If you need your faith in humanity restored, this story just might do it.
A man who was ridiculed for his weight on social media is now receiving international support from strangers and celebrities, who are throwing him the party of a lifetime in Los Angeles. The party will raise money for anti-bullying initiatives, and celebrities such as Pharrell Williams, Moby, and Ellie Goulding have volunteered to perform at the event.
On February 13, an anonymous user on a message board posted a photo of a man dancing at a concert with the caption: “Spotted this specimen trying to dance the other week. He stopped when he saw us laughing.”
The photo made its way around the internet and was met with disgust and overwhelming support for the unknown dancer, who became known as “Dancing Man.” A Twitter user named Casssandra Fairbanks started a search for the man, offering to throw him a judgement-free dance party in Los Angeles. The man, identified as Sean from London, came forward to accept the invitation.
But the goodness doesn’t stop there. In just 3 days, more than $35,000 was raised to pay for the dance party; recording artists Pharrell Williams, Moby, and Ellie Goulding volunteered to perform; and the LA Coliseum offered to host the party for free. The man who was laughed at for dancing will now be the guest of honor at the biggest dance party in Los Angeles.
Scripture tells us:
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. – Romans 21:12
Dancing Man supporters have certainly put this verse into practice.
Cardinal Edward Egan passed away today in New York. Cardinal Egan spent the first years of the 21st century as one of it’s most visible leaders ans he helped Manhattan overcome the tragedies of Sept. 11th.
In a quote from EWTN News, Cardinal Timothy Dolan is quoted as saying
“Join me, please, in thanking God for his life, especially his generous and faithful priesthood,” Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said March 5. “Pray as well that the powerful mercy of Jesus, in which our cardinal had such trust, has ushered him into heaven.”
Cardinal Egan was also a booster for Catholic broadcasting and was instrumental in the starting of the Catholic Channel on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio.
Join us in prayer for the repose of his soul.
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Sometimes truth comes from the most unexpected places.
Russell Brand is a comedian who is most known for his vulgar comedy and antics, and is probably the last person one would expect to give a compelling argument against pornography. However, in a recent video he posted, Brand discusses the movie 50 Shades of Grey and our culture’s skewed view of sex and relationships. Brand says:
“I suppose the undercurrent of this is that sex is something we’re all interested in because of biological programming, but our attitudes toward sex have become warped and perverted and have deviated from its true function as an expression of love and a means for procreation. And because our acculturation, the way we’ve designed it and expressed it, has become really, really confused.”
If Brand’s definition of the true function of sex sounds familiar, it is because it is directly aligned with what the Catholic Church teaches:
By safeguarding both these essential aspects, the unitive and the procreative, the conjugal act preserves in its fullness the sense of true mutual love and its orientation toward man’s exalted vocation to parenthood. – Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 2369
He goes on to quote a priest – who happens to also be St. John Paul II – who said: “Pornography is not a problem because it shows us too much; it’s a problem because it shows us too little.” Brand agreed with JPII , saying “pornography reduces the spectacle of sex to a kind of extracted physical act.” (more…)