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Good Woman, A

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Source: Catholic News Service

Reasonably faithful and effective -- but rather dank -- updating of Oscar Wilde's Victorian-era melodrama "Lady Windermere's Fan" now set in 1930s Italy, concerning a notorious woman (a miscast Helen Hunt) who disrupts the lives of wealthy young newlyweds when the starry-eyed young wife (Scarlett Johansson) suspects the lady is having an affair with her husband. Director Mike Barker has cast his female protagonists with Americans, but it's several of the English supporting players (Tom Wilkinson, Roger Hammond and John Standing) who come off best, and while Howard Himelstein's script purloins several of Wilde's choice epigrams, the overall rewrite is below par. Implied adultery, attempted seduction, a character with implied past promiscuity, some mild husband-wife bedroom intimacy. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.

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Giles Mary of St. Joseph: In the same year that a power-hungry Napoleon Bonaparte led his army into Russia, Giles Mary of St. Joseph ended a life of humble service to his Franciscan community and to the citizens of Naples. 
<p>Francesco was born in Taranto to very poor parents. His father’s death left the 18-year-old Francesco to care for the family. Having secured their future, he entered the Friars Minor at Galatone in 1754. For 53 years he served at St. Paschal’s Hospice in Naples in various roles, such as cook, porter or most often as official beggar for that community. </p><p>“Love God, love God” was his characteristic phrase as he gathered food for the friars and shared some of his bounty with the poor—all the while consoling the troubled and urging everyone to repent. The charity which he reflected on the streets of Naples was born in prayer and nurtured in the common life of the friars. The people whom Giles met on his begging rounds nicknamed him the “Consoler of Naples.” He was canonized in 1996.</p> American Catholic Blog Jesus, our crucified Lord, you know us better than we know ourselves. Help us to see the ways in which we not only act out in selfishness, greed, or shortsightedness, but also in those ways we choose to ignore, forget, and step over aspects of our lives and others for which we need 
forgiveness.

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