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Freedom of Religion, the Common Good and the Pretty Frump Girl: A Review of “The Hypothesis of Giants: Book 1″

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Though it occurred inside St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City’s iconic Catholic house of worship, the last stand for religious freedom included members of many faith traditions. They didn’t all agree on theology, but they were united in believing they had a right to practice their religion without fear of government interference. The government, however, [Read More...]

Man of Steel: Bigger and Bangier Doesn’t Mean Better

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Back when I was in college and in the waning days of my active comic book reading, I remember a conversation with my friend Brian in which we both agreed that we were tired of comics that spent eight to ten pages on fight scenes that didn’t amount to much other than a few bruises [Read More...]

Music’s Healing Power for Premature Babies

“Music can name the unnameable, communicate the unknowable,” said Leonard Bernstein. That quote that was cited at the beginning of this ABC News report about a new study showing music’s power to dramatically bring healing to babies who have a hard time eating and breathing because they were born prematurely. This therapy is now being [Read More...]

Lt. Col. Mark Weber’s Operation True Grit: A Husband and Father’s Final Legacy

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(Editor’s Note: My interview with Lt. Col. Mark Weber was recorded a few weeks ago, but held until Father’s Day week. Unfortunately, Mark passed away yesterday. Our deepest condolences to his family. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all the souls of the [Read More...]

Spirit and Guts: Revisiting the Dennis Quaid/Jim Caviezel Movie “Frequency” for Father’s Day

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Anyone who’s seen the Aurora Borealis either in pictures, on video or in person knows the beauty these “Northern Lights” can produce. But they’ve rarely produced anything as beautiful as the time they allowed John Sullivan to reconnect with his long-dead father and try to save his life. That’s the premise of the film “Frequency,” [Read More...]

A Christopher Prayer for Father’s Day

Heavenly Father, Today we ask You to bless our earthly fathers for the many times they reflected the love, strength, generosity, wisdom and mercy that You exemplify in Your relationship with us, Your children. We honor our fathers for putting our needs above their own convenience and comfort; for teaching us to show courage and [Read More...]

Wisdom Doesn’t Always Wear a Suit: NBC News’s Bob Dotson on the Power of Ordinary People

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“The one overriding theme I found is that wisdom doesn’t always wear a suit.” Considering that NBC News correspondent Bob Dotson has traveled more than four million miles during his 40 year career covering American stories, you can trust that he knows what he’s talking about. In fact, his “American Story” segments have won a [Read More...]

A D-Day Hero Who Put His Trust in God

The following column was written by The Christophers’ Jerry Costello: He didn’t like the “hero” label, and he thought “the greatest generation” phrase is tossed around a little too much. But Joseph Vaghi Jr. qualified as a genuine D-Day hero when he served as the Navy’s youngest beachmaster in France, and “the greatest generation” tag [Read More...]

Choosing Your Words Wisely: Insights on Improving Communication Skills

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Considering how often poorly chosen words can lead to friction and arguments between family, friends or even strangers, we could all brush up on our communication skills – and even invite God to take part in our conversations. To help with that, here’s the text of the Christopher News Note “Choosing Your Words Wisely:” And [Read More...]

Depth, Mystery and Authentic Friendships Keys to Evangelizing Young People

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This article was originally posted on Patheos in January 2011: Chances are that the leaders in your parish have asked the question, “How can we get young people more involved in the church?” As part of a Catholic Young Adult group myself, I know that question doesn’t have a one-size-fits-all answer. However, two guests I’ve [Read More...]

A Christopher Awards Video and Picturepalooza

(From l to r) Producer Erica Baumgart (Winner, "NY Med"), Dr. Debbie Yi (NY Presbyterian Hospital), Marina Dedivanovic, RN (NY Presbyterian Hospital), The Christophers' Tony Rossi, Diana Costine, RN (NY Presbyterian Hospital)

When a rainfall of Biblical proportions began falling in Manhattan during the afternoon of May 23, I was afraid our guests for the Christopher Awards ceremony that evening might need an ark to get there. Thankfully, the majority of winners and guests made it to the event and had a wonderful time celebrating the talented [Read More...]

There’s a Lot of Beauty in Ordinary Things: The Brilliance of “The Office” Series Finale

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“There is a crack / A crack in everything / That’s how the light gets in.” Leonard Cohen In the history of TV sitcoms, “The Office,” which ended its nine season run on May 16, certainly had its share of cracked characters. But the show proved the last part of that Leonard Cohen lyric as [Read More...]


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