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b The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana September ---On The Record--- Keep dating options open .owever, t00ereareoc00asionsw00e. Seems like yesterday/But years By IN I Copyright (e) 1995 by EMI ing is appropriate. If someone you have been datir have passed us by/Precious I Records for a long time splits, your waiting is a type of memories are clear/Before my grieving. You will feel the loss of this person. It What if you've been going with someone who decides to split? How long should you wait for him or her to come back? For the character in Blessed Union of Souls' "All Along," the answer is: "I will follow you till the end of time, till our love is at the end of the line." The cassingle is off their very successful CD, "Home," the disc that previously produced "I Believe" and "Oh Virginia." The song describes how in romance "nothing stays the same." The guy in the song says his girl "rolled out of nay life just like the wind and left behind a broken heart." The song is correct in saying that relationships change. Someone who says "I love you" today may feel differently later. Consequently, romance always remains a risk. The person in the song states that "all along I have wanted you .... all along there was no one else, I've been waiting here all by myself." Of course, we don't know how long "all along" is. Yet, he seems to have chosen to wait rather than to explore new re]a.tionships. This can be a mistake, especially when a per- son is young and likely to benefit from a series of dating relationships. Don't allow an extended peri- od to pass in the hope that another will rediscover eyes/I can hear your voice/Calling out my name/But I don'tknow you now/Nothing stays the same (REFRAIN) All along I have wanted you/I pray tonight/That you want me too/All along there was no one else/I've been waiting here/All by myself If you were here with me/We'd ride the ocean tide/To that special place/I held for you deep inside/i've kept good company/Since you've been away/Lonely stayed with me/When pride began to fade (REPEAT REFRAIN) And I will follow you/Till the end of time/Till our love is at/The end of the line/You rolled out of my life/Just like the wind/And left behind a broken heart (REPEAT REFRAIN) Written by Eliot Sloan/Jeff Pence/ Matt Senatore/C.P. Roth/ takes time for the feelings of sadness and empti- ness to pass. This is a time to wait before getting involved again with dating. It is a time to draw lots of sup- port from your friends and family, people who do love you. Another type of waiting occurs when you and your dating partner agree on a separation. Some- times, there can be a need to date others while totally ending a current relationship. When this happens, be honest and talk about the need. Mutually agree upon a set period for this separation, at the end of which a tion will be discussed. Open-ended waiting is not helpful. However, this type of arrangement can one or both individuals see what is genuinely sought in a dating partner. It might seem romantic to tell another that you'll always be there, waiting. Actually, it's usual not the truth and almost always it's not helpful. God's gift of life is a marvelous opportunity to learn, grow and experience happiness. Don't waste this opportunity in endless waiting. (Your comments are always welcome. Please address: Charlie Martin, RR 3, Box 182, Rockport, IN47635.) At the movies: Current capsule reviews deadly violence, fleeting nudity, brief video-porn scene, recre- ational drug abuse and much profanity as well as rough lan- guage. The USCC .classification is O -- morally offensive. The MPAA rating is R -- restricted. "First Kid" (Disney) Lightweight comedy in which a genial Secret Service agent (Sinbad) assigned to guard the president's 13 year-old son (Brock Pierce) spends his time building the neglected young- ster's self- esteem by teaching him to box, dance and be a reg- ular kid. Directed by David Mickey Evans, the appealing story turns needlessly nasty at the end when a deranged indi- vidual sets out to shoot the boy. Some violence, deadly menace to a child and fleetingnudity. The USCC classificatid is A-II adults and adolescents. The MPAA rating is PG -- parental THE CATHOLIC COMMUNICATION NEW YORK (CNS) -- The fol- lowing are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by the U.S. Catholic Conference (USCC) Office for Film and Broadcasting. Ratings are also given for the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). "Bogus" (Warner Bros.) Fantasy misfire in which a 7- year-old orphan (Haley Joel Osment), reluctantly cared for by his foster-aunt (Whoopi Gold- berg), finds comfort in talking with an invisible grown-up pal (Gerard Depardieu). Director Norman Jewison's soggy salute to the power of a child's imagi- nation is an awkward, uncon- vincing blend of comedy, drama and fantasy. A fatal car crash and fleeting violence. The USCC classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The MPAA rat- ing is PG -- parental guidance suggested. "Bulletproof" (Universal) Trashy buddy movie about an undercover cop (Damon Wayans) who befriends a drug underling (Adam Sandier), then sets him free after they are pursued by a drug kingpin (James Caan) intent on murdering both of them. Director Ernest Dicker- son's brainless action comedy does little but glamorize crime, drugs and greed. Recurring Author looks at scriptures most sacred to us themselves -- from early in the twentieth century to the present. Reading the Gospels from Christmas through Easter, lead Catholics and others whose chches use the same readings (many main-line denominations), through the most sacred of sea- sons without losing any of the mystery of the scriptures. Those who remember his treatment of the infancy narratives in prior .works will recognize Father Brown's careful mix of reality with mystery. The readability of this book defies the sometimes dry academic aspects of scripture scholarship, and brings added meaning to the highest seasons of the Christian faith. Father Brown has stated his motive for this book in his intro- duction: =It is my fondest hope that those who pick up this book will understand better the Gospels read in the liturgy and come to see how reflection on the Bible might enrich their lives." Father Brown wants everyone to share his profound appreciation for the scriptures. About the author:. Raymond E. Brown, a Sulpi- clan priest, is one of the world's most highly respected scripture scholars. He has served under two popes, Paul VI and John Paul II, as a member of the Roman Pontifical Biblical Com- mission, and is acclaimed across denominations, Jewish and Christian, for his biblical exege- sis. Author of many books and articles on scriptures, his work is universally understandable among church laity ofmiddle-of- the-road Christian churches. Raymond E. Brown is Auburn Distinguished Professor Emeri- tus of Union Theological Semi- nary in New York. Raymond E. Brown: Reading the Gospels with the Church, from Christmas hrough Easter, St. Anthony Messenger Press, 1615 Republic St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45210-1298, 1996. Paper- bound, 96 pages, $7.95. Reviewed by MARY ETrA KIEFER, OSB Message Staff i Any work of Raymond E. Brown which deals with under- standing the gospels is welcomed with enthusiasm by students and teachers of scriptures. This par- ticular volume in its introduc- tion, announces the author's intention to use the format and style which were so effective for him in the familiar Catholic Updates. He begins the book by outlining the Catholic attitude toward scripture study -- and the purposes of the scriptures guidance suggested. 'rhe Crow: City of Angels" (Miramax) Clunky pulp sequel in which a dead man (Vincent Perez) returns from a watery grave to wreak vengeance on his evil killers with the help of a magical crow and a tender-hearted tattoo artist (Mia Kirshner). Directed by Tim Pope, the thin mythic premise provides the basis for an episodic gorefest as exploitative as the bogus atmosphere supplied by occult trappings and pseudoreligious references. Excessive violence, sexual situations, fleeting nudity, some profanity and much rough language. The USCC classifica- tion is O w morally offensive. The MPAA rating is R -- restricted. "The Stupids" (New Line) Lame-brained comedy in which a moronic family of four (headed by Tom Arnold) inad- vertently foil a plot to sell: gal arms but remain none wiser. Directed by John the movie has some visuals but the thin, sla story is simply dumb being especially funny. Cc violence. The USCC classi] tion is A-II -- adults and lescents. 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