“Whatever slender thread is holding our planet together just might stem from these monastic women…”

An alert reader sent this my way: a reflection by broadcast journalist Judith Valente about lessons she’s learned from visiting a Benedictine monastery. From USA TODAY: To arrive at Mount St. Scholastica Monastery in Atchison, Kan., you must cross Contrary Creek and bypass Last Chance Road. Eventually, you will see a red brick structure on [Read More…]

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Find the joy: a dying priest’s message to the world

An extraordinary story of life, death, and hope for this Easter, from the Des Moines Register: Everett Hemann is a Catholic priest. He has prayed over death beds, consoled grieving families, given hundreds of funeral eulogies. He has preached about everlasting life. After the doctor told him tumors filled his abdomen, Hemann took the pathology [Read More…]

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“So here is a question for Holy Week…”

“And so here is a question for Holy Week. Are you and I willing to suffer with Christ, and if necessary die with him, outside the gate? The world is becoming increasingly hostile to Biblical faith. Many of the ancient truths contained right in our Catechism are called bigotry, hatred, intolerance, foolishness and superstition by [Read More…]

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Move aside, Susan Boyle

Must-see video alert! The latest sensation from “Britain’s Got Talent.”  It’s 17-year-old Jonathan Antoine and 16-year-old and Charlotte Jocanelli, performing “The Prayer.” Un.  Real. Or, as Simon Cowell put it:  “Wow.  Wow.  Wow.”  (You’ll need to click thru and watch it on YouTube.  Do.  It’s worth it.) [Read more…]

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Love one another: Christians raise money for atheist to have eye surgery

Wow.   An amazing story from Texas.  H/T to Nancy over at What She Said. Check this out: Patrick Greene says he has always been “treated like dirt” by Christians because of his atheistic beliefs. That recently changed, leaving Greene “completely flabbergasted.”It happened when some Henderson County Christians offered Greene financial assistance with a medical [Read More…]

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“All God asks us to do is open up our doors” — UPDATED

I got the following press release last week, and it piqued my curiosity: In response to the over 100,000 visitors expected to pour into Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, located in downtown Indianapolis, will be taking literally Blessed John Paul II’s invitation to “open wide the doors to Christ” [Read More…]

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Beautiful. Uplifting. Funny. And so very true.

Take 10 minutes and watch this extraordinary video, created by a class of Alabama middle school students.  It will stay with you long after it’s finished. H/T Aggie Catholics. [Read more…]

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Climb every mountain: a priest’s journey up Kilimanjaro

Last week, I posted an item about a priest from Des Moines climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.  CNS caught up with him this week, and has more: A pastor from the Des Moines Diocese has experienced a once-in-a-lifetime adventure with the hope that it will bring others to God. Msgr. Frank Bognanno, 72 and pastor of Christ [Read More…]

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Martin Luther King Jr.: “Love your enemies…love has redemptive power”

“Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, “Love your enemies.” It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. That’s why Jesus says, “Love your enemies.” Because if you hate your enemies, you have no way to redeem and [Read More…]

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Tebow didn’t win, but his bible verse still scored on TV

Maybe things didn’t turn out Saturday the way Tim Tebow might have hoped. But the gang at Focus on the Family used the big game to run the ad below — which, imho, is a winner. UPDATE: Melinda Henneberger in the Washington Post is less impressed: Though not exactly a Benetton commercial – I think [Read More…]

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