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Lady Chatterly

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Source: Catholic News Service

Literate, well-acted French-language adaptation of the second draft (there were three in all) of D.H. Lawrence's "Lady Chatterley's Lover" concerning the young wife (Marina Hands) of a World War I paralytic mine owner (Hippolyte Girardot), and her furtive romance with the lower-class gamekeeper (Jean-Louis Coulloc'h) employed by her husband. Director and co-writer Pascale Ferran recreates the 1920s English milieu impeccably, and though she avoids sensationalism (the sexual elements are not glamorized) and underscores the class conflict at the heart of the narrative, viewers must approach with caution. Subtitles. Adultery, several sexual encounters -- most with the couple fully clothed but some with full frontal nudity -- the acceptability of divorce and a graphic description of war. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.

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<p>Stephen of Mar Saba was the nephew of St. John Damascene, who introduced the young boy to monastic life beginning at age 10. When he reached 24, Stephen served the community in a variety of ways, including guest master. After some time he asked permission to live a hermit's life. The answer from the abbot was yes and no: Stephen could follow his preferred lifestyle during the week, but on weekends he was to offer his skills as a counselor. Stephen placed a note on the door of his cell: "Forgive me, Fathers, in the name of the Lord, but please do not disturb me except on Saturdays and Sundays." </p><p>Despite his calling to prayer and quiet, Stephen displayed uncanny skills with people and was a valued spiritual guide. </p><p>His biographer and disciple wrote about Stephen: "Whatever help, spiritual or material, he was asked to give, he gave. He received and honored all with the same kindness. He possessed nothing and lacked nothing. In total poverty he possessed all things." </p><p>Stephen died in 794.</p> American Catholic Blog Father, grant us the grace to be humble and content to place ourselves at your service. You know the role you want us to play in your kingdom. Following where you lead is the only sure way to find success and enjoy the adventure. We ask your grace to know this, in Jesus's name, Amen.


 
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