Sunday, December 15, 2013

A Prayer For Peter

 'Lawrence of Arabia' star Peter O'Toole dead at 81
With sadness I hear of the death of Peter O'Toole, at the age of 81. He is one of Ireland's great actors, and with the late Richard Harris, formed a dynamic Irish duo at the heart of theatre and film in the 20th century. 
O'Toole continued acting up until lately, and though he seemed very tired in his roles, he still rose to the occasion.  He was famous for his remarkable role in Lawrence of Arabia which took him from obscurity to being one of Hollywood's great stars. Of late, I liked him in portrayal of martyred Fr Christopher in the recent movie about the Cristeros during the persecution of the Church in Mexico, For Greater Glory. 

I pray the Holy Martyrs he honoured in that movie will now join us in praying for his eternal rest.  His personal life had difficulties and though he once described himself as a "retired Christian" he had great regard for the Lord Jesus and once said "No one can take Jesus away from me".  So hopefully  he will find his merciful Saviour and peace.  I'm commending him to the intercession of Blessed Jose Sanchez del Rio with whom he will be, for me, forever associated.

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