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8 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana May -- On The Record-- BELIEVE Believe in the power of love I believe in love/It's all We got /Love has no boundaries/Costs nothing to touch/War makes money/Cancer sleeps/Curled up in my father/And that i By CHARLIE MARTIN I CNS COLUMNIST I means something to me/Churches and dicta- tors/Politics and papers/Everything crumbles Sooner or late/But love I believe in love/It's all we got/Love has no boundaries/No borders to cross/Love is simple Hate breeds/Those who think difference/Is the child of disease/Fathers and sons/Make love and guns/Families together/Kill someone/Without love Without love/[ wouldn't believe/in anything/That lives and breathes/Without love/i'd have no angel/I wouldn't believe/In the right to stand here Without love/I wouldn't believe/I couldn't be- lieve in you/And I wouldn't believe in me/without love I believe in love/I believe in love/I believe in love Written by Elton John/Taupin Sung by Elton John Copyright (c) 1995 by William A. Bong Ltd. The titles of two current chart hits feature the word "believe." Elton John's is titled simply "Believe," while Blessed Union of Souls makes a debut in the Top Forty with "I Believe." Both songs give us something to think about as we reflect on the purpose of love in our lives. This week, I'll focus on John's new cassingle. The song's viewpoint is best summarized in these lyrics: "Without love, I wouldn't believe in anything that lives and breathes .... Without love, I wouldn't be- lieve, I couldn't believe in you and I wouldn't be- lieve in me." Few will contest the importance of iove. But what does it mean to believe in love? Further, how does an individual specifically act when he or she believes in love? Consider these points when assessing how much your belief in love influences your life: 1. Those who believe in love see more good than bad in life. Indeed, personal disappointment and hurt may enter your life. Yet, when you believe in love you do not allow the hurt to become your sole focus. Rather, the goodness of the Creator, the God who always seeks to support us, is experienced and, if need be, rediscovered. 2. Those who believe in love care about their in- dividual life's needs. They appreciate ity qualities that make each of them the person that they are. Consequently, they take time ate happiness for their lives. They do not expect others to make them happy if they do not .exert : their own efforts toward this goal. 3. Those who believe in love are slow to judge oth ers. They realize that our earthly journey is filled with learning. Some lessons are learned through our mistakes. Because of this awareness, the compassion toward themselves and others. 4. Those who believe in love are just as willingt : receive love as to give it. When they are hurtingi they don't pretend that everything is they ask for the support, the t forgiveness needed for their emotional healing. 5. Contrary to what the song says, those who be" lieve in love draw "boundaries" between them" selves and others. They recognize where begin and end, and thus, they do not get in others problems. Rather, they stand readY care and listen as others discover how yond current difficulties, what i! Undoubtedly, this list could grow. Yet, more important is your own response to the theme. What difference does it make that you be- lieve in love? Your comments are always welcome. Please addresS: Charlie Martin, RR 3, Box 182, Rockport, IN 47635. At the movies: Capsule reviews NEW YORK (CNS) -- The fol- lowing are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by the U.S. Catholic Conference Office for Film and Broadcasting. "Crimson Tide" (Holly- wood) Slack thriller about a break- down in the chain of command aboard a U.S. submarine when its captain (Gene Hackman) and his executive officer (Denzel Washington) battle over launch- ing a pre-emptive nuclear strike on a Russian missile base seized by rebel forces. Director Tony Scott sets up the political situa- tion realistically enough, then fritters away the suspense in military and technological jar- gon, underdeveloped characters and portentous verbal sparring between the two principals. Styl- ized violence, a bit of profanity and intermittent rough lan- guage. The U.S. Catholic Confer- ence classification is A-III adults. The Motion Picture Asso- ciation of America rating is R w restricted. "Friday" (New Line) An unemployed black youth (Ice Cube) and his pothead pal (Chris Tucker) spend the day in their South Central Los Angeles neighborhood swapping wise- cracks while observing the an- tics of their neighbors, ogling fe- males, eluding a drug dealer and tangling with the local bully. Di- rected by Gary Gray, the low- budget production strings to- gether a series of crude comedy sketches about ghetto life, most of which viewers will find ap- palling rather than amusing, though at least it doesn't glam- orize guns and drugs. Sexual in- nuendo, bathroom humor, styl- ized violence, pot smoking and incessant rough language. The U.S. Catholic Conference classi- fication is A-IV -- adults, with reservations. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R m restricted. "A Little Princess" (Warner Bros.) Delightful family movie from the Frances Hodgson Burnett novel in which a British widower sent to the front in World War I places his young daughter (Liesel Matthews) in a private school in New York City where she befriends a servant girl (Vanessa Lee Chester), then be- comes one herself when her fa- ther is reported dead, leaving her penniless and at the mercy of the heartless headmistress (Eleanor Bren). Directed by Al- fonso Cuaron, this visually splendid adaptation highlights the story's adventurous qualities and comical aspects as it affirms interracial friendships and the power of a child's imagination to encourage and inspire others. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-I m general patronage. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is G -- general audiences. "My Family -- Mi Familia" (New Line) Mexican-American family saga set in Los Angeles from the 1920s to the 1980s follows the parents and their si children (including Jimmy Smits, Ed- ward James Olmos and Esai Morales) as they endure separa- tions, tragic deaths and brushes with the law, leaving one son embittered while others find so- lace in their religious faith. Di- rector Gregory Nava's ambi- tious, sprawling movie leans towards melodramatic treat- ment but still emerges as a vi- brant account of a Latino family pursuing the American dream. Some violence, fleeting bedroom scenes, brief nudity and recur- ring rough language. The U.S. Catholic Conference classifica- tion is A-III -- adults. The Mo- tion Picture Association of America rating is R -- re- stricted. "Nina Takes a Lover" (Tri. umph) Shallow, fragmentary tale of a neglected wife (Laura San Gia- como) who has an affair with a Welsh photographer (Paul Rhys) but it turns out that infidelity is not her game. 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"The Perez Family" (Gold- wyn) Released from prison to join the 1980 Mariel boatlift of Cuban refugees to Miami, a for- mer plantation owner (Alfred Molina) expects to be met by the wife (Anjelica Huston) and daughter (Trini Alvarado) he's not seen in 20 years, but instead is processed through immigra- tion as the husband of a fellow refugee (Marisa Tomei), a time prostitute who create a bogus family in stay in the States. Nair plays thq and misunder standings for laughs until bogg ing a soggy romance the growing bond two refugees with that ing between the man'S a Miami policeman Palminteri). Ques resolution, sexua flashes of and occasional The U.S. Catholic classification is with reservationS" rPt: r e Association g is R  restricted' . ! ! FINALLYr., "'the you ve for !.", "All new recording.., over 50 minutes of beaut tul music ,,. e q performance by recording artist Keith Wells... Here I Am, Lord r On Eagle's Wiv Prayer o6t. 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