Take heart: famous authors who didn't give up

Ready to throw in the towel? Consider a few well-known writers who didn’t. For example: Feel glum over oodles of rejection letters? Get this: John Grisham’s first novel was rejected 25 times. Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul) received 134 rejections. Beatrix Potter had so much trouble publishing The Tale [Read More...]

That "Love Thy Neighbor" thing

The Anchoress is pretty fed up with the noise coming out of Washington these days — who isn’t? — and offers a brief meditation this afternoon on hate, and praying not to hate. She concludes with this wisdom from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Within the best of us, there is some evil, and [Read More...]

"Best. Day. Ever."

That’s the uplifting message at the end of this trailer for a remarkable new film hitting theaters later this month. It’s “Life in a Day,” produced by Ridley Scott, and collected from thousands of YouTube videos. You can read more about it here and here. But check out the trailer below. [Read more...]

The Sunday they received communion in space

Somehow I missed this when it made news a few years back. But blogger Kathy Schiffer, in looking back on the spirituality of space travel, mentions a remarkable communion service that took place in the heavens. This comes from a 2004 article in St. Anthony Messenger by astronaut Thomas Jones, describing one memorable moment on [Read More...]

"Respect one another, and let no man judge his neighbor…"

“Be zealous to do all things in harmony with God, with the bishop presiding in the place of God, and the presbyters in the place of the Council of the Apostles, and the deacons, who are most dear to me, entrusted with the service of Jesus Christ, who was from eternity with the Father and [Read More...]

"Heaven is where I've been since the day I was born…"

Want a real day-brightener? Check out this lovely note from the late Sherwood Schwartz, creator of “The Brady Bunch” and “Gilligan’s Island,” who passed away yesterday. It was written to be published after his death.  As the Hollywood Reporter notes: The Gilligan’s Island and The Brady Bunch creator penned the goodbye as an account of what he [Read More...]

This helps put everything in perspective

A young man named Adam returns to the gym for the first time since losing his leg to cancer in 2009. God bless him. [Read more...]

Lift high the cross: crucifix from 1963 Detroit fire to be restored

It’s taken nearly 50 years, but it’s finally going to happen. Details: The image is seared in the memory of many in Detroit’s Belgian community: firefighters carrying a 13-foot crucifix out of the devastated and fire-ravaged Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church on the city’s east side. The date was April 10, 1963. Shortly after 8 a.m., [Read More...]

"Where shall we find a holy person?"

Fr. Dwight Longenecker  offers some timeless — and timely — advice: Where shall we find a holy person? Where shall we find a saint? It is difficult because the real saint is hidden and humble and holy. Instead of looking for the hidden holy ones we fall for the  celebrity ‘saint’. We want the big [Read More...]

For the 4th: a great story about a surprising war hero who happens to be a horse

Ladies and gentlemen, the story of Sgt. Reckless. (H/T to my sister in Maryland, a lifelong horse lover!) [Read more...]