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Epic and effective retelling of the Exodus story using 3-D computer-generated imagery animation and narration by Sir Ben Kingsley to show how Moses (voice of Christian Slater), in obedience to the call of God (Elliott Gould) and with the support of his brother, Aaron (Christopher Gaze), and sister, Miriam (Kathleen Barr), put an end to Israel's enslavement under the Egyptian Pharaoh (Alfred Molina) and, despite the opposition of a clique of complainers, headed by Dathan (Lee Tockar), led God's people into the desert -- where they received his law -- and on to the threshold of the Promised Land. Directors Bill Boyce and John Stronach's film, though occasionally stiff in both action and tone, nonetheless provides a reasonably good introduction to a vital piece of biblical history for children, also serving as a pleasant refresher course for the adults who accompany them. Some images may be mildly frightening for very young children. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-I -- general patronage. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.

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Bruno: This saint has the honor of having founded a religious order which, as the saying goes, has never had to be reformed because it was never deformed. No doubt both the founder and the members would reject such high praise, but it is an indication of the saint's intense love of a penitential life in solitude. 
<p>Bruno was born in Cologne, Germany, became a famous teacher at Rheims and was appointed chancellor of the archdiocese at the age of 45. He supported Pope Gregory VII in his fight against the decadence of the clergy and took part in the removal of his own scandalous archbishop, Manasses. Bruno suffered the plundering of his house for his pains. </p><p>He had a dream of living in solitude and prayer, and persuaded a few friends to join him in a hermitage. After a while he felt the place unsuitable and, through a friend, was given some land which was to become famous for his foundation "in the Chartreuse" (from which comes the word Carthusians). The climate, desert, mountainous terrain and inaccessibility guaranteed silence, poverty and small numbers. </p><p>Bruno and his friends built an oratory with small individual cells at a distance from each other. They met for Matins and Vespers each day and spent the rest of the time in solitude, eating together only on great feasts. Their chief work was copying manuscripts. </p><p>The pope, hearing of Bruno's holiness, called for his assistance in Rome. When the pope had to flee Rome, Bruno pulled up stakes again, and spent his last years (after refusing a bishopric) in the wilderness of Calabria. </p><p>He was never formally canonized, because the Carthusians were averse to all occasions of publicity. However Pope Clement X extended his feast to the whole Church in 1674.</p> American Catholic Blog The saints in heaven love and care for us, and so it is fitting that we pray to them and ask for their prayers, as we on earth assist one another through prayer.


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