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…]

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…]

The Beauty of Blessings & the Pain of the World: Mark Shriver Explores the Life of Pope Francis

Most people in the United States didn’t know anything about Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio until 2013, when he was elected to lead the Catholic church and became known as Pope Francis. The world slowly came to respect this humble and charismatic man who asked people to pray for him, paid his own hotel bill, and [Read More…]

A Nine-Year-Old Girl, a 40-Pound Cabbage, and the End of Hunger in America

What do a nine year old girl, a 40-pound cabbage, and 100 vegetable gardens have to do with ending hunger in America? Well, Katie Stagliano’s story will connect the dots. When she was a third grader in Summerville, South Carolina’s Pinewood Preparatory School in 2008, Katie’s teacher gave her a cabbage seedling to plant in [Read More…]