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8 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana September 9, -- On The Record--- Find inner peace, then help others SHINE The song reminds me of a [ Give me a word/ive me a | sign/Show me where to l love/Tell me what will I find/Lay me on the ground/Fly me in the sky/Show me where to look/Tell me what will I find/Oh, heaven let your light shine down By CHARLIE MARTIN CNS COLUMNIST Love is in the water/Love is in the air/Show me where to go/Tell me will love be there/Teach me how to speak/Teach me how to share/Teach me where to go/Tell me will love be there/Oh, heaven let your light shine down Written by Ed Roland Sung by Collective Soul Copyright (c) 1993 by Atlantic Recording Corp. Collective Soul sounds like the name of a group from my own teen-age years. But this band is mak- ing its debut tour on the charts with "Shine." The cassingle is off their first CO, "Hints, Allegations, Things Left Unsaid." i prayer for divine guidance. The person in the song seeks a word and a sign so he can know where to love. He seems to pray: "Teach me how to speak, teach me how to share, teach me where to go." He ends with the invocation: "Oh heaven, let your light shine down." Most of us can identify with such senti- ments. We seek God's guidance for how we can best share our love with others. We may wonder how we can give from our gifts and talents so as to bring more of God's healing and love into our world. As teens enter the later years of high school, many start thinking more seriously about career opportunities or further education. Such times of thought are the occasions for considering how you want your life to make a difference for oth- ers. When it comes to job and career, our society places a high value on financial success. Yet, Jesus' life and message challenges us to think about how our work can extend effort for the good of others. Consequently, I often encourage teens to think not only about how much money a career of- fers, but about what they will actually do in their worklife. Many careers offer the opportunity to serve the good of others. Here I speak not just of the tradi- tional helping professions. When reflecting on giving service to others, the key is to look inside yourself, name those areas of life that you have genuine interest in, and then consider how your passion could be used for the good of others. For example, when thinking about helping oth- ers, one might not consider becoming a radio disk jockey. Yet, several DJs in our area support shelters for the homeless, help keep food banks going, and help other charity organizations. The DJs use their love and passion for music to help sensitize listeners to help others less fortunate. It is my belief that our prayers for guidance are always answered. If you are unsure about how to speak or share your love, take your searching heart to our God. Then, be open. Be prepared for heaven to: "shine clown light" and show the way to give more of the best within yourself. (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 following are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by the U.S. Catholic Conference Office for Film and Broadcast- ing. Camp Nowhere (Hollywood) Nitwit comedy in which a bunch of adolescents (led by Jonathan Jackson and Andrew Keegan) hire an unemployed drama teacher (Christopher Lloyd) to impersonate a re- sponsible camp Owner in order to dupe their parents into sending them to an abandoned campsite for a summer of un- supervised fun. There's noth- ing funny about director Jonathan Prince's lame at- tempt at innocent high jinks, confessingall to parents who appear'to be less bright than their inventive offspring. Mild sexual innuendo and a few pro- fanities. The U,S. Catholic Conference classification is A- III-- adults. The Motion Pic- ture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guid- ance suggested. Fresh (Miramax) Disturbing story of a 12- year-old drug courier (Sean Nelson) who aims to take his addicted sister (N'Bushe Wright) out of their Brooklyn neighborhood by pitting rival drug lords against each other, then offering to testify against them in exchange for admis- sion to the witness protection program. Writer-director Boaz vicious, foul-mouthed charac- ters in a harrowing narrative about the limited options an African-American youth has for survival in a poisonous en- vironment of deadly violence. Some stylized violence, brief nudity and incessant rough language with frequent racial and sexual slurs. The U.S. Catholic Conference classifica- tion is A-IV -- adults, with reservations. The Motion Pic- ture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Milk Money (Paramount) Truly dumb picture of a sev- enth grader (Michael Patrick Carter) who brings a prostitute (Melanie Griffith) home hoping that his widowed father (Ed aimed at youngsters, director Richard Benjamin's adult fairy tale reeks of phony romantic notions about prostitution and is cheapened by recurring scenes of leering adolescents. Discreet bedroom scene, nu- merous sexual situations and double entendres, minor vio- lence and intermittent profan- ity. The U.S. Catholic Confer- ence classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture As- sociation of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned that some material may be inappropriate for chil- dren under 13. Wagons East! (TriStar) Failed comedy in which homesick pioneers (notably Richard Lewis, Ellen Greene and John C. McGinley) drunken wagon master Candy) to lead them back to the comforts of Saddled with a one-joke director Peter Markle few zesty zingers from a of tiresome, tasteless ers. Brief comic violence, quent sexual innuendo. humor, crude female stereotypes and a stances of profanity. The Catholic Conference tion is A-III -- adults. tion Picture America rating is PG-] parents are strongly that some material may appropriate for children 13. with the youngsters eventually Yakin spares viewers no end of Harris)will marry her. Though tt4 Reviews of movies available on video casse NEW YORK (CNS) -- The following are home videocas- sette reviews from the U.S. Catholic Conference Office for Film and Broadcasting. Each videocassette is available on VHS format. Theatrical movies on video have a U.S. Catholic Conference classification and Motion Picture Association of America rating. All reviews in- dicate the appropriate age group for the video audience. The Blob(1958) Tongue-in,cheek sci-fi ad- venture follows a resourceful youth (Stove McQueen) trying to save his small town from an- nihilation when it's invaded by a lethal gooey substance from .outer space. Directed by Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr., the premise is a hoot with zero credibility, yet it has a goofy charm, thanks to a lot of hard- working extras and low-budget but imagina- tive special effects. Some men- ace and stylized violence. The U.S. Catholic Conference clas- sification is A-II -- adults and adolescentsl Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America. (Columbia TriStar, $19.95) Invaders from Mars(1953) Sci-fi saga of a young boy who sees a spacecraft land be- hind his house, but has a hard time convincing the authorities that aliens are taking the place of the townspeople. Director William Cameron Menzies uses the special effects spar- ingly, relying on the power of suggestion to give dramatic credibility to the lad's fears, thereby making the plot premise all the more unset- tling. Well-sustained suspense may be too intense for some youngsters. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-I -- general patronage. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America. (Media, $19.95) It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955) Fair sci-fi thriller in which a nuclear sub commander (Ken- neth Tobey) has a mid-Pacific run-in with a gigantic radioac- tive octopus, then teams with a marine biologist (Faith Domer- gue) to keep the monster from destroying San Francisco. Di- rector Robert Gordon handles the formula story rather blandly, except for pme femi- nist asides and Ray Harry- husen's effective special effects as the animated monster sav- ages the Golden Gate Bridge and menaces the Frisco water- front. Some stylized violence, menace and mild romance. The U.S. Catholic Conference clas- sification is A-I -- general pa- tronage. Not rated by the Mo- tion Picture Association of America. (GoodTimes, $9.95) It Came from Outer Space (1953) Chilling science fiction from a Ray Bradbury story in which an amateur astronomer (Richard Carlson) sights a UFO landing in the Arizona desert, then discovers that the arch's inhabitants, including his girlfriend (Barbara Rush), are being taken over by aliens. Director Jack Arnold uses the isolated desert setting to heighten the sense of menace in the strange proceedings, though the aliens' intentions ultimately prove more benign than threatening. Imaginative family fare with an upbeat ending. The U.S. Catholic Con- ference classification is A-I general patronage. Not rated by the Motion Picture Associa- tion of Anderica. (MCA/Univer- sal, $14.98) Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959) Enjoyable adventure from the Jules Verne fantasy set in 1880 Iceland where a Scottish scientist (James Mason), his student assistant (Pat Boone), a Swedish widow (Arlene Dahl) and a local guide (Peter Ron- son) descend through a net- work of caves leading to a vast ocean at the earth's core and from which they return to the surface through an Italian vol- cano. Director Henry Levin paces the subterranean excite- ments -- cave-ins, giant rep- tiles, the lost city of Atlantis and a sinister interloper (Thayer David) -- with some wry humor, imaginative sets and plenty of convincing spe- cial effects. Lively family en- tertainment. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-I general patronage. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America. (FoxVideo, $19.98) Theml' (1954)" Durable sci-fi steady but incredulous (James Whitmore and Arness) helping a mund Gwenn) trace the of deadly giant ants from Mexico to the storm d under Los Angeles. Dir, Gordon Douglas plays o: riod fears of organic routs stemming from radiati0 leased in A-bomb tests m'l el tim fro B.1 or..T Parents sp result is suitably tense, Xdeh though the movie's 12-foo! bq tll .e are more threateningl 'sa .- than !, !:o gre: screen an on. Some s violenche d considerabil' r fW pense. U.S. Catholi ference classification is| general patronage. N by the Motion Picture  tion of America. (W 1 $19.98) ' i ....... Sandl:lJ Monroe City. Princeton. P