Oct. 28: Church for the Non-Religious

If you’ve ever tried to convince your non-religious friends to start going to church, Parents.com contributor Nick Shell offers several scientific reasons that might help sway them:▪ Family values: “Church is a great place to get moral reinforcement [because] pop culture, everyday life, and even our own negativity can be a drag on our ideal personal standards.”▪ Motivation: “Imagine the hope that comes out of the belief that the creator of this universe not only loves you but has a plan f … [Read more...]

Oct. 27: A Journey for Poverty

How far would you go to spread God’s enduring message?  Seventy-five-year-old Bob Hentzen traveled 8,000 miles.  On foot.President and co-founder of the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA) which serves people living in extreme poverty in 22 countries, Hentzen hoped that by walking from to Chile from his home in Guatemala, he could help raise awareness about his cause.  Instead of asking others to walk with him, he asked that they sponsor a child selected for them by CFCA … [Read more...]

Oct. 26: How Far Will You Walk With God?

At the 2012 Christopher Awards ceremony, former New York Jets defensive lineman Marty Lyons won the James Keller Award—named after The Christophers’ founder—for his work creating a foundation that grants wishes to terminally ill children.Lyons shared the story of a girl named Lauren who was diagnosed with a brain tumor at age 14.  Her wish was to go to the White House and to have some poems she’d written published.  Lyons and his foundation helped her achieve both goals.At age 16, Lauren … [Read more...]

Oct. 25: A Link in a Chain

Cardinal John Henry Newman once penned these words about the fact that God uses every human being to accomplish some good:“God has created me to do Him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another.  I have my mission…I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.“He has not created me for naught.  I shall do good.  I shall do His work.  I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place while not intending it—i … [Read more...]

Oct. 24: Muslims Help Build Catholic Church

The Sudanese have been long divided by civil war.  There is progress toward unity, however, thanks to a former “Lost Boy” of Sudan whose Christian faith led him to speak up for justice.Lopez Lomong was held captive and nearly killed during the Second Sudanese Civil War.  He eventually escaped into Kenya, and was moved to the United States by Catholic Charities.  A track-and-field athlete who served as the U.S. flag bearer during the 2008 Olympics opening ceremony, he vocally opposed the Sudan … [Read more...]

Oct. 23: Miss America Praises God

The night Laura Kaeppeler was crowned Miss America, she said she felt God’s peace and presence.  She credits her faith to her years at St. Therese Elementary School and St. Joseph High School in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  “My Catholic education has been so important in reaching my goals,” Kaeppeler told The Catholic Herald, the Milwaukee Archdiocesan newspaper.  “It gave me my foundation for my faith.”When Kaeppeler was Miss Wisconsin, her life experiences led her to start a program called Circles … [Read more...]

Oct. 22: A Kicker With No Toes?

Former professional football player Tom Dempsey didn’t let the fact that he was born with no right hand and no toes on his right foot prevent him from becoming a standout on the gridiron.  He even holds the world record for field goal kicking—63 yards.It was 1970, when Dempsey, wearing a specially-designed shoe, was playing for the New Orleans Saints.  In the final seconds of a game against the Detroit Lions—a game which the Saints were losing by two points—Dempsey kicked the longest field go … [Read more...]

Oct. 21: A Saint’s Life-Saving Help

When kindergarten student Jake Finkbonner of Bellingham, Washington, fell during a basketball game, he bumped his mouth and suffered a small cut.  That was enough for “necrotizing fasciitis,” a flesh-eating bacteria, to invade his body.Jake spent nine weeks in the hospital.  Several times, the doctors prepared his family for the boy’s impending death. All the while, his family, friends and the parishioners of Whatcom County’s three Catholic churches prayed for Jake’s recovery, specifically as … [Read more...]