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...]

“Physical Beauty is Meant to Point Us to Spiritual Beauty”


Christopher Closeup Podcast – Guest: Christopher West Christopher West admits that, when he was in college, he bought into the common belief that sex is just a fun, recreational activity without any inherent purpose. He says, “I had eaten from what I call ‘the fast food gospel of the culture’ which promises us immediate gratification [Read More...]

Let Freedom Ring

In this “Light One Candle” column, The Christophers’ Jerry Costello recalls the struggle for civil rights that Black History Month calls to mind: The civil rights struggle of the 1950s and 1960s is something fresh in my memory, and at times it’s hard to realize that not everyone shares those recollections. The fact is, I [Read More...]

The Coach As Wounded Healer


Christopher Closeup Podcast – Guest: Joe Ehrmann You might think that a former defensive lineman for the Baltimore Colts and Detroit Lions would believe a coach’s job—especially a coach of young people—is to teach them to win games. Joe Ehrmann, however, says, “The greatest crisis in America today is a crisis of masculinity…A coach’s responsibilities [Read More...]

Saving the Part of Yourself That Matters Most

How far would you go to get revenge on someone who hurt a person you loved? That’s the question at the heart of a 2011 episode of the CBS series, “Person of Interest” titled “Cura Te Ipsum,” a Latin saying which translates to “Heal thyself.” In case you’re not familiar with “Person of Interest’s” premise, [Read More...]

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...]