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8 I I III I I The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana August 30, 1996 I --- On The Record-- CHANGE THE WORLD Slowing down romance If I could read the stars/I'd pull one down for you/Shine it on my heart/So you could see the Jl truthfrhat this love inside/Is ev- erything it seems/But for now I find/It's only in my dreams/That I could change the world/I would be the sunlight/In your uni- verse/You would think my love/Was really some- thing good/Baby if I could change the world By CHARLIE MARTIN CNS COLUMNIST If I could be a king/Even for a day/I'd take you as my queen/I'd have it no other way/And our love would rulelIn this kingdom that we had made/lxU then I'll be a fool/Wishin' for the dayfrhat if I could change the world/I would be the sunlight/In your universe/You would think my loveJWas really something good/Baby ff I could change the world Written by: Gordon Kennedy, Tommy Sims, Wayne Kirkpatrick Sung by: Eric Clapton Copyright (c) 1996 by Reprise Records Off the soundtrack of John Travolta's latest film, "Phenomenon," comes Eric Clapton's latest i hit, "Change the World." The cass- ingle's sound is vintage, classic Clapton. However, just in case you're more of a fan of country, Wynonna also has released the song on her new "Reflections" CD. The recording reminds me of what first love feels like. You want the other to see and believe how good your love can be. In the song's words, "I would be the sunlight in your universe" so "you would think my love was really something good." Apparently, to accomplish this goal, the person in the song would need to "change the world." Per- haps he hasn't made the impact on the other person that he wants. Admittedly, first love is a rush! The attention, the phone calls, the rendezvous -- all of these make life very exciting. Yet, for a teen, a dose of common sense is helpful. Those who go fast in love discover that their long-range happiness often ends up on a detour of broken dreams and hearts. So how does a person slow down the urge to "change the world" and make a new romance per- fect? Probably nothing will work until one realizes that the teenage years are not the time for commit- ment in romance. Too much learning, too much ex- perience, will be lost if a person decides to date one individual exclusively in high school. If you do accept this, then common-sense boundaries become easier: 1. Limit the time that you spend together. Dur- ing high school, one date a week is best. Also, set some limit on phone calls. Otherwise, the romance can easily become the major focus of your life. 2. Be sure to talk over what will be the limits on physical touch. Affection can easily become sexu- alized. Getting involved sexually is a mistake. And it deepens the vulnerability between two people and thus extends the possibility of hurt. Use your head. Don't let sexual desire wreck your future. 3. Be observant of your own behavior. Are you telling lies in order to meet with your new love? Has there been any type of deception? For example, have you deceived your parents or other adults in carrying on this romance? If so, the relationship is stealing away one of, life's most valuable qualities: trust. No romance is worth such a price. The song is right: Love can be very good. So go slow, keep your thinking straight and leave serious involvement for your adult years. (Your comments are always welcome. Please address: Charlie Martin, RR3, Box 182, Rockport, Ind. 47635.) At the movies: Current capsule reviews THE CATHOLIC COMMUNICATION CAMPAIGN NEW YORK (CNS) -- The fol- lowing are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by the U.S. Catholic Conference Office (USCC) for Film and Broadcast- ing. Ratings are also given from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). "The Island of Dr. Moreau" (New Line) Murky adaptation of H.G. rebel against their demented creator. Directed by John Frankenheimer, the menacing visuals aren't enough to involve the viewer in the fate of the pic- ture's ill-defined characters. In- termittent violence and mind- less mayhem: 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. "Kansas City" (Fine Line) Dour crime story set in 1934 centers on the kidnapping of a politician's wife (Miranda Richard- sonJ by a woman (Jennifer Jason Leigh) trying to free her husband (Dermot Mulroney) from a black gang leader (Harry Belafonte). Directed by Robert Altman, the tension of the kidnapping plot is dissipated by leisurely digres- guage. The USCC classification is A-IV -- adults, with reserva- tions. The MPAA rating is R restricted. "Small Faces" (October) t In a working-class ghetto in 1968 Glasgow, Scotland, three adolescenV brothers find them- selves increasingly in danger from a local gang after its hot- tempered leader is accidentally injured by the youngest brother. Director Gillies MacKinnon shifts unexpectedly from a droll coming-of-age tale into a darker examination of a brutalizing so- cial environment and the vio- lence it breeds. Some violence, mild sexual innuendo, brief nu- dity and occasional use of pro- fanity and rough language. The USCC classification is A-III -- adults. The MPAA rating is R -- restricted. 'rhe Spitfire Grill" (Castle cia Gay Harden) but her grow- ing sense of belonging ends trag- ically in her death which sobers the community and helps trans- form it. Written and directed by Lee David Zlotoff, the emotion- ally involving story is told with realism, the characters are warmly human and, despite some melodramatic turns, the result is heartfelt drama with a genuinely uplifting conclusion. Some menace, a reference to the sexual abuse of a minor result- ing in murder and a tragic death. The USCC classification is A-II -- adults and adoles- cents. The MPAA rating is PG- 13 -- parents are strongly cau- tioned that some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. "A Very Brady Sequel" (Paramount) The lives of the ever-bouncy down when morn (Shelley and dad (Gary Cole) welcome into their home a devious con man (Tim Matheson) claiming to be her presumed-dead first husband. Director Arlene San- ford makes feeble, goofy fun of the sprightly, stuck-in-the-'70s family who remain blissfully un- aware they are in the nastier '90s. Numerous double enten- "one ] everh ple, n man i inter t ual hi =i=== dres, fleeting comic violence and j cl an instance of profanity. The I co II--" j SE USCC classification is A-I | BANQUET adults. The MPAA rating is P" ] FORALL ) t -- parents are strongly ca " | tioned that some material maY |?Vl F be inappropriate for children L under 13. O.O.W-N.T.O'W'N 301 MAIN ST. * VINCENNES, IN 47591 39; M PI 217 E, Mair Wells' 1896 horror tale of a air- sions into corrupt Missouri poli- Rock) Brady Bunch are turned upside . . [ Pt plane crash survivor (David tics, lengthy monologues by the Engrossing picture of a tlrou- | i]i . Thewlis) heldprisoneronare-gangleader, asides on Hollywood bled young woman (Alison E1- B i [ mote island where a mad scien- movies and lively sessions in a liott) coming to a small town in | tist (Marion Brando) is expert- jazz club. Considerable menace, Maine for a fresh start in life menting on turning animals into hard-edged violence, sexual in- which seems possible after she's humans but the results are nuendo, drug abuse, racial epi- befriended by a couple of local grotesque mutants who come,to thets, profanity and rough Inn- women (Ellen Burstyn and Mar- Mother Teresa speaks of life and love.- . Mother Teresa:InMyOwn love, and she believes in life. As Teresa isfearless. Notso, she Chicken Dinner " .il/:00l00i3ai!: Words, collected by Josd Luis she expresses her beliefs, she says. "I fear just one thing: Gonzilez-Balado. Liguori Publi- also conveys what she doesn't money, Greed -- the' love of St Bernordls Church cations, One Liguori Dr., believe. InMy Own.Words: money-7-was what motivated Mil Br ch on Hw 16800 1%E Liguori, MO 63057-9999, 1996. "War is the killing of human be- Judas to sell Jesus." Hardbound, l14 pages, $11.95. ings. Who could ever thinh that Snatches of her wisdom can 6 es East of Ft an ' y it could be just?" Of loneliness not capture Mother Teresa, but " - . ::ii: 9 x 7 Insul Sunday September 8th 'Reviewedby she says, "Loneliness is the this orderlycollectionofherown TR MARY ETTA KIEFER, OSB worst kind of poverty.., dowe words offered bya long-time as- " | Any sl g f 2 p rn POS00 Message Staff know the poor in our own sociate is like a private audience Servln rom 11 a.m. -- " -. Any Size- i homes?" Regarding the "poor, with this holy woman. How can we explain the pro- Mother Teresa says, "Today it is About the editor. COME AN/) J^&I00liv Ir/gTl-# R/N! DAVIESS found effect of Mother Teresa on very fashionable to talk about Jos6 Luis Gonzilez-Balado is Hwy. 5 all of us? Some of her sayings the poor. Unfortunately, it is not a journalist and literary editor Adults Children 4 mi. recorded in this latest collection fashionable to talk with them." in Madrid, and has authored lO 1,11 seem a bit harsh; nevertheless, Sometimes her words are books on Pope John XXIII, Pope ,.. 81 no one doubts the strength of hard to listen to; for example, John Paul If, and other great Carryouts A vailable her convictions, nor the direct, Mother Teresa on abortion: "I churchmen. He met Mother I!IItI='UNI' ] prophetic expression of them. am convinced that the screams Teresa in 1969 and helped to es- Raffle Tickets Bingo Perhaps looking at several of the of the children whose lives have tablish a home for the poor in quotes found in this book may. been terminated before their Spain. He has also served as co- I Country Store, Craft Stand, Sno Cones lJ -,= help to explain her impact, birth reach God's ears." ordinator of the Co-Workers of I Games. Flea Market. 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