Mary, the Mother of Jesus, was the Original Christopher (Christ-bearer)

It appears that my friend Abby Fuhrmann has something in common with the late screen legend Maureen O’Hara: they both found (and find) spiritual consolation in saying the “Hail Mary” before going to bed. On this day, Catholics celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary into heaven. Abby reflects on the reasons for this [Read More…]

Though She May Feel Defeated, Olympian Missy Franklin Can Find Strength in Words from Isaiah

UPDATED Aug. 22, 2016: Following one of the toughest weeks of her life, Missy Franklin wasn’t sure what kind of homecoming to expect because she felt she’d let down her family, friends, and neighbors. Well, as the video on Missy’s Instgram page shows, they still love her just as much as they did before. And [Read More…]

Jeannie Gaffigan: Comedy Helps Lift People Out of Despair

Over at Verily magazine, Mary Rose Somarriba shares an insightful interview with Christopher Award winner Jeannie Gaffigan, who discusses her marriage to husband Jim, being a mom to five kids, comedy’s power to lift people out of despair, integrating real life into “The Jim Gaffigan Show,” her approach to being a successful and empowered woman, [Read More…]

Olympic Competitors Katie Ledecky & Sarah Sjostrom Are Models of Class and Grace

Trash talking sometimes happens in sports. One competitor says something derogatory about the other, who then may respond in kind. It’s the kind of thing that creates drama and attracts media coverage, but it sets a poor example for young people in terms of sportsmanship. At yesterday’s Rio Olympics, however, the world got a lesson [Read More…]


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