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The Little Prince (2015)

The film The Little Prince is based on the novella Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. If you haven’t read it yet, take the time and go read it now. After I read it the first time I found the movie musical version made in 1974 with music and lyrics by Lerner and Lowe it’s weird to say the least. So I was highly anticipating the release of the film from the first time I saw a trailer as it has a unique look to it. Spoilers to follow

The story begins within a framing device of a workaholic mom and her daughter move in next door to an old aviator, and the mom pressures her to succeed in life even though she is so young. Planning every single moment life down to the minute, the daughter is lonely. After the move into a new house the aviator next door try to fly his plane and the propeller flies off and into their house.  That evening while the daughter is studying in comes a paper airplane on which the story of the Little Prince is written. This begins the main story as the Aviator is the one who wrote the story. These story section of the film are unique as they are stop motion and it seems like it’s made of paper most of the time which I think make it like they just popped out from the book. So we get bits of his story of the Little Prince mixed in with the girl. It takes a beloved story and adds some more to it and makes it better in the end.

If you are a fan of animation this is something you need to check out. It is available on Netflix in the US and I believe on Blu-Ray/DVD around the globe. It won the Cesar (French Oscars) for Best Animated Film in 2015. It is a shame that no major distributor in the US wanted to release it since it is a whole lot better than some other animated films I’ve seen recently.

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News Roundup

Weird Al: This fall there will be a show with Weird Al . It’s called Milo Murphy’s Law and will be on Disney😄. It looks interesting but that’s about all I can tell from the theme song that’s been released so far. Disney😄 also has Star Wars Rebels and a bunch of Marvel animated shows as well. It come on in October so I will check out a couple of episodes.

NASA: Here’s a nice feel good story as NASA has found and re-established contact with a probe that it lost two year ago. The probe it found is the STEREO-B one of the pair of probes used in the STEREO (Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory) mission which looked at the sun and we’ve gotten a whole bunch of information from this mission including a complete picture of the sun.

Top Gear: So the most recent series of Top Gear with Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc has been regarded as a huge miss and Evans himself resigned from the show after the season was over. There are some rumors that perhaps the BBC might be pulling for another new host, but there are also rumors floating around saying that the trio of Clarkson, May and Hammond might return. However they have that Amazon Prime show The Grand Tour coming some time in the future. So it seem like only a distant dream from the BBC as it would get a huge hit back with them coming back to Top Gear.

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Fatima Prayers

I’ve known about the Fatima Prayer that you can add to the end of each decade while praying the Rosary, but there are six more.

The Decade prayer is “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven especially those most in need of your mercy.” If you’ve prayed the Rosary before you are most likely familiar with this prayer.

The Pardon prayer is “My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love Thee! I beg pardon for all those that do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love Thee.” This was the first prayer taught to the Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco in the Summer of 1916 by an Angel who appeared to them while herding sheep.

The Angel’s prayer is “O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary I beg the conversion of poor sinners.” This was taught to the children of Fatima in the Fall of 1916 by the same Angel who visited them in the Summer. The prayer itself is an Act of reparation to the Holy Spirit.

The Eucharist prayer is “Most Holy Trinity, I adore Thee! My God, my God, I love Thee in the Most Blessed Sacrament.” This prayer came about on 13 May 1917 when the woman clad in white (the Virgin Mary), they were inspired to say these words.

The Sacrifice prayer is either “O Jesus, it is for the love of Thee, in reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and for the conversion of poor sinners” or “O Jesus, it is for thy love, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.” This was taught along side the decade prayer in June of 1917, when the lady from heaven appeared again to the trio. The Sacrifice prayer is an act of reparation.

The last two were revealed to just Lucia as Jacinta and Francisco had died, this was during a vision in 1931 in Rianxo, Spain where Lucia met Jesus. The Conversion and Salvation prayers are a bit self explanatory as well as being basically the same prayer. The are “By thy pure and Immaculate Conception, O Mary, obtain the conversion of Russia, Spain, Portugal, Europe and the whole world!” and “Sweet Heart of Mary, be the salvation of Russia, Spain, Portugal, Europe and the whole world.”

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Stone Tables

Stone Tables is a novel by Orson Scott Card about Moses. I first heard about the book from reading the books in the Women of Genesis series, which Card profiles the life of one of the Matriarchs in Genesis (Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah). We often times put Moses and other Biblical figures on a pedestal but Card’s book does a great job at making them feel real by fleshing out the character. If you are a fan of Orson Scott Card’s other works you might be interested in checking this out. The first Card book I read was Ender’s Game and his writing has grown on me over the years. Moses seems like the one Bible character that we can all identify with as he struggles throughout his life, he isn’t that great with word but he overcomes this to help lead the Israelites out of Egypt. It would be interesting in Card eventually got to Zipporah but then it would just be women of the Bible series. The book itself isn’t preachy about become Mormon or anything but it provides a nice Christian overtones throughout. If you are looking for a new book to read Stone Tables might be a good selection.

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Summer Olympics 2016 in Rio recap

These are the final days of the 31st Olympiad and there have been some high points and some low ones as well. The current news cycle is emphasizing a low one with Ryan Lochte, an American swimmer fabricated a robbery when clearly he and his friends were drunk and trashed a bathroom at a gas station.  The game televised during prime time in America has been a joke as pointed out by just about everyone in the US, and in a smattering of articles online. Sure these were the first Olympics that were really streamed live but it would be nice if the Opening and Closing Ceremonies were live, especially since Rio is only an hour ahead of the East Coast of the US.

There have been a bunch of nations who have taken home their first Gold medal including Vietnam, Kosovo, Fiji, Singapore, Puerto Rico, Bahrain and Jordan. On top of all these some of these were the first medals in anything for Fiji, Kosovo, and Jordan. Currently there are like 80 nations who have won a medal. The new events have been interesting to watch, Rugby sevens is pretty enjoyable to watch and even the Golf hasn’t been that bad. It’s been a decent Olympics and it’s been nice to see some of the lesser known events like Handball, Archery, and Field Hockey which are seen on American television only during the Olympics.  We get to wait two year for the Winter Games in South Korea.

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Zootopia (2016)

The latest Disney animated film Zootopia is a decent kids movie with the message that you can be whatever you want to be, and touched on the topic of prejudice and stereotypes. Spoilers to follow.

In Zootopia we follow the story of Judy Hopps, the first bunny police officer in Zootopia as she joins the force. Judy is given as her first assignment parking duty, but she as valedictorian of her class at the police academy feels this is beneath her. On her first day she gets hustled by Nick Wilde, a fox con artist. The next day when Judy see the opportunity to chase criminals she goes for it and before she can be fired for insubordination she is given two days to solve one of the biggest cases to face Zootopia or resign. There are several missing animals who are all predators and Judy is looking for Mr. Otterton. Judy enlists the help of Nick to help her solve the case as he was the last person to see Otterton, she blackmails Nick to help. When all leads dry up and we think Judy might have to resign but she’s got ten hours left to solve the case and they don’t result in anything spectacular. Judy resigns and goes back home and it is here where she makes a big break on the case and she goes back to Zootopia and finds Nick to solve the case.   It does hammer the bigotry points a bit as well as the you can do anything, the big song in the whole movie is called “Try Everything”.

It like all Disney films is pretty good and most people will enjoy it.

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News Roundup

Gawker Media: With the bankruptcy that stemed from the Hulk Hogan sex tape. Univision is buying Gawker and all their blogs in a diversifying move. Univision, best known as the place for Spanish-language television also owns The Root, an African-American culture e-mag as well as has a stake in The Onion and A/V Club. It’s great that the Gawker sites will be around a bit longer and perhaps have a bit more money to do thing in case they get sued again.

Disney: It seems like Disney is now just going around and making live action adaptations of their classic movie musicals. With The Little Mermaid being just the latest in line, this time around Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken will be working on it. Apparently they will be mixing some of the classic songs from the movie and perhaps stage show with new songs. It will be adapted from The Little Mermaid by Hans Christen Anderson and hopefully we will get the actual story this time around and not just a live-action adaptation of the 1989 Disney film.

World War II: Since the end of the war there have been rumors of a hidden train full of Nazi gold. Well in Poland treasure hunters have started to dig into the tunnels and look for this hidden train. According to local legend an armored train carrying gold from what is now the Polish city of Wroclaw as the Soviet army closed in was hidden in the tunnels of a secret military complex which was never completed. It would be cool if they find something.

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Three Hail Marys

According to Catholic tradition a long held devotion is praying three Hail Marys. They are prayed after waking in the morning, and before going to bed, following the examination of conscience at night.  The practice dates back to Anthony of Padua who said it “to honor the spotless Virginity of Mary and to preserve a perfect purity of mind, heart and body in the midst of the dangers of the world”, during the reign of Pope John XXII (1316-34) recommended saying the three and offered indulgences for those doing so. Many saints have done this and the Franciscan evolved this practice to the Angelus. Saint Gertrude the Great noted that “To any soul who faithfully prays the Three Hail Marys I will appear at the hour of death in a splendor of beauty so extraordinary that it will fill the soul with Heavenly consolation.” and Mary appeared to Mechtilde of Hackeborn where she taught Mechtilde to understand that the Three Hail Marys honor the three persons of the Trinity. The first prayer recalls the power Mary received from the Eternal Father to intercede for sinners, the second commemorates the wisdom received from the Son; and the third, the love Mary bears, filled by Holy Spirit.

 

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Assumption

Today is the feast of the Assumption, this year it isn’t a Holy day of Obligation since it falls on a Monday I guess. Instead of reflecting on the readings I found a poem by Alphonsus Liguori, a Doctor of the Church. Liguori is often considered the most widely read Catholic writers as he wrote The Way of the Cross that many parishes still use today as well as The Glories of Mary, perhaps I will delve into this work at some later time.

The Assumption of Mary

Fly, my soul, with Mary fly,
Soar beyond the golden sky,
Mount to Mary’s throne on high.

Bright the queenly crown she won,
Sweet the reign she has begun,
As she stands beside her Son.
Fly, my soul, with Mary fly.

How endure this long delay?
Living here how can I stay
From such beauty far away?
Fly, my soul, with Mary fly.

Sad my lot is here below;
Who can hope or life bestow?
Who will help or pity show?
Fly, my soul, with Mary fly.

But though far away from me,
Still our sovereign Queen will be
Full of love and clemency.
Fly, my soul, with Mary fly.

With a mother’s loving care
She will lift those hands so fair,
And will save us by her prayer.
Fly, my soul, with Mary fly.

Mother’s heart can ne’er forget
That we are her children yet,
By such dangers fierce beset.
Fly, my soul, with Mary fly.

Gently, still, she bends her eyes
On the soul that longs and sighs
For her love, the heavenly prize.
Fly, my soul, with Mary fly.

Blest the soul who, like the dove
Borne upon the wings of love,
Follows her to heaven above.
Fly, my soul, with Mary fly.