Singer JJ Heller on Christmas, Panic Attacks, and God’s Power to Turn Brokenness Into Beauty

Every year when the Christmas season comes around, singer-songwriter JJ Heller is transported back to her childhood when she and her family would decorate the tree, drive around the neighborhood looking at Christmas lights, and open gifts on Christmas morning. And all those memories include music. As an adult who is a popular indie artist, [Read More…]

‘How Can I Be a Catholic Reporter When I Hate God?’ Asks New Young Adult Novel

“How can I be a Catholic reporter when I hate God?” In Juliann DosSantos’s impressive debut young adult novel “Jesus on the Scene,” that’s a pivotal question asked by the main character, Amy Roberts, as she pursues a job she needs even though she isn’t really as Catholic as she makes herself out to be [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…]

Jesus: The Light of the World

(The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Jesus: The Light of the World.” If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post.) “For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light.” — Psalm 36:9 We all likely pray that we get through [Read More…]