A Deacon’s Tools to Build Spiritual Resilience After Dire Medical News

Deacon Don Grossnickle served the Archdiocese of Chicago for many years as a Disability Outreach Coordinator. That job tied into his work as founder of the Gridiron Alliance, an organization that supports high school athletes who’ve suffered spinal cord injuries. The deacon would help these young people adjust to their new situations, and also develop in them spiritual resilience that would help them deal with their futures.In May 2016, Deacon Don needed some spiritual resilience of his own … [Read More...]

Politics, Punditry, and Personal Faith: An Interview with “Face the Nation’s” John Dickerson

Hitler analogies and political circuses may seem like a modern aspect of electioneering, but history tells a different story, as evidenced in John Dickerson's new book "Whistlestop: My Favorite Stories from Presidential Campaign History," which manages to be an educational, entertaining, and often surprising exploration of the good, bad and ugly of running for the highest office in the land.The moderator of "Face the Nation" and host of the "Whistlestop" podcast on Slate.com recently joined … [Read More...]

“Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Lost Without You” Explores Life, Death & the Divine Delivery Theory

(Moderate spoilers ahead)Do you believe in the Divine Delivery Theory?That's what postal detective Shane McInerney calls her boss (and potential suitor) Oliver O'Toole's approach to the mail they receive in Colorado's Dead Letter Office. "We don't find the dead letters," she explains to … [Read More...]

Is NBC’s Afterlife Comedy “The Good Place” Heavenly Fun or a Devilish Dud?

(This review was based on a screener which was missing some special effects shots and a few scenes.)"Welcome. Everything is fine."Most of us would likely be happy to be greeted by that message when we enter the afterlife. Eleanor Shellstrop sure is. But as time goes by, it turns out things … [Read More...]

Teach Yourself to Think More Clearly

(The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Teach Yourself to Think More Clearly.” If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post.)Solutions to problems large and small, from international relations to conditions in your own community, should not be oversimplified. Neith … [Read More...]

How God Worked Through One Family to Bring Kindness to an ‘Invisible’ Homeless Woman

In 2011, The Christophers were happy to honor 21-year-old Shannon Hickey with our James Keller Award (named after our founder) for her work creating Mychal's Message when she was only 11 years old. Mychal's Message is a ministry for the homeless that was inspired by the death of family friend Father … [Read More...]

Author Explores Adoption, Autism, & Win-At-All-Costs Culture in Novel for Young People

It was just a few weeks ago when the world marveled at the sportsmanship of Olympic runners Abbey D'Agostino and Nikki Hamblin as they tripped and fell during the qualifying round of the women's 5000-meter race, but supported and encouraged each other to finish anyway. For a while, at least, … [Read More...]

Priest Who Knew Mother Teresa Said She Believed It Was Better to Light One Candle

(Photo © 1986 Túrelio (via Wikimedia-Commons), 1986 / Lizenz: Creative Commons CC-BY-SA-2.0 de)In light of the Christopher motto, "It's better to light one candle than to curse the darkness," this excerpt from a New York Times story ahead of her canonization stood out:When the Rev. S … [Read More...]

Mother Teresa’s “Heart Was Big Like the Heart of God Himself”

"We have to do something about it."As a child, that's what Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu would say when her mother took her and her siblings out to serve hungry people in the streets of Macedonia. Agnes grew up to be Mother Teresa, who will become St. Teresa this Sunday Sept. 4. And she certainly did … [Read More...]

14-Year-Old Dedicates “Pie Jesu” Performance to Her Best Friend: Her Late Grandfather

(Photo via Laura Bretan on Twitter)Fourteen-year-old Laura Bretan was blessed to grow up in a multi-generational household. Her grandfather lived with her family, and they grew so close that she called him her best friend. When he got sick and passed away last year, she grieved his loss deeply. … [Read More...]

Gymnast Laurie Hernandez Wants God’s Light to Shine Through Her

One of the joys of the Rio Olympics has been seeing the joy on the face of gymnast Laurie Hernandez, who has been dubbed "the human emoji" because of her bright smile and easy display of emotion.That joy wasn't just there when she, Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Madison Kocian, and Gabby Douglas won … [Read More...]

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 … [Read More...]


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