14-Year-Old Dedicates “Pie Jesu” Performance to Her Best Friend: Her Late Grandfather

(Photo via Laura Bretan on Twitter) Fourteen-year-old Laura Bretan was blessed to grow up in a multi-generational household. Her grandfather lived with her family, and they grew so close that she called him her best friend. When he got sick and passed away last year, she grieved his loss deeply. But at the same time, [Read More…]

Sounds of Harmony and Visions of Light Amidst Chicago’s Violence

The murder rate in Chicago has risen 72 percent in 2016. According to USA Today, “Police said the disturbing rise in violence is driven by gangs and mostly contained to a handful of pockets on the city’s South and West sides.” Still, there are glimmers of hope, of young people who resist the dark forces [Read More…]

The Day the Nuns Met Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds

(Photo property IMP Features/Ferry de Kok) While shooting a movie called “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” in Amsterdam, Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds appear to have been mobbed by a group of fangirl nuns. The Daily Mail reports: Whether scripted or by chance, a van bearing the [Sacred] Heart on the side pulled up at the [Read More…]

Live Together or Die Alone: Reflecting on an Angry America

(Photo property of Ting Shen/The Dallas Morning News) “Last week most of us were strangers. But we’re all here now. And God knows how long we’re going to be here. But if we can’t live together, we’re going to die alone.” That’s a famous speech from an episode of “Lost,” in which Jack Shephard (Matthew [Read More…]