Frontline Faith Project Offers Spiritual Support to Catholics and Protestants in War Zones

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When Cheri Lomonte was interviewing a woman whose son was serving in Afghanistan as a member of the United States Armed Forces, the radio host discovered that nine months had passed without the young Catholic soldier ever seeing a chaplain from any religious denomination. The reason, she discovered, is that there is a tremendous chaplain [Read More...]

Maura Byrne, Nicole Kidman, and Twitter: A Story of Initiative, Social Media, and a Celeb Who Cares

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A few months ago, I interviewed Maura Byrne, a young woman who started a ministry called “Made In His Image” which offers support and counseling to women who have endured eating disorders and abuse. Maura herself is a survivor of both of these devastating harms, and found healing only after a Catholic therapist approached her [Read More...]

Prayer for Those Suffering in Natural Disasters

In light of the Colorado wildfires and all the other natural disasters that have taken place lately, here is an original prayer I composed this morning for those who are suffering: Lord, Our world has been upended. The forces of nature appear to be conspiring against us. The homes and possessions of families, friends and [Read More...]

When the Priests Returned to Russia

Today’s post comes from The Christophers’ Jerry Costello: “One day, the priests will return…” They were among the most haunting words I have ever read, the key phrase in a mission story quite unlike any other. I admit to a special fondness for mission stories, especially when they involve Maryknoll–the long-time home of the founder [Read More...]

This One’s for the Girls

(l to r.: Janet Sahm and Kara Eschbach)

Christopher Closeup Podcast – Guests: Kara Eschbach and Janet Sahm, Part 2 A few years ago, country superstar Martina McBride had a hit with her power anthem “This One’s for the Girls.” The song addressed women of all ages, starting with the lyrics, “This one’s for all you girls about thirteen. / High school can [Read More...]

Real Love Such as This is Intense: A New Mother Reflects

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Though she’s primarily known as a talented singer/songwriter that’s appeared on “American Idol” and is currently a part of the duo “Jack and White” (who I’ve written about here), Brooke White is also one of my favorite bloggers. She’s got a wise, witty, loquacious style that makes you feel like you’re listening to a really [Read More...]

Now That I’ve Seen “Brave” myself…

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…I want to share my own brief review of the movie in light of my link to Steven Greydanus’ review yesterday. Princess Merida is “Brave’s” Taylor Swift-ian heroine (assuming Swift were a red-haired Scottish lass with a penchant for archery) who is faced with being forced to marry whoever wins an athletic competition for her [Read More...]

Friday Links: Does Sex Really Sell? / Is “Brave” a Great Family Film?

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1. Over at Ignitum Today, Jared Dale Combista writes a thoughtful piece about the notion that “sex sells.” Jared takes a slightly different view and he even invokes the TV show “Mad Men” to make his point. Here’s an excerpt: “Says who? Just so you know, the people who talk that way think that monkeys [Read More...]

The Right to Believe

The following is an entry from The Christophers’ “Three Minutes a Day” book: During the mid-1950’s, a group of atheists demanded that the words “under God” be removed from the Pledge of Allegiance. New York State Supreme Court Judge Isadore Bookstein ruled against the atheists. He stated that while the First Amendment guaranteed a citizen’s [Read More...]

Fresh Conversations on What It Means To Be Real Women

"Verily" magazine's Janet Sahm and Kara Eschbach with Tony Rossi

Christopher Closeup Podcast – Guests: Kara Eschbach and Janet Sahm When twenty-somethings Kara Eschbach and Janet Sahm met for brunch in New York City’s West Village one year ago, they ended up having a conversation that would redirect their future – and, in time, could possibly help change our culture. After lamenting the fact that [Read More...]

Inspiring Message in Unusual Place

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Have you ever seen an inspirational message professionally written on the door of a Men’s Room stall? Me neither until two weeks ago at a restaurant where I was attending a wedding. It was so unusual, I had to take a picture. UPDATE – Commenter Jeanne points out this is a line from A.A. Milne’s [Read More...]

A Father’s Day Prayer

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I read this Father’s Day prayer in my church bulletin this weekend, so I’m posting it here (editor’s note: this prayer was written by Rev. Chuck Currie): “We give our thanks, Creator God, for the fathers in our lives. Fatherhood does not come with a manual, and reality teaches us that some fathers excel while [Read More...]


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