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jul The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana --On the Record-- ALONE I was a midnight rider/On a cloud of smoke/I could have a woman hang/On every single stroke/I was an iron man/I had a master plan/But I was alone. I could hear you breathing/With a sigh of the wind/I remember how/Your body started trem- bling/Oh, what a night it's been/And for the state I'm in/I'm still alone. Fe00ling alone By CHARLIE MARTIN ln:lyhtt?di:?ine/I CNS COLUMNIST (REPEAT VERSES 3 AND 4) Gone, but not out of sight/I'm caught in the rain/And there's no one home/Face the beat of the night/The one that you love's/Got a heart that's/Made of stone. And all the wonders/Made for the earth/And all the hearts/In all creation/Somehow I always end up alone/Always end up alone. Shine and search for the light/And sooner or later you'll/Be cruising on your ocean. And clear out of sight/I'm caught in the rainJAnd there's no one home. So I play, I'll wait/'Cause you know/That love takes time/We came so far/Just the beat of/A lonely heart/And it's miner don't want to be alone. Well, since I got no message/On your answer phone/And since you're busy/Every minute/I just stay at home/I make believe you care/I feel you everywhere/But I'm still alone. I'm on a wheel of fortune/With a twist of fate/'Cause I know it isn't heaven,/Is it love or hateJAm I the subject of painJAm I the stranger in the rain?/I am alone. And is there glory there/To behold?/Maybe it's my imagination/Another story there to be told. So I'll play, I'll wait/And I pray it's not too late/You know we came so far/Just the beat of Written by B., R., and M. Gibb Sung by BeeGees Copyright 7/8 1997 by Polydor Ltd. Are your parents acting stranger than usual? Smiling more, as if revisiting pleasant, distant mem- ories? Well, it might not be your imagination. Many parents of today's teens were teens our- selves in the '70s. The BeeGees were a top group of that era. Recently the BeeGees released a new cassingle "Alone." Listening to it takes many parents back to their youth and all that great music. So teens, just bear with them! "Alone," off the BeeGees new CD "Still Waters," has done well on the charts. The song conveys a guy's reflection about how he is "still alone." He presents some situations from past romances and relationships, and he concludes: "All the wonders made for the Earth. and all the hearts in all creation, somehow I always end up alone." Actually, the song suggests that the guy's approach to relationships has aloneness. He seems more interested in from a relationship than what he gives. Maybe he's so focused on himself that he never really focuses on the one he says he loves. But, for everyone, individuality aloneness. Ultimately, each of us nize and accept that we are one person, one individual, just as we are. In every good and lasting re an ebb and flow between giving and times you give more perhaps to a i with a difficult challenge. Other times you become the recipient of such support. There is this giving and receiving. It becomes both individuals need and enjoy, are, lifeis While aloneness is part of who we enhanced by building relationships. have a lasting, loving connection and sometimes we do not. If you connection with the family you were borninto l other loving connections. For example, man 3 a supportive environment. If you are join the Newman Center or campus zation. If you are out of school, seek networks for Catholic singles or for young married coupleS. groups do not exist in your parish, offer . one of your pastoral ministers to start one. ted Vie Even in our aloneness, we are all connec '. are individuals who are part of God's family. Find :: ways to experience this loving connection. (Your comments are always welcome, p!eas OCk r, address: Charlie Martin, 7125 W 200S, R po Ind. 47635.) . :At the movies THE CATHOLIC COMMUNICATION W 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 by the Motion Picture Association of America are also given. "Air Force One" (Columbia) Violent political thriller in which terrorists (led by Gary Oldman) hijack the president's plane in order to force the release of their imprisoned leader, unaware the president (Harrison Ford) is still aboard and determined to stop them. Directed by Wolfgang Petersen, the ensuing cat-and-mouse der- ring-do is very violent and jazzed up with all manner of complications but none of it is very credible and the suspense grows tiresome. Vicious vio- lence, brutal treatment of hostages, profanity and rough language. The USCC classifica- tion is A-IV -- adults, with reservations. The MPAA rating is R- restricted. "George of the Jungle" (Disney) Engagingly silly live-action comedy based on a 1960s ani- mated TV series about a jungle- raised primitive (Brendan Fras- er) smitten with a beauty (Leslie Mann) on safari to escape her overbearing fiance. Director Sam Weisman's good-natured spoofofTarzan movies is amus- ingly self-mocking and drags only when the action moves from the jungle to the big city. Some mild sexual references, toilet humor and occasional slapstick violence. The USCC classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The MPAA rat- ing is PG -- parental guidance suggested. "Mrs. Brown" (Miramax) Fact-based historical drama explores the close personal rela: tionship that developed between the reclusive widowed Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) and her gruff groomsman (Billy Connol- ly) who bullied her out of years of mourning at Scotland's Bal- moral Castle and back to her royal duties in London at a time when the monarchy was falling into public disfavor. Director John Madden's detailed period piece is an absorbing character study of an imperious monarch's emotional fragility and the ambiguous motivations of her loyal servant. Fleeting male nudity and brief violence. The USCC classification is A-III -- adults. The MPAA rating is PG --parental guidance suggested. D'O.W'N.T'O'W'N 301 MAIN ST. VINCENNES, IN 47591 "A Simple Wish" (Universal) " Weak comic fantasy in which an inept male fairy godmother (Martin Short) has trouble granting the wish of a little girl (Mara Wilson) that her dad (Robert Pastorelli) win the lead in a Broadway musical. Directed by Michael Ritchie, the innocu- ous fun comes from the amusing special effects rather than the frantic antics of Short's klutzy Author learns how to live God is No Illusion: Medita- tions on the End of Life by John Tully Carmody. Trinity Press International, P.O. Box 1321, Harrisburg, PA, 17105, 1997. Book Review By MARY ETTA KIEFER, O.S.B. Message Staff Paperbound, 127 pages, $14. God is No Illusion is the last journey -- three and-a-half years -- of a man with multiple myeloma, an incurable form of cancer. This record is a series of letters sent to friends, recount- ing the progress of the disease, and sharing the feelings and insights of the journey. Each let- ter is followed by the author's original psalms, which seem to follow the pattern of the biblical psalms. I Hear it from the source/ Vatican Radio World News character. Mild me few crude wordJ classification is and adolescents. ing is PG suggested. -- and how In the book's last Carmody wrote: "If our great P the praise of your so that we your will be done, nothing your love, no crucifixion from your grace. So send forth, Spirit, and hear Many people say of sudden, relatively painless death, "That's the way to go." This book, however, presents a dif- ferent picture of prolonged suf- fering and death. Its real mes- sage is in the awesome spiritual growth of Carmody and his wife, Denise, through the course of the illness. The author's insights in prose and poetry (even the prose is rhythmical) are so intimate, so profound, that a reader can emerge from the experience with a sense of serenity -- and gratitude that the author was willing to give this final gift. Carmody called upon his vast knowledge of scripture and his teacher/poet's soul to identify with Job, remaining faithful in suffering. 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