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How an Elderly Nun Brought Hope, Purpose and Joy to a Young Man at a Crossroads in Life

At the age of 31, John Schlimm was at a crossroads. He had spent his 20s working in public relations for the White House, and then, for country music stars in Nashville. From a worldly perspective, he had it made. Yet, he felt restless and empty, as if there was something deeper that needed to be fulfilled in his life.That quest for meaning led him to leave his job and return to his hometown of St. Marys, Pennsylvania. It was the place where his family's brewery (Straub Brewery) is … [Read More...]

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Christmas in June: Win DVD of “Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas”

Hallmark Movies and Mysteries and Martha Williamson were kind enough to donate DVD copies of their Christopher Award-winning movie "Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas" for our gift bags at the awards ceremony last month. We have a few DVDs left so I wanted to give our blog readers and fans of the show the opportunity to win a copy. (To read my brief review of the movie, click here.)Just leave some kind of comment below saying why you'd like to win. It can be as short as "Loved the … [Read More...]

How the Murders in Charleston Reflect Two Ways of Looking at the World

(Photo of Rev. Clementa Pinckney from website of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.)The nine murders that took place at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charles, SC, on Wednesday shocked the country and the world. The fact that they occurred in a house of worship during an … [Read More...]

Faith, Redemption, and Survival Highlighted in Trailer for Upcoming Movie “Captive”

When I interviewed writer/producer Brian Bird a few months ago about his Hallmark Channel series "When Calls the Heart," we also discussed his upcoming feature film "Captive." Starring Kate Mara and David Oyelowo, it tells the true story of Ashley Smith, a young mother who was taken hostage by … [Read More...]

Helping People Live and Die with Dignity: A Look at the Film “The American Nurse”

Inside the Villa Loretto Nursing Home in Mt. Calvary, Wisconsin, Sister Stephen Bloesl gathers the staff in the room of a dying woman whose daughter sits by her side. Everyone, from nurses and administrators to those who mow the lawn and deliver food, circle around her bed and begin singing the hymn … [Read More...]

How an Angry Letter to a Priest Led to a Life-Changing Friendship and Job

Can an angry letter to a priest result in a friendship that also has a positive impact on the world at large?Yes, it can, and it’s part of our history here at The Christophers that I just learned about.This year marks the 70th anniversary of our founding by Maryknoll priest Father James K … [Read More...]

A Military Family Fights to End Stigma Around Mental Illness & PTSD After Their Son’s Suicide

(Photo of retired Major Gen. Mark Graham property of U.S. Army. Other photos property of the Graham family.)"I knew our son was sad, but I didn’t know he could die from being too sad," recalled retired Major General Mark Graham about his son Kevin's suicide on June 21, 2003.Kevin was an ROTC … [Read More...]

Real Hope Isn’t Happy Talk; It’s a Force Born Out of Suffering

(Picture courtesy Paul Schneck. l to r: The Christophers COO/VP Mary Ellen Robinson, POV Communications Manager Brian Geldin, Directors/Producers Jason DaSilva and Alice Cook, The Christophers' Tony Rossi)The word "hope" gets tossed around a lot, and some people may see it as a saccharine … [Read More...]

“Signed, Sealed, Delivered: From Paris with Love” Brings Romance, Comedy & Wisdom

(Moderate spoilers ahead)On an old episode of "Cheers" in which Sam and Diane consult a relationship counselor before getting married, he tells them to call off the wedding because they're too different. They respond with the old truism that opposites attract. The counselor, played by John … [Read More...]

Staying Positive Around Negative People

The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Staying Positive Around Negative People” (which was written by a freelancer). If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post:No matter how hard we try to maintain a positive perspective on life, there's no getting around negat … [Read More...]

Three Viewing Suggestions in Case Pope Francis Wants to Start Watching TV Again

The fact that Pope Francis hasn't watched TV since 1990 made the news yesterday. According to Catholic News Agency, he said it stems from “a promise I made to the Virgin of Carmel on the night of July 15, 1990.” It sounds like there's a backstory there that, for now, remains untold. Since he's a s … [Read More...]

VIDEO: The 2015 Christopher Awards ceremony now on Youtube

For anyone interested in watching segments of the 2015 Christopher Awards ceremony, we now have them posted on Youtube.Click on the category you want to see below and enjoy.Books for Adults category:Books for Young People category:James Keller Award - Patrick Donohue, … [Read More...]


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