How 12 Anonymous Christmas Gifts Brought Healing to a Grieving Family

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The poinsettia and note on her front porch were the beginning of a Christmas mystery that Joanne Huist Smith wouldn’t solve for years to come. They were also the catalyst for the healing process that she and her three kids needed during the most devastating time in their lives. Christmas brings with it the expectation [Read More...]

Michael W. Smith on Christmas, His Dad’s Dementia, and His Concert of Peace in Bahrain

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“All is well, all is well / Angels and men rejoice / For tonight darkness fell / Into the dawn of love’s light.” Those are the opening lyrics of three-time Grammy Award winner Michael W. Smith’s song “All is Well,” which is featured on his new album “The Spirit of Christmas.” The project consists of [Read More...]

Heroes Will Help You Find Good In Yourself

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(Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on Heroes of 2014. Read other perspectives here.) “Your heroes will help you find good in yourself.” That’s a line from country music star Randy Travis’s 1990 hit “Heroes and Friends,” and it perfectly encapsulates what our culture should look for when we dub [Read More...]

The Nun Who Gives Second Chances

The following column was written by The Christophers’ Jerry Costello: You might say that Sister Teresa Fitzgerald’s life has been one of two callings. The first one came some years ago when, out of a quiet upbringing in Hewlett, N.Y., on Long Island, she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood. There she seemed [Read More...]


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