Redemption Is a Universal Theme: A Discussion with the Filmmaker of “Vito Bonafacci”

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Like a lot of people, John Martoccia got caught up in the world’s definition of success when he was younger, so he didn’t make room for God in his life. That changed after John had a conversion experience which led him to becoming a more Christ-centered person. He even felt called to become a filmmaker [Read More...]

The Opposite of Bullying

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Stories about bullying are constantly in the news. That’s one of the reasons a segment like the one from ABC News embedded below stands out. It’s about a boy with cerebral palsy who was cheered on to finish a race by a teacher and classmates. For me, it raises questions like – Why do some [Read More...]

A Look at the 2012 Christopher Awards

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The late CBS broadcaster Charles Kuralt once said, “It does no harm just once in a while to acknowledge that the whole country isn’t in flames, that there are people in the country besides politicians, entertainers, and criminals.” In a nutshell, that’s what we did at the Christopher Awards ceremony last Thursday, May 25th, an [Read More...]

A Good Samaritan Motorist

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The Christophers’ Jerry Costello shares the story of a stranded driver who received some unexpected kindness and help: Here’s the situation: You’re stuck on the side of a fairly remote road in the nation’s Northwest and one of your tires has blown out. You’ve got a spare but no jack, and even though you managed [Read More...]

A Sacred Charge

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Here’s the Memorial Day entry from our “Three Minutes a Day” book: On May 5, 1868, John A. Logan, the Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, established Memorial Day to honor the fallen members of the U.S. military. In his proclamation, he said words that still ring true today. An excerpt: “We should [Read More...]

On the Second Anniversary of “Lost’s” last episode…

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Since the TV series “Lost” aired its finale two years ago today, I’m posting a link to the article I wrote prior to the first anniversary of the show’s end, entitled “Why Lost Still Matters.” Here’s an excerpt: Take the issues of faith and doubt: There was an ongoing clash between the characters Jack Shephard [Read More...]

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...]


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