Holy Crap

Amy links to this story about this man, who wrote these movies, and who has now gone and written this book about his new, deep love for the Catholic Church. In particular: “Mr. Eszterhas told The Blade that despite his mixed feelings over the church and the abuse scandal, the power of the Mass trumps his doubts and misgivings. ‘The Eucharist and the presence of the body and blood of Christ is, in my mind, an overwhelming experience for me. I find that Communion for me is empowering. It’s almost a feeling of a kind of high.'”

Interestingly, the conversion has had an effect on his storytelling sensibility: “Mr. Eszterhas said he spent too much of his life exploring the dark side of humanity and does not want to go there anymore. He was born in Hungary during World War II, grew up in refugee camps, and then moved to the United States and lived in an impoverished neighborhood in Cleveland.
He worked as a police reporter in Cleveland and ‘was always fascinated with the darkness. I covered countless shootings, urban riots, and in several situations I was there before police were because I had a police radio and used to drift around the city until something happened,’ he said. But after his spiritual transformation, he said, he had had enough of death, murder, blood, and chaos. ‘Frankly my life changed from the moment God entered my heart. I’m not interested in the darkness anymore,’ he said. ‘I’ve got four gorgeous boys, a wife I adore, I love being alive, and I love and enjoy every moment of my life. My view has brightened and I don’t want to go back into that dark place.'”

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