VIDEO: Father Jonathan Morris on Moderation & Self-Control (Cardinal Virtues Part 3)

When people hear the word “temperance,” they might think back to the time of prohibition in the United States when it represented a banning of all alcohol. But as Father Jonathan Morris explains in part three of his video series on the cardinal virtues, the word actually refers to self-control and moderation. Specifically, practicing temperance [Read More…]

The Holy Journey of Two Popes: John XXIII and John Paul II

The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “The Holy Journey of Two Popes.” If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post: The Christophers joyously celebrate the canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII by the Vatican on April 27, 2014, Divine Mercy Sunday. [Read More…]

Redemption Tale: A Murderer, a Dog and an Autistic Child

Since 1998, Chris Vogt has been serving a 48 year prison sentence in Colorado’s Sterling Correctional Facility for second degree murder. He’s been using that time to make some kind of cosmic amends, to turn his life around by helping others who need it. How? Vogt is part of a program called “Colorado Cell Dogs” [Read More…]

VIDEO: Father Jonathan Morris on Living Out the Virtue of Justice (Cardinal Virtues Part 2)

Last week, Father Jonathan Morris kicked off his four-part series about the cardinal virtues: prudence, justice, temperance and fortitude. Today, he comments on justice, which takes on a much deeper meaning when considered from the worldview that every person on this earth is created in the image and likeness of God and deserves to be [Read More…]

“Lost’s” 10th Anniversary Reunion Reflects on Show’s Soul and Spirituality

Though the TV series “Lost” went off the air in May 2010, it continues to attract new viewers through DVD and online streaming. The fact that two blog posts I originally wrote about the show a few years ago continue to rank in this blog’s top 10 pageviews every month was surprising to me at [Read More…]

An Irish Blessing to Strengthen Faith, Hope and Love

The late Father Andrew Greeley once penned this Irish Blessing: “May your hope be… As determined as the river racing by, As soft as the cry of the mourning dove, As sweet and subtle as a lover’s sigh,… As resolute as the sun rising each day, As certain as the return each year of spring. [Read More…]

Revisiting the “Cosmos” Giordano Bruno Controversy a Few Days Later

In writing about episode one of “Cosmos” this past Sunday afternoon – specifically, the animated sequence about Giordano Bruno, who was condemned by the Roman Inquisition and burned at the stake as a heretic – I broke one of my cardinal rules of blogging: never comment on a movie, book or TV show unless you’ve [Read More…]

VIDEO: Father Jonathan Morris on the Cardinal Virtues, Part One: Prudence

This week, Father Jonathan Morris begins a four week series about the cardinal virtues: prudence, temperance, justice and fortitude. These are the virtues, he explains, “that Plato and Aristotle and others ever since have been talking about as the bedrock of good character…and a good society.” The first to be addressed here is prudence, which [Read More…]

Harlem Globetrotters Add Teen with Down Syndrome to Roster

Eighteen-year-old Kevin Grow from Bensalem, Pennsylvania, became an Internet phenomenon when video of him scoring four three-pointers in a high school basketball game went viral. The sports-loving teen, who was born with Down Syndrome, has now taken his moment in the sun even further. He was recruited to play with the Harlem Globetrotters at the [Read More…]

UPDATE: “Cosmos” May Get Science Right, But It Gets Church History Wrong

UPDATE: I make it clear that I’m writing this blog post based on the Slate.com article, not based on my own viewing. If the comments in the Slate article had been made by a Catholic writer, I would have taken them with a grain of salt because Catholics can admittedly sometimes take offense when none [Read More…]

Will NBC’s “Believe” and ABC’s “Resurrection” Convey Emotional and Spiritual Truths?

With titles like “Believe” and “Resurrection,” you might think that two new TV series include a religious, or at least supernatural, dimension. But do they really? “Believe” premieres on NBC Monday March 11 at 10pm, and stems from an impressive pedigree, with executive producers that include J.J. Abrams (“Lost,” “Fringe”) and Academy Award winner Alfonso [Read More…]

St. Jude Children’s Hospital Gets $1.5 Million Because of Ellen’s Oscar Selfie

The tweet shared ’round the world – a.k.a. Ellen Degeneres’s Oscar selfie with Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Spacey, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, and more – has turned into a boon for Ellen’s two favorite charities: St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and the Humane Society. Samsung, who made the phone that took the picture [Read More…]


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