“I Recited the Lord’s Prayer”: Actor Jackson Rathbone Recounts Flight Scare

Jackson Rathbone

Jackson Rathbone, actor best known for his role as Jasper Hale in The Twilight Saga, was traveling with his wife and young son aboard JetBlue's Flight 1416 yesterday, when the right engine exploded while in flight.  Faced with the crisis, Rathbone said, "I recited the Lord's prayer."  He held onto his wife and son as the plane rattled and shook.Flight 1416 had left the airport in Long Beach, California, headed toward Austin, Texas, when passengers heard a loud 'pop.'  The cabin quickly filled … [Read more...]

Heaven Is For Real: Secrets Colton Burpo Didn’t Tell You in the Book or the Movie

Burpo family

Now, Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples that are not written in this book. --John 20:30SAY WHAT?!  I've always found that single sentence in the Gospel of John, which was read this morning at Mass, to be one of the most compelling.  I mean, you're telling me there are other things that happened--other miracles, other healings, other resurrections, other multiplications of loaves and fishes--which the evangelist saw, but which he doesn't tell us about?Well, for go … [Read more...]

Two Lucky Moms Can Win a Trip to Hollywood, Meet the Stars, Walk the Red Carpet!

Moms Night Out

I just came back from Hollywood, where I was privileged to see an advance screening of the new film Heaven Is For Real and meet members of the cast, the director, the producer, and the Burpo family whose real-life story is told on the big screen.If you watch this page in the coming days, I'll be sharing reflections and reports based on two days of interviews and opportunities.  Today, though, I want to mention this:YOU, TOO, CAN GO TO HOLLYWOOD, and attend the Red Carpet Premiere of a g … [Read more...]


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