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Beautiful Threads of Grace Are Woven Through Life, Even in Times of Suffering

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“Jesus, help me, please,” prayed a then-teenage Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle in a state of terror as her fiancé Matthew (not his real name) forced a gun into her hand and tried to get her to kill him. Matthew was an ex-Marine and Vietnam veteran who had been a leader in O’Boyle’s Catholic parish and she [Read More...]

On Hoarding, Cruelty, Faith & Finding Love in the Messiness of Life

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As an Emmy Award-winning producer for CNN and “Good Morning America,” Mary Pflum Peterson has covered her share of interesting, drama-filled stories. But the most dramatic, perhaps, is the story about her own family that she shares in her new book “White Dresses: A Memoir of Love and Secrets, Mothers and Daughters.” One of those [Read More...]

Maureen O’Hara Said Secret to Her Longevity was Saying a ‘Hail Mary’ Every Night

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After seeing “Miracle on 34th Street” and “The Quiet Man” umpteen times in my life, it was an honor meeting Maureen O’Hara twice in the last 20 years. This picture is from a charity event for a Catholic hospital in the late 1990s – and she also appeared as a guest on “Christopher Closeup” during [Read More...]

‘A House Divided Against Itself Makes the Devil Smile His Great Grinchy Grin’

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Singer-songwriter and frequent “Christopher Closeup” guest Sarah Hart got a bit perturbed at the incessant negativity she’s been reading online lately – and she teed off on the negativity on her Facebook page in a post titled: All That’s Wrong With “All That’s Wrong With” Blogs. Her comments get to the heart of our complaining [Read More...]


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