UPDATE: Overcoming Troubles Leads to Life, Hope and a Grammy Award

I just read that former “Christopher Closeup” guest Mandisa won her first ever Grammy Award last night for her album “Overcomer” in the category Best Contemporary Christian Music Album. In addition, the title track’s songwriters won for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song. Having interviewed Mandisa twice and met her once at a “Good Morning America” [Read More…]

Why You Should See “Gimme Shelter” and Ignore the Critics Shouting “Agenda!”

I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised at the animosity – not just criticism, but animosity – directed at “Gimme Shelter” by secular movie critics, but I am disappointed. If you missed my earlier piece about the film, “Gimme Shelter” tells the story of Agnes “Apple” Bailey (Vanessa Hudgens), a 16-year-old homeless, pregnant teen trying to [Read More…]

Harry Connick Jr. Goes to Confession

In a previous blog post, I looked at the Catholic backgrounds of 2014 “American Idol” judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. On the Jan. 22 episode, Connick, who in a more serious moment called out a contestant for making a lewd comment to Lopez, also had a little fun with his Catholicism [Read More…]

Padre Whiskey’s Cause for Sainthood

The following column was written by The Christophers’ Jerry Costello: Father Joseph Walijewski was a veteran of South American mission work, arriving there from Wisconsin in 1956 to start a parish in Bolivia. After a few years he returned home for a short time, but came back to Peru in 1971 and then founded the [Read More…]

Can Politicians and the Media Make Room for the Simple Alchemy of Love?

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo offended many people during an interview last week in which he suggested that being “right-to-life” makes you a member of an extremist group. While a spokesman for the governor says his quote was taken out of context, it’s business as usual for pro-lifers, who are often stereotyped as hateful, oppressive, [Read More…]

“American Idol’s” Catholic Judging Panel

It’s well-known that the United States Supreme Court includes a number of Catholic judges. But television’s Supreme Court of New Music Talent – a.k.a. the “American Idol” judging panel – can boast the same statistic. This year’s panel is a first in more ways than one. Not only have Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry [Read More…]

Meet the Businessman Who Showed Kindness to Autistic Girl on Plane

A blog post by Shanell Mouland titled “Dear Daddy in Seat 16C” went viral recently. Mouland felt nervous about who would wind up sitting next to her three-year-old daughter Kate during their flight from Orlando, Florida, back home to Canada. The reason? Kate has autism and could have meltdowns. When a businessman carrying papers sat [Read More…]

“American Idol” 2014 Creates Sibling-esque Judging Panel – and It Works!

After an “American Idol” season with a judging panel that seemed like a five-month-long Thanksgiving dinner with two feuding aunts who simultaneously try to ignore each other while dissing each other, the show has returned to being the type of TV comfort food it’s supposed to be. The newest incarnation of the panel features returning [Read More…]

VIDEO: Father Jonathan Morris on the Challenge of Forgiveness

In this week’s reflection, Father Jonathan Morris shares his thoughts on forgiveness, one of the most challenging calls of the Christian life. We come up with a myriad of excuses for not forgiving others who have wronged us. Yet God gave us His only Son so that we might be redeemed and forgiven. If He [Read More…]

Pregnant Teen Finds Hope and Healing: A Look at the Movie “Gimme Shelter”

“Last time I asked for God’s help, He put me here,” 16-year-old Apple Bailey angrily tells the priest visiting her in the hospital following a car accident. “Perhaps you’re exactly where you’re meant to be,” the priest responds. That exchange in the movie “Gimme Shelter” (in wide release on January 24) eventually leads to an [Read More…]

Building the Deep Bonds of Spiritual Friendship

The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Building Spiritual Friendships.” If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post: The definition of “friendship” has taken some hits in recent years. After all, we live in a world where social media allows us to “friend” or “unfriend” someone [Read More…]

Choosing Motherhood in a Dangerous World (a “Once Upon a Time” post)

The love of parents for their children has always been a theme on the TV series “Once Upon a Time.” Mothers and fathers have gone to great lengths – both good and evil – to keep their children safe. In the cases of the show’s villains, learning to love a child selflessly has been the [Read More…]


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