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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Entertainment On the Record :By CHARLIE MARTIN NC News Service Colmnnist LEARNING TO FLY Well I started out down a dirty road/Started out all alone/And the sun went down as I crossed the hill/And the town lit up, the world got still REFRAIN: I'm learning to fly, but I ain't got wings/Coming down is the hardest thing Well the good oi' days may not re. turn/And the rocks might melt and the sea may burn (REPEAT REFRAIN) Well some say life will beat you down/Break your heart/Steal your crown/So I've started out for God knows where/I guess I'll know when I get there (REPEAT REFRAIN) Written by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne Sung by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Copyright (c) 1991 by MCA Records Inc. Does life beat you down? , According to Tom Pdity's hit." L:earning to " * e i " "" " : Fly, this canhapp n. Llfe also can break your Flying high toward goal heart, steal your crown." Yet, as the song's title suggests, he has found a remedy for life's hurts and disappointments. He's learning to fly! Perhaps he means this literally -- that he is headed into the sky in an airplane. However, for me the title refers to the many ways we can lift up our lives with adventure, meaning and satisfac- tion. August 16, 1991 [ I ! ous schooling and professional training. Even after working hard through high school and college, one still faces uncertainty about being admitted to medical school. Nonetheless, our deepest desire may well be pointing us in the right direction for us. Reflect on your hope. Talk it over with trusted friends and adults, Remember, God will help us roach our true goals in life. We need faith in ourselves and. at Learning to fly in these ways is at the hear[ of our reason for living. As we sift through life's times, patience and perseverance. choices and possibilities, we can aim for experi- If the path to the goal gets blocked, often the ences that put zest into our lives, obstacles serve to point up a new way of achiev- In the song's words, sometimes we set out to ing the essence of our dream. reach these goals "'all alone," not knowing where ................................... he is we are going until we "'get there." "'lea m, ingto fly ... coming down is the hardest We cannot always be sure what holds real thing. ' This seems to refer to the times we turn meaning and what will give lasting satisfaction, away or feel distanced from opportunities for sat- Yet we can use our courage to explore opportuni- isfaction. ties that appeal to us. However, the surest way to get more of what For example, we may feel drawn to a line of you want out of life is to trust your dreams. Put work or set of opportunities that others say is too some flying lessons in each day. " difficult. Others might not understand or support Ask yourself: What will bring me satisfac- our desire. We needto trust our instincts and long- tion and joy today? What can I do to make myself ings. and others happy? If you truly desire something worthwhile, Trust the answer, and begin to take off for work toward this goal. the clouds! Let'sput these ideas into the context of some- one who dreams of becoming a doctor. Perhaps he (Your comments.are always welcome. Please , or she has a genuine desire to help others face address them to: Charlie Martin, RR 3, Box 182, : health problems. The choice means years of rigor - Rockport, Ind. 47635.) " I Book traces Glenmary founder's mission to rural America MISSION TO RURAL AMERICA: THE STORY OF W. HOWARD BISHOP, FOUNDER OF GLENMARY, By Christopher J. Kauffman. Paulist Press (New York/Mahwah, N.J., 1991). 298 pp., $16.95. BRIAN T. OLSZEWSKI Catholic News Service Those raised on an urban diet of concrete, mass transit, air pollution and other identi- fiable marks of the city may perceive rural life as a scene from the old TV series "Green Acres" in which Ave says to Eddie, "Really, dahling, dose little things are so cute!" Many words describe rural life, but cute isn't one of them. It's a tough life, a life in which the weather can bake Audubon special on Great Lakes scheduled Aug. 25 on Cable TBS "Great Lakes, Bitter Lega- cy," Aug. 25, TBS cable Veteran actor James Earl Jones reports on the good news/bad news situation re- garding pollution, in "Great Lakes, Bitter Legacy," a World of Audubon special premiering on superstation TBS Sunday, Aug. 25, 9-10 p.m. CDT. Repeat presentations are scheduled for later in the week. On the surface it's an envi- ronmental success story, tel- ing that the heavily polluted Great Lakes have been cleaned up since the late 1960s, when they were recog- nized as an ecological disas- ter. However, there's little cause for celebration. Buried in the mud arc H.ngp.ring toxic chemicals, such as dioxins and PCBs, and deadly pesti- cides like DDT. This sometimes grim docu- mentary follows this trail of poison as it makes its way up the food chain. The pollu- tants' insidious presence causes deformities in the area's fish and birds, and is increasing in intensity. The damage extends across generations, now causing early developmental prob- lems among children whose mothers ate Great Lakes fish while growing up. The program's bewildering array of statistics hits home when scientists show a bird in the wild whose beak is so deformed it will curl back- ward and penetrate the bird's eye. Shockingly, such occur- rences are commonplace. No wonder, when 90 percent of the Grand Calumet River's flow at Lake Michigan is from sewage treatment plants and factories, making it a lethal source of pollution. Jones reports on efforts at the local level to stem the wave of these chemical killers. It's somber viewing that while highly informational, occasionally gets bogged down in too many facts and figures. The visuals of deformed and dying baby animals may be upsetting for younger chil- dren. you and the government can break you. Catholic rural life can be even more difficult, especially in areas that are heavily non-Catholic or unchurched. W. Howard Bishop was a city boy who was ordained for an urban archdiocese (Bal- timore) but who was assigned to one of its rural parishes. Unlike most of the priests of his time who did their stints in rural parishes while counting the days until they would be assigned to the more attractive urban parish- es, Father Bishop stayed. There he became known as an advocate for rural Ameri- cans -- Catholic and non- Catholic -- and for the estab- Crmun American Bank We Make Friends For Life JASPER, INDIANA lishment of a religious com- munity -- Glenmary -- whose purpose was to serve rural areas. Like the farmer whose fields produce a bumper crop, Father Bishop's estab- lishment of Glenmary was a matter of prayer, hard work, cooperation and luck. "Mission to Rural Ameri- ca" is a detailed chronicle (sometimes too detailed due to the heavy reliance on the priest's diary for information) on the planting, growth and harvest of Glenmary. Anyone who lives in a rural area or who is involved in ministry to rural Catholics on a parish or diocesan level will nod in agreement as au- i ml "Funeral Pre-Planning Since 1940" Miller & Miller 424-9274 thor Christopher J. Kauffman relates each of Father Bish- op's struggles. Anyone who maintains a "Green Acres" approach to rural life is in for an eye- opening introduction to a part of the country and part of the church you did not know existed. It's not cute, but it is cer- tainly good. Olszewski is editor of the Northwest Indiana Catholic, newspaper of the Diocese of Gary, Ind. At your bookstore or order prepaid from Paulist Press, 301 Island Rd., Mahwah, NJ 07430. Add $2 for shipping and handling. 15% Senior Discount Every Tuesday! Groups, Please Call 812-486-3977 For Reservations Guided Tours Available Montgomery, Indiana Homemade Amish Cooking Flea Market Every Wednesday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 9200- Square Feet Under Roof Open Monday Thru Thursday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 9 P.m.