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...]

Surviving the “Coffin Ship”

Here’s a story and reflection from one of The Christophers annual “Three Minutes a Day” books: The Potato Famine of 1848 forced many families, including James and Maggie Fitzpatrick, to flee Ireland. Destitute, the Fitzpatricks and their infant daughter, Phoebe, left for Canada on a “coffin ship,” so named because 20 to 40 percent of [Read More...]

Offering Hope to Prisoners

A column from The Christophers’ Jerry Costello: Bill R. is a prisoner, confined to a correctional facility in a midwestern state. At The Christophers we had a letter from him not long ago, and although he’ll remain anonymous in this column I assure you he’s very real. So is the reason that he had for [Read More...]

A Victim Becomes a Survivor and Healer

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Christopher Closeup Podcast – Guests: Maura Byrne, Part 1 / Emilio Estevez “I don’t think I would be alive today if it wasn’t for the hope God had to offer that there is so much more to life than the suffering I was going through at the time.” For 26-year-old New Jersey native Maura Byrne, [Read More...]

Abandon No One

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The Christophers have a longstanding connection to the New York Foundling, one of the city’s most successful child welfare agencies that provides shelter for abused, abandoned and neglected children. Both its longtime medical director – the late Dr. Vincent Fontana – and founder of the hospital’s Blaine Hall Initiative for children with behavioral problems – [Read More...]

This Momentous Day

“Not one day in anyone’s life is an uneventful day, no day without profound meaning, no matter how dull and boring it might seem, no matter whether you are a seamstress or a queen, a shoeshine boy or a movie star, a renowned philosopher or a Down’s syndrome child. Because in every day of your [Read More...]

Finding Joy in Difficult Times

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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

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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...]


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