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“An Invisible Thread Christmas Story” Highlights Act of Kindness That Changed Two Lives

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“Excuse me, lady. Do you have any spare change? I’m hungry.” Those were the first words that 11-year-old Maurice Mazyck spoke to Laura Schroff as she passed him on a New York City street back in 1986. Schroff, a successful advertising executive, initially said, “No,” but then she reconsidered because the words “I’m hungry” stuck [Read More...]

The Best Christmas Gift You’ll Ever Receive

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“If I knew things would no longer be, I would have tried to remember better.” That’s a line from the 1990 movie “Avalon,” which comes to mind every Christmas season because it’s a time of year that prompts me to reflect on the past and the best gift I ever received. It was December 24, [Read More...]

What Would the World Be Like Without Prayer?

In light of all the talk about the power of prayer going on today, I was reminded of my 2012 interview with “Nashville” and “General Hospital” actor Jonathan Jackson, during which I asked him why he thanked the monks of Mount Athos during his Daytime Emmy Award acceptance speech. He explained that he’d never been [Read More...]

Finding Serenity in Silence

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The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Finding Serenity in Silence” (which was written by a freelancer). If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post: Silence is a rare commodity these days, and serenity sometimes seems like a long lost dream. In our fast-moving, wired-for-speed society, [Read More...]


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