“Err in the direction of kindness”

A few wise words that many of us need to hear these days (well, I know I do!).  They come from acclaimed writer George Saunders. He delivered this commencement speech at Syracuse University a few weeks ago: Here’s something I know to be true, although it’s a little corny, and I don’t quite know what [Read More…]

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“Mend a Quarrel:” A Message of Mercy We Need to Hear

Over at the CNEWA blog, (where I toil as part of my day job) there’s a heartfelt remembrance of a Mercy Sister, Christian Molidor, who worked for the agency for many years.  She died yesterday after a long illness. The piece quotes Sister Christian’s final e-mail, sent to her friends when she retired a couple [Read More…]

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Got Any Spare Change?

Watch what happens when people ask this guy for money. [Read more…]

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Malala Yousufzai: “Here I Stand, One Girl Among Many…”

The U.N. designated today as “Malala Day,” the 16th birthday of the Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban for promoting education. Today, she spoke at the U.N.:  Dear brothers and sisters, do remember one thing. Malala Day is not my day. Today is the day of every woman, every boy and every girl who have [Read More…]

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Virginia Priest Donates Kidney to Save Life of Parishioner

  Wow:  Bruce McComb says he owes his life to his pastor, Father Jonathan Goertz of St. Timothy Parish in Tappahannock. His statement, voiced in strong admiration, is not far from the truth. Mr. McComb, 60, was in desperate need of a kidney transplant. He had been on dialysis for three and a half years [Read More…]

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Inspired by Pope, Boy Donates First Communion Money to Charity

Details from Allentown, PA: A young boy from Lehigh County is practicing what he preaches. Alex Trinidad, 8, recently celebrated his First Holy Communion. Family and friends gave him money for the occasion. Alex turned around and gave it to people in need. The elementary student donated $465 to the Ecumenical Kitchen in Allentown. “I [Read More…]

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Bucket List with a Difference: Dying Wife Leaves Behind Goals for Her Husband After She’s Gone

And it included a trip to Lourdes. Details: When Nicola Murray was told she had just two weeks to live, she made her husband George a list of things she wanted him to promise he would do. Nicola, 34, who had a rare hereditary gene that caused her to develop cancer, wanted him to help [Read More…]

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Home Run: Arizona Diamondbacks Draft Paralyzed Outfielder

Over the weekend, news broke that the Arizona Diamondbacks have done something extraordinary: drafting paralyzed Arizona State outfielder Cory Hahn: The former Mater Dei High School (CA) star and “Mr. Baseball” in California who many thought would be a “can’t miss” prospect was paralyzed after sliding into second base during his freshman season at Arizona State [Read More…]

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Joe Marotta on the Sacred Heart

On this day when so many of our hearts are breaking, I thought this reflection from Joe Marotta— posted almost exactly a year ago, as he concluded another vacation at the beach—was worth sharing. (The picture above, uploaded to his FB page at the time, carries the caption: “Great view to end the day!”) Here, [Read More…]

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On Choosing a Vocation: “Making Yourself is Different Than Producing a Product…”

A little profundity —and a challenge to the world—from David Brooks, in the New York Times: A human life is not just a means to produce outcomes, it is an end in itself. When we evaluate our friends, we don’t just measure the consequences of their lives. We measure who they intrinsically are. We don’t [Read More…]

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