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Melinda and Melinda

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Source: Catholic News Service

Only fitfully interesting interwoven stories -- one tragic, one comic -- of a distraught divorcee (Radha Mitchell in both versions) who shows up unannounced at a dinner party, disrupting the lives of the couple and their friends (Will Ferrell, Amanda Peet, Chloe Sevigny and Jonny Lee Miller), and the men with whom she becomes involved (Chiwetel Ejiofor, Daniel Sunjata and Josh Brolin). Among the myriad problems with Woody Allen's latest disappointing film is that the comedic portions are scarcely funnier than the more dramatic ones, the dialogue is perplexingly artificial, and the back and forth between the two versions is frequently confusing, despite good performances and picturesque New York location shooting. Casual acceptance of adultery, sexual innuendo and brief sexual situations, some profanity and crude language, alcohol and drug use, and attempted suicide. 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 PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.



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<p>She lived her married life in the court of the Swedish king Magnus II. Mother of eight children (the second eldest was St. Catherine of Sweden), she lived the strict life of a penitent after her husband’s death. </p><p>Bridget constantly strove to exert her good influence over Magnus; while never fully reforming, he did give her land and buildings to found a monastery for men and women. This group eventually expanded into an Order known as the Bridgetines (still in existence). </p><p>In 1350, a year of jubilee, Bridget braved a plague-stricken Europe to make a pilgrimage to Rome. Although she never returned to Sweden, her years in Rome were far from happy, being hounded by debts and by opposition to her work against Church abuses. </p><p>A final pilgrimage to the Holy Land, marred by shipwreck and the death of her son, Charles, eventually led to her death in 1373. In 1999, she, Saints Catherine of Siena (April 29) and Teresa Benedicts of the Cross (Edith Stein, August 9) were named co-patronesses of Europe.</p> American Catholic Blog Teaching by example forms a durable base from which to form character. It is the base, but alone it won’t raise the kind of person you want. Being a moral adult is fundamental to teaching children morals. But it is not sufficient, in and of itself.

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