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12 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Se --On The Record-- Know what matters to you I 11 work to align itself with what matters most in li By CHARLIE MARTIN I '] CNS COLUMNIST AS LONG AS IT MATTERS How can I find us something/That two can take/Without stumbling as we/Walk into our future's wake I'm like a broken record/That you can play/Repeating as if it matters/Everything I wanna say I'll be all right/As long as it matters/As long as you're/Here with me now Forget that time/It's nothing we touch and see/All this is fine/Even as it crumbles down on me I'm looking around/There's nothing I could want/More than to tell you/There's no more than we've already got Written by P. Rhodes/J. Valenzuela/R. Wilson Sung by Gin Blossoms Copyright (c) 1996 by WB Music Corp./ Philthy Music/Bonneville Salt Flats Music/Rutle Corps Music (ASCAP) What matters to you? It's not an easy question, but it's an important one. When we know what genuinely matters in our lives, then we understand our priorities. What matters for the person in the Gin Blossoms' latest hit, "As Long as It Mat- ters," is this: "I'll be all right.., as long as you're here with me now." Clearly, his romance is what matters most to him. He tells his girl: "There's no more than we've already got." Individual preference is a key factor in what matters for a person. But there are goals we all share. For example, everyone wants to be happy. Everyone wants to have fun. Everyone wants to be loved. Most people want to feel a connection with God. Recognizing what matters gives us focus and direction in life. This is especially important for teens as they think about future education and career. In this aspect of life, there are lots of choic- es. We need to know what deeply interests us and where our passions lie. Following one's interests and passions almost always can encompass doing good for others, regard- 'less of the field of endeavor. This is a way for our Few would try to say that a healthy relationship is unimportant, but it is a mistake t make such a goal your primary concern. Life sents us with many avenues for jo not enough to make one lastingly happy. the path to enduring satisfaction is through a ety of goals and experiences. I mentioned the need to feel close to God. link adds great meaning to life. Many things including physical existence itself. A connection with God is one aspect of life that lasts forever. Teens have many opportunities to nurture their relationship with God. One enjoyable valuable way is to be involved with your parish youth group. There teens find the chance to important questions, learn from each other's ences and enjoy social time together. As a teen, sure to check out what your parish youth offers. What matters in life? I've offered a few tions, but only you can decide. Don't float alon life, even in your teen years, without seekin really matters. (Your comments are always welcome. address: Charlie Martin, RR 3, Box 182, Roch IN 47635. ) At the movies: Current capsule reviews  Two Italian immigrants in musical prodigy (Andre Eiser- THE CATHOLIC COMMUNICATION  the 1950s -- a perfectionist mann) in a 19th-centuryAlpine chef (Tony Shalhoub) and his village whose love for a passion- more pragmatic brother (Stan- ate woman (Dana Vavrova), ley Tucci)- risk bankruptcy total absorption in his music by putting on a lavish banquet and the unwanted amorous for celebrity Louis Prima in attentions ofhis best friend(Ben hopes the resulting publicity Becker) eventually lead to will attract business to their insanity. Directed by Joseph restaurant. As co-directed by Vilsmaier, the German produc- Tucci and Campbell Scott, the tion lurches from grandiose bittersweet story is a warm- emotions to grim reflections on hearted celebration of family, opposing views of spirituality. community and the fragile Subtitles. Briefly intense vio- NEW YORK (CNS) -- The relationships that give life its lence including murder and sui- following are capsule reviews flavor. Implied sexual affair, cide, scene with a nude boy and of movies recently reviewed by sporadic rough language and a restrained sexual encounter. the U.S. Catholic Conference minimal profanity. The USCC The USCC classification is A-III Office (USCC) for Film and classification isA-IlI-- adults. -- adults. The MPAAratingis R Broadcasting. Reviews are The MPAA rating is R -- --restricted. also given for the Motion Pic- restricted. "The First Wives Club", ture Association of America "Brother of Sleep" (Sony (Paramount) (MPAA). Classics) Deserted by wealthy husbands "BigNight" (Goldwyn) Confusing tale of a tormented who have callously lined .up Prayer books are good starting- point for working with teenagers Kathy Mulhern: Finding God The reflection process Mulhern lated doctrines of the Catholic in the Craziness of Life. Prayers uses is good. She states in her Church. While this should not and Meditations on Tough Issues introduction that these "medita- preclude use of these prayers by for Today's Teens, published by tions do not give answers, drill those who minister with adoles- Living the Good News, Inc., 600 you with doctrine, push, or pull. cents, it would be appropriate to Grant St., Suite 400, Denver, CO They simply entertain the possi- admonish the minister to develop 80203, 1996. Five books, 48 pages bility.., that God is near, very a response to the use of scriptur e and $4.95 each. near indeed, hoping you'll turn as one part of our tradition and around and see." Each meditation be able to show how sacrament Book Review reflects from the starting point of and action are the direction these By MICHAEL H. EPPLER scripture in relation to the issue reflections should head natural- Director, Offic0 of Youth and being reflected upon. Mulhern ly. Young Adult Ministry. then invites the reader to "move Overall, these are excellent dis- ..... your thoughts down, down, down, cussion starters and they do ehal- Kathy Mulhern's prayers with into the heart where they can lenge youth to a deeper relation- teens cover many of the difficult then become prayer." ship with God using the "signs of issues that our adolescents face Catholics will find these excel- the times." These prayers are rec- daily. Mulhern takes issues such lent starting-points for helping ommended for high school eate as anger, depression, gangs, adolescents come into an under- chists with discussion groups of music, God, guns, Jesus, Faith vs. standing of their ability to form six-to-ten youth; also, for those Science, the Bible and many and transform their enron- ministers engaging youth in a other contemporary challenges ments. Catholic adults who uti- process of theological reflection for youth and synthesizes these lize these books need also to show under the guidance of an adult. modern problems into a process the connection which moves the They are not recommended, how- of reflection and prayer. Each of reflection toward actions and ever, for having teens "thumb the five books takes twenty dif- sacraments. These prayers and through" without a mature refer- ferent challenges and topics and meditations were written by a ence-point directing e reflection offers these meditations in a pot- Christian who does not share in toward the action and sacrament pourri of prayer and reflection, all of the traditions and articu- of daily living. younger replacements, three irate wives (Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton) scheme to humiliate and finan- cially drain their estranged spouses. Directed by Hugh Wil- son, the revenge-themed comedy is weighed down by 'unconvinc- ing plot contrivances, despite spirited performances and caus- tically funny dialogue. Some sex- ual innuendo, an off-screen sui- cide, fleeting comic violence and an instance of profanity. The USCC classification is A-III -- adults. The MPAA rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. 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