Who is Adele Brise, the visionary who is responsible for the first approved Marian apparition in the United States? The Compass has the answer: Adele Joseph Brise’s story began when she arrived from Belgium with her parents, Lambert and Marie […]
Who is Adele Brise, the visionary who is responsible for the first approved Marian apparition in the United States? The Compass has the answer: Adele Joseph Brise’s story began when she arrived from Belgium with her parents, Lambert and Marie […]
Listen to one of the modern era’s greatest preachers. H/T New Advent
The remarkable story of Dr. Rich Meehan and his work among the poor in Los Angles deserves to be heard by a wider audience — especially now that he is hanging up his latex gloves and devoting his time to […]
Below, a little reminder of what it’s all about. Take time. And take your time…to remember what matters.
Hanukkah began last night — and this morning after, the Church is reflecting on four lights that were extinguished 30 years ago in El Salvador. So, a reminder from the troubadours below, to all of us people of faith: don’t […]
From the poetic pen of the Concord Pastor comes this beautiful prayer for this first Monday of Advent. I can’t think of a better way to begin a new year, and a new week: With Advent begins a new year […]
The video below has been circulating for a while — YouTube says it was first posted three years ago — but I hadn’t seen it until now. It’s comedian Steve Harvey’s “Introduction to Jesus,” (a man, as he notes, who […]
From the In My Backyard Desk…an inspiring story of evangelization: What I found while teaching a Called & Gifted workshop in Brooklyn last week is absolutely unique. I’ve worked in hundreds of Catholic parishes in 100 dioceses on 5 continents […]
“To be grateful is ultimately a gift to be be received from God. We ought to humbly ask for it. …Ultimately gratitude comes from a humble, contrite and transformed heart. Saying thank you is not a moralism. True gratitude is […]
Get a load of this wonderful story from ESPN, about Middlebury College’s biggest fan, and the team players who love him. (Tip: keep a tissue handy for this one!) H/T Concord Pastor.
“You choose happiness, and you can choose happiness almost wherever you go.” – Fr. Bill Pruett, of Oklahoma City, OK, speaking of his new assignment. Read more here.
From the people who brought you that delightful dance in a Liverpool train station comes this exuberant and joyful medley at Heathrow airport. (If you’re keeping track, the most famous of these “flash mob” encounters is undoubtedly the “Do Re […]
The always-resourceful Frank Weathers over at Why I Am Catholic just posted a couple great videos, dedicated to the martyrs in Iraq. Here’s Bono and U2: One love, one blood, one life, you got to do what you should.One life […]
Get a load of this exuberant interview, from the website One Billion Stories. These kids are full of life, and full of faith. Bless ‘em. St. Mary’s – College Station, TX from OneBillionStories.com on Vimeo.
Check out this great vocation story, from Alaska: It’s easy to imagine a six-foot, tanned, 32-year-old Peter Hannah on the golf greens of Monterey, California, in textbook form, languidly driving balls 300 yards. But instead of an Izod shirt and […]
That’s the provocative opener to a terrific essay by my Assistant News Director, Shu-Fy Pongnon, who riffs on the subject at Patheos: “What if I told you Jesus was a Black man?” How I came to ask Marie this entirely […]
Just in time for the observance of World Priest Day this weekend, a reader from Milwaukee sent me the video below, of this year’s ordinations of priests. It’s artfully produced, and carries a beautiful message. Take four minutes to watch […]
After dissing sisters, the New York Times has embraced brothers — or at least, one colorful Christian Brother at a unique school that caters to the city’s poor: It is 8:30 a.m. at De La Salle Academy, a private school […]
This new PSA from New York State says it all, charmingly.
These come from the Rev. Bill Shuler, at the Capital Life Church in Arlington, Virginia: 1. The goal is not to win a debate but to redeem the heart. 2. One’s public witness is only as authentic as one’s private […]
“We do not draw people to Christ by loudly discrediting what they believe, by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all […]
This guy’s not going to Disneyland. Not yet. Chilean miner Esteban Rojas, 44, gets on his knees to pray after being rescued from the collapsed San Jose gold and copper mine, near Copiapo, Chile, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010. Rojas was […]
“There are actually 34 of us, because God has never left us down here.” – 19-year-old Chilean miner Jimmy Sanchez, in a letter sent up from the mine Tuesday. Read more here.
This is something something truly remarkable. Details: An armless pianist who plays with his toes has won the first series of China’s version of the internationally popular television talent show “China’s Got Talent.” Liu Wei, 23, who lost both his […]
That’s the assessment of a new poll, which finds a surprising number of people in “unchurched” parts of America still describe themselves as “Christian”: While it’s no surprise that the highest proportion of self-identified Christians reside in the South, a […]
A makeshift altar near the mineshaft in Chile These opening paragraphs from a report on the trapped miners in Chile are a homily waiting to be given: Engineers Sunday rushed to reinforce a shaft through which to hoist 33 men […]
Longtime readers of this blog will remember that I posted several items about the final months of Randy Pausch — I even preached about him one Sunday. Now comes word that his widow is writing a book about what it […]
This was sent to me by a deacon friend of mine, and it’s a winner. It was produced by a Protestant church in Abilene, Texas.
“I always enjoy the effort some put into trying to find any thing and or every thing that is wrong with a situation… I believe that most Catholics, even in our dwindling numbers, are glad to see others return to […]
This moving video was created for a confirmation class, and comes to us from Frank Weathers, one of the contributors to the terrific blog “Why I Am Catholic.” So: why am I Catholic? Cue the music, crank up the speakers, […]
Hot on the heels of this piece about a devoutly religious NFL player, a reader sent me this item, from Sunday’s Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, all about faith and football: Adoring fans carried star safety Troy Polamalu on their shoulders — passing […]
Jesus told his disciples a parable: “Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit? No disciple is superior to the teacher; but when fully trained, every disciple will be like his teacher. Why […]
From the Wall Street Journal comes this intriguing feature about a chaplain and the non-believer charged with protecting him: They say there are no atheists in foxholes. There’s one on the front lines here, though, and the chaplain isn’t thrilled […]
That’s the title of a new documentary about New Orleans marching bands competing to perform in the Mardi Gras parade. It was produced, directed and edited by a former colleague of mine from CBS, Richard Barber — and, judging from […]
A college football star’s extraordinary recovery from cancer may, in fact, have had some divine help. Details, from the New York Daily News: One evening last winter, John Acampora, owner of the Flat Breads Café across the street from Boston […]
From Denver comes this lovely tribute to one newly ordained man in particular — and to the Catholic priesthood in general. The author concludes: David left a medical career and a beautiful girlfriend behind to pursue a life of a […]
“I feel privileged to represent the Catholic Church in a visible way, because it is an organization of sinners and sinners-turned-saints, emphatically alive, expanding, and responsive to the needs of the time, an organization that has been enormously effective in […]
A former Afghan refugee remembers the humanitarian aid worker, Tom Little, killed in Afghanistan last week: Life changes in an instant, and the improbable connection a quarter-century ago between an Afghan refugee boy, Aria Sabit, and Tom Little, the Delmar […]
This video says it all. Be forewarned: Kleenex required.
St. Lawrence by Deacon Lawrence Klimecki Today marks the feast of a patron for deacons, St. Lawrence, guardian of the treasures of the Church. St. Ambrose reports that when Deacon Lawrence was ordered by the prefect to turn over the […]
Surprised? The Boston Globe has the story: Richard J. Henken, a Boston real estate company executive, grew up in a conservative Jewish family on the south side of Newton. He attends services on the Jewish High Holy Days and considers […]
I stumbled on this today, from my former CBS colleague Andrew Cohen (he still likes to call me “Rabbi”), and it’s too good to even try to describe. Just read it: The great love of my life marries today and […]
The other day, I alerted you to the absorbing series on the Future of Catholicism that Elizabeth “The Anchoress” Scalia has been shepherding over at Patheos. The kindly and humble Ms. A. is too modest to flaunt her own fabulousness […]
” … All your dissatisfaction with the Church seems to me to come from an incomplete understanding of’ sin. … what you seem actually to demand is that the Church put the kingdom of heaven on earth right here now, […]
Shortly before I was ordained, a priest friend gave me a wonderful book on homiletics: “Preaching Better” by Bishop Ken Untener. At NDICE this weekend, I stumbled upon a collection of the late bishop’s writings, “The Practical Prophet,” and found […]
Six months after the devastating earthquake, this great video shows something we so rarely see in the face of disaster: joy. Take a moment and dance. Waka waka!
This just might be one of the most startling videos you’ll see. People either love it or hate it — there is no middle ground. And there shouldn’t be. As YouTube describes it: On a recent trip to Europe, a […]
This weekend, as we celebrate our freedom with barbecues and fireworks, take a few minutes to read what someone else has endured in the service of our country: Brendan Marrocco and his brother, Michael, were constructing a summer bucket list, […]
How do you forgive the unforgivable? Take a few moments, take a deep breath, and read this astonishing, beautiful, heartbreaking account of one man’s journey to the priesthood: No street lights illuminate this winding, narrow road, but Rob Spaulding can […]
A bit fat h/t to Mike “Googling God” Hayes, who is pointing readers to this very good chin-scratcher about what makes for good preaching in the Catholic Church. From the Pray Tell blog: In the midst of all the bustle […]
I came across this terrific reflection by the Concord Pastor, who offers a probing examination of conscience keyed to the theme of understanding. It strikes me as particularly apt for those who spend time here in the blogosphere: Do I […]
In the days after his death, much has been written about Manute Bol the humanitarian. But this writer also points us to something often overlooked: Manute Bol, the Christian: Manute Bol, who died last week at the age of 47, […]
A little while back, I blogged about Deacon Greg Rapisarda, the father of a Father, becoming a Father. This widowed dad of a priest was ordained a priest himself on June 12 — making history, by giving Baltimore its first […]
A friend posted this on Facebook, and it’s too good not to share. Watch it with someone you love.
The photo above is worth a thousand words — and at least one psalm. From Julie at Happy Catholic: Staff Sgt. Edward Rosa reads the Bible and extends a cigarette to Pfc. Jorge Rostra Obando, who was stunned by an […]
As a nearly deaf baby who has just received a cochlear implant hears, for the first time, his mother’s voice.
That’s the idea that kicks off this compelling look at priests serving as high school chaplains in Arizona. It’s a message more and more young people need to hear. Take a look: Holiness is possible. That’s the message Jesuit Father […]
Every now and then — not nearly often enough — I read about something vital and important that shows the gospel being lived in ways that are truly transforming lives, and I say: “This has to continue. This has to […]
From Michigan comes this poignant story that celebrates motherhood, miracles — and life: For most mothers, hearing that your 15-month-old daughter needs open-heart surgery would be no Mother’s Day gift. But when Algonac’s Katie Larrison got that news on Thursday […]
Check out this potent new video from Illinois. H/T Thomas Peters.
This beautiful video couldn’t be more timely — or more necessary.
New York’s legendary former mayor Ed Koch paid tribute to his city’s legendary former archbishop at St. Patrick’s Cathedral Monday, on the 10th anniversary of the archbishop’s death. Koch’s words pay tribute to a warm and enduring friendship of kindred […]
Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, Arizona, baptizes an inmate at the Southern Arizona Correctional Release Center in Tucson last month. Details, from CNS: A hazy sun settling slowly behind Tucson’s “A” mountain softly illuminated the 20 women in bright-orange uniforms […]
The startling picture above was e-mailed to me this morning, with the following message: This was taken at the baptism of Valentino Mora, son of Erica, a single mom of 21 who asked the photographer to take a picture of […]
Which, now that I think of it, isn’t that long from now… Nonetheless…the lesson here: enjoy the dance of life!
See what happens when you are taught by Jesuits? A Fordham baseball player does something amazing. This kid is awesome. H/T Rod.
That is just one part of a remarkable and inspiring address delivered recently by Archbishop Emeritus John R. Quinn from San Francisco. You can read the whole thing at America magazine, but here’s one nugget among many: I was a […]
Those words conclude this remarkable speech, delivered by a non-Catholic businessman in Ohio way back in 2003! You’ll want to read it all, but here’s a sample: The Church today, and when I say the Church keep in mind […]
Those of us who saw and loved “Into Great Silence” may also want to check out a new documentary about Carmelite nuns, “No Greater Love.” The Anchoress found an enthusiastic review, and I discovered a trailer for the film on […]
A tree gives glory to God by being a tree. For in being what God means it to be it is obeying God. It “consents,” so to speak, to God’s creative love. It is expressing an idea which is in […]
If the grim news has left you feeling feeling bludgeoned and bruised the last several days, the video below should lift your heart. As described at First Things: Fans greeted each other on Easter at a Sunday evening soccer match […]
As often as we’ve all heard this song, I doubt anyone has heard “The Prayer” performed like this — see if you can spot some of the familiar faces (including The Priests!) adding their voices to this soaring rendition. And […]
For today, the Feast of the Annunciation… “In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of […]
Like a lot of people, I get inundated with pleas for money from various religious orders. But I claim a soft spot in my heart for a hearty band of Trappists who live in the homeland of my grandparents: they […]
Take 90 seconds and look at this remarkable, moving video. And pray that more women in this circumstance make this choice. H/T Msgr. Pope.
It happened the other night, when Joannie Rochette stepped onto the ice just four days after her mother’s death, and uplifted the hearts of the world: At the end of her medal-winning skate, Joannie Rochette threw back her head and […]
“God can also meet you at any time, no matter how confused your life may seem. You do not have to have a perfectly organized daily life to experience God. Your spiritual house does not need to be tidy for […]
That aptly describes the remarkable journey of a young woman named Leah Darrow — who is now traveling the country to tell her story: “For years my faith took a back seat until it all came to a soulful boiling […]
This is the time of tension between dying and birth The place of solitude where three dreams cross Between blue rocks But when the voices shaken from the yew-tree drift away Let the other yew be shaken and reply. Blessèd […]
It’s a little late for Valentine’s Day, but this has to be a love story for the ages: His hand brushed hers ever so lightly, and in that moment, Charlie Wellen’s life changed. “A big jolt of electricity went through […]
A Prayer for the Nation Almighty God, Who has given us this good land for our heritage; We humbly beseech Thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Thy favor and glad to do Thy will. Bless […]
Everybody has their own advice on this subject. Now, just in time for Valentine’s Day (and World Marriage Day), the Wall Street Journal asks a few famous people for their ideas. Sharon Osbourn, says “Never, ever give up.” Her husband […]
From Europe comes this remarkable tale of a millionaire whose millions were making him miserable — so he decided to give it all away: Austrian millionaire Karl Rabeder is giving away every penny of his £3 million fortune after realising […]
On so many levels. It’s a PSA from the UK. H/T The A.
How do you rebuild a country’s faith after its spiritual infrastructure has been — in essence — destroyed? It’s happening right now in Haiti: Mass at Port-au-Prince’s Sacred Heart Catholic church is held under a UNICEF tarp beside Coleman tents. […]
This powerful thought is just too good not to share: Some days you simply see the reality and it is stunning. I was celebrating Mass with just a few people in our beautiful little daily Mass chapel when I held […]
My pal Fran just posted this on her Facebook page, and it’s too good to pass up. It’s part of an interview with Jacob Needleman, an atheist who came to believe in God, and the author of a new book […]
I stumbled on this tonight, and thought: “Must post.” I think there’s more than a little Merton in this gorgeous reflection by a new Episcopal deacon, describing his ordination: One by one they came forward and one by one I […]
Photo from CNS/Reuters Outside a displacement camp in Port-au-Prince, on January 24, 2010.
A week-and-a-half after the devastating earthquake, the people of Port-au-Prince continue to gather to pray. From AFP: Hundreds of Haitians attended mass in the skeletal shadow of Port-au-Prince’s shattered Roman Catholic cathedral on Sunday, seeking to understand God’s hand in […]
A soulful hymn for a Sunday morning. This glorious old spiritual will be sung by our choir later today — a song of consolation and restoration for all who are hurting, for any reason, in any place… There is a […]
How’s this for a beautiful love story? From a paper in Duluth: Guests at the Bogen-Nicholson wedding in June will have an interesting tidbit when they describe the couple’s big day: The bride and groom served peanut butter and jelly […]
Words just can’t do justice to this phenomenal video: a man watching as his wife is rescued after six heart-stopping days. This is a love story for the ages.
“When you discover what you will be in your life, set out to do it as if God Almighty called you at this particular moment in history to do it. don’t just set out to do a good job. Set […]
With so much of the world gripped by the tragedy in Haiti, and so much seeming impossible to overcome, it might be fruitful to take a moment and witness how one young person did overcome the impossible. A friend sent […]
After atheists spread around some “No God? No Problem” ads over Christmas, a church in Times Square decided to go on a counter-offensive: Pro-God ads will hit some 1,000 subway cars throughout New York City beginning Friday, announced the New […]
If you haven’t encountered this yet, pop over to Roger Ebert’s blog and read his harrowing, heartfelt, mystical reflections on what life has been like since he lost the ability to eat or drink. He probably doesn’t realize it, but […]
This may be the world’s most eloquent homily on life and death, and it doesn’t contain a single word. Just watch. One year in 120 seconds from Eirik Solheim on Vimeo.
…Don’t let it get away.” Happy New Year! The heart is a bloom Shoots up through the stony groundThere’s no roomNo space to rent in this town You’re out of luck And the reason that you had to care The traffic is […]
That would be the pictures contained in this poignant and wonderfully inspiring slideshow, put together by the Downtown Chapel Catholic Parish of Portland, Oregon. The Catholic Sentinel has details: Though it wasn’t an intended part of the original vision of […]
Incredible, but true: In what is being hailed as a Christmas “miracle,” a young mother died during labor with a still-born baby on Christmas Eve but both mom and baby came back to life just minutes later, before the eyes […]
You never know how God will work on people — and this story of love, loss, and resurrection offers much to ponder: Even a year after her passing, Nancy Graf’s work continues. Only these days, it’s through her husband. A […]
Stories of Christmas giving don’t get any better than this, from a diner in Philadelphia. Click below and enjoy. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy
Once in a while I like to wonder over to the website for The Responsibility Project, a wonderful undertaking by Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. They’re sponsoring a series of short independent films with rich moral lessons. The one below, directed […]
This is guaranteed to pick you up. A delightful video created by an Oregon hospital to raise awareness about breast cancer. The e-mail I got with this said: “Our daughter-in-law, Emily (MacInnes) Somers, created, directed and choreographed this in Portland […]
What makes a man want to become a military chaplain? A Wisconsin paper has one moving answer: Capt. Matt Foley hasn’t presided over any weddings or christenings since he arrived here in April – not much call for those services […]
“Where is our Holy Mountain of the Lord? Is it the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, City of Peace? Perhaps. Perhaps it is also wherever we plant our flag and declare, ‘as for me and my house, we will follow […]
That was the date when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus — and the rest is history. Several months later, when bus segregation was ruled unconstitutional, Dr. Martin Luther King released this eloquent […]
Not long ago, I became acquainted with a remarkable non-profit organization in Pennsylvania called Real Alternatives, which describes itself very simply here: The mission of Real Alternatives is to provide life-affirming alternative to abortion services to assist women faced with […]
Here’s a moving, even inspiring story of how one priest is using his own illness and death to give a lesson in living: At the St. Anne Catholic Church, people have heard many sermons about life and death. But one […]
To kick-start your Monday: a familiar rock anthem gets a new spin, courtesy the terrific (and justly celebrated) PS22 Chorus. A message of hopeful anticipation for this first Monday of Advent: don’t stop believin’.
Further proof that there are angels among us. A train door separated a three-year-old toddler from his father — and a woman was there to take the child’s hand and wait with him until his dad made it back. Watch […]
I suspect most Catholics don’t know the name Martin Rinkart. But this Lutheran deacon and composer left us a beautiful testament to faith and thanksgiving: he composed the hymn “Now Thank We All Our God.” Some details about his life […]
This is a holiday tradition I love. At my in-laws, someone (usually the youngest at the table) always reads George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation at the dinner table. To put us all in the mood, here it is: Whereas it is […]
In this Year for Priests, few stories could be more surprising, or inspiring, than this one, about a priest named Msgr. Leon Dobosiewicz, from Florida Catholic: At 90, the monsignor, who is parochial vicar at Holy Spirit Parish in Lake […]
We are all products of our mistakes, and this moving story offers one profound example: It was 21 years ago when Glenn Wise was shot in the head during an attempted armed robbery. He has been a quadriplegic ever since, and […]
Just in time for National Bible Week (starting next Sunday) comes word of an ambitious project involving some high profile vocal talent: Once Jesus signed on, it was easy to enlist King Solomon and Moses. Jim Caviezel (Jesus), Malcolm McDowell […]
Think you have it rough? Nicholas Kristof puts things in perspective for all of us: Any time anyone tells you that a dream is impossible, any time you’re discouraged by impossible challenges, just mutter this mantra: Tererai Trent. Of all […]
In Kabul, a military chaplain prepares for a service in a British cemetery to mark Remembrance Day. Commonwealth countries as well as other countries around the world observe two minutes of silence at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day […]
Last Sunday, I preached in my homily about a little girl named Elena Desserich, and the book her parents have put together called “Notes Left Behind.” The publishers have produced a brief video about Elena and the book. Take a […]
If this doesn’t make you weep, check your pulse. It’s brief, and just plain wonderful. The Return from Iraq – Awesome video clips here H/T New Advent and Creative Minority Report
My friend Tony Rossi of the Christophers just alerted me to this story, and an interview their program recently did with Capt. Scott Smiley, the Army’s first-ever active duty blind officer: Given short notice that he could go on leave […]
Out in Los Angeles, there’s this remarkable story of a priest’s own struggle with cancer — and how he’s using that to spread the gospel message: In his flowing, cream-colored chasuble, Msgr. Marc Trudeau ambled back and forth in front […]
From Texas comes a moving story of forgiveness: On July 9, 2007, while unloading groceries in his garage, Don McCullough noticed a young man hurrying along the sidewalk and perspiring on the hot day. McCullough called out and offered the […]
Check out this little film of a bird learning to fly, and don’t be surprised if you find yourself moved to tears. This is all of us, isn’ t it? Learn To Fly from Christian Letruria on Vimeo.
“Ultimately, the Catholic who is very angry is a Catholic who is full of fear. He sees what is going on around him and he fears that God cannot overcome it. He fears that perhaps it is possible that our […]
When I saw this story and realized it had occurred at a secular, state university, I thought it was nothing less than remarkable: The melodic voices of 32 University of Northern Colorado students wafted through the predawn of Oct. 1 […]
From Boston comes this story that shows that lengths some will go to — and the depths some will plunge — during hard times: Whoever broke into St. Ambrose Church had to squeeze between a statue of St. Ambrose and […]
As one who toiled long and hard in the network news business for nearly three decades, I can give this suggestion a hearty “Amen”: I don’t mean to put anyone out of work in this difficult economy — I even […]
Photo: by Michael Clancy Many of us have seen it, but few of us have heard the story behind this iconic photo of a fetus clutching a doctor’s finger. But the man who took the picture wants the story to […]
Like most of us, I have people in my life that I have a hard time loving. So this morning’s entry for the Office of Readings, for the memorial of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus (or Therese of Lisieux, […]
This has been making the rounds for a while, but with the feast of St. Francis of Assisi coming up this weekend, now seems a good time to revisit, reflect, and enjoy.
Incredibly, it’s been almost exactly 30 years since Pope John Paul II made his historic trip to America’s heartland, celebrating mass at a farm in Iowa. (“We are all farmers,” he said at one point.) Well, the spirit of […]
An alert reader wanted me to know about an essay by a friend of his, Susan Windley-Daoust, appearing in this week’s America magazine. It’s a stunner: a beautiful and thought-provoking look at prayer and vocation, all seen through the experience of giving […]
We periodically hear about athletes and their faith — but here’s a sport that rarely gets mentioned: horse racing. The Tidings in Los Angeles has a look at champion jockey Martin Pedroza, who talks about how prayer has sustained him: […]
This is pretty terrific. And boy, how many of us need to hear this message now? H/T The Anchoress.
Just watch this, and see what this here Christianity thing is all about. Camp Barnabas from Steve V on Vimeo.
Here’s something I’ve never heard about: a program run by Catholic Charities designed to help prostitutes get off the street. From CNS: When Aimee was 13 years old, her mother kicked her out of the house. Not knowing what to […]
Photographer Michael Belk, of the Journeys Project, was interviewed the other day on CNN. (TiVo alert: he’ll be appearing on my show, “Currents”, Monday night.) Take a look. Embedded video from CNN Video
That’s what this fellow says we are, and he makes a very good, and very funny, point. Click and enjoy. H/T Brutally Honest by way of The Anchoress.
“On this day, we pray that the hearts of those who wish us evil may be converted — and we hope to have the power and the will to forgive them…. On this day, we remember the survivors, those who […]
Few love stories could be as joyous and poignant as this one, about a couple who discovered love, despite physical limitations: It was always among the first things Dan Powell wrote in e-mails to prospective dates — that he was […]
This Sunday’s gospel focuses on Jesus’ healing of a deaf man — and Catholic News Service has just posted a wonderful companion piece about ministering to the deaf: The silence of the hallways is only interrupted by intermittent laughter and […]
The excellent diocesan paper Florida Catholic is touting an upcoming vigil for life by recalling one inspiring success story from last year’s vigil: The prayers of hundreds of participants in the 2008 “40 Days for Life” campaign at Planned Parenthood […]
Here’s something you don’t hear about very often: a Catholic psychiatrist who has, in effect, made the mind his ministry: Dr. Tom Welch, keen of mind yet mild-mannered, has emerged as a champion of compassion. The 44-year-old Catholic psychiatrist — […]
What do you do after you’ve had a successful career in the NFL and business? One man’s surprising answer: After two successful careers, one in the NFL and one in the business world, Steve Walsh thought his experience, training and […]
From The Anchoress comes this astonishing example of “sand animation,” from the Ukraine. The explanation: The video tells the story of life during World War II or The Great Patriotic War, as it’s known in the Ukraine. It is no […]
This has been widely circulated, but it’s well worth reading and pondering: a modern story of pilgrimage and pure, undiluted trust: They’ve been mistaken for Jedi-wannabes headed to a Star Wars convention. They’ve been investigated by police, approached by strangers, […]
Okay. Confession time: I don’t follow college sports. So the name “Tim Tebow” doesn’t ring any bells with me. But this guy is on the cover of Sports Illustrated, and evidently a very big deal. So it was an even […]
I can’t believe I missed this story a couple weeks ago. But with a cheerful wave of the deacon’s stole to Charm City blogger Fr. Austin Murphy (who saw it first), I happily post this account, from the Baltimore Sun, […]
Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel is many things to many people – a study project to an atheist student, a dream (or nightmare) assignment to a photographer, an illustrated Bible to the believer. It is also a kind of evolutionary marker in […]
Real life stories of redemption and healing don’t get much better than this. How long until Lifetime turns it into a movie? From the Los Angeles Times: It’s another beautiful day in paradise and I’m out on the ocean, riding […]
Susan Boyle may have competition for Most Inspiring YouTube Performance. This comes from America’s Got Talent (the Yankee offshoot of the show that launched Boyle). Just watch and listen and feel the tears welling in your eyes. Consider this an […]
This may seem a little off-topic — nothing church-y here — but I remember this woman’s story vividly. Like countless people around the world, I followed her dramatic rescue with wonder and awe. She inspired many. From CNN’s website: Nearly […]
This incredible, beautiful video will make your day. It might even change it. Take a few minutes and watch. You may never think of your life — or a simple game of golf — the same way. (There’s a great […]
What does a priest do when he’s unexpectedly facing the final days of his life? This story from the Boston Globe offers an answer — and a lesson: Father Field is having one of his good days. It’s Pentecost Sunday […]
The singing sensation returned to “Britain’s Got Talent” this weekend — and made it to the next round of the talent contest with her rendition of “Memory.” It’s a little rocky at the beginning, but she soon finds her footing […]
Or maybe it’s Zen. But take 40 seconds and ponder this fascinating look at one year: One year in 40 seconds from Eirik Solheim on Vimeo.
It’s a cold, miserable, rainy morning here in Brooklyn. But my corner of it got suddenly and beautifully brighter after reading this inspiring story from the Chicago Tribune: Born with a disorder that would leave him 3 feet tall and […]
I’m not preaching this Sunday; we’re showing that stewardship video at all the masses instead. But I liked very much the thoughts below from the homily by the Concord Pastor, Fr. Austin Fleming: It would be much easier to live […]
Those clever people at “The Early Show” got Broadway legend Patti LuPone to join them as a guest this morning, chatting about Susan Boyle. Take a look. A cheerful wave of the stole to The God Googler for bringing this […]
For everyone who has ever dreamed, this song is for you. It’s surprising and funny and just wonderful. In a word: wow. Excuse me, while I blow my nose and dry my eyes. And, a grateful wave of the deacon’s […]
I’ve just stumbled on this engaging blog by a priest in the Church of England, who offers these thoughts about why he is serving in Iraq right now: In reality I am here because I believe The Almighty wants me […]
Remember Matt Harding and his delightful dance around the world? Over at NPR, he’s offered his thoughts on what that exercise taught him: Here’s what I can report back: People want to feel connected to each other. They want to […]
Take a few moments and watch this and feel suddenly much better about the state of the world. I guarantee: it’s the most moving and uplifting rendition of this song you’ve ever encountered. Enjoy. “Stand by Me” performed by musicians […]
Think giving up chocolate is enough? From Canada comes this story of a priest who is doing something truly counter-cultural — and daunting — for Lent: Eleven days into a 48-day fast, Jesuit Father John McCarthy was feeling pretty good. […]
How did you spend St. Patrick’s Day? Whatever you did, I doubt it was anything like this: Father Maurice Chase celebrated his 90th birthday on St. Patrick’s Day by giving away green — and plenty of it. The Catholic priest […]
“The Gospel – the Good News – is not just about words – a message given by a prophet to which we politely listen and either accept or reject. It is about what really happens in life, about God entering […]
One of the passengers on that miracle flight that landed in the Hudson thinks that miracle may be due to something more than just divine intervention — perhaps, Divine Mercy. From Florida Catholic: Frederick Berretta humbly admits to being away […]
An alert reader sent this my way: the poignant story of a baby in need of a miracle, and the namesake who just might provide it: Tracy and Tami Hauser are praying for a miracle and asking others to do […]
This impressive story about young lay Catholics in Washington was published several days ago, and I’m finally getting around to reading and posting. Take a moment and read what these kids are doing. It’s something. Truly. A snip: Now for […]
I’m never complaining about my petty measly little life again. Watch this. And you’ll understand why. It’s full of courage, joy, hope — all those great things we Christians embrace and celebrate. But this young man lives them. Perfectly. Go […]
Do yourself a favor. Wander over to The Anchoress, where she’s posted this charming, irresistable, smile-inducing short film. You’ll be glad you did. Really.
Here’s a remarkable tale of a nun who is also serving in the U.S. Army: She’s an Army captain, a Catholic sister and a doctor. Deirdre Byrne wears many hats — quite literally: a scrub hat when she’s doing surgery […]
From Virginia comes this inspiring story of one man’s journey to the faith, involving Methodism, music and monks: When Jeff Hendrix was 5 years old, he experienced a moment of “transcendence” while listening to the 19th-century symphonic suite “Scheherazade” by […]
Fascinating pictures capture a miraculous moment. H/T New Advent and Patrick Madrid.
Up in Boston, they’re getting ready to make a little bit of history. From the Pilot: “You have five months and 26 days before your ordination,” a woman told Deacon Shawn P. Carey after Mass Dec. 28 at Newton’s Sacred […]
A reader (and deacon candidate) found the following quote over at Happy Catholic, and thought it appropriate for our discussion about deacons and the poor: Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do […]
In New York City today, they crowded into the Church of the Immaculate Conception to bid farewell to Fr. Richard John Neuhaus. One of the people there was Fr. Frank Mann, of the Diocese of Brooklyn — a friend and […]
A popular inspirational series has now published a volume offering inspiration specifically for Catholics. The Catholic Review in Baltimore has the soup — er, scoop, from CNS: The “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series can now add Catholics to the […]
A reader sent this my way, and it’s a charmer, from my former colleague Steve Hartman, who has an undeniable knack for this sort of story. It contains a beautiful lesson for us all. Watch and enjoy. (I dare you […]
An alert reader spotted this in a Texas newspaper and thought it deserved a wider audience. I agree. It’s a powerful testimony to perseverance — and it shows how just one person can make a difference in the life of […]
Just before Christmas, the New York Times had a terrific piece on the good work being done by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (Fr. Benedict Groeschel’s boys) in the South Bronx. Take a look: Hearing a knock at the […]
The biggest song in Britain, courtesy Alexandra Burke from the show “X Factor” (via Whispers). A stunning interp of a haunting and soul-stirring piece of music.
If you have five minutes, wander over to The Anchoress to see this astonishing video of avowed atheist Penn Jillette. It may be the best five minutes you spend today. And that’s all I’m going to say about it. Go. […]
The short film below by Maureen Cotton is a beautiful glimpse at life in a Franciscan monastery, where they really do live the Prayer of St. Francis. It’s a lovely meditation for a snowy day in Advent. You can also […]
At a time of great financial uncertainty, and growing need, stories like this one are a revelation. And something of a miracle. From the Los Angeles Times: When the ceiling began to collapse at Sanctuary of Our Lady of Guadalupe […]
Think you can’t? Think again. Watch and marvel at what one young man can do.
From the In My Own Backyard Desk comes this heartening report about a novel fundraising event at a church in Brooklyn. From the New York Daily News: On Dec. 6 spotlights will crisscross the Brooklyn night sky. Avenue T between […]
…think again. The story below is a beautiful reminder of what matters, especially during this time of year. Watch it and weep. And pray in thanksgiving to God for giving us kids like this.
Time for another great vocation story. This one comes to us from Louisville, where a young woman intent on having a husband and eight children (!) found her plans suddenly changed: Sister Michelle Sinkhorn, a Sister of St. Benedict of […]
How much can one man do for a suffering child? My hometown diocesan paper, The Tablet, has this inspiring answer: There is an extraordinary spirituality that shines throughout the story of Father Joseph Maier. His heroic struggles offering hope and […]
How’s this for a touchdown? A thoughtful reader sent this along: a terrific profile of the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens, who just happens to be Catholic. From the Catholic Review: Not long ago, John Harbaugh walked into a […]
From Texas comes this enlightening and inspiring story of a deacon of many talents — one of them, using a brush and paint: On any afternoon, artist Rolando Lujan could be found working on an art project, whether it’s painting […]
Check out this wonderful short film from The Responsbility Project. How far would you go for your kids? Oh: it turns out the blog at this site is written by a former colleague of mine, Kathy McManus. Kudos, “Mackers”!
This sounds like exactly the sort of television we need: a program about perseverance, and hope, and more than a little bit of faith. It’s about a 30-something Sunday school teacher in Georgia named Ruby Gettinger and her struggle with […]
Here comes a beautiful reminder that you can never anticipate what God will do. It’s a poignant and inspiring story of faith, hope and life, from Florida Catholic: Friends and colleagues said “maybe you should interrupt the pregnancy” when Daniele […]
From Virginia comes this impressive story about a pharmacy rooted in faith: A new drug store at a Virginia strip mall is putting its faith in an unconventional business plan: No candy. No sodas. And no birth control. Divine Mercy […]
Back during Benedict’s visit to the United States, I wondered about the deacons serving beside the pope. Did anyone know who they were? Now, I have at least one answer, from the Catholic Standard — and his story is really […]
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