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One Missed Call

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Source: Catholic News Service

By-the-numbers (literally) remake of the 2003 Japanese film "Chakushin Ari," without either the satire or the gore of the original, involving an evil spirit that leaves messages for its victims on their cell phones. Director Eric Valette and screenwriter Andrew Klavan transfer the action to an American college town, where plucky coed Shannyn Sossamon and inept police detective Edward Burns try to figure out why ring tones are becoming death knells. Rough and profane language, a half-dozen deaths involving varying degrees of violence, scenes of intense terror, an instance of nonexplicit mother-daughter child abuse, another instance of a little girl physically abusing her sister, a couple of gory corpses, and a sacrilegious image of a leering crucifix during an attempted exorcism by a nondenominational evangelist. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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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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