 :3' . x..,t ....... . The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana The 00eGord,.--- . " ! FOLLOW YOU DOWN Make sure you know what your values are By CHARLIE MARTIN CNS COLUMNIST Did you see the sky/I think it means/That we've been lost/Maybe one last time is all we need/I can't really help it/If my tongue's all tied in knots/Jumping off a bridge/It's just the farthest/That I've ever been. L Anywhere you go I'll follow you down/Any. where but those I know by heart/Anywhere you go I'll follow you down/I'll follow you down but not that far. I know that we're headed somewhere/I can see how far we've come/Still I can't remember anything/Let's not do the wrong thing/And I'll swear it might be fun/It's a long way down/When all the knots we've tied/Have come undone. How you gonna ever find your place/Running in an artificial place/Are they gonna find us/Lying face down in the sand/So what the hell/We've already been forever damned. Written by S. Johnson/B. Leen/P. Rhoades/ J. Valenzuela/R. Wilson Sung by Gin Blossoms Copyright (c) 1996 by A&M Records Inc. i Off" the Gin Blossoms' brand new CD, "Congratulations I'm Sorry," comes their latest chart hit, "Follow You Down." Are you bewil- dered by its lyrics? If we take the lyrics literally, they could easily describe a mutual suicide pact. The song mentions "jumping off a bridge," "lying face down in the sand" and being "forever damned." The main voice says that "any- where you go, I'll follow you down ... but not that far." However, the lyrics might simply be metaphors for any decision that allows someone else to control one's actions. Then the "down" could refer to choices or behaviors that lead a person to abandon con- science and values because that is what someone else wants. In that case, the words "but not that far" point to the line at which one walks away from this self- betrayal. Whatever the song's intent, the issue of when to say no is an important one for teens. Peer pres- sure, ridicule by friends and trying to fit into a group can powerfully influence a young person's de- cisions. Knowing what you genuinely stand for what you consider right behavior -- is essential when it comes to resisting such forces. This means being clear about your values. And the clarity you need can be enhanced by thinking about situations before they occur. For example, what would you do your group lighted up a joint and began around? How would you react if girlfriend requested sex? What insisted on copying your homework? These a few situations in which knowing ues is important. Clear thinking and honest dialogue you attain clarity about such matters. I teens and parents to address these day circumstances. Youth groups rums on dealing with moral decisions. with trusted adults, teens can examine and the possible consequences of various Harmful consequences ! person follows someone else int( needed to be thought through in advance. us has a responsibility to determine where our moral boundaries lie. Becoming a teen who displays and integrity is a challenging goal. are ready to walk with you as achieve greater clarity In fact, no matter how old we are, we es. other if we are to live out the best in ourselV : Keep the dialogue happening! (Your comments dress: Charlie Martin, RR 3, Box 47635.) At the movies: Current capsule reviews NEW YORK (CNS) -- The -following are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by the U.S. Catholic Conference (USCC) Office for Film and Broadcasting. Ratings are also offered by The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). "All Dogs Go to Heaven 2, (MGM) Animated musical sequel in which two canine angels (voices of Charlie Sheen and Dora DeLuise) in San Fran- cisco to retrieve Gabriel's horn help a runaway boy return home while outwitting a devil- ish duo. Directed by Paul Sabella and Larry Leker, the songs are sprightly but the ani- mation often looks washed out in this cartoon-busy search- and-rescue tale. USCC: A-I -- general patronage. MPAA: G general audiences. "August  (Goldwyn) The ordered routine of a Vic- torian estate in North Wales is shattered when an arrogant, elderly professor (Leslie Phillips) moves in with his brother-in-law (Anthony Hop- kins) who falls hopelessly in love with the professor's bored young wife (Kate Burton). Hop- kins directs a sometimes- poignant adaptation of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" with its smatterings of farcical com- edy amidst the ruins of dashed hopes and unfulfilled lives. Fleeting violence and romantic complications. USCC: A-II -- adults and adolescents. MPAA: PG -- parental guidance sug- gested. "The Last Supper" (Sony) Empty satire in which idle graduate students indulge their sense of superiority by inviting those they regard as less enlightened right-wingers, e.g., pro-lifers, anti-Semites and homophobes, to dinner each week, then poisoning their wine until the tables are turned by a pragmatic TV com- mentator (Ron Perlman). Di- rected by Stacy Title, the ludi- crous premise merely gives li- cense to outrageous political and social stereotypes in a static story which is pointless, unamusing and devoid of any moral perspective, let alone wit or ideas. Callous murders, racist rhetoric, sexual innu- endo, occasional profanity and much rough language.USCC: O  morally offensive. MPAA: R  restricted. "Nelly & Monsieur Ar- naud" (Artificial Eye) A shy Parisienne (Emanuelle Beart) is torn between commit- ting to an overeager editor (Jean-Hugues Anglade) she is dating or acknowledging her growing feelings for her boss, an adoring author (Michel Ser- rault) 40 years her senior. Di- rector Claude Sautet's melan- choly romantic triangle delicately explore the emo- tional landscape of fragile rela- tionships among middle-aged and elderly characters. Subti- tles. An implied sexual affair. USCC: A-III -- adults. Not MILLER & MILLER i "Funeral pro-planning since 1940" 424-9274 HAUB STEAK HOUSE PRIME STEAKS , SEAFOOD - cHICKEN (812) 7686462 LARGEP,MITY ROOMS Haubstadt, Ind. DEWIG BROS. PACKING CO FRESH " MEAT:";004:: - BEEFrAND PORK .... HAUBSTADT, INDIANA rated by MPAA. "A Thin Line Between Love & Hate" (New Line) Failed comedy thriller in which a conceited lothario (Martin Lawrence) cheats on one woman too many (Lynn Whitfield), then finds she's out to murder him and his current flame (Regina King). Also di- rected by Lawrence, the lame fatal-attraction plot fizzles while Lawrence carries on with crude, misogynistic tirades that are not in ing. Blatant bedroom enC dity, sore( stant 0  morally R  re MAIN 00,LOW KREMPP LUMBER CO. BUILD)NG MATERIAL SUPPLIES & GENERAL CONTRACTING HOMECENTER CONSTRUCTION 482-1961 482-6838 Ph: 482-1125 Christiazz Do you have the tinu needed to help the We are looking for loving t willing to spend two to three helping someone in their home. The duties that you will be include preparation of a meal, as is needed, arm visiting with the patient gratefully appreciated by "For more information , H00r.and 1812),,