Can Politicians and the Media Make Room for the Simple Alchemy of Love?

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo offended many people during an interview last week in which he suggested that being “right-to-life” makes you a member of an extremist group. While a spokesman for the governor says his quote was taken out of context, it’s business as usual for pro-lifers, who are often stereotyped as hateful, oppressive, [Read More...]

“American Idol’s” Catholic Judging Panel

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It’s well-known that the United States Supreme Court includes a number of Catholic judges. But television’s Supreme Court of New Music Talent – a.k.a. the “American Idol” judging panel – can boast the same statistic. This year’s panel is a first in more ways than one. Not only have Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry [Read More...]

Meet the Businessman Who Showed Kindness to Autistic Girl on Plane

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A blog post by Shanell Mouland titled “Dear Daddy in Seat 16C” went viral recently. Mouland felt nervous about who would wind up sitting next to her three-year-old daughter Kate during their flight from Orlando, Florida, back home to Canada. The reason? Kate has autism and could have meltdowns. When a businessman carrying papers sat [Read More...]

“American Idol” 2014 Creates Sibling-esque Judging Panel – and It Works!

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After an “American Idol” season with a judging panel that seemed like a five-month-long Thanksgiving dinner with two feuding aunts who simultaneously try to ignore each other while dissing each other, the show has returned to being the type of TV comfort food it’s supposed to be. The newest incarnation of the panel features returning [Read More...]

VIDEO: Father Jonathan Morris on the Challenge of Forgiveness

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In this week’s reflection, Father Jonathan Morris shares his thoughts on forgiveness, one of the most challenging calls of the Christian life. We come up with a myriad of excuses for not forgiving others who have wronged us. Yet God gave us His only Son so that we might be redeemed and forgiven. If He [Read More...]

Pregnant Teen Finds Hope and Healing: A Look at the Movie “Gimme Shelter”

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“Last time I asked for God’s help, He put me here,” 16-year-old Apple Bailey angrily tells the priest visiting her in the hospital following a car accident. “Perhaps you’re exactly where you’re meant to be,” the priest responds. That exchange in the movie “Gimme Shelter” (in wide release on January 24) eventually leads to an [Read More...]

Building the Deep Bonds of Spiritual Friendship

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The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Building Spiritual Friendships.” If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post: The definition of “friendship” has taken some hits in recent years. After all, we live in a world where social media allows us to “friend” or “unfriend” someone [Read More...]

Choosing Motherhood in a Dangerous World (a “Once Upon a Time” post)

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The love of parents for their children has always been a theme on the TV series “Once Upon a Time.” Mothers and fathers have gone to great lengths – both good and evil – to keep their children safe. In the cases of the show’s villains, learning to love a child selflessly has been the [Read More...]

VIDEO: Father Jonathan Morris on Being a Christ-bearer

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In this week’s reflection, Father Jonathan Morris shares part of the story behind Father James Keller’s founding of The Christophers in 1945. Specifically, he references Father Keller’s travels to the Far East in the 1920s, where he saw the influence of the communist party there. Another pivotal moment for Father Keller came when he stood [Read More...]

Christ is Born and All is Well

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Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Sarah Hart has a gift for music and lyrics so it’s a good thing she didn’t follow through on her initial career goals of becoming an archaeologist or pediatrician. During an interview with me on Christopher Closeup, Sarah laughingly recalled a conversation she had with her band director in high school. He [Read More...]

VIDEO: Father Jonathan Morris on the Essence of Christmas

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In Father Jonathan Morris’s Christmas message, he reflects on the idea that God so loved the world that He humbled Himself by giving us His only Son in a form that we would more openly welcome Him: in the form of a baby – a baby who reminds us of how good humanity can be, [Read More...]

Making Christmas Happy and Holy

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The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Making Christmas Happy and Holy.” If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post: It’s easy to get caught up in the chaos of the Christmas season. We know in our hearts that this is supposed to be a time [Read More...]


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