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Youth Without Youth

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Source: Catholic News Service

Visually rich but dramatically deficient fable in which a 70-year-old Romanian scholar (Tim Roth) regains his youth and acquires superhuman powers -- as well as a split personality -- after being struck by lightning, is protected and given a new identity by his doctor (Bruno Ganz), romances a Nazi spy (Alexandra Pirici) but evades her masters who want to study him, escaping to Switzerland, where he falls in love with a tourist (Alexandra Maria Lara), who looks exactly like the deceased woman he loved in his youth and who has also been struck by lightning with equally unusual effects. Writer-director Francis Ford Coppola's film captivates the eye but numbs the mind as it moves at a snail's pace through a series of surreal images and didactic conversations. Graphic nonmarital sexual activity; side, rear and upper female nudity; strong imagery of a burn victim; light sexual references; and suicide theme. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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Louis Mary Grignion de Montfort: Louis's life is inseparable from his efforts to promote genuine devotion to Mary, the mother of Jesus and mother of the Church. <i>Totus tuus </i>(completely yours) was Louis's personal motto; Karol Wojtyla (John Paul II, October 22) chose it as his episcopal motto. 
<p>Born in the Breton village of Montfort, close to Rennes (France), as an adult Louis identified himself by the place of his Baptism instead of his family name, Grignion. After being educated by the Jesuits and the Sulpicians, he was ordained as a diocesan priest in 1700. </p><p>Soon he began preaching parish missions throughout western France. His years of ministering to the poor prompted him to travel and live very simply, sometimes getting him into trouble with Church authorities. In his preaching, which attracted thousands of people back to the faith, Father Louis recommended frequent, even daily, Holy Communion (not the custom then!) and imitation of the Virgin Mary's ongoing acceptance of God's will for her life. </p><p>Louis founded the Missionaries of the Company of Mary (for priests and brothers) and the Daughters of Wisdom, who cared especially for the sick. His book <i>True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin</i> has become a classic explanation of Marian devotion. </p><p>Louis died in Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre, where a basilica has been erected in his honor. He was canonized in 1947.</p> American Catholic Blog The Lord has given us human beings the ability to reason. We have an intellect and are able to use our reasoning skills to arrive at logical decisions. As long as our conclusions don't conflict with any of the Lord's teachings, He absolutely expects us to use our intelligence.


 
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