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God’s Call Shines in ‘Father Stu’

“Father Stu” reminds us that God has a calling for all of our lives.

This biographical film tells the story of Father Stuart “Stu” Long, a priest who used his second chance at life to serve others.

A strong man with a powerful physique, Stu was an athlete with a passion for wrestling. He competed professionally, but his career ended after suffering an injury. 

Long moved to California to pursue an acting career, where he met a Catholic woman he was eager to date. He attended her church and was baptized.

After surviving a motorcycle accident, Stu believed his life meant something more and decided to become a priest.  

While in seminary studying for the priesthood, Stu was diagnosed with an incurable muscular disorder. Despite his physical challenges, he was later ordained and lived his vocation for four years before his death in 2014. 

“God qualifies the called”

“Father Stu” brings to life the phrase, “God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called.” 

Mark Wahlberg, who plays Father Stu in the movie, portrays him as a man of grit and power. Born into humble beginnings, he worked hard, but also harbored anger for some of his difficulties. He was charismatic, but also battled internal struggles. So, when Stu shares that he wants to become a priest, many are shocked and perplexed.  

But as we know, “God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called.” 

When God called Moses to led the Israelites out of Egypt, Moses didn’t feel “qualified” for the job. He didn’t believe he could convince the Egyptians of anything. But Moses was God’s choice, making him the right person for the job. 

“Father Stu” reminds us that God’s qualifications are all you need for any position. Whatever God calls you to do is possible. All he needs is your “yes” and willingness to follow His lead. 

Sometimes we feel that if God calls us to something that it will be easy. But that isn’t always the case. Father Stu was diagnosed with a physical disorder while in seminary. But he continued to follow God’s plan.

As Wahlberg said in the film, “We shouldn’t pray for an easy life, but the strength to endure a difficult one.” 

“Father Stu” reminds us that God can use all of us for good if we’re willing to say “yes” to him. No matter where we’re from, our talents, skills or physical limitations, all of us have everything we need to answer God’s call for our lives. 

Father Stu” is exclusively in theaters now.


Samantha wrote an original movie review on “Father Stu” for The Georgia Bulletin.

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