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8 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana ,/ / April 30, --- On The Record -- Stop feeling like a bad person BAD GIRL Something's missing/And I don't know why/I always feel the need To hide my feelings from you/Is it you or meFrhat I'm afraid of?/I tell myself I'll show you/What I'm made of/Can't bring myself to let you go/Don't want to cause you pain/But I love you just the same/And you'll always be my hahy/In my heart I know we've come apart/And I don't know where to start/What can I do?/i don't want to feel blue. -- By-CHARLIE MARTIN i CNS COLUMNIST  I (REFRAIN) Bad girl, drunk by 6:00/Kissing someone else's lips/Smoked too many cigarettes today/i'm not happy when I act this way/Bad girl, drunk by 6:00/Kissing some kind stranger's lips/Smoked too many cigarettes today/i'm not happy. Something's happened/And I can't go bacldl fall apart every time/You hand your heart out to me What happens now?/I know that I don't deserve you/I wonder how I'm ever senna hurt you/Can't bring myself to let you go (REPEAT REFRAIN) Written by M. Ciccone and S. Pettibone Sung by Madonna Copyright (c) 1992 by WB Music Corp., Bleu Disque Music, Inc., Webo Girl Publishing, Shepsongs Have you ever felt like you were a bad person? Apparently that is how the individual in Madonna's "Bad Gir" feels. The cassingle is Madonna's latest release, and like most of her songs it looks like another big hit. The girl in the song feels bad because of her behaviors. She abuses alcohol and cigarettes. She flirts promiscuously with strangers. She ad- mits that "I'm not happy when I act this way." Yet these are the escapes she uses to get away from all the fear and pain she feels within her- self. How can this individual, or any of us, break out of self-destructive choices? How do we heal the oppressive burden of feeling like a bad per- son? This column's brevity does not permit the fullest possible response. However, I want to as- sert this truth: We can change our lives, and we can heal the pain that lies behind self-destruc- tive behaviors which may well be addictions. The following are suggestions for rediscov- ering your true self, the self God created you to be. 1. Remember that who you are and what you do are two separate realities. Who you are is God's son or God's daughter -- forever. No ac- tion, no matter how bad, destroys this identity. Neither does how poorly you migh about yourself. Pray to be led in ways that your behaviors into line with your true di 2. Reach out for help. Of course, first need to admit that you need help. This message in your "bad" feelings. No one sets out: intentionally to become miserable. ::' By reaching out to others who can help we take the first step out of our isolation loneliness. 3. If you don't know who to reach out t0,1i look in your phone book under Alcoho licsi Anonymous, Alateen or Mental Health If alcohol or some other addiction is your problem, this phone call can connect with someone who can help you determine type of support group or counseling will power you to make changes in your life. Call your parish and share your pain staff person. He or she is also likely to help you make the right connections. 4. Stop judging yourself. No matter you have done, if you knew a better way dle your pain you would have done it. patient. There are no quick fixes. Real takes time. Foster the belief that your 1 happier and healthier, and eventually it will In our world, many people are helpil ers find the miracle of God's healing. take the first step to receive this grace. (Your comments are always Please address: Charlie Martin, RR 3, Box Rockport, IN 47635) Book reviewer finds scrolls relevant Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls, edited by James M. Charlesworth. Doubleday (New York, 1993}. 370 pp., $28.00. Jesus, however, makes the Dead Sea Scrolls very inter- esting to Christians. Add some research intrigue and even scandal to the mix and the Dead Sea Scrolls become a hot topic for daytime talk radio and television shows. James M. Charlesworth and the other 10 contributors to "Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls" cut away "the wild claims" that have recently been made regarding the scrolls. Instead, they share what they consider to be "an impressive consensus" about the scrolls. For example, "all of the scrolls were written by Jews and none has been edited by a Christian scribe." Further, despite the claim that the scrolls' Righteous Teacher is actually Jesus, "none of the Dead Sea Scrolls refer to (Jesus), and they do not men- I I tion any follower of Jesus." Well then, are the scrolls really irrelevant for Chris- tians? Hardly! The scrolls give insights into several teachings that previously may have seemed unique to Jesus. For example, Jesus' idea of a Holy Spirit sent from God is not found in the Old Testa- ment. But it is "abundant" in the scrolls. Also, to mention only two other examples, Jesus' idea of table fellowship and his criticism of the tem- ple in Jerusalem can be better understood in light of the scrolls. Amid all of today's contro- versy, this book -- in 12 di- gestible essays -- gives a reas- suring and fair summary of the scrolls from the vantage of someone interested in Jesus. The scrolls -- apart from their content -- also suggest a I I ST. PAUL'S CHURCH, TELL CITY NEEDED: Director of Religious Education, i effective July 1, 1993. St. Paul Parish, 814 Jefferson St., Tell City, IN For further infor- mation contact the Office of Catholic Edu- cation, 1400 N. Meridian St., P.O. Box 1410, Indianapolis, IN 46206. I I I I I I II I II I Knights of Columbus LIFE INSURANCE ANNUNITIES AND IRA's JAMES FRANCE Evansville, IN (812) 479-5119 Serving Knights and their families for over a century I II U I II II Ill By WILLIAM DROEL Catholic News Service To know the historical Jesus, the very best time to have been alive would have been in the first few years of the common era on the chance of actually meeting Jesus. The second best time is "today. Thanks in large part to the Dead Sea Scrolls, more infor- mation about Jesus is avail- able today than was available to St. Thomas Aquinas or to any other Christian in history except Peter, James, John and the other first disciples. Of course, as St. Luke reminds us: "To those to whom much has been given, much will be expected." The Chronicle of Higher Education, weekly newspaper for educators, recently termed the discovery of and subse- quent research on the Dead Sea Scrolls the most impor- tant development in the hu- manities in modern times. The discovery of a 2,000- year-old library has its own independent importance. That this library comes from the very place where -- and time when -- Jesus was preaching and that the librari- ans were thinking about many of the same topics as scrolls' Righteous Teacher and Jesus. "The dreams of one charismatic were lost until an Arab shepherd boy found scrolls in a Judean cave in 1947. The dreams of the other were preserved and meditation for those who be- shaped the destiny ofl lieve in Jesus as Christ. ernculture." Charlesworth makes the point Droel is an in a contrast between the campus minister at Valley Communit Palos Hills, I11. At your bookstore prepaid from lishing, 30 E. Des Plaines, IL 60016. for shipping and ...... YOUARE NEE DOMINICAN SISTERS OF HA WTHORNE 95 years of gving fiee, hands-on nursifg care to incurable cancer patients. This, our gfl to God, demonstrates for all who see tb pgwer ef Hi$ love and mercy. Our Sim, come from all TMks of lift. 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