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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana . -- On The Record -- What does a busy youth's spirit need? THE RIVER OF DREAMS In the middle of the night/I go walking in my sleep/From the mountains of faith/To a river so deep/I must be looking for something/Something sacred that I lost/But the river is wide And it's too hard to cross - B'-CItARLIEMARTI;/ CNS COLUMNIST / And even though I know/The river is wide/I walk down every evening/And I stand on the shore/And I try to cross/To the opposite side/So I can find out/What I've been looking for In the middle of the night/I go walking in my sleep/Through the valley of fear/To a river so deep/And I've been searching for something/Taken out of my soul/Something I could never lose/Something somebody stole I don't know why/I go walking at night/But now I'm tired/And I don't want to walk any- more/I hope it doesn't take/The rest of my life/Until I find what it is/That I've been look- ing for In the middle of the night/I go walking in my sleep/Through the jungle of doubt/To a river so deep/I know that I'm searching for some- thing/Something so undefined/That it can only be seen/By the eyes of the blind/In the middle of the night I'm not sure about/A life after this/God knows I've never been/A spiritual man/Baptized by the fire/I wade into the river/That runs to the promised land In the middle of the nighUI go walking in my sleep/Through the desert of truth/To the river so deep/We all end in the ocean/We all start in the streams/we're all carried along/the river of dreams/In the mid- dle of the night Written and Sung By Billy Joel Copyright (c) 1993 by Impulsive Music (ASCAP) Listening to Billy Joel's "The River of Dreams" prompts one to face some important questions: What am I searching for? How could I put more joy and satisfaction into my life? The song is off Joel's new CD of the same name. If this cassingle is representative of the disc's qual- ity, then we Joel fans have received some of his best creative work yet. No matter how our lives unfold, at times we search and question deeply our life experiences. This might occur because of happenings similar to those that the person in the song describes. We might sense that something has been taken out of our souls, something sacred that "somebody stole." Or this questioning might occur because of how we are changing and growing. Life is never static. Life continues to invite us to discover more of who we are and more of the innate goodness that God placed within each of us. ! Because of this column's brevity, I focus on one "answer" to the song's questions, one by the song itself. In commenting about his person in the song says, "God knows I've a spiritual man." Yet this is one aspect of our lives that needs addressed. Whatever we achieve or own, or extensive our relationships become, none adequately meet our need to grow iritually. Sometimes in our teen and there appears to be too much going on to our souls' needs. But if we take the time contact with our Creator, we will establish a pattern that offers us meaning and enhanced faction. Each of us needs to discover what works in oping our relationship with God. Each find a way to pray. Each of us needs to carve out space for quiet and presence with even on busy days. One way to do this is to practice cism. Teen and young adults are not much deeper into theirTaith solely parental expectation. You are now at the point choice. If you take further steps into faith you can find a treasury of opportunities more spiritual man or woman. Indeed, the choice is yours. Listen to What does it search for and need? (Your comments are always welcome. address: Charlie Martin, RR 3, Box 182, J port, IN 47635.) The Children's Lectionary featured on CTNA The Children's Lec- tionary. On videotape at the Media Center. This program, taped Sept.16 from CTNA, is intended for pastors, pastoral associates, diocesan and parish religious educators, catechists, litur- gists, youth ministers and those interested in the topic. Presenters: Sr. Linda Gaupin, NCCB Secretariat for the Liturgy; Patricia Lenoir, director, Office of Worship, Diocese of Dallas; and Rose- mary Hudecheck, director of Liturgy, St. John the Baptist Parish, Silver Spring, Mary- land. The Lectionary for Masses with Children was approved by the National Conference for Catholic Bishops in November 1991. It received approval from Rome in May 1992. Since Sept. 1, 1993, the Lectionary for Masses with Children may be used in the liturgy. The New Catechism of the Catholic Church: A Video Workshop, a four-part series, is available from CTNA and the diocesan communica- tions office. Programs were taped Oct. 5 and 12; the next programs are scheduled Oct. 19 and 26, at 2 p.m. CT. Dimensions: Conversa- tions on Catechesis, a three- part series, is another series available. Two programs were recorded Sept. 14 and Oct. 12. The se- ries continues on Tuesday, Nov. 9, from 7 to 8 p.m. CT. James Corr, diocesan direc- tor of religious education, will host viewers interested in watching the series "live," at the Catholic Center. Intended Audience: Dioce- san and parish directors of re- ligious education, catechists, catechists' aids, priests, dea- cons, directors of liturgy, pas- toral associates, religious, parish leaders, Catholic School teachers and other who share catechetical concerns. Topics and Presenters: The Spirituality of the Cat- echist/Religion Teacher. Bishop Robert F. Morneau, Auxiliary Bishop, Diocese of Green Bay, speaker and writer in the area of spirituality. Sept. 14. An evening of reflec- tion and prayer for catechists and religion teachers. The Catechism of the Catholic Church. Father John Pollard, representative for cat- echesis and leadership devel- opment, Department of Educa- tion, United States Catholic Conference. Oct. 12. An intro- duction to the Catechism of the Catholic Church for catecheti- cal leaders and catechists, dealing with the following: 1. What is a catechism? 2. What is the Catechism of the Catholic Church? 3. What are some limitations of the Cate- chism? 4. What is the value of the Catechism? and 5. What's new about the Catechism. Culture and Catechesis. Sister Maria de la Cruz Aymes, chairperson of the Vat- ican Catechetical Commission; catechetical writer and lec- turer. Nov. 9. Sister Maria will present some approaches which catechists, working in multicultural parishes around the country, have found help- ful. For more information or to make reservations for "live" viewing, please contact James Corr, diocesan director of reli- gious education, (812) 424- 5536, or (800) 637-1731. 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