A mother’s last dance

This is quickly going viral, and with good reason. The story:  A dying woman whose final wish was to be able to dance with her son at his wedding had her dream come true, and then passed away just three days later. Mary Ann Manning of Dublin, California, lost her battle to breast cancer on [Read More...]

Stunning: gun instructor’s children send a message to the little girl who shot him

This is extraordinary. As someone noted elsewhere: “There are some good homilies right there.” Oh yeah. Just watch. [Read more...]

Must-see video: life through the eyes of a homeless man with a GoPro

Adam Reichart is a homeless man who is helping chronicle life on the street as part of a remarkable project called Homelessgopro.com. Details, from CNET: The project outfits homeless volunteers with GoPro cameras, which they use to film the world from their perspective. Reichart, who has lived on San Francisco’s streets on and off for [Read More...]

Gimme five!

When so much of the world seems to be bad, here’s a little slap of good. The New York Daily News notes: If you stick your hand in the air long enough, someone may just give you a high five. Filmmaker Meir Kalmanson ran around Park Ave. in July giving unsuspecting people trying to hail a [Read More...]

Must-see video: The fight ministry of Paul Burress, the “Pastor with a Punch”

As someone says in this video, “You’re the first really badass preacher I’ve met.” From The New York Times: “Can you love your neighbor as yourself and at the same time knee him in the face as hard as you can?” So wondered Pastor Paul Burress, as we interviewed him about his “fight ministry,” which [Read More...]

Now THAT’S funny

Stupid TV ads pop up all the time on FB and they’re instantly forgettable. But this is something else. It’s been around since 2013, but this is the first I’ve seen it, and it’s one of the few times I watched one of these and honestly laughed out loud. It’s not stupid. It’s endearingly, hilariously [Read More...]

Great video: “I’m homeless, but I’m still human”

CNS visits a church in Baltimore, St. Vincent de Paul, doing some extraordinary outreach and support among the homeless. And one of those in charge: a deacon. The story:  Father Dick Lawrence doesn’t see homeless people through rose-colored glasses, but he doesn’t close his eyes to them either.“They didn’t get there overnight and you’re not [Read More...]

Love remembers

This is something utterly sweet and heart-tugging: a brief conversation about love and memory between a daughter and her mother with Alzheimer’s. “Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you…”  [Read more...]

“Take up your cross…”

Here’s a very good video on a main theme in this Sunday’s gospel. H/T Connie at The Ark. [Read more...]

Must-see video: Cardinal Wuerl’s powerful plea on Iraq

My blog neighbor Kathryn Lopez posted this last night, and it deserves a wider distribution. As she wrote: This is no ordinary opening of an academic year, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., said toward the end of Mass for my alma mater’s academic year. “Atrocities happen because there are people who commit them and [Read More...]