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August " The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana --On the Record-- STOMP Lately I've been going through/Some things that real- ly/Got me down/I need some- one,/Somebody to help me come and/Turn my life around/I can't explain it/I can't obtain it/Jesus your love is so/It's so amazing/It gets me high/Up to the sky/And when I think/About your goodness/It makes me wanna REFRAIN Stomp/Makes me clap my hands/Makes me wanna dance and/Stomp/My brother can't you see/I've got the victory/Stomp (REPEAT FIRST VERSE) (REPEAT REFRAIN) Oh, oh, oh, ohJStomp on the enemy/'Cause I've got the victory/Stomp on the enemy/'Cause I've got the victory (REPEAT REFRAIN) "G. P. are you with me?"/"Oh yeah we're hav- ing church"/"We ain't going nowhere: (REPEAT REFRAIN) Christian rap By CHARLIE MARTIN CNS COLUMNIST i I promise the stomp/The whole stomp/Nothin' but the stomp Written by Kirk Franklin Sung by God's Property Copyright (c) 1997 by Lilly Mack Music (BMI) Gospel music on MTV? Yes, God's Property's "Stomp" is the first Gospel music video on MTV. It also is getting lots of air play on local rock stations. Actually, I consider the song more of a "Christ- ian rap," if there is such a category, than true Gospel. No matter how you classify this single, it's bound to set your feet moving and lift your spirit• The song addresses a reality of life: hard times. In the words of the rap: "Lately I've been going through some things that really got me down; I need someone, somebody to help me come and turn my life around." Who has the "magic" to accomplish such a feat? The song's response is: "Jesus, your love is so, it's so amazing; it gets me high up to the sky." In fact, it makes the person in the song want to "stomp, makes me clap my hands and stomp•" Now there's an antidote to the blues! The song conveys immense enthusiasm for God's presence• However, not everyone will experi- ence this urge to stomp and dance because of feel- ing God's care• Sometimes recognizing God's presence brings something more like a sense of quiet feel that we are not alone as we face the challenges life brings. Disappointment and despair are the enemies the song mentions• Even in the midst of such diffi- cult feelings God comes to support us. Our God is also the God of miracles. Yet, some ! of these miracles are not quick fixes of immediate problems. Rather, they take the form of living with the hurt and of avenues that lead toward healing. Suppose you are cut from an athletic you very much hoped to make• This is a major dis: appointment. ,_ • • • som-' tion tG2adt =hlyt::h:=te:y:ulathheia aglill.y. - But you might discover many friends at your side : helping you deal with this hurt. Or other ties might unfold that open up new paths faction for you. Through such experiences we gain a deeper sense of trust and faith in life, in ourselves and in our God. " : Realizing that God walks with us as we learn life's difficult lessons and make needed may not make you want to stomp. However, if yoU it, the spirit of a beautiful smile will grow within y0! (Your comments are always welcome. PleaSe i address: Charlie Martin, 7125 W 200S, Rockport: Ind. 47635.) movies: Current capsul THE CATHOLIC COMMUNICATION 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 by the Motion Picture Association of America MPAA). "Conspiracy Theory" (Warner Bros.) Convoluted melodrama in which paranoid New York cabbie Mel Gibson must convince skep- tical attorney Julia Roberts that they are in mortal danger from government agents after them for unknown reasons. Although overlong and far-fetched, direc- tor Richard Donner's elaborate thriller is engrossing escapist entertainment with Gibson's quirky performance a stand- out. Some violence and a few instances of profanity. The USCC classification is A-III -- adults. The MPAA rating is R -- restricted. "Cop Land" (Miramax) In a sleepy New Jersey town largely populated by tough, tight-knit NYPD cops (led by Harvey Keitel), the two-bit sheriff (Sylvester Stallone) dis- covers they are corrupt, seem- ingly untouchable -- and about to murder one of their own (Michael Rapaport). Writer- director James Mangold's grit- ty drama attempts to be a char- acter study of people who compromise their principles, but ends up settling for a simplistic shoot-out to resolve the conflict. Intermittent intense violence, sexual references, occasional profanity and much rough lan- guage. The USCC classification is A-III -- adults. The MPAA How should we pray for the sick? To Heal as Jesus Healed, by Barbara Shlemon Ryan, Dennis Linn and Matthew Linn, Resur- rection Press, P.O. Box 248, Williston, NY 11596, 1997. Paperback, 110 pages, $7.95 To Heal as Jesus Healed takes a look at the church's his- tory of praying for the sick, and notes that little attention was Book Review By MARY ETTA KIEFER, O.S.B Message Staff i given to a rite of anointing the sick during the first four cen- turies after the resurrection. Through those early years all were expected to pray for the sick, and anointing was done by laity: John Chrysostom reported that he couldn't keep oil in his sanctuary lamp, even though the oil was blessed at each Eucharist. People kept taking sme homo to keep in the medi- cine ''t, :,'. Not until 1758 did :semirmr:: ,×L:,ok? :te,:!are i,h.a' With the recent revision of the rite of anointing the sick, impending death is not a con- dition of receiving the sacra- ment. Neither does the priest approach the sick person alone, pray for a happy death, and leave in silence. Others are once again encouraged to par- ticipate in.the celebration. This re-examination of the rite renews in the church the faith of our Christian forbearers in sacramental healing and in the power of prayers for the sick and prayers by the sick for others. Rooted in charismatic renewal, this simple work on healing reaches out to a broader audience all over the world. No longer is belief in prayer-healing confined to a few Protestant denomina- tions. All churches can share in healing services. Family and community prayers for healing are closing the wounds of the church, and restoring the sick. Recent studies by the Nation- al institutes .qf lle:dth bear ,mr tb' di) .rctlqU [)ra:,'C!r co.rt rn.d;t patients. Some of the results of these studies are outlined in To Heal as Jesus Healed. Regardless of the reader's viewpoint, the integration of the entire person -- body, mind and spirit -- espoused by Ryan, Linn and Linn, has much appeal. It responds to the cry of the human spirit in pain, exult- ing in the discovery that God is there, even in the pain. About the authors: This team of authors has been around a long time, and their ministry of healing has taken them around the world. The first edition of this book, pub- lished in 1978, sold 100,000 copies, and the work of Dennis and Matthew Linn has been translated into 15 languages. Barbara Shlemon Ryan is chair- man of the Department of Pas- toral Care for Trinity College of Graduate Studies. She travels to direct r'etrt:ats, work:dmp, al(l tNHl(!r'Oll(',: latimaiIy ;i:i.,t rating is R -- restricted. "Mimic" (Dimension) Creepy horror film in which husband-and-wife scientists (Jeremy Northam and Mira Sorvino) desperately try to erad- icate a colony of human-sized, genetically-engineered killer insects breeding in the New York subway tunnels, where homeless people have become their first victims. Director Guillermo Del Toro's monster movie provides periodic jolts through scary special effects, but suspense ultimately gives way to formula storytelling. Recurring fantasy violence and occasional rough language and profanity. The USCC classifica- tion is A-III -- adults. The MPAA rating is R :-- restricted, "Money Talks" (New Line) Mirthlessly violent comedy in which a street hustler (Chris Tucker) and a TV reporter (Charlie Sheen) are chased by the police while a gang of French diamond smugglers shoots up Los Angeles. Directed by Brett Ratner, the contrived proceedings creep along with lame but loud comedy routines and even louder gunfire, demo- lition derby car chases and assorted pyrotechnics. Excessive violence, sexual innuendo and rough language. The USCC clas- sification is O -- morally often- Vanderburgh Co. Right-To-Life 474-3195 Evansville, Indiana ii n iii ii I Dr. Jane A. Hormuth Chiropractic Physician 474-0704 . .... ,  (,:;' :::0!dC'- i',2 . . ,, ,-,,=r ,  ..... 7 sive. The MPAA restricted. " "Paperback RoaC (MGM) Charmless Australima tion about a romances (G to disguise a physical while pursuing an eler (Anthony shady dealings attract a in turn pursues the Writer-director Ben clumsy romantic heavily on pratfalls contrived narrati'e unconvincing, characters. Fleeting scenes with nudity USCC classification adults. MPAA rating restricted.