“Falling only makes us stronger”

I needed this today. A great and inspiring ad from P&G for the Sochi Olympics.  Watch and share. [Read more...]

Once in a while, Hollywood does something amazing. Here’s one example.

20th Century Fox gave this producer $25,000—part of the promotional budget for “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”—to help the Philippines. Take six minutes and watch how lives were changed. Incredible. [Read more...]

A classic: Woody Guthrie’s New Year’s resolutions

Here are some simple rules for living, from the iconic songwriter and troubadour: At age 31, he was in the prime of his life, with a wife and three kids, as well as a good deal of life experience, having survived the Dust Bowl to make it out to California. As a result, it’s a [Read More...]

Must-see video: man asks homeless what they want for Christmas—and then gives it to them

I love this. The so-called Random Altruist does something wonderful.  Just watch. [Read more...]

“All of life is Christmas, an eternal gift from God…”

Lest we forget, some beautiful words from my friend, Trappist Fr. James Stephen Behrens: The world is a feast of mysteries and we see but really do not understand them. We cannot penetrate them with our knowledge, our alleged sophistication. Yet they come again and again. We cannot catch them and hold them, to better [Read More...]

A pastor’s investment: give each parishioner $50—and a challenge

Photo: Dan Gross/The Gazette What a great idea:  It was like a collection basket in reverse. Instead of collecting money to help the church’s outreach programs, Pastor Anne Benefield of Geneva Presbyterian Church in Potomac put money and a challenge in the hands of her parishioners. At the end of her Sept. 8 sermon, each [Read More...]

UPDATE: Girl whose Christmas wish inspired thousands dies

You probably saw this story a few days ago. Her journey has come to an end:  A little girl whose Christmas wish inspired thousands of people to sing in the streets died overnight. Laney Brown, 8, suffered from leukemia. “Our little angel on earth earned her pink glittery angel wings in heaven,” a post on an official [Read More...]

Wow: 10,000 turn out to grant dying girl’s Christmas wish

From CNN:  Eight-year-old Laney Brown will never see Christmas again. Her doctors say leukemia will take her soon. Laney loves music. Loves to dance, loves Taylor Swift, loves Christmas carols. As her dying wishes, she asked to meet the country superstar and for some people to come by her house for a night of caroling, CNN [Read More...]

“God always knew what was going to happen, and He led me here…”

Photo: Jackson Clarion-Ledger A beautiful story of love, commitment and faith, from the Jackson, Mississippi Clarion-Ledger, via USA TODAY:  At the challenging age of 12, when kids’ most dreaded fears should be getting a mouthful of braces or figuring out how to communicate with the opposite sex, Jack Daylon is dealing with grown-up pain. Over [Read More...]

Dying woman gets “bucket list” wish to be married in a Catholic church

And the presider, it turns out, was a deacon. From KHOU in Houston:  Morrissia Sauer only wanted a few more moments of happiness in her final days, and on Saturday the hospice patient received the gift she’d wanted most of all — a trip down the aisle of Houston’s Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart with [Read More...]