John Schlimm on “Five Years in Heaven,” Doing God’s Work, & the Smile That Changed the World

I interviewed John Schlimm one year ago about his memoir “Five Years in Heaven.” It was inspired by his friendship with an 87-year-old nun named Sister Augustine and the ways in which she changed his life. Since that time, The Christophers have honored the book with a Christopher Award; “Five Years in Heaven” has just [Read More…]

Joe Garagiola Credited the Holy Family with Protecting His Family

One of the people I had the opportunity to meet during my days producing the TV version of our “Christopher Closeup” show (circa 2006) was baseball broadcasting legend Joe Garagiola, who passed away today at age 90. What I observed was that Garagiola was a down-to-earth, gregarious, friendly man who was happy to chat with [Read More…]

Save Your Parents from the Perils of Modern Healthcare – and Develop Empathy Along the Way

“All human life deserves respect, yet I think most of us in this country and our world have forgotten or overlooked a large and often voiceless section of our community: frail, older persons.” Marcy Cottrell Houle learned that lesson first-hand after walking through Alzheimer’s with her father, George – and various other maladies with her [Read More…]

Helping the Lost & Lonely Find Their Way: A Review of “Creed”

The 1976 film “Rocky” won both a Christopher Award and a Best Picture Academy Award because it movingly presented the story of an underdog boxer who, through grit and determination, strives to be a champion. The new movie “Creed” is a follow-up to the original that once again offers Oscar-worthy performances and a dynamic story [Read More…]