#GrottoFavorites | What We Loved on Social Media This Week

Read through Grotto's favorite inspirational Catholic media posts from the week!
Who doesn’t need a little pick-me-up now and then? Social media often gets a bad rap — being characterized as full of polarizing and hateful comments — but the truth is that there is plenty of good-hearted humor and inspiration to go around.

Serving our mission to spread joy throughout the world (especially online), the Grotto team is excited to announce a new series: Grotto Favorites. This series will feature round-ups of our favorite content on social media.

From bouncing priests to much-needed reminders from Pope Francis, we hope these tweets and posts will bring a smile to your face, just as they did to ours.


“We are like each one of us like a small mirror in which God searches for His reflection.” — Saint John Vianney Probably one of my favorite things about this quote are the words “small mirror”. They are so…visual. I mean, I see a little shard of a mirror and I see God hoping that if he looks at that piece he will see himself. The question is, is He big enough in my small mirror? Do I allow him to be the reflection instead of trying to see myself? When my mirror is full of grace it is times when I have participated fully in Christ’s mission for me; whether that is walking with a lonely neighbor or looking a little harder to find something I truly need in an ethical matter rather than making the easy decision to buy it conventionally. God wants me to be as joyful as Ama the beautiful young girl from Mali in the photo we are sharing today. I certainly see his reflection in her, don’t you? . . . Photo by @michaelstulman #Mali #Africa #saint #joy #neighbors #god #reflection #mirrors #pic #picoftheday #fridayquotes

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This is Orlando Espinosa. We met today at our local Memorial Day ceremony. His story is below. . At 3pm on Memorial Day, the nation is invited to unite in a moment of silence and remembrance for the souls of all those who have died in service to our country. And I ask you personally, whenever you see this post, to stop and join me in prayer for peace in our world and right judgement for those who hold the power to make decisions involving the military. …Lest we forget. 🇺🇸 . . 🕊 “The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.” —Douglas Macarthur . . >> Here’s what Orlando shared about his experience in Vietnam: . “There were twenty-two of us. A unit from Germany was supposed to meet up but they never showed, so we were on our own, just our platoon and the Lieutenant. We went the whole way up to Cam Ranh Bay and lost two guys on the way. I ended up cut off from my unit and found another unit that I stayed with. A few years ago my daughter found a few guys from my unit on the computer and called them. My friend Don started crying because the unit thought I was dead when I went missing… they thought I’d been dead all those years. Don flew to Denver to visit me and I waited for him in the airport with a sign. I knew it was him the second I saw him, even after all these years and we just hugged and cried. . I got back from Leavenworth not too long ago, I was at the hospital for two years for all the PTSD programs. For forty years I didn’t know what PTSD was and now I finally know what was going on with me all that time. I still think about the guys we lost. It was terrible. My grandson just got back from Iraq. We’re real close, he and I. We get each other. I’m so glad he’s home.” 💔 . . . More on those who have served in my stories today for those who care to join in a few moments of remembrance. 💙🇺🇸 . . . #positivelyimperfect #memorialday #memorialdayweekend #memorialdayremembrance #prayforsouls #lestweforget #catholic #bissisterhood

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And if you see something that inspires you this week, share it with us! DM us on any of our social media accounts (@GrottoNetwork) or let us know using #GrottoFavorites.

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