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Christ heals through Sacrament of the Sick Print E-mail
Seeing with Jesus' Eyes
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

On August 4, 2013, a 19-year-old girl named Katie Lentz got in a serious accident along a Missouri highway.

She was barely clinging to life, and her vital signs were fading when she asked rescue workers to pray with her. Suddenly a priest appeared from nowhere. A rescue worker welcomed him with the words, "Father, we need all the help we can get now!"

The priest prayed, anointed the girl, and gave her absolution. Fire Chief Raymond Reed said that after the anointing, a peaceful calmness seemed to come over the girl and rescue workers. When he turned to thank the priest, he was gone.

The unknown priest became known as the angel or mystery priest. Eventually his identity was discovered. His name is Fr. Patrick Dowling. He told ABC News, "I have no doubt the Most High answered the prayers of Katie and the rescue workers. I was part of God's answer, but only part." Katie survived and is in the long process of recovering.

Message for November 4: Vote Print E-mail
Eye on the Capitol
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

Eye on the Capitol by John Huebscher

In Wisconsin, voting is a basic right enshrined in our state constitution. Voting is also a solemn obligation of all faithful citizens charged with a responsibility for the affairs of the community.

There are several powerful reasons for all of us to take the trouble to vote in the coming election.

Many don’t bother to vote

For one thing, the vote is a powerful weapon for those who use it, and too many of us don't bother to vote.

Surprising lessons from YouTube viewers Print E-mail
Word on Fire
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

Just last month, my media ministry Word on Fire marked a milestone: 10,000,000 views on our YouTube channel.

This achievement fills me with gratitude both to God and to the many people who watched one or more of the videos I've produced. It also provides the occasion for me to reflect a bit on both the pitfalls and advantages of evangelizing through the new media.

An experiment

When we commenced our outreach through YouTube seven years ago, we did so in the manner of an experiment. YouTube had just come into being at that time, and it largely featured crude, homemade videos of cats jumping off the roof and babies gurgling for their mother's camcorder.

I thought we should try to invade this space with the Gospel, and so I resolved to make short video commentaries on movies, music, current affairs, cultural happenings, etc.