Neal McDonough, who was reportedly fired from ABC’s ‘Scoundrels’ for refusing to film sex scenes because of his religious beliefs, has found a new role in ‘Vigilante Priest’ on Starz.
According to Deadline Hollywood, McDonough, of ‘Desperate Housewives’ and ‘Band of Brothers’ fame, was sacked from ABC’s summer series ‘Scoundrels’ for his refusal to act out sex scenes. Now, the Catholic actor is taking his religious beliefs to Starz for ‘Vigilante Priest,’ a series he co-created with ‘Law and Order’ veteran Walon Green.
McDonough will play, well, a vigilante priest — a former police officer-turned-man of the cloth who takes law enforcement into his own hands.
On past shows such as ‘Boomtown’ and ‘Desperate Housewives,’ McDonough has not acted in sex scenes. When he signed on for ‘Scoundrels,’ ABC reportedly knew of his beliefs.
McDonough will also serve as an executive producer on the new series, along with Green and John Avnet. The actor is currently filming Marvel’s ‘Captain America’ flick in London.
Tell me: Do you applaud Neal McDonough for standing by his beliefs?
In the beginning it was just a sing for Christians to recognize each other in the streets, but after it became a gesture of prayer.
We have no concience of the power of this sign.
This is a small story I’ve heard when I was a Kid. It helped me to figure out the importance of making it not only to start prayers but in every moment I feel that I need.
Once upon a time (I couldn’t help to start this way!) there was a man called Cyprian and a girl called Justina.
Cyprian was a pagan magician of Antioch who had dealing with demons. By their aid he sought to bring St. Justina, a Christian virgin, to fall in love to some man who payed him for this task; but every time the devils tried to approach her she made the sign of the cross chasing the demons away.
Brought to despair, Cyprian asked them why they weren’t able to conquer her heart to the man. They told him: “We can’t tell you”. “why?” asked Cyprian, “Because if you know you won’t ask our help anymore.” Cyprian replied: “If you tell me I’ll bow before you and adore you right here right now!” With this promise of worship the demons couldn’t resit their own vanity and told him: “Because of the sign of the cross”, “What?” the poor Cyprian was in awe. “Just a small gesture have a greater power than everything you have shown me all this years?” He made the sign of the cross himself and in this way was freed from the toils of Satan. He wanted to serve a greater Lord.
He was received into the Catholic Church, and became in succession deacon, priest, and finally bishop, while Justina became the head of a convent.
You can read more at the Catholic Encyclopedia .
For those who don’t know how to make it here you see two French kids doing it (in French of course).
Say (touching with your right hand): In the name of the Father (forehead) and of the Son (chest) and of the Holy (left shoulder) Spirit (right shoulder). Amen.
Peace be with you!
Christ has never let me lack of anything! Nor of dreams, or truth! Neither friendship nor love! Neither beauty nor wealth! My life was never a forced resignation and filled of hardship. Never was a “no” to myself and my to desires. I was never far from the best of feelings and relationships. I chose something different, bigger than the proposal offered and best known. I loved and was beloved. I knew the power of forgiveness. I disappointed and I was disappointed. I fell and stood up. I made friends. I met many places. I found a direction and I got tired for something worthwhile. I was afraid, I cried. I was comforted, and someone believed in me .. and found myself lost and I was founded again. I’ve got a lot more than I gave. I entered the lives of people I made ties stronger than blood and saw God weave a story with strong and soft hands. I have witnessed miracles. I have always been free, even giving my freedom to Someone else. I smiled the smile of purity and sang the anthem of chastity. What I have not tried? I did not meet. Today I only miss what makes my heart beat, what I really am and who I am for. To the contrary to what one may think, choose to discover God is a fountain that never runs dry, a novelty that always delights and a path full of happiness.
I lived intensely and fully, and best the best of it: I remained whole. My heart is not in pieces. It was not offered for sale and it was not eaten. I’m not afraid to say I have known true love. I know I’ve never seen anyone regret having given everything to God. I never saw anyone die of sadness or depression because he or she loved God too much. Something I can not say about the one who chose to follow oneself. I put my life in the hands of the One who knows me, and I experiment sleeping the sleep of friends, as the psalmist says. Tranquility and protection are not empty words. And all this is just the beginning of something that will live forever. I always have lived love with no expiration date. And I can say without fear that Christ was and is the “joy of my youth”!
To finish, I echo the words of Pope: “If we let Christ into our life we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful and great. No! Only in this friendship are open wide the doors of life. Only in this friendship is truly revealed the great potential of the human condition. Only in this friendship we do experience beauty and liberation. Be fully convinced: Christ takes nothing away from what is beautiful and great in you, but He brings everything to perfection for the glory of God, the happiness of men and the salvation of the world “(Benedict XVI)
Posted by Denise Landim in Portuguese in “Margaridas do inverno” translated by me.
I felt like sharing with you some short prayers I pray every now and then. Some of them are in Portuguese but I chose to translate them all to English. If you find anything weird is because of the bad translation… sorry about that.
“Sweet Jesus stay with me because everything is good at your side”. I’ve learned when I was a kid from a carmelite. I had just hurt my foot and I was crying when she came and taught me this prayer. It helped me trough some tough times…
“Jesus have mercy on me sinner”. The prayer from the blind man in Jericho sometimes is the only prayer that comes out of my heart. The man had the opportunity to ask whatever he wanted from Jesus after this phrase.
“Don’t take your Holy Spirit from me”. (Ps 51,13) This is also my cry for help… specially before confessions.
“Come Holy Spirit”. It’s a constant prayer before each and every decision. When I don’t know what to do or even which way to take to go to college. I’ve learned from the Mount Zion community from Michigan.
“Hide me in the shadow of your wings” (Ps 17,8) To ask protection I remember the whole psaume 91 too but sometimes it is just the verse. There are several mentions of the “Wings of God” I love this image, makes me feel protected and loved by God.
I hope I could help.
Well the title says already a lot of what I want to talk about.
We live in a world becoming every day less christian, in some places it is rare to see one of us. In some societies like here in Brazil we’re forgetting how to be Christians because we live in a christian country.
Let me explain: I see very often people taking everything as an attack to the church even the movie Avatar was taken as a “menace” to the faith.
Sincerely: We have more interesting things to do…
I think about the first christians, imagine if they didn’t buy something in a store because the store was consecrated to a god; they would starve, or go around naked… go out for a dinner would be a nightmare. More than that I don’t remember reading any of the fathers of the church speaking about how unfair was martyrdom, or that it was against freedom of conscience.
People have the right to the truth, if someone is directly attacking the church we have to defend ourselves and tell the truth, but lets just stop finding persecution in every new movie that comes out. If its against the law to tell someone not to interrupt her pregnancy lets go against the law, or whatever goes against our faith. I’ve heard that in china some christians went out in the morning to evangelize with their bibles and a blanket because the knew they were going to spend the night in prison.
Lets get the example of Avatar (the movie): People (christians) were saying that it was clearly proselytism for a religion I don’t remember the name but kind of worships the nature. Well as a human being I wasn’t at all convinced nature was worth worshiping. For me it was a story as any other, I had a lot of fun watching it, I’ve found amazing the 3D effects but once I left the theater all that “connect-with-the-nature” thing stood there and I went to the mass the following day. Point! The movie was cool and that was it. End of story. Is it only me? You go out of a violent movie wiling to kill everyone you hate? Because I don’t get influenced by a movie easily like that. Even Matrix, I’ve watched a dozen times maybe more (each one of the tree !) and I don’t think we’re in the matrix or there is any “Deus ex machina” controlling us.
Let’s live our faith as good christians, forgiving 70 times 7, praying for those who persecute us, giving the other cheek but also asking those who hit us without reason as the Lord did: Why do you hit me?
I remember a story of a martyr who was smiling and praying for his torturer. When the man asked him why wasn’t he angry with him the saint just said: “Your obligation is to torture me but mine is to forgive you.”
The best way to evangelize is to live our faith and to give the reasons of that for those who ask about it. It doesn’t mean we can’t go out to the streets announcing the Name of Jesus but this is going to be an extension of our life of faith. and that examples are more powerful than words.