Gymnast Laurie Hernandez Wants God’s Light to Shine Through Her

One of the joys of the Rio Olympics has been seeing the joy on the face of gymnast Laurie Hernandez, who has been dubbed "the human emoji" because of her bright smile and easy display of emotion.That joy wasn't just there when she, Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Madison Kocian, and Gabby Douglas won gold in the team finals, but also whenever her teammates did well in individual events. Laurie looked just as excited for their success as she would be for her own.Thankfully, she got a taste of … [Read More...]

Mary, the Mother of Jesus, was the Original Christopher (Christ-bearer)

It appears that my friend Abby Fuhrmann has something in common with the late screen legend Maureen O'Hara: they both found (and find) spiritual consolation in saying the "Hail Mary" before going to bed.On this day, Catholics celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary into heaven. Abby reflects on the reasons for this in a blog post at "United in Love."Here is a brief excerpt:This Holy Day of Obligation* commemorates that the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course … [Read More...]

Though She May Feel Defeated, Olympian Missy Franklin Can Find Strength in Words from Isaiah

UPDATED Aug. 22, 2016: Following one of the toughest weeks of her life, Missy Franklin wasn't sure what kind of homecoming to expect because she felt she'd let down her family, friends, and neighbors. Well, as the video on Missy's Instgram page shows, they still love her just as much as they did … [Read More...]

Jeannie Gaffigan: Comedy Helps Lift People Out of Despair

Over at Verily magazine, Mary Rose Somarriba shares an insightful interview with Christopher Award winner Jeannie Gaffigan, who discusses her marriage to husband Jim, being a mom to five kids, comedy's power to lift people out of despair, integrating real life into "The Jim Gaffigan Show," her … [Read More...]

Olympic Competitors Katie Ledecky & Sarah Sjostrom Are Models of Class and Grace

Trash talking sometimes happens in sports. One competitor says something derogatory about the other, who then may respond in kind. It's the kind of thing that creates drama and attracts media coverage, but it sets a poor example for young people in terms of sportsmanship.At yesterday's Rio … [Read More...]

These Olympians Remain Grounded in Their Catholic Faith

As a sucker for a good story, I always look forward to the Olympics because they're full of them. I love watching the joy in athletes' faces as their tireless efforts pay off in a medal of some sort. Of course, gold is the objective, but there's no shame in silver or bronze either. The 2016 Summer … [Read More...]

Enjoy the Wonders of God’s Good Earth

(The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Enjoy the Wonders of God's Good Earth,” which was written by a freelancer. If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post.)“The entire material universe speaks of God’s love, His boundless affection for us. Soil, water, mountain … [Read More...]

Sounds of Harmony and Visions of Light Amidst Chicago’s Violence

The murder rate in Chicago has risen 72 percent in 2016. According to USA Today, "Police said the disturbing rise in violence is driven by gangs and mostly contained to a handful of pockets on the city's South and West sides."Still, there are glimmers of hope, of young people who resist the … [Read More...]

When Ron Burgundy interviewed Jim Caviezel and Treated Him Like Jesus

In light of all the bad news lately, I'm posting something lighter. It's a 12-year-old clip of Will Ferrell, playing his dunderhead "Anchorman" character Ron Burgundy, interviewing actor Jim Caviezel, who he believes is really Jesus.It's an amusing three-and-a-half minutes that was done for the … [Read More...]

The Day the Nuns Met Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds

(Photo property IMP Features/Ferry de Kok)While shooting a movie called "The Hitman's Bodyguard" in Amsterdam, Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds appear to have been mobbed by a group of fangirl nuns. The Daily Mail reports:Whether scripted or by chance, a van bearing the [Sacred] Heart … [Read More...]

Live Together or Die Alone: Reflecting on an Angry America

(Photo property of Ting Shen/The Dallas Morning News)"Last week most of us were strangers. But we're all here now. And God knows how long we're going to be here. But if we can't live together, we're going to die alone."That's a famous speech from an episode of "Lost," in which Jack Shephard … [Read More...]

Behind All Joy Lies the Cross: A Review of the Film “The Innocents”

While the Soviets helped defeat the Nazis to secure a World War II victory for the Allies, they wound up bringing their own brand of vengeance and tyranny to the lands they took over in the ensuing years.That is the starting point for a new inspired-by-a-true-story Polish/French film called "The … [Read More...]


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