In Every Ending, There’s a New Beginning: A Story Inspired by 9/11

(The following post was originally written in 2008. An update appears at the end of the story.) Within a few weeks of her birth in 1990, Shannon Hickey was diagnosed with a life-threatening liver disease. Doctors predicted she wouldn’t live past the age of two. Shannon’s mother Kelly found support in family friend Father Mychal [Read More…]

A Little Girl’s Brain Injury Set Her Dad on a Quest for Treatment and Healing

When Sarah Jane Donohue came into the world on June 5, 2005, she was a happy, healthy newborn. Five days later, she had two broken collarbones, four broken ribs, and a traumatic brain injury that destroyed 60 percent of the rear cortex of her brain. Why? Because she was shaken violently by the baby nurse [Read More…]

Blessed are the Merciful: Living Mercy Today

The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Blessed are the Merciful.” If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post: Mercy isn’t the most concrete concept in our spiritual toolbox. It’s much easier to recognize mercy when we see it in action than it is to define [Read More…]

Choosing Veterans Over Hollywood

The following post was written by The Christophers’ Jerry Costello: I remember once, years ago, writing a Christopher column about a nun who made a project of sorts out of Gregory Peck, the actor. She had been on an NBC tour when he was a page and was taken with his voice, and now, a [Read More…]


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