Skip to comments.Actor Martin Sheen says his Catholic religion saved him
Posted on 04/16/2011 3:24:11 AM PDT by GonzoII
Actor Martin Sheen says his Catholic religion saved him
Charlie Sheens father says we all look for the sacred.
Published Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 7:38 AM
Updated Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 10:07 AM
Sheen, now 70, gave an interview about his upcoming film projects that appeared in last Saturdays Irish Times.
Though he broke with the church for a while, Sheen says he came back into the fold after suffering a heart attack at the age of 40.
Its always a crisis that brings you back. And we begin to ask those two fundamental questions, if your gonna reflect on your life and take serious responsibility for it: who am I, and why am I here? And you reflect on those. I damn near died; I had the last rites, he says.
I started going to Mass again but it was out of fear and apprehension that I would die . . . and so it was another four years that I actually committed to come back. I came back to the Church of Vatican II, which I didnt have a clue had gone on in my absence.
Perhaps Sheen was thinking of his son when he spoke about how Catholicism can provide a concrete and real way forward when other vices fail.
We all yearn for the sacred, we are always looking for a transcendence; some people go about it with drugs or alcohol or sex or power or ego, whatever, and when they prove not satisfying and we come to our senses, we begin to realize that theres another costly journey, says Sheen.
It has to cost you something; if something worthwhile doesnt cost you something, you are left to question its worth. And so I decided to go on that journey and, you know, Im still at it.
His latest role, in the Irish production Stella Days, sees him playing a Tipperary priest in the 1950s who loves music and film, but feels as if he has nothing in common with his parishioners. Father Daniel Barry seeks to raise funds for a new church by opening a cinema in the town, but meets opposition at every juncture.
Sheens mother was born and raised in Borrisokane, Co. Tipperary, and the Catholic faith is one that he follows as best he can, so the movie was a natural fit.
I was raised Catholic, my parents were devout Catholics, Sheen told The Irish Times. My mother had family rosary most nights in the house, I remember growing up. But when something is given to you, its not unusual to let it slip through . . . I loved the church and the faith. But it wasnt really something personal, it wasnt costing me anything.
No word yet on when Stella Days will be released in Ireland, or what the plans are for the film over here.
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we all look for the sacred.
Not so much...
For Martin Sheen, that bottom was a heart attack.
Hopefully, his son will soon get to that very necessary place before his lifestyle kills him. So far, it's not looking too promising.
Interesting. But Martin never said that he has a personal faith in Jesus Christ, only that his Catholic religion brought him back to the church.
Jesus explicitly said that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life, not a church.
Charlie Sheen: poster boy for cradle Catholics.
umm, it doesn't get more personal than eating His body and blood.
Not everyone is going to express it the way you have. The message is certainly implied. Jesus established his Church on earth by sending the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. To deny this is heresy and you certainly don't sound like a heretic to me.
Exactly!!!! I pray for Charlie, if he dies in the spirit desert he is in right now without the saving grace of Jesus, he’ll be in hell.
Two nights ago, I watched Ramon in the Hawaii Five O episode from October 7th, 1970, “Time and Memories”. Netflix is maika’i a’e.
With Holy Week/Easter coming, may many more “cradle Catholics” come to true faith, hope, and love in Jesus.
BTW, for the Evangelical Christians, THANK the RC Church for giving to the world Holy Bible, for it was from that Church that made it possible.
Yeah - another pro-abortion, social justice, hate-filled leftist claiming to be a Catholic. You, Marty, are a sorry excuse for human being.You belong in the pews with Bishop McCormack.
Seriously, I have no idea where Martin is at on his own journey but I wish him well and pray that his faith continues to grow and deepen.
But every parent worst nightmare is his son Charlie.
God Bless you Mr. Sheen
Wow. Sheen has a positive message about himself that mirrors millions of people past and present (liberal, and yes, conservatives). And yet, several posts strive for the negative? A. Rand is alive and well on several levels ...
...he spoke about how Catholicism can provide a concrete and real way forward when other vices fail....
I suspect you and I are not buying his supposed embrace of the Faith. Sounds like a cafeteria Catholic to me.
Another Hollywhacked lib pretending to be moral. Apple/Tree.
Pray for America
I’ll give him credit for this. He is surprisingly and courageously pro-life — alienating his old Hollywood liberal friends.
Personally, I found Martin Sheen’s statement profound and moving. Judge not, or you will be judged by that same standard.
For me — I once was lost and now I am found. Could my life be dissected and found wanting? Most definitely .... Why not celebrate Martin’s beautiful statement of faith? Warts and all, that’s how we humans come.
It may be me being too picky, but it seems like celebrities are starting to parlay Last Rites for press. Zha Zha had her last rights, recovered and now want to have a baby with a surrogate (so the gossip papers say). Sheen had his last rites and now celebrates his recovery. It feels dirty- like they are using such a serious sacriment as a trump card for their celebrity image. “I was so sick, I even had my Last Rites. But now, look at me! miracle!”
Is the typical Catholic a Marxist?
One has to feel sorry for the old man being described as “Charlie Sheens father.”
I won't hold my breath.
How things change. He used to be "Martin Sheen," and Charlie used to be "son of the actor Martin Sheen."
I guess that's the way of all things, Grasshopper.
But it still leaves the question: whose son is Afro Sheen?
The prototypical American Catholic is sympathetic. That's how Obama got elected.
or are you just being contrary because that's your only "argument" against Church that gave birth to the runaway child known as "Protestantism?"
Yeah, hey, there's a corollary: there wouldn't be "Protestantism"' if there wasn't something original to protest.
all rhetorical questions. I learned a long time ago that it's fruitless to attempt to reason with enemies of the Church.
You can be politicallly liberal on the areas you listed (with the exception of abortion) and still be a faithful Catholic.
Idon’t know if he is actually a Marxist which is incompatible with Catholicism.