Guide dog saves life of his blind owner: “God has something in store for me”

Photo: John Minchillo/AP Wow:  Gallant guide dog Orlando was just doing his duty. The black Lab bravely leapt on to the tracks at a Manhattan subway platform Tuesday after his blind owner lost consciousness and tumbled in front of an oncoming train. Cecil Williams, 61, and Orlando both escaped serious injury when the train passed [Read More...]

What he did for love: boy, this is great

What woman wouldn’t love a husband like this? This is causing a small sensation on the Interwebs, where the story behind these outrageous pictures is touching hearts and lifting spirits. It’s the saga of Bob and Linda Carey.  After she was diagnosed with breast cancer, Bob did the only thing he could: he tried to [Read More...]

One of the most inspired—and inspiring—fundraising efforts I’ve seen

Not sure how I missed this, but it’s a great story. It moved just before Thanksgiving: The Passage, a charity based in London, has come up with an ad campaign that proves how far a simple idea can go. Last year, the organization decided to have its volunteers stand in for the homeless at London’s Victoria station. [Read More...]

Amish aftermath: “If I didn’t forgive him, I’d have the same hole in my heart that he had”

Photo: Bradley C. Bower/AP A poignant footnote to a story that made headlines around the world several years ago, courtesy the Associated Press:  Once a week, Terri Roberts spends time with a 13-year-old Amish girl named Rosanna who sits in a wheelchair and eats through a tube. Roberts bathes her, sings to her, reads her [Read More...]

Coffee shop starts food drive for man caught stealing from tip jar

Details:  A man was caught on camera stealing from a tip jar. But instead of pressing charges, a local coffee shop is choosing to host a food drive. If you saw the surveillance video from the Nervous Dog Coffee Bar in Stow, Ohio, you would probably think it was a Christmas grinch stealing from these [Read More...]

“TipsForJesus” leaving thousands of dollars for servers

Amazing, from NPR:  “Crazy-generous” tips, as Gawker says, have been showing up on checks across the nation as some anonymous good Samaritans known only as “TipsForJesus” add hundreds or thousands of dollars to their restaurant and bar bills. In South Bend, Ind., $10,000 was tacked on to the tab at Legends of Notre Dame on Oct. 19 — [Read More...]

The wheel thing: bikers battling child abuse

This is simply great:  Bikers strike fear into the hearts of many. They’re seen as rough thugs… but there is more to a biker than you think. This gang, for instance, is happy to intimidate people. However, they only intimidate people who dare hurt children. They are the Bikers Against Child Abuse International. And they [Read More...]

The antidote to anxiety: gratitude

Some great stuff here, in a Thanksgiving homily by David R. Henson, a Patheos blogger studying to become an Episcopal priest: Our anxieties about superficial things often mask deeper, more existential fears about ourselves or about God. We fear we will fail. We fear God will fail us, or worse, we fear God will abandon [Read More...]

Must-see video: how kids stood up for a boy being teased

From Bridgewater, Massachusetts: After the group of fifth-grade football players from Massachusetts found out their 6-year-old water boy was being teased for his attire and speech, they played great defense and showed him their support. As ABC affiliate WCVB reports , Danny is a first-grader in Bridgewater, Mass. He has a small speech impediment developed [Read More...]

“We do nothing to earn the love of God, and there’s nothing we can do to lose it…”

From the incomparable Anchoress:  We do nothing to earn the love of God, and there is nothing we can do to lose it — we can only reject it. We are loved into being. We did nothing to deserve that. Our whole being came about because the love of the Creator said “yes” to his [Read More...]