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Kill Bill -- Vol. I

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Source: Catholic News Service

Ultraviolent tale about a female former assassin (Uma Thurman) gunned down and left for dead on her wedding day, who wakes up from a four-year coma revved up to exact revenge on her would-be killers -- the same hit squad which had previously employed her services. Buckets of blood flow in this first installment of Quentin Tarantino's mayhem-mired two-part opus, a film which, despite its slick pulp-noir veneer, is fueled by a sadistic killing-is-cool mentality that packages gratuitous gore as entertainment. Excessive graphic violence, twisted sexual references, as well as much rough and crude language and profanity. 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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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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