Meet the Catholic priest risking his life to save Muslims

A remarkable and inspiring witness, from The Guardian: The test of faith for which Father Bernard Kinvi had waited half his life arrived one January dawn when a heavily armed man with a necklace of talismans pulled up on a motorbike outside the Roman Catholic mission hospital in Bossemptele. Despite being a member of the [Read More...]

Quinn Bradlee’s beautiful eulogy for his father, Ben

The Washington Post has just printed (and posted the video) of Quinn Bradlee, speaking at his father Ben Bradlee’s funeral yesterday at the National Cathedral. Quinn, 32, has learning disabilities and also has velo-cardial-facial syndrome. But the words he spoke at the funeral are deeply felt, eloquent, and profoundly personal. An excerpt:  A lot of people [Read More...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

“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...]

“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...]

Got Any Spare Change?

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

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...]

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...]