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16 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana -- On the Record-- Manifesting for-real Christlike love 4.REAL CHRISTMAS There's a lot going on/This Christmas Day/Mothers just giving gifts away/On every cor- ner Christmas lights/Helping to make the season bright/But it's so much more/Than this you know/And you can't tell me/That it ain't so/Sent from high to us below/Talking 'bout Christmas' deal/Christmas 4 real By CHARLIE MARTIN CNS COLUMNIST REFRAIN It's a 4-real Christmas/If you didn't know/More than a kiss yeah/Under the mistle- toe/So go ahead and show love/That's what it's I Written by Montrell Darrett Sung by Commissioned Copyright (c) 1996 by Paragon Music Corp. (ASCAP), Benson Music Group What makes Christmas real for you? Is it the gathering of friends and family around a glittering tree? How about the gifts that you give and receive? Perhaps it's that special feeling at Midnight Mass? I was struck by Commissioned's answer to what makes Christmas real. For the person in the song "4-Real Christmas," this holiday becomes "4 real" because another "did reveal a Christlike love all about yeah/And it's a 4-real Christmas/Ain't that is so 4 real." no doubt The song is off the new CD "The Real Meaning Ornaments on the Christmas tree/One for you and one for me/House full of happiness/And full ofjoy/Momma's little girl/And daddy's lit- tle boy/They're sharing love/With one anoth- er/Just like sisters and brothers/Christ would- n't have it/Any other way/Than to share love/On Christmas day yeah (REPEAT REFRAIN) Christmas here, yeah/Christmas gone/Still my heart felt so alone/(But to me)/You did reveal a Christlike love/That is so 4-real/Christmas 4 real/It's a 4-real Christmas of Christmas." The disc combines the top artists of Benson and Tribute Records, with several cuts being Gospel and up-tempo R&B. Remembering the birth of Christ is the reason we celebrate Christmas. However, if this day is to be more than the "Christmas here... Christmas gone" of the lyrics, then the "4-real"-ness of Christ's love must be reborn in each of us. Here are a few questions worth thinking about: How will I manifest a "Christlike love that is so 4 real"? How will I act with such love, not just on this holy day, but every day? Think in specifics. Our answers need to be more than nice-sounding statements. They need to be concrete ideas. Start in your own home. To be is to be of service to those you live one or both of your parents is facing new lenges. How do you show support dad? Parents are just like everyone to be loved. They need someone like them a for real Christlike love. What about friends? Few helpful or valuable than genuine listening. take the time with friends to listen out giving judgment or unsolicited a "4-real" "Christlike love" to them? Sometimes giving Christlike love completely anonymous about what the suffering occurring in Central Africa. million of our human family are homeless, No one can fix this situation, but we all can small ways. For example, no one in school wilt take your lunch money a couple c donate it to an agency working with ple. No one there will necessarily make the with you, yet other human beings will be (One agency to send donations to: Catholic vices, Box 17424, Baltimore, MD Enjoy this special time of year. during this season, take some quie self. Come up with your own action [c Christmas more than "here... and gone. (Your comments are always welcome. address: Charlie Martin, RR 3, Box 182, Ind. 47635.) ./ At the movies: Current capsule revi THE CATHOLIC COMMUNICATION  CAMPAIGN i 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). "Citizen Ruth" (Miramax) Ridiculing both sides of the abortion issue is this failed satire in which the pregnant title char- acter (Laura Dern) cares more about getting money for her next glue-sniffing high than whether she has her baby or not. Director Alexander Payne treats both supporters and opponents of abortion as wild-eyed, power- hungry fanatics, while wrong- headedly trying to build sympa- thy for the benumbed addict whose glue-sniffing is a danger to herself and her. unborn child. Trivialization of a serious subject, a sexual encounter, substance abuse and frequent rough lan- guage. The USCC classification is O -- morally offensive. The MPAA rating is R -- restricted. "Everyone Says I Love You" (Miramax) Frivolous musical comedy cen- tering on the flighty love lives of an extended family of wealthy New Yorkers, including Drew Barrymore, Alan Alda and Goldie Hawn, whose neurotic ex-hus- band, Woody Allen, lives in Paris. Also written and directed by Allen, the low-key story uses a cast of nonsingers to gently spoof movie musical conventions but the results are decidedly mixed. An extramarital affair, occasion- al profanity and an instance of rough language. The USCC clas- sification is A-III -- adults. The MPAA rating is R -- restricted. "Ghosts" of Mississippi" (Columbia) Fact-based drama chronicles the struggle of a dedicated Mis- sissippi prosecutor (Alec Bald- win), prompted by Medgar Evers' widow (Whoopi Goldberg), to retry and convict the white supremacist (James Woods) guilty of the 1963 slaying of the civil rights leader nearly 30 years after two mistrials had left him a free man. Producer:director Rob Reiner provides a straightfor- ward though emotionally involv- ing account of an infamous II I [ 486-3977 Just off Hwy. 50 in Montgomery, IN instance of institutionalized racism finally rectified. Scenes depicting the victim's bloody murder and a few instances of profanity. The USCC classifica- tion i A-II -- adults and adoles- -cents. The MPAA rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned that some material may be inap-. propriate for children under 13. "Mars Attacks." (Warner Bros.) Goofy but violent sci-fi picture in which flying saucers full of murderous Martians attack the world and manage to extermi- nate most U.S. government offi- cials (including president and first lady Jack Nicholson and Glenn Close) before a novel solu- tion saves Earth. Director Tim Burton stretches his affinity for the weird and the whimsical into an ultimately boring shoot-'em- up elaborately spoofing 1950s' B- movies. Frequent stylized vio- lence, brief sexual innuendo and an instance of profanity. The USCC classification is A-III -- adults. The MPAA rating is PG- 13  parents are strongly cau- tioned that 'some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Vincennes Bicknell Sandborn Monroe City AmBank Princeton ''" ^"'" " Patoka Member ED.I.C. AllYou Care To Eat Buffet Dining FAMILY STYLE DINING AND A-LA CARTE BANQUET ROOMS AVAILABLE PRE-ARRANGED AMISH TOURS Browse The Village Shops Every Monday Seniors receive 15% off! "One Fine Day" (20th Centu- ry Fox) Frantic romantic comedy in which two overworked single parents (Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney) meet one morning and decide to alternate baby-sitting shifts in order to finish crucial job assignments due that day. Director Michael Hoffman relies on star power to carry an otherwise predictable story whose chief merit is show- ing children as the real victims of economically stressed one- parent families. 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