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Levity

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Source: Catholic News Service

Somber drama in which a newly released convict (Billy Bob Thornton) who judges himself irredeemable seeks out the needy sister (Holly Hunter) of the youth he impulsively killed 23 years earlier and is taken in by a mysterious self-styled pastor (Morgan Freeman) who pushes him to help those around him. Writer-director Ed Solomon's sorrowful, character-driven film explores accountability and the consequences of violence, ultimately suggesting the hope of redemption for its troubled characters. Recurring rough language, minimal profanity, an implied sexual encounter and some crass expressions. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.

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Rose of Viterbo: Rose achieved sainthood in only 18 years of life. Even as a child Rose had a great desire to pray and to aid the poor. While still very young, she began a life of penance in her parents’ house. She was as generous to the poor as she was strict with herself. At the age of 10 she became a Secular Franciscan and soon began preaching in the streets about sin and the sufferings of Jesus.
<p>Viterbo, her native city, was then in revolt against the pope. When Rose took the pope’s side against the emperor, she and her family were exiled from the city. When the pope’s side won in Viterbo, Rose was allowed to return. Her attempt at age 15 to found a religious community failed, and she returned to a life of prayer and penance in her father’s home, where she died in 1251. Rose was canonized in 1457.</p> American Catholic Blog Obedience is not a joke, it is a sacrifice. The more you love God, the more you will obey. Obedience is a cross—pick up your cross and follow him. Everyone in the world has to obey in some way or another. People are forced to obey or they will lose their jobs. But we obey out of love for Jesus.

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