“Phenomenal”: Officer reunited with suicidal man whose life he saved eight years ago

How’s this for a pro-life story?  Details:  A San Francisco man who almost took his life eight years ago by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge has been reunited with the hero who saved his life. Kevin Berthia was perched on the iconic bridge ready to take a fatal leap on March 11, 2005, when [Read More…]

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Must-see video: what is love?

Take three minutes out of your day and be moved beyond words. This beautiful video looks at two people who are living the answer to that question—”What is love?”— every moment of their lives. God bless ’em. [Read more…]

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Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp hits a home run without even picking up a bat

From the Los Angeles Times:  He had just made the final out in a city where his name is booed, his jersey is reviled, and his team had been swept. His power had disappeared, his swing was spotty, and his season was a wreck. Matt Kemp would have been excused for quickly disappearing through the dugout [Read More…]

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Gratitude: homeless man collects money for Catholic charity that fed him

What a story:  An elderly homeless man who has relied on the kindness of strangers to survive recently paid it forward. Ed Denst, 77, donated $250, all in $1 bills, to the Catholic charity the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Council of Los Angeles. “I was shocked,” board president Claire Padama told CBS LA. [Read More…]

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The distressing disguise of the poor: “I’m not a bum. I’m a human being”

  Meet Ronald Davis, a homeless man from Chicago whose story has suddenly become a social media sensation: As one of Chicago’s more than 105,000 estimated homeless citizens, Ronald Davis’ story of struggling to survive on the streets may not be unique — but the reaction to his plea for work and dignity certainly is. A [Read More…]

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Pat Summerall’s redemption: “Someone had to die for me to live”

Pat Summerall, the sportscasting legend who died yesterday, struggled with alcoholism for much of his life.  He was also a born-again Christian. From his obit:  After an intervention involving, among others, former NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle, former CBS Sports President Peter Lund and former PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beaman, Summerall checked into the Betty Ford [Read More…]

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“God knows, too, what it is to lose a loved one in an unjust attack…”

I quoted from this sermon after Sandy Hook, and it’s worth reprinting here today. This is part of the great Presbyterian minister Timothy Keller’s sermon which he preached on the five-year anniversary of 9/11: I’d like to freely acknowledge that every faith – and we are an interfaith gathering today – every faith has great [Read More…]

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The good people of Boston

They were everywhere Monday: the good guys.  EMS workers, rescuers, cops, volunteers, runners who completed the race and kept running, to go to the hospital and donate blood. People noticed the Twitter feed of former New England Patriot star Joe Andruzzi went quiet Monday afternoon.  Turns out, he was helping victims downtown.  (See picture). That’s [Read More…]

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Historic: First U.S. teen with Down syndrome reaches Mt. Everest base camp

Awesome:  A courageous young man from Oregon made history with the first recorded account of an American teenager with Down syndrome to reach a base camp of Mt. Everest. After nearly two weeks of walking, 15-year old Eli Reimer reached 17,600 feet. Eli’s father, Justin, joined his son for the ascent in an effort to raise funds [Read More…]

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After Ezra: a must-read story about how a Hindu and Baptist joined the Church at Easter

Honestly, my headline doesn’t do justice to this piece.  Just drop everything and take the time to read this. I can’t remember the last time a secular publication (in this case, the Des Moines Register) offered such a beautiful and inspiring story of Catholicism, told with a tone that is not only respectful, but actually [Read More…]

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