These familiar faces brought wisdom, hope, joy, and faith in a year that was difficult for many.
We often hear stories about celebrities in the press that aren’t exactly inspiring. Yet beyond the Hollywood lights, there are men and women who inspire through their faith, and through their actions.
Here are just a few men and women who used their name for good this past year:
The Hollywood veteran stepped in with some wise words when things got out of hand at this year’s:
At the same ceremony, the talented singer and actress showed the importance of kindness and compassion to the vulnerable:
The actor, who is also known for his incredible strength, used his celebrity status to bring record-breaking joy to vulnerable children:
The faithful opened their arms and welcomed the once-wayward actor to the Catholic faith after his stunning conversion story. His experience reminded us all that God never gives up on us, and we shouldn’t give up on Him:
Another man of muscle also shared his incredible faith in a revealing interview. The former Mr. Universe expressed his joy for the Eucharist, and how the sacrament encouraged him to return to the Church:
The actor and family man took some time out of his busy schedule to share an important post from St. Patrick’s Cathedral:
The funnyman decided to spread some little kindness when he saw a little boy had no friends sign his yearbook. By reaching out to the boy and his family, Rudd shone a light on on the need to stand up to bullies:
The opera singer and his wife shared the inspiring letter they sent to their daughter for her First Holy Communion:
The beautiful singer touched the hearts of all those who heard her story, her faith, and her battle with cancer. And even in her dying moments, she continued to spread her message of hope and love:
No celebrity list would be complete be without the action man, fitness fan, and dad-of-four. While Wahlberg has personally inspired his fans with his faith, he also introduced us to the incredible Fr. Stuart Long, through his determination to share his story: