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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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Francesco Antonio Fasani: Born in Lucera (southeast Italy), Francesco entered the Conventual Franciscans in 1695. After his ordination 10 years later, he taught philosophy to younger friars, served as guardian of his friary and later became provincial. When his term of office ended, Francesco became master of novices and finally pastor in his hometown. 
<p>In his various ministries, he was loving, devout and penitential. He was a sought-after confessor and preacher. One witness at the canonical hearings regarding Francesco’s holiness testified, "In his preaching he spoke in a familiar way, filled as he was with the love of God and neighbor; fired by the Spirit, he made use of the words and deed of Holy Scripture, stirring his listeners and moving them to do penance." Francesco showed himself a loyal friend of the poor, never hesitating to seek from benefactors what was needed. </p><p>At his death in Lucera, children ran through the streets and cried out, "The saint is dead! The saint is dead!" Francesco was canonized in 1986.</p> American Catholic Blog Even in the innocence and devotion of my dog, I see a reminder from heaven to stay simple and devout! I call our funny little canine “a smile from heaven” because God uses him to make us laugh every single day, no matter what else is going on in our lives. Everywhere I look, it seems that God is sending me coded messages.

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