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Screen Door Jesus

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Source: Catholic News Service

Unfocused ensemble piece about the residents of a small Texas town -- including a local seductress (Scarlett McAlister), her philosophizing boyfriend (Mark Dalton), the lustful mayor (Richard Dillard), a guilt-wracked banker (Cliff Stevens), and a Pentecostal grandma (Anjanette Comer) -- whose disparate lives are affected by a "miraculous" image of Christ that appears on the front-porch screen door of one of the townsfolk (Cynthia Dorn). Directed by Kirk Davis, the uneven film -- which unfairly stereotypes a majority of the characters as intolerant rubes -- explores themes of faith, ecumenism, hypocrisy and racism resulting in a meandering collage that waffles between drama and dark comedy while passing an ambiguous verdict on religious belief. Sexual situations and discussions, shadowy suggested nudity, brief violence, an attempted suicide, a few anti-Catholic remarks and racial slurs, some irreverent and irreligious humor, as well as recurring rough and crude language and gestures and an instance of profanity. 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.



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Joseph Benedict Cottolengo: In some ways Joseph exemplified St. Francis’ advice, "Let us begin to serve the Lord God, for up to now we have made little or no progress" (<i>1 Celano, </i>#103). 
<p>Joseph was the eldest of 12 children. Born in Piedmont, he was ordained for the Diocese of Turin in 1811. Frail health and difficulty in school were obstacles he overcame to reach ordination. </p><p>During Joseph’s lifetime Italy was torn by civil war while the poor and the sick suffered from neglect. Inspired by reading the life of St. Vincent de Paul and moved by the human suffering all around him, Joseph rented some rooms to nurse the sick of his parish and recruited local young women to serve as staff. </p><p>In 1832 at Voldocco, Joseph founded the House of Providence which served many different groups (the sick, the elderly, students, the mentally ill, the blind). All of this was financed by contributions. Popularly called "the University of Charity," this testimonial to God’s goodness was serving 8,000 people by the time of Joseph’s beatification in 1917. </p><p>To carry on his work, Joseph organized two religious communities, the Brothers of St. Vincent de Paul and the Sisters of St. Vincent de Paul. Joseph, who had joined the Secular Franciscans as a young man, was canonized in 1934.</p> American Catholic Blog The image of God! This is what it means to be human! We are not just a bunch of cells randomly thrown together by some impersonal forces. Rather, we reflect an eternal God who knew us from before we were made and purposely called us into being.

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