Finding Joy in Difficult Times


Here’s an excerpt from our latest Christopher News Note, “Finding Joy in Difficult Times:” Joy. What a delightful word that is! Joy should be the hallmark of who we are as Christians; joy should define the way we live. We have that on no less an authority than Jesus Himself, who said at the Last [Read More...]

The Grace of Brokenness


On the night of January 2, 2009, Kevin Wells—a healthy 40-year-old husband and father of three— lay his head on his pillow to go to sleep when a malformed tangle of veins and arteries in his brain suddenly burst. The sharp pain from the blood and other fluids that were filling his head grew quickly [Read More...]

The Pope Who Quit


Author Jon M. Sweeney is a convert to the Catholic faith who’s always had an interest in history and the Middle Ages – and in Church figures from that era like St. Francis of Assisi and St. Clare. One of the other figures from that time that also piqued Jon’s interest was Peter Morrone who [Read More...]

Friday Link-around: American Idol; Taylor Swift & Evangelization; The Dad Who Overslept; Harmony


1. I was watching the top 12 girls perform on “American Idol” the other night when contestant Shannon Magrane sang a song about lighting candles in the darkness. In light of the Christopher motto which you see in the banner at the top of this page, my ears perked up. I hadn’t heard the song [Read More...]

The Harmony of ‘Jack and White’


Harmony in modern music – as in modern life – can sometimes be elusive. Thankfully, there are artists like Jack and White (aka Jack Matranga and Brooke White) for whom harmony comes naturally. Though they’re in their twenties, their vocal blends and music are reminiscent of classic acts like the Everly Brothers or the Mamas [Read More...]

Building a Habit of Prayer


The Christophers’ Jerry Costello weighs in on building a habit of prayer: “Let us pray.” We’ve gotten so used to hearing that phrase, and losing ourselves in the prayer that typically follows, that it’s almost second nature. Not literally thought-less, perhaps, but close to it. Maybe it’s time to do something about it, and the [Read More...]

New York Met Finds Faith in Aftermath of Injury

2009 MLB - New York Mets at Los Angeles Dodgers (1-2) - May 20, 2009

Christopher Closeup Podcast – Guest: Daniel Murphy As a boy, Daniel Murphy started playing baseball through the process of elimination. He realized he was too short for basketball, too slow for soccer, and he didn’t like to get hit so forget about football. Baseball, however, was a game for which he had a gift and [Read More...]

Mother Dolores Hart in old Christopher Award-winning “20/20″ segment

Even though the new documentary about Mother Dolores Hart (the actress who worked with Elvis, then later felt called by God to become a nun) didn’t win an Oscar last night, this “20/20″ segment about her won a Christopher Award 10 years ago. It’s still worth watching: [Read more...]

The Fault Lies Not in ‘Saved by the Bell,’ But in Ourselves

Yesterday, I came across an article about Greg Plageman, an executive producer for the CBS series “Person of Interest” starring Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson and Taraji P. Henson. The article was about how he got started as a writer, but this is the quote that speaks volumes to me – and should to everyone else [Read More...]

The Unexpected Road to God


Christopher Closeup Podcast – Guest: Emilio Estevez “None of the characters went looking for God, but God found them.” Writer/Director/Producer Emilio Estevez recalled that reaction from a viewer when I interviewed him about his Christopher Award-winning movie, “The Way” (now available on DVD and Blu-ray). It tells the story of Tom (Martin Sheen), an American [Read More...]

Winners of “The Way” – and Another Way to Win


Thanks to everyone who entered our contest to win a DVD copy of the Christopher Award-winning film, “The Way.” I just got back to the office after interviewing writer/director/producer Emilio Estevez (check back tomorrow for the podcast), so I had one of my co-workers pick three winners out of a hat. They are: 1. Linda [Read More...]

The Hubris of Trying to Improve Upon God


“Some things are not ours to tamper with; some things belong to God.” That’s a line from the Season 4 episode of the science fiction TV series, “Fringe,” called “Novation,” but it reflects a theme that’s run throughout the show’s history. Created by “Lost’s” J.J. Abrams, “Fringe” revolves around the FBI’s Fringe science investigation team [Read More...]