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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana August 9, 1996 -- On The Record- Find needed support in your parish YOU STILL TOUCH ME By CLIE MARTIN / Another night finds me alone/In my dream/You still touch me/Your picture by my telephone/In that smile/You still thrill m Now if I sleep/I sleep here alone/in my bed tonight/You still haunt me/And if I'm falling/I'm falling like a stone/In my night- mares/You still hold me And after 11 we've been through/Now I'm won- deringflf bu still blame me/If only half of this was true/That you believe me/You still shame me Dark rain will fall/Until I see your face/I close my eyes/I see the raindrops saying/You won't come back/You still touch me And when I'm sick at heart/And low in my prayers/You still heal me/When I'm so sure this isn't so/In my complacencyYou still shake me I wonder if you feelfrhe same way as I do/And you'd come back/You still touch me Another night finds me alone/in my bed tonight/you still haunt me/you still hold me/You still touch me Written and Sung by Sting Copyright (c) 1996 by Steerpike Ltd./A&M Records We all have our musical favorites. Sting is one of mine. His second chart hit off the recent "Mer- cury Falling" CD is 'You Still Touch Me." The song describes how the effects of a rela- tionship linger long after the romance itself ends. The guy in the song still is touched by recollections of his former romantic partner's smile. We're not told why the romance ended, but the fellow won- ders "if you still blame me." He seems to hold to some hope that they might be reconciled for "I wonder if you feel the same way as I do and you'd come back." However, there is no sign that this will happen. Thus, he is left to face his feelings but isnot sure how to make senseof them. Much of what he is experiencing is normal. When you break up with someone, life does feel un- certain. Your routine is broken. Phone calls, private jokes, shared plans, indeed, all those everyday ways that were your connection with another are sud- denly missing. Understandably, most people in these situa- tions want to hurry past the painful void. Some seek immediate, new relationships. Others turn to alcohol or other drugs to temporarily distract them- selves from the hurt. Of course, none of this works. The only way past pain is through it. Yet, we don't have to face life's hurts alone. What really helps is sharing the pain with those who can be emotionally safe for us. These people won't judge or discount our feelings. Neither will they suggest quick fixes when none re- ally exist. Sometimes, our friends can't fill this role. They might be involved with other aspects of our lives that make it difficult for them to see us hurt. Or we might not have the kind of friends who enable us to talk freely about what we are feeling. If this is the situation, teens need to know that they can turn to others. In your parish, there are youth ministers, pastoral associates, former teach- ers and your priest. These people care about your well-being. But you must take the tell them what has occurred. Otherwise, they will not realize what you are going through. Belonging to a parish should bring valuable, additional resources into your life. Be sure to reach out for the people in your parish who can be re- sources to you when your life hurts. (Your comments are always welcome. Please address: Charlie Martin, RR 3, Box 182, Rockport, IN 4 7635.) THE CATHOLIC I COMMUNICATION CAMPAIGN NEW YORK (CNS) -- The following are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by the U.S. Catholic Conference (USCC) Office for Film and Broadcasting. Ratings are also given for the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). "Emma" (Miramax) Bright adaptation of Jane Austen's 1816 novel about a supremely self-confidant young woman (Gwyneth Paltrow) who busily though ineptly sets about matchmaking for those around her but, in the process, nearly overlooks the perfect match for herself. Writer-direc- tor Doug McGrath's British production of the romantic clas- sic captures the subtle snob- bery of the English class sys- tem without losing sight of the chang frailties of the story's many characters. Romantic complications. The USCC clas- sification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The MPAA rating is PG -- parental guidance sug- gested. "Jack" (Hollywood) Bittersweet comedy in which a 10-year-old boy (Robin Williams) who's aging at four times the normal rate per- suades his overly protective anoArts Studio $ W. Bes, B.M., M.A. FREE FIRST LESSON All ages; Play with pleasure 1201 S. Bennighof. Evansville, IN 47714 (el 2) 477.2233 I parents to let him attend school and make friends his own age, despite looking like a 40-year old man. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, the interaction between Williams and the chil-" dren is intermittently amusing, though the life-affirming theme is heavy-handed, achieving more sentimentality than the intended poignancy. Some bla- tant sexual innuendo, several crude expressions and occa- sional toilet humor. The USCC classification is A-III -- adults. The MPAA rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned that some material may be in- appropriate for children under 13. "Matilda" (TriStar) Dark children's fantasy in which a book-loving 6-year-old (Mara Wilson) develops magi- cal powers to solve her prob- lems with neglectful, self-cen- tered parents (Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman) and a vi- cious school principal, encour- aged along the way by a shy but caring teacher (Embeth Davidtz). Directed by DeVito from Roald Dahl's children's story which busily mixes some mean-spirited humor with a gentle affirmation of the joys of reading. Frequent scenes of children in physical danger and a few crude expressions. The USCC classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The MPAA rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. "Supercop" (Miramax Dimension) Bone-crunching pulp adven- ture follows a Hong Kong po- liceman (Jackie Chan) teamed with a mainland Chinese po- licewoman (Michelle Khan) as they go undercover to nab a top drug lord (Ken Tsang). Di- rected by Stanley Tong, the dubbed production revels in the comic-book exploits of its ge- nial, self-deprecating hero in an action fantasy keyed to mar- tial-arts stunt work and special effects destruction, including a wild chase finale. Tongue-in- cheek fantasy violence. The USCC classification is A-III -- adults. The MPAA rating is R -- restricted. CRANEY'S BODY SHOP, INC. Complete Body Repair & Refinishing Cars, Pick-ups, & Semis Rt. 4 Veale Creek Rd. Washington. IN Fred D. Craney (812) 254-6412 I I I I "Where customers send their friends!" Open nightly til 9 p.m. Ul00-lhee & Sens ABEI'. RJ /w. GCil. ( TOYOTA OlD US 231 SOUTH, JASPFFt, IN 482-2222 * 1-800-937-USA1 "Trainspotting" (Mira- max) Episodic excursion into the aimless world of drug addicts, alcoholics and misfits in Scot- land, as recounted by one of them (Ewan McGregor) who lapses in and out of his heroin habit until stealing a satchel of money from his buddies, sup- posedly to start a life of middle- class respectability. Directed by Danny Boyle, the British pro- duction presents a glib account of the blighted lives of ali ei ated youths whose repugns activities are played alter" nately for shock value or conaZc effect, neither of which touche the painful reality of this seJ: destructive subculture. Graplal depictions of drug highs ann lows, explicit sex scenes, se intense violence and consta rough language. The USt; classification is O -- morall.y o fensive. The MPAA rating is -- restricted. Thomas O. Castlen Psychology/Pol. Sci. 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