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Happy Endings

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Source: Catholic News Service

Overly long and morally muddled intertwining stories of a woman (Lisa Kudrow) involved with a sex masseur (Bobby Cannavale) while a would-be filmmaker (Jesse Bradford) insists on filming the latter's life in exchange for revealing the identity of a child she had out of wedlock years before; her gay stepbrother (Steve Coogan) and his companion (David Sutcliffe), whose sperm may have been used for the child of lesbian friends Diane (Sarah Clarke) and Pam (Laura Dern); and a singer (Maggie Gyllenhaal) who seduces the sexually conflicted son (Jason Ritter) of a rich businessman (Tom Arnold) before casting an opportunistic eye on the father. Director Don Roos has made an edgy, offbeat comedy not completely devoid of a moral center -- many of the dysfunctional characters ultimately behave decently, and there's a subtext about the value of human life -- but the results are just not profound enough to overcome the general amorality on parade for most of the film's two hours-plus running time. Profanity, crude language and expressions, abortion and artificial insemination, partial nudity, same-sex coupling, premarital and underage sex, drug use, sexual situations including brief partial nudity, and a violent car accident. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.

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<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 
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