Helping People Live and Die with Dignity: A Look at the Film “The American Nurse”

Inside the Villa Loretto Nursing Home in Mt. Calvary, Wisconsin, Sister Stephen Bloesl gathers the staff in the room of a dying woman whose daughter sits by her side. Everyone, from nurses and administrators to those who mow the lawn and deliver food, circle around her bed and begin singing the hymn “How Great Thou [Read More…]

How an Angry Letter to a Priest Led to a Life-Changing Friendship and Job

Can an angry letter to a priest result in a friendship that also has a positive impact on the world at large? Yes, it can, and it’s part of our history here at The Christophers that I just learned about. This year marks the 70th anniversary of our founding by Maryknoll priest Father James Keller [Read More…]

A Military Family Fights to End Stigma Around Mental Illness & PTSD After Their Son’s Suicide

(Photo of retired Major Gen. Mark Graham property of U.S. Army. Other photos property of the Graham family.) “I knew our son was sad, but I didn’t know he could die from being too sad,” recalled retired Major General Mark Graham about his son Kevin’s suicide on June 21, 2003. Kevin was an ROTC cadet [Read More…]

Real Hope Isn’t Happy Talk; It’s a Force Born Out of Suffering

(Picture courtesy Paul Schneck. l to r: The Christophers COO/VP Mary Ellen Robinson, POV Communications Manager Brian Geldin, Directors/Producers Jason DaSilva and Alice Cook, The Christophers’ Tony Rossi) The word “hope” gets tossed around a lot, and some people may see it as a saccharine sentiment or unrealistic happy talk. In some contexts, that may [Read More…]

“Signed, Sealed, Delivered: From Paris with Love” Brings Romance, Comedy & Wisdom

(Moderate spoilers ahead) On an old episode of “Cheers” in which Sam and Diane consult a relationship counselor before getting married, he tells them to call off the wedding because they’re too different. They respond with the old truism that opposites attract. The counselor, played by John Cleese, responds that the only thing opposites attract [Read More…]

Staying Positive Around Negative People

The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Staying Positive Around Negative People” (which was written by a freelancer). If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post: No matter how hard we try to maintain a positive perspective on life, there’s no getting around negative people. They’re [Read More…]

Three Viewing Suggestions in Case Pope Francis Wants to Start Watching TV Again

The fact that Pope Francis hasn’t watched TV since 1990 made the news yesterday. According to Catholic News Agency, he said it stems from “a promise I made to the Virgin of Carmel on the night of July 15, 1990.” It sounds like there’s a backstory there that, for now, remains untold. Since he’s a [Read More…]

VIDEO: The 2015 Christopher Awards ceremony now on Youtube

For anyone interested in watching segments of the 2015 Christopher Awards ceremony, we now have them posted on Youtube. Click on the category you want to see below and enjoy. Books for Adults category: Books for Young People category: James Keller Award – Patrick Donohue, advocate for children with traumatic brain injuries: Feature Film category: [Read More…]

A Memorial Day Prayer from The Christophers

Heavenly Father, Today we honor those who gave their life for their country on foreign battlefields and here at home. Though they would have preferred peace to war, they responded to the call to serve and made the ultimate sacrifice defending the ideals in which they believed, defending their brothers-and-sisters-in arms, and defending innocents from [Read More…]

Sirius-XM’s The Catholic Channel (129) to Air Christopher Awards Ceremony on May 26

NEW YORK, May 21, 2015 — The 66th annual Christopher Awards ceremony, which took place in New York City last week, will air as a two hour special on Sirius-XM’s The Catholic Channel (129) on Tuesday May 26th at 2:00pm and 9:00pm Eastern. The program will also feature original interviews with award winners and The [Read More…]

VIDEO: Father Jonathan Morris on Overcoming Envy

Envy is a common human emotion we all feel from time to time. Something good happens to someone else and we might wish it had happened to us instead. Or we might even get angry, thinking, “That person doesn’t deserve that!” That’s why envy can lead to an overwhelming sense of unhappiness and even ill [Read More…]

What a Subway Ride Taught Me About Evangelization

A few months ago on this blog, I shared a story about a subway ride to work during which the conductor asked everyone to smile and be more friendly to the strangers we encounter every day. Well, today I’ve got another subway story, this one having to do with evangelization. It started when a man [Read More…]