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0 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana September 2 -- On The Record--- Strive to be yourself, without masks or disguises ALWAYS Open your eyes I see/Your eyes are open/Wear no disguises for me/Come into the open When it's cold outside/Am I here in vain/Hold on to the night/There will be no shame I By CHARLIE MARTIN i (REFRAIN) Always I want to be with you/And make be- lieve with you/And live in harmony/Harmony, oh love Melting the ice for me/Jump into the ocean/Hold back the tide I see/Your love in motion Written by Clarke/Bell Sung by Erasure Copyright (c) 1994 by Mute Records Ltd. Although I've never heard of Erasure, their "Al- ways" intrigued me. The song offers quite a combi- nation of unusual instrumentations. As for as I know, this is the group's first time on the charts. Beyond the song's weird sounds, its references to disguises and to shame caught my attention. The former is found in the song's line, "Wear no disguises for me." Ap- parently, the person in the song wants his or her romantic partner to be precisely who she or he is. Yet, as a romance begins, often we pretend to be someone we are not. Our disguise migh t take a variety of forms. Most times we are not ready to share our insecurities, personal hopes or men- tion the mistakes we made in the past. This is normal and perhaps necessary. We are interested in the other person, but we don't know him or her very well. We are uncertain how much can be shared without being met by criticism. However, to continue hiding behind an image or role does little to help us feel safer in relation- ships. Eventually we need to shed our disguises and allow the other person to know us in both our strengths and limitations. One way to do this is what I call "share and check." Instead of telling a person everything about yourself, share something that hasn't been known, that perhaps was hidden behind one of your disguises. Then see how the other person receives this information. If it is met with acceptance and non-judgment, then an environment of trust is beginning to grow. At this point, further information can be shared, with the whole process being re- peated. Such efforts at sharing need to be mutual. As two people risk removing their disguises, infatuation and interest give way to understanding, respect and trust the real building blocks of love. This is the road past any shame we may be carry- ing within us. Shame resides in the parts of our- selves that we are the least likely to share because we fear another's judgment. Few things are heavier to bear than shame. Guilt and shame are not the same. Sometimes we have guilt about something we have done, telling us that the action is wrong for us. However, shame is much different: It is a feeling that deceives us by stating that something is wrong with us as persons. Our feelings about ourselves shouldn't cause us to overlook the fact that each of us is made to the image and likeness of God. Indeed, certain actions can be wrong. Nonetheless, no deed ever takes away this gift of our true identity. To the extent that our relationships help us remove disguises and eradicate shame, God's grace enters our lives. Such freedom is what God wants for us. (Your comments are always welcome. Please address: Charlie Martin, RR 3, Box 182, Rock- port, IN 47635.) At the movies: Current reviews NEW YORK (CNS) -- The fol- lowing are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by the U.S. Catholic Conference Office for Film and Broadcasting. "Blankman" (Columbia) Dopey comedy in which a wacky inventor (Damon Wayans) turns into a masked erimefighter whose ineptitude requires frequent rescues by an exasperated older brother (David Alan Grier). Director Mike Binder's dumb, cartoon- like comedy downplays plot and characterization in favor of goofy gadgets and gizmos that enable the would-be superhero to defeat villains and get the girl (Robin Givens). Comic violence, vulgar humor and occasional profani- ties. The U.S. Catholic Confer- ence classification is A-III adults. The Motion Picture Asso- ciation of America rating is PG- 13 -- parents are strongly cau- Support Catholic schools by usung the Tradutuon Card. A percentage of each purchase you make using the Tradition Card goes to support Catholic education. Call 464-3322 or 1-800-777-3949 extension 3322 for details. Issued by Citizens Bank. tioned that some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. "Killing Zoe" (October) Brought to Paris for a bank robbery, an American safe- cracker (Eric Stoltz) spends part of the night with a prosti- tute (Julie Delpy), then parties with the gang of drugged-out thieves (led by Jean-Hughes Anglade) who next day storm into the bank, shooting patrons , and employees on their way to the vault where they're cor- nered in a final bloodbath. Writer-director Roger Avary's pointless exercise in mayhem has nothing else in mind than showing off its technical arti- fice in depicting vicious thugs killing and being killed. Exces- sive violence, a graphic sexual encounter and some rough lan- guage. The U.S. Catholic Con- ference classification is 0 morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. "Natural Born Killers" (Warner Bros.) Having gleefully shot down scores of victims on a murder spree, a psychotic couple (Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis) achieve media celebrity whose popularity is only enhanced by their capture and escape during a deadly prison riot broadcast live by a sleazy tabloid journalist (Robert Downey Jr.) who ulti- mately joins in the bloodfest. Di- rector Oliver Stone's attempt to satirize the media's pandering to the public's fascination with mass murderers is itself steeped in the same sensationalistic, ro- manticized portrayal of dehu- manizing violence in a movie whose bizarre mixture of cinema styles intensifies the murderous events rather than distances the viewer from them. images of gory violence, of nudity and much rough guage. The U.S. Catholic ence classification is 0 morally offensive. The Motiq Picture Association of rating is R -- restricted. "Timecop" (Universal) Ultraviolent action movm in the year 2004 when a owed cop ( Damme) time-travels back the 1990s to prevent ous politician (Ron manipulating the future also saving his own wife Sara) from being Director Peter Hyams g0d through the motions in a boring story overstuffed earsplitting martial arts tles, constant deadly and jazzy special effe amounting only to a mindless mayhem. violence, some nudity quent rough language. U.S. Catholic Conference sification is O -- morally sive. The Motion Pid ciation of America rating -- restricted. St. Mary's Church-- Ireland, Ind. ,, Sunday, September 1 lth Highway 56 - 4 miles West of Jasper Family Style Chicken & Beef Dinners Serving 10:30 a.m. to 4:.00 p.m. Outdoor Chncken Droners Serving begins at 11:00 a.m. 90 Beautiful Quilts Novelties / Bingo Spacious Parking - Ideal Shaded Picnic Grounds - Gracious Hospitality GRAND PRIZE 7 day Hawaiian Trip for 4 or $3,000 cash $$ 9 CASH PRIZES 0$ Plus many other prizes YOUR HOST: ST. 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