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Upside of Anger, The

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Beautifully acted, droll, and, ultimately, profoundly moving comedy-drama set in a Detroit suburb about an embittered alcoholic upper-class wife (the superb Joan Allen) deserted by her husband and left to raise their four daughters (Erika Christensen, Evan Rachel Wood, Keri Russell and Alicia Witt) who enters into a relationship with her neighbor, a burned-out but affable baseball player-turned-DJ (Kevin Costner in one of his best roles), who loves her and becomes a surrogate father to the girls. Director Mike Binder -- who also plays the part of a reprobate with an eye toward women half his age -- has written a sharply observant spin on the nature of anger, intercutting the story with occasional film and news clips of hatred's ramifications on a global scale -- and imparts a strong moral about the destructive nature of misplaced animosity. Permissive attitude toward premarital sex, rough, crude, and profane language, a few brief sexual situations, alcohol and fleeting drug use. 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.

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Alphonsus Rodriguez: Tragedy and challenge beset today’s saint early in life, but Alphonsus Rodriguez found happiness and contentment through simple service and prayer. 
<p>Born in Spain in 1533, Alphonsus inherited the family textile business at 23. Within the space of three years, his wife, daughter and mother died; meanwhile, business was poor. Alphonsus stepped back and reassessed his life. He sold the business and, with his young son, moved into his sisters’ home. There he learned the discipline of prayer and meditation. </p><p>Years later, at the death of his son, Alphonsus, almost 40 by then, sought to join the Jesuits. He was not helped by his poor education. He applied twice before being admitted. For 45 years he served as doorkeeper at the Jesuits’ college in Majorca. When not at his post, he was almost always at prayer, though he often encountered difficulties and temptations. </p><p>His holiness and prayerfulness attracted many to him, including St. Peter Claver, then a Jesuit seminarian. Alphonsus’s life as doorkeeper may have been humdrum, but he caught the attention of poet and fellow-Jesuit Gerard Manley Hopkins, who made him the subject of one of his poems. </p><p>Alphonsus died in 1617. He is the patron saint of Majorca.</p> American Catholic Blog People mess up, and it’s especially hard to watch as our children and other young people go down paths we know are likely to lead to heartbreak. Providing gentle guidance when it’s needed, and love even when that guidance isn’t followed, helps them to start fresh.

 
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