Eduardo Verastegui: Defending the Faith through Art
I don't know exactly when, maybe around Father's Day of 2013 as it is about the love between a father and a son, and how the kid is willing to do anything, even sacrifice his life to bring him back home from war, from World War II. So it would be a perfect date, but we are still finishing post-production, it will be finished in November.
Tell me are you working on a feature film version of The Butterfly Circus?
That one, I don't know either, I only helped the producer and the director as an actor. I heard they ordered the script and it's ready and they want to make the film.
My pastor is showing this film to our parish youth group; the kids love it.
It is showing all over the world, in universities and colleges and conferences. It has a universal message of hope and love, and vocation and dignity of life. I think that working with Nick Vuijic is another blessing, I was talking to him a few days ago, he's unbelievable, he is married, his wife is pregnant, I think this guy is amazing, one of the best speakers in the world.
I have some questions from Facebook. These mothers want you to know how much they appreciate your witness to a life of faith and chastity out in the world. They want to know how to talk to teenagers who are obsessed with Hollywood. What advice would you give to parents?
Wow! It's a hard question! (laughs)
I know, you're not even a parent and you get this tough question!
Well, I said the other day, that this generation needs more testimony than teachers. The best thing the parents can give to their children is to lead by example. For example, if my father tells me, "Get a job" and he doesn't get a job, why in the world am I going to be listening to him if I am a teenager?
Who is God for you at that time, but your parents? Everything you are going to learn about God is going to come from the love and the actions and the examples of your Papa and Mama. And if they behave well and if they raise you well, by example, you are 90 percent out of the gate.
If you are telling them "go watch TV" and you are watching TV, you are doing this and you are doing that, you are not really loving them and spending a lot of time with your kids. Because if you have a father who works all day and a mother who works all day and the house is completely abandoned, they are going to feel like they are not important, because you are not spending time with them. Many parents justify that; they say we have to work hard to give them the right education but when you are thinking like that, right here you are not giving the right education because you're not spending time with them; all they need is the love of Papa and Mama. So, I don't have all the answers. . .
You understand what the Holy Father has said about the importance of parents as primary educators in the Domestic Church.
That's the most important thing; a lot of people work so hard to invest in their education at these universities outside of town, and they are going to send them to different cities and they are in a very different world. First of all, you sacrifice your life by not spending time with them, and now you send them somewhere else, far away from you, they are educated by people who could care less, they really don't care about them, and next thing you know you have an engineer, or a lawyer, who is strictly an atheist, who doesn't know who God is; that's why society is the way it is right now.
Leticia Velasquez interviewed Eduardo Verastegui for Catholic Media Review. She writes from Connecticut, where she also blogs at Cause of Our Joy.