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Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

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Source: Catholic News Service

Cleverly satiric but excessively crude "mockumentary" about the life of the titular rock star (John C. Reilly) who must overcome the enmity of his father (Raymond J. Barry), the complaints of his sequential wives (Kristen Wiig and Jenna Fischer) and the lure of a druggie band mate (Tim Meadows) as well as various career detours in his rise to fame. Director Jake Kasdan's film is at times a genuinely funny sendup of the music industry and of recent social trends, but succumbs to the outrageous. Graphic sexual activity, full frontal male, upper female and rear nudity, adultery, bigamy, implied group sexual activity, much sexual humor including risque song lyrics, some irreverent humor, frequent rough and crude and some crass language, drug use, approval of drugs and highly suggestive dancing. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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Stephen of Mar Saba: A "do not disturb" sign helped today's saint find holiness and peace. 
<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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