Dad posts videos teaching basic tasks. Fatherless viewers’ responses are heartbreaking

ByAnnie Holmquist

May 26, 2020 (Intellectual Takeout) — A recent post on Imgur caught my eye for its startling glimpse into the true state of American families. Seeking to be a help to others, a young man posted a link to his father’s new YouTube channel titled “Dad, how do I?” The channel was born out of firsthand experience of growing up without a father present to teach vital life skills. Among other things, this channel features a father of two grown children demonstrating how to change a tireiron a shirt, and fix a leaking toilet.
The videos clearly fill a void. Within hours of posting the link on Imgur, the channel more than doubled its subscriber base. It is approaching 1 million subscribers as of this writing. [LifeSite editor’s note: As of Tuesday evening, May 26, the channel is approaching 2 million subscribers.] Comments on the post demonstrate both sarcasm and a secret longing, with some suggesting new topic ideas and others expressing their need for a father figure and his…

Inspirational quotes by Saint Philip Neri to improve our spiritual life

Happy is the youth, because he has time before him to do good.

If young men would preserve their purity, let them avoid bad company.

Young men should be very careful to avoid idleness.
When tribulations, infirmities, and contradictions come, we must not run away in a fright, but vanquish them like men.

In order to preserve their purity, young men should frequent the Sacraments, and especially confession.

For young men to make sure of persevering, it is absolutely necessary that they should avoid wicked companions, and be familiar with good ones.

Let young men be cheerful, and indulge in the recreations proper to their age, provided they keep out of the way of sin.

To mortify one passion, no matter how small, is a greater help in the spiritual life than many abstinences, fasts, and disciplines. 
He who wishes to be wise without the true Wisdom, or saved without the Saviour, is not well, but sick – is not wise, but a fool. 

A joyful heart is more easily made perfect than a downcast one. 


Mary Help of Christians and Padre Pio united to save a baby from a deadly virus

A Catholic family receives the arrival of their third child hopefully, but sadly he contracts a lethal virus. The newborn had three surgeries but the baby did not improve. Her desperate mother began to ask Padre Pio and the Virgin Mary for help, sure that they would listen. His parents could see him for only a few minutes during the day and through glass, a situation that further aggravated Silvia and her husband's pain. One day the Father went to visit his son with great sadness he sends him a kiss through the glass and goes to the exit door, looking down, and finds a stamp of the Virgin Mary Help of Christians. Something seemed strange because they always kept the hospital impeccably clean. He came back and asked a nurse to please put the stamp in the incubator where his son was. She kindly accepts your request. Upon leaving the hospital, the father felt an unusual serenity. He commented on what had happened to his wife and that same night she dreams of Padre Pio who, without sp…

How Ice Cores From Mount Kilimanjaro Are Proof of the Story of Joseph in Genesis

The life of Joseph is one of the most well known biblical narratives in the Book of Genesis and the Bible in all, set around 1600 – 1700 BC in Canaan, modern day Palestine, Syria and Israel. Some detractors of the Bible may believe the story has no basis in legitimate historical tradition, but scientific evidence shows just the opposite. Researchers studying cores of ice from Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, which supplies the famous Nile river with its water supply, found that a drought did take place around 3600 years ago – at the same time Joseph’s story is set in Egypt. The drought would have been responsible for the seven year famine that caused countless nations to fall – while Egypt remained prosperous because of Joseph’s anticipation of the upcoming famine and his stockpiling of grain. Another clue to the historicity of Joseph lies in the fact that Egypt prospered during the seven year famine. How could this be? One of the most fertile areas to grow crops in Egypt was the land around…

Novena to the Holy Spirit for the Seven Gifts

We ought to pray and invoke the Holy Spirit, for each one of us greatly needs His protection and His help. The more we are lacking in wisdom, weak in strength, burdened with trouble, prone to sin, the more we should turn to Him Who is the never ceasing fount of light, strength, consolation and holiness. Pope Leo XIII

The novena in honor of the Holy Ghost is the oldest of all novenas since it was first made at the direction of Our Lord Himself when He sent His apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Ghost on the first Pentecost. It is still the only novena officially prescribed by the Church. Addressed to the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, it is a powerful plea for the light and strength and love so sorely needed by every Christian. To encourage devotion to the Holy Spirit, the Church has enriched this novena with the following indulgences:
"The faithful who devoutly assist at the public novena in honor of the Holy Spirit immediately preceding the Sol…