Sunday, September 30, 2012

Support a Catholic Speaker Month 2012: Eduardo Verastegui



I was first exposed to the strong presence of Eduardo Verastegui in 2007 when watching the beautiful pro-life film Bella.  I remember being amazed by how he could convey so much with a single facial expression . . . a look in the eyes that held so much meaning.  Now that I think about it more, this expression, this look, was rooted in a deep commitment Eduardo had made in recent years: to do God's will rather than that of society.

After watching the movie, I remember visiting a comprehensive fan-made website and scrolling through photos taken at Medjorgorje and even one with our beloved Pope John Paul II not too long before his passing.  I became more curious about the man behind "José".  I learned how he had once been the stereotypical "Latino bad boy" and how his heart had changed through a re-affirming of his Catholic faith, inspiring him to instead promote a positive image of Latinos in film . . . and to advance positive media in general.  He vowed to only take roles that would glorify God, never those that would compromise his morals.  The more I learned, the more Eduardo Verastegui earned my admiration and respect.  As a result, I felt honored upon hearing that I would be blogging about him for Support a Catholic Speaker Month 2012 (http://brandonvogt.com/scsm12).

Although I unfortunately was unable to interview Eduardo Verastegui for this post, I have prepared a video that highlights the profound influence he has had as a role model for Catholics (and, truly, all people) in a less-than-moral world.  I have also included two videos at the end which emphasize his role as a pro-life speaker.  Please feel free to share this post with others.


                                                   The Story of Eduardo Verastegui
                                                             by The Little Rose

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 If you are having difficulty viewing my video or would prefer to see it in a larger format, please visit the youtube link at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSKF78XQjGs&feature=plcp .


                                                         Catholic Speaker Videos: 
                          Eduardo Verastegui at the 2007 Celebration of Life (Parts 1 and 2)
 
 
 
 



In addition to his role in BELLA, Eduardo Verastegui plays Blessed Anacleto Gonzalez in FOR GREATER GLORY, a film that chronicles the religious persecution of Catholics in Mexico in the 1920s.

(Photo credits: FOR GREATER GLORY facebook page)

Pax Christi,
The Little Rose

Monday, September 24, 2012

Inspirational Quote from St. Therese

"I can, then, in spite of my littleness, aspire to holiness."
- St. Therese of Lisieux

CATHOLIC VIDEO WEEK: Video #7 - Life: Imagine the Potential Spot 3 (CatholicVote.org)

I apologize for my delay in posting.  Here is the final video for Catholic Video Week . . . short, but powerful.  Very thought-provoking . . .


 
Pax vobiscum,
The Little Rose

Friday, September 7, 2012

CATHOLIC VIDEO WEEK: VIDEO #6 - "Friends in High Places"


A lovely "tribute to some of the Church's most beloved saints" featuring music by Francesca Battistelli . . . 

As the video creator said, "Isn't it nice to think of the Church as one big family on Heaven and Earth?"  :)
 

Veritas Christi,
The Little Rose

Thursday, September 6, 2012

CATHOLIC VIDEO WEEK: Religious Freedom Day (#5)

In light of recent events in the United States of America concerning religious freedom, three videos will be featured on the topic.  This matter greatly affects Catholics, as well as anyone who values First Amendment rights.  Our fundamental rights, our basic freedoms, are at stake.   

VIDEO #1:  The HHS Mandate
   
A short video that I made in response to the HHS Mandate that also serves as a celebration of all things Catholic

"People throw rocks at things that shine, but they can't take what's ours."
 
 
 
VIDEO #2:  Stop the HHS Mandate (Official Promo)
 
This video highlights the issues involved and includes clips from the religious freedom rallies.
 
 
 
VIDEO #3:  Stand Up for Religious Freedom - Official Video
 
A beautiful music video that includes audio and visual clips from the religious freedom rallies.  This one made me tear up . . .
 
 
 
As the Cristeros who fought for religious freedom in Mexico (1920s) once said, "¡Viva Cristo Rey!"
- The Little Rose

CATHOLIC VIDEO WEEK: Video #4 - "Call Your Mother"


~ A video tribute to the Blessed Mother ~
"Where would we be without Mary's "yes"?  Her intercession?  This is a contemporary love song to the Mother of God and our Heavenly Mother."

 
 
Pax,
The Little Rose

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

CATHOLIC VIDEO WEEK: Video #3 - "Those Who Never Were"


A beautiful, yet heartbreaking, video that serves as a tribute to the forgotten angels lost to this world through murder in the womb.  The song is not saying that aborted children "never existed or don't exist at all, but rather that their destinies 'never were' (as in lost or forfeit) in this life as we know it" (video comment).  They were never able to fulfill the great purpose that God set before them.  Each individual is unique; there will never be one person exactly like another.  And each of these lives is beautiful.

Life is Beautiful. ♥
 

 
 
 

Pax vobiscum,
The Little Rose

Monday, September 3, 2012

CATHOLIC VIDEO WEEK: Video #2 - "Where I Land" (Eucharistic Adoration)

A lovely video on the beauty of the Blessed Sacrament with a focus on Eucharistic Adoration.
 
 
 
Pax Christi,
The Little Rose

CATHOLIC VIDEO WEEK: Video #1 - "We Are Catholic"

I thought that this video would be a fitting start to Catholic Video Week.  As the title suggests, it is a tribute to our beautiful faith.  The video is very upbeat, and it is my hope that it will get everyone energized for this epic week. 

We are Catholic, and proud of it!  :)
 


 
Veritas Christi,
The Little Rose