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Human Suffering and Places In the Heart

2021-06-12T20:05:20+00:00June 12th, 2021|Eucharist, GOODNESS, VIDEO|

[This article follows from the email newsletter of June 13, 2021, “An Astonishing Eucharistic Scene in a Secular Movie”.] The 1984 movie, Places in the Heart is one of the most moving tales of the triumph of the human spirit over adversity in modern film. Sally Field fittingly won the Academy Award for Best [...]

The Sweetest Hymn for the Sweetest Gift

2021-06-06T02:57:41+00:00June 6th, 2021|Eucharist, GOODNESS, VIDEO|

If you page through a traditional Catholic hymnbook you will eventually come across the name of Frederick William Faber (1814-1863) in the composer credits at the bottom of a given hymn. That would be Father Frederick Faber, English Catholic priest, convert to Catholicism, and composer of hymns extraordinaires. Fr. Faber made some of the [...]

The Clothes Make the Man

2021-05-16T15:14:52+00:00May 16th, 2021|Church & Sacraments, Eucharist, GOODNESS, VIDEO|

A few years ago I had the privilege of standing in the sacristy of a Ukrainian church watching a priest friend of mine prepare for Mass. The wonderful liturgies of the Church’s eastern rites (the Byzantine, Maronite, Ukrainian and others) express a richness and complexity of worship that contrasts with the simplicity of the [...]

The Suicide Catcher of Nanjing

2021-02-21T04:50:00+00:00February 21st, 2021|Blog, Generosity, GOODNESS, VIDEO|

“The prosperity of a nation is everyone’s responsibility.” ~Chinese proverb Those who have received the email newsletter of the same title are already familiar with the story of Mr. Chen. Those who have not read the newsletter can access the file in the Email Newsletter Archives of this site. If you’d like to read [...]

The Extraordinary Heroism of a Chinese Mother

2021-02-15T04:23:21+00:00February 14th, 2021|GOODNESS, Heroism, Marriage & Family|

If you were to consult a dictionary for terms like “heroism”, “perseverance”, “loving fidelity” and “longsuffering goodness”, you would likely come across a reference to a little Chinese mother known as Mamma Martina (her Christian name). A retired Italian missionary, who personally knew Mamma Martina, worked in a parish I used to visit some [...]

A Father’s Love Remains to the End

2021-01-23T16:05:33+00:00January 17th, 2021|Inspiration, Marriage & Family, VIDEO|

The first recorded piece of human art is believed to be a tiny, 30,000-year-old sculpture of a goddess found in Australia (called the Venus of Willendorf). The extraordinary Lascaux caves in southern France give us a record of Stone Age man (15,000 years ago) telling of his hunting exploits in remarkable cave drawings. From [...]

In The Bleak Midwinter Christ Comes to Us as Family

2021-01-24T15:43:17+00:00December 26th, 2020|God & Jesus Christ, GOODNESS, Marriage & Family, VIDEO|

 The 19th century poet Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) gave the world a great gift in her masterful poem about the birth of Christ, “In the Bleak Midwinter”. Certain verses of the poem are immediately familiar to most Christians through its celebrated musical setting by Gustav Holst (1874-1934). Both poet and composer were English-born despite their [...]

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