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Knockaround Guys

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Source: Catholic News Service

Cautionary tale in which four young Brooklyn mob toughs (including Barry Pepper and Vin Diesel) end up in Montana where one has lost a bag of mob money, drawing the greedy, deadly interest of the local sheriff (Tom Noonan) and mob higher-ups (including John Malkovich). Written and directed by Brian Koppelman and David Levien, the ugly drama points to the corrosiveness of the criminal life and ends on a partially redemptive note. Brutal beatings and shootings, some profanity, constant rough language and brief drug abuse. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops classification is A-IV -- adults, with reservations. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.

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<p>Born in Italy in 1888, the young girl lived in fear of her father, a violent man prone to jealousy and drunkenness. Her schooling was limited so that she could spend more time helping at home and working in the fields. She showed few talents and was often the butt of jokes. </p><p>In 1904 she joined the Sisters of St. Dorothy and was assigned to work in the kitchen, bakery and laundry. After some time Maria received nurses’ training and began working in a hospital with children suffering from diphtheria. There the young nun seemed to find her true vocation: nursing very ill and disturbed children. Later, when the hospital was taken over by the military in World War I, Sister Maria Bertilla fearlessly cared for patients amidst the threat of constant air raids and bombings. </p><p>She died in 1922 after suffering for many years from a painful tumor. Some of the patients she had nursed many years before were present at her canonization in 1961.</p> American Catholic Blog We need to take up our crosses, but we also need to be gentle with them and with ourselves. If we sit holding our own crosses too tightly we will not be able to put our arms around anyone else, nor will they be able to put their arms around us. That includes God.


 
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