The Humanity of “War Horse”

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Though it might seem counterintuitive because of the title, the Christopher Award-winning film “War Horse” is actually about humanity. “War Horse” begins in rural England where a teen named Albert befriends, tames, and trains a horse he names Joey after his father buys him in an auction. When the horse is eventually sold to a [Read More...]

Bonnie, Alice, and the Case of the Giggles

Before Holy Week starts and we enter a more serious time on the Church calendar, I’m posting a video today just for laughs. I discovered the other day from my social media friend, author Hallie Lord , that the awesomely witty and wittily awesome Bonnie Hunt is now on Twitter at @BonnieHunt_real. Bonnie is a [Read More...]

Brief Thoughts on “American Idol” and “Touch”

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1. There was an interesting emotional moment on “American Idol” last night during Stevie Nicks’ mentoring session of contestant Hollie Cavanagh who sang the Carrie Underwood hit “Jesus, Take the Wheel.” During Cavanagh’s first performance of the song, Nicks appeared to sense that the young singer was hitting the notes correctly, but wasn’t genuinely feeling [Read More...]

David Archuleta’s Farewell

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Though we practice different faiths, I can’t help but admire David Archuleta’s decision to step away from his singing career for two years in order to be a Mormon missionary and develop his relationship with God. It’s a choice that takes courage and character, especially for someone whose business is in the public eye. Being [Read More...]

Effective Leadership

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Here’s an excerpt from the Christopher News Note, “Effective Leadership:” Put the word “leadership” into an Amazon search and it brings up more than 67,000 book titles. It’s obvious leadership is a hot topic today, and yet figuring out how to be a good leader can leave us cold. We know what good leadership looks [Read More...]

“Jesus Wrecked My Life”

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Katie Davis believes that Jesus “wrecked” her life. In her eyes, however, that’s a good thing. A few years ago, the Tennessee teen served as class president at her high school, enjoyed shopping for shoes, and planned to attend college. But Katie had also grown up admiring Mother Teresa and the radical love with which [Read More...]

Faithfulness in Little Things

“Faithfulness in great things is not uncommon; faithfulness in little things is rare but most indicative of character. Almost any husband would leap into the sea or rush into a burning building to rescue his perishing wife. But to anticipate the convenience or happiness of the wife in some small matter, the neglect of which [Read More...]

The Road Not Taken

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In 2008, basketball phenom Elena Delle Donne started attending the University of Connecticut, a decision that would likely have launched her sports career into the stratosphere. Two days later, she moved back to her home state to attend the University of Delaware which was 20 minutes from her family’s home. Her decision surprised many people [Read More...]

Visible Reminders of God’s Grace

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You may have heard about a recent court case in which an Oregon couple who gave birth to a daughter with Down syndrome sued their medical center and lab for failing to detect the chromosomal abnormality during the woman’s pregnancy. The couple claim they would have aborted the child if they had known about the [Read More...]

CHRISTOPHER AWARD WINNERS SPAN CULTURES TO HIGHLIGHT LIFE-CHANGING ACTS OF COMPASSION AND THE INHERENT DIGNITY OF EVERY HUMAN BEING

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Creators of films, TV programs and books will be honored at 63rd annual Christopher Awards NEW YORK, March 21, 2012 — A young adventurer risks his life to reunite trafficked children with their families; African-American maids in the South reclaim their dignity through sharing their stories; a priest travels around the world to explore the [Read More...]

Snow White, Prince Charming, Hearts of Darkness and the Easter Story

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In keeping with its pattern of reimagining fairy tales and including new subtexts of morality, Sunday’s “Once Upon a Time” episode, entitled “Heart of Darkness,” addressed some themes relevant to the Easter season – at least for those of us who watch the show with a Judeo-Christian worldview in mind. (Read my previous “Once Upon [Read More...]

A Little Irish Music

Tony O’Rossi here with a little mood music to start your St. Patrick’s Day. I’m a bit of a classic movie buff who’s watched the John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara in “The Quiet Man” at least 15 times during my life. Outside of it being a fun, funny, rambunctious film, it’s also full of great [Read More...]


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