Kidnapped aid worker says Catholic faith helped him survive

From the Catholic Herald:  A Catholic aid worker who was kidnapped for three months in Sudan has told The Catholic Herald that his faith kept him going and that he refused to convert to Islam. Patrick Noonan, a 48-year-old former soldier from Bradford, was kidnapped by anti-government rebels in South Darfur on March 6 and [Read More…]

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The story behind the statue of Mary that survived the storm

It may be the iconic image of Hurricane Sandy — some have compared it to the “cross at Ground Zero” — and today’s New York Times has the story behind it:  At the corner of Oceanside Avenue and Gotham Walk, the house inherited by the elderly McNultys’ niece Regina after the couple died, is a [Read More…]

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God bless New York

  The young man above is from the Trinity Baptist Church in New York City. I met him on my walk to work today. He set up a folding table and coffee urn beside a busy bus stop on Second Ave. this morning and was passing out free cups of coffee to people who were [Read More…]

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“Within our darkest nights, you kindle a fire that never dies away…”

A priest friend who works at a college on Long Island posted this on his Facebook page this morning: It’s another cloudy day here on Long Island. It’s dark with out power and hard to get around with so many trees down. Dark, no energy and cut off. For many it seems bleak. What lies [Read More…]

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“Remembering Steve”

Those who clicked on the Apple home page today saw this lovely, poignant tribute to the company’s founder, who died one year ago today. [Read more…]

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How much does God love us? This much.

This video of dog being rescued in LA just got to me. God tries to reach us the way the rescuers worked to reach this wounded pup: with patience, tenderness and trust.  And, yes, treats, too. Add in a little grace and the occasional minor miracle (cheeseburgers optional) and the next thing you know, we [Read More…]

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“Preach the truth, always with love”

Another great video from Catholic News Service, featuring three men who will be involved in the Synod on the New Evangelization that begins next week:  Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz and Cardinal Timothy Dolan. [Read more…]

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“Changing Room:” watch one woman lose 160 pounds, one iPhone photo at a time

Her name is Julia Kozerski, and she documented her weight loss (and struggles with body image) on her website using just the camera on her telephone: Following my wedding in July 2009, I decided to make a series of changes to my lifestyle in order to lose weight. During the year that followed, I successfully [Read More…]

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“Every life is a miracle”

From John Andrew O’Rourke and Blackstone Films, comes this potent and effective video that profiles Aid for Women, a crisis pregnancy center in Chicago. [Read more…]

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A doctor’s witness: “I get to see the likeness of God every day”

From the New York Times, a profile of hope steeped in faith: Forty years ago, long before the recent afternoon when Dr. Joseph Dutkowsky knelt at the warped feet of his 4-year-old patient, he was a small-town teenager approaching his Catholic confirmation and needing to select a patron saint. He made an unlikely choice, a [Read More…]

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