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“The Blind Side’s” Happy Super Bowl Ending

Many of you have seen the Christopher Award-winning movie “The Blind Side,” which told the story of Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy (played by Tim McGraw and Sandra Bullock) adopting homeless teen, Michael Oher, supporting him and his education, and helping to launch his football career with the Baltimore Ravens. It was a happy ending [Read More...]

CNN’s Jake Tapper Talks War, Political Journalism, and the Faith & Selflessness of the U.S. Military

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“In the modern media world and the modern American pop culture world, we know the names of Kardashians more than we know the names of U.S. troops who have been killed fighting a war, ostensibly for us.” That’s one of the reasons that CNN anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper wrote “The Outpost: An [Read More...]

The Power of Humility

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The following is an excerpt from the Christopher News Note “The Power of Humility.” Humility is something that Christians are supposed to strive for, and yet it is a difficult subject in modern-day America. Our culture often seems obsessed with fame, so we may assume that people who downplay their talents and accomplishments are actually [Read More...]

R.I.P. “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” Singer Patty Andrews

I grew up watching repeats of Abbott and Costello movies on WPIX in New York City every Sunday. One of my favorites was their first film, “Buck Privates,” which also featured The Andrews Sisters performing their classic World War Two-era song, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” Patty Andrews (pictured center above), the final remaining member of [Read More...]

“If God Would Save Them, He Would Serve Heaven Forever” – A WWII Survivor’s Story

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A few days ago – January 26, to be precise – World War II survivor Louis Zamperini celebrated his 96th birthday. You may recognize his name because he was the subject of Laura Hillenbrand’s best-selling and Christopher Award-winning biography, “Unbroken: A World War Two Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption.” In honor of Mr. Zamperini’s [Read More...]

“Somebody’s Got to Do It, and Why Can’t It Be Us?” – An Adoption Story

Via Patricia Heaton (who you really should follow on Twitter because she’s a font of these types of stories): From The Daily Mail: A couple from Missouri has seen their family more than double after they adopted five orphaned siblings from Peru who had sent them an email imploring: ‘We need a mommy and daddy.’ [Read More...]

In the End, It’s About a Father’s Love: Reflecting on “Fringe’s” Series Finale (& Why More Christians Didn’t Watch a Show with Such Relevant Christian Themes)

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Walter Bishop (John Noble) asked for a sign that God would forgive him. Specifically, he requested a white tulip because it didn’t grow during that time of year. Receiving one would be an unusual-enough occurrence to signal a miracle of sorts. Why was Walter asking God’s forgiveness during this season two episode of the sci-fi [Read More...]

A Woman of Mercy Offers Pregnancy Choices

The following column was written by The Christophers’ Jerry Costello: She’s been there, done that. She left her rural home in the Midwest, went to New York, moved in with a boyfriend, had a couple of abortions, survived a suicide attempt. This all happened years ago, in the early 1970s, when Jeanette Meyer was just [Read More...]

“Batman” Actor Christian Bale Calls Eight-Year-Old Cancer Patient

I’ve documented previous acts of kindness by “Dark Knight” actor Christian Bale, so I wanted to post this one as well. It’s a video of eight-year-old AML Leukemia patient and huge Batman fan, Zach Guillot, talking with the actor on the phone. As is usual with these instances of Bale’s kindness, he doesn’t seek publicity [Read More...]

Little Miracles and Diversity at Pro Life Center

In this week’s edition of “The Tablet” – the diocesan newspaper for Brooklyn and Queens, New York – Editor-in-Chief Ed Wilkinson writes about the work of the New York Life Center, a non-sectarian facility for “pregnant women and young mothers” run by Catholics to help women of all faiths. It helps these women choose life [Read More...]

Praying Before Oatmeal: A Catholic Perspective on Food, Self-Image and God with Mary DeTurris Poust

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Christopher Closeup Podcast – Guest: Mary DeTurris Poust (This post is part of Mary DeTurris Poust’s “Cravings” blog tour.) Like a lot of people, Mary DeTurris Poust was a multitasker, used to mindlessly eating breakfast while reading emails on her laptop or focusing on the New York Times crossword puzzle. Then, while on a retreat [Read More...]

Eliminating Love, Sex & God in Pursuit of Progress: A Look at “Fringe: The Boy Must Live”

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Increasing our intelligence level is a positive goal for improving ourselves and our culture. And wouldn’t we all be better off as people if we could eliminate emotions like anger and greed? Theoretically, yes. But as the latest episode of the TV series “Fringe” explored, the answer isn’t that simple. First, I have to admit [Read More...]


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