US Post Office Releases Its 2016 Nativity Stamp for Christmas

As the time for writing and mailing Christmas cards quickly approaches, the U.S. Post Office today released its 2016 Nativity stamp, featuring a stunning silhouette of the Holy Family. I was not aware that an actual dedication ceremony takes place for this kind of event, but it was held today at St. Paul Church in [Read More…]

Pint-Sized Prophets Who Teach Us We Are All Born to Be Healers

Dr. Chuck Dietzen grew up wanting to be St. Francis of Assisi. In a way, you could say that he achieved his goal because “where there is despair,” he brings “hope” – and “where there is darkness,” he brings “light.” At the same time, he shuns any self-praise because he believes this is something that [Read More…]

Leadership in Mercy: The Power of Mercy on Our Lives

(The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Leadership in Mercy.” If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post.) “Go out into the world today and love the people you meet.” — Mother Teresa In his book “The Name of God is Mercy,” published during the Extraordinary [Read More…]

“Priceless” Movie Hopes to Raise Awareness About the Crime of Sex Trafficking

According to the U.S. government, human trafficking is a $150 billion a year industry around the world and often involves children or minors being forced into prostitution. It’s a problem in which human beings are treated as property to be used, abused and disposed of – and it’s going on all around us, even in [Read More…]

After Escaping North Korea, One Woman’s Act of Christian Kindness Changed Joseph Kim’s Life

An act of Christian kindness doesn’t always change someone’s life as dramatically as it did Joseph Kim’s, but in his case, it’s not an understatement to say that it saved him. Kim was born in North Korea and given the name Kwang Jin, which means “moving forward with brightness.” He and his older sister Bong [Read More…]

‘Wherever We Are, God Is!’

(The following is an entry from our latest “Three Minutes a Day” book of daily stories and reflections, which can be purchased via The Christophers’ website.) “Everything is grace.” Those words of St. Thérèse of Lisieux (a.k.a. The Little Flower) were spoken when she was dying of tuberculosis and experiencing a long spiritual darkness. Yet [Read More…]

Educational TV, Beer Commercials, and ‘The Gospel According to Sesame Street’

Everybody’s heard of the TV series “Sesame Street,” but what you may not know is that Father James Keller, the founder of The Christophers, was an inspiration to Joan Ganz Cooney, who created the show. During her college years, she heard him give a talk about the need for people to get into the media, [Read More…]

One Mother is Changing the Media’s – and the World’s – Perception of Those with Disabilities

(Photo property of Katie Driscoll) As the mom of six children, including a daughter with Down syndrome, photographer Katie Driscoll noticed that she rarely saw advertisements featuring kids with disabilities. She then co-founded a campaign called “Changing the Face of Beauty.” Its purpose was to encourage advertisers to highlight more individuals with disabilities in their [Read More…]

Insurance Commercial Highlights Choosing Adoption in the Face of Infertility

(Photo property of Principal Financial Group) I was surprised the other day to see a TV commercial for Principal Financial Group, which highlights the choice of adoption when faced with infertility. It was a storyline I’d never seen in a commercial before, much less in 30 seconds. You can watch it for yourself below. Stay [Read More…]

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 [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 [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 Oliver’s father Joe. “They find us. Just in time to [Read More…]