Must-see video: making the homeless smile in NYC

This is pretty great:  A group of young Muslim YouTubers took a break from making prank videos to spread a message about giving to those in need, and it’s quickly becoming one of their most viral videos to date. The True Story ASA team — named for it’s three members: Adam Saleh, Sheikh Akbar and Abdullah Ghuman [Read More…]

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The best obituary you will ever read

Who wouldn’t want to be remembered like this? A reader sent this my way, and it’s too good not to share. I love it. God bless you, “Pink.” From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Mullaney, Mary A. “Pink” If you’re about to throw away an old pair of pantyhose, stop. Consider: Mary Agnes Mullaney (you probably knew [Read More…]

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“If you’re spending all of your time looking for errors, you can begin to forget what the truth looks like”

This gave me a lot to think about, in light of some recent rock-throwing and shin-kicking around the Catholic blogosphere. This comes from Will Duquette and his blog A View from the Foothills:  As on-line Catholics, we can spend our time writing about what is true, good, and beautiful, or writing about what is false, [Read More…]

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A love song 75 years in the making

From the YouTube post:  A 96-year-old Illinois man wrote a song about his wife of 75 years and when he sent the heart-wrenching ode into a singer-songwriter contest, they decided to produce it for him. When Fred Stobaugh talks about his wife Lorraine now, it’s hard for him to hold back tears after the life [Read More…]

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Beautiful: watch this extraordinary teacher set his class on fire

This video is making the rounds once more. Since it’s back-to-school time, this seems like a great opportunity to meet, once more, a great teacher. I first posted this video last December.   As I wrote back then:  Here is love, pure love.  Parental advisory: keep a Kleenex nearby and be prepared to hug your [Read More…]

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Love carries on: the story behind this sensational photo

How is this for love? From Battle Rattle/Marine Times:  Former Marine Staff Sgt. Jesse Cottle told KTVB in Idaho that he joined the Corps in 2003. The explosive ordinance disposal Marine was on a foot patrol in Afghanistan in 2009 when he stepped on a pressure plate that triggered a blast. Cottle was left a double amputee, [Read More…]

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Who is my neighbor? This kid knows.

Watch what happens when a man who appears to be Muslim needs help getting his tire changed. [Read more…]

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The last thing you’d expect to hear on “America’s Got Talent”

But it’s just great. Did the audience have any idea what they were hearing? Just watch. [Read more…]

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Signs of dignity and hope

A remarkable project in Boston: Every few weeks the guys behind Signs for the Homeless sit down with a homeless person around Boston and listen to their story which they share on their site. They also make a donation in exchange for the person’s old, scrawled, cardboard sign and replace it with a snappy, creative, hand-painted version [Read More…]

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Dustin’s legacy: “He changed so many lives”

You may remember this story about a young man named Dustin Rhodes battling brain cancer. The reporter who wrote that piece, Teresa McMinn, now has this update:  Dustin Rhodes and his high school sweetheart Rebecca used to train together for York Catholic’s cross country teams. Frequently, practice for meets included a run up the incline near [Read More…]

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