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The Lucky One

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

U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault (Zac Ephron) survives several bombings and ambushes while deployed in Iraq.  This is his third tour. In some rubble along the road he sees a photograph of a beautiful young woman with a message written on the back: “Stay safe” and is signed “Beth”. While holding the photo another bomb goes off where Logan was standing. He starts to think the photo is like a guardian angel or good luck charm for him. Then it happens again; he survives when his buddy is killed.
 
When Logan returns home he goes to stay with his sister and her family in Colorado. It soon becomes evident he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  But he is still haunted by the photo and instead of going to the VA to get help he decides to walk across the county with his beloved German shepherd Zeus to find her. And he does - at a kennel in Louisiana.
 
Beth (Taylor Schilling) thinks Logan is there for a job but when he says he is a former marine she turns him away. But her grandmother (Blythe Danner), with whom Beth and her seven year-old son Ben (Riley Thomas Stewart) live, hires him anyway. We soon learn that Beth’s beloved older brother was a marine killed in combat but so far the military has not told them how he died but they suggested that friendly fire may have had a role in his death. On no evidence Beth suspects that Logan might have been involved. Beth has survived much loss: their parents were killed in an accident when she and her brother were young. She became pregnant as a senior in high school, married the father, Keith (Jay R. Ferguson) who is a bully dressed in a deputy sheriff’s uniform.  They are now divorced.
 
“The Lucky One” is based on the best-selling novel by Nicholas Sparks and I was privileged to meet him last Saturday during the press day for the film. When asked about the predictability of his stories he described the formula that resonates with readers: a plot that moves through all life’s emotions from loss, sorrow, jealousy, betrayal, sadness, tragedy, reconciliation, love to joy.  He also said that there are three things that he insists on when his books are turned into movies: 1) That the spirit and intent of the story are maintained 2) that the spirit and intent of the characters are maintained and 3) that the filmmakers make the best movie possible. In other words Sparks does not mind artistic license if it serves the story.

“The Lucky One” is the fourth collaboration between Nicholas Sparks and producer Denise Di Novi and a fifth is in the works.


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Augustine of Canterbury: In the year 596, some 40 monks set out from Rome to evangelize the Anglo-Saxons in England. Leading the group was Augustine, the prior of their monastery in Rome. Hardly had he and his men reached Gaul (France) when they heard stories of the ferocity of the Anglo-Saxons and of the treacherous waters of the English Channel. Augustine returned to Rome and to the pope who had sent them—St. Gregory the Great (September 3 )—only to be assured by him that their fears were groundless. 
<p>Augustine again set out. This time the group crossed the English Channel and landed in the territory of Kent, ruled by King Ethelbert, a pagan married to a Christian, Bertha. Ethelbert received them kindly, set up a residence for them in Canterbury and within the year, on Pentecost Sunday, 597, was himself baptized. After being consecrated a bishop in France, Augustine returned to Canterbury, where he founded his see. He constructed a church and monastery near where the present cathedral, begun in 1070, now stands. As the faith spread, additional sees were established at London and Rochester. </p><p>Work was sometimes slow and Augustine did not always meet with success. Attempts to reconcile the Anglo-Saxon Christians with the original Briton Christians (who had been driven into western England by Anglo-Saxon invaders) ended in dismal failure. Augustine failed to convince the Britons to give up certain Celtic customs at variance with Rome and to forget their bitterness, helping him evangelize their Anglo-Saxon conquerors </p><p>Laboring patiently, Augustine wisely heeded the missionary principles—quite enlightened for the times—suggested by Pope Gregory the Great: purify rather than destroy pagan temples and customs; let pagan rites and festivals be transformed into Christian feasts; retain local customs as far as possible. The limited success Augustine achieved in England before his death in 605, a short eight years after he arrived in England, would eventually bear fruit long after in the conversion of England. Augustine of Canterbury can truly be called the “Apostle of England.”</p> American Catholic Blog When we go through pain it is easy to feel abandoned or forgotten, but suffering doesn’t mean God doesn’t love us, He does. Even Jesus suffered, and He was completely without sin.

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