"Where shall we find a holy person?"

Fr. Dwight Longenecker  offers some timeless — and timely — advice: Where shall we find a holy person? Where shall we find a saint? It is difficult because the real saint is hidden and humble and holy. Instead of looking for the hidden holy ones we fall for the  celebrity ‘saint’. We want the big [Read More...]

For the 4th: a great story about a surprising war hero who happens to be a horse

Ladies and gentlemen, the story of Sgt. Reckless. (H/T to my sister in Maryland, a lifelong horse lover!) [Read more...]

"If someone does not know God, introduce them to Avery Gerleman."

That’s the astonishing statement of the doctor who treated a young girl whose extraordinary recovery from a deadly auto-immune disorder is now being investigated as a miracle — one that could nudge the fabled Fr. Emil Kapaun closer to sainthood. An excerpt: On Dec. 4, as the hospital staff put Avery through physical therapy that [Read More...]

The father-daughter reading habit that lasted nearly a decade

This is too good to overlook: an inspiring story of a nightly habit that became a tradition, courtesy NPR: When Alice Ozma was in the fourth grade, her family was going through a rough patch. Her parents had just split up, and her older sister had recently left for college. Ozma was suddenly spending a [Read More...]

What do people live for?

Watch this great commercial and try, just try, not to dissolve into a puddle of tears.  It’s GREAT!  H/T The A. [Read more...]

Words of wisdom: "See the potential gift."

“A couple of years ago, I spent a bunch of time in Tibet and I came home. And I went to go get my mail. My mailbox is at the end of my street, so I parked my car and started pulling my chair out. And this little girl rode by, probably like 6 years [Read More...]

What most people regret on their death bed

Now it can be told. A palliative care nurse sums it up: The top regrets center largely around living a more authentic life: 1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. This was the most common regret of all. When people realise [Read More...]

"Love our Lady…"

I’m working my way through St. Josemaria Escriva’s “The Way,” and this jumped out at me this morning — apt thoughts for a deacon, and for this month devoted to Mary: “Love our Lady.  And she will obtain abundant grace to help you conquer in your daily struggle.  And the enemy will gain nothing by [Read More...]

"Do you know what brings you gladness?"

That’s the stirring question at the heart of a recent post by spiritual writer Tony Woodlief, and the point of it seems to echo something that was mentioned at the royal wedding last weekend: “If you become whom God meant you to be, you will set the world on fire.” Doesn’t the world need more [Read More...]

To life: mother with deadly condition refuses to abort child

And, incredibly, mother and child are both doing well. Details, from the UK’s Daily Mail: A brave mother risked her life and ignored doctors’ advice to terminate her baby after rare pregnancy hormones triggered tumours all over her body and led to a collapsed lung. Donna Hewetson, who also suffered ruptured kidney in her bid [Read More...]