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Springtime in a Small Town

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Source: Catholic News Service

Bittersweet post-World War II tale set in rural China where a young doctor (Baiqing Xin) comes to stay with his sickly childhood friend (Jun Wu) only to find him married to the girl (Jingfan Hu) he reluctantly left behind years earlier, which threatens to change the dynamics of their friendship and the couple's marriage. As delicately unfolded by director Tian Zhuangzhuang, the virtues of duty and honor are painfully upheld as each of the three characters and the husband's impressionable teen sister cope with observing tradition and commitment in the face of personal desire. Subtitles. An attempted suicide. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.



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Justin: Justin never ended his quest for religious truth even when he converted to Christianity after years of studying various pagan philosophies. 
<p>As a young man, he was principally attracted to the school of Plato. However, he found that the Christian religion answered the great questions about life and existence better than the philosophers. </p><p>Upon his conversion he continued to wear the philosopher's mantle, and became the first Christian philosopher. He combined the Christian religion with the best elements in Greek philosophy. In his view, philosophy was a pedagogue of Christ, an educator that was to lead one to Christ. </p><p>Justin is known as an apologist, one who defends in writing the Christian religion against the attacks and misunderstandings of the pagans. Two of his so-called apologies have come down to us; they are addressed to the Roman emperor and to the Senate. </p><p>For his staunch adherence to the Christian religion, Justin was beheaded in Rome in 165.</p> American Catholic Blog Gray and overcast...from my earthly perspective, but it’s sunny above these storm clouds. Grace lets us see life from God’s point of view.

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