TCC Playlist: Hallelujah by Alicia Keys

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“Hallelujah, let me in.”

Alicia Keys has been thinking about social justice and human dignity. First, she stopped wearing makeup and tried to empower women to feel comfortable as is. Now, she’s performing music about the refugee crisis. Listen to “Hallelujah” and watch the short film “Let Me In” after the jump:

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TCC Video: Catholicism | Soul Pancake

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Zach Anner, from Soul Pancake, meets a young Catholic convert named Blythe and her five kids, and in the process learns about their faith and life. (Of course, it goes without saying that you don’t have to be a stay at home mom, have five kids, homeschool, or raise chickens to be a Catholic, but her interview is still pretty great.) Watch it after the jump:

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TCC Video: The Life of Dorothy Day

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Works of Mercy

Yesterday was the 83rd anniversary of The Catholic Worker and the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker.  Learn more about The Catholic Worker and its founder, Servant of God Dorothy Day, from this short PBS film. Watch it after the jump:

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Geel’s ancient community cares for the mentally ill

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A boarder with his family in Geel

Mike Jay writes for Aeon magazine about a town in Belgium named Geel, where families take in people with mental illness who cannot live on their own. The tradition dates back to the 13th century when St. Dymphna, a patron saint of the mentally ill, was murdered in Geel. This medieval treatment of “family care” is often more effective than contemporary treatments. Read the story here: Geel’s ancient community cares for the mentally ill

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