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&apos;  The' Message L_'fop Catholics of Southwestern Indiana -- On The Record-- Friends are treasures to cherish COUNT ON ME Count on me through thick and thin/A friendship that will never end/When you are weak, I will be strong/Helping you to carry on/Call on me/I will be there/Don't be afraid/Please be- lieve me when I say/Count on me By CHARLIE MARTIN CNS COLUMNIST I can see it's hurting you/I can feel the pain/It's hard to see the sunshine/Through the rain/Oh, I know sometimes it seems/As if it's never gonna end/But you'll get through it/Just don't give in/'Cause you can (REFRAIN) Count on me through thick and thin/A friend- ship that will never end/When you are weak, I will be strong/Helping you to carry on/Call on me/I will be there/Don't be afraid/Please be- lieve me when I say/Count on, you can count on me/(Oh yes you can) I know sometimes it seems as if/We're stand- ing all alone/But we'll get through it/'Cause love won't let us fall (REPEAT REFRAIN) There's a place inside all of us/Where our faith in love begins/You should reach/To find the truth in love/The answer's there within/Oh I know that life/Can make you feel it's much harder/Than it really is/But we'll get through i it/Just don't give in (REPEAT REFRAIN) Written by Babyface/Whitney Houston/Michael Houston Sung by Whitney Houston/ CeCe Winans Copyright (c) 1995 by ECAF Music/Song Songs Inc. and Fox Film Music Corp. (BMI)/ Nippy Music Inc. (ASCAP)/Aurianna Publish- ing (ASCAP) Just when I thought the "Waiting to Exhale" CD had exhausted its chart potential, out jumps an- other hit. This time CeCe Winans combines with Whitney Houston to produce "Count on Me." The song is a tribute to enduring friendship. It describes how two individuals can count on each other "through thick and thin." This is the type of relationship that helps us survive when "it's hard to see the sunshine through the rain" or when we feel that the "rain" of life's problems "seems as -if it's never gonna end." Such friendships are among life's most cher- ished treasures. The song speaks about "a place inside all of us where our faith in love begins." Indeed, each of us possesses such a place. This location within our souls is our forever connection with God. Friendships of the kind this song describes help us see this place more clearly. They are the proof that loving care is stronger than the hurt caused by life's problems. They also teach us that we can nur- ture such a friendship with the source of love itself, our Creator. Our God is one we can always count times, circumstances mean that our best friends cannot be available to us. Yet, we can to God as a friend. To do so, just focus i presence. As a teen you have many demands on your time. Because of all this activity, it might not De easy to remember God's caring friendship. How can you remind yourself c ship that you can have with God? Pick each day when you can talk with God. some discipline at first. But as you practice, sations with God will become a more your day: In fact, if you should forget, Y tice that you miss your connection with friend. Perhaps you are not sure what to say. God just that. Ask God for guidance on how I might develop this relationship. with just some moments of silence .... who God is to you is a start. There is no right way to talk to God. be surprised what develops even if you with a period of quiet. The song clearly describes the human friendship. Yes, we can be to others. As we also develop God, we will have even more tearlycl that place They will be able to see more where love begins. (Your comments are always welcome. dress: Charlie Martin, RR 3, Box 182, 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 given from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). "Boys" (Touchstone) Dull adolescent fantasy in which a troubled prep school lad (Lukas Haas) falls for a young woman (Winona Ryder) in trouble over a stolen car and a missing baseball player. Written and directed by Stacy Cochran, the dragged-out pro- ceedings invite little interest and less sympathy for the would-be rebel teen or his aimless rich girlfriend. Sexual situations and references, ude expressions, profanity and an instance of rough lan- guage. The USCC classifica- tion is A-Ill -- adults. The MPAA rating is PG-13 -- par- ents are strongly cautioned that some material may be in- appropriate for children under 13. "Cold Comfort Farm" (Gramercy) Suddenly destitute in the 1930s Depression, a crisply op- timistic London socialite (Kate Beckinsale) moves in with a near- dozen gloomy, eccentric relatives on a dilapidated farm, turning all their lives upside down and right side up in short order. Director John Schlesinger's sprightly comedy of manners deftly pokes fun at rich and poor alike in a de- lightfully wacky send-up of life on the farm. Brief sexual innu- endo and an instance of pro- fanity. The USCC classifica- tion is A-III N adults. The MPAA rating is PG parental guidance suggested. "The Great White Hype" (20th Century Fox) Scatterbrained spoof of prizefighting as a tacky slice of show business has a greedy promoter (Samuel L. Jackson) go for the big bucks by bally- hooing a match between the black heavyweight champ (Damon Wayans) and an un- likely white contender (Peter Berg) who once boxed as an amateur. Directed by Reginald Hudlin, the comic send-up of the fight game ranges from low farce to high comedy in a loose grab bag of uneven sketches on a subject which it- self borders on self-parody. Pugilistic violence, sexual situ- ations, ethnic and racial jibes, profanity and much rough lan- guage. The USCC classifica- tion is A-IV- adults, with reservations. The MPAA rat- ing is R -- restricted. "Homage" (Arrow) Plodding account ofthe murder of a TV actress (Sheryl Lee) by a troubled young man (Frank Whaley) as recounted by the victim's mother (Blythe Danner), his lawyer (Bruce Davison) and a prison guard (Danny Nucci). Directed by Ross Kagan Marks from Mark Medoffs play, the disjointed narrative unfolds in flash- backs providing little insight on media fame, unbalanced fans, tabloid reporting or mother-daughter relation- ships. Stylized violence, sexual situations including masturba- tion, profanity and crude lan- guage. The USCC classifica- tion is A-IV -- adults, with reservations. The MPAA rat- ing is R  restricted. "Last Dance" (Touch- stone) Flawed drama in which a novice lawyer (Rob Morrow) is stymied by the legal system and backroom politics in strug- gling to gain clemency for a young woman (Sharon Stone) sentenced to death for a brutal double slaying. Director Bruce Beresford focuses on the hu- manity of a death-row inmate in a simplistic story question- ing the state's right to take human life. Brief gory shots of murder victims, fleeting sex- ual innuendo and recurring profanity as well as rough lan- guage. The USCC classifica- tion is A-III -- adults. The MPAA rating is R -- re- stricted. "Madame Butterfly" (Sony Classical) International co-production of Puccini's tragic opera set in turn-of-the-century Nagasaki, where a callow American naval officer (Richard Troxell) marries then abandons his 15- year-old Japanese bride (Ying Huang) only to return to claim their little son for his new American wife to raise. Direc- tor Frederic Mitterrand opens up the stage-bound opera for- mat by using outdoor location shooting in a visually lovely film which should be music to opera lovers' ears. Subtitles. Marital desertion and a cul- turally condoned suicide. The USCC classification is A-III adults. Not rated by the MPAA. "The Monster" (Cinepix) Screwball Italian comedy of mistaken identity in which a petty crook (Roberto Benigni) becomes a suspect in the hunt for a crazed sex murderer, then is set up by a beautiful woman (Nicoletta Braschi) who is actually an undercover cop. Director Benigni keeps up a fitfully funny pace, mixing raciness with sheer silliness as the hapless dope manages to avoid entrapment by overea- ger police bureaucrats and a pompous psychologist (Michel Blanc). Subtitles. Vulgar sex- ual innuendo, minimal rough language and an instance of profanity. The USCC classifi- cation is A-III -- adults. Not rated by the MPAA. "Twister" (Warner Bros.) As a series of killer torna- does bears down on their puny van, meteorologists Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton forget their marital making a through  and their lives. Dire( Bont's jolting thriller hits a time the danger the script's characters Much and recurring ity. 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