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Mister Foe

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Source: Catholic News Service

Offbeat but well-made and strangely affecting Scottish coming-of-age tale about a voyeuristic teen (an excellent Jamie Bell). Deeply troubled after the drowning death of his mother, he leaves his father (Ciaran Hinds) and stepmother (Claire Forlaini), whom he suspects of poisoning his mother, and takes a kitchen job at an Edinburgh hotel where he falls for a personnel director (Sophia Myles) who is having an affair, as he discovers, with their married boss (Jamie Sives). Though there is ultimately forgiveness and redemption, many will be bothered by the aberrant elements of the highly improbable story—based on Peter Jinks' novel—and director David Mackenzie's film is best approached for its complex themes rather than its sometimes objectionable content. Some brief but strong sexual content, partial male and female nudity, adultery, nonmarital encounters, some rough language and profanity, blunt sexual talk, suicide and violence including attempted murder. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L—limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R—restricted; under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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Paul of the Cross: 
		<p>Born in northern Italy in 1694, Paul Daneo lived at a time when many regarded Jesus as a great moral teacher but no more. After a brief time as a soldier, he turned to solitary prayer, developing a devotion to Christ’s passion. Paul saw in the Lord’s passion a demonstration of God’s love for all people. In turn that devotion nurtured his compassion and supported a preaching ministry that touched the hearts of many listeners. He was known as one of the most popular preachers of his day, both for his words and for his generous acts of mercy. </p>
		<p>In 1720 Paul founded the Congregation of the Passion, whose members combined devotion to Christ’s passion with preaching to the poor and rigorous penances. Known as the Passionists, they add a fourth vow to the traditional three of poverty, chastity, and obedience, to spread the memory of Christ’s passion among the faithful. Paul was elected superior general of the Congregation in 1747, spending the remainder of his life in Rome. </p>
		<p>Paul of the Cross died in 1775, and was canonized in 1867. Over 2000 of his letters and several of his short writings have survived. </p>
American Catholic Blog Always bear in mind as a safe general rule that while God tries us by His crosses and sufferings, He always leaves us a glimmer of light by which we continue to have great trust in him and to recognize His immense goodness.

 
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