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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 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.