The Beauty of Blessings & the Pain of the World: Mark Shriver Explores the Life of Pope Francis

Most people in the United States didn’t know anything about Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio until 2013, when he was elected to lead the Catholic church and became known as Pope Francis. The world slowly came to respect this humble and charismatic man who asked people to pray for him, paid his own hotel bill, and [Read More…]

Humor for the Soul

(The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Humor for the Soul.” If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post.) “Angels can fly because they can take themselves lightly.” — G.K. Chesterton In his stand-up comedy routine before hundreds of thousands of people awaiting Pope Francis’s visit [Read More…]

Bill Murray, David Letterman, and the Irish Christening Gown

Bill Murray was in the news last week because his beloved Chicago Cubs finally won the World Series after 108 years. But he also earned some other recognition recently when he was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, in a ceremony that aired on PBS. While there were plenty of funny stories told [Read More…]

Pint-Sized Prophets Who Teach Us We Are All Born to Be Healers

Dr. Chuck Dietzen grew up wanting to be St. Francis of Assisi. In a way, you could say that he achieved his goal because “where there is despair,” he brings “hope” – and “where there is darkness,” he brings “light.” At the same time, he shuns any self-praise because he believes this is something that [Read More…]