Jim Carrey hands down as a kid was my favorite actor period. Just ask my poor mother about talking with my butt (asking for a breath mint), or always saying ALLLLLLLLRIGHTYTHEN! What’s not to love about Ace Ventura, Stanley Ipkiss, Lloyd Christmas, and Fletcher Reede. As I grew older Jim began to mix deep meaning and life questions with comedy; I became obsessed with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind primarily because of its quirky-ness, of course also included in this category is Bruce Almighty which is better known and the Truman Show.
Fr. Greg Boyle is a Jesuit priest who is founder of Homeboy Industries which is a program for former gang members to have a way out of crime and addiction. This program gives opportunities for these former gang members to have a second chance at living life at it's fullest. There is so much to be said of the work Fr. Greg has been doing in LA.
One of the more unexpected alliances, sheerly out of ignorance, is actually between Jim Carrey and Fr. Greg Boyle two personal hero’s in one location. What’s even more inspiring is Jim Carrey’s reflection on what it means to suffer, something all of us can reflect upon and relate to.
I don’t really want to add to what Jim says you’ll just have to watch the clip for yourself because it is profound in many ways. A reflection spoken by someone who has truly experienced affliction, despite all the glamour, money, and fame. I think for many reasons Jim Carrey will always be an inspirational favorite as well as Fr. Greg Boyle.
"In the solitude and silence of the wilderness..., for their labor in the contest, God gives his athletes the reward they desire: a peace that the world does not know and joy in the Holy Spirit."
Husband & father of four, graduate from Quincy University and currently a grad student at Franciscan University. Director of Faith Formation & Youth Ministry for All Saints Parish since January 2012.