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Passion Recut, The

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Source: Catholic News Service

Toned-down, yet still brutal, re-editing of Mel Gibson's unflinching, at times profoundly moving, dramatization of the final agonizing hours of Jesus' earthly life -- as portrayed by Jim Caviezel -- from arrest to crucifixion and resurrection. The slightly tamer revision is missing roughly six minutes of the movie's bloodiest scenes -- specifically the scourging and crucifixion sequences -- softening the film's graphic nature a bit without eviscerating its emotional and spiritual poignancy. Even with the cuts, however, the cumulative effect is still too intense for young children and those sensitive to violence, though perhaps some parents may now feel it appropriate for older adolescents. Subtitles. Gory scenes of torture and crucifixion, a suicide and some frightening images. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.

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Joseph of Cupertino: Joseph is most famous for levitating at prayer.
<p>Already as a child, Joseph showed a fondness for prayer. After a short career with the Capuchins, he joined the Conventuals. Following a brief assignment caring for the friary mule, Joseph began his studies for the priesthood. Though studies were very difficult for him, Joseph gained a great deal of knowledge from prayer. He was ordained in 1628.
</p><p>Joseph’s tendency to levitate during prayer was sometimes a cross; some people came to see this much as they might have gone to a circus sideshow. Joseph’s gift led him to be humble, patient and obedient, even though at times he was greatly tempted and felt forsaken by God. He fasted and wore iron chains for much of his life.
</p><p>The friars transferred Joseph several times for his own good and for the good of the rest of the community. He was reported to and investigated by the Inquisition; the examiners exonerated him.
</p><p>Joseph was canonized in 1767. In the investigation preceding the canonization, 70 incidents of levitation are recorded.</p> American Catholic Blog Lord, help me to spread your fragrance wherever I go. Let me preach you without preaching, not by words but by my example, by the catching force, the sympathetic influence of what I do, the evident fullness of the love my heart bears for you. –Cardinal Newman

 
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