“We can do anything. We could be heroes…”

This is guaranteed to make you gasp, squeal, swoon, and maybe even feel a lump in your throat. People are awesome. And a little bit nuts. But mostly awesome. Crank up the volume and enjoy! [Read more...]

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NFL star gives up his career to help the needy

Amazing:  In 2012 — after seven years in the NFL –- Jason Brown was let go from the Rams. Though other teams were interested in signing him, he left his career because he felt he had found a higher calling. Brown went on to become a farmer and to help the hungry with the fruits of his labor, [Read More...]

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Awesome: parishioner donates kidney to pastor

From CNS:  A parishioner walks up to her pastor and says, “I want to give you my kidney.” Pastor smiles and says, “OK.” Don’t expect a punchline. It’s no joke. Fr. Michael Whyte arrived at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in 2007 and has been pastor there since 2008. A type 1 diabetic, he began [Read More...]

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The feel-good video of the season, from those generous blue elves at WestJet

Many will remember the great WestJet Christmas video from last year, wherein the Canadian airline gave unsuspecting passengers some pretty extravagant gifts. Well, they’ve outdone themselves this year with another blockbuster video—and it is an instant classic. Break out the Kleenex for this one. I can’t imagine what this costs the company, but for all [Read More...]

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A deacon who is a doctor battles Ebola in Liberia: “He dropped everything to serve the Lord”

Here’s a humbling profile of a deacon who is serving in ways most of us can’t fathom. From The Rhode Island Catholic: According to the World Health Organization, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has infected at least 4,269 people, and claimed the lives of 2,288 as of Tuesday. It is the worst Ebola epidemic in [Read More...]

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The last thing you’d expect to hear on “America’s Got Talent”

But it’s just great. Did the audience have any idea what they were hearing? Just watch. [Read more...]

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Signs of dignity and hope

A remarkable project in Boston: Every few weeks the guys behind Signs for the Homeless sit down with a homeless person around Boston and listen to their story which they share on their site. They also make a donation in exchange for the person’s old, scrawled, cardboard sign and replace it with a snappy, creative, hand-painted version [Read More...]

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Dustin’s legacy: “He changed so many lives”

You may remember this story about a young man named Dustin Rhodes battling brain cancer. The reporter who wrote that piece, Teresa McMinn, now has this update:  Dustin Rhodes and his high school sweetheart Rebecca used to train together for York Catholic’s cross country teams. Frequently, practice for meets included a run up the incline near [Read More...]

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“Err in the direction of kindness”

A few wise words that many of us need to hear these days (well, I know I do!).  They come from acclaimed writer George Saunders. He delivered this commencement speech at Syracuse University a few weeks ago: Here’s something I know to be true, although it’s a little corny, and I don’t quite know what [Read More...]

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A thought for 9/12: "Let there be light"

[Yesterday, I was invited to preach at an interfaith memorial service at C.W. Post University on Long Island.  There were prayers from three faith traditions -- Jewish, Christian and Muslim. Below is a portion of my remarks for the occasion. -- Dcn. G.] Late on September the 12th, the subways and trains were running again, [Read More...]

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