Jesus-loving 12-Year-Old Sings Powerhouse Duet on “America’s Got Talent” Finale

It’s no surprise that Jennifer Hudson can sing the heck out of the song “And I am Telling You I’m Not Going” from the movie “Dreamgirls,” which won her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar. However, the fact that a 12-year-old can match her vocal abilities and make the song that much better might be unexpected. [Read More…]

Deal with Troubles, But Don’t Lose Track of the World’s Beauty: An Interview with Dean Koontz

“The dark makes the light stuff brighter.” Not only is that a comment made by a character in Dean Koontz’s latest novel “The City,” it’s a truth that the author learned first-hand while growing up. In “The City,” eight-year-old African-American musical prodigy Jonah Kirk is blessed with a mother and grandparents who selflessly love and [Read More…]

VIDEO: Father Jonathan Morris on Dealing with Sadness & Depression

At various points in our lives, we all endure periods of deep sadness and depression. That state of being can leave us feeling spiritually empty and disconnected from God and our faith. In some cases, it may get so bad that it requires professional help. In the video below, Father Jonathan Morris offers advice on [Read More…]

God Sees us Being Changed By Suffering – and Accompanies Us

Over at “America” magazine, Kerry Weber shares a powerful, deeply personal reflection about her niece Marian Elizabeth, who lived only a few hours after birth. Kerry’s article, called “A Complicated Grief,” walks readers through the complexity of life and faith and doubt that we endure during tragic situations – and explores her heart and soul [Read More…]

In Every Ending, There’s a New Beginning: A Story Inspired by 9/11

(The following post was originally written in 2008. An update appears at the end of the story.) Within a few weeks of her birth in 1990, Shannon Hickey was diagnosed with a life-threatening liver disease. Doctors predicted she wouldn’t live past the age of two. Shannon’s mother Kelly found support in family friend Father Mychal [Read More…]

VIDEO: Father Jonathan Morris on Humility, Part Two

In Father Jonathan Morris’s last reflection on humility, he said that we should look at this virtue as “a recognition of who we are in relationship to God and others.” He also pointed out that humility is a grace, a gift from God. This week, Father Jonathan offers advice on how we can prepare ourselves [Read More…]

Blessed Mother Teresa’s Advice on ‘Securing Heaven’

Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who dedicated her life to serving Christ by ministering to the poorest of the poor, shared the following advice in her book “No Greater Love”: “One thing will always secure heaven for us: the acts of charity and kindness with which we have filled our lives. We will never know [Read More…]

How Jennifer Fulwiler Found God, Joy, & an Intellectual All-You-Can-Eat Buffet

Most people don’t confront their own mortality until they’re in their 30s or 40s. For Jennifer Fulwiler, it happened at age 11 – and it seriously unnerved her for many years, especially because she wasn’t raised to believe in God or an afterlife. The incident that set off Jennifer’s crisis occurred during a fossil-finding trip [Read More…]

How to Build an Active Prayer Life

The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Building an Active Prayer Life.” If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post: Prayer seems like it should be easy. We say some tried-and-true words, and voilà, we’re praying. But as anyone who tries to pray with regularity knows, [Read More…]

VIDEO: Father Jonathan Morris on Humility, Part One

As Father Jonathan Morris acknowledges in this video reflection, people often misunderstand what the virtue of humility is all about. “It’s not about weakness,” he says. “It’s not about being quiet and over in the corner. It has to do with living in the truth of who we are in relationship to God and to [Read More…]

Five Quick Reasons to See “When the Game Stands Tall”

Opening today is Jim Caviezel’s new movie “When the Game Stands Tall,” the true story of Coach Bob Ladouceur who led his high school football team – the De La Salle Spartans – on an unprecedented 151-game winning streak, only to see them struggle when the streak finally came to an end. Caviezel and I [Read More…]

After Grim Prenatal Diagnosis, Couple Takes Unborn Child on Bucket List of Adventures

Today’s Daily News features the story of Jenna Gassew and Dan Haley, a Pennsylvania couple who are expecting their first child on October 12. The bad news is that their baby boy, named Shane, was diagnosed with anencephaly, a birth defect that results in babies missing the front parts of their brain and sometimes not [Read More…]