I discovered that Jesus is present in the Eucharist. Not symbolically present. Not kind of present. He is really there, under the appearance of bread and wine. Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch in the first century, wrote about the truth of the Real Presence in the Lord’s Supper. And he sat at the feet of St. John who penned John 6:25-69.
How often do you have the pleasure of seeing something like this prominently featured on the official website of a rock and roll icon?
The Fathers of the Church blog reminded me about Dion Dimucci. Even if you're young and don't recognize the name, like a lot of my friends seem not to, you've probably heard some of his famous songs that were no. 1 hits back in the day, like The Wanderer and Runaround Sue.
I didn't know until one day when I was flipping channels and saw him telling his story on EWTN, that he is a high-profile active and faithful Catholic. His spiritual autobiography, recounting how he drifted away from the Church and found his way back after much soul-searching (and reading of the early Church Fathers, which he alludes to, but talked about at length on tv) can be read on his website. Wikipedia notes that he is active in prison ministry and works with men struggling with addictions.
Musically, I knew him for the music he recorded in the 50s and 60s, but I hear that he has recorded a critically-acclaimed blues and country cd recently, so maybe I will give it a listen.
Please, more celebrities like him!