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12 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana -- On The Record-- FRIENDS A Thanksgiving meditation Packing up the dreams of God planted/In the fertile soil of you/Can't believe the hopes he's granted/Means a chapter in your life is through/But we'll keep you close as always/It won't even seem you've gone?Cause our hearts in big and small ways/Will keep the love that keeps us strong i Sung by Michael W. Smith By CHARLIE MARTIN Copyright (c) 1982 CNS COLUMNIST by Meadowgreen Music Co. (ASCAP); 1993, I Reunion Records REFRAIN And friends are friends forever/If the Lord is the Lord of them/And a friend will not say "never/Though it's hard to let you go/In the Father's hands we know/That a lifetime's not too long/To live as friends With the faith and love God's given/Springing from the hope we know/We will pray the joy you'll live in/Is the strength that you now show/But we'll keep you close as always/It won't even seem you've gone:Cause our hearts/In big and small ways/Will keep the love/That keeps us strong (REPEAT CHORUS TWICE) Written by Deborah D. Smith/ Michael W. Smith How will you thank God this Thanksgiving for the gifts that mean the most to you? When I think of my own life, few parts hold more meaning than my friendships. Thus, to write this column I was drawn to Michael W. Smith's "Friends." Smith is well-recognized on both the Christian and pop charts. This song is off his top- selling Christian charts' CD "The First Decade." What do friends mean to you? How do they enrich your life? As the song suggests, they can be a pathway that brings you closer to God? The song describes a situation where a "chap- ter" of a person's life is "through." This person is moving away. Another person realizes that he won't be able to see this friend as often as before. Yet, he understands that friendship's love is a powerful bond, for "our hearts in big and small ways will keep the love that keeps us strong." Indeed, "friends are friends forever, if the Lord is the Lord of them." Who are your friends? Most likely, you have certain special friends who go to school with you. But how about others? / Some of you may consider your friends. The parent- child relationship life's most rewarding, and esI older a gifted friendship can emerge. .' Other teens share special relationshipsv grandparents. Often the tensions or occur with parents do not occur with Consequently, an easy and lighthearted exists. Those who share this kind c grandparents are clearly gifted. . Who else? There may be friendly work or teachers at school who help to life more enjoyable. Some of you may coaches who have taken a constructive your life. Actually, friendships can spring up anywhere, and when they do, invariably, blessed. Then there are what I call soul are people who support us so strongly we keep experiencing God's presence. They with the kind of caring that keeps revealing love. Such friendships are life's truest Thanksgiving offers us the chance reflect, to open our hearts in humble Thanksgiving, try to remember the whom "a lifetime's not too lorg to live (Your comments are always welcome, address: Charlie Martin, RR 3, Box 182, IN 47635.) At the movies: Current capsule reviews THE CATHOLIC COMMUNICATION CAMPAIGN 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). "Man With a Plan" (Bellwether) Gently satirical pseudo-docu- mentaD" in which an mhritic and broke 73-year-old Venont dairy farmer I Fred Tuttle) doggedly con- ducts a grass-roots campaign to win a lucrative seat in Congress. Writer-director John O'Brien makes an entertaining contrast between the entrenched political organization of the smooth incum- bent and the refi'eshing honesty of a crusty senior simply out to find a job. Minimal profanity. The USCC classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. Not rated by the MPAA. "The Mirror Has Two Faces" (TriStar) Drawn-out romantic comedy in which a frumpy college pro- fessor (Barbra Streisand) accepts the platonic marriage proposal of a handsome math teacher (Jeff Bridges), then sets about trying to seduce her husband. Also directed by Streisand, the glossy proceedings are mildly amusing but highly predictable in what some may see as essentially a vanity production. Sexual innu- endo and a few instances of pro- fanity as well as rough language. The USCC classification is A-III -- adults. The MPAA rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned that some material may be inappropriate for chil- dren under 13. "Space Jam" (Warner Bros.) Madcap mix of live action and animation as hasketball star Michael Jordan (playing himself) joins the Looney Tune characters (Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, etc.) in a basketball match against animated aliens bent On winning the right to relocate the Looney Tuners back to their planet for- ever. As directed by Joe Pytka, the human and cartoon elements blend well together for a light- hearted wacky tale of hoop dreams come true. Some comical cartoon violence. The USCC clas- sification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The MPAA rating is PG -- parental guidance aug- geared. "Twelfth Night" (Fine Line) Screen version of Shake- speare's classic comedy of mis- taken identities in which a ship- wrecked woman (Imogen Stubbs) disguises herself as a man in a foreign country whose ruler (Toby Stephens) and the count- ess (Helena Bonham Carter) he Golden Lyre Records Proudly hopes to wed are by her becomes complic falling in love while the countess with her. by Trevor Nunn, fantasy of mixed'UP, highly amusing, and paced by a but the real fun is talented cast hav their non ual innuendo. The fication is A-II lescents. The Relax this Advent: God is in charge --KeithWells'NewestRecrding David Haas: Praying with the In his introduction, the author knows -- my present situation. D'. Word: Advent, Christmas and cites the traps we face in look- I placed myself before God's power and care for me, with a plea of acknowledgment of my dependence upon God. I con- cluded each prayer with a com- mitment to action, a goal or intention to live the word with integrity, through my words and actions." David Haas has prayed the Word with all the passion of his songs. We can sing along. Praying the Word is available in religious bookstores every- where and from the publisher. About the author: David Haas, composer of 20 collections of liturgical music and author of Praying the Word: Lent, Holy Week and Easter, is director of The Emmaus Center for Music, Prayer, and Ministry, in St. Paul..He is well-known as a workshop facilitator, teacher of music in liturgy, and concert artist. (Please !m'tnO Name A beautiful tribute to the Blessed Virgin Hai/Mary, Gentle Woman. Schubert's Av6 Maria Gounod's Av Maria Immaculate Mary, Still Available I Believe In Featuring. On Eagle's Wings Prayer of St. FranciS, Here I Am, Lord Be Mail check or money order with the form below: Not "" ........ Ma'k'e'c'heck O; Tm'ney order payable to: Golden Lyre Records. P.O. 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One way to ensure the sacrednes of the season is to adopt an Advent companion like this book. ing to Christmas; for example, "Christmas is really for chil- dren." (Now isn't it for us all?) Another trap is in the notion that Christmas is a time for bliss and joy, and not for sorrow. Life brings us both, however, and the holidays are not exempt from the most painful of human experiences. Readers would be well- advised to pack this spiritual companion for the journey through Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany. In scriptures and in the informal, conversational prayers, there is growth .in understanding of the meaning of the season. In his instruction for using the book, Haas explains, "After dwelling on the Scripture for the day, I reflected on my personal life and how I am affected when hearing the passage. Then I stated before God that which God already