A Look at the 2012 Christopher Awards

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The late CBS broadcaster Charles Kuralt once said, “It does no harm just once in a while to acknowledge that the whole country isn’t in flames, that there are people in the country besides politicians, entertainers, and criminals.” In a nutshell, that’s what we did at the Christopher Awards ceremony last Thursday, May 25th, an [Read More...]

A Good Samaritan Motorist

The Christophers’ Jerry Costello shares the story of a stranded driver who received some unexpected kindness and help: Here’s the situation: You’re stuck on the side of a fairly remote road in the nation’s Northwest and one of your tires has blown out. You’ve got a spare but no jack, and even though you managed [Read More...]

A Sacred Charge

Here’s the Memorial Day entry from our “Three Minutes a Day” book: On May 5, 1868, John A. Logan, the Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, established Memorial Day to honor the fallen members of the U.S. military. In his proclamation, he said words that still ring true today. An excerpt: “We should [Read More...]

On the Second Anniversary of “Lost’s” last episode…

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Since the TV series “Lost” aired its finale two years ago today, I’m posting a link to the article I wrote prior to the first anniversary of the show’s end, entitled “Why Lost Still Matters.” Here’s an excerpt: Take the issues of faith and doubt: There was an ongoing clash between the characters Jack Shephard [Read More...]

Literacy, Community, and the Biblioburro

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Christopher Closeup Podcast – Guests: 1) Sister Rosemary Dowd, and 2) Monica Brown When author Monica Brown first read about traveling librarian Luis Soriano, she felt inspired to write a children’s book about him. After all, this was a man who braved attacks by snakes and armed bandits so he could carry books to poor [Read More...]

Putting Love Where There Is No Love: Sister Rosemary Dowd’s Jail Ministry

St. John of the Cross once said, “Put love where there is no love, and you will find love.” During my Christopher Closeup interview with Sister Rosemary Dowd, RSCJ, she cited that statement several times when explaining the motivation behind her 40 years of work with prisoners. Currently the chaplain of Cook County Jail in [Read More...]

A Mother’s Love Trumps Judgmental Glances

With the popularity of the Academy Award-winning film “The Artist,” silent movies appear to be back in style this year. Watching this video about a mother who chose life for her disabled child reminded me of a silent movie not just because this mother uses title cards to tell her story, but also because of [Read More...]

God and The Avengers

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Like much of America and the world, I shelled out $10 to see “The Avengers” this weekend and I wasn’t disappointed. Writer/Director Joss Whedon managed to take what could have been an unwieldy superhero story with a lot of characters – and turn it into an entertaining, funny, action-packed film with well-integrated themes about courage [Read More...]

What Down Syndrome Taught One Mother About Brokenness, Beauty and Perfection

Christopher Closeup podcast – Guest: Amy Julia Becker After her daughter, Penny, was unexpectedly born with Down syndrome, Amy Julia Becker experienced an emotional and spiritual crisis. As someone who was deeply devoted to her Christian faith and who even attended Princeton Theological Seminary, she naively thought things like this weren’t supposed to happen to [Read More...]

Back to Mayberry and a Life of Purpose

Sometimes a TV show can remind you of life’s little truths. That’s what happened to me while watching an episode of “The Andy Griffith Show” about what happens when Andy hires Malcolm, a visitor to Mayberry, to help Aunt Bea with her chores around the house. Aunt Bea, for those who don’t know, is like [Read More...]

Mychal’s Message

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College student Shannon Hickey won the James Keller Award at last year’s Christopher Awards ceremony for starting a ministry for the homeless called “Mychal’s Message” when she was 11-years-old. It was created in honor of family friend, Father Mychal Judge, the first person killed on the ground at the World Trade Center on 9/11. Shannon [Read More...]

Words in the Dust

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The Christophers’ Sarah Holinski shares her review of the Christopher Award-winning book for tweens, “Words in the Dust” by Trent Reedy: Thirteen-year-old Zulaikha Frouton is an Afghani girl who was born to stand out in an unfortunately painful way—she has a noticeably disfigured cleft lip. Having lost her birth mother at a young age to [Read More...]


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