UPDATE WITH VIDEO: Once They Get Into the Shelter, There’s the Concept of Grace

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Just ahead of this year’s Christopher Awards ceremony, where the film “Gimme Shelter” (now on DVD) will be one of our honorees, Catholic News Service profiled one of the movie’s inspirations: Kathy DiFiore, the founder of Several Sources Shelters, who I’ve interviewed a few times myself. Kathy, age 67, has been in the business of [Read More...]

Blind Army Captain and Christopher Award Winner Offers Encouragement to Boy Losing His Vision

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In 2011, we recognized Captain Scott Smiley (seen here with his wife Tiffany) with a Christopher Leadership Award. Why? On April 6, 2005, while Captain Smiley was on patrol with his platoon in Iraq, a suicide bomber exploded a car bomb that sent shrapnel and debris into Smiley’’s eyes and brain, permanently destroying his vision. [Read More...]

Faith, Chivalry & Timely Messages: A Look at Hallmark Channel’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”

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“Being a gentleman doesn’t make you a wuss.” That’s one of the truths that former “Touched By an Angel” writer and executive producer Martha Williamson hopes to pass on to viewers in her new and refreshingly retro Hallmark Channel series, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” which airs Sunday nights at 8:00pm. The show’s got a unique concept, [Read More...]

Role Models, Celebrities Behaving Admirably, & Patheos’s Fifth Anniversary

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Now that “Star Wars Day” is over (May the 4th be with you), it’s time to celebrate another special occasion: namely, Patheos.com’s 5th anniversary! It was a mere three-and-a-half years ago that I started hounding Elizabeth Scalia (a.k.a. The Anchoress) every couple of weeks to see if she wanted to post articles based on my [Read More...]


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