Incredible video: a carpenter who uses only his feet

Jesus was a carpenter — but not like this. From the posting on YouTube: Carpenter Sintayehu Tishale, 42, hammers in a nail using his feet in his workshop in Welete Suk, on the edge of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A man who lost the use of his arms after being born with debilitating polio has defied [Read More...]

Cheering for the underdogs: making "The Mighty Macs"

The movie about the fabled basketball team opens this Friday — did you know the original title was “Our Lady of Victory”? — but it took a long time to happen. The AP has the scoop: Here’s a sports fairy tale that never gets old: Underdog team with few resources but a lot of heart [Read More...]

A dream deferred, fulfilled

A remarkable story from the world of boxing, about a man who spent a quarter century behind bars for a murder he didn’t commit and finally, at the age of 52, lived his dream. From ESPN: Dewey Bozella landed a hard right cross on his opponent’s jaw at the final bell, and the 52-year-old boxer [Read More...]

Mother of Amish shooter cares for her son's victims

An amazing story, of amazing grace: Terri Roberts was eating outside with a co-worker on a bright October day when an ambulance wailed nearby and a helicopter swooped overhead. As she often did at a sirens’ sound, Roberts said a quick prayer. “Little did I know what I was praying for,” she said. Walking back [Read More...]

"Today is a glorious day for the church": beautiful ordination video from Milwaukee

It features something truly extraordinary, and deeply moving: the ordination of a man who is deaf.  Just watch. H/T Imprisoned in My Bones [Read more...]

Smile. You're beautiful!

A little girl in Brazil underwent cleft lip surgery.  What happened when she saw her face the morning after?  Just watch. [Read more...]

On Mr. Rogers and prayer

How’s this for a little Sunday morning lectio: a story about the day Fred Rogers met a boy with cerebral palsy.  Mr. Rogers asks the boy to pray for him: The boy had always been prayed for. The boy had always been the object of prayer, and now he was being asked to pray for [Read More...]

How do you say "Thank you" to the world?

How about giving presents to strangers?  That’s what happens here, and it’s delightful.  Watch. [Read more...]

A thought for 9/12: "Let there be light"

[Yesterday, I was invited to preach at an interfaith memorial service at C.W. Post University on Long Island.  There were prayers from three faith traditions -- Jewish, Christian and Muslim. Below is a portion of my remarks for the occasion. -- Dcn. G.] Late on September the 12th, the subways and trains were running again, [Read More...]

"God of Our Fathers"

I can’t think of a better way to close this day.  This was sung as our recessional hymn at all the Masses this Sunday.  Here, doing it to perfection, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. God of our fathers, whose almighty hand Leads forth in beauty all the starry band Of shining worlds in splendor through the [Read More...]


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