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2 The Message m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana October 3, L ..... ; " : " ...... ' ''':'i  ......  .......... ....  ""  " " " " ...... Allow your dreams to direct your choi BY CHARLIE MARTIN Written by J. Newton/G. Ballard [elief, as the song states, is one of the keys RE IdMSCHA t Sung by Chicago this process. Belief provides a vision to guide us Copyright (c) 1997 by Reprise Records Inc. the specific steps needed to achieve our dream. HE Belief also helps us rethink our strategy when Do you have dreams that are alive in your heart? pointments and obstacles appear. I keep on thinking I should be free/This time just leave it alone/With 17 reasons not to believe/Noth- ing goes, everybody knows,/Like you want it to be REFRAIN But here in my heart/There is a dream/That is unbroken/And it gets in my way/But it won't be denied/Here in my heart/The door is still open/Waiting for you/To walk into my life What I've been feeling/I can't explain/Lost in the maze of your eyes/And I'm falling so hard/Just like the rain/Comes a time when you/Cross a line/And you just got to believe/Because (REPEAT REFRAIN) I know I may never sleep again/Till I see you/Oh baby I know/I know, life is too short,/And can't pretend/Not about you/Can't do without you (REPEAT REFRAIN TWICE) What will it take to act upon those dreams? Dreams and goals are some of life's most power- ful forces. Chicago's new hit "Here in My Heart" speaks of this reality. The song is one of two new tracks on their new CD "The Heart Of Chicago -- 1967-1997." Truly, 30 years of Chicago's music has been a wonderful gift to the rest of us. A line in this new release describes what hap- pens when a dream takes hold of your heart: "Comes a time when you cross a line, and you just got to believe." The kind of belief or faith meant here ener- gizes the effort needed for the dream to be achieved. The dream described in the song concerns a rela- tionship. However, I want to discuss the power of a dream in more general terms. The young-adult and teen years are filled with possibilities. By this phase of life, you are aware of what genuinely interests you, what offers promise for your life. Thus these years are an especially important time for allowing your dreams to direct your choices. Working on a dream requires practical plans. It also helps if we spend a few minutes each day visualizing -- imagining -- the out- comes we desire. Imagine what your life like when the d'ream is reached. Imagine what jt will feel like. Another way to support your current dreams to remember what it was like to reach past goals. Feel the satisfaction of having attained those suc- cesses even if they were not as important as your present dream. For example, if you dream of admitted to a certain college, think about academic achievements. God has given us the depth of feeling in our hearts, the creativity of our imaginations and the planning abilities of our minds to help us dreams. Whatever your dream is, ask God to you as, step by step, you move toward it. Your comments are always welcome. Please address: Charlie Martin, 7125 W 200S, Rockport, 47635. ............... I I p lr[lllll q THE CATHOLIC COMMUNICATION CAMPAIGN NEW YORK (CNS)  The fol- lowing are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by the US. Catholic Conference (USCC) Office for Film and Broadcast- ing. Ratings are also given by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). "The Assignment" (Triumph) Sordid thriller in which a cal- lous CIA agent (Donald Suther- land) inveigles a Navy lieu- tenant (Aidan Quinn) into impersonating an internation- al terrorist known as Carlos the Jackal in hopes this will lure the real Carlos (also Quinn) out of hiding. Directed by Christian Duguay, the loosely fact-based story emphasizes hard2edged I1" H ' III r .. II  .CCL ...... - .. - . L. .. violence in scenes of terrorism and of the lieutenant killing without hesitation while mas- querading as the merciless assassin. Much brutal violence, rationalization of adultery, some seamy sexual encounters with full nudity, occasional profanity and frequent rough language. The USCC classifica- tion is O  morally offensive. The MPAA rating is R restricted. "In & Out" (Paramount) Sex farce about the comic confusions of a 40-year-old small-town teacher (Kevin Kline) whose life goes topsy- turvy days before his wedding when an Oscar-winning former student announces to the world that the teacher is gay. Director Frank Oz mixes warm-hearted humor with broadly funny per- formances as the farcical pro- ceedings poke fun at gay and straight stereotypes. Flippant treatment of homosexuality, brief male kissing scene, occa- sional profanity and an instance of rough language. The USCC classification is A-IV  adults, with reservations. The MPAA rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned that some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. "Mouth to Mouth" (Miramax) Spanish sex farce in which an aspiring actor (Javier Bardem), while waiting for his big break in an upcoming American movie, takes a temporary job in a phone-sex shop which ulti- mately involves him in a mur- der plot. Directed by Manuel Gomez Pereira, the overly con- trived result works best in its satiric jabs at the actor's selfish agent and the arrogant movie producers, but is less successful in poking fun at the sordid busi- ness of selling sex fgntasies over the telephone. Subtitles. Much sexual humor, including several jokey sexual encounters, a flash of a homosexual video and some rough language. The USCC classification is A-IV adults, with reservations. The MPAA rating is R  restricted. "The Peacemaker" (DreamWorks) Frantic thriller teams an aggressive military intelligence agent (George C!ooney) with a nuclear physicist (Nicole Kid- man) in tracking stolen nukes across continents until they come face-to-face with a madman intent on setting off a doomsday bomb in midtown Manhattan. Director Mimi Leder packs the rushed narrative with car chases and shoot-'em-ups, resulting in an emotionally sterile story of bogus thrills. Frequent violence, intermittent rough language and a few instances of profanity. The USCC classification is A-III adults. The MPAA rating is R -- restricted. "A Thousand Acres" (Touchstone) Earnest but slow-moving sudser in which two sisters (Jes- sica Lange and Michelle Pfeif- fer) battle their nasty aged father (Jason Robards) and younger sister (Jennifer Jason Leigh) over the ownership of a rich Iowa farm. Directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse, the contrived story of a conflict fails to generate sympathy from its dour tion of dark family secrets insufferable male Recollections of child abuse, adulterous a flash of nudity and a instances of rough and profanity. The USCC fication is A-III  adults. MPAA rating is R "Wishmaster" (Live) Monster movie in powerful evil s[ the world if, after taking form (Andrew Divoff), to persuade a vulnerable' woman (Tammy Lauren make three wishes. Robert Kurtzman uses imaginative visuals and effects to enliven an routine horror film. tasy violence, some of it recurring rough few instances of profanity. USCC classification restricted. Let's get acquainted with Thomas Merton Something of a Rcbeh Thomas Merton, His Life and Worka. An Introduction, by William H. Shannon. St. Anthony Mes- senger Press, 1615 Republic St., Cincinnati, OH 45210- 1298, 1997. Paperback, 200 pages, $9.95. Book Review Sy MARY ETTA r00EFER, O.S.B. Message Staff Any book by William Shan- non is welcome. He was asked to write this one, to bring to the attention of those who haveh't read Merton the gifts his writ- ings have to offer a new gener- ation of readers, as well as to invite those who have made a beginning with Merton to con- tinue. Shannon also hopes to pick up some older readers who have never been bitten by "the Merton bug." Shannon, who understands the contemplative and obvious- ly knows Merton's mind as he knows his own, has organized here a book outlining Merton's life, looking at what the monk his to offer people today, and what themes to expect in his writings. In the author's explo- rations, he offers a sequence to the new Merton reader  what to read first. Merton is encountered in all his humanness, before and after entering the Abbey at Gethse- mani, and at the time he entered his hermitage within the Abbey compound. Merton was delight- ed with his new life, and expressed himself as did St. Francis of Assisi, preaching to the birds and seeing himself as different but not separate from other creatures of Nature: "Esteemed Friends, I have no message for you except this: be what you are: be birds." Whether new to Merton or not, time spent with Merton and Shannon is never wasted. A reader is hard-put to digest all the profound insights offered. Such insights demand interior work  probably just what the two men would want for their readers. Buy this book at any religious bookstore, or from the publisher. About the author. W'flliam H. Shannon, Profes- sor emerihs in religious studies at Nazareth College and priest of the Diocese of Rochester, N.Y., is author of many books, including Seeking the Face of God, Exploring the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and The Silent Lamp: The Thomas Merton Story. Shannon is founding president of the International Thomas Merton Society, and editor of the Thomas Merton letters. UN/T/O STATES IMRL.E UMJNTK 301 B S.E. 21St SL Washington, IN 47501 FAX DAVlESS COl ABSTRACT COMPANY, Joan Grannan, Peoples Bank Washington,