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2 The Message E for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana --- On The Record--- Making peace possible SONG FOR SARAJEVO (I a blessed world where/I can be powerlessness. DREAM OF PEACE) Blood in all the streets/Run- ning like a flood/There's nowhere to hide/Nowhere I can go/I reach out my hand/Touching death By CHARLIE MARTIN i itself/Just another holy day in Sarajevo I can hear my heart/Pounding like a clock/Hid- ing from the planes/And from the bombing/Fire from the sky/Burning down my life/There is no more love/No more longing REFRAIN But when I close my eyes/I dream of peace/I dream of flowers on a hilYI dream I See my mother smiling/When I close my eyes/I dream of peace Once ! had a home/Once my life was good/Once my mother sang to me/And held meTrhen the fire came/Falling from the skyfrhere is no one left/Who can protect me/War's a wicked bird/That never comes to rest/Feeding on all the dreams of children/War's an evil bird/Flying in the dark/Every holy promise/Has been broken REPEAT REFRAIN Can't you stop the war/Bring it to a close/You are tall and strong/And I am just a child/Can't we live in peaceJStop the flowing blood/Make a child REPEAT REFRAIN Written by Judy Collins and the children of the former Yugoslavia Simg by Judy Collins Copyright (c) 1994 by Wildflowers Records, Rocky Mountain National Park Music Inc. (ASCAP) Can you imagine what it would be like to grow up in Sarajevo? Few of us could. We might wonder, how can the dream of peace be brought to this city, this nation, this world? Judy Collins' Christmas CD "Come Rejoice" gives us the touching ballad "Song for Sarajevo." This is not the type of Christmas song that fills us with romantic images or warm feelings. Rather, it describes a part of the world that needs a healing miracle as we pause to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace. "Song for Sarajevo" was co-authored by the children of the city. These children speak of how they close their eyes and still "dream of peace." Their plea troubles our hearts: "Can't we live in peace, stop the flowing blood, make a blessed world where I can be a child?" As much as we may want to help stop the suffering in Sarajevo or other hurting places on our planet, none of us seems to know how to do this. From world leaders down to you and me, we witness the tragedy there and feel a sense of Yet, remembering the birth of Jesus with the chance to rededicate our efforts sion of nonviolence and peace. We can Christmas into our lives by do what we can do. Whatever our age, we can work for peace. ": :  For example: 1. Think about the tend to buy this Christmas. Deduct from what you would spend. Send the Catholic Relief Services (209 W. Fayette St., more MD 21201-3443) or to some ing victims of war. Tell others of your spend less in order to give to the children 2. Ask your family if there could be a time year when together you discuss what low the Prince of Peace. After this family to spend time praying for the children  people of Sarajevo. 3. During this season, reflect on what yoU! to build peace in your immediate cornei" Come up with specific actions that can goals for 1995. Write down ways you can effort and money to carry the message into the rest of the year.  Christmas celebrates the rebirth of hope lives and in our world. Hope is God's gift to all those who hurt in our human family. In the coming year, join the children in their dream of peace. (Your comments are address: Charlie Martin, RR 3, Box 182, port, IN 47635.) At the movies: Current reviews NEW YORK (CNS) -- The following are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by the U.S. Catholic Conference Office for Film and Broadcast- ing. "Ladybird, Ladybird" (Goldwyn) Blistering portrait of a lov- ing but violent-tempered unwed mother of four (Crissy Rock) whose children are taken from her by British authorities who deem her an unfit parent, only to do the same when she has two children by a caring foreigner (Vladimir Vega) who has taken her in. Director Ken Leach's superbly acted, fact- based examination of a flawed bureaucratic, system corn- SEASONS GREETINGS pounded by. a woman who is her own worst enemy is emo- tionally heart-rending and in- tellectually challenging, though the narrative lacks any insight into why she can never seem to learn from past mis- takes. Constant rough lan- guage, brief but intense vio- lence and unwed motherhood. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-IV -- adults, with reservations. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America. "Little Women" (Columbia) Pretty, sentimental version of Louisa May Alcott's classic 1868 novel about four daugh- under the watchful eye of an idealistic mother (Susan Sarandon) centers on indepen- dent-minded J0 (Winona Ryder), who spurns a wealthy suitor (Christian Bale) to pur- sue her dreams of becoming a writer. Director Gillian Arm- strong's warm characteriza- tions stress unfailing generos- ity, love, forgiveness and feminine strength in a sweetly charming but dramatically bland production. The U.S. Catholic Conference classifica- tion is A-I -- general patron- age. The Motion Picture Asso- ciation of America rating is PG parental guidance sug- ters growing up in New Eng-- gested. land during the Civil War "Queen Margot" (Mira- FROMTHESE EVANSVILLE FIRMS "May your holiday season be wrapped in the love of the newborn Savior/" ..... DONAHUESTUDIO$00 626 Court Street 425-4511 ACCA COMPANIES, INC. 4501 E. Morgan'Avenue 479-8905 IDEAL AMERICAN DAIRY 700 E. Missouri Street 424-3351 max) Densely crowded historical drama from the Alexandre Dumas novel begins in 1572 Paris, where the Protestant Henry of Navarre (Daniel Au- teuil) weds the Catholic king's sister, Margot (Isabelle Ad- jani), but the king's mother, the devious Catherine of Medici (Virna Lisi), uses the occasion to unleash the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre of Protestants from which Mar- got saves her wounded lover (Vincent Perez), who survives to help rally the Protestant forces. Directed by Patrice Chereau, the lavish production re-creates this turbulent period of religious wars on a grand scale with much blood-splat- tered spectacle, but the com- plexities of the era's political intrigues overwhelm Dumas' romantic tale of doomed lovers. Subtitles. Much graphic vio- lence, several extended sexual encounters and flashes of nu- dity. The U.S. Catholic Confer- ence classification is A-IV -- adults, with reservations. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- re- stricted. "Ready to Wear" (Mira- max) In this overlong, overripe jape at the phony pretensions of the fashion industry, the ap- parent murdbr of the head (Jean-Pierre Cassel) of Paris' biggest fashion show is mourned by his mistress (Anouk Aimee), applauded by his estranged wife (Sophia Loren) and chief suspect troianni) on its silly, in( way. Robert empty film about fession, rassingly large dash series shaggy dog acters with want to spend alone two and tended scenes much sexual rough language profanity. The Conference -- morally tion Picture America rating stricted.  "SpeechlesS" Frothy re: about two ers (Michae Geena Davis) atorial tempts to on the job while mancing hours. wood, the ters, snapPY. sprightly co] this strictly fort, Discreet and an guage. The ference adults. The sociation PG-13 cautioned may be dren under 13. MILLER & MI "A family can