May 21, 2019

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Positivity: This chemist will be the first beatified Opus Dei numerary

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From Madrid, Spain:

May 16, 2019 / 09:58 am

On May 18 in Madrid, Guadalupe Ortiz de Landazuri, a laywoman, will become the first numerary of Opus Dei to be beatified. A chemist, university teacher, and close associate of St. Josemaría Escrivá, she was known for her strong character, big heart, and cheerfulness.

According to Beatriz Gaytan, a historian who knew Ortiz: “Whenever I think of her, despite the time that has elapsed, what I hear is her laugh. Guadalupe had a permanent smile. She was welcoming, affable, straightforward.”

Opus Dei was made a personal prelature by St. John Paul II in 1982. It was founded by St. Josemaría Escrivá in 1928 and teaches that everyone is called to personal holiness in and through their ordinary lives.

There are various ways of being associated with the prelature. A numerary is someone who makes him or herself fully available to the work of the prelature.

Ortiz was born in Madrid Dec. 12, 1916, whence she was named “Guadalupe.”

She had a reputation for being a bold and courageous child. At age 10, because of her father’s military service, her family moved to Tetouan, North Africa. They returned to Spain six years later and Ortiz completed her high school studies, enrolling in university to study chemistry. She was one of five women in a class of 70.

Known to be a serious, though friendly, student, Ortiz put her studies on hold during the Spanish Civil War, which broke out in 1936. During the war, her father, a colonel in the army, was arrested for treason and condemned to death by shooting by a people’s trial.

Though he was given the opportunity of a pardon, Manuel Ortiz de Landazuri renounced it for the sake of his men, who had all been shot dead. Ortiz was just 20 years old when she, a brother, and her mother said their final goodbyes to Manuel in the hours before his death. She forgave those who condemned and killed her father.

For a period during the war, Ortiz and her mother and brothers moved to another part of Spain. When the civil war ended in 1939, they returned to Madrid, where Ortiz taught in two schools.

It was several years later that Ortiz had a powerful experience of God’s grace while at Mass. When she met a family friend shortly after, she said she wanted to meet a priest. That friend put her in contact with Fr. Josemaría Escrivá, who had founded Opus Dei about 15 years before.

Ortiz met Escrivá Jan. 25, 1944. She later said, “I had the very clear idea that God was speaking to me through that priest.” From that point she felt a calling to serve Christ through her life and work, and several months later, at the age of 27, she became a numerary of Opus Dei. …

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May 20, 2019

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Positivity: ‘Stand firm for life against the evil opposing it’ Kentucky governor says

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From Frankfort, KY (video at link):

May 17, 2019 / 10:15 am

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) is urging his fellow governors to “be bold” on the issue of life.

The first-term governor made the call during an interview Thursday on EWTN Pro-Life Weekly, as states across the country continue to debate abortion related legislation.

In recent weeks, Gov. Roy Cooper (D-N.C.), Gov. Tony Evers (D-Wisc.), and Gov. Steve Bullock (D-Mont.) all rejected their states’ versions of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Shortly after, Bullock launched a bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. In contrast, Gov. Brian Kemp (R-Ga.) and Gov. Kay Ivey (R-Ala.) signed major pro-life legislation.

Speaking to Pro-Life Weekly host Catherine Hadro, Bevin said that arguments against Born-Alive laws are “weak,” and that such measures are far from redundant.

“It would seemingly be the same argument you might say for ‘why have airbags in a car if we already have a seatbelt,’” Bevin argued.

“Not to protect a human life, and to ask a doctor to take responsibility for protecting that human life, and to hold them accountable if they do not—especially given that they have taken an oath to do so, and in fact are licensed to do so—would be irresponsible.”

Urging his fellow governors to stand in defense of unborn life, Bevin said, “Don’t be politically opportunistic, don’t be beholden to outside interests that are going to help you politically, but be bold and do the right thing.” …

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May 19, 2019

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Positivity: ‘No greater love’ — Denver Catholics remember Kendrick Castillo, who died in STEM school shooting

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From Denver:

May 9, 2019 / 05:00 pm

When Sara Haynes heard about the shooting at STEM High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado on Tuesday, she prayed. A Catholic school teacher in Denver until just recently, she knew some of her former students were now high schoolers at STEM.

When Haynes learned that Kendrick Castillo, a former student of hers, was the lone casualty in the May 7 shooting, she cried immediately.

Then she reached out to the other students who had been in the same 7th and 8th grade math and religion classes at Notre Dame Catholic School as Castillo. Details of Kendrick’s death were not yet public, but her students guessed Castillo had died trying to protect others, Haynes said.

“I went to my students and we were all just sharing together. And I said: ‘Do you guys think that he blocked the shooter?’ And they said: ‘Yeah.’ I mean, it just wasn’t a shock to us” that he would give his life for others, Haynes said.

On Wednesday, Kendick’s father, John Castillo, confirmed to the Denver Post what he had learned from witnesses and the coroner: that Kendrick died while charging the shooter to save his friends.

“It doesn’t surprise me,” John Castillo told the Denver Post. “He cared enough about people that he would do something like that, even though it’s against my better judgment.”

“I wish he had gone and hid,” Castillo added, “but that’s not his character. His character is about protecting people, helping people.”

Kendrick’s friends and fellow students share the same sentiment, Haynes said.

“Every time I see a new kid that is in shock or crying, I ask – ‘But are you surprised?’ And they say ‘No, I’m not surprised at all. I’m just mad because I didn’t want him to have to do it. But of course he was going to do it.’” …

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May 18, 2019

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Positivity: Kristina Baum Is Running The Race Of Her Life

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From Washington (video at link):

May 14, 2019

Imagine yourself fielding calls from journalists on your job while receiving cancer treatment in the hospital.

Spend a little time on Capitol Hill and odds are good that sooner or later you will see Kristina Baum running, either literally on one of her regular jogs or professionally as the Republican staff communications director for the House Natural Resources Committee.

To look at her striding along, you would not know she is battling cancer. And I don’t choose that term “battling” by chance. You will quickly see why in this superb interview with Baum by Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Kathryn Lyons. …

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May 17, 2019

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Positivity: High school founded by former NFL star aims to make virtuous students

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From Minneapolis, Minnesota:

May 11, 2019 / 12:00 am

Not everyone who goes to high school will go to college, the founders of a new Minnesota high school say, but everyone should be prepared for leadership, service, and virtuous lives.

Preparation for a good life, no matter what comes after graduation, is the goal of Unity High School, set to open this fall in Burnsville, Minnesota.

Matt Birk, a retired football player who played with the Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens, and Tom Bengtson, the owner of a small publishing company, are the founders of the school.

“At Unity, we are sure a lot of kids will go into college, some will go into the workforce, some will go into the military, some will discern religious vocations, and we think there is equal dignity in all of those things,” Birk told CNA.

“We are college prep but we are not only college prep. Not everybody is a candidate for college, people choose different paths and we believe that there is equal dignity in any of these paths. We are happy to prepare kids for post high school life regardless of what it looks like,” Bengtson added.

Birk has been involved with education programs in underprivileged communities since 2002, when he was playing professional football. As a father of eight, he said he knows that not all kids thrive in a competitive academic environment, noting that a “high-stakes” test-taking culture is not for everyone.

“If you look back at the genesis of the American education system, I think the original charter says the goal of education is to teach knowledge and develop character. As the U.S. keeps falling on the global list of test scores, we just keep focusing more and more on the testing,” he said.

“Character has been pushed out of mainstream education because it is all about the test now,” he added.

Birk said that because public school funding is tied to test scores, education models focus on test-taking skills, instead of adapting to the needs of each learner.

Birk added that while not every student is meant for college, every person can be formed for success.

“If we are only doing it to show how well we can take a test, what’s the point?” he asked.

“If you go to an Ivy League schools is that a guarantee to a great life? No, no it’s not. I would say the most important thing to me … is that they would have a firm foundation in their Catholic faith, that would be number one, and then, number two, I would say to be equipped with some skills to be able to help them with whatever path they choose.” …

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May 16, 2019

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Positivity: Man meets first responders who braved the March snow to save his life

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From Topeka, Kansas:

Posted: May 01, 2019 04:15 PM CDT
Updated: May 01, 2019 06:37 PM CDT

First responders rarely get to find out what happens to the people they help, but one man got the opportunity to thank the men and women who saved his life on Wednesday.

Bob Beaman didn’t know he was having a heart attack when he called 911 back on March 3, and he also didn’t find out until over a month later what those first responders went through to get him the help he needed right away.

Time is always of the essence for first responders but sometimes mother nature can make working fast difficult. That’s what Jessica Shrewsbury with the Shawnee Heights Fire Department recalls when the weather knocked out their communication systems and made it hard to get around back in early March.

“Just several inches of snow and it backed up the road conditions a little bit, took me a little longer to get there, took the ambulance a little longer because of the conditions,” said Shrewsbury.

Beaman met with the people who saved his life at St. Francis Hopsital to thank them for their hard work.

The first responders and hospital staff were also awarded for their fast thinking.

Shrewsbury says she almost never gets the chance to catch up with the people she helps. …

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May 15, 2019

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Positivity: Tow truck driver named Miracle credited with woman’s rescue

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From Macclenny, Florida:

Posted: 4:03 PM, April 24, 2019
Updated: 8:05 PM, April 24, 2019

Chris Miracle’s timely actions may have been the difference between life & death

A Baker County tow truck driver working the graveyard shift is being credited for possibly saving an elderly woman’s life.

The remarkable episode unfolded about 2:15 a.m. Thursday on County Road 125 in the tightknit community of Manntown, just outside of Macclenny.

Chris Miracle, who works for his family’s business Miracle Towing and Recovery, was headed to an out-of-county call about a road block when he saw some flashing lights in the woods while looking for deer.

Miracle couldn’t shake the feeling that he needed to turn around. “I went about a mile down the road and I was like, ‘This doesn’t look right,’” he recalled. “Nothing flashes at the church.”

It’s a good thing he trusted his gut.

Searching for the source of the light through some thick brush about 40 yards off the road, he spotted a car plunged halfway into a creek behind the Manntown Church.

“I mean, it was almost sitting nose down,” Miracle said.

When he opened the car’s door, he found a 77-year-old woman seated inside. He started asking her questions — was she OK? Was there anyone else with her?

As Miracle learned, the unnamed woman’s vehicle had veered off the road after an apparent mishap with her medication. Without a cell phone and unable to open the car doors, she had nowhere to go.

So the woman turned off the sedan’s engine, switched on her hazard lights and played some gospel music to pass the time.

Miracle, who happens to be a volunteer firefighter, called for rescue. Then he winched the car with the woman inside and hauled it to safety. The woman was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Incidentally, the motto for Miracle Towing and Recovery is “miracles do happen here.” As Miracle would agree, there’s perhaps no better example of those words than Thursday’s timely rescue.

“Absolutely,” he said. “And no better place for a miracle to happen than at the Manntown church. I mean the timing was just impeccable.”

Based on how well the woods hid the car, Miracle doesn’t think it’s likely he would have noticed it without the flashing lights. He doesn’t think anyone would have seen it during daytime.

That could have been disastrous for the woman inside.

The woman, who asked not to be identified, is out of the hospital and is doing well. She told News4Jax she’s thankful for Miracle and the first responders who came to her rescue. …

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May 14, 2019

Tuesday (Moderated) Open Thread (051419)

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