Remembering Jan Karski, the Catholic spy who warned about the Holocaust

A new documentary is telling his remarkable and courageous story:  “He’s the only person I ever met whom I considered truly noble,” says noted Holocaust scholar, filmmaker and writer Michael Berenbaum, referring to Jan Karski, a Polish resistance fighter who warned Western leaders of the impending genocide of Europe’s Jews during World War II. Speaking [Read More…]

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RIP Nicholas Winton, Britain’s Schindler

What a remarkable life: Nicholas Winton, a Briton who said nothing for a half-century about his role in organizing the escape of 669 mostly Jewish children from Czechoslovakia on the eve of World War II, a righteous deed like those of Oskar Schindler and Raoul Wallenberg, died on Wednesday in Maidenhead, England. He was 106. [Read More…]

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Charleston’s amazing grace

View image | gettyimages.com My friend Fr. Gregory West of Charleston, South Carolina sent me the above snapshot, taken last week. The caption reads: Gregory West leads a prayer in front of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church after a mass shooting killed nine people. Fr. West adds: This was snapped by a Getty Images [Read More…]

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A great dinner companion—in every sense

It isn’t every day you get to dine with one of the most influential people in the world. Last night, I had the privilege of doing just that: sitting at the same table for dinner with Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe. If you don’t know Sister Rosemary, you should. Honoring her last year, Forest Whitaker wrote in TIME [Read More…]

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The mustard seed: a story aching to be told

Does the mustard seed realize what it is destined to become? In the familiar parable, Jesus compares the kingdom of God to a mustard seed, “the smallest of all the seeds on earth.” From such a small, seemingly insignificant start grows “the largest of plants,” with branches that attract the birds of the sky. It’s [Read More…]

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Words every Christian on social media should live by

View image | gettyimages.com A deacon friend sent this my way. It’s not new, but it sure is good, from Meredith Gould, inspired by Teresa of Avila:  Christ Has No Online Presence but Yours Christ has no online presence but yours, No blog, no Facebook page but yours, Yours are the tweets through which love [Read More…]

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Beautiful, just beautiful: a wedding picture worth a thousand words

Details:  A photo of a young Marine praying with his bride-to-be quickly went viral after it was posted on Facebook by the wedding photographer. U.S. Marine Cpl. Caleb Earwood wanted to pray with his bride Maggie before their ceremony in Asheville, North Carolina, on Saturday. So with the help of their family and wedding photographer [Read More…]

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A promise kept: high school QB takes friend with Down syndrome to the prom

Details: A high school quarterback has fulfilled his childhood promise to a friend with Down syndrome. Back in the fourth grade, Ben Moser promised his friend Mary Lapkowicz, who has Down syndrome, that he would one day take her to prom. Seven years later, he kept his word, even though the two friends now attend [Read More…]

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Denzel Washington tells graduates, “Put God first”

When was the last time you heard an Academy Award-winning actor or actress deliver that message in a commencement speech? Details:  Actor Denzel Washington gave graduates of Dillard University four pillars of advice on Saturday during his commencement address. Washington’s speech had heavy religious overtones, and was well-received among those in attendance at the historically black [Read More…]

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The Francis Effect: Notre Dame professor walks the walk for the poor

I love this guy. He’s my brother-in-law. And he’s awesome:  Michael Meyer, an associate professional specialist in the Mendoza College of Business, will walk 30 miles around campus while carrying two gallons of water Sunday to raise money to build a well in Burkina Faso. Meyer will do 20 laps of a 1.5-mile route around campus, to accomplish [Read More…]

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