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2 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Entertainment November 18, 1988 On the Record By CHARL1E MARTIN NC News Service Columnist "Thankful Hearts:" a song for Thanksgiving Thankful Heart I have a thankful heart/That you have given me/And it can only come from you/There is no way to begin to tell you/How I feel/There are no words to express/How you've become so real/Jesus, you've given me so much/I can't repay/I have no offering. There is no way/To begin to tell you how I feel/There's nothing more I can say/And no way to repay/Yopr warming touch that melts my heart of stone/Your steadfast love -- I'll never be alone. I have a thankful heart that you have given me/And it can only come from you/I have a thanlfful heart/Words don't come easily/But I am sure you can see my thankful heart. I have a thankful heart that you have given me/And it can only come from you/I have a thankful heart/Words don't come easily/But I am sms you can see my thankful heart. Help me be a man of God/A man who's after your own heart/Help me show my gratitude/And keep in me a thankful heart. Recorded by Petra Written by B.,Hartman, D. Elefante, J. Elefante Copyright (c) 1986, Star Song Records I Occasionally readers ask why I don't review Christian rock groups. If you follow my column, you know that I primarily focus on the Top 40. Christian rock rarely gains this level of popularity. However, for my Thanksgiving reflections I turn to Christian rock's best known group, Petra. Their "Thankful Heart" encourages us to build a relationship with God on a spirit of gratitude. Indeed, few qualities enhance our lives more than thankfulness. When we are filled with gratitude, we see more clearly how we are loved. We also tend to take others, our world and the gift of life itself less for granted. Thanksgiving 1988 offers us a chance to deepen our spirit of gratefulness. Here are a few suggestions. 1. Make an effort to notice what you have been given. Start with the earth itself. When is the last time that you really watched a sunset or listened to a bird's song? Look around in your world and acknowledge what you see. Give thanks to God, the Creator. 2. Rejoice in your own gifts and qualities. Feel the warmth in your smile. If you have been healthy during the last year, thank your body for working so well. Recognize how you learn, how your emo- tions change and how your mind can concentrate on a task. All of these special gifts and many others we often take for granted. 3. Remember the kindness of others toward you. Does someone else fix your meals, do your laundry or make money to help maintain your well-being? During this past year, did a friend make special efforts to reach out to you when you felt alone? Did others join you in just having fun? Such people help to nurture and support our lives, making life happier. 4. If there have been losses or pain in your past year, examine them once more. Without deny- ing the pain, look to see if you learned anything that will help you in the future. Did the loss help you discover further strength in yourself?. Perhaps the painful experiences revealed to you how much others care. I suggest we make the song's words our Thanksgiving prayer: "Help me show my gratitude and keep in me a thankful heart." Your comments always are welcome. Please send them to Charlie Martin, R.R. 3, Box 182, Rockport, Ind. 47635. Copyright (c) 1988 by NC News Service 'A Time t:c00 Remember' offers wholesome entertainment By HENRY HERX USCC Dept. of Communication "A Time to Remember" (Gotham Video) tells the story of a young boy (Ruben Gomez) whose ambition to become an opera singer is encouraged by his grandmother (Morgana King) but thwarted by his widowed father, who wants his son to follow in his footsteps and become a factory worker. The trauma of a minor auto accident causes the boy to lose his speech until Christmas Eve, when a "miracle" at midnight Mass enables him to burst out in a solo rendition of "Ave Maria." Set in the 1950s, the movie is a throwback to an even earlier, unsophisticated age of movie melodrama. The miracle con- sists of the boy's seeing a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary become a living person, per- trayed on screen by dissolving from statue to actress, an awkward device at best. It's not at best here. Tom Travers' debut as movie director as well as screenwriter doesn't measure up to his good intentions. Sentimentality can be effective if well-crafted and done with conviction, but that's not the case here. Travers does not have the craft to hide the ob- viousness of his script's attempt to manipulate viewer heartstrings. The movie's feelings and sen- sitivities are all on surface. However, there is some good photography of a small-town, period locale. Notable too are the performances of veteran ac- tor Donald O'Connor and folk singer Tommy Makem as parish priests. Even though the roles may be empty stereotypes, O'Connor seems to enjoy play- ing the part and Makem establishes a solid dramatic presence in a role that unsur- prisingly allows him to sing several songs. "A Time to Remember" of- fers wholesome, if shallow, entertainment for undeman- ding viewers. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-! -- general patronage. The Mo- tion Picture Association of America rating is G -- general audiences. Morgana King (Mama Therese), Ruben Gomez (Angelo Villano), and Raymond Serra (Frank Villano) star in ' 'A Time to Remember," a new Christmas film. --Photo courtesy of Gotham Video CAN You HE,P? 1 ,,.VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED Birthright I 00Mdler &00Mil!er i 9274 .....