R.I.P. Officer Steven McDonald: ‘God Has Asked Me to Be a Witness to Do His Will in This World’

(Photo: Police Officer Steven McDonald with the Christopher Award-winning founder of Mychal’s Message, Shannon Hickey) New York City Police Officer Steven McDonald was shot and paralyzed in 1986 by teenager Shavon Jones. From then on, McDonald required a respirator to breathe. However, he didn’t live life feeling sorry for himself. Instead, he became a force [Read More…]

The Catholic Church (and the Jesuits) Owe “MASH’s” William Christopher a Debt of Gratitude

As 2016 ended, the world was shocked and saddened by the passing of many famous actors, including “Brady Bunch” star Florence Henderson, “Star Wars” icon Carrie Fisher, and soon thereafter, her mother “Singin’ in the Rain” star Debbie Reynolds. But another actor also died at the very end of the year – December 31st, to [Read More…]

If You’re Still Searching for a New Year’s Resolution, This is Perfect for You

The words of the prayer attributed to St. Francis of Assisi are perfect for those still searching for a New Year’s resolution – or those looking for a way to change themselves for the better at any time of year. Trying to live out even one of these concepts, instead of just lamenting what’s wrong [Read More…]

Being an ‘Angel on Earth’ Can Lead to a Happier, More Purposeful Life

Laura Schroff could have easily ignored the 11-year-old boy begging for spare change on the streets of New York City, but there was something compelling about his words, “I am hungry.” A God-given instinct prompted her to offer to buy him lunch. It was an instinct she could have ignored – and that she might [Read More…]