Jimmy Kimmel Deserves an Emmy For His Job Hosting the Oscars

Thanks to Jimmy Kimmel, last night's Oscars was the most entertaining, least boring ceremony I've seen in recent memory. Yes, his comedy bits made the show run long (as it usually does anyway), but they also injected energy and humor into the parts of the evening that often feel sleep-inducing for viewers at home.First, there was Kimmel's opening monologue, which, of course, got political. But it was more in the pointed-but-lighthearted Johnny Carson vein than the angry, bitter political … [Read More...]

Bringing the Future to Hope Valley: A Look at “When Calls the Heart’s” Season Four Premiere

Progress is generally thought of as a good and necessary thing for a society to grow and prosper. But it can also present some challenges when change happens quickly and makes it a possibility that some of the best parts of the past might be lost in the process. There's a tension between "progressing" and "conserving."That's a tension the citizens of Hope Valley will experience as season 4 of the Christopher Award-winning series "When Calls the Heart" premieres on the Hallmark Channel on … [Read More...]

Discerning God’s Will & Adopting Potatoes in “Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Higher Ground”

It's been a five month wait since the last original "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" movie ("Lost Without You") aired on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, so it's appropriate that "waiting" is a theme in the newest installment, "Higher Ground," which premieres Sunday Feb. 19 at 9/8C.It's not just about … [Read More...]

Mary Tyler Moore Provided Catholic Laughs in Two Classic TV Episodes

Actress Mary Tyler Moore, who could "turn the world on with her smile" (as her TV series' theme song stated), died today at age 80. There are plenty of wonderful obituaries about her life out there, so I'd like to focus on something a little different: the times her work made us laugh from a … [Read More...]

‘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 … [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 … [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...]