Father Jonathan Morris on Finding Peace and Happiness in the Serenity Prayer

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When a stranger stopped Father Jonathan Morris while he was walking on a New York City street one cold winter night, he assumed the man would ask him one of the questions he usually gets: 1) Would you pray for me?, 2) Would you hear my confession?, or 3) Hey, I know a priest named [Read More...]

Finding Joy Working with Disabled Children

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A few months ago, I posted an interview I did with Patrick Donohue, whose daughter Sarah Jane suffered a traumatic brain injury at the hands of her baby nurse when she was only five days old. Patrick shared the work that he’s done establishing treatment guidelines for kids with PABI (Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury) – [Read More...]

Why I Still Believe in Santa Claus: A Response to the Santa Haters

In the classic Bill Murray comedy “Stripes,” there’s a scene in which all the new Army recruits are introducing themselves to each other and to their drill sergeant, Sgt. Hulka. This is one memorable exchange between Hulka and a tightly-wound recruit named Francis: Psycho: [My] name’s Francis Soyer, but everybody calls me Psycho. Any of [Read More...]

Last Christmas I Gave You Some Socks, But the Very Next Day You Gave Them Away

Everybody’s heard the George Michael hit “Last Christmas,” especially during this time of year. Well, Brooke White and Summer Bellessa (a.k.a. The Girls with Glasses) have recorded a parody version of that song, which begins with the lyrics “Last Christmas, I gave you some socks / But the very next day you gave them away.” [Read More...]

Michael W. Smith on Christmas, His Dad’s Dementia, and His Concert of Peace in Bahrain

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“All is well, all is well / Angels and men rejoice / For tonight darkness fell / Into the dawn of love’s light.” Those are the opening lyrics of three-time Grammy Award winner Michael W. Smith’s song “All is Well,” which is featured on his new album “The Spirit of Christmas.” The project consists of [Read More...]

Persevering Through Pain and Struggle

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The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Persevering Through Pain and Struggle” (which was written by a freelancer). If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post: Every once in a while we come face to face with someone who seems to defy the odds, who has [Read More...]

I Wonder What God Wants for Christmas

I was watching the first hour of NBC’s Christmas tree lighting at Rockefeller Center on Wednesday night and was introduced to a new song that I think warrants becoming a Christmas classic: Darius Rucker’s “What God Wants for Christmas.” An original song that Rucker co-wrote with Frank Rogers and Monty Powell for his new “Home [Read More...]

A Simple Message of Peace from a New York Subway Conductor

Riding the 7 train to Manhattan every morning, I’m used to hearing the subway conductor make announcements about standing clear of the closing doors, being aware of suspicious packages, and taking all your belongings with you when you reach your destination. But this morning the conductor added a message of his own that was unexpected, [Read More...]

Why a Lutheran Pastor and a Catholic Priest Tried to Save the Souls of Nazis

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If there are a group of people in modern history who are thought of as irredeemable, it’s the Nazis. Truth be told, the orchestrators of the genocide of the Jewish people and the murders of millions of others certainly didn’t “deserve” any kind of mercy. Yet at the end of World War II, two American [Read More...]

Heroes Will Help You Find Good In Yourself

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(Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on Heroes of 2014. Read other perspectives here.) “Your heroes will help you find good in yourself.” That’s a line from country music star Randy Travis’s 1990 hit “Heroes and Friends,” and it perfectly encapsulates what our culture should look for when we dub [Read More...]

How the Unexpected Child of a Sexual Abuse Survivor Learned Love & Strength From His Mom

(Photo via New York Daily News) Last week, Wayne Coffey of New York’s Daily News wrote a powerful profile about West Point senior Dion Hart and his mother Leah Chavez who survived major difficulties over the course of their lives because of the power of love. Here’s an excerpt. When you grow up in the [Read More...]

VIDEO: Father Jonathan Morris on Deciding To Live Your Life for God

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In this week’s video reflection, Father Jonathan Morris reflects on the fundamental option for God. What does that mean? It has to do with making the decision that your life is for God, the decision that inspires you to say, “I’m going to live for God and His will for me.” So how do you [Read More...]


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