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10 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Jul On The Record-- LET YOUR SOUL BE YOUR PILOT Finding a new direction r ; By CHARLIE MARTIN When you're down and they're counting/When your secret's all found out/When your troubles take to mounting/When the map you have leads you to doubt/When there's no information/And the compass turns to nowhere/That you know well/Let your soul be your pilot/Let your soul guide you/He'll guide you well your soul guide you/Let your soul guide you/Let your soul guide you upon your way Written and sung by Sting Copyright (c) 1996 by A&M Records Inc. Imagine this: Your plans don't work out, your hopes appear dashed, your life seems lost in a maze of disappointment. What can you do now? At times, we all face this predicament. And Sting's latest cassingle, off his "Mercury Falling" CD, has sound advice: "Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot." Sting says these lost times in life are "when tbe map you have leads you to doubt" and "the compass turns to nowhere." We are left feeling uncertain about the future, anxious about what might unfold. These are the times when we need our best of friends. Sting speaks about this when he says: "Let your pain be my sorrow. Let your tears be my tears too." While no one may be able to fix the hurt, it helps to have some traveling companions along life's unexpected detours. The first step is to reach out and share your fear and confusion. If you always' pretend that ev- erything is all right, this valuable connection with those who care about you will be missed. When the doctor's failed to heal you/When no medicine chest can make you well/When no counsel leads to comfort/When there are lies they can tell/No more useless information/And the compass spins/The compass spins between heaven and hell/Let your soul be your pilot/Let your soul guide you/He'll guide you well/And your eyes turn/Toward the windowpane/To the lights upon the hill/The distance seems so strange to you now/And the dark room seems so still/Let your pain be my sorrow/Let your tears be my tears too/Let your courage be my model/That the north that you find will be true/When there's no more useless informa- tion/And the compass turns to nowhere/That you know well/Let your soul be your pilot/Let in making the effort to reach out, remember two important sources of support. The first are parents. Sometimeg, the teen years are distance in this relationship. This may be unresolved conflicts, memories of past hurts disagreements over values. Yet, even when the caring between your" parents seems estranged, it is rarely lost. the risk to tell vour parents what you are ing. Ask them [o stand with you as you rediscover that "compass" that can guide your life. The song itself refers to a second nection: with God. Your soul is where you connection. For some moments each day, aside your feelings. Look beyond current stances. Ask God to help you see what could be that brings healing and new direction to your life. Indeed, to enter into the quiet ofyurl with such a prayer is to "let your soul be Clearly, there are times when life can ful and uncertain. Even when we feel this are never truly lost, for we always safety of God's love. Take a deep breath. Let love surround you as you decide on a path in life. :' (Your comments are always welCome. dress: Charlie Martin, RR 3, Box 182, 47635.) At the movies: Current capsulereviews ! NEW YORK (CNS) I 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 for the Motion Picture As- sociation of America I MPAA). "Courage Under Fire" (20th Century Fox) Returning from the Gulf War, an Army commander (Denzel Washington) feeling guilty over his part in a friendly fire incident doggedly pursues discrepancies in the recommendation of a posthu- mous Medal of Honor for a Me- davac pilot (Meg Ryan). Direc- tor Edward Zwick blends the differing versions of the pilot's actions under fire with com- pelling character studies as a series of flashbacks gradually reveal how all concerned be- haved under the stress of mor- ta combat. Intense battlefield violence, a suicide, substance abuse and frequent rough lan- guage as well as profanity. The USCC classification is A-III -- adults. The MPAA rating is R I restricted. "The Nutty Professor" (Universal) Thin Jekyll-and-Hyde com- edy in which an obese univer- sity professor (Eddie MurphyJ swallows an experimental weight-reduction formula turn- ing" him into a manic skinny Romeo intent on romancing his alter ego's girlfriend (Jada Pin- kett). Director Tom Shadyac's lame remake of the 1963 Jerry Lewis comedy features Murphy in seven roles, the humor of which is lost in tasteless body- function jokes and unremark- able special effects. Frequent sexual references, fleeting vio- lence, some racial epithets and much crude toilet humor. The USCC classification is A-III adults. The MPAA rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned that some material may be inappropriate for chil- dren under 13. "Phenomenon" (Touch- stone) , Sentimental tale about a small-town mechanic (John Travolta) whose simple life and love for a wary single mom (Kyra Sedgwick) are suddenly turned upside down when he becomes an overnight genius with telekinetic powers. Direc- tor Jon Turteltaub keeps the focus steadily on the human el- ement and positive emotions in this charmingly bittersweet though somewhat schmaltzy movie. Mild sexual innuendo, fleeting nudity and occasional profanity. The USCC classifi- cation is A-III -- adults. The MPAA rating is PG  parental guidance suggested. "Striptease" (Columbia) Lame sex comedy about the infatuation of a brainless, over- sexed congressman (Burt Reynolds) with a dancer (Demi Author seeks spirit of saint in Assisi Book Review: Footsteps in Assisi, text and art by Sara Lee Jobe. Published by Paulist Press, Mahwah, N.J., 1996. Soft cover, 91 pages, $6.95. Reviewed by Mary Etta Kiefer, O.S.B. Message Staff I II The author pursues the spirit of St. Francis through two pilgrimages to the Um- brian Valley where Francis was born, lived his youth and ministry, and died. She brings her experiences to life in her narrative, verse and illustra- tions of scenes of the me- dieval-contemporary town. .From the stones around the chapel at San Damiano to the caves of Mount Subasio, she senses his presence, and the presence of his companion saint, the Lady Clare, founder of the Second Order of St. Francis, or Poor Clares, as we know them. Readers will find it easy to encounter their presence as they enter the sketches and verses in this lit- tle book. Jobe's eloquence emerges in the first pages of Footsteps: "Look for him... in the attitudes ofthe people -- those which lead to caring and love, serving and concern, prayer and humility; we find Francis in those who live in his spirit. "... When the act is tran- scended we meet the spirit of Francis; When the attitude is tran- scended we meet the spirit of Christ.." One does, indeed, meet in this volume the great imitator of Christ: Francis of Assisi, saint in his own lifetime. About the Author: Sara Lee Jobe, writer and artist, is pursuing a Master of Theology degree at the Fran- ciscan University of Berkeley. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area. Jobe first visited As- sisi in 1988 and returned in 1993. Footsteps in Assisi is avail- able from Paulist Press, 997 Macarthur Blvd., Mahwah, NJ 07430, and at religious book- stores. Moore) in a sleazy strip joint. Directed by Andrew Bergman, the listless jumble of one-note characters and situations is wedged in between numerous striptease routines. Women de- pictea as sex objects, frequent nudity, off-screen murders, substance abuse, profanity and rough language. The USCC classification is offensive. The R  restricted. l00ire & Equil service Hi-Tech Sheet Residential, Industrial & Commercial Heating Installation Sales & Service ........... I 422-9242-00 Operated by Michael and Patricia Koch 15 S. 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