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8 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana m On the Record Making your way in the world STEP BY STEP Well there's a bridge/And there's a river/That I still must cross/As I'm going on my jour- ney/Although I might get lost/And there's a road/I have to follow/A place I have to go/Well no one told me/Just how to get there/But when I get there I'll know/Because I'm taking it REFRAIN Step by step/Bit by bit/Stone by stone/Brick by brick/Step by step/Day by day/All by my own And this old road/Is rough and ruined/With many dangers/Along the way/So many bur- dens/Might fall upon me/So many troubles/That I have to face/But I won't let/My spirit fail me/I won't let my spirit go/Until I get/To my destination/I'm going to/Take it slow, because (REPEAT REFRAIN) Don't give up/You got to hold on/To what you got/Don't give up/You got to keep on mov- ing/Don't stop/yes, I know you're hurting/I know that you're blue/I know you're hurt- ing/But don't let the bad things/Get to you/You can make it By CHARLIE MARTIN CNS COLUMNIST I (REPEAT REFRAIN) All on your own/Go your own way/I'm taking it step by step/Stone by stone/Brick by brick/Step by step/Day by day/All on your own/Go your own way/Go your own way Written by Annie Lennox Sung by Whitney Houston Copyright (c) 1996 by Arista Records, Inc. Let's say you have an important goal. Let's also say that few people understand this goal. How, then, do you continue reaching for your dream? Where do you find the drive to keep working at it? Whitney Houston's "Step By Step," her second hit cassingle off"The Preacher's Wife" soundtrack, deals with these questions. The song speaks of the goal as "a road I have to follow, a place I have to go." No one has told the woman in the song "just how to get there." Yet she is determined. She walks this road "step by step,.. . day by day." Having goals adds direction and meaning to life. All of us can look inside and see what deeply interests us. We need to recognize what our life's passion is and where it is leading us. Once we recognize what our goal is, how do we reach out for it? Consider these suggestions: 1. Work toward the goal step by step, day by day. Do something each day that can er to the goal. 2. Trust God and trust yourself. significant. It is a big part of who you God made you to be. It is especially important to trust yourself if others believe your goal can be attained. to help you see the step-by-step actions bring you closer to your goal. 3. As the song suggests, you may feel .a times in reaching for your goal. Keep dream with others, telling them what become, until you find those who will your efforts. 4. When discouraged, admit it, defeat you. Instead, craft a new plan. takes or failures as temporary detours you in designing a better road map to 5. Make the whole process fun! minor steps along the way. Keep goal in your mind. Imagine what reach it. Both your sense of fun and visualizations will help to keep you Sure, there is a risk involved in goals. Yet you are an individual, a the divine. Dare to further create the gave you! (Your comments are always address: Charlie Martin, 7125 Ind. 47635.) ........... I ' lib At the movies: Current capsule rev= THE CATHOLIC COMMUNICATION CAMPAIGN (Jeremie Renier) attempting to help the dead man's wife and :! infant without turning in his dad to the authorities. Directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dar(]enne, the movie probes the good and dark sides of its characters while creating a powerful portrait of desperate immigrants and those who callously exploit them. Sub- titles. Brief violence and a few instances of rough language. The USCC classification is A-II -- m adults and adolescents. Not rated by the MPAA. NEW YORK (CNS) -- The fol- lowing are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by the U.S. Catholic Conference (USCC) Office for Film and Broadcasting. Ratings are also given for the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). "The Designated Mourner" (First Look) Three actors seated in a studio give a reading of a text in which one (Mike Nichols) ruminates about his strained marriage to the daughter (Miranda Richard- son) of a famous poet (David de Keyser), both of whom add their own version of events until per- ishing in a revolution which leaves him mourning the end of the culture they represented. Written by Wallace Shawn and directed by David Hare, the read- ings are as mannered as the arti- tidal script whose obaervatiorta about life, art and the human condition range mostly from the banal to the pretentious. Sexual references, rough language and several instances of profanity. The USCC classification is A-III -- adults. Not rated by the MPAA. "La lromelme  (New Yorker) Belgian drama in which a venal contractor (Olivier Gourmet) lets one of his illegal alien employees die rather than hoitaliz him; resulting in his teen-a son "Love! Valour! Compassion!" (Fine Line) Eight gay men, two of whom (Jason Alexander and John Glover) are HIV-positive, gath- er at a lakeside country home for summer holiday weekends as sexual relationships among them develop or deteriorate by summer's end. Director Joe Mantello depicts the lifestyles of active homosexuals with a sen- timentality bordering on the soggy, especially when AIDS strikes the group. Scenes of homosexual activity, intermit- tent frontal nudity, some pro- fanity and recurring rough lan- guage. The USCC classification is O -- morally offensive. The MPAA rating is R -- restricted. "Night Falls on Manhattan" (Paramount) Brooding drama in which an idealistic district attorney (Andy Garcia) learns that falsified evi- dence resulted in his winning a conviction against a murderous drug dealer, and that his beloved father (Ian Holm) may have been one of the dirty cops involved. Writer-director Sidney Lumet probes the moral com- plexities of a flawed justice sys- tem and conflicting loyalties in an uneven but thoughtful tale of nnocence cplrqpd. Brief vio= lence, implied pre-marital- affair, recurring profanity and much rough language. The USCC clas- sification is A-III -- adults. The MPAA rating is R -- restricted. "The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli and Baloo"(TriStar) The live-action adventures of Mowgli (Jamie Williams), Rud- yard Kipling's wild boy of 1890s India, involve an American (Bill Campbell) who wants to bring him back as a P.T. Barnum cir- cus attraction, .his evil uncle (Gulshan Grover) who wants to kill him, a dotty old soldier and a variety of jungle animals, some friendly, some murderous and others given to mon- keyshines. Directed by Duncan McLachlan, the jungle action fantasy does well with the won- ders of nature but the plot meanders fitfully along until the boy's harrowing escapes in a lost city for the story's big but bumpy finish. Many scenes of menace, some quite frightening, and occasional slapstick violence. The USCC classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The MPAA rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. 'qhe Van" (Fox Searchlight) To support their families, two unemployed Dublin pals (Colin Meaney ant partner out of a ot lifelong ing point. Frears finds humor in nized strength em well-meanr bands. tary and The uSC( adults. restricted' This book is for people with ani Bless All Creatures Here Below, A Celebration for the Blessing fthe Animals, written and illustrated by Judith Gwyn Brown, with music by Herbert G. Draesel, Jr. Morehouse Pub- lishing, P.O. Box 1321, Harris- burg, PA 17105, 1996. Hardcov- er, 31 pages, $6.95. " Book Review By MARY ETrA KIEFER, O.S.B. Message Staff This beautiful book, the author's sixty-second, is for everyone who has ever had an animal for a friend. Illustrations include all breeds of dogs, cats, and birds, and there are squir- rels, rabbits, a ferret and a tor- toise, for starters. The reader will see several pictures of Cordelia, the author's sheepdog, too, and a certain priest is seen a number of times -- possibly the music composer. They all frolic through the pages, down the aisles at church, and among the tables at a reception in their honor on the church grounds. with fetching verse. One page shows the ark on the crest of the waves, and the legend beneath (complete with rainbow) is: "in Noah's ark beasts walked as two, Safe from stormy winds" that blew." And on the very next page is a manger scene showing the beasts kneeling at the infant Jesus' feet: "And some knelt on Christmas morn In the shed where Christ was born." Indeed, the book is a celebra- tion of the Blessing of the Beasts. It opens with" these words: "Today we celebrate a feast, A holiday for man and beast. We think of every friend who speaks In barks and purrs and roars and squeaks. As we sing, we keep in mind Beings of a different kind." The book ends with a service for the blessing of animals, and included is an original hymn, music and lyrics, with full har- the home. And And the About Judith known as a I Sing a God Boston of joan G Pri'fsts, pet.owners and beast...mony --.a sing along! ....... consort on-every page,, as the  - It'aall charm;this book.-What ..... author accompanies the scenes a gift for Sunday School -- and ,