August 3, 2015

Positivity: Nuns, guns and the Wild West – the extraordinary tale of Sr. Blandina

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Santa Fe, New Mexico:

Aug 1, 2015 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Billy the Kid, a notorious bank and stage-coach robber of the Wild West, met his match in the most unlikely of people when he met Sister Blandina Segale.

According to legend, and to Sr. Blandina’s journal and letters, one of Billy the Kid’s gang members had been shot and was on the brink of death when the doctors of Trinidad, Colo. refused to treat him. Sister decided to take him in and cared for him for three months, nursing him back to health.

But Billy the Kid (William Leroy) was still unhappy. Word got out that the outlaw was coming to town to scalp the four doctors of Trinidad in revenge. When he arrived, Sr. Blandina intervened, and convinced him to call off his mission on behalf of his man she had saved.

After that incident, Sr. Blandina and Billy the Kid became friends. She once visited him in jail, and he once called off a stage-coach robbery as soon as he realized Sister was one of the passengers.

When she wasn’t calling off outlaws, Sr. Blandina was founding schools, building hospitals, teaching and caring for orphans and the poor, and advocating for the rights of Native Americans and other minorities. All in a day’s work.

Her heroic virtue and enduring works are why her cause for sainthood was opened in New Mexico last summer, earning her the title “Servant of God” and allowing people to ask for her intercession. Since then, several documents have come to light corroborating her stories, and the necessary miracle for the next big step – beatification – seems to be well on its way. …

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August 2, 2015

Positivity: Why the effort to make gay marriage sacramental won’t work

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:01 am

From Washington:

Aug 2, 2015 / 04:02 pm

Dissenting Catholic groups have called for gay marriage to be recognized as a sacrament, but Catholic theology has a clear priority: marriage is God’s creation – and not even the Church can change that.

Dr. John Grabowski, a professor of moral theology at Catholic University of America, said that the push for “sacramental equality” by groups such as Dignity USA shows “a lack of understanding of what the Church is and the nature of the Church and what the sacraments are.”

“’Marriage equality’ made for a good slogan, but in the Church’s understanding, marriage is not something that can be ‘redefined’; if you will, by interest groups, by government, or even by the Church itself,” he told CNA July 29. …

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August 1, 2015

Positivity: The 3-Word Message a 94-Year-Old Paid to Run on TV Flashed Across the Screen for Only 5 Seconds

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Franklin, Tennessee (video at link):

Jul. 18, 2015 1:31am

A 94-year-old Tennessee woman recently purchased five-seconds of ad time on a local television channel to air a three-word message: “love one another.”

The woman, who lives in the city of Franklin, had been crossing off items from her bucket list for years. Airing that message was the last thing remaining.

“I said there is one thing,” Shirley Batchelder told WSMV-TV. “I want to put an ad on television.”

… Batchelder’s said it’s up for the audience to choose how to act on her message, but felt it was an important idea to spread.

Go here for the full story at the Blaze.

July 31, 2015

Positivity: Austin officer saves woman choking on biscuit

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Austin, Texas (video at link):

Posted: Jul 13, 2015 9:25 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 13, 2015 10:25 PM EDT

An Austin police officer pulls over a woman. Instead of giving her a ticket, he gives her the Heimlich maneuver and saves her life.

Incredible dash cam video shows an APD officer jumping into action after realizing a woman is choking. He is being praised for his fast actions.

A traffic stop turns into a life-saving moment. “Did you get it? Did you get it?” says Senior Officer Dustin Clinkscales, Austin Police Dept.

For the woman’s father, an Austin police detective, he is forever grateful. Especially knowing one of his brothers in blue, did the saving.

“I gave him a hug,” says Detective Damon Dunn, father of driver.

This dash cam video shows exactly what happened last Sunday. APD Senior Police Officer Dustin Clinkscales was headed west on Ben White Blvd. After seeing a woman on the phone, he turns on flashing lights. As the officer approaches, the woman begins to open her door. She has her hands over her throat. That’s when Officer Clinkscales realizes the woman is choking. He gets her out of the car and begins to perform the Heimlich maneuver. After several attempts, the object is dislodged. Then the woman faints.

“Well this will be an example of what officer’s do every day. They step up to the moment, they help save lives. They do the job they need to do whether it is the use of force, or it is saving someone from choking,” says Lt. Robert Hightower, Officer Clinkscales Commander, Austin Police Dept. …

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July 30, 2015

Positivity: Teenager’s Relentless Nosebleed Turns Out To Be Blessing In Disguise That Saved Both Of Her Parents’ Lives

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Dallas, Texas:

July 23, 2015 12:12 PM

When a Texas teen developed a nosebleed that just wouldn’t stop back in January 2013, her parents knew something was wrong, but nothing could’ve prepared them for what came next. After doctors diagnosed the now-17-year-old, Crystal Enns, with a rare kidney disease known as juvenile nephronophthisis and told the family the condition would require a transplant, her parents Cristy and Mark Enns decided to see if they could be donors. After all, they do share the same blood type with their daughter.

Although her parents were unable to donate a kidney, they did receive some life-saving news as a result of the donor screening. Cristy was the first to go in for her screening, and everything seemed to be going well until her final screening. Doctors noticed a spot on her kidney that turned out to be kidney cancer. Her diagnosis took her out of the running to be her daughter’s kidney donor.

Next up was Cristy’s husband and Crystal’s father, Mark Enns. The doctors overseeing Mark’s screening were stunned to learn that Crystal’s father would also be unable to donate, after diagnosing him with kidney cancer. Dr. Albert Quan, a pediatric nephrologist at Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas who treated Crystal, said that in 25 years of practicing medicine he’s never encountered two parents receiving a cancer diagnosis following donor screening.

“We are overwhelmed with gratitude to God for allowing us to find out about her kidney disease when we did because Mark and I would never have been tested otherwise,” Cristy Enns said in an email to ABC News. “The timing of her nosebleed allowed us to begin the donor screening process early, with plenty of time to discover and take care of our alarming cancer diagnosis before it came time for Crystal’s transplant.” …

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July 29, 2015

Positivity: Strangers raise more than $40,000 for wrongfully convicted man who spent 24 years in prison

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

The story is over a year old, but no one should miss it. So I’m doing a little bit here to make sure people know about it:

Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 6:56 AM

Alex Sutaru, a 32-year-old New York banker, started a fundraising campaign to help Jonathan Fleming, who was released from prison three weeks ago. The money will help Fleming pay rent and buy food, while he looks for a job.

A Wall Street banker has helped raise more than $40,000 — for a total stranger.

Alex Sutaru, 32, started an online fundraising campaign for Jonathan Fleming, who spent 24 years in jail for a New York murder that happened while he was vacationing hundreds of miles away.

So far, the campaign’s raised more than $40,000 since April 10. More than 600 people in 14 countries have donated to the cause.

“I think people recognize that donating a little they can help this person integrate back into society and build a life for himself that was wrongly taken away from him,” Sutaru told ABC News.

Darryl Rush was shot and killed in Brooklyn in August 1989 while Fleming and his family were on a trip to Disney World. He was wrongfully sentenced to 35 years to life in prison. A newly discovered piece of evidence — a phone receipt proving Fleming was in Florida just hours before the killing — helped set him free three weeks ago.

But after years behind bars, Fleming with released with less than $100 to his name.

“I had about $93 in my account so that’s all I was given when I got out of prison, $93,” Fleming told ABC News. “I’m living from house to house with my cousins.”

That’s where Sutaru’s campaign comes in. …

Go here for the rest of the stor.

July 28, 2015

Positivity: Federer Builds 50 New Preschools in Africa, Hugged by Kids on First Visit

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From the Good News Network (video at link):

July 22, 2015

Some of Roger Federer’s biggest—and youngest—fans are probably too tiny to know about his victories on the tennis court, and too touched by poverty to care much.

They just know he’s the man behind the creation of preschools across southern Africa where now are learning and growing healthy, with a hearty meal every day.

They were thrilled recently when the tennis great came to visit them for the first time, in celebration of the tenth anniversary of his Roger Federer Foundation.

The 34 year-old Swiss athlete has funded the building of schools for years, like this one in the video located in Malawi. He spent the day at the preschool visiting, sitting in classes, helping cook and serve lunch, and hanging out with the kids on their playground.

The early childhood centers are scattered throughout six countries, with more than 50 preschools in Malawi alone.

“I’m so happy and emotional that I can see a preschool of this quality here–it’s quite extraordinary,” said Federer during his visit. …

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July 27, 2015

Positivity: Young Girl Reunited with Woman Who Saved Her Life at Redlands Water Park

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Crestline, California:

Thursday, July 16, 2015 07:37PM

A 12-year-old girl was reunited with a woman who saved her life at a Redlands water park.

On July 7, Lyndsey Pellegrini was at Splash Kingdom floating in the lazy river when she suffered a seizure. Lyndsey has epilepsy and the sun shining through a chain link fence had caused her to convulse.

Luckily, Becky Jefferies was there to help. The first grade teacher from Pinion Hills pulled Lyndsey out of the water.

“She went down and it seemed like she stayed down a long time,” Jefferies said. “I saw her do a roll and then she curled up in the fetal position. I just grabbed her head and tried to pull her up.”

But Lyndsey and her mother, Sheri Snyder, were unable to locate Jefferies to thank her for her quick actions.

Not long after the story aired on ABC7, Jefferies daughter saw the segment and realized her mother was Lyndsey’s rescuer. She called Eyewitness News to reunite the two. …

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July 26, 2015

Positivity: Bishop-elect Barron brings commitment to New Evangelization

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Los Angeles (HT Joe Jose Madrigal):

July 21, 2015

It started with a dumb ox.

Robert Barron was a student at Fenwick High School in Oak Park, Illinois. A young Dominican friar taught the class one of St. Thomas Aquinas’ arguments for God’s existence when Barron was 14.

“And for some reason it had this huge impact on me,” Father Barron said of Aquinas, “the dumb ox.” “It goes back to my teenage years and Thomas Aquinas and a sense of the reality of God that I’ve never really lost. I’d put it that way — that God exists and that God is the supreme good and that our lives should be focused on him.”

Father Barron, president/rector of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Mundelein Seminary and founder of Word on Fire, a global media ministry, has been named auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Father Barron, along with Msgr. Joseph V. Brennan and Msgr. David G. O’Connell, will be ordained auxiliary bishops this fall.

Father Barron received the call about his appointment from the papal nuncio, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, while he was watching golf.

“It was a complete surprise,” he said. “I’m excited about it. There’s a fear, and it’s something new. But I’m excited. I mean, Los Angeles. There’s a lot going on and it’s a pretty vibrant Church.”

Shortly after his ordination on May 24, 1986, Father Barron served as associate pastor at St. Paul of the Cross Parish in Park Ridge, Illinois.

He was appointed to the theological faculty of Mundelein Seminary, and has served as a visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame and at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, as well as scholar in residence at the North American Pontifical College at the Vatican.

“‘I very much identify with Pope Francis’ call for the New Evangelization, which is very much a continuation of the call that began with St. John Paul II and continued through Benedict,” Father Barron said.

“For a long time, what I’ve tried to do in my own work is lead with the positive, lead with the joyful, lead with the articulation of the life,” he said of his teaching and his Word on Fire ministry.

“I think for too long we’ve been identified as finger waggers. Here’s what you don’t do. Don’t do this, don’t do this,” he explained. “For me, that’s not the right evangelical strategy. You get to those ‘don’ts.’ But you begin with the life.”

He compared the strategy to teaching a child about baseball. You don’t begin with the arcane rules, but by bringing a child to a game to appreciate its beauty — these are great plays, these are great players.

So too with the faith. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

July 25, 2015

Positivity: Why the Catholic behind the Planned Parenthood videos went undercover

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Bismarck, North Dakota:

Jul 22, 2015 / 03:49 pm

With the façade of a fictitious biotechnology company, David Daleiden and his fellow investigators from the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) infiltrated the bowels of the abortion industry at its ugliest.

For 30 months, as part of their “Human Capital” investigation, they followed the trail that led to aborted babies whose parts are earmarked for sale, even while their little hearts are still beating.

“It is a paradox that we can’t have laws that recognize unborn babies as human, and yet, it is their very humanness that makes them valuable for experimentation,” Daleiden said in an interview last week with the Register.

“It is as if they [the biotech companies] are going on a treasure hunt for the heads or hearts of babies, but how much more valuable would those heads and hearts be if they were allowed to grow up and be a part of society?”

As leader of the project, Daleiden schmoozed and lunched with people at the top of Planned Parenthood — abortionists, administrators and directors. Acting as if he wanted to procure the valuable parts of aborted babies, Daleiden secretly videotaped the perpetrators so they would be admitting their own guilt in front of what certainly would be a shocked public.

It was mission accomplished on July 14, when Daleiden released the first of a dozen videos. In just a few days, more than 2 million people had viewed the video, and five investigations were opened: three congressional and two state. And this week, his organization released a second video that has further intensified the public questioning of Planned Parenthood’s fetal-tissue policies and calls for defunding and more investigations.

But Planned Parenthoods’ callous disregard for the bodies of innocent babies should have surprised no one, according to Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia.

“No one should be shocked by this video,” Archbishop Chaput said in a statement for the Register. “This is who Planned Parenthood is and what it does. It’s been part of the organization’s gene code from the start. The logic of its disdain for new life is just working itself out. And it won’t stop until the money and the media adulation are cut off.” …

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July 24, 2015

Positivity: Slain Troops in Chattanooga Saved Lives Before Giving Their Own

Filed under: Positivity,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Chattanooga, Tennessee:

JULY 22, 2015

Marines and sailors risked their lives for one another in Chattanooga last week, trying to distract the gunman who assaulted a naval center, helping people scale a fence for safety and returning fire at the attacker, law enforcement officials said Wednesday.

Some of the five servicemen who were fatally wounded effectively sacrificed themselves during the assault on Thursday, diverting the gunman from a larger group of potential victims, according to a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation into the killings.

“This could have been a lot worse,” said the official, who did not want to be identified because he was not authorized to discuss the investigation. “It could have been a horrible, horrible massacre — so much worse.” …

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July 23, 2015

Positivity: Our ‘Life-saving Angels’

Filed under: Health Care,Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

Carly Fiorina’s question in the wake of Planned Parenthood’s now-exposed sale of fetal body parts (“What has gone wrong in our nation?”) is valid. The answer is that our government and our courts have devalued human life, and many Americans, a large majority of whom have no idea what supporting abortion really leads to in the read world, have followed them down that depraved path.

The following reminder of the heroic efforts of those who work in neonatal care contained in Michelle Malkin’s latest column is quite timely (bolds are mine), and shows that there is still a mainstream respect for life which cannot and will not be extinguished:

it is worth pausing from this avalanche of evil to remind the nation that there are thousands of miracle workers in the health care industry who value life and honor their professional oath to first do no harm.

I know this firsthand as the proud daughter of a neonatologist who dedicated his life to using his medical training to save lives, not destroy them. Nowhere is the sanctity of life more vividly illustrated than in a NICU. A father in Texas wrote me with his own personal story and wanted me to share his message:

“I read your piece (last week) regarding the monstrous doctor from Planned Parenthood. Though I have tried, I really cannot grasp the horror of the PP abattoirs or the blackness of the souls that labor within.

“I want to tell you about my family’s encounter with another place that is the antithesis of the Planned Parenthood slaughterhouse.

“My wife and I had the great misfortune three years ago of finding ourselves with two beautiful but tiny children in the Level 3 NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) at the Woman’s Hospital of Texas in Houston.

“Our beautiful daughter spent the first five months of her life there, and our brave son spent the entirety of his life there, all 44 days.

“I want to tell you this, because I want to tell you about a very bright light that shines in this world, but it shines behind the wall of privacy and quarantine that is a necessary function of NICU life. The six neonatologists and all of the amazing nurses who cared for our children are some of the finest, most decent, devoted and caring people I have ever encountered.

“They work tirelessly to save every life, to give every child in their care as much of a chance as possible, and they truly do care for the ‘least of these.’ They go to work every day in a place where, in spite of all their efforts, tiny children pass away in their care. They are people who deserve to have the veil lifted from their works.

“I am sharing this with you as answer to the final paragraph of your moving piece. You ask what kind of a country we live in? I want you to know that we also live in a country that God has truly blessed with these amazing souls and hundreds more like them: Dr. Alagappan Alagappan, Dr. Talat Ahmed, Dr. Salim Bharwani, Dr. William Caplan, Dr. Peter Haney and Dr. David Simchowitz.

“In the face of evil, it is easy to see only the darkness. There are lights burning still.”

Thanks to the father in Texas for that timely reminder.

July 22, 2015

Positivity: Hardee’s worker receives reward for act of kindess

Filed under: Business Moves,Positivity — Tom @ 11:40 am

From Knoxville, Tennessee (video at link; related story here; HT Gateway Pundit):

11:48 p.m. EDT July 15, 2015

A Knoxville fast food worker who received attention on Facebook for an act of kindness received a special gift on Saturday as a thank you.

Kailen Young, 17, was rewarded after a picture of him was posted on Facebook last week. The photo, which has been shared more than 3,800 times, shows him offering his hand to an elderly woman who needed help walking to her car. Young stopped washing windows when he saw the woman needed help.

Hardee’s gave Young a $1,000 check to show their appreciation. Young said he is still in shock over the attention his small act of kindness is receiving.

Go here for the rest of the story.

July 21, 2015

Karis Peters: ‘We Need God in America Again’

Filed under: Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:00 am


July 20, 2015

Positivity: The Vatican’s helicopter — Transporting popes, saving kid’s lives

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Jul 18, 2015 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).-

One of Europe’s best pediatric hospitals, Bambino Gesu Children’s Hospital in Rome, can now use the Vatican’s helicopter to transport patients, personnel and medical equipment in emergencies.

The agreement was announced July 17th by the hospital and the Governatorate of the Vatican City State, and is part of a bigger initiative to use the helicopter within a regional network for emergency management.

“We are grateful to the Holy See, the Secretary of State and the Governatorate in particular, in the person of the SCV’s Secretary General, Bishop Fernando Vergez Alzaga, for this opportunity, which is given to the Bambino Gesù hospital, and especially to the many young patients from all over Italy, who unfortunately need urgently to reach our hospital,” Bambino Gesu President Mariella Enoc said Friday, according to Vatican Radio.

“It is an important gesture of charity that responds to a basic health need: the physical proximity between the Vatican City State and our seat on the Janiculum Hill, in fact, will significantly shorten transport times, contributing in many cases to saving the lives of children,” she added.

The helicopter, also known as the Vatican City Heliport, is kept on a small, rectangular landing pad in the Vatican Gardens and is sometimes used to transport the Pope and other heads of state on short trips away from the Vatican, and to Castle Gandolfo, the pope’s summer residence. It was first used in 1976 by Pope Paul VI.

Bambino Gesu (which translates to the child Jesus) is the largest pediatric hospital and research center in Europe. It has a child-centered, welcoming approach and operates on the moral and ethical principles of the Catholic faith. …

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