Posts Tagged ‘Celebrity Catholics’

A woman should be so lost in God a man needs Him to find her

A woman’s heart should be so lost in God a man must seek Him to find her

 

No doubt about it, chastity is a challenge, especially in this day and age where preserving the dignity of the human being, made in the image and likeness of God, seems to be an ‘odd’ thing to strive for… Unfortunately  many young people make bad decisions based on what society and culture is telling them is the right thing to do ‘because every one is doing it’.

On my own journey, someone once told me a woman’s heart should be so lost in God a man must seek Him to find her… I am not sure who originally said this but it inspired me on my journey to marriage.

For the current generation of teens and young adults, Leah Darrow (former contestant on America’s Next Top Model) is an exceptional role model. In the video below, she has an encouraging message to young men…

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The Huffington Post has reported that, 5 years after beginning her studies of Scientology, cradle Catholoc Katie has ditched the cult and retuned to her roots by registering as a parishoner at St Francis Xavier Catholic Church in New York City.

The media has reported the principle reason for the spit is Suri’s increasing part in the Scientology cult, as she gets older. Reading The Daily Telegraph’s Scientology: The Facts, one can see already the impact the cult has already had on this young girl’s life. We have seen pictures of this little girl in make-up, in assorted shoes, and read reports of her $150,000 dollar shoe collection. The Daily Telegraph’s article explains that in Scientology, children are believed to be spiritual beings in young bodies. Therefore, Suri has been treated like a young adult, able to make her own decisions.

Suri is now also enrolled in a Catholic school. I hope that Suri still has time for an innocent childhood. We pray for Katie, returning to The Truth, that she may pass on the Good News to her daugter, and be guided by God throughout their lives. Amen.

Frank Skinner, 50-something,  is well known as being Brum’s best loved comedian and singer of England’s Euro 96 anthem “3 Lions“, rather than his Catholic faith. However, I recently came accross an article published in the Times back in March 2010.  It begins…

I’m a Roman Catholic and I go to church every Sunday. Towards the end of Mass, there’s a thing called the Sign of Peace. We all shake hands with everyone in shaking distance and say “peace be with you”. Last Sunday the priest told us to drop the handshaking element to show our solidarity with Wayne Bridge.

I’ve always liked the guy, but I like him even more now for his honesty and outspokeness. Mixed with a lil’ Skinner comedy, of course. While he may not be popular amongst Traditionalists for saying that The wheat has been separated from the chaff. We get quality, not quantity, in the churches and the chaff can enjoy a nice lie-in. That’s just as well, because there’ll be little opportunity for slumber when they’ve got a demon’s pitchfork up their arse, you gotta give Skinner Brownie points for telling it how it is. His article surely strikes a chord with many parishioners and ‘regular Catholics’ in the pews on a Sunday. He admits he has prayed loads for his friends, most of them atheists. And not told them. Yey! I pray for my friends too. They’re nearly all atheists. And I don’t tell them either!

Concluding his musings, he comments he is enjoying this current dose of persecution. It’s definitely good for the soul.

Well done, Frank, for sticking up for the Catholic faith and sharing the some positives of it with the nation!

Read the full article here.

For more Frank Skinner reading, check out My Church is not a safe haven for bigots, also published in the Times.

 Updated 25/12/2010

Perhaps you remember his as Marky Mark, or saw him featured with Kate Moss advertising Calvin Klein in the 1990s? Or perhaps you saw the movie Boogie Nights, Perfect Storm or The Italian Job? Today, he is the producer on US hit TV series, Entourage. A Hollywood star with a shady past, he has in recent times been open about his Catholic faith.

In August last year, he married his sweetheart in a private Catholic wedding ceremony in Beverly Hills, California. Their youngest child is named after St. Brendan (the Bold or the Navigator).

“Being a Catholic is the most important part of my life” he said in an interview with the Catholic Herald. Speaking recently in the New York Post, he described himself as above all a devout Roman Catholic, a devout husband and a devout father; “The first thing I do every day when I leave my house,” he says, “I go to church, man, get down on my knees.” Even when his children complain it takes too long, Mark says: “It’s only 10 minutes and this is something I really need to do. Because I do. If I can start my day out by saying my prayers and getting myself focused, then I know I’m doing the right thing. That 10 minutes helps me in every way throughout the day”.

The National Enquirer reported; “The 38-year-old reformed bad boy relies on his closest confidante and longtime religious mentor, the Rev. James Flavin, to help him pick and choose his parts. ‘Mark is a practicing Catholic, and he never makes a final decision on a starring role until Father Flavin gives his OK,’ an insider revealed to The Enquirer.

 ‘Mark says he owes his career to Father Flavin. ‘Father Flavin pushes Mark to honor his religious roots,’ said the source. ‘Even though Mark was offered one of the leads in Brokeback Mountain, he passed because of the gay subject matter, which clashes with Catholic doctrine.’
 
However, critics in the media and on the blogosphere have attacked him for having double standards after playing a cocaine and meth-addicted hustler in Boogie Nights…
 
Give the man a break! Everyone has made mistakes in their pasts, some more public than others for sure! Is a man not allowed to discover his faith? As, surley the Mark Wahlberg who played the unsavory character Dirk in Boogie Nights, is not the same Mark Wahlberg who took his girlfriend (now wife) to chuch on their first date! He told Cosmopolitan UK; “We met through a mutual friend in New York. I asked if she wanted to hang out the next day and she did, so I said, ‘Well, come to church with me.’ She was raised a Christian, not a Catholic like me. She did come – and now she’s converted.”
 
Looking back, Mark reflects: “But, of course, once you get into trouble, you start praying! ‘Oh, my God, just get me out of here, and I swear I’ll never do it again!’ Well, I did get out of jail, and I did make sure I never went back there. The recidivism rate for people going back for jail sentences is through the roof, but not me. I did not want to be another statistic. I wanted to live my life instead… I want to serve God and to be a good human being and to make up for the mistakes I made and the pain I put people through. That’s what I’m praying for, and I recommend it to anybody.”
 
Its great to hear celebrities speaking out about Catholicism. Here’s hoping  (and praying) we hear more…

So, the world cup fever is over, what next?

For Andres Iniesta, the player and national hero that scored Spain’s winning goal, it will mean making a pilgrimage and walking the Way of St. James of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela.

This started out months ago when a Spanish newspaper sent envelopes to the Spanish football team, asking them to make a promise of something they would do if Spain won the world cup!

Read the full article here.

What a fantastic Catholic role model for young Catholics all over the world!

We don’t hear much about “celebrity catholics”, that is, celebrities who are Catholics in the media, so I decided to keep an eye out and lo and behold…

Lovely Declan Donnelly, of Ant and Dec fame (AKA PJ and Duncan from Byker Grove) is from an Irish Catholic family. His brother, Dermot, is a priest who works with the young people of the Hexam Diocese.

Ant and Dec have opened this state of the art youth village, after helping make the dream a reality. Isn’t that great?!

Click here to read the full article.

Click here to visit the Youth Village website.