Regaining Your Christmas Spirit: A Review of “Angels Sing”

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With a cast like Harry Connick Jr., Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Connie Britton (who’s proved her singing chops on two seasons of “Nashville), you might expect the movie “Angels Sing” (newly available on DVD and Video On Demand) to be some kind of concert film. But while there is music sprinkled throughout, [Read More...]

How “Mary Poppins” Inspired One of the Best Comedy Writers of Our Era

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Though much of the Mary Poppins-related attention today will be directed at the new Disney movie “Saving Mr. Banks,” I’m reminded of a different story about everybody’s favorite flying nanny and how she influenced someone I consider to be one of the best comedy writers of our era: Phil Rosenthal. If his name isn’t familiar [Read More...]

A Grace of Softness in a Hard World: Reviewing Dean Koontz’s Novel “Innocence”

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A few weeks ago, Pope Francis made news for spontaneously embracing a severely disfigured man named Vinicio Riva during a public audience at the Vatican. According to CNN, Riva, “has long been accustomed to the unkindness of strangers. He suffers from a non-infectious genetic disease, neurofibromatosis type 1. It has left him completely covered from [Read More...]

VIDEO: Father Jonathan Morris on the Fruits of the Holy Spirit

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In this week’s video reflection, Father Jonathan Morris examines the 12 Fruits of the Holy Spirit, what they are and how God makes them present in our lives through our actions and His grace. In order to make the concept easier to understand, Father Jonathan provides an example from his childhood about helping his mother [Read More...]

Holiness and Hootenannies on the Best Christmas Album of 2013

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As a fan of The Lower Lights previous albums of folk-and-bluegrass-flavored hymns and Christmas classics, I looked forward to their newest Christmas offering called “The Lower Lights Sing Noel.” Happily, the album did not disappoint. While I very much enjoyed Kelly Clarkson’s new Christmas album, “The Lower Lights Sing Noel” qualifies as my pick for [Read More...]

Candace Cameron Bure Talks Jesus, Santa, Parenting, Priorities and Purpose

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Actress Candace Cameron Bure, who grew up on television playing D.J. Tanner on the hit sitcom “Full House,” knows first-hand that you can create a Christ-centered Christmas for kids, while still enjoying Santa Claus and the commercial aspects of the holiday. That’s exactly what she does with her three children because it reflects how her [Read More...]

A Modern Heir to St. Nicholas

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The following column was written by The Christophers’ Jerry Costello: Father Joseph Marquis, not surprisingly, knows all about Christmas. But–and this is the part that might surprise you a little bit–he knows all about Santa Claus, too. At a time when many in the church downplay the role of Santa and the gifting tradition as [Read More...]

Reflections on the Advent of Christ

Author and theologian Dr. Edward Sri knows we’re all familiar with the Christmas story, but he also thinks we can be so familiar with it that we miss a lot of its important points. That’s why he wrote a book of daily reflections called “The Advent of Christ: Scripture Reflections to Prepare for Christmas.” Dr. [Read More...]

VIDEO: Father Jonathan Morris on Leading with Mercy

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In this week’s video reflection, Father Jonathan Morris reveals the influence of Pope Francis on his thinking recently in the area of leading with mercy. Specifically, he looks at the Biblical stories of Zacchaeus and the woman caught in adultery. Zacchaeus was a tax collector hated by his fellow Jews for working with the Romans [Read More...]

Speaking Hard Truths: A Review of “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”

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Early in his life, South Africa’s Nelson Mandela spoke hard truths to the white European government that was oppressing his people. Many years later, he had to do the same thing to his fellow Africans in order to guide them toward establishing a nation grounded in healing and forgiveness. The new feature film “Mandela: Long [Read More...]

VIDEO: Father Jonathan Morris on Serving the Poor at Thanksgiving & Beyond

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In this week’s reflection, Father Jonathan Morris shares a personal story about the example his parents set every year on Thanksgiving in regard to serving the poor. He then offers three simple pieces of advice on how we can serve the poor in our lives on a regular basis, not just on holidays. [Read more...]

Jim Caviezel: “I Look for Redeemable Stories”

Yesterday, EWTN’s World Over Live with Raymond Arroyo aired an interview with “Person of Interest” star Jim Caviezel about his work on the hit series, what he thinks about his character John Reese, how his faith influences the characters he chooses, and why he sees high school football coach Bob Ladouceur, who he plays in [Read More...]


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