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October Baby

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

“October Baby” tells the fictional story of Hannah  (newcomer Rachel Hendrix), a 19-year old college student who collapses during the performance of a play. In an effort to find out why she is having medical issues and nightmares her parents tell her she is adopted. This overwhelming news sends her and her best friend, Jason, on a road trip to find her real mother.

Along the way Rachel must sort through all kinds of emotional issue especially anger and abandonment.
 
She tracks down a nurse (Jasmine Guy) who tells her the story of the botched abortion that took her twin brother’s life and how Rachel survived.
 
Rachel finally meets her birth mother and the last few minutes of the film conclude in a way that will make most viewers shed a tear.
 
“October Baby” is a film with a good heart but it is preachy and heavy on messages. Personally I do not think our young people will sit through such a drudgery to get to the final scenes. Christian filmmakers such as Andrew and Jon Erwin who directed, co-produced and co-wrote the film, need to understand story-telling better and trust the audience to “get it.” If it is a good story it will evoke a positive response.
  The actors are in dire need of acting school except for veterans Jasmine Gray and John Schneider. The cinematography is good but it cannot make up for a leaden script and delivery.


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Martha: Martha, Mary and their brother Lazarus were evidently close friends of Jesus. He came to their home simply as a welcomed guest, rather than as one celebrating the conversion of a sinner like Zacchaeus or one unceremoniously received by a suspicious Pharisee. The sisters feel free to call on Jesus at their brother’s death, even though a return to Judea at that time seems almost certain death. 
<p>No doubt Martha was an active sort of person. On one occasion (see Luke 10:38-42) she prepares the meal for Jesus and possibly his fellow guests and forthrightly states the obvious: All hands should pitch in to help with the dinner. </p><p>Yet, as biblical scholar Father John McKenzie points out, she need not be rated as an “unrecollected activist.” The evangelist is emphasizing what our Lord said on several occasions about the primacy of the spiritual: “...[D]o not worry about your life, what you will eat [or drink], or about your body, what you will wear…. But seek first the kingdom [of God] and his righteousness” (Matthew 6:25b, 33a); “One does not live by bread alone” (Luke 4:4b); “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness…” (Matthew 5:6a). </p><p>Martha’s great glory is her simple and strong statement of faith in Jesus after her brother’s death. “Jesus told her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’ She said to him, ‘Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world’” (John 11:25-27).</p> American Catholic Blog The commandments are a gift, not a curse. Sin is less about breaking the rules and more about breaking the Father’s heart.

 
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