Listen Up Hollywood

61315428-meryl-streepWhen will Hollywood learn?  Just 12 days from the inauguration of a new president, Ms. Streep felt the need to take the stage and use her air time to lecture, rant and overdramatize the changes taking place.  These are not changes she wanted.  They are not changes most of her colleges and friends want.  Changes are happening because 62 million Americans voted for change.  Hollywood is in shock; Meryl Streep called it “broken-hearted.” Give me a break.

Since when is Hollywood the moral authority?  The majority of Hollywood are boasting about their diversity, tolerance, empathy for the human race and protection of the planet.  The truth is Hollywood has no diversity when it comes to political opinions and no tolerance for those of a different opinion.  Their empathy for their fellow man is only for certain races, ages, and professions.  The planet and animals are held in high regard; much higher than the unborn child (who can be killed if disabled), or the average hunter who has to provide for his family.

The two presidential candidates this past year were two very flawed individuals.  We are all flawed human beings.  There are no perfect people; that holds true for people in Hollywood.  A presidential election is about the policies and the vision of a candidate.  Campaigns are all smoke screen and mirrors.  We the ordinary people, have a hard time making sense of what is real and what is orchestrated.  Campaigns are managed and media reflections of campaigns are driven by secular ideology to promote certain political agendas.  It is all propaganda aimed at winning the election and fooling the masses.

There is no real “news”.  News organizations are biased and spin stories for ratings and swaying public opinion.  Never was this more obvious than this past presidential election.  One candidate drove the media crazy with blunt remarks and controlling social media sites and with that his message.  The other candidate ran a conventional campaign in collusion with news organizations to downplay her flaws while vilifying and mocking her opponent.

I am proud to say that the American people in the end took to the polls and voted on policies and the candidates’ vision for the direction of this country.  They refused to be bullied.  They refused to be intimidated.

Whether or not President-elect Trump will create jobs as promised and bring relief to the middle class remains to be seen.  As of this date, he has shown great respect for the office by working hard to establish a competent cabinet while also reaching out to corporate America to open a dialogue concerning American workers.  He has been extending olive branches and opening doors.  I think that says quite a bit regarding the kind of leader we have in the next president.

Hollywood should take notes, they have much to learn.

Power of Prayer

immaculee retreatMy daughter and I recently attended a Lenten retreat given by Immacule’e Ilibagiza in Thibodaux, Louisiana.  Immacule’e is the author of Left to Tell, Our Lady of Kibeyo, and If We Had Only Listened.  She is a survivor of the Rwanda genocide of 1994 and tells an amazing story about her journey of faith and forgiveness.

If ever you have the opportunity to hear her speak, I encourage you to do so.  It is a moving and very spiritual experience.

Immacule’e shared something with us that was so unbelievable, I want to share it with everyone!  It involves her book, Left to Tell and Hollywood.

Once Left to Tell was released and became popular, Immacule’e said that she began to have people ask her if she would make a movie out of her story.  She thought that would be impossible because her faith, the Bible and the rosary were so important to her survival; she did not feel that Hollywood would truthfully expose her faith in a movie.  The more she traveled and met people, the more she heard them say that there should be a movie made of her story.

One day after hearing this same request for a movie and after giving the same answer that Hollywood would not depict her spiritual journey, Immacule’e was given the name Steve McEveety.  McEveety was the producer of “The Passion of the Christ”.  This was a favorite movie of Immacule’e, but she had no clue how to reach McEveety and no idea about the workings of Hollywood.  So, she did what she knew.  She prayed the rosary. Immacule’e started a 54 day rosary novena.  She asked her friends to pray the novena with her, and together they prayed for Mary’s intercession that if this movie was to be made, Immacule’e would meet Mr. Steve McEveety.

Around the 50th day of the novena, Immacule’e was a speaker in California at the Rosary Bowl.  There was an audience of tens of thousands of people and she was one of several speakers.  The speakers were lined up.  Immacule’e said she turned around and faced the speaker after her and saw Jesus!  Acutally she saw Jim Caviezel, who played Jesus in “The Passion of  The Christ.”  She said she was star struck and surprised when Jim Caviezel hugged her and told her that his wife read her book and they were such fans of her!  Even better, Jim invited Immacule’e over to his home after the engagement to have dinner and meet his wife!  She could not believe it!  She said, “I was thinking, Oh my goodness, Jesus is taking me to his house!”

She went on to say that Jim’s wife was a lovely woman and they were enjoying the visit when there was a knock at the front door.  Who was at the front door?  None other than Steve McEveety and his wife!  She was in shock.  She said she had to stay calm, but every part of her wanted to shout out, “Thank you Mother!”.  The five of them sat around a kitchen table and they asked Immacule’e many questions about her ordeal in Rwanda.  At one point, Steve’s wife nudged him and told him, “You need to make this movie.”  He replied there was no way he could do this.  Immacule’e said she said nothing, but inside she thought, “If our mother wants you to make this movie, you WILL make this movie!”.

Returning home, still marveling at the coincidences that had occurred; Immacule’e received an email from Steve McEveety exactly on the last day of her 54 day novena.  McEveety told Immacule’e that whatever it took, he WOULD make her movie!

Praise be the Lord!

Immacule’e is living proof of our Lord’s love for us and His mother and the power of prayer!

I cannot wait for this movie – ordained by our Lord – for all of us.

C’est Bon!