From Magnificat: a beautiful meditation by Jean Vanier on service

“The word ‘authority’ comes from the Latin ‘augere’ (to grow). All authority, whether it be civil, paternal, religious or community is intended to help people grow towards greater freedom, justice and truth. Often, however, it is used for honor, power, privilege and positive self-image of those who exercise it. By stooping down to wash the [Read More...]

33 years later, man receives forgiveness for shooting police officer and is received into the Catholic Church

A stunning story of forgiveness in Ohio.  (H/T New Advent.): Ron McClary, debilitated by multiple sclerosis, lay on a stretcher yesterday at Holy Family church and tried to speak as the widow of the Columbus police officer he shot in 1979 placed her hand on his arm. As he struggled, she stopped him. “I forgive [Read More...]

Maryland Olympic swimmer: “I always pray before a race”

From CNS:  When teenage swimming sensation Katie Ledecky slices through the water during the 800-meter freestyle race at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, she may not be able to hear the roaring cheers of adoring fans back home, but she’s convinced they will be with her in spirit. “Everybody has been so great this [Read More...]

Meet the superhumans: a powerful ad for the paralympics

“What a piece of work is man,”  Shakespeare wrote.  He didn’t know the half of it.  Check out this remarkable video promoting the paralympics.  It’s moving, humbling, inspiring and just thrilling. [Read more...]

Faith moves man to forgive killer of his wife and daughter

The remarkable details from Catholic News Agency:   Arturo Martinez-Sanchez says he had no choice but to forgive the man suspected of sexually assaulting and killing his wife and young daughter in an April 2012 attack that also left him seriously wounded. “I have to forgive him, to go the way of life,” the Las [Read More...]

“There is a wisdom to wrong notes”

The writer here returns to the piano at the age of 50 — and finds some valuable life lessons in the keyboard: Many a man or woman upon reaching a certain age will splurge on a Ferrari, trade in city life for a new start as a country squire or wed a trophy spouse. My [Read More...]

Come Holy Ghost: Class receives Sacrament of Confirmation in hospital with leukemia patient

A Texas reader sent this my way, describing it as “awesome” — and she’s right. Read on:  Alexis Enriquez was sitting in a hospital room at Cook Children’s Medical Center May 14 when doctors delivered some disappointing news. The 15-year-old high school freshman, undergoing treatment for a third bout of leukemia, was scheduled for a [Read More...]

“Honesty Shouldn’t Go Unrewarded”

That’s the theme behind this delightful ad campaign from a credit card company in Australia. They placed a pair of sunglasses just outside the entrance to a shopping mall.  Watch what happens when some honest souls take them to the Lost and Found. [Read more...]

From helmets to hardhats: the war veterans who are building the new World Trade Center in New York

This is inspiring, moving and just great. [Read more...]

“Fake it until you make it”: a great lesson in optimism

If anybody needs a primer in the power of positive thinking, look no further than Jane Brody’s recent column in the New York Times, which told the story of a World War II vet named William Richmond: My recent column on optimism drew hundreds of comments from readers who testified to the value of living [Read More...]


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