Father Stu, starring Mark Wahlberg, will appear in theaters on Wednesday, April 13, just in time for Easter. If you haven't seen the trailer for this inspiring true story about a boxer turned priest, you won't want to miss it. Wahlberg plays a Catholic priest who, at the beginning of his faith journey, finds himself in church for all the wrong reasons. I can relate because I, too, floated in and out of the Church over the course of 40 years, at my convenience, for all the wrong reasons. During that time, I could have been described as any one of the following types of Catholics:
a la carte
Creaster (one who attends church only on Christmas and Easter)
If someone had asked me years ago if I'd like to see a movie about a priest, I would have laughed out loud, rolled my eyes, and answered with an emphatic "No!" And while I may have attended Easter Mass as a Creaster, I was there in body only. My heart was a million miles away. Once I recoiled from the Mass; now I cherish it. Once I saw church attendance as an endurance test; now I embrace it as a sacred time, a holy and beautiful mystery. Once I used my time in church to plan my week; now, I listen for the voice of God. I'll never be the same, thank God.
Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed Holy Week, along with an opportunity to experience Easter Mass and be inspired by Father Stu!