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Run Fatboy Run

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Source: Catholic News Service

Quirky romantic comedy in which a likeable British twit (Simon Pegg), despite being out of shape, must complete a marathon in order to regain the respect of his ex-fiancee (Thandie Newton), thwart her obnoxious boyfriend (Hank Azaria), vindicate the confidence shown by his trusting landlord (Harish Patel) and safeguard a friend who has rashly bet on him (Dylan Moran). Despite some errant, occasionally outrageous humor and a familiar story arc, actor David Schwimmer's directorial debut has enough sparkle and eccentricity to make it past the finish line. Two scenes of rear nudity, implied premarital sex, one use of the f-word, some crude and crass language, one profanity, obscene gestures, sexual and scatological humor, a violent fight and a transsexual character. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. 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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Maria Bertilla Boscardin: If anyone knew rejection, ridicule and disappointment, it was today’s saint. But such trials only brought Maria Bertilla Boscardin closer to God and more determined to serve him. 
<p>Born in Italy in 1888, the young girl lived in fear of her father, a violent man prone to jealousy and drunkenness. Her schooling was limited so that she could spend more time helping at home and working in the fields. She showed few talents and was often the butt of jokes. </p><p>In 1904 she joined the Sisters of St. Dorothy and was assigned to work in the kitchen, bakery and laundry. After some time Maria received nurses’ training and began working in a hospital with children suffering from diphtheria. There the young nun seemed to find her true vocation: nursing very ill and disturbed children. Later, when the hospital was taken over by the military in World War I, Sister Maria Bertilla fearlessly cared for patients amidst the threat of constant air raids and bombings. </p><p>She died in 1922 after suffering for many years from a painful tumor. Some of the patients she had nursed many years before were present at her canonization in 1961.</p> American Catholic Blog We need to take up our crosses, but we also need to be gentle with them and with ourselves. If we sit holding our own crosses too tightly we will not be able to put our arms around anyone else, nor will they be able to put their arms around us. That includes God.


 
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