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...]

Persevering Through Pain and Struggle

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The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Persevering Through Pain and Struggle” (which was written by a freelancer). If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post: Every once in a while we come face to face with someone who seems to defy the odds, who has [Read More...]

Exploring the Choice for Life & Single Motherhood on NBC’s “Parenthood”

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The NBC TV series “Parenthood” is one of those shows that looks good, but I simply haven’t found time to watch. However, writer Kate O’Hare has a piece up today at CatholicVote about how one character’s unplanned pregnancy played out in a choice for life. Here’s an excerpt: It’s one thing when the Church urges [Read More...]

Teaching Kids About Their Bodies, Their Souls, and the Concept of Forgiveness

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“If you save her life, I promise to dedicate my life to You.” At age 19, Nicole Lataif made that promise to God while riding in the elevator at Boston Children’s Hospital where her 12-year-old sister was a few hours away from succumbing to cancer. Then, an instant later, Nicole changed her mind. Speaking out [Read More...]


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