Mary, the Mother of Jesus, was the Original Christopher (Christ-bearer)

It appears that my friend Abby Fuhrmann has something in common with the late screen legend Maureen O’Hara: they both found (and find) spiritual consolation in saying the “Hail Mary” before going to bed. On this day, Catholics celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary into heaven. Abby reflects on the reasons for this [Read More…]

Pictures Galore from the 2016 Christopher Awards, Where Stories of Heart and Courage Dominated

After months of preparation, the 67th annual Christopher Awards took place in New York City last night to honor storytellers who highlight the better angels of our nature. Based on what guests told me afterwards, a wonderful time was had by all and the food was excellent as well. (Some day, I’m actually going to [Read More…]

For Monday Mirthiness, Watch Phil Rosenthal in “Jewish Die Hard”

If the Bruce Willis movie “Die Hard” is too violent for your tastes, you might better enjoy this spoof of the movie called “Jewish Die Hard with Phil Rosenthal.” As he’s crawling through air ducts, Rosenthal declares, “Oy, am I schvitzing.” And he even brings a religious dimension to the humor by invoking the story [Read More…]

A Disabled Child Finds Joy & Encouragement Around Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

(All photos property of The International Academy of Hope) I’ve written about The International Academy of Hope (iHope) before on this blog. It’s the first school in New York City that provides children with traumatic brain injuries with an education along with therapies that teach them to walk and talk. Today, the good folks at [Read More…]