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...]

What God Cherishes

“The kernel of St. Therese’s teaching is often called ‘the little way,’ meaning that no Christian is too humble or too insignificant to follow it and no thought or action too negligible to infuse with love. In other words, God cherishes not only great actions of love, but also minor childlike ones. No matter what [Read More...]

Win a Free DVD of “The Way”


Though we won’t be announcing the full slate of this year’s Christopher Award winners until some time in March, we are ready to say that the film, “The Way,” directed by Emilio Estevez and starring Martin Sheen, is one of the winners in the Film category this year! To celebrate that, we’ll be giving away [Read More...]

Gaining the World and Losing Your Soul on “Once Upon a Time”


“What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?” is a question Jesus asked 2,000 years ago. It’s a question storytellers have explored for just as long, most recently on the ABC series “Once Upon a Time” in an episode titled “Desperate Souls.” From “Beauty and the Beast” to [Read More...]

Secrets of a Successful Marriage


Since it’s Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to highlight a Christopher News Note called “Secrets of a Successful Marriage.” In case you’re not aware, Christopher News Notes are pamphlets on various spiritual or social issues that we’ve been using to stay in touch with our supporters via direct mail for [Read More...]