I didn't want to write about Charlie Sheen. I don't watch his show, I don't care about the man and what he does. But then I remembered seeing an interview with his father and brothers and suddenly I felt a bit of, I don't know, compassion perhaps, for his children and his siblings, but mostly his father.
In an interview I saw years ago, I remember Martin Sheen talking about his Catholic faith. He took his name from Bishop Fulton Sheen. When the interviewer asked if the rest of the family was also Catholic, one of the boys (I don't remember which one) said, "Dad is Catholic enough for all of us!"
Apparently he isn't. Watching your son spin out of control in the public eye has to be the most excruciating thing a parent can go through. I keep waiting to hear the news that they found Charlie Sheen dead, his glassy stare gazing up at some very expensive plumbing in a high end hotel bathroom, the goddesses in the other room weeping because their fifteen minutes of fame will be up shortly.
My husband and I try to lead our family by quiet example (and the occasional heated verbal viewpoint!), but our children are not out of control like Charlie Sheen. But if they were, as a Catholic, I would be on my knees in a demanding prayer of all the saints and God to save my child!
I hope Martin Sheen finds comfort in his faith. I hope through prayer, that he finds the tools he needs to save his son and heal his family. From one parent to another, I will pray for him.