Nearly dead ‘miracle man’ wakes up after children have breathing tubes removed

In December the Nebraska man suffered what doctors thought was a major stroke that left swelling in his brain.

“We thought that this wasn’t a recoverable process,” said Dr. Rebecca Runge of Methodist Hospital.

His children were told to say their goodbyes. But after taking him off the ventilator something unexpected happened.

New Life You came to bring us new life


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New life, new life; You come to bring us new life
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New life, new life; we find such joy in your abundant life

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You are the source of our great joy, the fountain of all life
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You give us living water, you bid us come and drink
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We come to you, we bless you Lord; we glorify your name
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We praise you Lord, we worship you, we thank you
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For your gift of new life.

You are the source of our new life, in your light we see light
You show to us your goodness, you bid us taste and see
We come to you, we bless you Lord, we glorify your name
We praise you Lord, we worship you, we thank you
For your gift of new life.

Is There a Catholic View on the Border Wall?

teaching says that we must balance between the duty of a nation to welcome , and the duty of immigrants to obey a nation’s laws.

What’s in a wall? A lot of meaning to be sure, as the raging debate in the U.S. shows. I’ve been asked if there is a Catholic position on the building of a wall along our southern border. There is no Church teaching on such a matter, and I don’t think that there should be.

Walls speak to many different things. Our homes have walls and doors. Every ancient city had walls. The Vatican has walls. Gosh, even Heaven has walls and gates—and a very strict immigration policy! (See Revelation 21:12, Luke 13:25) In this sense walls are protective, keeping those within secure, providing privacy, and preventing the entry of harmful forces.

On the other hand, many of us remember the Berlin Wall and the horror it represented. It was akin to a large prison wall, keeping people who desired freedom from escaping to a better world. There was great joy around the globe when it finally came down in 1989.

Perspective and experience also affect one’s opinion on walls. In Israel, walls were erected dividing Jewish and Palestinian areas. Most citizens of Israel approve and point to a reduction in bombings and other violence. Those from Gaza and Bethlehem, however, are more likely to cite the crushing poverty brought about by economic isolation.

Fences, too, provoke widely different reactions. One adage says, “Good fences make good neighbors,” but another is the cautionary “Don’t fence me in.” The first saying speaks to the peace that comes from agreed-upon and respected boundaries, while the other bemoans unnecessary restrictions on advancement.

Scripture speaks differently about walls, depending on the context: We read, A strong city have we, God sets up walls and ramparts to protect us (Isaiah 26:1), but also For He Himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has torn down the dividing wall of hostility (Ephesians 2:14). Walls are not intrinsically evil, nor are they always good. The context matters.

The Xennial-Millennial Modern Traditionalist

The Modern Traditionalist loves ancient beauty and eternal truth, but does not shy away from new things.

When I tried to fit myself into a few of the caricatures of the Catholic Tribes in American put together by Michael Warren Davis and Damian Thompson I somehow fell flat in the middle of nowhere. However, I know that there are American Catholics that think like I do since I know many of them personally, and perhaps, if I put this out there, I will find more of them.

A few years ago I wrote about a group of people that I called “Hipster Traditionalists”—people who love the Traditional Latin Mass, also known as the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, but don’t quite fit in with other traditionalists. These days I think that the title Modern Traditionalist is a better fit.

A Modern Traditionalist is a lover of all things traditional, not out of a nostalgia for things pre-1965, but out of a real love of the beauty preserved in it. For them it is not just a preference, but the realization that the older liturgy is more beautiful and profound. In the fast-paced world, the Modern Traditionalist loves the contemplative silence of a low Mass and the smells and bells of high liturgy as alternatives to their digital social lives. They are either converts or Catholics raised attending the Novus Ordo Mass, probably of the Xennial or Millennial generations. They had never imagined the stunning beauty possible in the Roman liturgy until their first Solemn High Mass with polyphonic chant that left them in awe.

However, the Modern Traditionalist does not shy away from new things.

From Latin to Vietnamese: Liturgical group’s Bible translations let people live out their faith

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam — After the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) allowed local churches to celebrate liturgical services in their own languages, some Vietnamese priests and religious were eager to translate the Bible into Vietnamese versions that are suitable for their traditional culture.

Six priests voluntarily started to render the Latin Liturgy of the Hours into Vietnamese in late 1971. They later formed the Liturgy of the Hours Group that drew more priests and sisters who are expert in the Bible, theology, liturgy, pastoral ministry, sacred music, literature and poetry.

Franciscan Fr. Pascal Nguyen Ngoc Tinh, who manages the group’s work, said at first group members spent only their Christmas, Easter and Tet (Lunar New Year) holidays working quietly at monasteries and convents. For decades, they overcame obstructions and difficulties made by communist authorities and even by church officials to pursue their mission in life.

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the group’s establishment.

Read the full story at Global Sisters Report.

Pray The Mass Like Never Before

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Fr. Michael Schmitz is the director of youth and young adult ministry for the Diocese of Duluth and chaplain for the Newman Center at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He provides podcasts of his weekly homilies on iTunes and