Putting Love Where There Is No Love: Sister Rosemary Dowd’s Jail Ministry

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St. John of the Cross once said, “Put love where there is no love, and you will find love.” During my Christopher Closeup interview with Sister Rosemary Dowd, RSCJ, she cited that statement several times when explaining the motivation behind her 40 years of work with prisoners. Currently the chaplain of Cook County Jail in [Read More...]

A Mother’s Love Trumps Judgmental Glances

With the popularity of the Academy Award-winning film “The Artist,” silent movies appear to be back in style this year. Watching this video about a mother who chose life for her disabled child reminded me of a silent movie not just because this mother uses title cards to tell her story, but also because of [Read More...]

God and The Avengers

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Like much of America and the world, I shelled out $10 to see “The Avengers” this weekend and I wasn’t disappointed. Writer/Director Joss Whedon managed to take what could have been an unwieldy superhero story with a lot of characters – and turn it into an entertaining, funny, action-packed film with well-integrated themes about courage [Read More...]

What Down Syndrome Taught One Mother About Brokenness, Beauty and Perfection

Christopher Closeup podcast – Guest: Amy Julia Becker After her daughter, Penny, was unexpectedly born with Down syndrome, Amy Julia Becker experienced an emotional and spiritual crisis. As someone who was deeply devoted to her Christian faith and who even attended Princeton Theological Seminary, she naively thought things like this weren’t supposed to happen to [Read More...]


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