Meet the Catholic priest risking his life to save Muslims

A remarkable and inspiring witness, from The Guardian: The test of faith for which Father Bernard Kinvi had waited half his life arrived one January dawn when a heavily armed man with a necklace of talismans pulled up on a motorbike outside the Roman Catholic mission hospital in Bossemptele. Despite being a member of the [Read More…]

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Quinn Bradlee’s beautiful eulogy for his father, Ben

The Washington Post has just printed (and posted the video) of Quinn Bradlee, speaking at his father Ben Bradlee’s funeral yesterday at the National Cathedral. Quinn, 32, has learning disabilities and also has velo-cardial-facial syndrome. But the words he spoke at the funeral are deeply felt, eloquent, and profoundly personal. An excerpt:  A lot of people [Read More…]

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“There are three kinds of Christians that outsiders to the faith respect…”

The Christian writer Philip Yancey has a very good rumination on “preaching without words” over at Huffington Post, with examples of some who do it best. Take a look:    Writing for the Internet, I’ve learned, is a bit like taking on the hecklers at the Speakers’ Corner in London’s Hyde Park. The normal rules [Read More…]

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A life well-lived: “You could just sense the Holy Spirit in Jim”

  It’s rare to find a  secular newspaper offering this kind of tribute to a Catholic teacher. But this week, Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer penned a poignant and inspiring piece that demands wider circulation. Take a look: Jim Skerl’s squad had more members than Chuck Kyle’s football team at St. Ignatius High School [Read More…]

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Seminarian with brain cancer writes to Brittany Maynard: “Our lives are worth living”

Remarkable and moving witness, from the Diocese of Raleigh website: Philip Johnson, a 30-year-old Catholic seminarian from the Diocese of Raleigh who has terminal brain cancer, has written an article responding to Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old woman who has publicly stated her plan to commit suicide due to the fact that she has a terminal [Read More…]

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Derek Jeter makes the Sign of the Cross

The Yankee legend evidently did just that before leaving the field last night. From The New York Times: Jeter wanted the best view in New York City. He wanted something that cannot be bought and something he can never have again. In the end, it meant everything to him. “I want to take something special [Read More…]

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Stunning: gun instructor’s children send a message to the little girl who shot him

This is extraordinary. As someone noted elsewhere: “There are some good homilies right there.” Oh yeah. Just watch. [Read more…]

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Can The Rule of St. Benedict save inner city schools?

A new documentary evidently makes a persuasive argument:  One of the most astonishing things about how Catholic schools educate kids in our country’s worst neighborhoods is that they’re by and large serving a population that isn’t Catholic. It didn’t have to be this way. In fact, it almost wasn’t. That’s one bottom line of the [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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Powerful video: TV anchor announces on the air that he is dying of cancer

Details from AP:  A television news anchorman fighting brain cancer in Illinois told viewers he has only four to six months to live, but he hopes to work as long as he can. During a newscast on Thursday, Dave Benton told viewers of WCIA-TV in Champaign that doctors recently told him that his brain tumor [Read More…]

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