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10 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana --On The Record-- ANGELINE'S COMING HOME Her parents' home exudes reborn air/The bathtub virgins in the midnight air/Seem to smile in celebration/What an intercession/All inertia washed away The power, of support By CHARLIE MARTIN CNS COLUMNIST REFRAIN Resplendent in dignity/Angeline is coming home I'd fantasize her clean and home/The quintes- sential reverie/Free from pain/Just to keep from going crazy/With the cracks had claimed her/And how the fantasy sustained (REPEAT REFRAIN) The beautiful acquaintance/I desired has inspired me/To levels unforeseen/True admi- ration for someone who's/Made it back from/The hell she was in i When do I see her?/What's said when I do?/Do I let fantasized ideals/Come through?/To hear her laugh/At my hyperbole/Would send me ... /It's nice to have her/Home and whole (REPEAT REFRAIN) Written by Naydock/Badlees Sung by Badlees Copyright 1995 by PolyGram Records, Inc. Think about this situation. A friend or family member goes through some rough times. The per- son's well-being and future is in danger. However, this individual recognizes the situation and turns his or her life around. When you meet this person, what do you say? Such a scenario is well portrayed in the Badlees' "Angeline's Coming Home." The cassingle is off their "River Songs" CD and is getting lots of air- play as it steadily climbs the charts. Angeline's story is intriguing. We are not told what kind of trouble she was in, but the person in the song says: "It's nice to have her home and whole." He feels "true admiration for someone who's made it back from the hell she was in." His concern at this time is: "When do I see her? What's said when I do?" Most of us know someone like Angeline. Also, we might be the one living her story. Whatever the case, this song points out the power of support. One of the clearest messages in Jesus' teaching is how we need each other. Love and caring make a difference. So, how do we give our support? Or, in the con- text of the song, what do we say to someone who is @ trying to make helpful and her life? Support begins with nonjudgment. have complete understanding and choices. Often, there is much we about the apparent mistakes that otherS Second, genuine support is encouraging. It does not deny the hurt 81 caused or the pain that he or she might Yet, giving support means focusing on change. The most important time in It is in the present moment that we can type of life that each of us chooses. positive and encouraging with see what they can do now to isfying future Finally, giving support me to pray for others. This is to care for way that unites your own concern with ! God. Doing so is to tap into Your prayer will help lift the Just about every teen knows have so much to offer this person. Don't what to say. Just open YOUr heart and become a pathway of God's healing (Your comments are always address: Charlie Martin, RR 3, Box Ind. 47635) At the movies: Current capsule reviews THE CATHOLIC COMMUNICATION I 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). "The Grass Harp" (Fine Line) Screen version of Truman Capote's 1951 novel about an orphaned boy (Edward Furlong) growing up in a small Southern town during the Depression, looked after by two spinster sis- ters (PiPer Laurie and Sissy Spacek) whose tranquil home is suddenly shattered in a terrible dispute between the sisters, forcing him and the rest of the town to take sides Directed by Charles Matthau, the result is a lovely little movie re-creating the charms of a past era with- out sentimentalizing its account of the boy's encounters with the adult world and odd behavior of his quirky elders (including retired judge Walter Matthau, swindler Jack Lemmon, servant Nell Carter and barber Roddy McDowall). Some violence and strong domestic tension. The USCC classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The MPAA rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. "High School High" (TriStar) Dopey comedy in which an affable high school history teacher (Jon Lovitz) tries to motivate his rowdy inner-city class and winds up infiltrating a neighborhood crime ring prey- ing on the students. Director Hart Bochner gleans limited humor from a feeble script and cartoon-like characters. Comic violence, sexual innuendo, fleet- ing rear nudity, intermittent crude expressions and minimal profanity. The USCC classifica- tion is A-III -- adults. The MPAA rating is PG-13 -- par- ents are strongly cautioned that some material may be inappro- priate for children under 13. "Jude" (Gramercy) Grim adaptation of Thomas Hardy's bleak 1896 novel, "Jude the Obscure," in which a would- be scholar (Christopher Eccle- ston) runs off with his high-spir- ited cousin (Kate Wi/slet) to start a family despite each being mar- tied to another. Director Michael Winterbottom employs overly explicit visua!s in depicting a har- rowing story of star-crossed lovers suffering from their defi- ance of social mores. Graphic scenes of birth, death and sexual encounters with full nudity. The USCC classification is A-IV Let's start at the beginning -- with Genesis! Talking about Genesis. A Resource Guide. By Public Affairs Television and Bill Moy- ers. Doubleday, New York, 1996, Paperback, 177 pages, $5.95. Book Review by MARY ETTA KIEFER, O.S.B. Message Staff Talking about Genesis is a col- lection of viewpoints from per- spectives of Judaism, Christian- ity and Islam. It is also a map for effective discussion among people with differing ideas about the Genesis stories, All of us are familiar with ,the stories of Gen- esis: Adam and Eve, Noah and the Ark, Cain andAbel, Abra- ham and Sarah, and others. But have we ever sat down with peo- ple and really listened to what those stories say to them? Do we re-read the stories periodically to allow new insights to unfold? Perhaps the most amazing thing about these discussions is the variety f viewpoints arising ety of experiences, presents a "coat of many colors." The Resource Guide is designed for use with the tele- vised series, Genesis: A Living Conversation. The first episode in the series was presented locally on WNIN TV, October 16, and was called, "The First Mur- der (Cain and Abel, chapter three in the guide). Bill Moyers, a giant in liter- ary and broadcast journalism, has brought together a group of outstanding, articulate persons with quite disparate ideas, many of whom have passionate views of the Genesis stories. Even so, their "living conversa- tions" are marked by a common desire to exchange thoughts -- to add to one another's wisdom the illumination of other visions. The TV presentations and the guide are marked by a conspic- uous absence of religious and journalistic jargon -- a refresh- ing break to many. The guide offers within its early pages, clear-cut guidelines from talk,ng about thasa old sto,,_ .for starting a Gensisdisramson ries. The ext, coupled with vari- group, suggesting, "Just invite a few people (six to ten) to your house to watch and talk about the Genesis: A Living Conversa- tion series." These may be old friends and new, Catholics and Jews, Episcopalians and Bap- tists; or they can all be of one faith. Whatever the mix, how- ever, the discussion must begin with openness to the views of others. Prominent Catholics are included in the select group of thinkers put together by Moyers and Public Affairs Television, among them, Archbishop Rem- bert Weakland of Milwaukee. To listen to their thoughts on our familiar biblical stories is a star- tling experience. Most of all, like a symphonic composition, each voice adds its special quality to the richness of the rendition, and those who listen and con- tribute to the conversation can all gain from this blending of wisdom Print and broadcast media all over the country have been talk- ing about this program, both the televised conversations and the Resource Guide. The Evans- ville Community of Churches is already engaged in a discussion group, and others will surely be formed shortly. The Evansville organization includes Muslims, Jews, Catholics, and many other Christian denominations. Book stores everywhere have a stock of Talking about Gene- sis, a-Resource Guide, and videos of the conversations are also available. For further infor- mation, call your parish office or the Evansville Community of Churches, (812) 425-3524. adults, with MPAA rating is "Paloo Low-key jobless Jersey! halfheartedly pay the bills every Taylo] wry tone of its trio and narrow. innuendo, recurring profanity. tion is "Sunc Unconvincing smug Los (Woody by Seda) Arizona at becomes quest to be medicine man ! somehow trap process. Direq Cimino, this concoct a al regenera: New Age its shallow acters social realities worlds. tal vic language. The tion is A-IV-" vations. restricted. LINTON,