Faith inspiration from Father Peyton, Chris Pratt, and Saint Aloysius Gonzaga.
This week, A-list actor Chris Pratt gave a speech at an awards show where he chose to talk about the need for God in our lives and the importance of prayer. This witness to God made me think about Saint Aloysius, who went against the wishes of his family, when he gave up his wealth, title, and power to join the Jesuit order. An amazing story of how prayer is more powerful than the world’s possessions.
Similarly strong in faith was Venerable Patrick Peyton; growing up in circumstances quite the opposite. From a poor family, Peyton rose to be the famous “rosary priest” promoting prayer around the world, but always remaining humble in service to God. These figures each remind us that no matter what our financial situation or who we are near, the same opportunity exists for our families and ourselves to live by God.
How do I spread God’s messages? Do I encourage peace and prayer to those who hear me speak?
Join me today in telling our families about Chris Pratt’s message and the stories of Saint Aloysius and Venerable Patrick Peyton.
Reverend David S. Marcham is the Vice Postulator for the Cause of Venerable Patrick Peyton, and Director of the Father Peyton Guild, whose members pray for Father Peyton’s beatification and spread his message of the importance of Family Prayer. Prior to becoming a seminarian, Father David was a physical therapist and clinical instructor, serving hospital inpatients and outpatients throughout the greater Boston area for eleven years. In 1998 he heard the call to priesthood and was ordained in the Archdiocese of Boston in 2005. Father David grew up in Quincy, MA, and has fond memories of playing soccer, tennis and running track. You’re never without a friend when Father David is around, as he welcomes everyone into his circle with a smile on his face!