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8 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana May --On The Record --- " Fmcept love as gift and mystery LOVE IS They say it's a river/It circles the earth/A beam of light shining/To the edge of the universe/It con- quers all/It changes everything/They say it's a bless- ing/They say it's a gift/They say it's a miracle/In everything that it is/It conquers all/But it's a mystery/Love breaks your heart/Love takes no less than everything/Love makes it hard/And it fades away so easily l By cHARLIE MARTIN i CNS COLUMNIST In this world that we've created/In this place that we live/In the blink of an eye, babe/The darkness comes in/Love lights the world/Unites the lovers for eternity/Love breaks the chain/Love aches for every one of us/Love takes the tears and pain/And turns it into the beauty that remains Look at this place/It was power to us/But now it's dying/I'll pray for lave/I'll take my chances that it's not too late Love breaks your heart/Lave takes no less than everything/Love makes it hard/And it fades away so easily/Love breaks the chain/Love aches for every one of us/Love takes the tears and pain/And turns it into the beauty that remains Written by Tonio K. and John Keller Sung by Vanessa Williams and Brian McKnight Copyright (c) 1992 by Giant Records Vanessa Williams and Brian McKnight have a sure winner in "Love Is." The cassmgle is off the soundtrack from the popular TV show "Bev- erly Hills 90210." Williams and McKnight create a vocal in- tensity that complements the song's instrumen- tation, providing an easily felt emotional wal- lop. Listening to the song brings us back to our own search for love. We know that love makes the real difference in our lives. The Scriptures remind us we have nothing unless we have love, no matter what else we possess. The song tells us many things that we al- ready know but need to hear again. Indeed, love is a blessing, a gift and a mystery. Surely, there are times when "love breaks your heart," and you know that it "fades away so easily." Yet, love is the same power that "takes the tears and pain and turns it into the beauty that remains." Experiencing these qualities of love de- pends on two abilities: how we open our hearts to receive love and how unconditionally and generously we are willing to give it. Sometimes we build walls against receiving love. Fear gets hold of our minds and we forget how to trust. This can occur because of some deep pain within us. We do trust, and yet we find ourselves doned or rejected. Consequently the hurt clos i our hearts. Our love supply gets blocked. Other times, we see love as some or bargaining chip. We give love only to the ex" (' tent that we attain what we want from another. In these situations we have forgotten true nature of love. We forget that love depend! on nothing and nmst be given freely, without regard to what its giving brings turn. However, love offers us a choice. No what our past, love brings us into this t moment. Perhaps we can only take small but today we choose to open our hearts and ceive. We must remember that God works cles. When, for example, we think of resurrection, we see the seemingly occur. We see death turned into life. : Such thoughts should give us time to sider what "love is." Recalling the miracle resurrection, we should also welcc cle of giving and receiving the blessing, mystery of love. :: (Your comments are always welcome. Please address: Charlie Martin, RR 3, Box Rockport, IN 47635.) i ;  'Much Ado about Nothing' is rousing enunciated even those shy of Shakespeare will not be seri- ously at a loss. While Hero and Claudio sweetly embody youth, beauty and innocence, Beat- rice and Benedick engage the" mind with their rapier-sharp repartee. The expressive act- ing styles of Branagh and real-life wife Thompson serve them well here. Washington and Reeves don't really have a whole lot to do. But in a similarly small part Michael Keaton as a grimy, word-wacking consta- bl6 is a standout. Also of note is the breath- less pace of the production, where rollicking humor dives into abject misery" without missing a beat. And Branagh manages to convey a lusty atmosphere while still saluting the virtue of chastity and the sanctity of marital vows. As Benedick he is quite funny, concluding he will indeed forgo his bachelor days to wed Beatrice because, "the world must be peopled!" Given his amusing vanity, such self-sacrifice is com- mendable. The movie's " " opemng seems almost too heady with the wildly triumphant arrival of the soldiers and the frantic scurrying of men and women to separate communal baths in anticipation of the night's romancing. dity and a fleeting bedroom scene, the U.S. Catholic Con- ference classification is A-III adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13  parents are USCC urges tougher strongly cautioned material may be ate for children for children's TV programmin WASHINGTON (CNS)  the USCC said. ers' public interest The U.S. Catholic Conference has asked the Federal Com- munications Commission to "send a clear message" to broadcasters that they could lose their broadcast licenses if they do not air more educa- tional programs for children. "Several generations of children have grown into adulthood while broadcasters failed to act and the commis- sion continued to scold" since the 1950s, said the USCC, in comments filed May 7 with the FCC. Under current broadcast practices, the USCC said, "only those children's pro- grams which advertisers can use to target children are broadcast. Selling to children is the goal. Any educational or social benefit derived from programming is secondary to the success of the commercial venture." The USCC comments, signed by general counsel Mark E. Chopko and assistant general counsel Katherine G, Grincewich. were written m response to an FCC notice of inquiry seeking to increase the amount and quality of @ildren's programming. "Broadcasters can onl, y meet their public interest obligations to children by air- ing educational programs cre- ated expressly to inform, not created merely to entertain," It recommended that seven to 10 hours of programming a week be devoted to children in the age ranges of 3:6, 7-10, 11-13 and 14-16, and that shows be aired "during those times of day many children watch television  weekend mornings, afternoon and early evenings." The shows "should include discussions about values, morals and positive moral be- havior" and "inspire, instruct and enhance the develop- ment of children on an intel- lectual, spiritual and social level," according to the USCC. "Unless and until the com- mission enforces a clear di- rective to broadcasters to air educational programs, an- other generation of children will remain neglected by tele- vision and the commission will be forced to revisit this issue in another 10 years," the USCC said. "Using televi- sion to teach children is too important a matter to be ad- dressed by a half-hearted re- port and" no enforcement mechanism." The USCC voiced its dis- pleasure with the FCC em- phasis of the 1980s for (:OlU- petition among broadcasters over the put)lic interest oblig- ation to serve children. "The commission has not seriously enforced broadcast- MILLER & MILLER "Funeral Pro-Planning Since 1940" 424-9274 II I I tions to children, casters have re enforcement record their obligations, Th mission can and edy this now," the. said. In passing the Television Act gress understood ing commercial censees to carry educational c grams imposes some them," the "Congress noted grams aimed at chil! not attract to pay adv( equivalent to those television shows," added. Congress given broadcasters vailing benefit of of a valuable comrm the television fair to require broad offer some hours tional chihtren's pr even if they c maximum revenue programs." The USCC said lic,mse h)ss should broadcasters who more educational t )rogramming. "Thb, commissima ra willing to deny renew only with rel)orting req censees which do merit that they have obligation to serve of children," it sol! than that will not needed reform." By GERRI PARE Catholic News Service Yet the film maintains that larger-than-life gusto as it cel- ebrates life as something earthy, silly, and vibrantly meaningful. TL ,'re is much ado in this movie and it is nothing if not rousing enter- tainment. Because of brief group nu- D-O-W'N'T.O.W'N 301 MAIN ST. VINCENNES, IN 47591 ,i i i m n , NEW YORK (CNS) -- Fresh as the darling buds of May is actor-director Kenneth Branash's screen adaptation : Shakespeare's centuries- old romantic comedy, "Much Ado About Nothing" (Gold- wyn}. Shot in the luminous Ital- ian countryside, the story un- folds at Leonato's {Richard Briers) villa, where a festive mood predominates as Don Pedro {Denzel Washington) and his soldiers are returning from a successful campaign. Among them are young Claudio {Robert Scan Leonard), who is madly in love with Leonato's fair daughter, Hero (Kate Becldn- sale), and avowed bachelor Benedick (Branagh), who rel- ishes his long-standing war of words with Leonato's tart- tongued niece, Beatrice (Emma Thompson). Adding a menacing note to the group is Don Pedro's illegitimate half- brother, the resentful Don John (Keanu Reeves), , With the wedding of Hero and Claudio set, Leonato and Don Pedro decide to play Cupid and get the bickering Beatrice and Benedick altar- bound as well. Their scheme succeeds, but on Claudio's wedding eve the treacherous Don John tricks him into believing Hero has crudely betrayed him with another man. What ensues are dramatic and comic complications that liberally litter the rocky road to love. As adapted by Branagh, "Much Ado" is a'playful and high-spirited romp so clearly 5?