Mar. 2: Love to the Rescue

“All I want is for her to live, I don’t care if she is injured or not,” Lieutenant Onur Eryasar of the Turkish Air Force told a Reuters news photographer.  He was speaking of his 25-year-old fiancé, who was trapped under rubble following an earthquake in Turkey.  “It doesn’t matter, I just want her alive.”Upon learning of the quake, the lieutenant rushed from his military base to the scene of devastation.  He determined from friends that his fiancé had been there having lunch in a restaurant. … [Read more...]

Mar. 1: A Three Dollar Lesson

When National Catholic Register writer Matthew Archbold arrived in Virginia on a business trip, he asked an elderly man inside the train station for directions.  The chatty stranger not only gave him directions, but offered to walk him to his destination.  Archbold writes, “I refused…Being a Northener, I figured anyone being this nice was selling something.”Archbold later returned to the station where he again saw the stranger.  Ever a talker, the man revealed that he had been visiting Virgin … [Read more...]

Feb. 28: No Tempers in Thailand

A travel magazine offered this tip about what not to bring on a trip to Thailand—your temper.  In fact, Thais consider such emotional wrath to be a form of insanity.The culture in this Asian nation instead celebrates jai yen, the art of keeping a “cool heart,” and that means keeping your anger in check no matter the circumstances.What’s the secret for such a serene demeanor?  It’s another characteristic of Thai culture—mai pen, or “never mind.”  Thais take problems in stride.  Life is mea … [Read more...]

Feb. 27: The Unexpected Road to God

“None of the characters went looking for God, but God found them,” said writer/director/producer Emilio Estevez about his Christopher Award-winning movie, The Way.It tells the story of Tom, an American doctor whose son, Daniel, dies while on the historical pilgrimage called the Camino de Santiago in France and Spain.  Because of his strained relationship with Daniel, Tom decides to honor his memory by embarking on the pilgrimage himself.  Along the road, he’s joined by other travelers whose f … [Read more...]

Feb. 26: The Duke’s Witness of Faith

Father Matthew Muñoz from the Diocese of Orange, California, has an impressive lineage.  His grandfather is Academy Award-winning actor John Wayne.In an interview with Catholic News Agency, Father Muñoz explained Wayne’s spiritual path: “He was raised with a lot of Christian principles and a Bible faith that, I think, had a strong impact upon him.”In 1933, Wayne married a young Catholic woman named Josephine who is Father Muñoz’s grandmother.  The priest said, “He was constantly at Church … [Read more...]

Feb. 25: Paralyzed Youth Inspires Hockey Players

In December 2011, Minnesota teen Jack Jablonski was paralyzed from the neck down after taking a hit from behind into the boards during a junior-varsity hockey game.  The injury touched the hearts of players throughout the National Hockey League.New York Rangers rookie defenseman Stu Bickel was first to respond by donating a jersey a few days after the injury.  Fans and professional players from across the country have shown an outpouring of support.  More importantly, within a month of Ja … [Read more...]

Feb. 24: We’re Called to Serve

How many people every day walk by a homeless person without a second glance?  Bishop Chatard High School sophomore Abby Wuensch admits to having done so.  After taking part in a homelessness immersion program conducted through her Indianapolis school, however, the teen says she’ll never do so again.“I’ve had my eyes opened,” Wuensch confided to Criterion reporter John Shaughnessy.  “I’ve learned that I shouldn’t be awkward around homeless people.  I should give them a smile.”This program, … [Read more...]

Feb. 23: A Fresh (Vegetable) Approach to Feeding the Hungry

St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, takes the Bible’s urging to “feed the hungry” seriously.  The parish is known for its outreach programs, including an active youth ministry and a Philoptochos chapter of the largest organization of Orthodox women in the country.  These Philoptochos societies raise money for all sorts of worthy charities.“Perhaps our most innovative outreach program is a vegetable garden, the proceeds of which are donated to a local food bank,” pa … [Read more...]