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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...]

A Young Woman Goes Bald for St. Baldrick’s

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While reading the latest issue of my St. John’s University Alumni magazine, one story jumped out at me. It was about 2010 graduate Joan Renee Cloutier shaving her head to support the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which raises money for childhood cancer research. The reason that struck me is because many young women spend time making [Read More...]

It’s Good to be a King

The following is a story from The Christophers’ “Three Minutes a Day” book, Volume 47 (Volume 48 will be available in October): Frederick the Great of Prussia was walking along a road on the outskirts of Berlin one day when he accidentally brushed against a very old man. “Who are you?” Frederick asked out of [Read More...]

The Consoler of Struggling Souls

The following column was written by The Christophers’ Jerry Costello: Here’s something you can do for your parish priest: congratulate him on his feast day. It’s coming up soon; August 4, to be exact. It’s actually the feast day of St. John Vianney, but since he’s the patron saint of the thousands of parish priests [Read More...]

The Disability That’s Not So Much of a Disability, After All

Sometimes when parents receive a diagnosis that their unborn child will suffer from a disability, they might believe the quality of that child’s life will be so negative or troubled that it would be in his or her best interest not to be born at all. Yet, there are plenty of examples that prove the [Read More...]

How Music, St. Ignatius and the “Sons of Santa” Led Ben Walther to Jesus

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The Sons of Santa. That’s the name 16-year-old Ben Walther and his friends chose for their cover band when they were in high school. In retrospect, the now-successful singer-songwriter and music minister admits, “We were awful, but we thought we were rock stars.” Regardless, God used their talents to draw them closer to Him. During [Read More...]

Sadness is Part of the Equation: A Young Widow Reflects on Her Loss

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In mid-June, I posted an interview with “Tell My Sons” author, Lt. Col. Mark Weber, about his battle with terminal cancer. Forty years old with a wife and three sons, he passed away the day before my article went live, which was also a few days before Father’s Day. Mark had set up a Facebook [Read More...]


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