A Vision of Heaven in Central Harlem: iHope Finds Beauty Amid Brokenness

You might expect a school for children who’ve suffered traumatic brain injuries (TBI) to be a sad or somber place, but I found a different reality when I visited the International Academy of Hope (a.k.a iHope) last week. In fact, this converted nightclub above a Conway’s department store on the corner of 116th Street and [Read More…]

Fairy Tales, Deeper Truths, & Illustrating God’s Love for Children (and the Young at Heart)

(All photos and artwork property of Katy Betz Studio.) Like a lot of kids, Katy Betz grew up admiring the illustrations she saw in popular books like “Where the Wild Things Are” and “The Berenstain Bears,” but it wasn’t until a trip to Europe as an 18-year-old college student that she realized she wanted to [Read More…]

How an Elderly Nun Brought Hope, Purpose and Joy to a Young Man at a Crossroads in Life

At the age of 31, John Schlimm was at a crossroads. He had spent his 20s working in public relations for the White House, and then, for country music stars in Nashville. From a worldly perspective, he had it made. Yet, he felt restless and empty, as if there was something deeper that needed to [Read More…]

Helping People Live and Die with Dignity: A Look at the Film “The American Nurse”

Inside the Villa Loretto Nursing Home in Mt. Calvary, Wisconsin, Sister Stephen Bloesl gathers the staff in the room of a dying woman whose daughter sits by her side. Everyone, from nurses and administrators to those who mow the lawn and deliver food, circle around her bed and begin singing the hymn “How Great Thou [Read More…]


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