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16 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Agust 21 What doubt can teach you By CHARLIE MARTIN Catholic News Service SNOW ON THE SAHARA Only tell me that you still want me here/When you wander off out there/To those hills of dust/And hard winds that blow/In that dry white ocean alone. Lost out in the desert,/You are lost out in the desert. But to stand with you in a ring of fire/I'll forget the days gone by/I'll protect your body/And guard your soul/From mirages in you r sight. Lost out in the desert... CHORUS If your hopes scatter/Like the dust across your track/I'll be the moon that shines/On your path/The sun may blind our eyes/I'll pray the skies above/For snow to fall on the Sahara/if that's the only place/Where you can leave your doubts/I'll hold you up and be your way out./And if we burn away/I'll pray the skies above/For snow to fall on the Sahara. Just a wish and I will/Cover your shoulders/With veils of silk and gold/when the shadows come/And THE CATHOLIC COMMUNICATION CAMPAIGN NEW YORK (CNS) -- The fol- lowing  capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by the US. Catholic Conference (USCC) Office for Film and Broadcasting. Ratings are also given by the (Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" 0th Century Fox) Glossy romance from Terry McMillan's novel about a 40- year-old, .career-driven single morn (Angela Bassett) who ulti- mately firds happiness with a man (Taye Diggs) half her age she meets while vacationing in Jamaica. Director Kevin Rodney Sullivan delivers an idealized, iii i darken your heart/Leaving you with regrets so cold. Lost out in the desert... CHORUS Written by Benzi/Matheson/Benzi Sung by Anggun Copyright (c) 1998 by Sony Music Entertainment Inc. Anggun is not exactly a household name. Yet like the rest of the world, pop music is becoming more international, and Anggun happens to be Indonesia's biggest pop star. Her debut U.S. disc features songs in a pop style that also reflect her Indonesian heritage. I found her disc quite interesting. If you are looking for some- thing different in a pop sound, give Anggun a listen. "Snow on the Sahara," her chart hit from the album of the same name, showcases Anggun's lyrical voice blended with words that hint of mystery. It's a combination found on several of the disc's cuts. The song speaks of facing doubts. Doubt often has its roots in fear. Sometimes doubts are a realistic assessment. Other times doubts are obstacles that self-belief and lots of hard work can overcome. Either way we are likely to need the type of support that the song describes. The woman in the song sings, "If that's the only place where you can leave your doubts, I'll hold you up and be your way out." She says this because someone she loves is "lost out in the desert" of sion and doubt. She will do anything it the person even "pray the skies above for on the Sahara." : Now I'm not aware of any reported in the Sahara. It is a metaphor to express the of the woman's caring. : Doubts kept hidden within oneself grow larger. They tend to take control of our choices. When we share our doubts with someone we trust, we can them as an invitation to grow stronger even in the face of realistic fear. For example let's say that you want tO sports team at School. Yet your doubts want you to believe you have little chance. This may even be but should that keep you from making your best attempt? When you share doubts with a trusted or she can help you put fear aside. After that, you again in a position to make a choice. And to make choice, even in the face of long odds, is to exercise your personal power. Even if you do get cut team, haven't you grown personally stronger? : Rarely do any of us reach goals doubt. Share your doubts with God. Ask God to guide you in rediscovering your inner power. Snow may not fall on the Sahara, but God can help you to grow by facing your doubts. Your comments are ahvays welcome. Please addreSS: Charlie Martin, 7125 W 200S, Rockport, Ind. 47635. comic romantic fantasy in which a one-night stand matures into a committed relationship. Benign treatment of premarital sex, fleet- ing nudity and some rough lan- guage. The USCC classification is A-IV -- adults, with reserva- tions. The MPAA rating is R -- restricted. "Return to Paradise" (20th Century Fox) Flawed tale of an American (Joaquin Phoenix) facing execu- tion in Malaysia on a drug con- viction unless his lawyer (Anne Heche) can convince his buddies (Vince Vaughn and David Con- rad) to return and serve three years in prison for their part in buying the drugs. Director Joseph Ruben allows a premise meant to explore difficult moral choices to gradually descend into overwrought melodrama. Brief violence and recreational drug abuse, implied affairs, recurring profanity and much rough language. The USCC clas- sification is A-III -- adults. The MPAA rating is R w restricted. "Slums of Beverly Hills" (Fox Searchlight) Lethargic coming-of-age tale set in 1976 when a 15-year-old girl (Natasha Lyonne) learns about life from her hard-up divorced dad (Alan Ark[n) and about sex from her mixed-up older cousin (Maria Tome[) as well as the neighborhood pot dealer (Kevin Corrigan). Writ- ten and directed by Tamara Jenkins, what might have been a slight but whimsical series of anecdotes is pumped up into a tal=, m" m=m "I lll' glossy picture about charmless characters and their unamusing antics. An exploitative sex scene involving a vibrator, sexual ref- erences, some nudity, drug usage, rough language and pro- fanity. The USCC classification is O -- morally offensive. The MPAA rating is R -- restricted. "Snake Eyes" (Paramount) Glossy thriller in which the lifelong friendship of a corrupt cop (Nicolas Cage) and a Navy officer (Gary Sinese) is tested while investigating the nation of the at a championship Director Brian de implausible conspiracy more slippery than as it twists its way to a sion involving the ble redemption of a ter. sexual innuendo, language and frequent ty. The USCC c III-- adults. The R -- restricted. COMPLETE INSURANCE SERVICE Auto[ Home[ Fire & Life! Your Personal Service Agent James L. Will Ins. Agency Inc. 1925 W. Franklin Street 425-3187 Living His Word A radio Bible teaching with Dr. Ann Giles. WVHI- 1330 AM Mon. - Fri., 11:45 to Noon Mon. - Sat., 5 p.m. " gbur word is a lamp to my feet and a ?glh to my path. " Psalm 119:105 Representation Since 1946 Robert J. Pigman Sheila M. Corcoran Mark W. Charles L. Berger Andrew S. 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