This video will just knock you out. Really.

A friend posted this on his Facebook page, and I’m so glad I was able to find it on YouTube.  This deserves to be seen by a wide audience. It’s the profile of one of the CNN “Heroes” — a chef who gave up his career to feed and care for the homeless of India. [Read More...]

"The Church more than ever needs saints and prophets"

“Faith is not about establishment.  It is about taking the risk of abandoning one’s own security in order to be like the God who did not cling to the trappings of power and authority, but who gave himself totally for our sakes.   This is a message which is difficult to comprehend and realise especially by [Read More...]

The Adoration effect: "We are a church on fire"

With so much grim Church news crackling over the wires, here’s something to lift the heart. From South Coast Today in Massachusetts: A little church in a small town, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church was facing tough times. The congregation was dwindling, and Mass attendance was at an all-time low. The empty confessional was collecting [Read More...]

"I pray for you, you pray for me…"

That’s the terrific, inspiring message from the video below, courtesy Msgr. Charles Pope, who has some thoughts on how we all need one another over at his blog. The video, meantime, shows the legendary Catalan Castles, built of courageous (or crazy) human beings every two years in Tarragona, Spain. It’s awesome.  And surprisingly uplifting.  Just [Read More...]

Deacon, quadriplegic, inspiration: the remarkable ministry of Frank Bice

What an amazing story. Meet Deacon Frank Bice, from the Diocese of Rockville Centre, a former seminarian who suffered a debilitating football injury in college but has turned it into an opportunity to minister to people around the world, via the web. Newsday profiles him (subscription required), and notes: “I’m really incredibly lucky,” said Bice, [Read More...]

Once you think you have me, you've lost me. What am I?

Humility. A friend posted this on her Facebook page, and it seems too good not to share. Here are some thoughts, then, on humility from the writings of Saint Josemaria Escriva: The Seventeen Evidences of a Lack of Humility 1. To think that what one says or does is better than what others say or [Read More...]

What is essential?

A number of years ago, my father-in-law gave me a copy of what he said had become one of his favorite books: “The Gift of Peace,” by Cardinal Joseph Bernadin. In it, the Cardinal Archbishop of Chicago, dying from rapidly advancing pancreatic cancer, writes with tender mercy about his approaching death.  He also writes about [Read More...]

One man's journey from the military to the Franciscans

Here’s a surprising, and surprisingly touching, video from the March for Life, about a vocation that grew from an unlikely place. Further proof: you never know how God will work. [Read more...]

A matter of degrees: the diminished value of faith

Speaking as someone who graduated — barely, and a semester late — from an unexceptional state university, I found this essay both welcome and consoling.  It’s hard to accept nowadays, but the fact remains: we are more than what it says on our diplomas.  Much more.  Have we lost the ability to see that? From [Read More...]

"Paul has shown us what man really is…"

“Paul, more than anyone else, has shown us what man really is, and in what our nobility consists, and of what virtue this particular animal is capable. Each day he aimed ever higher; each day he rose up with greater ardour and faced with new eagerness the dangers that threatened him. He summed up his [Read More...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X