On the Feast of the Epiphany, an unexpected gift came my way courtesy of Mel Gibson; the Mel Gibson of The Passion of the Christ blockbuster movie fame.
On that day a January 4 canadafreepress.com cover story appeared on Mel's new blog (melgibsonsblog.blogspot.com).
Overjoyed to think that someone I had admired for so long from afar had posted my story to his blog I sent off a quick thank-you email, never really expecting to ever have it answered.
There was a response in my mail from the actor/director/producer by the end of the day.
Fiercely independent, impressively creative and downright courageous, Mel Gibson is no cookie cutter Hollywood star.
To my way of thinking, he's a beacon of light in the dark, whose ash Wednesday 2004 release of The Passion of the Christ brought the authentic last hours in the Life and Times of Jesus Christ the Savior back before the masses of the 21st century.
People the world over have been wondering what the independent director has been doing since the release of The Passion.
When you log on to Mel's bog, you will find out. Under Mel's Musings is a permanent comment: "above all things I am a Christian. I am a member of the true church not the corrupt progressive church that came out of Vatican II."
an invitation is extended to one and all: "I welcome your email correspondence on all matters such as suggestions for the bog, political questions and legal advice. I will try to respond to as many mails as I can."
a lot of people say things. Mel Gibson means them.
"Now I am at a point in my life where I want to do whatever I can to make the biggest difference to people, to open their eyes to the truth, and to defeat the forces of evil which threatens our future," he wrote me in an email.
"although I have been in, and directed movies that millions of people have seen, I have never really had the opportunity to engage in a two-way dialogue with so many people of the kind I am engaged in now. It is thrilling and satisfying."
With anti-Christian sentiment on the rise in North america and abroad, the launch of this new bog couldn't have been timelier.
Long before he ever withstood the controversy of The Passion of the Christ, and proved everybody wrong with what was to be the movie's incredible success, Mel Gibson was out there putting on the public record what many think, but are afraid to articulate. Mel Gibson believes in miracles, which he says have been a recurring theme in his life.
He is often quoted as saying that "tough times make you stronger,"
something he still believes in. "It's true that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Look at the experiences that some people have been through. Horrendous experiences, and if they come out on the other side, they are different, they've changed and in many ways that most us haven't begun to comprehend about the nature of the human spirit and what you're capable of enduring."
This is the same kind of inspirational thinking to be found on the new blog. If you're a discouraged Christian worried about the future, a visit to www.melgibsonsblog.blogspot.com is like an elixir and sends you on your way with newfound hope.
I believe that Mel Gibson truly belongs in leadership. To me, he's a kind of new generation Ronald Reagan with a promising future in public life if that's a path he chooses to take.
Not all of us can be stars of the silver screen. Mel believes "You're supposed to be where you end up somehow.
"I am a big believer in pre-ordination. I don't think there's a lot of happy coincidence, I think it appears to be that way and to us it is. But I don't think we're calling the shots, you are going to end up where you're going to end up."
a special blend of courage and charisma, Mel Gibson would never stand down from his convictions. The kind of man who would always do only what he thought to be right, he could never be bought.
This self-admitted "humble servant of the real hero, Jesus Christ" has been called many things. But essentially he's The Director--the Director of People, a steadfast beacon of hope for souls ever-searching the truth.
Canada Free Press founding editor Most recent by Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years experience in the print media. Her work has appeared on Newsmax.com, Drudge Report, Foxnews.com, Glenn Beck. Judi can be reached at: [email protected]