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May 03, 2005


Hey, Baby, you can say what you want about Bernadette of Lourdes, but don't slight Linda Darnell. She may have been watching one of her old movies on TV the night of that fire but she died running back into the house to save a child! That's the song of Linda! Your devoted wife and reader, Kendall

Danny, thanks for a number of things!
First, thanks for the link to my post; second, thank you for saying the atheism word on your blog without spitting over your shoulder three times; thanks for the review of Ladies in Lavender - I can't wait to find it and see it!; thanks for the story about Linda Darnell - priceless!; and finally, thank you so much for admiring my tolerance. In point of fact, you have never been anywhere near offensive on the topic with me. Indeed, you have only been helpful in supporting my never ending "wandering" while not being "lost."

Oh yes - and thank you for your recent editorial comments re: my blog; and for not yelling at me: "Where is your dxxx proposal!"

I'm quite partial to Audrey H. in THE NUN'S STORY and Deborah K. in BLACK NARCISSUS. Then there's a SEA WIFE, an obscure 1950s film in which Richard Burton and, I believe, Jean Simmons are shipwrecked together on an island -- she's a nun, but her habit has come off in the wreck and she goes around in a slip through the whole movie. Now that's religion!

Oy, I'm partial to Audrey Hepburn in anything at all...but I, too, loved the Nun's Story. When I first saw it I was going through a time when I really, really wanted to become a nun. I was in my late teens and adored seeing nuns driving land rovers in Africa with their habits blowing in the wind - I can't remember where I saw them. And then about sixteen years ago, I watched the movie with a friend who declared she wanted to be a nun. I showed her the movie to help her with her decision! She chose marriage and children instead, but I don't think it was because of the movie.

Well, if we're getting into nun fetishes, don't forget of the hotties in habits in "The Sound of Music" and "The Trouble with Angels" (I know—I'm sick AND I'm going to hell). There must be something about nuns that attracts Jews. I had a big crush on Sally Field's flying Sister Bertrille, Debbie Reynolds' singing Sister Ann ("Dominique, nique, nique..."), Ingrid Bergman's gorgeous Sister Mary Benedict, and of course Audrey Hepburn's luminous but challenged Sister Luke. (FYI, today would have been Audrey Hepburn's 76th birthday.) Deborah Kerr was great in "Black Narcissus," I actually saw that on the big screen recently. Amazing film!

I can just imagine Metro, Goldwyn, and Mayer all drooling together during story conferences for nun films.

Interesting Review. Although I am not a catholic, nor do I subscribe to the view suffering is necessary to please God I enjoyed the film very much What impressed me about the film was the character of Bernadette. To me she displayed the characteristics of a true Saint maintaining great dignity, poise and purity despite alot of criticism and scepticism

Your Catholic friends who say that "this message that terrible suffering is a necessary step to divine salvation was drummed into their heads at every turn," are as ill-informed as was I, a "cradle Catholic", before God (thankfully) gave me enough insight to understand it properly. In fact, the Church actually teaches that unavoidable suffering is a part of every human's existence (due to sin having introduced it into the world), and that, when one faces unavoidable (except, maybe, by committing sin) suffering (which doesn't have to be "terrible"), one should accept one's unavoidable suffering as being a part of God's mysterious plan to redeem the world. With such acceptance/belief, if the person bears the suffering, all the while trusting God and His Plan (even if we don't understand how good can come from it) and that God ultimately will make "good" come out of it (somehow) in "the end" (in this world or the next), then one is pleasing and obeying God (doing God's will) in the same manner Jesus Christ did (in voluntarily suffering death by crucifixion (which was His Father's will, not Jesus') to redeem mankind. This acting in the same manner as Jesus Christ is what brings such persons closer to God (makes them "holy" and "saints" (which means "holy ones"). It's a tough concept for unbelievers, especially when they're only children. I hope this helps.

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