‘We’re All Sick Pilgrims Drifting Toward God, Whether We Realize It or Not’

What do a monk, a high school student, and a tattooed Krav Maga instructor have in common?They're all sick pilgrims.What exactly is a "sick pilgrim?" The answer lies with Christopher Award-winning author Jessica Mesman Griffith and paranormal fiction writer Jonathan Ryan.Griffith and Ryan are the founders of a Patheos blog called "Sick Pilgrim," and they want it to be a home for Catholics (and non-Catholics) who don't fit into an obvious Church niche.During a "Christopher … [Read More...]

Phillip Phillips Sings His Hit “Home” at Steven McDonald’s Wake in Tribute to NYPD Hero

Via Patheos blogger Father Michael Duffy's Facebook page, I learned today that "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips attended Police Officer Steven McDonald's wake to sing his hit song "Home," because it was one of McDonald's favorites. As his son Conor states in the video below, posted on Youtube by Christine Gravano, he would play the song for his dad every hour he was in the hospital.Steven McDonald has gone home to God now, so this seems a fitting tribute to him.(Photo screen … [Read More...]

R.I.P. Officer Steven McDonald: ‘God Has Asked Me to Be a Witness to Do His Will in This World’

(Photo: Police Officer Steven McDonald with the Christopher Award-winning founder of Mychal's Message, Shannon Hickey)New York City Police Officer Steven McDonald was shot and paralyzed in 1986 by teenager Shavon Jones. From then on, McDonald required a respirator to breathe. However, he didn't … [Read More...]

The Catholic Church (and the Jesuits) Owe “MASH’s” William Christopher a Debt of Gratitude

As 2016 ended, the world was shocked and saddened by the passing of many famous actors, including "Brady Bunch" star Florence Henderson, "Star Wars" icon Carrie Fisher, and soon thereafter, her mother "Singin' in the Rain" star Debbie Reynolds. But another actor also died at the very end of the year … [Read More...]

Catholic Press Veteran Jerry Costello Pens His Final Column for The Christophers

One of The Christophers' media ministries is the syndicated "Light One Candle" column, which runs weekly in many Catholic newspapers (and even some secular ones) around the country. For many years now, I would write two columns a month, and Jerry Costello, who is a member of The Christophers' Board … [Read More...]

If You’re Still Searching for a New Year’s Resolution, This is Perfect for You

The words of the prayer attributed to St. Francis of Assisi are perfect for those still searching for a New Year's resolution - or those looking for a way to change themselves for the better at any time of year.Trying to live out even one of these concepts, instead of just lamenting what's … [Read More...]

Singer JJ Heller on Christmas, Panic Attacks, and God’s Power to Turn Brokenness Into Beauty

Every year when the Christmas season comes around, singer-songwriter JJ Heller is transported back to her childhood when she and her family would decorate the tree, drive around the neighborhood looking at Christmas lights, and open gifts on Christmas morning. And all those memories include music. … [Read More...]

‘How Can I Be a Catholic Reporter When I Hate God?’ Asks New Young Adult Novel

"How can I be a Catholic reporter when I hate God?"In Juliann DosSantos’s impressive debut young adult novel “Jesus on the Scene,” that’s a pivotal question asked by the main character, Amy Roberts, as she pursues a job she needs even though she isn't really as Catholic as she makes herself out t … [Read More...]

Andre Rieu Highlights Waltzing in Wheelcairs

While eating lunch on Saturday, I stumbled upon Andre Rieu's latest PBS special, entitled "Waltzing Forever" (though internationally, it's known as "Falling in Love in Maastricht"). Rieu has a gift for inspiring his audiences to dance in the aisles, but he also included professional ballroom dancers … [Read More...]

Being an ‘Angel on Earth’ Can Lead to a Happier, More Purposeful Life

Laura Schroff could have easily ignored the 11-year-old boy begging for spare change on the streets of New York City, but there was something compelling about his words, "I am hungry."A God-given instinct prompted her to offer to buy him lunch. It was an instinct she could have ignored - and … [Read More...]

Jesus: The Light of the World

(The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Jesus: The Light of the World.” If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post.)“For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light.” — Psalm 36:9We all likely pray that we get through life without times of da … [Read More...]

Jennifer Nettles on Being “a Child of God” and Listening to His “Still Small Voice”

"It's important to be able to enjoy and be entertained by stories of faith, stories of miracles, stories of people rallying and coming together."So says country music superstar Jennifer Nettles about her role in the NBC TV movie "Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love," (Nov. … [Read More...]