GOODNESS

The Suicide Catcher of Nanjing

2021-09-18T18:15:01+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

2021-09-12T18:14:37+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

2021-09-12T18:11:15+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 [...]

A New Look at Patience as a Virtue

2020-11-24T18:43:42+00:00May 16th, 2020|GOODNESS, Virtue|

One of my favorite spiritual writers is the 20th century German scholar, Romano Guardini (1885-1969). Don’t let his Italian-sounding name fool you. He was of Italian descent, but he grew up in Germany and had the penetrating intellect and organized mind of a German scholar. Guardini was a Catholic priest, a pastor, and a [...]

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