After Escaping North Korea, One Woman’s Act of Christian Kindness Changed Joseph Kim’s Life

An act of Christian kindness doesn’t always change someone’s life as dramatically as it did Joseph Kim’s, but in his case, it’s not an understatement to say that it saved him. Kim was born in North Korea and given the name Kwang Jin, which means “moving forward with brightness.” He and his older sister Bong [Read More…]

‘Wherever We Are, God Is!’

(The following is an entry from our latest “Three Minutes a Day” book of daily stories and reflections, which can be purchased via The Christophers’ website.) “Everything is grace.” Those words of St. Thérèse of Lisieux (a.k.a. The Little Flower) were spoken when she was dying of tuberculosis and experiencing a long spiritual darkness. Yet [Read More…]

Educational TV, Beer Commercials, and ‘The Gospel According to Sesame Street’

Everybody’s heard of the TV series “Sesame Street,” but what you may not know is that Father James Keller, the founder of The Christophers, was an inspiration to Joan Ganz Cooney, who created the show. During her college years, she heard him give a talk about the need for people to get into the media, [Read More…]

One Mother is Changing the Media’s – and the World’s – Perception of Those with Disabilities

(Photo property of Katie Driscoll) As the mom of six children, including a daughter with Down syndrome, photographer Katie Driscoll noticed that she rarely saw advertisements featuring kids with disabilities. She then co-founded a campaign called “Changing the Face of Beauty.” Its purpose was to encourage advertisers to highlight more individuals with disabilities in their [Read More…]

Insurance Commercial Highlights Choosing Adoption in the Face of Infertility

(Photo property of Principal Financial Group) I was surprised the other day to see a TV commercial for Principal Financial Group, which highlights the choice of adoption when faced with infertility. It was a storyline I’d never seen in a commercial before, much less in 30 seconds. You can watch it for yourself below. Stay [Read More…]

A Deacon’s Tools to Build Spiritual Resilience After Dire Medical News

Deacon Don Grossnickle served the Archdiocese of Chicago for many years as a Disability Outreach Coordinator. That job tied into his work as founder of the Gridiron Alliance, an organization that supports high school athletes who’ve suffered spinal cord injuries. The deacon would help these young people adjust to their new situations, and also develop [Read More…]

Politics, Punditry, and Personal Faith: An Interview with “Face the Nation’s” John Dickerson

Hitler analogies and political circuses may seem like a modern aspect of electioneering, but history tells a different story, as evidenced in John Dickerson’s new book “Whistlestop: My Favorite Stories from Presidential Campaign History,” which manages to be an educational, entertaining, and often surprising exploration of the good, bad and ugly of running for the [Read More…]

“Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Lost Without You” Explores Life, Death & the Divine Delivery Theory

(Moderate spoilers ahead) Do you believe in the Divine Delivery Theory? That’s what postal detective Shane McInerney calls her boss (and potential suitor) Oliver O’Toole’s approach to the mail they receive in Colorado’s Dead Letter Office. “We don’t find the dead letters,” she explains to Oliver’s father Joe. “They find us. Just in time to [Read More…]

Is NBC’s Afterlife Comedy “The Good Place” Heavenly Fun or a Devilish Dud?

(This review was based on a screener which was missing some special effects shots and a few scenes.) “Welcome. Everything is fine.” Most of us would likely be happy to be greeted by that message when we enter the afterlife. Eleanor Shellstrop sure is. But as time goes by, it turns out things are not [Read More…]

Teach Yourself to Think More Clearly

(The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Teach Yourself to Think More Clearly.” If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post.) Solutions to problems large and small, from international relations to conditions in your own community, should not be oversimplified. Neither should they be needlessly complicated. [Read More…]

How God Worked Through One Family to Bring Kindness to an ‘Invisible’ Homeless Woman

In 2011, The Christophers were happy to honor 21-year-old Shannon Hickey with our James Keller Award (named after our founder) for her work creating Mychal’s Message when she was only 11 years old. Mychal’s Message is a ministry for the homeless that was inspired by the death of family friend Father Mychal Judge on Sept. [Read More…]

Author Explores Adoption, Autism, & Win-At-All-Costs Culture in Novel for Young People

It was just a few weeks ago when the world marveled at the sportsmanship of Olympic runners Abbey D’Agostino and Nikki Hamblin as they tripped and fell during the qualifying round of the women’s 5000-meter race, but supported and encouraged each other to finish anyway. For a while, at least, everyone realized that winning isn’t [Read More…]