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Source: Catholic News Service

Old-fashioned Southern gothic tale of two couples (Reynaldo Rosales, Heidi Dippold, J.P. Davis and Julie Ann Emery) trapped in an eerie backwoods inn where they battle both the sinister proprietors (Leslie Easterbrook, Lew Temple and Bill Moseley) and a masked intruder. Though intended as a Christian allegory, director Robby Henson's screen version of Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker's novel is too confused and labored to make its long-deferred theological payoff worth the wait. Moderate violence, an incestuous child molestation theme, a few sexual references and implied cohabitation; acceptable for older teens. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III—adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R—restricted; under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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<p>Joseph Zaroun Makluf was raised by an uncle because his father, a mule driver, died when Joseph was only three. At the age of 23, Joseph joined the Monastery of St. Maron at Annaya, Lebanon, and took the name Sharbel in honor of a second-century martyr. He professed his final vows in 1853 and was ordained six years later. </p><p>Following the example of the fifth-century St. Maron, Sharbel lived as a hermit from 1875 until his death. His reputation for holiness prompted people to seek him to receive a blessing and to be remembered in his prayers. He followed a strict fast and was very devoted to the Blessed Sacrament. When his superiors occasionally asked him to administer the sacraments to nearby villages, Sharbel did so gladly. </p><p>He died in the late afternoon on Christmas Eve. Christians and non-Christians soon made his tomb a place of pilgrimage and of cures. Pope Paul VI beatified him in 1965 and canonized him 12 years later.</p> American Catholic Blog You cannot claim to be ‘for Christ’ and espouse a political cause that implies callous indifference to the needs of millions of human beings and even cooperate in their destruction.

 
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