“In People with Intellectual Disabilities, I Found a School of the Heart”

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Throughout history, people with intellectual disabilities like Down Syndrome have often been shunned by society and even violently abused. But Special Olympics’ Chairman Tim Shriver has found that the young people he’s worked with have been his greatest teachers because of their kindness, wisdom, determination, and inherent dignity. His interest in intellectual disabilities stems partly [Read More...]

Lisa Hendey on Discerning God’s Will, Comparing Yourself to Others, and the Grace of Yes

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Lisa Hendey admits that she’s been a “control freak and Type A personality” in her past – and still occasionally is today. But when the blogger, author, speaker, and CatholicMom.com founder looked back on her life, she realized that some of her greatest accomplishments came not when everything went according to her plans, but rather [Read More...]

How 12 Anonymous Christmas Gifts Brought Healing to a Grieving Family

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The poinsettia and note on her front porch were the beginning of a Christmas mystery that Joanne Huist Smith wouldn’t solve for years to come. They were also the catalyst for the healing process that she and her three kids needed during the most devastating time in their lives. Christmas brings with it the expectation [Read More...]

Michael W. Smith on Christmas, His Dad’s Dementia, and His Concert of Peace in Bahrain

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“All is well, all is well / Angels and men rejoice / For tonight darkness fell / Into the dawn of love’s light.” Those are the opening lyrics of three-time Grammy Award winner Michael W. Smith’s song “All is Well,” which is featured on his new album “The Spirit of Christmas.” The project consists of [Read More...]


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