September 1, 2015

Positivity: The ‘Share a Coke’-inspired Marriage Proposal

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From Atlanta (HT Daryn Kagan):

Jul 23, 2015

“I owe her a grand moment,” Wil Ramos says, with a serious expression that quickly curls into a smile. “She’s going to be so surprised.”

A little less than 24 hours later, he greets Trunshedda Washington, his girlfriend of five years, at The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, where he works as a senior change manager.

Trunshedda thinks she’s there for a Coca-Cola function, but Wil has bigger things in mind. They walk to the Jacobs Pharmacy soda fountain on the company’s newly renovated campus and take seats at the counter. Wil orders two Coke floats.

The waitress brings over two tall glasses with scoops of vanilla ice cream and red straws, then a pair of glass bottles of Coca-Cola with the labels facing away from the couple. Wil slowly rotates the first, which has “Marry” printed on the label, then the second, which reads “Me.”

He drops to one knee, pulls an engagement ring from his pocket and slides it on Trunshedda’s finger.

“I set it up so she’d say yes,” he said.

And she did. …

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August 31, 2015

Positivity: Siri ‘butt dial’ to 911 brings rescuers to trapped victim

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From Murfreesboro and Nashville, Tennessee (HT Daryn Kagan):

Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, 10:40 AM

A Vanderbilt patient who survived the unthinkable has brought a whole new meaning to the term “butt dialing” and believes that prayer, along with a little help from Siri, saved his life.

Sam Ray, 18, was never a fan of Siri, the hands-free virtual assistant on Apple iPhones, until he found himself pinned under his truck with Siri as his only way to call for help.

On July 2, the recent high school graduate was working under his truck, which was lifted up on a jack in the driveway of his family’s Murfreesboro, Tennessee, home. Needing a little advice, he called his father, who encouraged him to stop what he was doing until they could look at the truck together. Sam put his phone in his back pocket and proceeded to slide out from under the truck when the jack gave way, causing the nearly 5,000-pound vehicle to fall on him.

“I just kept praying out loud, ‘Lord, get me out of this,’” Sam said. “I kept reciting Philippians 4:13, ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’”

He yelled for help, but no one could hear him. Helpless and alone, he suddenly heard the familiar sound of Siri activating in his back pocket and realized that this iPhone feature could possibly allow him to call for help.

His arms were trapped, making it impossible to access his phone, but he was able to push up on his hip to activate Siri in his pocket and request that his phone call 911. After several attempts, he heard a voice on the line and realized he had gotten through.

“When I heard a woman talking from inside my pocket, I just started shouting,” Sam said. “I didn’t know if she could hear me or not, but I heard her say that help was just around the corner.”

Responders with Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services, the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department, the Rutherford County Fire Department and the Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to Sam’s call. They were able to move him out from under the vehicle and then transported him to the Vanderbilt LifeFlight base in Murfreesboro, where he was then flown to Vanderbilt.

“We’re always concerned with crush injuries, and the longer a patient is trapped, the more problems they can have,” said Kirk Krokosky, one of Sam’s flight nurses. “He could have been there for hours, but as fate would have it, Siri was sort of his guardian angel.”

During the estimated 40 minutes that Sam was under his truck, he sustained three broken ribs, a bruised kidney, a cut on the forehead, and second- and third-degree burns to one arm that was under the exhaust pipe.

However, an accident like this could have easily had a very different outcome, said his doctor, Richard Miller, M.D., Chief of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care and professor of Surgery at Vanderbilt.

“A tool like Siri is a modern-day rescue item that we didn’t have in the past and potentially saved him from more serious or long-term complications from his crush injury.”“He’s very lucky. …

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August 30, 2015

Positivity: Catholics in Colombia assist thousands of their brethren forced out of Venezuela

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From Cucuta, Colombia:

Aug 27, 2015 / 11:36 am

With thousands of Colombian residents of Venezuela being driven from their homes amid a border crisis and martial law, the bishop of a Colombian border city is encouraging his people to assist the displaced.

Since last week, more than 6,000 Colombian residents of Venezuela have been expelled or have left voluntarily, after president Nicolas Maduro declared martial law and closed the border following the Sept. 19 injury of four Venezuelans by Colombian smugglers.

Bishop Victor Ochoa Cadavid of Cúcuta warned that Venezuela’s actions have unleashed a humanitarian crisis, and therefore asked that “the competent authorities address, in a timely and effective manner, the situation confronting the people expelled from our neighboring country.”

The bishop noted that the diocese is providing assistance to some 200 deportees through its Migration Center, “providing shelter, personal hygiene items, and food, with contributions coming from the Diocesan Food Bank and Jesuit Refugee Services.”

Bishop Ochoa added that the diocese is also providing food for the 207 persons housed in Cúcuta’s public schools and that they are “awaiting a contribution from the city administration to increase the aid.”

He also said that in La Parada, another border town located six miles south of Cúcuta, “Saint Peter the Apostle Parish is providing accommodation and food for 30 people, and they are moving forward with taking inventory of the needs in available lodging in the area. With the help of religious communities we are taking care of 196 deportees or people who are in need.”

The bishop was thankful that the fruits of this year’s Campaign for Christian Communication of Goods will be able to provide for “this complex situation, especially for children and youth.” …

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August 29, 2015

Positivity: NFL Player, Wife Will Keep Unborn Baby Despite Defect — ‘Who Are We to Determine a Baby’s Life?’

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From Tampa, Florida (video at link; HT CNS News):

POSTED: 1:34 PM, Aug 19, 2015
UPDATE: 5:58 PM, Aug 19, 2015

Olivia Rodriguez, wife of former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Evan Rodriguez, is due to have the couple’s first child together in December. They’ve already given her the name Layla Sky. “It’s because I always zone out and look at the sky and wonder what else is out there,” Evan said.

The couple is already completely in love with their unborn child, after having to make the toughest decision of their lives. “I prayed to God that I want to make the right decisions,” Evan said.

Doctors told the couple early in the pregnancy that Layla Sky will be born with the rare and severe birth defect anencephaly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in every 4,859 babies is born with anencephaly in the U.S each year.

More from the CDC about anencephaly: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/birthdefects/anencephaly.html

Doctors told the couple Layla Sky will likely be born missing parts of her brain and skull and could only live for days, if not hours.

“From that moment on, I’m like what can we do? He was like, either terminate it or move forward with the process,” Evan said about speaking to doctors.

Evan and Olivia said they pray together each morning, but it was in these times while making this decision that they leaned on their faith more than ever before. Olivia prayed, “God, show me what it is that you want to do through all of this. What’s the good to come out of it?”

After about a week of wrestling with the decision, Evan and Olivia came to a shared decision to move forward with the pregnancy. “We decided to continue with the process because we felt like who are we to determine a baby’s life. So, we are going to leave it in God’s hands,” Evan said. …

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August 28, 2015

Positivity: Tens of thousands protest at Planned Parenthood clinics across the country

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From across the USA:

Aug 23, 2015 / 06:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Hundreds of demonstrations were held outside of Planned Parenthood clinics across the U.S. this weekend with protesters calling on the federal government to stop funding the abortion giant.

After videos were released last month showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing their fetal tissue donation program in graphic detail, the Chicago-based Pro-Life Action League called on a national day of protest.

Eric Scheidler, the group’s executive director, said that “with 240 out of 342 cities reporting” over 58,000 people turned out to protest Aug. 22.

“Great day! Except for Planned Parenthood!” he tweeted that evening.

His organization teamed up with other pro-life groups including 40 Days for Life, Created Equal and 40 Days for Life to organize the national protest in a matter of a few weeks.

#ProtestPP was trending on Twitter Saturday as photos of the crowds poured in.

Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO of Americans United for Life, posted photos on Twitter of demonstrations around the country showing crowds of protesters wrapped around city blocks in front of Planned Parenthood facilities.

Lila Rose of Live Action posted along with a collage of protesters holding signs with the slogan “Planned Parenthood sells baby parts” and commented that, “America is waking up and speaking out! May we see a world where every life is protected.” …

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August 27, 2015

Positivity: Eleven cardinals join forces to tackle marriage prep, family issues in pre-synod book

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From Vatican City:

Aug 20, 2015 / 04:29 pm

With the Synod of Bishops rapidly approaching, 11 cardinals have contributed to a small but important book offering a pastoral perspective of the issues at stake, while reaffirming the truth of the Gospel on family and marriage issues.

The book is titled “Eleven cardinals speak on marriage and family,” and will be published in English by Ignatius Press. An Italian edition will also be published.

It is edited by Fr. Winfried Aymans, a German canon law professor and expert. It includes contributions by Cardinal Carlo Caffarra of Bologna; Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India; Cardinal Paul Joseph Cordes, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum; Cardinal Dominik Duka of Prague; Cardinal Willem Jacobus Eijk of Utrectht; Cardinal Joachim Meisner, archbishop emeritus of Cologne; Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja; Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, archbishop emeritus of Madrid; Cardinal Camillo Ruini, Pope’s General Vicar emeritus for the diocese of Rome; Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for the Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments; and Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas.

The book will be out just a few days before of the upcoming Synod of Bishops in October and will likely be part of the discussion at the synod.

Scheduled for October, the synod will gather bishops from around the world at the Vatican. They will discuss a wide range of matters dealing with family life, building upon last fall’s meeting on the same topic.

Rather than offering a rebuttal of any arguments presented at last year’s Synod on the Family, the book is instead aimed at giving a pastoral point-of-view of the issues at stake. …

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August 26, 2015

Positivity: Dog calls 911, saves blind owner from house fire

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From Philadelphia (video at link; HT Daryn Kagan):

4:31 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015

A service dog is being called a hero after saving her owner’s life by calling 911.

Yolanda uses a specialized telephone and is trained to dial 911.

Her owner is blind, and when Yolanda detected the fire in their Philadelphia home, she alerted authorities.

Yolanda the service dog has twice called 911 to save her owner.

Firefighters rushed to scene in time to save the woman, who is in her 60s.

While she was being treated for smoke inhalation, the Red Paw Emergency Relief Team dropped off food, toys and treats for Yolanda.

The team is nonprofit organization that works in conjunction with the American Red Cross.

They said this is actually the second time Yolanda has called 911.

Last year her owner fell and was knocked unconscious. …

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August 25, 2015

Positivity: This 95-year-old Catholic couple died in each other’s arms

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From San Diego, California:

ul 3, 2015 / 10:02 am

Few love stories can say that they began at the age of eight. But for Jeanette and Alexander Toczko, they couldn’t have imagined life any other way.

What began as a childhood crush later bloomed into a deep, committed love – a love that would last throughout a war, five children, and seventy-five years of marriage.

“Their hearts beat as one from as long as I can remember,” said Aimee Toczko-Cushman, one of the couple’s five children, according to the Daily Mail.

After meeting his future wife at the age of eight, Alexander Toczko married Jeanette in 1940 while he was enrolled in the U.S. Navy as a telegraph operator. Alexander was a devoted husband to his wife Jeanette, and as Catholics, he fondly carried a snapshot of Jeanette’s First Holy Communion in his wallet.

The Toczko’s settled in San Diego, California in 1971 where Alexander and Jeanette worked together, establishing their own fashion photography and advertising firm. Alexander had a passion for golf and sketching, and the couple loved to travel with each other.

They raised their five children in the San Diego area, and over the years became the proud grandparents of ten grandchildren.

This past June, the couple celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary. Alexander, a WWII veteran, was 95 and Jeanette was 96.

The couple’s health had been declining over the months, especially after Alexander had taken a recent fall, breaking his hip.

“He was going fast,” their son, Richard Toczko, remembered.

Hospice care was brought to Jeanette and Alexander’s home, so that they could share their own bed and stay close to each other in their final moments.

Remarkably, the inseparable couple had a dying wish that they often told their children – they both wanted to pass away together, in each other’s arms and in their own bed.

Alexander was the first to go on June 17. Once Jeanette had been informed that her husband had died, she said, “See this is what you wanted. You died in my arms and I love you. I love you, wait for me, I’ll be there soon.”

Jeanette died only hours after her husband on June 18.

“Even the hospice nurse said it was the most incredible thing to see the two of them taking those last breaths together,” Aimee Toczko-Cushman said.

“They both entered the pearly gates holding hands,” reflected their son, Richard Toczko. …

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August 24, 2015

Positivity: US airman says train attacker ‘ready to fight to the end’

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From Paris:

Aug. 23, 2015 4:59 PM EDT

Three American travelers say they relied on gut instinct and a close bond forged over years of friendship as they took down a heavily armed man on a passenger train speeding through Belgium.

U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, recounting for the first time on Sunday how a likely catastrophe was averted two days earlier, said the gunman, an assault rifle strapped to his bare chest, seemed like he was “ready to fight to the end.” But he added, “So were we.”

Without a note of bravado but a huge dose of humility, the three described Friday’s drama on an Amsterdam-to-Paris fast train.

His arm in a sling, Stone, 23, said he was coming out of a deep sleep when the gunman appeared.

One of his friends, Alek Skarlatos, a 22-year-old National Guardsman recently back from Afghanistan, “just hit me on the shoulder and said ‘Let’s go.’”

French President Francois Hollande and a bevy of officials are presenting the Americans with the prestigious Legion of Honor on Monday. A French citizen who first came across the gunman near a train bathroom and a British man who joined to help tie up the assailant also are being honored with the award, according to the president’s office.

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August 23, 2015

Positivity: A gruesome accident, a powerful faith – one Catholic couple’s story

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From :

Aug 18, 2015 / 04:01 am

It was a cold December day in Nebraska, and Ashley Stevens was riding in a car with four other women.

It was the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and the women and the rest of their FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) team was headed to a retreat center near Gretna, Neb. when a large truck smashed into their car on Highway 6 near the Platte River, several miles east of Lincoln.

While the other women had minor injuries – a broken shoulder, whiplash, cuts and bruises – Ashley was life-flighted to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha in critical condition.

She had sustained major head trauma, and had significant swelling and bleeding in her brain among other injuries.

Brad Stevens, Ashley’s fiancé of just a few weeks, got the call from Nikki Shasserre, a staff member at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Newman Center, who had hosted an engagement party for the couple three weeks prior.

Get to the hospital now, Ashley’s in critical condition.

Father Robert Matya, the chaplain for the UNL Newman Center, had been on his way to the same retreat and was able to be with the women at the scene, praying with them and comforting them. He then rushed to the hospital to be with Brad, a former student he’d known for years, and was with him to receive the grim diagnosis.

“I remember very distinctly arriving at the hospital, and Brad and I went in to sit down with the doctor, who told us that he didn’t think it was going to be possible that Ashley would survive at that point,” Fr. Matya recalled. “He was just trying to be honest with us.”

That was around 10 in the morning. By 3 p.m., Ashley was heading to surgery. Father stayed with Brad and Ashley in the ICU that night.

From the very first moment, Father said, the way Brad handled the situation was remarkable.

“What was beautiful about watching Brad in that experience was that he was just unwavering from the first moment on, in terms of being at her side. There was never a question of his dedication to her throughout the whole experience, and that was the case not only on that day of the accident but throughout the entire process of her rehabilitation,” he said.

Brad’s faith in God had been what initially attracted Ashley to him. They were both working as Residential Assistants in the Husker Village dorms, and during the long walks patrolling the halls on duty nights, she would pepper him with all of her questions about Catholicism. A devout Protestant, Ashley was amazed at how well Brad could defend and explain his faith using scripture. She became “like a little sponge,” she said, soaking up knowledge about the Catholic Church.

A few years after they became friends, and in the early phases of their dating relationship, Ashley became Catholic after taking classes at the Newman Center and developing strong friendships there.

The day of the accident, dozens of friends from the Newman Center and beyond had arrived at UNMC, offering meals and prayers and whatever support they could. Word spread quickly, and more prayers and support started pouring in from UNL students and the Catholic community around the state – and even the world.

Ashley, who does not remember “literally a single day” of the entire month she spent at UNMC, said she has only heard and read of the tremendous outpouring of love that occurred within those first days and weeks.

“I was submerged in prayer,” she said. “From holy hours at the Newman Center, across the country, there people I didn’t even know were surrounding me with prayer that I’m so thankful for.”

“It’s amazing seeing God’s love through so many instruments you know when you’re quite literally helpless.”

Slowly, Ashley started making improvements, though for a long time it was uncertain exactly how healed she could be. She had a stroke while at UNMC, and it was uncertain for a while whether she’d ever be able to walk, or hold a job, or take care of future children.

“I can’t even imagine Brad, just three weeks after getting engaged, and my parents just sitting by, not knowing if I’m going to make it and if I did, what would be the end result? How much of Ashley would they get back, would he get back?” she said.

Even the tiniest glimpses of hope, however, made Brad “just giddy excited,” Ashley said.

“Even if I was just able to squeeze his hand or open my eyes and look at him, or just try to smile, anything gave him glimpses of hope that I was going to make it,” she said.

A gratitude journal Brad kept at the time proves his incredible hope. …

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August 22, 2015

Positivity: Officers respond to woman in distress, then buy her a cake to celebrate her 75th birthday

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A July story from Oklahoma City (HT Daryn Kagan):

7:57 p.m. Sunday, July 12, 2015

A couple of Oklahoma City police officers have gone viral for giving a helping give a hand to a woman on her 75th birthday.

According to OKCPD, an officer responded to a call of a distressed woman sitting in a wheelchair near the street.

When officers arrived, the woman, known as Ms. Carroll, was visibly upset and said her motorized wheelchair broke down while she was on her way to buy a cake for her 75th birthday. She told the officers she was upset that her birthday was ruined because the wheelchair was her only means of transportation.

Officers Amy Hanson and Travis Vernier loaded up the wheelchair and took Ms. Carroll to the supermarket where they bought her a cake and took her home to celebrate.

From Facebook:

Police work isn’t always about fighting crime & putting bad guys in jail. It’s also about meeting good people & developing relationships.

While working tonight, Sergeants Mike Black & Jacob Cole came across a young man in the London Square Apartments in northwest OKC. He was riding a scooter that had a handle that kept coming off and causing him to wreck. The two officers were able to fix his scooter and make him a happy young man!
Way to go guys!

August 21, 2015

Positivity: Illinois Second Graders Adore School Janitor, Line Up to Get Yearbooks Autographed

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From Bourbonnais, Illinois (HT Daryn Kagan):

Steve Weidner, a custodian at Alan Shepard Elementary School in Bourbonnais, Illinois, said it made him feel great to see that each and every second grade student lined up near the playground in hopes to have him autograph their yearbooks.

“I get along great with the kids,” Weidner told ABC News. “They are really great. We joke around a bunch and they’re able to talk to me and stuff like that.”

Weidner, a father of four and known as “Mr. Steve” to the kids, has been a part of the janitorial staff at Shepard for 15 years now.

Last week, Weidner said he signed all 104 of the second graders’ yearbooks after lunch — in addition to 200 more from other classes.

“I walked through the playground to get through the building and they saw me and started running,” he said. “You get one, you get all of them. Once they got a line I sat down.”

The district posted a photo of a long line of second graders patiently waiting for Mr. Steve’s yearbook signatures on their Facebook page Wednesday, June 3.

“Shepard Custodian Steve “Mr. Steve” Weidner has reached Rock Star status as he autographs yearbooks for his “fans,”!” the caption read.

The snapshot was uploaded to Reddit June 5 where it has racked up over three million views. …

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August 20, 2015

Positivity: Knights celebrate life of founder 125 years after his death

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From New Haven, Connecticut:

Aug 15, 2015 / 12:15 pm

On Friday, hundreds of faithful gathered in New Haven, Conn. to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the death of Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus.

Although he lived just 38 years, Fr. McGivney left a remarkable legacy– the order he founded has become the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization. Just last year, the Knights raised more than $173.5 million for charity and performed more than 71.5 million hours of volunteer work.

The memorial Mass on Friday was held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Haven, where Fr. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus in 1882.

Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, the organization’s supreme chaplain, recalled in his homily how Fr. McGivney’s priesthood modeled the teaching of recent popes.

“St. John Paul II said that the priest’s personality must be a bridge to Christ, and indeed Father McGivney’s unassuming, lighthearted-yet-determined character attracted many to the Catholic faith and to St. Mary’s Church,” said Archbishop Lori. “When Pope Francis tells priests to acquire ‘the smell of the sheep’ and ‘to bring the Gospel to the margins of society,’ I think of Father McGivney. He loved the priesthood deeply.”

At the end of the Mass, John Walshe, a great grandnephew of Father McGivney, joined Archbishop Lori and Supreme Knight Carl Anderson in the incensing of the sarcophagus near the entrance of the church, where Fr. McGivney’s remains are interred. The Archbishop then led those present in prayers for the canonization of the priest.

Father McGivney passed away Aug. 14, 1890, two days after his 38th birthday, in the rectory of St. Thomas parish in Thomaston, Conn., where he served as pastor for six years. He was also pastor at the time of Immaculate Conception parish in nearby Terryville. Previously, he was assistant parish priest for seven years at St. Mary’s, where he gathered a handful of parish men in the church’s basement to found the Knights of Columbus.

These first Knights saw in Fr. McGivney an example worth following, Archbishop Lori said. …

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August 19, 2015

Positivity: For Pope Francis, Mary’s greatness comes down to this one virtue

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From Vatican City:

Aug 15, 2015 / 07:18 am

On the feast of the Assumption of Mary, Pope Francis said that faith is the defining virture of her greatness and that the mysterious way she was taken into heaven is a foreshadowing of what awaits each of us.

“The Gospel also shows us the truest reason for Mary’s greatness and her blessedness: it is faith,” the Pope told pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his Aug. 15 Angelus address, marking the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary.

Faith, he said, “is the heart of Mary’s entire story; she knew – and she said it – that throughout history weighs the violence of the overbearing, the pride of the rich, the arrogance of the proud.”

Yet she still believed and proclaimed “that God does not leave his children alone, humble and poor, but sustains them with merciful care, casting down the mighty from their thrones, scattering the proud in the conceit of their hearts.”

Dogmatically defined in 1950, the assumption of the Virgin Mary’s body into heaven is celebrated Aug. 15 every year, and is one of the most important Marian feast days in the Catholic Church.

In his address, Pope Francis turned to the day’s Gospel reading from Luke, which recounts Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth shortly after conceiving Jesus through the Holy Spirit.

He recalled Elizabeth’s greeting to Mary: “Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”

“This is the faith of our mother, this is the faith of Mary!” he said. …

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August 18, 2015

Positivity: Pope Francis — let yourself be transformed by the Eucharist

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From Vatican City:

Aug 16, 2015 / 05:59 am

On Sunday Pope Francis said that the Eucharist is no mere symbol, but is in fact the true body and blood of Jesus Christ, which has the ability to transform our hearts and minds to be more like him.

“The Eucharist is Jesus who gives himself entirely to us. To nourish ourselves with him and abide in him through Holy Communion, if we do it with faith, transforms our life into a gift to God and to our brothers,” the Pope said Aug. 16.

To let ourselves be nourished by the “Bread of Life,” he said, “means to be in tune with the heart of Christ, to assimilate his choices, thoughts, behaviors.”

It also means that we enter into “a dynamism of sacrificial love and become persons of peace, forgiveness, reconciliation and sharing in solidarity,” he added.

Pope Francis spoke to pilgrims who gathered in a rainy St. Peter’s Square for his Aug. 16 Sunday Angelus address.

In his speech the Pope turned to the day’s Gospel reading from John Chapter 6, which recounted the last part of the “Bread of Life” discourse, and in which Jesus tells his disciples that “whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.” …

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