Papal First Impressions and a Prayer

Like most of the world, I was watching and waiting for the new Pope to emerge once the white smoke appeared. When Cardinal Bergoglio from Argentina was announced, I can’t say he was someone I was familiar with since I didn’t follow the papabile that closely. But what little they shared about the man on [Read More...]

UPDATE: Jennifer Lawrence’s Friend with Down Syndrome Gets His Own Moment in the Spotlight

The other day I posted some excerpts from a story in New York’s Daily News about Academy Award-winner Jennifer Lawrence’s longtime friendship with Andy Strunk, a young man with Down Syndrome that she met in church many years ago. Now the local TV station in Louisville, Kentucky – WAVE3 – has given Andy his own [Read More...]

Heroes, Spies, Nazis and the Pope: A True Story That Reads Like a Spy Novel

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“A false prophet of Lucifer.” That’s how Eugenio Cardinal Pacelli – later to become Pope Pius XII – described Adolf Hitler in a 1935 open letter to the bishop of Cologne, Germany. In fact, Pacelli condemned the Nazis and anti-Semitism in 40 of 44 speeches he gave while serving as Cardinal Secretary of State of [Read More...]

The Car Accident That Saved a Life

The following column was written by The Christophers’ Jerry Costello: The regular column by Father Joseph Breighner in The Catholic Review, the newspaper of the Baltimore Archdiocese, always has a nice twist, and the one I squirreled away a while ago is no exception. He used to answer questions from listeners in his “Ask Father [Read More...]

Academy Award Winner Jennifer Lawrence’s Longtime Friend with Down Syndrome

In today’s New York Daily News, there’s a profile of the Best Actress Oscar winner for “Silver Linings Playbook,” Jennifer Lawrence, focusing on her life, family and friends growing up in Louisville, Kentucky. The piece notes that the Lawrence clan – who one neighbor describes as “a wonderful Christian family” – were her guests for [Read More...]

Self-Improvement vs. Self-Absorption: A Look at “Silver Linings Playbook”

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If you want to find happiness and self-fulfillment, you need to focus on yourself. Think about ways to improve your personality, your character, the type of person you are – then act on them. At least that’s what the world usually tells you. The Academy Award-nominated movie “Silver Linings Playbook,” on the other hand, presents [Read More...]

The Greatest Evangelist of Love, Faith, Virtue and Hope: A Testament to the Power of the Powerless

All too often today, we judge people’s lives not on their inherent value and dignity, but by what they can contribute to the world, by whether or not their lives are a “burden.” Our culture is slipping down a dangerous slope which says that these lives have no purpose and are not worth living. Some [Read More...]

God Told Me What to Say, and It Went Around the World: A Nun Recalls Marching with Martin Luther King Jr.

The following column was written by The Christophers’ Jerry Costello: She’s been referred to as a “living legend,” a description that Sister Mary Antona Ebo is quick to deflect. “I guess if I thought I was,” she says without missing a beat, “I’d have to take a step back.” Not that Sister Mary Antona takes [Read More...]

The Drop Box for Unwanted Babies

Every day, unwanted babies were abandoned on the streets of Seoul, South Korea. In order to save these childrens’ lives, a pastor and his congregation created a drop box where babies could be left safely, then cared for by volunteers. Now, college student Brian Ivie has created a documentary about this movement called “The Drop [Read More...]

Lord, Please Use Me Today: A Conversation with Tom Peterson

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Chances are you’d be furious if a car came crashing through your house because the driver forgot to set the emergency brake. For Tom Peterson – founder of the evangelization ministry “Catholics Come Home” and author of a new book with the same title – that wasn’t just a hypothetical situation, but a lived experience. [Read More...]

Family of 14 Pursues Freedom and Pioneer Spirit on the Road

Bob Dotson, who does “American Story” segments for NBC’s Today Show, recently spent some time with Dan and Susie Kellogg, the homeschooling parents of 12 kids who got rid of their home and car payments in order to embrace an educational adventure that would also bring their family closer together. Very close, in fact, because [Read More...]

Hearts and Flowers and Lenten Checklists

Since it’s Valentine’s Day – and the second day of Lent – today’s post combines the best of both worlds with insights from other writers. Last week I shared some advice for single people on Valentine’s Day, so today the focus is on couples. First, fellow Patheos blogger Pat Gohn offers an idea for the [Read More...]


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