Nov. 5: Don’t Settle for Mediocrity

Singer/songwriter Audrey Assad does her best to create music that’s beautiful because she herself is inspired by the beauty God put in this world.  Yet she also has to remind herself not to settle for mediocrity because beauty takes too much effort. On her blog, Assad wrote, “Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel is regarded as one of the world’s greatest works of art.  Even it, in all its beauty, falls short of God’s Beauty.  You cannot help but admit, though, that in its brilliance it … [Read more...]

Nov. 4: An Eye-Opening Journey

For many years, actress Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond, The Middle) had financially supported the volunteer work of her sons’ pediatrician, who traveled to poverty-stricken Sierra Leone, Africa, a few times a year on behalf of Lighthouse Medical Missions.  In partnership with several churches, the charity builds schools and takes medical supplies to the community there.   In 2009, he invited Heaton and her 15-year-old son to come along. She explained on Christopher Closeup, … [Read more...]

Nov. 3: How to Help Veterans

Military personnel and their families make a lot of sacrifices and need our attention.  Parade magazine offers 11 ways for us to help veterans on their day—November 11—and throughout the year.  (The article also offered relevant websites for further information.) ▪ Give shelter (homesforourtroops.org) ▪ Offer a ride (dav.org) ▪ Foster a pet (guardianangelsforsoldierspet.org) ▪ Record a war story (loc.gov/vets) ▪ Donate cell phones (cellphonesforsoldiers.com) ▪ … [Read more...]

Nov. 2: To Save a Life or Buy a Shirt

Chelsea Egan lives in the Bergen County, New Jersey, community of Haworth, goes to Northern Valley High School in Demarest, and shares many of her likes and dislikes with other girls her age.  Like many of them, too, she gets a lot of birthday presents each year, and with her 15th birthday rapidly approaching, she had an idea to bring to her parents: Why not skip the gifts this year and collect money for cancer instead? The idea didn’t pop up out of thin air.  Egan lost one aunt to cancer … [Read more...]

Nov. 1: Stay With Me, Lord

St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina once wrote a prayer expressing his absolute dependence on God.  Here is a slightly shortened version of it: “Stay with me, Lord, for it is necessary to have You present so that I do not forget You.  Stay with me, Lord, because I am weak and I need Your strength, that I may not fall so often. “Stay with me, Lord, for You are my life, and without You, I am without fervor.  Stay with me, Lord, for You are my light, and without You, I am in … [Read more...]

Oct. 31: Safety First

Naturally, we want all of our children to be carefree and have fun on Halloween.  We also want them to be safe.  The website Childhelp.org offers several tips for trick-or-treaters: ▪ Brighter is better. Costumes will be more visible in the dark if you attach reflective tape. Give each child a flashlight to carry, just in case. ▪ Make it a family affair. Accompany children under 12 on their trick-or-treating rounds.  As for the older ones, be sure to meet their friends, know their … [Read more...]

Oct. 30: Journey for a War Hero

Sixty-one year-old John Moore of Gallup, New Mexico, is the type of person who honors war heroes from the past in word and action.  Father Emil Kapaun, a chaplain in the Korean War who died in a POW camp, holds a special place in his heart. After learning of Father Kapaun’s brave exploits, which included rescuing a wounded soldier while being fired upon, Moore trekked 630 miles from New Mexico to the priest’s home parish in Pilsen, Kansas.  The goal?  Raise awareness for Father … [Read more...]

Oct. 29: A Paralyzed Man’s Impossible Dream

In 2007, Mark Stephan was a successful businessman, an avid marathoner, and a two-time Iron Man triathlete when a bicycle accident left him a quadriplegic, unable to use his arms and legs.  Doctors told him he would never walk or bike again.   Stephan, however, had other ideas. His extraordinary determination combined with nearly five months of therapy at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) led Stephan to leave the hospital walking by himself.  He walked slowly and haltingly, … [Read more...]


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