Monday, May 19, 2014


As if there was ever any doubt that I was going to, this week for Aleteia I reviewed Gareth Edwards’ brand new take on Godzilla. Now, in the review I do my movie critic shtick and bring up a few things about the film that could be sticking points for some people, especially those who aren’t familiar with how Godzilla movies work (two or three monster fights and a LOT of goofy human stuff). But that’s for over there. Around these parts, I’m pretty sure folks know their Godzilla movies, so I can probably just get by with saying this is a really good one and let it go at that.

And it looks like I’m not the only one who liked it. The latest figures over at Deadline Hollywood indicate Godzilla is going to have the largest international opening of the year so far, probably in the neighborhood of $103 million. It’s good to be the King of the Monsters I suppose. Well, this weekend anyway. Come Monday, who knows? I bet even Godzilla has his bad days sometimes…

Looks like the Big G could do with saying a Hail Mary or two. No, seriously. According to Dr. Herbert Benson, director of the Mind/Body Medical Institute in Chestnut Hill, Mass., repetitive prayers like the Rosary are excellent ways of dealing with stress.

According to Dr. Benson, “Stress evokes a flight response. It prepares you for running or fighting… Physically, blood pressure rises, the heart beats faster and brain waves speed up… These are the results of hormones rushing into use… Most of the time people under stress don’t run or fight, but the hormones are still rushing through their bodies… Repetition breaks the train of everyday thoughts that can cause stress, like worrying about an accident, losing money or worrying that there is a terrorist ahead… It’s not even necessary to repeat the entire Hail Mary, just repeat ‘Hail Mary full of grace’ over and over.” Of course, Dr. Benson forgot to mention the added benefit of receiving Mary’s intervention when you say the Rosary, but since he’s Jewish, we’ll give him a pass on that one.

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