Bucket List with a Difference: Dying Wife Leaves Behind Goals for Her Husband After She’s Gone

And it included a trip to Lourdes. Details: When Nicola Murray was told she had just two weeks to live, she made her husband George a list of things she wanted him to promise he would do. Nicola, 34, who had a rare hereditary gene that caused her to develop cancer, wanted him to help [Read More...]

After Ezra: a must-read story about how a Hindu and Baptist joined the Church at Easter

Honestly, my headline doesn’t do justice to this piece.  Just drop everything and take the time to read this. I can’t remember the last time a secular publication (in this case, the Des Moines Register) offered such a beautiful and inspiring story of Catholicism, told with a tone that is not only respectful, but actually [Read More...]

Take a deep breath and watch something wonderful

With all the papal craziness—who’s up, who’s down, who’s electable, who’s not—here’s a welcome palate-cleanser that helps put it all in perspective. You want to see the gospel in action?  Here it is. From the CBS Evening News last Friday night, Steve Hartman has the story of a mentally challenged high school basketball manager who [Read More...]

Love lessons: watch this teacher set his class on fire

I’ll be perfectly honest here: I just love this story. Take 12 minutes and watch this beautiful video about a remarkable teacher in Louisville, Kentucky, Jeffrey Wright.   Then read more about him in the New York Times.   I can’t think of anything more inspiring to encounter during the Feast of the Holy Family.  Here [Read More...]

33 years later, man receives forgiveness for shooting police officer and is received into the Catholic Church

A stunning story of forgiveness in Ohio.  (H/T New Advent.): Ron McClary, debilitated by multiple sclerosis, lay on a stretcher yesterday at Holy Family church and tried to speak as the widow of the Columbus police officer he shot in 1979 placed her hand on his arm. As he struggled, she stopped him. “I forgive [Read More...]

“There is a wisdom to wrong notes”

The writer here returns to the piano at the age of 50 — and finds some valuable life lessons in the keyboard: Many a man or woman upon reaching a certain age will splurge on a Ferrari, trade in city life for a new start as a country squire or wed a trophy spouse. My [Read More...]

“Fake it until you make it”: a great lesson in optimism

If anybody needs a primer in the power of positive thinking, look no further than Jane Brody’s recent column in the New York Times, which told the story of a World War II vet named William Richmond: My recent column on optimism drew hundreds of comments from readers who testified to the value of living [Read More...]

Heart afire

“The Sacred Heart is nothing less than an image of the way that Jesus loves us: fully, lavishly, radically, completely, sacrificially.  The Sacred Heart invites to meditate on some of the most important questions in the spiritual life: In what ways did Jesus love his disciples and friends?  How did he love strangers and outcasts?  [Read More...]

Attention K-Mart shoppers…

Here’s a remarkable story of generosity and charity: A Kentucky businessman has bought out the entire stock of a closing-down Kmart store and donated it to charity. Rankin Paynter runs a gold and jewellery buying centre in the Winchester area and knows how tough life can be for his hard-up customers. When he was shopping [Read More...]

When Jacob met Tyler: making beautiful music together

From the YouTube description: Our eight-year-old blind-autistic son Jacob enjoying some fine acoustic guitar by a musician in downtown Lawrence, Kansas on May 13, 2012. Tyler … Thank you so much for letting Jacob feel the music! “Tyler” is bluegrass musician Tyler Gregory. Take two minutes and watch something charming and inexpressably sweet. [Read more...]


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