How Two Sentences from Mark’s Gospel Spread Education, Hope and Purpose Around the World

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When Jim Ziolkowski got word that several inmates at the maximum security prison Sing Sing wanted to meet with him, he wasn’t sure what to expect. It seems they had all read his Christopher Award-winning book “Walk In Their Shoes: Can One Person Change the World?” about his creation of the nonprofit buildOn, and wanted [Read More...]

Kittens, “Cosmos,” Culture Wars, and the Coexistence of Science & Faith

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When the new version of the TV series “Cosmos” premiered a few months ago, it raised quite a kerfuffle on this blog and numerous others because of the shallow view the debut episode took of religion. Specifically, it suggested that religion was an enemy of science. In a new essay in “America” magazine, the Christopher [Read More...]

No Act of Service Was Beneath Him: Father Emil Kapaun’s Biographer on the Chaplain’s Legacy

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“Every day was the day you were going to die. It was pretty much a place of hell and despair with no hope.” That’s how the former Allied soldiers, interviewed by Wichita Eagle reporters Roy Wenzl and Travis Heying for their Christopher Award-winning book “The Miracle of Father Kapaun,” described their lives in prisoner of [Read More...]

Heaven, Iowa, and the Love of Fathers in “Field of Dreams”

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I didn’t realize that the movie “Field of Dreams” was now 25 years old until I read Kerry Weber’s exceptional essay about it on America magazine’s website. Her thoughtful and personal reflections examine the film’s inherent transcendence and spirituality in light of the love that her parents have always showed – and continue to show [Read More...]


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