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Ryan was homeless, living under the bridges of Cincinnati, because he was in the grips of drug addiction. Today he is a mentor, an advocate, and an inspiration. He works for an organization that keeps the streets clean, and volunteers at the treatment center that saved his life.
The Church of Now
About 20,000 people, mostly high school students, converged on Indianapolis for a high-energy and highly devoted gathering. The young people attended religious services, heard speakers, danced to music and participated in dozens of activities during NCYC, a Catholic conference held especially for youth. Watch the video.
Bishop Sheen Will be Beatified Soon!
American bishop Fulton J. Sheen is seen by some as the first televangelist. He inspired millions with his radio and television programs, won an Emmy for Most Outstanding Television Personality and appeared on the cover of Time Magazine. One hundred years since his ordination as a priest, the now-venerable Fulton Sheen will be beatified in Peoria, IL on Dec. 21!

If you've been inspired by Bishop Sheen or if you haven't heard him preach yet, check out our Timeless Wisdom series, where we re-present Bishop Sheen's teachings for the modern age. Here's the whole series.
Pro Tip From Our Producer
Video producers are trained to "see" what a video will look like long before it even exists. On a shoot, we must make decisions that are irreversible and will have drastic effects on the final product, so we are literally editing the video in our heads as we are filming. Because of this, I always ask my clients to trust me during a shoot; I won't be able to explain all the actions that I'm taking, but I have their best interest in my mind. 

 #ProTip: Find a videographer that you trust

If possible, try to meet your video producer before you commit to the project. Ask about their experience, their ideas and their style. Make sure you feel that you can trust them with the huge investment that will become your video. Then trust them to make decisions that will make your project great. 

- Katie Rutter
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Kindled in Love with Yearnings
Sister Clare Joseph is a Carmelite nun in Terre Haute, Indiana. She and her sisters live a life of silence and contemplation behind a ‘grille’ and rarely leave the convent.  Watch the video.
Fundraising for the Boys & Girls
Congratulations to the Auxiliary to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington for wonderful event and successful fundraiser! We were honored to attend "Light Up the Club," watch the live premiere of one of our videos, and see these wonderful volunteers raise over $34K for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington! For those of you who weren't there, hold on, because we'll be posting that video soon.
Things About Things
Odd facts about plants... just for fun.

It wouldn't be the Christmas Season without sugary, striped candy canes. But did you ever wonder, "Hey, who's idea was it to purify sugar from cane plants and form it into smaller canes? That seems like a lot of work for a similar result." Surprise! It was the Germans.

According to legend, the candy cane was designed in 1670 at the request of the Cologne Cathedral's choirmaster. He asked a local confectionary for sugar sticks as a way to ensure that children attending the annual living nativity would be quiet and well-behaved. The sticks were all white, to symbolize Christ's purity and bent to resemble shepherd's crooks.

Over the years, the tradition of churches handing out candy canes during Christmastime spread over Europe and America. The yuletide treats were still plain white and largely unflavored. By the mid-1800s colored stripes began to appear, and by the early 1900s peppermint flavors were added. At this point in time, candy canes were still formed by hand, a labor-intensive process involving molding and stretching hot sugar. Canes frequently broke while being man-handled, so very few candy canes could be produced at any one time. 

The process needed to automated. You know who's really great at automating things? Americans! In 1920, Bob McCormick of Atlanta Georgia ran the McCormick's Famous Candy Co. Bob's company was the world's leading supplier of candy canes, but as previously stated, manufacturing all those canes was laborious and wasteful. It was Bob's brother-in-law, Gregory Harding Keller, who came up with a machine to automate the process. Keller was a soon-to-be-ordained Catholic seminary student who spent his summers working for Bob. His invention, the patented Keller Machine, drew out candy rods, cut them to precise lengths and neatly bent the tops. The process revolutionized candy cane production and boldly promised a future in which Christmas church services all over the world would be attended by sticky, well-behaved children. God bless America!

 . . . And danke Germany.

Scripture Inspiration
Stay grounded with verses that inspire. Here are the two Picture Scripture images that we will post on our Facebook page in the coming weeks.
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