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Embracing the Darkness to Find the Light: Audrey Assad on Faith, Doubt, and “Breaking Bad”


“For God judged it better to bring good out of evil than not to permit any evil to exist.” While searching for inspiration for her first indie album, Audrey Assad came across that quote by St. Augustine. Those words struck a chord inside her, maybe because she had spent the previous few years trying to [Read More...]

Father Jonathan Morris on Optimism versus Pessimism


In this week’s video message from Father Jonathan Morris, he shares his thoughts on optimism versus pessimism. Specifically, he explains that optimism isn’t looking at life through rose-colored glasses and believing nothing will ever go wrong or that we’ll never experience pain. Instead, optimism is rooted in our faith in God and the Biblical promise [Read More...]

A Call to Holiness: Reflecting on Pope Francis’s “America” Magazine Interview

Much is being written and said about Pope Francis’s comments during an interview published yesterday in several Jesuit magazines, including “America.” Of course, everyone’s interpretation is filtered through their own beliefs and biases, so unless you read what the Pope said in context and in its entirety (much like the way you’re supposed to read [Read More...]

Is Joss Whedon’s Bleak Worldview Responsible For His Hopeful Storytelling?


One of the reasons I’ve been a fan of Joss Whedon’s work on TV shows like “Buffy,” “Angel” and “Firefly – and movies like “The Avengers” – is that his stories convey a sense of hope. That hope is often hard-won because it involves enduring struggle, suffering and sacrifice for the sake of loving another [Read More...]

A Musical Journey Through Grief: From Despair and Anger at God to Hope and Healing


“I asked you for the light. You gave me a long dark night.” Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Sarah Hart penned those lyrics to God during the anger phase of a “downward spiral through grief” that began with the death of her beloved grandfather. Though Sarah was and remains Catholic, that alone didn’t lessen the pain she [Read More...]

Arsenio Hall Affirms Fatherhood: “It Makes You a Smarter, Less Selfish Person”

Time magazine recently published a controversial article entitled “The Childfree Life,” highlighting couples who say they’ve found fulfillment in their choice not to have children. The choice has allowed them to do more things that they want to do instead of making sacrifices required when raising kids. Though it had no relation to that article, [Read More...]

Welcoming Father Jonathan Morris to the Christopher Team


Today we’re happy to welcome Father Jonathan Morris to the Christopher team on a special assignment basis – and to introduce a regular feature in which he shares a mini-homily of sorts on video. Many of you probably know Father Jonathan from his many TV and radio appearances, and as the author of the best-selling [Read More...]

Audrey Assad Covers “Bridge Over Troubled Water”


Audrey Assad posted a video of her cover of one of the best songs ever written: the Simon and Garfunkel classic “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” She’s got the ideal voice for this kind of heartfelt song, so take five minutes to add a little peace and tranquility to your day. (And stay tuned for my [Read More...]

Dorothy Day, the San Francisco Earthquake and the Aftermath of 9/11

The major earthquake that shook San Francisco on April 18, 1906, was also felt in nearby Oakland where eight-year-old Dorothy Day had recently moved with her parents and siblings. When the ground finally stopped shaking, a frightened Day emerged from her home to see examples of both chaos and community: buildings swayed, small fires burned, [Read More...]

A Christopher Prayer for Doctors

I was recently looking through a book written by The Christophers’ founder, Maryknoll Father James Keller, in 1958, and came across this prayer for doctors that he wrote. It’s timeless and embodies the spirit of godly service that should define the life of a physician. If you’re a doctor yourself or know one, please pass [Read More...]

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...]