God Told Me What to Say, and It Went Around the World: A Nun Recalls Marching with Martin Luther King Jr.

The following column was written by The Christophers’ Jerry Costello: She’s been referred to as a “living legend,” a description that Sister Mary Antona Ebo is quick to deflect. “I guess if I thought I was,” she says without missing a beat, “I’d have to take a step back.” Not that Sister Mary Antona takes [Read More…]

The Drop Box for Unwanted Babies

Every day, unwanted babies were abandoned on the streets of Seoul, South Korea. In order to save these childrens’ lives, a pastor and his congregation created a drop box where babies could be left safely, then cared for by volunteers. Now, college student Brian Ivie has created a documentary about this movement called “The Drop [Read More…]

Lord, Please Use Me Today: A Conversation with Tom Peterson

Chances are you’d be furious if a car came crashing through your house because the driver forgot to set the emergency brake. For Tom Peterson – founder of the evangelization ministry “Catholics Come Home” and author of a new book with the same title – that wasn’t just a hypothetical situation, but a lived experience. [Read More…]

Family of 14 Pursues Freedom and Pioneer Spirit on the Road

Bob Dotson, who does “American Story” segments for NBC’s Today Show, recently spent some time with Dan and Susie Kellogg, the homeschooling parents of 12 kids who got rid of their home and car payments in order to embrace an educational adventure that would also bring their family closer together. Very close, in fact, because [Read More…]

Hearts and Flowers and Lenten Checklists

Since it’s Valentine’s Day – and the second day of Lent – today’s post combines the best of both worlds with insights from other writers. Last week I shared some advice for single people on Valentine’s Day, so today the focus is on couples. First, fellow Patheos blogger Pat Gohn offers an idea for the [Read More…]

What to Give Up for Lent

The following is an entry from The Christophers’ “Three Minutes a Day” book: The inspirational newsletter Apple Seeds shared the following reflection from EWTN.com about what to give up for Lent this year: “Give up complaining—focus on gratitude. “Give up pessimism—become an optimist. “Give up harsh judgments—think kindly thoughts. “Give up worry—trust Divine Providence. “Give [Read More…]

Why “Star Wars” Reminds Me of Ash Wednesday

In George Lucas’ first-ever “Star Wars” film, “Episode IV: A New Hope,” there’s a compelling scene late in the movie where Luke, Han, Chewie, Leia, C-3PO, and R2D2 escape from the Death Star in the Millennium Falcon. Their speedy exit is impeded by the Empire’s TIE fighters shooting at them, so Luke and Han rush [Read More…]

The Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI

Like most people, I was taken by surprise this morning when word of Pope Benedict’s resignation at the end of February was announced, seemingly for health reasons. I can only admire the work our German Shepherd has done over the past eight years, especially in light of the fact that he’d hoped to retire to [Read More…]

Advice for Singles on Valentine’s Day (or “Bitterness only makes a person happy when it comes in the form of baking chocolate.”)

If the approach of Valentine’s Day finds you single and depressed, check out Monica Gabriel’s post at the Verily magazine blog which offers five pieces of advice to help you survive the parade of people who will be making gooey eyes at each other on February 14 – and also includes the brilliantly-imagined sentence, “Bitterness [Read More…]

A Stigmata-Fearing Young Catholic’s Humorous Search for a Culturally Relevant Faith

When he was a fourth grader at Holy Cross Grammar School in Springfield, Massachusetts, Matt Weber noticed that a picture of Francis of Assisi depicted the revered saint with holes in his hands, feet and side. His religion teacher explained that St. Francis bore the stigmata, the wounds of Christ. “How do you get the [Read More…]

“The Blind Side’s” Happy Super Bowl Ending

Many of you have seen the Christopher Award-winning movie “The Blind Side,” which told the story of Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy (played by Tim McGraw and Sandra Bullock) adopting homeless teen, Michael Oher, supporting him and his education, and helping to launch his football career with the Baltimore Ravens. It was a happy ending [Read More…]

CNN’s Jake Tapper Talks War, Political Journalism, and the Faith & Selflessness of the U.S. Military

“In the modern media world and the modern American pop culture world, we know the names of Kardashians more than we know the names of U.S. troops who have been killed fighting a war, ostensibly for us.” That’s one of the reasons that CNN anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper wrote “The Outpost: An [Read More…]


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