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12 The Message -- for Catholics of southwestern Indiana Measuring a life By CHARLIE MARTIN Catholic News Service CANDLE IN THE WIND '97 Goodbye England's rose,/May you ever grow in our heartsJYou were the grace/That placed itself/Where lives were torn apart./You call out to our country/And you whisper to those in pain./Now you belong to heaven/And the stars/Spell out your name. REFRAIN And it seems to me/That you lived your life/Like a candle in the wind,/Never fading with the sunset/When the rain set in./And your footsteps/Will ever fall here/Along England's green- est hillsdYour candle's burnt out/Long before/Your legend ever will. (REPEAT REFRAIN) Loveliness we've lost/These empty days/Without your smileJThis torch we'll always carry/For our nation's golden child./Even though we try/The truth brings us to tears/All our words cannot express/The joy you brought us/Through the years. (REPEAT FIRST FOUR LINES) Goodbye England's rose Written and sung by Elton John Copyright (c) 1997 by Mercury Records Ltd., Rocket Records What matters most in life? If we consider death the time to take measurement, how do we assess a life's merit? Almost everyone is familiar with Elton John's tribute to Princess Diana, "Candle in the Wind '97." Music stores were besieged with orders for it after John's "performance at her funeral. The song and Diana's life raise these questions. Death often takes us by surprise. Even though we are well aware of our mortality, it is a shock to hear of a death like Diana's. Those who knew her and loved her could never have imagined that they were about to say "goodbye England's rose." During our teen and young-adult years, life seems to extend endlessly before us. No matter what one's age or how short or long one's future in human life, the real issue concerns how you con- tribute to others today. Few of us are called to live on the Diana did. I doubt that she, when such fame. Perhaps she was much like trying to enjoy her youth and not future. Those of you who follow this colun strongly believe in the im t world. This brings us back to your life. Many teens are involved Reflecting on this song invites you to looli own efforts. The ways to be of and as creative as your imagination. ;. We who follow the path of Jesus have model for ways to love and serve given many opportunities to take seriously.  So think about your life. What can show that you want your life, ence for others? What matters most in life? How sure the merit of a life? By the and the ways you act today, the apparent. Your comments are alwa Charlie Martin, 7125 W 200S, Rockport, THE CATHOLIC COMMUNICATION 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 by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). "Alien Resurrection" (20th Century Fox) Grim sci-fi sequel finds Rip- ley (Sigoumey Weaver) revived aboard a spaceship and teamed with a mysterious" stranger (Winona Ryder) to rid the vehicle of rampaging aliens. Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet's mildly sus- penseful thriller uses the stale aliens-on-the-loose premise main- ly for grotesque combinations of incubating monsters grafted onto deformed human body parts. Recurring gory violence, some profanity and fieClUent rough lan- guage. The USCC classification is A-III wadults. The MPAA rat- ing is R wrestricted. "Flubber" (Disney) Weak remake of 1961's "The Absent-Minded Professor" has a distracted professor (Robin Williams) leaving his college president bride (Mar- cia Gay Harden) at the altar while inventing flying rubber to save their debt-ridden col- lege. Director Les Mayfield flubs it with an excess of jokey special effects at the expense of story and characterization. Frequent slapstick violence and fleeting sexual innuendo. The USCC classification is A-II adults and adolescents. The MPAA rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. "Mortal Kombat Annihilation" (New Line) Bone-crunching sequel in which four muscle-bound humans engage in continual battles with evil, shape-shifting warlords intent on demolish- ing planet Earth. Directed by John R. Leonetti, might makes right is the wrongheaded mes- sage of this martial-arts extrav- aganza of deadly combat pit- ting father against son, mother against daughter and brother against brother. Much nasty fantasy violence and a theme of killing family members. The USCC classification is O morally offensive. The MP.AA Book offers fresh experience of the Christmas story Tracks in the Straw. Tales Spun from the Manger, revised edition, by Ted Loder. Innisfree Press, Inc., 136 Roumfort Rd., Philadelphia, PA 19919-1632, 1997. Paperback, 175 pages, $12.95. Book Review By MARY ETTA KIEFER, O.S.B. Massage Staff A blend of the earthy and the heavenl} this volume contains insightful and delightful para- bles on the Incarnation, told by a barmaid at "the inn," the mid- wife attending Mary, the don- key who bore her to Bethlehem, a swallow who sang to Jesus, and Joseph, who tells his feel- ings surrounding the birth. Viewed from the many per- spectives of these and other "witnesses" of the great event, a picture develops which stim- ulates all of the senses sounds and scents of the ani- mals, laughter of the joyous shepherds, cries of the baby, sights of the starlit countryside, the feel/3f straw bedding, taste of goat's milk, and chill of the night. The author closes this collec- tion of modem fables with his personal epilogue, in which he speaks of "the depressing ideal- ization and impossible expecta- tions that gild the holiday, the pernicious mix of adrenaline and exhaustion." He tells of an incident one year that helped him to find the real Christmas in the piece-meal discovery of shards from an heirloom pitch- er, broken in the aftermath of "righteous anger." Picking up the pieces, he realized that "Christmas had found me." All in all there are 15 Nativity stories, some in verse, all beg- ging to be read aloud to the family. Tracks in the Straw is available in religious bookstores and from the publisher. About the author:. Theodore W. Loder is the socially active senior minister of Philadelphia's First United Methodist Church of German- town -- an ethnically-mixed city congregation of about 1,000 members. The church established a major medical mission in a depressed area of - the city, has been a Public Sanc- tuary Church and a founding church of the Covenant Against Apartheid in South Africa. Loder is part scholar, part cru- sading preacher, and part poet- storyteller. He is widely sought as a teacher and preacher, and is honored for his creativity in dealing with the hard questions of change and social justice. He received a cure laude degree from Yale Divinity School, was a university fellow of Yale Grad- uate School, and holds an hon- orary doctorate from W'dlamette University. National Observer named him one of America's Outstanding Creative Preach- ers. He is the author of a num- ber of books, including the ever- popular Guerrillas of Grace. Living His Word A radio Bible teaching with Dr. Ann Gries . WVHI- 1330 AM Mon.- Fri., 11:45 to Noon Mon. - Sat., 5 p.m. "your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. " Psalm 119:105 & coffee 2128 First Ave .................. 426-2311 5 N. Green River Rd ............. 479-0511 103l Diamond Ave ............. 426-0011 210 N. 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