“Dancing with the Stars” Contestant Makes Dream Come True for Young Woman with Down Syndrome

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James Maslow has attracted a lot of fans as a singer with the band Big Time Rush. One of those fans, 23-year-old Hannah Wackernagle who was born with Down Syndrome, likes him so much that she made a video asking Maslow to go to her prom with her. The video went viral and came to [Read More...]

When Your Baby’s Life is Expected to Be Brief: A Look at Perinatal Hospice and Palliative Care

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Pregnancy is supposed to be a joyful time for a couple, but for Amy Kuebelbeck and her husband it was tinged with tragedy as well. In 1999, halfway through their third pregnancy, they learned that their unborn son, who they named Gabriel, had an incurable heart condition and would not live long if he was [Read More...]

The Internet is a Medium Through Which God Can Reach the World

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In January 2013, I wrote a blogabout Sister Helena Burns titled “A Tweeting, Facebooking Nun Shares Her Media Mission” because she was making quite a splash in Catholic circles. Today, Sister Helena has expanded way beyond the Catholic media world by being featured in The Atlantic in a piece called “The Nun Who Got Addicted [Read More...]

Faith, Freedom, Nonviolence, and Truth: The Legacy of Polish Martyr Father Jerzy Popieluszko

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No praying out loud, no Mass, no rosaries, no group prayers. Those were the Polish Army’s rules under the communist regime in the 1970s when a young Catholic seminarian named Jerzy Popieluszko was forced to complete his military service. Though the government tried to break the spirits of these future priests so they would give [Read More...]

The Death of Archie Andrews?

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Though I can’t remember every detail, it’s safe to say that I learned to read at least in part through Archie comics. Stories about the Riverdale gang of Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica, Reggie, Moose, Dilton and others became like comfort food to my young mind. I devoured the digests of collected stories and laughed at [Read More...]

VIDEO: Father Jonathan Morris on Meditation as a Form of Prayer

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What kind of prayer life do you have? Does it consist primarily of asking God for help when you need something or are going through struggles? Father Jonathan Morris reveals that many people come to him because that’s their approach. They tell him they don’t know how to pray or develop an active prayer life, [Read More...]

Patriot Games: A Review of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

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Would you willingly give up your freedom and privacy if it meant bringing order to a chaotic world? That’s one question at the heart of the entertaining thrill ride “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which finds our hero in quite a different environment than the simple good vs. evil World War Two setting of the [Read More...]

NY Met Daniel Murphy Should Be Applauded, Not Criticized, for Paternity Leave

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New York Met second baseman Daniel Murphy has found himself in the middle of an unexpected controversy because he took a few days off at the start of the season to be with his wife when she gave birth to their first child. When I first heard the news, I didn’t think anything of it [Read More...]

VIDEO: Father Jonathan Morris on the Virtue of Courage (Cardinal Virtues Part 4)

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Today, Father Jonathan Morris concludes his four-part series on the cardinal virtues by focusing on courage. Courage, in this context, isn’t just reflected in people who are physically strong or who have the kind of temperament that gets things done. Instead, as Father Jonathan explains, “it’s trusting that God will be faithful to His promises. [Read More...]

Stories of Heroism, Faith, and Selflessness Highlighted in 65th Annual Christopher Award Winners

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NEW YORK, April 2, 2014 — A Catholic chaplain and Korean war hero who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his devotion to soldiers of all faiths. A Jewish boy who survived the Holocaust due to Oskar Schindler’s infamous list. A Pakistani Muslim girl who advocates for women’s education despite an attempt on her [Read More...]

Opening Your Heart to Adoption: One Woman’s Story

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Though Christina Beahan grew up in a big Polish/Dutch family in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the road that got her there was not a straight one. Christina was born Maria Clara Mora in Medellin, Colombia, to a poor maid who was unable to care for her. As a result, her birth mother brought her to an [Read More...]

VIDEO: Father Jonathan Morris on Moderation & Self-Control (Cardinal Virtues Part 3)

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When people hear the word “temperance,” they might think back to the time of prohibition in the United States when it represented a banning of all alcohol. But as Father Jonathan Morris explains in part three of his video series on the cardinal virtues, the word actually refers to self-control and moderation. Specifically, practicing temperance [Read More...]


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