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...]

Stop everything and read this. It will make your day. Really.

From Rebecca Frech at “Shoved to Them,” a testimony that will make you see everything differently: The older kids and I went to a different parish for Mass last night. The events of the day had run longer than expected, and by the time we realized it we were too late for the 5pm Mass. A [Read More...]

For Veterans Day: “It was that place that God said, ‘Do you still trust me?’”

From the superlative “Sunday Morning” at CBS, via correspondent David Martin and producer Mary Walsh: a moving look at wounded warriors healing from their past by making music. Watch. This is television to move the heart and stir the soul. [Read more...]

Redemption: Sister Mary Sean’s remarkable ministry to ex-convicts

  Photo: Tony Avelar/Christian Science Monitor From the Christian Science Monitor:  In the soft light of early evening, the smell of curried chilies wafts through the screen door of this two-story, Craftsman-style house in a tidy section of South Los Angeles. As bicycle bells jingle and ice-cream trucks pass by, four men sit in rockers, telling [Read More...]

“God meddles in our miseries, he approaches our wounds and heals them with his hands”

Using that stunning picture from earlier in the week as a starting point, CNS has posted an overview of some memorable photographic moments with Pope Francis. Writer Carol Glatz makes note of something beautiful the pontiff said during a recent homily: “God meddles in our miseries, he approaches our wounds and heals them with his [Read More...]

First look: “One Chance,” the Paul Potts movie

Who could forget the amazing saga of Paul Potts, who set the template for Susan Boyle and countless other performers? Now his story has been made into a movie, produced by Simon Cowell (among others).  I have to say: this looks really good.  (But I’m a sucker for this sort of thing anyway…)  Take a [Read More...]

Thomas Peters writes: “I have never felt God’s presence as much as I do since the accident”

Over at Catholic Vote, Thomas Peters has written for the first time about the crippling accident that has changed his life. It’s a powerful, deeply moving testimony that he calls, with a breathtaking understatement, “Reflections on My Time Away.” You’ll want to read it all and share it. A snip:  A major accident is an [Read More...]