What Do Cardinal Newman and Hank Williams Sr. Have in Common?

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What does 19th century Catholic cleric Cardinal John Henry Newman have in common with 20th century talented-but-self-destructive-singer-songwriter Hank Williams Sr.? For one thing, both of them have songs featured on the outstanding new album by The Lower Lights entitled “A Hymn Revival: Volume 2.” I originally wrote about this vocal group consisting of 40 singers [Read More...]

The Passing of a Quiet Hero

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This morning on her Facebook page, former Christopher Closeup guest Rita Cosby announced the passing of her father Richard: “The 4th of July is a time to appreciate freedom and what it means to be an American. On this holiday, some very sad news about one of the greatest patriots I’ve ever known. It’s taken [Read More...]

A Message from Sheriff Andy Taylor and Opie on the 4th of July

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Remembering the late Andy Griffith’s TV Legacy

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The passing of actor Andy Griffith today at age 86 is a good time to remember his television legacy which impacted popular culture in such a positive way. Though I vaguely remembered watching repeats of “The Andy Griffith Show” as a kid, I came to appreciate the series much more when I rented a tape [Read More...]

We Hold These Truths

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The founder of The Christophers, Father James Keller, was an expert on the Declaration of Independence.  He passionately believed in its words, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit [Read More...]

Frontline Faith Project Offers Spiritual Support to Catholics and Protestants in War Zones

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When Cheri Lomonte was interviewing a woman whose son was serving in Afghanistan as a member of the United States Armed Forces, the radio host discovered that nine months had passed without the young Catholic soldier ever seeing a chaplain from any religious denomination. The reason, she discovered, is that there is a tremendous chaplain [Read More...]

Maura Byrne, Nicole Kidman, and Twitter: A Story of Initiative, Social Media, and a Celeb Who Cares

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A few months ago, I interviewed Maura Byrne, a young woman who started a ministry called “Made In His Image” which offers support and counseling to women who have endured eating disorders and abuse. Maura herself is a survivor of both of these devastating harms, and found healing only after a Catholic therapist approached her [Read More...]

Prayer for Those Suffering in Natural Disasters

In light of the Colorado wildfires and all the other natural disasters that have taken place lately, here is an original prayer I composed this morning for those who are suffering: Lord, Our world has been upended. The forces of nature appear to be conspiring against us. The homes and possessions of families, friends and [Read More...]

When the Priests Returned to Russia

Today’s post comes from The Christophers’ Jerry Costello: “One day, the priests will return…” They were among the most haunting words I have ever read, the key phrase in a mission story quite unlike any other. I admit to a special fondness for mission stories, especially when they involve Maryknoll–the long-time home of the founder [Read More...]

This One’s for the Girls

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Christopher Closeup Podcast – Guests: Kara Eschbach and Janet Sahm, Part 2 A few years ago, country superstar Martina McBride had a hit with her power anthem “This One’s for the Girls.” The song addressed women of all ages, starting with the lyrics, “This one’s for all you girls about thirteen. / High school can [Read More...]

Real Love Such as This is Intense: A New Mother Reflects

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Though she’s primarily known as a talented singer/songwriter that’s appeared on “American Idol” and is currently a part of the duo “Jack and White” (who I’ve written about here), Brooke White is also one of my favorite bloggers. She’s got a wise, witty, loquacious style that makes you feel like you’re listening to a really [Read More...]

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...]


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