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...]

Must-see: special Mass for kids with autism

An former colleague from my days at CBS sent this my way: a brief video he produced about a Palm Sunday Mass for children with special needs in New York City.  As the website notes:  On Palm Sunday The Church of the Blessed Sacrament in New York City held a special needs mass for families. The church [Read More...]

Something wondrous: 14 years of a girl’s life in 4 minutes

This is exceptional: An 14 incredible years in the making, this viral video shows Lotte Hofmeester grow from a baby to a beautiful teen in a mere 4 minutes and five seconds. Lotte’s father, Frans Hofmeester, started taking video of his daughter as soon as she was born on October 28, 1999. “She was changing at such a rapid pace, that [Read More...]

Bishop offers special blessing to altar server recovering from brain tumor

  Photo: Sam Lucero | The Compass From The Compass in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Beautiful:  Last November, Joey Pickett, a fourth grader at Crivitz Elementary School, donned his altar server vestments for the first time at St. Mary Church. Fr. Walter Stumpf, pastor of St. Mary Parish, recalls Joey’s first Mass as one where the [Read More...]

Awesome: turning a homeless shelter into a 5-star restaurant for one night

Just watch. This one is a keeper:  A professional prankster decided to give back on April Fools’ Day. Greg Benson teamed up with a restaurant crew to turn a homeless shelter into a five-star restaurant for the day. He and staff dressed up the dining area and served everyone a three-course meal that included filet [Read More...]

Best. Brother. Ever.

Well, at least the best video of a brother going to visit his sister—ever. Watch how a guy in Guatemala decided to surprise his sister back home in France for her birthday. You will smile. You will laugh. You may even cry.  It’s sweet. Take a look. [Read more...]