Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway & the stars of “Les Miserables” on Love, God and Modern-Day Slavery

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Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway are known for playing heroes on the silver screen – Jackman as Wolverine in the “X-Men” series, and Hathaway as the morally-challenged-but-trying-to-do-the-right-thing Selina Kyle in “The Dark Knight Rises.” It’s their current collaboration in the film adaptation of Broadway’s “Les Miserables,” however, that reflects faith and genuine heroic virtue in [Read More...]

One Child and One Miracle at a Time

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The following column was written by The Christophers’ Jerry Costello: Sister Mary Rose McGeady passed away toward the end of the summer, and kids everywhere are the poorer for it. So are we all, in fact, because Sister Mary Rose took a vital institution and almost single-handedly pulled it back from the brink of ruin. [Read More...]

Serving God in Possible Things: A Saint’s Advice on Dealing with Anxiety

People today are filled with a lot of anxiety about a lot of different things, one of which is all the troubles going on in the world. Of course, people in the past were no different so we can find some wisdom on how to deal with this anxiety from the saints. The following is [Read More...]

Your Guarantee of Heaven If You Choose It Every Day

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Christopher Closeup Podcast – Guest: Dan Lord Joy is one of those qualities in life that we all want, but aren’t always sure how to find or even define. A lot of people might see it as a feeling, an emotion you experience when you’re doing something pleasurable. There was a time when Dan Lord [Read More...]

What Jesus, a Country Song About Divorce and a Study on Gratitude Have in Common

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What do Jesus, a country song about divorce and a research study about gratitude have in common? More than you might think. The study came to my attention yesterday when I read Ashley Crouch’s reflection on the benefits of gratitude over at the “Verily” magazine blog. Ashley stated that “a report from the Harvard Medical [Read More...]

Naughty or Nice: The Hallmark Channel’s Christmas Revenge Fantasy (with a moral, of course)

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If you could get a hold of Santa’s ‘naughty or nice’ list which reveals the misdeeds of everyone who’s ever done you wrong, wouldn’t it be great to get revenge against them? In principle, that’s the question asked by the new Hallmark Channel Christmas movie “Naughty or Nice.” Perpetually aggrieved Krissy Kringle (part of the [Read More...]

Nuns Having Fun: Salesians Dance Gangnam Style

Salesian Sister Colleen Clair, FMA, whose online nickname is “HappyNun,” posted this video on Facebook of her fellow Sisters and Aspirants having a little Gangnam style fun. If you’ve ever thought nuns lead dry, boring lives, this video should show you that loving Jesus and acting joyful are not mutually exclusive. And if you have [Read More...]

WKRP and the Greatest Thanksgiving Promotion of All Time

Over at his site today, fellow Patheos blogger Deacon Greg Kandra calls an episode of “Cheers” the best Thanksgiving episode ever. Though I’m a big “Cheers” fan, I counter his assertion with my pick for best Thanksgiving-themed TV episode ever. It’s from the 1970s show “WKRP in Cincinnati” in which radio station boss Arthur “Big [Read More...]

A Thanksgiving Day Prayer

I’ve seen the following Thanksgiving Day prayer by Samuel Pugh in various places over the years, so I’m posting it here as well if you need one for around the family table this holiday: “O God, when I have food, help me to remember the hungry; When I have work, help me to remember the [Read More...]

Giving Thanks to God is Always in Season

The following column was written by The Christophers’ Jerry Costello: It’s never “just another Thanksgiving,” of course. The holiday is so ingrained in us as Americans that each one is a day unto itself–a day given over to family, to abundant feasting, and, to be sure, an acknowledgment of the special graces that flow our [Read More...]

Learning to Love Your Mother-in-Law on Thanksgiving

Bob Brody never got along with his mother-in-law – and he let the whole world know it in a 2011 column he penned for New York’s Daily News. His specific problems with Antoinette “Nettie” Chirichella of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, were that she talked too loud and too much, was an incessant worrier, and tended to focus [Read More...]

TV’s Funniest Family Adopts Marines for Thanksgiving

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A few weeks ago I posted pictures from an upcoming episode of “The Middle” which featured two real-life Marines portraying Marines on the show. This week, that Thanksgiving-themed episode aired and – in this sitcom geek’s opinion – provided the best writing, performances and laughs in “The Middle’s” four season history. The show opens with [Read More...]


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