Bliss: 102-year-old woman watches film of herself as jazz dancer in the 1930s

This is working its way around social media. It’s irresistible—and beautiful. People are amazing. You cannot not smile. Keep a Kleenex handy. [Read more…]

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How Make-A-Wish and a bishop gave boy a chance to be “Priest for a Day”

This will be hard to top for uplift and sheer wonderfulness. From the St. Louis Review:  Make-A-Wish requests often involve meeting athletes, attending sporting events or traveling to amusement parks or beaches. When it came time for 11-year-old Brett Haubrich of south St. Louis County to make his wish, he not only listed none of [Read More…]

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This is something to see: a painting of Jesus like no other

A stunning work of prayer, creation, art…all at once. From artist David Garibaldi, just in time for Holy Week. This has been around for a few years, but even if you’ve seen it before, it’s worth another look. People are amazing, aren’t they? [Read more…]

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One more reason to love “Weird Al” Yankovic

This will make your day. It’s a stellar performance of “Yoda”—in costume, no less—with Jodi DiPiazza, a teenage musician on the autistic spectrum. They’re joined by the Actionplay Chorus, an autistic children’s choir. This happened on Comedy Central’s “Night of Too Many Stars,” a fundraiser for autism. Just watch. God love ’em all. Night of Too Many Stars [Read More…]

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An amazing rendition of “Amazing Grace”

Someone sent this to me this afternoon, and it’s too good not to share. From Carnegie Hall a few years ago. Just watch. You may never hear this particular hymn the same way again. Image from U.S.DreamAcademy.org [Read more…]

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In Manila, helping the homeless get ready for the pope

From the CNS blog, this is remarkable:   Everyone — rich or poor — wants to look his or her best when greeting the pope. Today volunteers at a three-year-old program to assist the homeless at Manila’s Ermita Church made sure their clients will be ready for the pope’s arrival Thursday. The program, run by the Knights [Read More…]

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A “miracle” for a priest who was told he’d never walk again

Two summers ago, I had the good fortune of meeting Fr. John Murray, who invited me to speak at a retreat on preaching at the San Alfonso Retreat House on the Jersey Shore. It was a great getaway, and the retreat house is a gorgeous spot. There’s nothing like waking up to the scent of salt [Read More…]

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New Year’s resolutions from Pope Francis

  Pope Francis at Asian Youth Day in August 2014. (photo: by Korean Culture and Information Service / Jeon Han / Wikipedia) A writer in the Philippines has compiled a list, and it’s a good one: 1. Don’t gossip. It’s one of our hobbies. For Francis, it’s also one of the most evil activities. The [Read More…]

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After “paying it forward,” Kentucky priest gets a surprise donation

You might remember this story from last week, about a priest in Kentucky “paying it forward” by giving away thousands of dollars for Christmas. Now, an anonymous donor is paying it forward, back to his church—and in a big way. What a great start to the new year. Check out the video below. LEX18.com | [Read More…]

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Best. Son. Ever.

App developer Joe Riquelme has done pretty well for himself—he developed Videoshop, an editing app for iPhone—and this Christmas, he gave his parents the ultimate Christmas gift. He paid off their mortgage.  You can read about here.  Watch the moment below. Warning: kleenex required. [Read more…]

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