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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 29, ---.On The Record--- CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT? In harmony with God's creation I can see what's happening/And they don't have a clue/They'll fall in love/And here's the bot- tom line/Our trio's down to tWO. ByCHA00LIE00TIN| CNS COLUMNIST I The sweet caress of twilight/There's magic everywhere/And with all/The romantic atmos- phere/Disaster in the air. REFRAIN Can you feel the love tonight/The peace that evening brings/The world for once/In perfect harmony/With all its living things? So many things to tell her/But how to make her see/The truth about my pastJImpossible! She'd turn away from me. He's holding back, he's hiding/But what, I can't decide/Why won't he be/The king I know he is/The king I see inside. REPEAT REFRAIN Can you feel the love tonight?/You needn't look too far. Stealing through/The night's uncertainties/Love is where they areJ And if he falls in love tonight/It can be assumed/His carefree days/With us are his- tory/In short, our pal is doomed. Written by Elton John/Tim Rice Sung by Elton John Copyright (c) 1994 by Walt Disney Music Co. (ASCAP) The soundtrack for "The Lion King" was composed by Elton John and Tim Rice. Several of the songs are performed by John, including his current chart hit "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" This song's message about how we can change our world stands on its own. Indeed, we all need to ask ourselves: Do I sense the "peace that evening brings?" Do I see how our world could go on "in perfect harmony with all its living things?" Do I "feel the love tonight?" Perhaps you are wondering what world I speak of. Am I referring to the same planet where so much violence, so much suffering, af- fects so many people? Yes, but the challenge I present does not discount any of this suffering. Rather, my chal- lenge is an invitation to remember that the Cre- ator established our world. Our challenge is to rediscover God's original intent in creating the world -- a world created with love and harmony. "All its living things" were meant to mirror their divine origin to each other. Admittedly, the challenge that I propose to each of us is a difficult one. Our fears and memories of . times when we were hurt can almost block us from seeing God's intent. Consequently, to refocus on God's intent for our world we must help each other. We must try harder to support each other when our lives are hurting. Every day we need to practice Jesus' teaching by treating ourselves and others compassionately. Without denying the pain that may fill the past, wee can help each other "feel the love tonight," the gilt el God's healing power present in each day. Some days, or some evenings, as the song sug" gests, when we sit quietly, we can sense the heritage of God's creation. Each time we focus our attention on love, build" ing peace or on creating harmony with others, we open the door a little more to God's transforming power both for our personal lives and for life on this planet in general. Sometime today, just for a while, sit in a quiet place. Try to feel yourself in "perfect harmonf' ww all that God has created. (Your comments are always welcome. Please address: Charlie Martin, RR 3, Box 182, Rockport, IN 47635.) U.S.C.C. offers reviews of home videos NEW YORK (CNS) -- The following are home videocas- sette reviews from the U.S. Catholic Conference Office for Film and Broadcasting. Each videocassette is available on VHS format. Theatrical movies on video have a U.S. Catholic Conference classification and Motion Picture Association of America rating. All reviews in- dicate the appropriate age group for the video audience. "Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer" (1949) Comic murder mystery with the hapless duo finding, then trying to lose a couple of corpses in a hotel whose guests include the usual likely sus- pects, including a sinister swami (Boris Karloff): Directed by Charles Barton, it's mildly amusing fare for the comedy team's fans. Comic violence. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-I -- general patronage. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America. (MCA/Universal, $14.98) "The Rains Came" (1939) Soggy romantic melodrama set in a remote Indian princi- pality where some Western vis- itors endure monsoon, earth- quake and cholera, resulting in the moral transformation of a dissolute painter (George Brent) helped by the love of a missionary's daughter (Brenda Joyce) and of a cynical socialite (Myrna Loy) inspired by a noble Indian physician (Tyrone Power). Director Clarence Brown uses the exotic setting to make the stock characters almost as interesting as the spectacular catastrophes they face, though the script's dated colonial attitudes may put some viewers' teeth on edge. Romantic situations. The U.S. Catholic Conference classifica- tion is A-II -- adults and ado- 'Schindler's List,' 'NYPD Blue,' among humanitas prize winners '8CHINDLER'S LIST,' LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- Screenwriters for "Schindler's List," "NYPD Blue," "Murphy Brown" and "And the Band Played On" were among the winners at the 20th annual Humanitas Prize awards July 14 in Los Angeles. Steven Zaillian captured first place in the feature film category for his screenplay of the movie =Schindler's List? It was cited by the judges for "its epic depiction of the difference one flawed human being can make, even when confronted by the most demonic of obsta- cles." Three previous Humanitas Prize winners won again in 1994, The seven winners shared a total of $120,000 in cash awards. The Humanitas Prize honors entertainment writers for com- municating human values in their scripts. TV and movies, often criti- cized for causing violence in American society, can help solve the problem, said Paulist Father Ellwood Kieser, who heads the sponsoring organiza- tion of the Humanitas Prize, the Human Family Educa- tional and Cultural Institute. TV and film can show better than other media the "dehu- manizing effect" of violence, not only on the victim but the perpetrator, he said. It can stem the growing number of unwed mothers, Fa- ther Kieser said, by presenting human sexuality as the "beau- tiful and wholesome facet of the human personality that God made it to be." TV and movies can illumi- nate the qualities that make a good marriage work instead of promoting the illusion that marriage equals happiness ever after, he added. And the big screen and TV can also help parents understand their children and vice versa, he said. hey can energize and nur- ture a part of the human psy- che which our culture has al- lowed to atrophy," Father Kieser said. "Freud called it the uncon- scious because it is shrouded in mystery. The Greeks called it soul because it is spiritual. And the Bible called it heart because it is where love resides and commitments are made." David Milch won $15,000 in the 60-minute, prime-time TV category for an episode of ABC's "NYPD Blue." He had also won in 1983 for an episode of "Hill Street Blues." He told The Tidings, Los An- geles' archdiocesan newspaper, he never thought about com- municating values when work- ing. "What you write is what you know and who you know and what you did," said Milch, an ex-New York police officer. "And I guess as you mature and get older, there's some of your own humanity that comes out. You suddenly realize that this wasn't such a bad human being, he had another side." lescents. Not rated by the Mo- tion Picture Association of America. (FoxVideo, $19.98) "Geronimo: An American Legend" (1993) Leaden Western about the efforts of General Crook (Gene Hackman) and two of his offi- cers (Jason Patric and Matt Damon) to recapture Geronimo (Wes Studi) and his small band of renegade Apaches hiding out on the Arizona-Mexico border in 1885-86. In pretentious, stilted fashion, director Walter Hill alternates scenes of brutal shootouts by both sides with the depiction of the govern- ment's unjust treatment of Na- tive Americans. Frequent bloody violence. The U.S. Catholic Conference classifica- tion is A-III -- adults. The Mo- tion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 parents are strongly cautioned that some material may be in- appropriate for children under 13. (Columbia TriStar, rental) "In the Name of the Fa- ther" (1993) Based on the 1975 case of the Guildford Four, the tive centers on an Belfast lad (Daniel tortured by the British into IRA bombing for sentenced to life prison terms for other fal accused co-defendantS, ing his father (pete waite) -- until his (Emma Thompson) later uncovers proof nocence hidden from the by the police. Director Sheridan focuses human dimensions litical miscarriage but spends more time ing the generational between the and son than on the sues of the Ulster the battle to win ion. Recurring lence, unresolved tions and occasiO: language. The Conference III-- adults. The ture Association o: rating is R reS (MCA/Universal, MILLER & MILLEI00 " "A family can 424 DUBOIS COUNTY MEMBER OLD NATIONAL BANCORP YOUR FIVE STAR SERVICE Me r RUXER FORD - LINCOLN - MERCURY