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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana --" On The Record-- Creating a positive attitude I'M FREE We'll be safe and warm can find them. r Do you see what I see?/A rain- bow shining over us/In the mid- dle of a hopeless storm/Some- times I'm blinded/By my feelings/And I can't see beyond My troubled mind/Afraid of  By CHARLIE MARTIN i CNS COLUMNIST what I'll find/The story of our lives/But there's tomorrow, because (REFRAIN) I'm free/I'm free/Some things are only as im- portanUAs I want them to be/So have a breath of sunshine/But the rain goes away/I'm free I'm free Do you need a friend right now?/With all that you're going through/If you get lost and lonely/I'll be there/Yes, I'll be right there, be- cause/Though I may not have the answers/At least I know what I'm looking for/Because I can do without this sorrow/There's a day out there tomorrow/So I'm leaving it behind (REPEAT REFRAIN) But if you want to share my dreams/All you have to do is say it/Let me hear you loud and clear/Because I need you/If you want to be/If you want to be Do you see what I see/A rainbow shining over us/In the middle of a hopeless storm (Repeat Refrain Twice)Written by Jon Secede and Miguel A. Morejon Sung by Jon Secede Copyright (c) SBK Records Do you have a positive attitude? Having a positive approach to life is a valuable asset as we go through life's ups and downs. This is the message in Jon Secada's 'Tin Free." One might think that singing about being posi- tive would be easy for Secada, given the terrific success of his debut disc. Yet life wasn't always this way for him. Recently I heard how his teen-age years were dull and ordinary, and his future didn't appear to hold much promise. His perspective changed with a decision to try out for high school drama, with the accompanying discovery that he could sing. Attitude has a lot to do with how one interprets what happens. The person in the song knows that he is in the "middle of a hopeless storm," some- times "blinded by my feelings," and thus unable to "see beyond my troubled mind." Yet even in his hurt, sadness and confusion, he continues to believe in tomorrow. He understands that he is the one who determines how he will react in the face of adversity. Secada is right. Attitude is primarily an outcome of our own choosing. If you want to see the good in yourself and the positive opportunities in life, you Indeed, there are times when life deals us prise disappointments. Other times, ob goals appear when we least expect them. we might feel depressed, frustrated, lonely, or all these feelings at the same time. When these feelings converge it is time to turn others for support. None of us can maintain and a positive attitude when isolated in pain. One of the clearest things Jesus taught is that! need each other. When you have become difficult feelings, or have lost faith in tomorrow, reach out for help. Let loving friendship touch heart. After reconnecting with sources of support, some small specific steps that add joy and to your life. Being positive about life doesn't itive all the time. Rather, it is with a sense mination that we discover what is u[ when things go poorly. Coupling determination with is a recipe that leads us back to good in life. Yes, we are free. Make choices and take that help you maintain the asset of alC tude. (Your comments are always address: Charlie Martin, RR 3, Box 182, port, IN 47635.) CTNA offerings: Bereavement, sacraments The following are among programs available from the Catholic Telecommunication Network of America and the diocesan Office of Communica- tion. Bereavement in the Ado- lescent and Young Adult; on Tuesdays, Nov. 2, 9 and 16, from 2 -- 4 p.m. CST. The intended audience for this series includes bereave- ment counselors, pastoral care- givers, religious educators, youth ministers, pastors, DREs and all those who deal with the middle school, high school and college age young people. The presenter is Patrick Del Zoppo, Psy. D., C.A.S., clinical thanatologist and psychothera- pist, national lecturer and co- ordinator of bereavement coun- seling for the Visiting Nurse Hospice Care Program in New York. Dr. Del Zoppo also de- signed and coordinates the Ministry to the Bereaved in the Archdiocese of New York. In this series, he will explore bereavement as it happens in the young person. Middle school, high school and college age persons are the focus. The series uses videotape from around the country to illus- trate the process of bereave- ment counseling for this unique group. Committed in Body and Spirit: Catholic Sacramen- tal Life; on Tuesdays, Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14, and 21; 2 -- 3 p.m. CST. The intended audience in- cludes diocesan and parish cat- echists, high school religion teachers, RCIA leaders and participants, and others inter- ested in this topic. The presenter is St. Mary Aquin O'Neill, R.S.M., from Mr. St. Agnes Theological Cen- ter for Women. Each one-hour program in this four-part series will be presented in two half-hour seg- ments: Nov. 30, Part One -- The Sacraments in General and the Eucharist. 1. Thinking Anew about the Nature of a Sacrament: Under- standing Sacramental Action 2. The Eucharistic Life: Transformation in Christ Dec. 7, Part Two -- The Sacraments of Responsibility: A Commitment to Care. 1. Baptism and the Begin- ning of Eucharistic Life 2. Holy Orders and the Ec- clesial Family Dec. 14, Part Three -- The Sacraments of Initiation: A Commitment to Belong. 1. Baptism and the Begin- ning of Eucharistic Life. 2. Confirmation and the Choice of the Eucharistic Life. Dec. 21, Part Four- The Sacraments of Healing: A Com- mitment to Return 1. Reconciliation and the Re- turn to Eucharistic Life. 2. The Sacrament of the Sick and the Return to the Commu- nity. For information about "live" viewing or videotapes of these programs, contact the Office of Commuhnications or the Media Center, (812) 424-5536. Donald J Traylor President Phone: 486-3285 III II II I MILLER & MILLER "Funeral Pre-Planning Since 1940" 424-9274 i Peoples Trust Company UTH MAIN STREET " P.O. BOX 191 LINTON, INDIANA 4744" 1 i ii Jill Ann White L P Administrator H. 57 So. Wastjton, IN 8812-2544516 rairle Village iving Center II [ I! II Fordham says refusal of for radio station discriminati00 By TRACY EARLY, Catholic News Service NEW YORK (CNS) -- Jesuit-run Fordham 1 charged a federal agency with grant to a university public radio station because it casts a weekly Sunday morning Mass. Fordham applied for a $262,852 grant from Telecommunications Information Administration, of the Commerce Department, to help with costs mately $1 million for a new transmitter required by ened environmental standards. WFUV-FM, a 50,000 watt noncommercial educationsl tion operated by Fordham since 1947, currently from the tower of a classroom building, Keating Hall, university's Bronx campus. Because of new, more regulations of the Federal garding radiation, Fordham plans to build a separate ing and new antenna. Joseph Mariana, Fordham director of tions, said in an interview Oct. 18 that the telecommunications agency, Larry Irving, told station ager Ralph Jennings Sept. 9 the grant would not be as long as the station carried the religious program. cision was given only in a telephone conversation writing, Mariana said. He said that decision conflicted with a written sued by another agency official, Dennis Connors, ary that said Fordham was eligible. Fordham filed a suit against the Commerce De U.S. District Court in Washington Oct. 13. The suit charges that denial of the funding violates ham's right to free speech, violates the Act restricting government control of flicts with the agency's previous finding ity and violates the agency's own standards by grant when others of lower priority have been Motions on the case are to be filed by Dec. 13, Jan. 10 and replies to the responses by Jan. 28, said. Agency spokesman Larry Williams told Catholic vice Oct. 18 the agency would make no comment Jesuit Father Joseph A. O'Hare, Fordham president' in a statement, "I find it quite surprising President Clinton recommends Stephen Carter's "The Culture of Disbelief,' which warns against the of religion in American society, the Department should invoke an artificial separation of church and deny WFUV financial support available to other stations, many of which include religious scale similar to that of WFUV." A Fordham press release Oct. 15 said the Mass, carried ever since the station began its only religious programming.