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Movie Review: Bad Moms reveals a culture gone bad.

WARNING: The following contains many spoiler alerts for the film Bad Moms and has frank descriptions of the movie’s very adult content.

You can spend over $10 on a movie ticket to learn that American culture is at its nadir. Or you can believe me, because I have seen it in the form of a ridiculously bad film now raking it in at the box office.

The movie in question: Bad Moms.

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News About Saints

Potential Indian Saint Gets Honor

From the Times of India:

Panaji: Villagers of Divar are all set to name the main road passing through the island village after Fr Jacome Gonsalves, a son-of-the-soil, great missionary, erudite linguist and a collaborator of St. Joseph Vaz in the great Ceylon missionary adventure of the Goa Oratorians.

With the recent canonization of St Vaz, the spotlight is now on the cause of Fr Gonsalves. To commemorate his 274th death anniversary on July 17, a religious service will be held at the Our Lady of Piety Church, on his native island. The main village road of the island, fronting his three-and-half century-old ancestral house, will be named ‘Fr Jacome Gonsalves Road’. A statue of the illustrious son of Divar will soon be installed at the ancestral house, where presently the Divar High School is functioning.

A book on his life is under publication, states a press release.

Fr Eremito Rebello initiated in 2015, the spade work for pursuing the cause of canonization of Fr Gonsalves, and preliminary action has been initiated with the active participation of his co-islanders.

The parishioners at Our Lady of Piety Church, Divar, held the first annual commemoration day to pay tribute to the missionary. On the occasion, Divadkarsplanned to undertake the preliminary work of instituting the cause of canonization of the illustrious son of Divar island.

If you want to know more about the Servant of God, see this AsiaNews.it story.

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News About Saints, Saints Stories

Heroic Layman Killed by Nazis Declared a Martyr

From Catholic News Agency:

Vatican City, Jul 8, 2016 / 01:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Friday Pope Francis moved eight martyrs a step further on the path to sainthood, one of whom is Josef Mayr-Nusser, an Italian layman killed for refusing to swear an oath to Hitler during the Second World War.

The Pope’s recognition of Mayr-Nusser as a martyr was announced July 8 following an audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Born Dec. 27, 1910 in the northern Italian city of Bolzano, Mayr-Nusser grew up on a farm and was instilled with Christian values by his parents from a young age.

Since his family was poor and his older brother Jakob was in seminary studying for the priesthood, Mayr-Nusser didn’t study himself, but worked on the farm and later as the clerk for the Eccel company in Bolzano.

He dedicated much of his free time to reading, including many religious works. Among his favorites were the works of Frederic Ozanam, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Thomas More, and the life of St. Vincent de Paul.

At the age of 22 he joined the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, an international Catholic volunteer organization dedicated to serving the poor and disadvantaged, in an effort to imitate the charity of the saint.

Mayr-Nusser was also involved in Catholic Action, and became head its division in the Diocese of Trent in 1934. In 1937 he became president of the Bolzano branch of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, spending a large amount of his time visiting the poor and providing them with both material and spiritual support.

When World War II flared up in Europe in 1939, Mayr-Nusser wasted no time in joining the anti-Nazi movement “Andreas Hofer Bund.”

However, a few years later civil war also broke out in Italy following the 1943 ousting of Benito Mussolini from power, which led to the German occupation of the northern half of the country.

The Nazi regime had established the “Schutzstaffel,” or “protective squadron.” The regime called not only on local men from Nazi Germany to join the squad, but they also took volunteers and conscripted men from both occupied and non-occupied territories.

Mayr-Nusser was among those conscripted from northern Italy, and so in 1944 was enrolled in an SS unit, forcing him to leave his wife and newborn son for training in Prussia.

However, when it came time for the SS members to swear an oath to Hitler, Mayr-Nusser refused.

According to a fellow comrade, he was “pensive and worried,” but told the general with a “strong voice” that “I cannot take an oath to Hitler in the name of God. I cannot do it because my faith and conscience do not allow it.”

Although his friends and tried to convince him to retract his statement and take the oath, Mayr-Nusser refused, believing that Nazi ideals could in no way be reconciled with Christian ethics and values.

As a result he was jailed while he awaited trial. In 1945 he was sentenced to death for treason, and was ordered to march to the Dachau concentration camp, where he was to be shot by firing squad.
However, he fell ill with dysentery along the way and died Feb. 24, 1945, before reaching the camp. When his body was discovered on the train, he had both a Bible and a rosary with him.

Mayr-Nusser’s cause for martyrdom was launched by the Diocese of Bolzano and was approved in 2005, allowing him to receive the title “Servant of God.” Now, Pope Francis’ recognition of his martyrdom has paved the way for his beatification.

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My new article on new American Venerable

I did a blog post on the newest American venerable for the National Catholic Register, the late Bishop Alphonse Gallegos. It came out last night. You can read it here. It gives a good synopsis of his story. I find it impressive he accomplished so much but was nearly blind. It is said his glasses lenses were as thick as the bottom of Coca Cola bottles. The new ones don’t do that phrase justice. It came from back in the day when they were really thick. Next time you venture into an antique store, see if they have any antique soda/cola bottles around. It’ll give you a new appreciation. Lord, may we have the prayers of Ven. Alphonse. Amen.

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