Literacy, Community, and the Biblioburro

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Christopher Closeup Podcast – Guests: 1) Sister Rosemary Dowd, and 2) Monica Brown When author Monica Brown first read about traveling librarian Luis Soriano, she felt inspired to write a children’s book about him. After all, this was a man who braved attacks by snakes and armed bandits so he could carry books to poor [Read More...]

Putting Love Where There Is No Love: Sister Rosemary Dowd’s Jail Ministry

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St. John of the Cross once said, “Put love where there is no love, and you will find love.” During my Christopher Closeup interview with Sister Rosemary Dowd, RSCJ, she cited that statement several times when explaining the motivation behind her 40 years of work with prisoners. Currently the chaplain of Cook County Jail in [Read More...]

A Mother’s Love Trumps Judgmental Glances

With the popularity of the Academy Award-winning film “The Artist,” silent movies appear to be back in style this year. Watching this video about a mother who chose life for her disabled child reminded me of a silent movie not just because this mother uses title cards to tell her story, but also because of [Read More...]

God and The Avengers

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Like much of America and the world, I shelled out $10 to see “The Avengers” this weekend and I wasn’t disappointed. Writer/Director Joss Whedon managed to take what could have been an unwieldy superhero story with a lot of characters – and turn it into an entertaining, funny, action-packed film with well-integrated themes about courage [Read More...]

What Down Syndrome Taught One Mother About Brokenness, Beauty and Perfection

Christopher Closeup podcast – Guest: Amy Julia Becker After her daughter, Penny, was unexpectedly born with Down syndrome, Amy Julia Becker experienced an emotional and spiritual crisis. As someone who was deeply devoted to her Christian faith and who even attended Princeton Theological Seminary, she naively thought things like this weren’t supposed to happen to [Read More...]

Back to Mayberry and a Life of Purpose

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Sometimes a TV show can remind you of life’s little truths. That’s what happened to me while watching an episode of “The Andy Griffith Show” about what happens when Andy hires Malcolm, a visitor to Mayberry, to help Aunt Bea with her chores around the house. Aunt Bea, for those who don’t know, is like [Read More...]

Mychal’s Message

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College student Shannon Hickey won the James Keller Award at last year’s Christopher Awards ceremony for starting a ministry for the homeless called “Mychal’s Message” when she was 11-years-old. It was created in honor of family friend, Father Mychal Judge, the first person killed on the ground at the World Trade Center on 9/11. Shannon [Read More...]

Words in the Dust

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The Christophers’ Sarah Holinski shares her review of the Christopher Award-winning book for tweens, “Words in the Dust” by Trent Reedy: Thirteen-year-old Zulaikha Frouton is an Afghani girl who was born to stand out in an unfortunately painful way—she has a noticeably disfigured cleft lip. Having lost her birth mother at a young age to [Read More...]

Connecting Generations

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Our latest Christopher News Note topic was suggested by many of our supporters who believe that connecting the younger generation with their elders is of vital importance to our culture and society. Here’s a snippet: Think back to your childhood. Did you have a grandparent who played an important role in your life? Perhaps your [Read More...]

A Spring Appeal

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Below is the spring appeal letter that was mailed out to Christopher supporters. It will be a rare occurrence that I post an appeal for financial support on this blog, but if you can offer any prayers or help, please thoughtfully consider it: “People everywhere hunger for spiritual nourishment as much as they do for [Read More...]

A Man Forever Changed

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Jerry Costello of The Christophers shares his thoughts on Los Angeles Dodger, Clayton Kershaw, who took an eye-opening trip to Zambia last year: Travel is broadening, they say, often in ways that are quite unexpected. Just ask veterans of the Peace Corps, or the once-young men and women who were part of the Papal Volunteers [Read More...]

A Journey Through the Bible: Part 2

Yesterday, I featured some excerpts of my “Christopher Closeup” interview with Scripture scholar Dr. Tim Gray who co-authored a book with Jeff Cavins called “Walking with God: A Journey Through the Bible.” It uses the latest Biblical scholarship to analyze both the Old and New Testaments. Dr. Gray addressed some commonly asked questions, some of [Read More...]


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