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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Entertainment November 27, On the Record By CHARLIE MARTIN CNS Columnist I WILL BE HERE FOR YOU When you feel the sunlight/Fading into the cold night Do you know where to turn/And the dreams you're dreaming/Seem to lose their meaning/Let me in your world/All you need is someone/You can hold Don't be sad, you're not alone REFRAIN: I will be here for you/Somewhere in the night,/Somewhere in the night/I'll shine a light for you/Somewhere in the night,/I'll be standing by/l will be here for you In this world of strangers,/Ofcold and unfriendly faces/Someone that you can trust/There's someone that you can trust/l will be your shelter/I'll give you my shoulder/Reach out for my love/Just reach out for my love/t-,all my name/And my heart will be there/I will be there/There's nothing to fear Written by Michael W. Smith and Diane Warren Sung by Michael W. Smith Copyright {c) 1992 by Reunion Records Inc. On one level. Michael Smith's new release, "I Will Be Here For You," is clearly about the promise in an enduring romantic relationship. Yet, if we Give thanks for those special friends listen to its larger message it can remind us of all those people who enter our lives and help to make it better -- the kind of people who have supported us during the past year and for whom we are grateful during these days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is a time of year when we tend to take these people less for granted. In fact, we realize that all the goodness in our lives is a gift, given to us by our Creator who wants us to fill our lives with meaning and joy. The song speaks about knowing that there's "someone that you can trust." someone who will act as a "shelter" for our hearts. Such people are special friends. They allow us to be our com- plete selves. Such a person might be a peer, a fellow teen who listens to our feelings, wants or dreams. However. this type of friendship is not limited by age. There might be a grandparent in our lives who often encourages and supports us. Or perhaps it is someone at school, such as a teacher or coach, who sees the best in us and challenges us to live out our potential. Whoever these friends might be, this time of year provides us the chance to voice our appre- ciation for their place in our lives. As I listened to this song, I relationship with God, As God we discover that these words become more true, "I'll shine a light for be standing by. I will be here for you." Where have you found God's minating your life? Was it through the sp and wonder of God's creation, the ture? Did God's presence come to ments of quiet when a new idea or ' popped into your mind? Perhaps you caring in the embrace of a parent who believing in you even though you The season we are entering now quickly pass you by unless you take s fort to pause and reflect on questions I suggest above. This is my challenge to you, ing season count by how you including how God has blessed you past year. (Your comments are always Please address: Charlie Martin, RR Rockport, IN 47635.} 'Malc0m X' is uneven: Denzel Washington gives riveting MOVIE REVIEW By HENRY HELIX Catholic News Sennce NEW YORK (CNSJ "Mal- colm X" (Warner Bros.) is an uneven, overlong screen biog- raphy of the African-Ameri- can leader (1925-65) whose voice was tragically stilled at a crucial turning point in his life. What makes it work (Ira- rustically is Denzel Washing- Ion's riveting performance in the title role, which captures the mature Malcolm's charis- matic personality, intellectual depth and oratorical skill in attacking racism in American societv. Wr ft er-produ cer-d i rect or Spike Lee goes all over the lot in re-creating Malcolm's life and times, often in strangely idiosyncratic ways. One of them that doesn't work is concocting a role for himself as a close friend of Malcohn who pops up occa- sionally as a distracting pres- ence in the course of events. The first portion of the nar- rative is devoted to a melo- dramatic treatment of young Malcolm Little's criminal es- capades that eventually end with prison. A fully developed minifea- ture in itself, it also serves to set the scene of black life around the time of World War II and sketch in Mal- colm's antagonistic attitude towards whites. Through flashbacks of Mal- colm's childhood, we see his father's murder at the hands of the KKK, his mother's ner- vous breakdown and the sep- aration of the family's young- sters, with the embittered Malcolm growing up in a white children's home. The second portion of the film -- his conversion while in prison to the Nation of Islam  is the weakest. Within a matter of minutes in screen time, a complete transformation from egotisti- cal criminal to sincere be- liever in Allah is effected. In the next scene, he is a different person entirely. He has dropped his slave name of Little and has become Mal- colm X, working in Harlem on behalf of the Nation of Islam and its founder, Elijah Muhammad (AI Freeman It.). Within the Nation's ranks, Malcolm rises rapidly to a leading position in the sepa- ratist religious cult. His very success in win- ning blacks to the cause leads to fears of his growing power among Muhammad's chief ministers and ultimately to his expulsion from the Na- tion. He returns from a pilgrim- age to Mecca freed of his ha- tred of whites, renounces black separatism and declares himself ready to work to- gether with tlae civil rights movement. Within months of his re- turn. however. Malcolm is cruelly assassinated by Na- tion members in concer[ with some white agents of a CIA- like organization. The movie ends with South Africa's Nelson Mandela speaking Malcolm's words that blacks should achieve their rights as human beings "by any means necessary." ;Fhe'message of Lee's film is that of Malcolm's encour- agement of black pride and attacks on white racism rather than Malcolm's final evolution in calling for Amer- icans to work together for in- terracial justice. For all the movie's flaws -- and there are many, not least its lack of plumbing political realities -- Spike Lee is to be commended for presenting a ii i , g ", | /;::?:L . Medical Arts Pharmacy 3700 Bellemeade Avenue Phone 477-1532 Donald Gutzweiter City-We Delivery i i Duncan's Riverside Pharnmcy Comer RNerside and Governor Evansville 4229981 i, i ii Stratman s Pharmacy City-Wide Delivery 413 Locust Street John and Judy Stratman 425-5293 i ii PAUL'S PHARMACY Paul Mayer, Owner 2107 W. 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