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


“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


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)


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


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


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


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


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...]

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


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


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”


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


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


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...]