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Me Without You

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Source: Catholic News Service

Disquieting drama chronicling the turbulent, symbiotic friendship between two London women (Anna Friel, Michelle Williams) from childhood into adulthood as they experience love, loss and betrayal and finally attempt to form identities separate from one another. Exploring a consuming relationship between codependent opposites, writer-director Sandra Goldbacher captures the difficulties that can disrupt even a close female relationship through authentic characterizations, but as the characters' manufactured problems pile up, the film drags and takes a depressing turn before abruptly ending on a sunny note. Several sexual situations with nudity, some drug abuse and recurring rough language with brief profanity. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops classification is A-IV -- adults, with reservations. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.

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First Martyrs of the Church of Rome: There were Christians in Rome within a dozen or so years after the death of Jesus, though they were not the converts of the “Apostle of the Gentiles” (Romans 15:20). Paul had not yet visited them at the time he wrote his great letter in 57-58 A.D.. 
<p>There was a large Jewish population in Rome. Probably as a result of controversy between Jews and Jewish Christians, the Emperor Claudius expelled all Jews from Rome in 49-50 A.D. Suetonius the historian says that the expulsion was due to disturbances in the city “caused by the certain Chrestus” [Christ]. Perhaps many came back after Claudius’s death in 54 A.D. Paul’s letter was addressed to a Church with members from Jewish and Gentile backgrounds. </p><p>In July of 64 A.D., more than half of Rome was destroyed by fire. Rumor blamed the tragedy on Nero, who wanted to enlarge his palace. He shifted the blame by accusing the Christians. According to the historian Tacitus, many Christians were put to death because of their “hatred of the human race.” Peter and Paul were probably among the victims. </p><p>Threatened by an army revolt and condemned to death by the senate, Nero committed suicide in 68 A.D. at the age of 31.</p> American Catholic Blog While the future may be uncertain to us, we can rest comfortably in the loving control and sovereignty of our Heavenly Father. We can trust his plan, and we can rely upon his fatherly design and control.

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