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Human Stain, The

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Affecting drama based on the Philip Roth novel in which an aging, newly widowed professor (Anthony Hopkins) quits his job in disgrace over an unintended racial slight and becomes involved in an affair with a tragedy-scarred divorcee (Nicole Kidman) half his age who is being stalked by her ex-husband (Ed Harris). Director Robert Benton explores the flawed humanity of an academic who has long lived a lie but who seeks redemption in caring for a brittle but vulnerable woman searching for escape through mindless sexual encounters. Sexual affairs, brief full female nudity, much rough language, boxing ring violence, a racial epithet and minimal profanity and crass expressions. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-IV -- adults, with reservations. 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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