Los Angeles legend, “Father Dollar Bill,” dies

One of the angels of the City of Angels is gone. Details: Funeral services were pending Monday for the Rev. Maurice Chase, a Catholic priest known as “Father Dollar Bill” for his holiday giveaways of $1 bills to the homeless on Skid Row. Chase, 92, died Sunday night at his home in Los Angeles after [Read More...]

Behold: five minutes of exquisite humility and grace

I found this deeply moving: a short video about Our Lady of the Stars, a small community of young men in France with Down Syndrome. I was unable to find more about this group online.  Does anyone know more? UPDATE: A couple readers found a link to their website.  Check it out. [Read more...]

“Life’s a happy song”

I just got back from a diaconal retreat in scenic East Flatbush, Brooklyn — the junkyards are lovely this time of year, by the way — and thought I’d share this little day-brightener, while I’m still enjoying a little post-retreat serenity. From “The Muppets” movie, due out this week, the opening number performed by the [Read More...]

Stunning: from conception to birth visualized

The miracle of life illustrated in a powerful and humbling new way.  Take  10 minutes and be awed. [Read more...]

The spirituality of Springsteen

That was the topic of an unusual workshop held last month at  St. Barnabas parish in New Jersey last month, where  Augustinian friar Fr. Kevin Keelan spoke about the religious threads running through the writings of Bruce Springsteen.  (One of those in attendance was Springsteen’s mother, Adele, shown above with the priest.) From the Trenton [Read More...]

The woman behind one of the most familiar voices in the world

Now it can be revealed: the woman heard by millions around the world at airports, train stations and on subway platforms. [Read more...]

From horror to hope: Gabby Giffords’ long journey back

Did you see the special edition of “20/20″ last night?  I was riveted, moved and ultimately uplifted.  It told the story of Gabby Giffords’ arduous journey back after being shot in the head last January, and featured her first interview, with Diane Sawyer.  The entire episode is now available online at this link. It’s a [Read More...]

Pope will light world’s largest Christmas tree with an iPad

Take that, Rockefeller Center … [Read more...]

Go ahead. Take your time.

If I’d known that an extra nine minutes and 50 seconds could make such a difference, I would have  paced myself. Behold, a clever tribute to creativity — and taking your time. [Read more...]

Waiting for Christmas

A British department store has come up with a sweet commercial for the Christmas season (and, in fact, Advent) that will resonate with anyone who has ever been 8 years old. [Read more...]


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