Worth a thousand words: one last look

From Deacon Sean Keller’s FB feed comes this poignant picture, snapped in Washington state: Snohomish County Firefighters recently responded on a mission of mercy to an elderly hospice patient, and former forest ranger who wished once more to see his beloved great outdoors. Working with hospice, firefighters granted that wish, wheeling the man up and [Read More...]

The myth of Catholic “decline”—UPDATED

It can be tempting, when ingesting a daily diet of internet chatter, to think the Catholic Church these days is a disaster.  Things have never been worse. Vatican II destroyed the faith. Batten down the hatches. The barque of Peter is taking on water, and sinking fast. So goes the popular thinking among some on [Read More...]

Jon Meis on the Seattle shooter: “God gave me the eyes to see that he was not a faceless monster…”

This is heroism and humility:  The following is a statement from Jon Meis, the Seattle Pacific University student involved in the campus shooting on June 5. Jon is requesting privacy and has declined interviews. To my brothers and sisters at Seattle Pacific University, and my brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the nation and the [Read More...]

Beautiful ways to say “You can make a difference”

From my blog neighbor Tony Rossi:  Today we’re highlighting the top three winners in The Christophers’ 24th Annual Poster Contest for High School Students. Each year, students – grades 9 through 12 – are invited to create a poster that visually interprets the theme, “You Can Make a Difference.” This year’s contest drew over 1,000 [Read More...]

“Nothing is a failure”: Sandra Bullock’s terrific commencement speech

This is an instant classic, delivered last weekend to the kids at Warren Easton charter school in New Orleans. The complete text:   I was trying to remember my graduation and, oddly, I couldn’t remember anything. I remembered how good I looked and then I went back and looked at pictures and I really didn’t [Read More...]

Indiana University’s inspiring—and surprising—commencement speaker

Little wonder he got a standing ovation at the end. Parker Mantell has a disability: he stutters. But he courageously spoke before thousands on Sunday. You can read more here.  See the results for yourself below. [Read more...]

Must-see video: father documents newborn son’s short life

The background: When a couple learned their infant son would die soon after he was born, they decided to document his short life in a very special way. Twenty weeks into her pregnancy, Robbyn Blick learned that her unborn son had a fatal genetic abnormality known as Edwards syndrome. Many babies with the syndrome die [Read More...]

“Catholicism is essentially a calm faith…”

“Catholicism is essentially a calm faith, rooted in the scriptures and the Tradition, and it has no need whatever to take a shrill tone with those who interpret the scriptures differently or who have inherited different traditions. This is not to practice the heresy of indifferentism: it is merely to hold the Catholic position in [Read More...]

A soldier’s best friend: must-see video of a veteran’s reunion with his bomb-sniffing dog

Awwwww:  It was a sad parting when Sgt. Jason Bos left Fort Lee in Virginia nearly two years ago and had to say goodbye to MWD Cila M389, the bomb-sniffing chocolate Lab he called Cici. Over nearly five years, Bos and Cila — MWD stands for Military Working Dog, and M389 is the identification number [Read More...]

Ohio couple married 70 years die just hours apart

From The New York Daily News:  They held hands at breakfast, even after 70 years of marriage. And when Helen Felumlee left this life at the age of 92, her beloved husband followed in her footsteps less than a day later. “We knew that when one went, the other was going to go,” daughter Linda Cody [Read More...]