America the Beautiful

Since The Anchoress already posted Kelly Clarkson’s excellent rendition of the National Anthem at last night’s Super Bowl, I’m highlighting the gorgeous harmonies of Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton singing “America the Beautiful:” [Read more...]

Does This Describe Your Relationship with Your Guardian Angel?


Credit: “Soup to Nutz” comic strip [Read more...]

Blessed Are The Ones

The countdown to the release of Audrey Assad’s new album, “Heart,” continues with the video of a live performance of the song “Blessed Are The Ones.” You deserve to end your week on a high note and start your weekend in a good (and spiritually thoughtful) mood. This song will do that for you. [Read more...]

Groundhog Day and the March for Life


Today is Groundhog Day which calls to mind the great Bill Murray comedy in which his character has to live the same Groundhog Day over and over until he learns a lesson about making choices in his life that will help him become a better human being. I thought of that movie last week as [Read More...]

The Choice To Save Mothers and Babies


Christopher Closeup Podcast – Guest: Kathy DiFiore In 1981, Kathy DiFiore reached a defining moment in her life.  The NYU graduate with an MBA and a successful career as a Wall Street executive was feeling spiritually unfulfilled.  Raised in a Catholic family, Kathy was especially influenced by her grandmother who always taught her to keep [Read More...]

A Smile as Big as the Moon


Autism, Down syndrome, Tourette’s and ADHD are just some of the intellectual disabilities that special ed teachers Mike Kersjes and Robynn McKinney deal with in their classroom of students at Forest Hills Northern High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. But where others may define the students by what they lack, Kersjes believes in their potential [Read More...]

A Quiet Hero Revealed


Christopher Closeup Podcast – Guest: Rita Cosby In yesterday’s post, I started to share the story of Emmy Award-winning journalist Rita Cosby who wrote a best-selling book called “Quiet Hero” about her father’s World War II past in Poland and the emotional wounds that allowed him to abandon their family years later without showing a [Read More...]

The Hero Who Abandoned His Family

Rita Cosby

Christopher Closeup Podcast – Guest: Rita Cosby Anyone who thinks they’ve got a family relationship that is beyond repair needs to consider the story Rita Cosby shares in her best-selling book, “Quiet Hero.” It was Christmas Eve, 1983, when the future Emmy Award-winning journalist and best-selling author heard her mother, Adda, and father, Richard, having [Read More...]

The Simple Alchemy of Love

Patricia Heaton

In honor of the March for Life in Washington, DC, I’d like to highlight two pro-life women who give witness to the rights of the unborn. The first is actress Patricia Heaton, who you may know from her roles on the TV series “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “The Middle.”  Heaton learned to articulate her position [Read More...]

His Eye is on the Sparrow

Audrey Assad "Sparrow"

Popular singer/songwriter Audrey Assad (who could definitely play the lead in “The Tina Fey Story” if they ever make a movie about the actress’s life) just released the “official lyric video” for the song “Sparrow” which will be on her soon-to-be-released album, “Heart.” “Sparrow” is inspired by Jesus’ words in Matthew’s gospel, “Are not two [Read More...]

The Kindness That Changed Two Lives

Today’s entry is a column penned by The Christophers’ Jerry Costello about a local story that caught his eye and moved his heart: One of the cornerstones of Christopher life is the old Chinese saying that became our motto: “It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.” It not only makes sense; [Read More...]

Good Voice, Good Heart

Last night’s “American Idol” premiere went behind-the-scenes with contestant Lauren Mink who works with people who have intellectual disabilities like Down syndrome and autism. And Lauren’s voice gave judge Jennifer Lopez “the goosies” (translation: goosebumps). Look and listen: [Read more...]