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Private Fears in Public Places

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Source: Catholic News Service

Master French filmmaker Alain Resnais' superb adaptation of British playwright Alan Ayckbourn's bittersweet comedy about six lonely characters: a real estate agent (Andre Dussollier), his lovelorn sister (Isabelle Carre), his religiously minded secretary (Sabine Azema), a widowed bartender (Pierre Arditi), an alcoholic ex-military man (Lambert Wilson) and his frustrated girlfriend (Laura Morante). A humorous stage piece with a serious undertone here becomes a breathtaking study of loneliness and alienation thanks to sensitive performances, evocative music and rich production design. Though Azema's character has proclivities wildly at odds with her pious demeanor, her imperfections pointedly represent the human flaws in all of us, while her faith is shown to be completely genuine. Subtitles. Brief suggestion of pornographic images, some rough and crude language, alcohol use, some domestic discord, premarital situations and implied sexual activity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.

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<p>Stephen of Mar Saba was the nephew of St. John Damascene, who introduced the young boy to monastic life beginning at age 10. When he reached 24, Stephen served the community in a variety of ways, including guest master. After some time he asked permission to live a hermit's life. The answer from the abbot was yes and no: Stephen could follow his preferred lifestyle during the week, but on weekends he was to offer his skills as a counselor. Stephen placed a note on the door of his cell: "Forgive me, Fathers, in the name of the Lord, but please do not disturb me except on Saturdays and Sundays." </p><p>Despite his calling to prayer and quiet, Stephen displayed uncanny skills with people and was a valued spiritual guide. </p><p>His biographer and disciple wrote about Stephen: "Whatever help, spiritual or material, he was asked to give, he gave. He received and honored all with the same kindness. He possessed nothing and lacked nothing. In total poverty he possessed all things." </p><p>Stephen died in 794.</p> American Catholic Blog Father, grant us the grace to be humble and content to place ourselves at your service. You know the role you want us to play in your kingdom. Following where you lead is the only sure way to find success and enjoy the adventure. We ask your grace to know this, in Jesus's name, Amen.


 
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