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Let us pray for the victims of the Umpqua Community College shooting.

Eternal rest grant unto the victims, O Lord, and let Perpetual light shine upon them.

May their souls, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.


Woman texts wrong guy; three years later, they're married

Glendening received the text about 2 p.m. while driving to his job in the paint department at the Lowe’s store in Maplewood. Bergh was in Denver to work on a project for her employer, Nestlé-Purina. After one of her co-workers got delayed in St. Louis, Bergh was hoping to salvage the day by connecting with other employees. She started sending texts.

“Hey, it’s Kasey. I was supposed to connect w Maria @ the park but her plane was delayed so I’m at the Westin. Wanted to see if I could connect w anyone else.”

Instead of dismissing the text meant for one of Bergh’s co-workers, Glendening responded to it. He said he wanted to be courteous.

“Sorry youve got the wrong number. But if i wasnt headed to work i’d b down to hang ,” wrote Glendening.


Driver uses lighter to try to kill spider, burns gas pump (NOT Florida)

A man with an apparent case of arachnophobia caused a fire at a suburban Detroit gas pump by putting a lighter to what he says was a spider near his fuel door.

WJBK-TV reports Saturday that he escaped injury and his vehicle suffered little damage, but the gas pump was destroyed. A clerk shut off the pump from indoors and called the fire department.

The motorist can be heard on the surveillance video at the Center Line station asking: “Is that a spider in there?” The video then shows flames erupting along the car’s side, the pump and the pavement.

The man darts to safety and later uses a fire extinguisher to put out the flames. A spider is not seen.


A couple of friends have lost relatives this week.

A neighbor of mine lost his niece earlier this week.

Then, either yesterday or this morning, the father of one of my high school classmates passed away.

Your prayers for both of them are most appreciated.

Granderson: Faith -- It's Not Just for Straight People Anymore

I've gone a lot of places since that day nearly 20 years ago. This week, I found myself on the South Lawn of the White House to join the thousands in welcoming Pope Francis to the United States. I'm not Catholic -- despite the best efforts of those around me in the stands that morning -- but I am a believer. To some this admission makes me naive, to others a kindred spirit, and for those who do not think you can be openly gay and a Christian, I am lost.

The latter was true once ... but now I'm found.

I'll explain. One of the most difficult aspects for an LGBT person coming out of the closet is feeling the need to leave the church and their faith behind. One of the most liberating moments is the day they realize they don't have to. That God is too big for small minds. That the Lord our God is with us wherever we go. So yeah, when I turned my back on God I was lost.

When I learned he never turned his back on me, I was found. And it seems as if I am not alone. According to a Pew study in 2013, 42 percent of LGBT Americans identified as Christian, and today it's up to 48 percent (of that number 17 percent are Catholic in case his Holiness was wondering).


Woman tries to escape moving car due to spider; causes crash

An Indiana woman leapt from a moving car on Friday after noticing a spider on her shoulder, authorities say.

Angela Kipp, 35, was backing her Dodge Avenger out of her driveway in Syracuse when she spotted the arachnid, Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department told news station 11 Alive. Kipp’s 9-year-old son moved from the back seat and tried to hit the brakes, but mistakenly pushed down the accelerator, sending the vehicle straight into a passing school bus.

The boy, who authorities found lying on the ground outside the vehicle, was taken to a hospital for minor head injuries, according to The Elkhart Truth. The bus driver wasn’t injured, and there were no passengers on the bus.

Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department was unable to tell The Huffington Post whether Kipp might face charges in the crash.


Robot to BBC presenter: "F**k you"

Stephen Colbert opens up about his faith

During the 45-minute interview, a white-bearded Colbert opened up about the difficulty performing, especially in character. “That sense of connection between the performer and the audience is the entire intention,” he said. “What does anybody want? Not to be alone, and I think when a performer gets onstage and says the things that are in his mind, in his own particular way, to make a connection with an audience so he doesn’t feel so alone.”

“If the 15th-Century Christians might have been offended to the point of violence, at blaspheme. You know, check your history books. So, in an ultimate sense, I do not perceive is indicative of Islam...”
Colbert told Rosica that he hopes the audience feels the same way. “That’s got to be the goal, that connection has got to be the goal, and the making somebody laugh has got to be the goal,” he said. “You can’t think that your satire is going to change things.”

When Rosica asked him about making fun of the church, Colbert said he wouldn’t stop just because he has a bigger platform. “I mean I’ll still make jokes about the church, I’ll make jokes about anything… as long as you’re not being malicious, I don’t think you can leave anything off the table,” Colbert told Rosica, but he would stop short of making jokes about the sacraments. “It wouldn’t feel right for me, it wouldn’t feel good for me, it wouldn’t be obeying my own conscience, I suppose, to make jokes about the sacraments, or specifically the Eucharist… a nacho cheese Eucharist joke… not. I mean, the church is an important part of my life, I would be crazy if I didn’t make jokes about it.”


Michigan women, ages 90 and 84, to fly to all 48 contiguous states

Two Michigan women are embarking on a journey to fly to every state in the lower United States. The pilot is 90, and the co-pilot is 84 years young.

Growing up in Kalamazoo Mary Creason began flying as a young woman when her sister took off for the service to fly with the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots.

“She left Kalamazoo and said, ‘You can have the airplane, I don’t need it anymore,’” Mary said.

She’s logged a lot of hours over the years but has always had a goal in mind — to land in each of the lower 48 states and after checking with her children, she is finally on her way at the age of 90.


Pope Francis urges European churches to open doors to refugees

Pope Francis implored Catholic institutions throughout Europe to show mercy to the flood of refugees arriving on their shores by offering them shelter.

"May every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every sanctuary of Europe host a family, starting from my diocese of Rome," Francis said at the end of his Angelus prayers in Rome on Sunday.

"The two parishes in the Vatican these days will welcome two families of refugees."

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