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14 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Living in the present By CHARLIE MARTIN Catholic News Service I DON'T WANT TO WAIT So open up your morning light,lAnd say a little prayer for I./You know that if we are to stay alive./Then see the peace in every eye. She had two babies./One was 6 months, one was 3/In the war of '44./Every telephone rinD/Every heartbeat stinging/When she thought/It was God calling her./Oh, would her son grow/To know his father? REFRAIN I don't want to wait/For our lives to be over,/I want to know right now/What will it be./I don't want to wait/For our lives to be over,/Will it be yes/Or will it be sorry? He showed up all wet/On the rainy front step,/Wearing shrapnel in his skin./And the war he saw/Lives inside him still,/It's so hard/To be gentle and warmdThe years pass by/And now he has granddaughters. (REPEAT REFRAIN) You look at me/From across the room/You're wear- ing/Your anguish again./Believe me I know the feel- ing/It sucks you into/The jaws of anger./So breathe a little more deeply/My love./All we have is this very moment./And I don't want to do/What his father,/And his father,/And his father did,/I want to be here now. So open up your morning light,/And say a little prayer for I/You know that if we are to stay alive,/Then see the love in every eye. Written by Paula Cole Sung by Paula Cole Copyright 7/8 1996 by Warner Bros. Records Inc. The senior composition class of Saratoga Central Catholic High School in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., con- tacted me to collaborate on writing song commen- taries. They picked songs and wrote their reflections for their class work. One of their selections was Paula Cole's smash "I Don't Want to Wait" off her chart-topping CD "This Fire." In the students' words, "The lyrics convey a simple yet powerful message by telling a story from the perspective of a young wife waiting for the return of her husband from World War II." When he does return he is "wearing shrapnel in his skin, and the war he saw lives inside him still." He clearly is not the same man his wife thought would come home to her and their "two babies." The chorus expresses the wife's frustration. "I don't want to wait for our lives to be over; I want to know right now what will it be." She faces a difficult time of grieving her lost hopes and expectations. COMMUNICATION NEW YORK (CNS) -- The fol- lowing are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by the Uq. Catholic Conference 0dSCC) Office for F'n and Broadcasting. Ratings are also given by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). "Lethal Weapon 4" (Warner Bros.) Mel Gibson and Danny Glover reteam as L.A. detectives pursuing a ring of Chinese counterfeiters__ while each copes with the imminent prospect of becoming a father and a grand- father, respectively. Despite the cops" appealing camaraderie, director Richard Donner relies on the fired action formula of constant jokey violence and deadly mayhem masquerading as exciting fun. Excessive vio- lence and brutality, occasional profanity and much rough lan- guage. The USCC classification is O -- morally offensive. The MPAA rating is R -- restricted. fanity and occasional rough lan- guage. The USCC classification is A-IV -- adults, with reserva- tions. The MPAA rating is PG- 13 -- parents are strongly cau- tioned that some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. "Polish Wedding" (Fox Searchlight) Muddled tale of a Polish- American family headed by a baker (Gabriel Byrne) who works nights, his wife (Lena Olin) who's having an affair with a businessman, their unwed pregnant daughter (Claire Danes), her cop lover (Adam Trese) and assorted other family members. Writer- director Theresa Connelly's thin script focuses on the wife's pre- occupation with love, sex and motherhood as mirrored in the experiences of her daughter, with the rest of the clan serving mainly as comic relief and the ribald treatment of sexual scenes laboriously overdone. Numerous sexual situations, ethnic stereotyping, some pro- "There's Something About Mary" (20th Century Fox) Crude screwball comedy in which an ordinary guy (Ben Stiller), a sneaky private eye (Matt Dillon) and assorted mis- fits all compete for the affec- tions of an incredibly naive but attractive young surgeon (Cameron Diaz). Directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly, its sense of humor runs the gamut from dopey to outrageous to offensively vulgar in a goofy romantic comedy whose basi- cally sentimental center pre- vents it from becoming thor- oughly repulsive. Some comic violence, gross sexual innuen- do, fleeting nudity, intermit- tent profanity and much rough language. The USCC classifi- cation is A-IV m adults, with Casting the Net A Web-review guide to surfing the lntemet BY MICHAEL H. EPPLER Director, Office of Youth and Young Adult Formation The Catholic Education Forum / cef/index.html This is an interesting little site that conversahonal Catholics might want to visit. The site is organized to allow the visitor to read and respond to a variety of Catholic dog- mas, traditions, pieties, prac- tices, and dishiplines. The web- site is created by visitor responses and is posted in a chronological order. Visitor beware! This site has material that is controversial and inflammatory. Many of the discussions in this site draw from all aspects of CatholiciSm: traditionalists, liberals, conser- vatives, Papal maximalists (and so forth) and the discussions do get heated! There are few graphics, so the load time is quite quick. It is a very text-heavy site. I would recommend this site to some- one who wants to read and argue with the "best" about Catholic thought and life. Rating: ** 1/2 out of ***** Jul ; While there is much to be said and learned flora this song, the Saratoga Springs students focused 0n this idea: "The frustration of feeling dissatisfaction wi tb present and longing for what is past can be self-defeat" ing. If we spend our time waiting for the impossible at the least, the improbable to happen, whole precious moments may pass by." They stress Cole's words, "All we have is this very moment." Many spiritual traditions emphasize the same point. If we focus only on the past or only on the future, we may overlook all the opportunities to grow today, to show respect and care for God, our- : selves and others right now. At times we do need to accept the sadness, the frustration and maybe even the despair of a loss. Such is the situation for the woman in Living with such hurt becomes possible when g i also experience the loving concern of others. Every loss has its own unique loneliness. Yet grief can be faced when we ask others to journey with the time of loss and letting go. The students add, "Our realization that life is invaluable, that time passes in the wink of an eye,: that the most important things in life may front of us -- all these are heard in the plaintive of 'I Don't Want to Wait."' Certainly, I agree. God's presence is the " ' " e needed to help us face hfe s pare, and onc enter into each present moment with as much faith, hope and love as possible. Your comments are always welcome. Please addreSS: Charlie Martin, 7125 W 200S, Rockport, Ind. 47635. reservations. The MPAA rating is R " restricted. "The Thief" (Stratosphere) Bittersweet drama set in 1952 Stalinist Russia where a vulner- able war widow (Ekaterina Rednikova) and her 6-year-old son (Misha Philipchuk) become involved with a con man (Vladimir Mashkov) who pass- es them off as his family to win the trust of unsuspecting vic- tims. Writer-director Chukhrai's skillfully unfolds from the the child whose father-figure ultimately! violent when mother feel betrayed. SubtitleS. instances of sexual encounters, nudity guage. The USCC is A-III  adults. The rating is R  restricted Odyssey to share time EWTN in Vanderburgh C Odyssey offers entertainment Beginning Sept. 1, the cable company serving Evansville and Vanderburgh County will offer Odyssey Channel on a shared-fime basis with EWTN Odyssey from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.; EWTN, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., local time. This change in schedule affects only cable viewers in Evansville and Vanderburgh County, who are served by TCI of Evansville. A formal annoucement will be made at a "Breakfast Forum" for clergy or their represen- tatives  at the River House in Evansville on Wednesday, Aug. 26. Included will be a breakfast buffet, a video presentation and speakers from Odyssey Chan- nel and TCI of Evansville. RSVP to the Evansville Community of Churches (812) 425-3524 by Aug. 19. i HAUBSTADT ELECTRIC Licensed Bonded Insured Industrial, Commeroal and Residential P,O. Box 405 TONY NAZARIO Haubstadt, IN 47639 812.768.5207 1.800*766-2787 i i i i i "Family "Christopher Closeup ,' English and Spanish for families entitled ily/Nuestra On July 9, Odyssey that The Jim Henson and Hallmark were investing become partners promising oriented programming faith-based Odyssey subsidiaries of the faith Cable Coalition, for-profit 501t and Liberty National Interfaith tion is a consortium oft tant, Jewish, Eastern Orthodox and evangelical FOR COM ELECTRICAL FISCHER SCHNELt