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2 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana July Faith conquers grief By CHARLIE MARTIN Catholic News Service TOGETHER AGAIN REFRAIN 1 There are times whert/I look above and beyond/There are times when/I feel your love around me baby/I'll never forget my baby/I'll never forget you Dream about us together again/What I want us/Together again baby/I know we'll be/Together again 'cause REFRAIN 2 REFRAIN 1 What I'd give/Just to hold you close/As on earth/In heaven we will beJTogether baby/Together again my baby There are times when/I look above and beyond/There are times whenfl feel your love around me baby/i'll never forget my baby When I feel that I don't belong/Draw my strength/From the words when you said/Hey it's about you baby/Look deeper inside you baby/Dream about us together again/What I want, us/Together again baby/I know we'll be/Together again 'cause REPEAT REFRAIN 2 TWICE. Written by Janet Jackson, James Harris III, Terry Lewis and Rene Elizondo Jr. Sung by Janet Jackson From the CD "The Velvet Rope" produced by Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis and Janet Jackson Copyright (c) 1998 by Virgin Records REFRAIN 2 Everywhere I go/Every smile I see/I know you are theredSmilin' back at me/Dancin' in the moonlight/I know you are free/'Cause I can see your star/Shinin' down on me. Good times we'll share again/Makes me wanna dance/Say it loud and proud/All my love's for you Always been a true angel to me/Now above/I can't wait for you/To wrap your wings around me baby/Wrap them around me baby Sometimes hear you whisperin'/No more pain/No worries will you/Ever see now baby/I'm so happy for my baby "'Together Again' is another of Janet Jackson's string of popular hits. It not only has a good beat and great rhythm, but if we really listen to the lyrics we find that it holds a true Christian message," students in the Senior Advanced Composition class of Sarato- ga Central Catholic High School in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. wrote. The students reviewed songs for their writing class and offered their end of the semester writings to me for use in this column. My collaborators at Saratoga Central Catholic said faith is the key idea in this song. "Every time we feel bad or when we feel that life just isn't agreeing with us, we can rest assured that there are people looking down on us  just as God does. We are not alone. God is always with us, no c matter what we do with our lives." They ask, "How can we be sure there God?" Their answer is this straightforward "We know because we have faith!" They define faith as "when one believes thing that one can neither see nor touch. "faith is a wonderful gift, something we wish one could have, even if only to experience it The students write that Jackson "doesn't skirl around issues." Certainly this is true with this gle about the death of a loved one. il For the person in the song this loss is Yet this individual continues to sense the her now dead friend. In her words, every smile I see, I know you are there me." Natural] she wants to be back together again Y - s with the person, a hope that she readily translate into this statement of faith: "I know we will be together again." The students' comments and the song three of life's most important realities: faith, love. The song and the Scriptures proclaim sage: All three qualities are .stronger than death! This perspective, however, does not take the personal pain of losing someone to can be overwhelming. Yet living with love enables us to experience this loss with the that we are not alone. God dwells with us midst of our grief. I want to thank Kristin, Robert, A Caryn, Kathleen, Jessica, Tara and their teacher Holmes for sharing their thoughts v readers. If your group is interested in c please contact me. Your comments are always welcome. Charlie Martin, 7125 W 200S, Rockport, Ind. 47635. " i THE CATHOLIC COMMUNICATION NEW YORK (CNS)  The following are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by the U.S. Catholic Confer- ence (USCC) Office for Film and Broadcasting Ratings are also given by the Motion Pic- ture Association of America (MPAA). "Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss" (Trimark) Failed homosexual romantic comedy in which a photograph- er (Sean P. Hayes) falls for a male model (Brad Rowe), pur- sues him with growing frustra- tion, then finally realizes he's interested in another guy. Writer-director Tommy O'Haver tries to dress up the tired for- mula plot and its cardboard characters with colorful but hokey homosexual parties but the inane results lack the intend- ed human pathos that might have given the situation some interest. Uncritical treatment of homosexual relationships as well as occasional profanity and rough language. The USCC clas- sification is O  morally offen- sive. The MPAA rating is R restricted. "Disturbing Behavior" (MGM) Slack teen thriller in which a transfer student from Chicago (Steve Marsden) arrives in an idyllic island community to find the local high school has a growing number )f too-perfect students, then discovers at his peril they are the result of mind control techniques developed by a mad psychiatrist. Directed by David Nutter, there are occa- sional scenes of bizarre violence and nightmare suspense, but Documentary on Guatemala will air Aug. 2 After 36 years of civil war, Guatemala is returning to peace. But it is a slow and painful process, as the April slaying of Bishop Juan Jose Ger- ardi in his Guatemala home attests. His murder is evidence of how the conflicts that caused the war continue to erupt in the Eves of innocent people. Approach of Dawn, a new hour-long documentary from the Catholic Communication Campaign, tells the powerful story of three Guatemalan women whose lives were shat- tered by the war and shows their determination to heal the scars of that long struggle. The documentary will air from noon to 1 p.m. Sunda; Aug. 2, on Channel 14 WFIE. Bishop Gerardi's murder two days after he released a land- mark report on atrocities com- mitted during the war shows the ongoing difficulty for those working for human rights in Guatemala. Atrocities were widespread: The Guatemala Archdiocese Human Rights Office has documented more than 600 massacres during the war years and estimates that the war, which ended in 1996, chimed more than 140,000 lives. But for many Guatemalans, there is hope that healing and reconciliation will replace vio- lence and death. In the docu- mentary, Guatemala Bishop Gerardo Flores prays at a funer- al Mass. "This violence cannot contin- ue  an 'eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth'  this is not the lan- guage of a Christian. Today we have heard that Christ's words are that we pardon, that we build, that we don't allow hate and vengeance to dominate." Women suffered some of the worst persecution during the war, as Approach of Dawn demon- strates, women are leading the efforts for a just and humane Guatemala. "I believe in the future we will have the opportu- nity to struggle for the dignity and rights of women," Rigoberta Menchu, a Guatemalan Mayan who received the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize, says in the film, "and that the example of our tortured mothers will live for many years in our memory." the plot makes little sense and, worse, sometimes evokes unin- tended laughs. Stylized vio- lence, menacing situations, sex- ual innuendo, a flash of nudity as well as occasional rough lan- guage and profanity. The USCC classification is A-III  adults. The MPAA rating is R restricted. "Saving Pvt. Ryan" (DreamWorks) Riveting war drama set dur- ing and immediately after D- Day 1944, when seven soldiers, led by their captain (Tom , i: Hanks), are ordered behind German rescue a GI (Matt whose three brothers killed in action the week. Director Stevert brilliantly re-creates the: and chaos ot ing sight of the ity, savagery and even as they question fication of their missioa ic battlefield some profanity rough language. 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