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“In People with Intellectual Disabilities, I Found a School of the Heart”

Throughout history, people with intellectual disabilities like Down Syndrome have often been shunned by society and even violently abused. But Special Olympics' Chairman Tim Shriver has found that the young people he’s worked with have been his greatest teachers because of their kindness, wisdom, determination, and inherent dignity. His interest in intellectual disabilities stems partly from the fact that his mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founded Special Olympics because of her sister R … [Read More...]

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If You’re Complaining that the Blizzard Wasn’t as Bad as Predicted…

Let's say you were in a car accident. Your vehicle sustained some minor damage, but you escaped unscathed. Would you complain, "Darn it, that wasn't as bad as I expected!" - or would you say, "Thank God, it wasn't that bad."Most of us would naturally say the latter - and that's the approach we should take with the much-hyped "Blizzard of 2015" if we live in an area that wasn't hit as hard as predicted.If you're in New York City or the five boroughs, you endured over a day's of worth of … [Read More...]

The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant as Told by Kids and Acted Out by Adults

First Baptist Church of Marble Falls, Texas, started a video series in which they record five kids retelling Bible stories as they remember them. Then they have adults act out the kids' version.Here is the first in the series featuring the parable of the unmerciful servant from Matthew … [Read More...]

When Terrorism is “A Far Away Reality”

Over at her Pursued by Truth blog, Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble, FSP, wondered why the recent massacre of thousands in Nigeria didn't get much attention in the media initially. Compared to the Paris terrorist attacks, the coverage is still minimal.Her post reminded me of a song I heard a few … [Read More...]

Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban Duet on “Beverly Hillbillies” Theme

Last night's "American Idol" included an accordion player, a banjo player, yodeling, and Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban dueting on the "Beverly Hillbillies" theme song. In other words, I was in entertainment heaven. The duet made me smile so I'm posting it here just for fun.And here's … [Read More...]

Lisa Hendey on Discerning God’s Will, Comparing Yourself to Others, and the Grace of Yes

Lisa Hendey admits that she's been a "control freak and Type A personality" in her past - and still occasionally is today. But when the blogger, author, speaker, and CatholicMom.com founder looked back on her life, she realized that some of her greatest accomplishments came not when everything went … [Read More...]

Since It’s Cold and Flu Season, Here’s Some Health Advice from Sheldon

(Photo property of CBS, Warner Brothers Television, and Chuck Lorre Productions)A few years ago I was watching "The Big Bang Theory" and the clip below was a part of the story.  It features the show's smart-but-prickly character Sheldon comedically explaining why those air-blowing hand dryers in … [Read More...]

Being a Saint Doesn’t Mean You Were Never a Sinner: A Review of “St. Vincent”

Vincent McKenna (Bill Murray) lives like a slob.  He smokes, drinks, gambles, and curses too much.  He's rude to his neighbors and people in general. And he cavorts with a prostitute.  Despite all these negative qualities, he is the title character in the film "St. Vincent," written and directed by T … [Read More...]

If You Struggle with Being Patient, This Post’s For You

The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Practicing Patience” (which was written by a freelancer). If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post:"It is better to be patient than powerful. It is better to win control over yourself than over whole cities." — Proverbs 16: … [Read More...]

If You’re Looking for a Christmas Movie That Doesn’t Neglect Jesus, This One’s For You

(Photo via Hallmark Movies and Mysteries)This year, I was very behind on my regular TV watching, leaving my DVR bursting at the seams. But yesterday, I finally saw the film "Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas," which originally aired on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries (as opposed to the … [Read More...]

Balancing the Sacred with the Secular at Christmas: Jonathan Jackson + Enation Reflect

When I interviewed Jonathan Jackson, Richard Lee Jackson, and Daniel Sweatt of Enation a few weeks ago about their album "Radio Cinematic" (photo above), I also referenced the fact that Jonathan performs the classic song "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" on the new Christmas album from the cast of … [Read More...]

How 12 Anonymous Christmas Gifts Brought Healing to a Grieving Family

The poinsettia and note on her front porch were the beginning of a Christmas mystery that Joanne Huist Smith wouldn't solve for years to come. They were also the catalyst for the healing process that she and her three kids needed during the most devastating time in their lives.Christmas brings … [Read More...]


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