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Thank You for Smoking

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Source: Catholic News Service

Trenchant black comedy about tobacco industry lobbyist (a perfectly cast Aaron Eckhart) who, under the approving eye of his boss (Robert Duvall), will stop at nothing to promote cigarette smoking, as he manipulates talk show hosts (Joan Lunden and Dennis Miller), an anti-smoking Vermont senator (William H. Macy), a Hollywood agent (Rob Lowe), and an investigative reporter (Katie Holmes), while wondering about the effect of his questionable tactics on his young son. Writer-director Jason Reitman's highly amusing and well-acted adaptation of Christopher Buckley's novel sustains its satiric stance without losing sight of the grave issues at hand. Much rough and crude language and expressions, a couple of sexual encounters with no nudity and sexual banter, an irreligious remark. 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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<p>James of Oldo was born into a well-to-do family near Milan in 1364. He married a woman who, like him, appreciated the comforts that came with wealth. But an outbreak of plague drove James, his wife and their three children out of their home and into the countryside. Despite those precautions, two of his daughters died from the plague, James determined to use whatever time he had left to build up treasures in heaven and to build God’s realm on earth. </p><p>He and his wife became Secular Franciscans. James gave up his old lifestyle and did penance for his sins. He cared for a sick priest, who taught him Latin. Upon the death of his wife, James himself became a priest. His house was transformed into a chapel where small groups of people, many of them fellow Secular Franciscans, came for prayer and support. James focused on caring for the sick and for prisoners of war. He died in 1404 after contracting a disease from one of his patients. </p><p>James Oldo was beatified in 1933.</p> American Catholic Blog Charity for the poor is like a living flame: the more dry the wood, the brighter it burns.


 
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