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Clerks II


Source: Catholic News Service

Interminably lewd and infantile sequel to the 1994 indie cult hit, which finds New Jersey underachievers Dante (Brian O'Halloran) and Randal (Jeff Anderson) once again slacking off and engaging in foul-mouthed banter -- this time while flipping burgers at a fast-food joint after the Quick Time Grocery burns down -- with Dante in a relationship dilemma, torn between his rich-but-controlling fiance (Jennifer Schwalbach) and kindred-spirit boss (Rosario Dawson). Again directed by Kevin Smith, the film is capped with a message about friendship and staying true to yourself, but that hardly excuses the wall-to-wall vulgarity, much of which redefines distasteful, that precedes it. Pervasive rough and crude language and raunchy sexual humor, including a gag involving bestiality, some irreverence and profanity, drug references, masturbation, partial frontal and rear nudity, and some racial slurs. The USSCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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<p>Born in what is now west-central Poland (part of Germany before World War I), Helena Kowalska was the third of 10 children. She worked as a housekeeper in three cities before joining the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in 1925. She worked as a cook, gardener and porter in three of their houses. </p><p>In addition to carrying out her work faithfully, generously serving the needs of the sisters and the local people, she also had a deep interior life. This included receiving revelations from the Lord Jesus, messages that she recorded in her diary at the request of Christ and of her confessors. </p><p>At a time when some Catholics had an image of God as such a strict judge that they might be tempted to despair about the possibility of being forgiven, Jesus chose to emphasize his mercy and forgiveness for sins acknowledged and confessed. “I do not want to punish aching mankind,” he once told St. Faustina, “but I desire to heal it, pressing it to my merciful heart” (<i>Diary</i> 1588). The two rays emanating from Christ's heart, she said, represent the blood and water poured out after Jesus' death (John 19:34) </p><p>Because Sister Maria Faustina knew that the revelations she had already received did not constitute holiness itself, she wrote in her diary: “Neither graces, nor revelations, nor raptures, nor gifts granted to a soul make it perfect, but rather the intimate union of the soul with God. These gifts are merely ornaments of the soul, but constitute neither its essence nor its perfection. My sanctity and perfection consist in the close union of my will with the will of God” (<i>Diary</i> 1107). </p><p>Sister Maria Faustina died of tuberculosis in Krakow, Poland, on October 5, 1938. Pope John Paul II beatified her in 1993 and canonized her seven years later.</p> American Catholic Blog Since Christians are brought into God’s family through Christ, and since we share in God’s life-giving grace, we are united in a unique and powerful way. This allows us to love and care for one another, as we are commanded to do.

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