Saving lives, one homeboy at a time

For those who may have missed it, the great Fr. Greg Boyle (shown above) is about to become the first religious figure inducted in the California Hall of Fame — alongside such luminaries as The Beach Boys, Buzz Aldrin and Magic Johnson. On top of that, Fr. Greg is also a finalist for the Opus [Read More...]

Giving of himself: the remarkable gift of Fr. Val

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more moving story of generosity and gratitude than this amazing story, sent from a deacon reader: By the time parishioners, parents, students and staff at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception got Father Val’s e-mail that Tuesday morning, Nov. 8, he was already in surgery. “Peace in the Lord!” read [Read More...]

Los Angeles legend, “Father Dollar Bill,” dies

One of the angels of the City of Angels is gone. Details: Funeral services were pending Monday for the Rev. Maurice Chase, a Catholic priest known as “Father Dollar Bill” for his holiday giveaways of $1 bills to the homeless on Skid Row. Chase, 92, died Sunday night at his home in Los Angeles after [Read More...]

Behold: five minutes of exquisite humility and grace

I found this deeply moving: a short video about Our Lady of the Stars, a small community of young men in France with Down Syndrome. I was unable to find more about this group online.  Does anyone know more? UPDATE: A couple readers found a link to their website.  Check it out. [Read more...]

From horror to hope: Gabby Giffords’ long journey back

Did you see the special edition of “20/20″ last night?  I was riveted, moved and ultimately uplifted.  It told the story of Gabby Giffords’ arduous journey back after being shot in the head last January, and featured her first interview, with Diane Sawyer.  The entire episode is now available online at this link. It’s a [Read More...]

Go ahead. Take your time.

If I’d known that an extra nine minutes and 50 seconds could make such a difference, I would have  paced myself. Behold, a clever tribute to creativity — and taking your time. [Read more...]

Buffalo parish discovers hidden letters to God from children

From Buffalo comes this surprising story of a discovery that is reminding a parish of its past — and offering hope for its future: They were letters to God, written by schoolchildren more than a century ago. And since being discovered concealed in a cross atop Corpus Christi Catholic Church on Clark Street, they continue [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“If a tiny spark of God’s love already burns within you, do not expose it to the wind, for it may get blown out. Keep the stove tightly shut so that it will not lose its heat and grow cold. In other words, avoid distractions as well as you can. Stay quiet with God. Do [Read More...]

From death to life: couple seeks to help others heal after abortion

It’s something many couples would prefer to forget.  But from the St. Louis Review comes this inspiring story of a courageous couple who can’t forget — and who are reaching out to help others. Chuck Raymond clearly remembers the moment a visiting priest came to his parish and spoke at Mass on the subject of [Read More...]

Aaron Neville: "I want people to see Him in me…"

Raymond Arroyo has a glimpse inside the profound faith of this Catholic singer — and Aaron Neville himself speaks movingly of his journey into drug addiction and back: “It’s four o’clock in the morning in New York, and I’m staying at a friend’s house, and I’m sitting there by myself with a tape recorder. And [Read More...]


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