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Sydney White

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Source: Catholic News Service

Quirky campus comedy in which an irrepressible tomboy (Amanda Bynes) leaves her home and widowed father (John Schneider) for college, pledges her late mother's sorority with the support of a fellow initiate (Crystal Hunt) and despite the hostility of its snooty president (Sara Paxton), but ultimately finds her true role as housemother and guiding spirit of "the Vortex," a ramshackle dorm occupied by seven of her school's most marginalized students -- including an endearing panallergic student (Jack Carpenter) and a socially inept genius (Jeremy Howard) -- and as the girlfriend of a surprisingly generous fraternity brother (Matt Long). The clever re-imagining of a venerable fairy tale (the title is a hint), director Joe Nussbaum's film is for the most part an appealingly innocent romance that also possesses a commendable set of moral values. Some crass language, some innuendo, implied nudity, alcohol use, brief gay references and a transvestite poet. Such elements may make the film unsuitable for younger teens. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.



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<p>Like most feasts of Mary, it is closely connected with Jesus and his saving work. The more visible actors in the visitation drama (see Luke 1:39-45) are Mary and Elizabeth. However, Jesus and John the Baptist steal the scene in a hidden way. Jesus makes John leap with joy—the joy of messianic salvation. Elizabeth, in turn, is filled with the Holy Spirit and addresses words of praise to Mary—words that echo down through the ages. </p><p>It is helpful to recall that we do not have a journalist’s account of this meeting. Rather, Luke, speaking for the Church, gives a prayerful poet’s rendition of the scene. Elizabeth’s praise of Mary as “the mother of my Lord” can be viewed as the earliest Church’s devotion to Mary. As with all authentic devotion to Mary, Elizabeth’s (the Church’s) words first praise God for what God has done to Mary. Only secondly does she praise Mary for trusting God’s words. </p><p>Then comes the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55). Here Mary herself (like the Church) traces all her greatness to God.</p> American Catholic Blog Someone once told Pope Francis that his words had inspired him to give a lot more to the poor. Pope Francis’s response was to challenge the man not to just give money, but to roll up his sleeves, get his hands dirty, and actually reach out and help.

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