Stop Picking on Gabby Douglas

On her Facebook page this morning, Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas posted the following message: “Whew I finally got some good rest after having to deal with some of this negativity. First my hair – then my mom. I guess noone could wait till we finished competing so that we could keep our concentration and [Read More...]

Olympic Gold Medalist Katie Ledecky Didn’t Know She Wasn’t Supposed to Achieve the Impossible

After reading the excellent profile of Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky in last week’s The Catholic Standard, I had to watch her race in the women’s 800m freestyle on Friday night. After all, here was the youngest member of the entire U.S. Olympic team – age 15 – swimming a grueling race that required her to [Read More...]

Leading Hearts to God with Humor

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One of my favorite modern-day religion quotes comes from Mark Hart (aka The Bible Geek) who wrote on Twitter a while back, “An annoyed and joyless Christian is the devil’s greatest billboard.” In a nutshell, it captures why Christians need to be people of joy. That quote came to mind when I read Matthew Warner’s [Read More...]

A Beautiful Warrior Discovers Love After Tragedy

In 2004, Eric Strauss, an ABC News producer for the network’s Primetime series, traveled to Texas to profile Bridget Kelly. Two years earlier, at age 24, Kelly had been the victim of a brutal attack in which she was kidnapped, raped, shot repeatedly, and left for dead. She miraculously survived her ordeal and told her [Read More...]

Former Olympic Gymnast Shawn Johnson on Being a Winner in God’s Eyes vs. the World’s Eyes

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One of the most aggravating aspects of the Olympics to me is when reporters treat silver medalists like losers – as if being the second best athlete in your field in THE ENTIRE WORLD is somehow something to hang your head about. In her engaging and enjoyable new memoir “Winning Balance” (co-written with Nancy Anderson [Read More...]

The Mother Who Saved 30 Abandoned Babies from the Trash

H/T to Patricia Heaton who posted the link to this story on Twitter, saying, “In the line at the pearly gates, this lady will be ahead of all of us:” From The Daily Mail: A woman has been hailed a hero after details of her astonishing work with abandoned children has emerged. Lou Xiaoying, now [Read More...]

Isn’t It Time You Saw the Light?

Are you feeling spiritually pooped? Do you need a God-infused jolt of oomph in your life? If you answered yes, look no further than the video below of The Lower Lights performing the classic hymn, “I Saw the Light.” It will get your toes-a-tapping, your heart-a-humming, and your soul-a-singing. Then listen to the podcast featuring [Read More...]

Love and Selfishness in Relationships and “Ruby Sparks”

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Have you ever been so lonely that you created an imaginary ‘ideal mate’ in your mind that you could could talk to and who would love you just the way you are – and then have that exact person appear in your home out of nowhere? Me neither. But that’s the premise of the new [Read More...]

“I’m very thankful for whatever fluke of physics or hand of God preserved my sister.”

The other day I posted the story of Petra Anderson, an Aurora shooting survivor who endured a shotgun pellet in her brain without severe damage to her speech and motor functions due to a birth defect that allowed the pellet to bypass important areas in her brain. Petra’s sister, Chloe Anderson, who is an alum [Read More...]

How Far Will You Walk With God?

(l to r) Ken Schroy (Vice Chairman of The Marty Lyons Foundation), Msgr. Peter Finn (The Christophers' Board of Directors), and Marty Lyons (James Keller Award winner)

The 63rd annual Christopher Awards were presented in New York City this past May 24. Though the majority of awards fall into the categories of books, films, and TV programs, we also recognize a few individuals with special Christopher Awards. For instance, the James Keller Award—named after The Christophers’ founder—goes to someone who is making [Read More...]

Batman Actor Visits Aurora’s Wounded

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“The Dark Knight Rises” star Christian Bale today visited those who were wounded in the Aurora, Colorado, shooting rampage. It was a personal trip, not on behalf of the studio. Even more classy was the fact that there was little advance warning so press coverage was limited. Bale wasn’t looking to attract pats on the [Read More...]

Former Olympic Diver Credits God for Impossible Gold Medal Win

During the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, Laura Wilkinson remarkably won the gold medal in platform diving only a few months after she had broken her foot in a training accident. It was a feat many thought was physically impossible. She went on to become the only woman in history to win platform diving [Read More...]


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