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Country Bears, The

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Source: Catholic News Service

Silly musical comedy in which an 11-year-old bear (voiced by Haley Joel Osment) who was adopted by a human family, runs away to Tennessee to find more folks like himself and reunite his favorite band, the Country Bears, for a benefit concert that could save the legendary venue where the band got its start. Inspired by the Country Bears Jamboree attraction at Walt Disney World, director Peter Hastings' film has several amusing laughs with a predictable plot that is secondary to the energetic musical numbers, but the jocular manner in which a kidnapping subplot is presented may put off chaperoning parents. Some mild menace, but likely suitable for older children. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is G -- general audiences.



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Jutta of Thuringia: Today's patroness of Prussia began her life amidst luxury and power but died the death of a simple servant of the poor.
<p>In truth, virtue and piety were always of prime importance to Jutta and her husband, both of noble rank. The two were set to make a pilgrimage together to the holy places in Jerusalem, but her husband died on the way. The newly widowed Jutta, after taking care to provide for her children, resolved to live in a manner utterly pleasing to God. She disposed of the costly clothes, jewels and furniture befitting one of her rank, and became a Secular Franciscan, taking on the simple garment of a religious.
</p><p>From that point her life was utterly devoted to others: caring for the sick, particularly lepers; tending to the poor, whom she visited in their hovels; helping the crippled and blind with whom she shared her own home. Many of the townspeople of Thuringia laughed at how the once-distinguished lady now spent all her time. But Jutta saw the face of God in the poor and felt honored to render whatever services she could.
</p><p>About the year 1260, not long before her death, Jutta lived near the non-Christians in eastern Germany. There she built a small hermitage and prayed unceasingly for their conversion. She has been venerated for centuries as the special patron of Prussia.</p> American Catholic Blog The confessional is not the dry-cleaner’s; it is an encounter with Jesus, with that Jesus who is waiting for us, who is waiting for us as we are.

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