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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Aug Overcomer's Outreach O.O. Gives people who are already in 12-Step Groups a way back to Jesus and the Church. O.O. provides a way for people in the church to find help in traditional 12-Step Groups. Sunday nights 7:30 p.m. -- 8:30 p.m. Call "Doug" at 476-7186 UNBAPTISED OR UNCHURCHED? Come any Sunday beginning June 5 at 9:45 a.m. (after coffee and donuts) to our inquiring sessions. (Ask any questions you've ever wanted to ask.) Call Dottie at 476-7186 .-- On The Record-- Affirm life through active compassion PRAYER FOR THE DYING Fearless people/Careless needle/Harsh words spoken/And lives are broken/Help me I'm failing/Haven't waited/It's time to move on l By CHARLIE MARTIN i I'm crossing that bridge/With lessons I've learned/I'm playing with fire/And not getting burned/I may not know/What you're going through/But time is a space/Between me and you/Life goes on and goes on Just say die/And it would be pessimistic/In your mind/You can walk across water/It's just a prayer for the dying/I just don't know/What's got into me REPEAT SECOND VERSE There is a light/Through that window/Hold on say yes/While people say no/Life carries on/It goes on REPEAT SECOND AND FIFTH VERSE Written by Seal/Isidore Sung by Seal Copyright (c) 1994 by ZTT Records Ltd. I sense a type of global awareness in Seal's music, given that his family her- itage is both African Masai and Brazilian. His "Prayer for the Dying" is off his second disc. The song has mysterious lyrics. Certain images could refer to people living and dying with AIDS or some other widespread human tragedy. Whatever specific hurts Seal is addressing, all of us are aware of the widespread suffering within the human family. Consequently, we need to ask ourselves: How are we to respond to others' suffering? How can we manifest the attitudes of Jesus toward those who hurt among our worldwide brothers and sisters? One term I would use to describe Jesus' at- titude toward us is "active compassion." It is a non-judgmental approach, yet one that invites us to work courageously for change in situations where others are hurting. Clearly, our efforts can only be conducted within the range of our abilities and opportuni- ties. Few of us have the personal gifts to be med- ical research scientists, working for a cure to AIDS. However, a parish youth group could raise money to support this work or to give to a local organization involved in helping families who live with AIDS. Sometimes, hearing about the extent of suf- fering in our world, we feel overwhelmed. For example, reports of the killing in Rwanda have been more than we could truly comprehend. One might easily think, "There is nothing I can do in the face of suffering of such great scope." Many times, however, the miracle of God's heal- ing depends on what we do, even if we never know the direct results of our efforts. a Any of us, including teens, could take a percent- ge of our spendable income and donate it to relief agencies responding to human suffering. If you don't know who to give to, ask your parish priest or youth minister. We can also take a suggestion from the song's title. Prayer affects others, as well as those who do the praying. Taking the time to pray "for" others makes a statement that their lives have meaning to US. This is a way of expressing the value that we find in all human beings. We open our hearts in compassion, and we ask God to guide the human family in ways that heal the violence and suffering that are present in our world, as well as that found in our own hearts and minds. The song ends with an affirmation of life. We are asked to see that "there is a light through that window." We can affirm that life goes on. Your active compassion can make a genuine difference in how others experience the gift of love. (Your comments are always welcome. Please address: Charlie Martin, RR 3, Box 182, Rockport, IN 47635.) USCC reviews new movies NEW YORK (CNS) -- The following are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by the U.S. Catholic Conference Office for Film and Broadcast- ing. "Angels in the Outfield" (Disney) Remake of the 1951 syrupy fantasy in which the surly baseball manager (Danny Glover) of the last-place Cali- fornia Angels starts relying on the advice of a young boy (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who claims to see heavenly angels assisting various players dur- ing the games. William Dear directs a slow-paced, old-fash- ioned crowd-pleaser in which a foster child's prayer for a fam- ily is answered and cynical adults begin believing that, with a little faith, miracles can happen. Fleeting violence and a few instances of profanity. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guid- ance suggested. "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" (Fine Line) Failed adaptation of Tom Robbins' 1976 seriocomic novel about an aimless hitchhiker (Uma Thurman) who falls into a lesbian affair with the leader (Rain Phoenix) of a ranch taken over by radical feminist Main Street Pharmacy 217 E. Main St. Downtown Waslizngton Phone: 254-5141 cowgirls. Writer-director Gus Van Sant's disjointed narrative features wooden dialogue deliv- ered by vacuous performers in this thoroughly forgettable look at the counterculture of the 1970s. Restrained treatment of a lesbian relationship, fleeting nu- dity, brief violence, recreational drug use and minimal rough lan- guage. The U.S. Catholic Confer- ence classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Asso- ciation of America rating is R -- restricted. "Latcho Drom" (Shadow) Dramatically unstructured presentation of Gypsies per- forming their music, song and dance as filmed in such diverse locales as Romania, Spain and India. In stringing together this sampling of musical per- formances, director Tony Gatlif provides a broad sense of Gypsy musical traditions from joyous celebrations of life to lamentations of their persecu- tion through the ages, but gives little insight into their history and culture. Subtitles. Fleeting nudity. The U.S. Catholic Conference tion is A-II -- adults lescents. Not rated by tion Picture AssO America. "True Lies" (20th Fox) Overblown action which a U.S. Schwarzene tranquil domestic shattered when Lee Curtis), then daU (Eliza Dusku), are hostage by a gang terrorists armed weapons. Director Cameron throttles the mix of comedy and overplaying every point of tedium, the special-effectS unsavory sexual sit1 ' e Excessv. violence, treatment of sex an sional rough U.S. Catholic sification is O sive. The Motion ciation of America -- restricted. INSURANCE AGENCY 464-5993 DENNIS K. FELDHAUS JAMES A. Nil Mater Dei Class of '70 GEORGE P. HELFRICH Mater Dei ClaSS Mater Dei Class of '69 "'We support Catholic Education"