A Musical Journey Through Grief: From Despair and Anger at God to Hope and Healing

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“I asked you for the light. You gave me a long dark night.” Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Sarah Hart penned those lyrics to God during the anger phase of a “downward spiral through grief” that began with the death of her beloved grandfather. Though Sarah was and remains Catholic, that alone didn’t lessen the pain she [Read More...]

Arsenio Hall Affirms Fatherhood: “It Makes You a Smarter, Less Selfish Person”

Time magazine recently published a controversial article entitled “The Childfree Life,” highlighting couples who say they’ve found fulfillment in their choice not to have children. The choice has allowed them to do more things that they want to do instead of making sacrifices required when raising kids. Though it had no relation to that article, [Read More...]

Welcoming Father Jonathan Morris to the Christopher Team

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Today we’re happy to welcome Father Jonathan Morris to the Christopher team on a special assignment basis – and to introduce a regular feature in which he shares a mini-homily of sorts on video. Many of you probably know Father Jonathan from his many TV and radio appearances, and as the author of the best-selling [Read More...]

Audrey Assad Covers “Bridge Over Troubled Water”

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Audrey Assad posted a video of her cover of one of the best songs ever written: the Simon and Garfunkel classic “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” She’s got the ideal voice for this kind of heartfelt song, so take five minutes to add a little peace and tranquility to your day. (And stay tuned for my [Read More...]

Dorothy Day, the San Francisco Earthquake and the Aftermath of 9/11

The major earthquake that shook San Francisco on April 18, 1906, was also felt in nearby Oakland where eight-year-old Dorothy Day had recently moved with her parents and siblings. When the ground finally stopped shaking, a frightened Day emerged from her home to see examples of both chaos and community: buildings swayed, small fires burned, [Read More...]

A Christopher Prayer for Doctors

I was recently looking through a book written by The Christophers’ founder, Maryknoll Father James Keller, in 1958, and came across this prayer for doctors that he wrote. It’s timeless and embodies the spirit of godly service that should define the life of a physician. If you’re a doctor yourself or know one, please pass [Read More...]

A Couple’s Journey Through a Joy-Filled Pregnancy in One Second a Day

Patricia Heaton just shared this Buzzfeed video on Twitter. It was posted by husband and new father Danny Pier, who recorded video of one second of every day of his wife’s pregnancy. It’s a sweet look at the extraordinary ordinary moments that make up our lives – or as Pam (Jenna Fischer) said in “The [Read More...]

“I Give It All to God,” Says Heroine Who Stopped Georgia School Shoooter

When suicidal gunman Michael Jordan Hill entered Decatur, Georgia’s, Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy, everyone feared it would be another Sandy Hook. The gunman never made it past the front office, though, where he held school bookkeeper Antoinette Tuff (whose last name seems especially appropriate now) hostage. While 800 pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students [Read More...]

Video: Father Dowling Speaks to ABC News About Ministering to Crash Victim Katie Lentz

Yesterday, the news surfaced that Father Patrick Dowling of Jefferson County, MO was the mystery priest who ministered to Katie Lentz following her car crash. Today, ABC News shares an interview with the compassionate and humble priest who reveals he met with Katie over the weekend. He also directs people’s attention toward God by saying, [Read More...]

Missouri Car Crash Site’s Mystery Priest Seemingly Identified

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UPDATE: Video: Father Dowling Speaks to ABC News About Ministering to Crash Victim Katie Lentz Remember the old TV show The Father Dowling Mysteries. Well, it seems that a different Father Dowling – Father Patrick Dowling from the Diocese of Jefferson County, MO – was at the heart of a recent mystery that captivated the [Read More...]

Nurturing Faith Through Doubt and Struggles: A Review of Audrey Assad’s “Fortunate Fall”

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Singer-songwriter Audrey Assad’s first indie album, “Fortunate Fall,” releases on Tuesday August 13, and as one of the project’s many Kickstarter backers, I received an early download last week. Though the lyrics include Audrey’s usual theological depth, the album differs somewhat from her past work in that the songs are specifically designed for church purposes: [Read More...]

Good Intentions, the Road to Hell, and the Moral Devolution of “Breaking Bad’s” Walter White

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When he was a young scientist, Walter White and his lab partner Gretchen analyzed the chemical composition of the human body, coming up with various percentages of hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, nitrogen, and more. All the elements added up to 99 percent. “Doesn’t it seem like something’s missing?” asked Walter, wondering if that’s all there is [Read More...]


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