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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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Timothy and Titus: 
		<b>Timothy (d. 97?)</b>: What we know from the New Testament of Timothy’s life makes it sound like that of a modern harried bishop. He had the honor of being a fellow apostle with Paul, both sharing the privilege of preaching the gospel and suffering for it. 
<p>Timothy had a Greek father and a Jewish mother named Eunice. Being the product of a “mixed” marriage, he was considered illegitimate by the Jews. It was his grandmother, Lois, who first became Christian. Timothy was a convert of Paul around the year 47 and later joined him in his apostolic work. He was with Paul at the founding of the Church in Corinth. During the 15 years he worked with Paul, he became one of his most faithful and trusted friends. He was sent on difficult missions by Paul—often in the face of great disturbance in local churches which Paul had founded. </p><p>Timothy was with Paul in Rome during the latter’s house arrest. At some period Timothy himself was in prison (Hebrews 13:23). Paul installed him as his representative at the Church of Ephesus. </p><p>Timothy was comparatively young for the work he was doing. (“Let no one have contempt for your youth,” Paul writes in 1 Timothy 4:12a.) Several references seem to indicate that he was timid. And one of Paul’s most frequently quoted lines was addressed to him: “Stop drinking only water, but have a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent illnesses” (1 Timothy 5:23). </p><p><b>Titus (d. 94?)</b>: Titus has the distinction of being a close friend and disciple of Paul as well as a fellow missionary. He was Greek, apparently from Antioch. Even though Titus was a Gentile, Paul would not let him be forced to undergo circumcision at Jerusalem. Titus is seen as a peacemaker, administrator, great friend. Paul’s second letter to Corinth affords an insight into the depth of his friendship with Titus, and the great fellowship they had in preaching the gospel: “When I went to Troas...I had no relief in my spirit because I did not find my brother Titus. So I took leave of them and went on to Macedonia.... For even when we came into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were afflicted in every way—external conflicts, internal fears. But God, who encourages the downcast, encouraged us by the arrival of Titus...” (2 Corinthians 2:12a, 13; 7:5-6). </p><p>When Paul was having trouble with the community at Corinth, Titus was the bearer of Paul’s severe letter and was successful in smoothing things out. Paul writes he was strengthened not only by the arrival of Titus but also “by the encouragement with which he was encouraged in regard to you, as he told us of your yearning, your lament, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced even more.... And his heart goes out to you all the more, as he remembers the obedience of all of you, when you received him with fear and trembling” (2 Corinthians 7:7a, 15). </p><p>The Letter to Titus addresses him as the administrator of the Christian community on the island of Crete, charged with organizing it, correcting abuses and appointing presbyter-bishops.</p> American Catholic Blog Meek does not mean weak. Meekness requires true strength (Mt 5:5). True power is robed in humility.

 
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