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Butterfly Effect, The

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Self-inflated thriller about a psychology major (Ashton Kutcher) who learns that the daily journals he has been keeping since an early age hold the key to unlocking repressed memories of traumatic boyhood events, as well as opening the door to the past, allowing him to travel back in time and rewrite a happy ending for the tragic lives of his childhood friends. Rather than exploring the poisonous fruits of child abuse and hubris involved in trying to play God, directors Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber craft an elaborate, though hollow, narrative which quickly implodes into a laughable stew of overwrought confusion and unnecessary vulgarity -- as increasingly ludicrous as it is tedious. Several sexual encounters, brief full-frontal nudity, implied child pornography, homosexual allusions, sporadic graphic violence, a few instances of drug abuse, recurring rough language, profanity and racial slurs. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.

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David of Wales: David is the patron saint of Wales and perhaps the most famous of British saints. Ironically, we have little reliable information about him. 
<p>It is known that he became a priest, engaged in missionary work and founded many monasteries, including his principal abbey in southwestern Wales. Many stories and legends sprang up about David and his Welsh monks. Their austerity was extreme. They worked in silence without the help of animals to till the soil. Their food was limited to bread, vegetables and water. </p><p>In about the year 550, David attended a synod where his eloquence impressed his fellow monks to such a degree that he was elected primate of the region. The episcopal see was moved to Mynyw, where he had his monastery (now called St. David's). He ruled his diocese until he had reached a very old age. His last words to his monks and subjects were: "Be joyful, brothers and sisters. Keep your faith, and do the little things that you have seen and heard with me." </p><p>St. David is pictured standing on a mound with a dove on his shoulder. The legend is that once while he was preaching a dove descended to his shoulder and the earth rose to lift him high above the people so that he could be heard. Over 50 churches in South Wales were dedicated to him in pre-Reformation days.</p> American Catholic Blog When we recognize the wounded Jesus in ourselves, we are quite likely to go out of our hearts and minds to recognize Him in those around us. And, as we tend our own selves, we are moved to tend others as we can, whether through action or prayer. Our lives can truly echo the caring words and provide the caring touch of Christ.


 
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