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...]

A Little Boy, a Wish, and a School Closing

Matt Archbold has an incredible story about faith and community at the National Catholic Register today called “How a Little Boy Saved a Catholic School.” You need to go read the whole thing, but first, here’s an excerpt: The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has closed down a lot of Catholic schools recently including the elementary school [Read More...]

A Father, a Daughter, and a Legacy for Orphans

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Though Father’s Day is about children honoring their dads, the story below is about one father, Len Gengel, who put his career on hold to honor the memory of his daughter, Britney. Britney was killed during the Haiti earthquake in 2010 while volunteering at various orphanages there. The last message Len ever received from Britney [Read More...]

To Save a Life or Buy a Shirt

The Christophers’ Jerry Costello shares a story about a teenage girl who realized she had enough material possessions, so she decided to help others in need: One of our mottoes at The Christophers is a simple one: “You can change the world.” The words were written many years ago by our founder, Maryknoll Father James [Read More...]

St. Anthony Prayer

Thanks to a call from my mother, I remembered today is the feast day of my patron saint, Anthony of Padua. Here is the popular prayer asking for his intercession. Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints. O Holy St. Anthony, gentlest of Saints, your love for God and Charity for His [Read More...]

How Great Thou Art/Hallelujah

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Being a sucker for harmonious duets, I couldn’t help but enjoy this stellar rendition of “How Great Thou Art” from the TV series “Duets.” It’s performed by “Sugarland’s” Jennifer Nettles and her protege on the show, John Glosson. Also noteworthy was the performance of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” by Kelly Clarkson and her protege, Jason Farol. [Read More...]

Lord, Teach Us to Pray

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Here’s an excerpt from our latest Christopher News Note, “Lord, Teach Us to Pray:” IT SEEMS AS IF PRAYER SHOULD BE EASY. We speak to God and He speaks to us. We probably already speak to Him daily. Quick prayers ask for patience in a stressful situation, seek wisdom when a friend asks advice, and [Read More...]


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