Monthly Archives: August 2009

The man they call Mexico’s Brad Pitt

They call him the Mexican Brad Pitt. But unlike his American counterpart, who famously rejected a Southern Baptist upbringing, Eduardo Verastegui chose to sacrifice a glittering film career after rediscovering his Catholic faith.

Once a Calvin Klein model who smouldered bare-chested opposite J-Lo in a music video, and starred in Hollywood movies, Verastegui’s brooding looks and aquamarine eyes attracted thousands of (invariably screaming) female fans.

Today, the 35-year-old actor is a daily Mass-goer, committed to abstaining from sex before marriage, who flies to Darfur to help the starving, provides financial help for women considering abortions and organises house-building missions in Mexico.

“I wasn’t born to be famous, or to be a movie star, but to love and serve Jesus Christ,” the former model and singer once listed as among the top 50 “hottest” Hispanics by People magazine will tell a gathering of young Catholics on his first visit to England this weekend.

A sensation throughout Latin America, where he first shot to fame aged 18, as a member of the Mexican boy band Kairo, he later starred in a string of telenovelas, the high-octane long running soap operas that command vast audiences throughout Russia, the Middle East and the Hispanic world.

After moving to Miami, to successfully pursue a career as a solo singer, Verastegui was offered the lead in the 2003 comedy Chasing Papi, the tale of a Latin love God pursued by a trio of vengeful girlfriends.

(Read more about this actor who is standing up for his faith.   The man they call Mexico’s Brad Pitt -Times Online)

TV’s Elly May Clampett, now 76, is happy in Louisiana

Donna Douglas still embodies Elly May Clampett, the critter-loving beauty from “The Beverly Hillbillies.” “Elly has always been good for me,” says Douglas. “That was a slice out of my life, a very happy slice out of my life.” Douglas returned from California to her native Louisiana a few years ago. She lives just outside Baton Rouge near her only child, a son who owns horses and several acres of land. Douglas likes to help him bale hay. “Cutting grass, baling hay … I grew up doing all that stuff,” Douglas says as she picked blueberries on a sweltering summer day. “I don’t mind getting sweaty and dirty. I enjoy being outside.” Douglas, out of the entertainment business for years, appeared in commercials and TV shows in the 1950s and ’60s. But she is best known for her role in “The Beverly Hillbillies,” the CBS comedy about a poor rural family who moved to Beverly Hills after oil was discovered on their land. The show ran from 1962 to 1971. Douglas, now 76, was chosen for the part of Elly May from more than 500 other actresses. She says she felt at ease playing the role because, like her character, she grew up a poor Southern tomboy. The experience came in handy when she was asked during her audition to milk a goat.

She will discuss her career but when asked about her personal life, including her two marriages and subsequent divorces, she steers conversation away from her past to her childhood and her religious faith. She says that without her faith in God, she might never have landed the role of Elly May.

“I did a lot of praying and talking to God,” says Douglas, a devout Christian. “I still do.”

(All of us need to turn to the Lord when we faces challenges that comes from living in this world. Read more of the above story TV’s Elly May Clampett, now 76, is happy in Louisiana .)

Go Back to School

Now I believe everyone young person and older  person needs to go back to school. No not grade school, middle school, high school or college but to God’s school.

To find out about God’s school watch a video sermon I did last night

Boy inspires book of faith

A book due out this week will allow readers to share the “sole/soul” stories of Benjamin Petrzilka’s classmates, teachers, family and friends.

“Our Soles: Our Journeys and Our Faith” is an anthology written in tribute to the late 13-year-old, who was a student at Mary Our Queen Catholic School in Omaha.

He was one of four Boy Scouts killed last year when a tornado hit the Little Sioux Scout Ranch in Iowa. Also killed were 13-year-olds Sam Thomsen and Josh Fennen, both of Omaha, and 14-year-old Aaron Eilerts of Eagle Grove, Iowa.

One of Ben’s habits inspired “Our Soles.” He would point out abandoned shoes, call them “lost souls” and wonder about the spiritual journeys of the person who had worn them.

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Lost and Found Dog Saves Life of Boy with Down Syndrome

Do you believe in canine guardian angels and the kindness of strangers? You just might after reading this story. Early one morning, Yolanda Segovia’s neighbor, Stacey Savige, knocked on her door and asked her to temporarily take in a stray dog she had found. The scruffy terrier mix had no collar or microchip. Segovia eyed the pooch — burrs sticking to his belly and mud caking his fur — and reluctantly agreed to foster him for the day. An erstwhile hairdresser, Segovia hasn’t worked since 2006. At 47, she is a survivor of breast cancer and cervical cancer. A divorced single mother of two, Segovia shares her Port Tampa, Florida home with her 10 year-old son Azaiah and 21 year-old son Christian. Her elder son has Down Syndrome; he cannot speak or bathe himself, and he has had heart surgery and a kidney transplant, reports the St. Petersburg Times.

One afternoon, the dog settled himself on the floor near Christian as he watched a “Barney” video in his room. Segovia was outside watering the plants when the placid moment was shattered by the sound of RaeLee crashing into the screen door and barking crazily. Alarmed, Segovia opened the door, only to have the dog race back through the house towards the boys’ room. Segovia followed, screaming when she caught sight of her son. Christian was “slumped over, his body writhing in a seizure, blood streaming from his nose and mouth.” RaeLee stood next to him yelping, but suddenly went quiet when Yolanda reached down to hold her son.

“If he hadn’t come to get me,” Segovia said, “the neurologist said Christian would have choked on his own blood and died.” The dog, she decided, was a keeper.

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