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Crazy, Stupid, Love

By
Sr. Rose Pacatte, F.S.P.
Source: AmericanCatholic.org

Among the many purported “romantic comedies” this summer “Crazy, Stupid, Love” has a little more substance and heart over the unfortunate grunge, though sometimes funny, that hit theaters in recent months.

Everyman Cal (Steve Carrell) seems to be doing just great when his wife Emily (Julianne Moore) admits that she has had an affair and wants a divorce. Cal is shell-shocked, moves out, and mourns his life at a bar. He meets a slick ladies man Jacob (Ryan Gosling) who takes him under his wing. Jacob updates Cal’s wardrobe and teaches him how to chat up women. He manages to seduce Kate (Marisa Tomei) along with other women, but he comes to regret his liaison with Kate as this story gets more involved.
 
Unbeknownst to Cal and Emily, their 13-year old son Robby (Jonah Bobo)  has a crush on the babysitter, Jessica (Analeigh Tipton) who has a crush on Cal that is actually a little creepy but plausible. But when Jacob falls for the lovely law student Hannah (Emma Stone), who sees right through his womanizing, the story goes from complicated to a little chaotic.
 
Finally, Cal admits to Emily that he should have fought for her.
 
“Crazy, Stupid, Love”, written by Dan Fogleman, who wrote “Cars”, “Bolt” and “Tangled” vacillates between charm, humor, and the unsatisfying consequences of careless sexual behavior. But he does manage to show that marriage takes work, that temptations abound, and that it is precious, and requires character, courage, and effort.
 
 
-SPOILER-
Just when you think the film will end on a high note, parents will cringe when the babysitter, Jessica, gives Robby, already a hopeless romantic, something to remember her by after the 8th grade graduation ceremony. Although the audience doesn’t see anything, its assumed she sends him nude photos from her cell phone.


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Alphonsus Liguori: 
		<p>Moral theology, Vatican II said, should be more thoroughly nourished by Scripture, and show the nobility of the Christian vocation of the faithful and their obligation to bring forth fruit in charity for the life of the world. Alphonsus, declared patron of moral theologians by Pius XII in 1950, would rejoice in that statement.</p>
		<p>In his day, Alphonsus fought for the liberation of moral theology from the rigidity of Jansenism. His moral theology, which went through 60 editions in the century following him, concentrated on the practical and concrete problems of pastors and confessors. If a certain legalism and minimalism crept into moral theology, it should not be attributed to this model of moderation and gentleness.</p>
		<p>At the University of Naples he received, at the age of 16, a doctorate in both canon and civil law by acclamation, but he soon gave up the practice of law for apostolic activity. He was ordained a priest and concentrated his pastoral efforts on popular (parish) missions, hearing confessions, forming Christian groups. </p>
		<p>He founded the Redemptorist congregation in 1732. It was an association of priests and brothers living a common life, dedicated to the imitation of Christ, and working mainly in popular missions for peasants in rural areas. Almost as an omen of what was to come later, he found himself deserted, after a while, by all his original companions except one lay brother. But the congregation managed to survive and was formally approved 17 years later, though its troubles were not over. </p>
		<p>Alphonsus’ great pastoral reforms were in the pulpit and confessional—replacing the pompous oratory of the time with simplicity, and the rigorism of Jansenism with kindness. His great fame as a writer has somewhat eclipsed the fact that for 26 years he traveled up and down the Kingdom of Naples, preaching popular missions. </p>
		<p>He was made bishop (after trying to reject the honor) at 66 and at once instituted a thorough reform of his diocese. </p>
		<p>His greatest sorrow came toward the end of his life. The Redemptorists, precariously continuing after the suppression of the Jesuits in 1773, had difficulty in getting their Rule approved by the Kingdom of Naples. Alphonsus acceded to the condition that they possess no property in common, but a royal official, with the connivance of a high Redemptorist official, changed the Rule substantially. Alphonsus, old, crippled and with very bad sight, signed the document, unaware that he had been betrayed. The Redemptorists in the Papal States then put themselves under the pope, who withdrew those in Naples from the jurisdiction of Alphonsus. It was only after his death that the branches were united. </p>
		<p>At 71 he was afflicted with rheumatic pains which left incurable bending of his neck; until it was straightened a little, the pressure of his chin caused a raw wound on his chest. He suffered a final 18 months of “dark night” scruples, fears, temptations against every article of faith and every virtue, interspersed with intervals of light and relief, when ecstasies were frequent. </p>
		<p>Alphonsus is best known for his moral theology, but he also wrote well in the field of spiritual and dogmatic theology. His <i>Glories of Mary</i> is one of the great works on that subject, and his book <i>Visits to the Blessed Sacrament</i> went through 40 editions in his lifetime, greatly influencing the practice of this devotion in the Church.</p> American Catholic Blog Ultimately there is no friend who can fully understand us, who can walk with us all the way. We must go forward and walk on our own in response to who we are and who we are called to be in God. —Thomas Merton

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