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'I Wish I Went with God's Plan 15 Years Ago'

Lapsed Catholic Mickey Rourke tells 'Relevant' about his rocky spiritual journey

In an interesting interview with Relevant magazine, Oscar nominee Mickey Rourke talks about growing up in the Catholic church, a broken home that left him an angry young man, almost two decades of self-destructive behavior, an ongoing commitment to prayer, and the night he almost committed a murder/suicide before walking into a church and confiding in a pastor instead.

It was 1994, and Rourke's wife at the time, Carre Otis, was brutally raped while strung out on heroin. When Rourke learned who the perpetrator was, he grabbed a gun and wrote a suicide note, intending to kill the rapist and then himself. But en route, he felt a compulsion to enter New York's Church of the Holy Cross, where Father Peter Colapietro found a crying man, clearly in deep despair.

"I had reached a place in my life where living was living hard," Rourke told Relevant. "I was at a crossroads. . . . . I was ready to take care of business in a rather severe way and Father Peter talked me out of it, [asking me] 'Where ...

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