Humor and Holiness

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Left to right: Dr. Ray Guarendi, Jesse Romero, Fr. Dwight Longenecker; Photo via Standing on My Head

G.K. Chesterton, Catholic author and apologist, once wrote:

“The secret of life lies in laughter and humility.”

Fr. Dwight Longenecker of Standing on My Head recently wrote of meeting two hilarious radio hosts – Jesse Romero and Dr. Ray Guarendi. What struck Fr. Longenecker about these two (who are both heard weekdays on Immaculate Heart Radio) was their ability to bring laughter wherever they went. He wrote:

“Both are dynamic Catholic lay evangelists and both are very joyful, funny, quick witted speakers. They delivered sound Catholic teaching while keeping the 2,000 strong audience laughing.”

We are blessed to have such funny, humble and holy hosts as part of our Immaculate Heart Radio broadcasts. We couldn’t agree more with Fr. Longenecker’s conclusion:

Ray and Jesse are laughing cavaliers, happy warriors, hilarious evangelists. They radiate the joy of Christ and the power of the gospel to transform.

More power to them, and may more men and women with their gifts rise up to serve God’s church.

You can catch Dr. Ray Guarendi on The Doctor is In Tuesday – Thursday from 10:00-11:00am Pacific on all IHR station or online.
You can tune-in to the Terry & Jesse Show Tuesday – Thursday from 11:00am – noon on most IHR stations or online.

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Hundreds Gather for James Foley Memorial Mass

james-foleyMore than 900 people gathered at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church in Rochester, N.H. on Sunday to remember James W. Foley, the U.S. journalist who was beheaded by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) last week.

Bishop Peter Libasci of Manchester said at the memorial Mass, “This moment in our lives is international in scope, crossing all boundaries, yet very personal.”

Foley’s parents, who live in New Hampshire, attended the memorial Mass on Sunday, as well as a vigil on Saturday night, where they spoke to the crowd of about 200. Diane Foley, James’ mother, said:

“I want to thank you for understanding Jim’s heart. And I pray that we will take up the challenge to love like Jim did, and to really work for peace in this world.”

Pope Francis called Foley’s parents on Thursday afternoon to console them in their loss. During the phone call Pope Francis offered his condolences and assured the them of his prayers. (more…)

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Your Money & Your Happiness

The folks at Happify have taken various studies on the relationship between money and happiness, and produced an interesting infographic showing that although money can’t buy happiness, what you spend your money on can effect your happiness and satisfaction. Some highlights include:

  • 57% of Americans say they are happier to spend money on experiences rather than on buying more stuff.
  • Economists say that our happiness levels increase as our income increases – but only up to an income of $75,000 per year. Salaries above $75,000 have no effect on daily feelings of happiness.
  • The more money people give to others, the happier they are – even giving just $5 to charity instead of spending it on themselves led to increased happiness levels.
  • Happier people give more, which makes them happier – creating a positive feedback loop.

See below for more! (more…)

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