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My Best Friend (Mon Meilleur Ami)

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Source: Catholic News Service

A ruthless, self-centered antiques dealer (Daniel Auteuil) must prove to his disbelieving business partner (Julie Gayet) that he has a best friend, but after learning that none of his acquaintances consider him a friend, he decides that a good-natured cab driver (Dany Boon) may fit the bill. Director and co-writer Patrice Leconte's perceptive study on the nature of friendship begins as a lightweight comedy, but builds in bittersweet profundity as it goes along, and has a nail-biting climax involving, of all things, the TV show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" In French, with subtitles. A few rough and crude expletives, a lesbian character and an unethical act. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.



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Bridget: From age seven on, Bridget had visions of Christ crucified. Her visions formed the basis for her activity—always with the emphasis on charity rather than spiritual favors. 
<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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