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10 Celebrities who inspired us with their words and actions in 2022


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Cerith Gardiner - published on 12/31/22

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:

Denzel Washington

The Hollywood veteran stepped in with some wise words when things got out of hand at this year’s


Denzel Washington’s powerful words after the Will Smith slap

Lady Gaga

At the same ceremony, the talented singer and actress showed the importance of kindness and compassion to the vulnerable:

Forget the slap, all eyes should be on Lady Gaga’s kindness at the Oscars

John Cena

The actor, who is also known for his incredible strength, used his celebrity status to bring record-breaking joy to vulnerable children:

John Cena breaks world record for his generosity towards kids

Shia LaBeouf

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:

Breaking news: Actor Shia LaBeouf converts to Catholicism

Mick Souza

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:

Former Mr. Universe gives compelling reason for people to return to the Church

Mario Lopez

The actor and family man took some time out of his busy schedule to share an important post from St. Patrick’s Cathedral:

Mario Lopez’s beautiful message of faith at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Paul Rudd

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:

Paul Rudd’s adorable gesture to boy with no yearbook friends

Andrea Bocelli

The opera singer and his wife shared the inspiring letter they sent to their daughter for her First Holy Communion:

The beautiful letter Andrea Bocelli and his wife wrote to their daughter on her First 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:

Nightbirde’s final words on mourning and sadness before she passed away

Mark Wahlberg

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:

14 Fascinating facts about the real-life Fr. Stu Long that you need to know

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