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...]

A Prayer for Unity

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Here’s an entry from The Christophers’ “Three Minutes a Day” book: In order to help us achieve the unity to which God calls us, here is a special prayer to the Holy Spirit: “When we are divided in our family, Holy Spirit, make us one. “When wars divide us, Holy Spirit, make us one. “When [Read More...]

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...]


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