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Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World 4D

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

In director/writer Robert Rodriguez’ fourth installment of the “Spy Kids” franchise we have a new spy family headed by step-mom Marissa (Jessica Alba) and Wilbur (Joel McHale). His two kids are twins Rebecca and Cecil ( for the entire cast see the Internet Movie Database http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1517489/).
 
Marissa is a real-life sky who is pregnant with her first child. Her step-daughter,  Rebecca does not like her but Cecil does. Wilbur works in television and is trying to create a spy show.
 
Marissa works up until giving birth. After two years her boss at the OSS (Organization for Super Spies) needs her to come back because someone or thing is making time speed up and they must stop it.
 
It all gets very complicated.  Time is of the utmost importance! Carmen and Junie are Marissa’s niece and nephew, but the siblings have not gotten along for some time. Carmen takes Rebecca and Cecil under her wing at the OSS, but the kids manage to make a significant contribution to identifying and bringing down the bad guy with the help of Junie, and of course, mom and dad. It’s a family affair.
 
The film isn’t about bringing down a bad guy, however. It’s about why the man wants to control time, his regrets over the past, and his love for his father.
 
But what does “4D”, or four dimension, mean? You might recall the 2003 film “Rugrats Go Wild” that was also “4D”. The dimension of smell is added to 3D (so you still need the glasses) through “scratch and sniff” cards. At the salient moment in the movie, a number flashes indicating its time to scratch and sniff that spot on the card. I went to a 2D version of the movie, but the 4D was explained at the beginning, and we saw the numbers appear. I think that flatulence only occurs once out of eight opportunities to share cinematic smell space.

“Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World” is a sturdy family film but it felt like the special effects outweighed the plot and certainly the dialogue. The good news is it is better than the comic books into film we have been getting, with more discernment about the situation that the simplistic good vs. evil.


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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 she oon 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>
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