A Little Girl’s Brain Injury Set Her Dad on a Quest for Treatment and Healing

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When Sarah Jane Donohue came into the world on June 5, 2005, she was a happy, healthy newborn. Five days later, she had two broken collarbones, four broken ribs, and a traumatic brain injury that destroyed 60 percent of the rear cortex of her brain. Why? Because she was shaken violently by the baby nurse [Read More...]

Blessed are the Merciful: Living Mercy Today

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The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Blessed are the Merciful.” If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post: Mercy isn’t the most concrete concept in our spiritual toolbox. It’s much easier to recognize mercy when we see it in action than it is to define [Read More...]

“Chivalry is not Dead…Among Small Children”

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This classic entry from “America’s Funniest Home Videos” was shared on Facebook this morning by my friend Brooke, an actress, singer, and voiceover artist. She described this :40 second clip of a brother and sister as: “This is the single sweetest video I’ve ever seen. Chivalry is not dead…among small children.” [Read more...]

VIDEO: Father Jonathan Morris on Praying for Our Enemies

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In this week’s video, Father Jonathan Morris reflects on Jesus’s commandment to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. He describes this mandate as “very hard to swallow,” and realizes that we can all probably come up with an abundance of reasons not to forgive the people with whom we’ve had conflicts. [Read More...]

Jack Bauer, Vengeance, and Agape: A Review of the “24: Live Another Day” Finale

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(The following post was written between 9:00am and 10:00am.) You wouldn’t expect a TV series with as high and bloody a body count as “24: Live Another Day” to include the concept of agape love, but the finale offered exactly that in the midst of its assassinations and even a beheading. After a four year [Read More...]

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: A Parable about War, Violence, and Human Nature

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Some people claim that organized religion is the root of all evil and violence in the world – that without disputes over God, humanity would live in relative peace. I thought of those people while watching “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” which presents a world in which violence and war still exist without [Read More...]

“NY Med’s” Specialty is Helping Viewers Appreciate and Embrace Life

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During the Christopher Award-winning first season of the documentary TV series “NY Med,” a member of the medical staff commented that his job has taught him there are a lot of different ways a person can die – more ways than he ever realized. Ironically, “NY Med’s” specialty is helping viewers appreciate and embrace life. [Read More...]

Wounded Vietnam Vet Finds God’s Love in Pro Golfer’s Kindness

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The following column was written by The Christophers’ Jerry Costello: This is a story about a wounded Marine, ready to give up on life, and a visiting celebrity who convinced him otherwise—that God still had a job for him to do. It’s a perfect Christopher story, sent my way by a college classmate, and it’s [Read More...]

Opening Hearts to the Holy Spirit: An Interview with Singer-Songwriter Tori Harris

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For 25-year-old singer-songwriter Tori Harris, attending a Baptist University was the best thing that ever happened to her Catholic faith. Though she grew up attending Catholic school and seeing her parents as models of the faith, Harris acknowledged during a recent interview on “Christopher Closeup” that she embraced Catholicism more intentionally in college because of [Read More...]

Nun Who Challenged Billy the Kid is on the Road to Sainthood

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From today’s Associated Press: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Archdiocese of Santa Fe announced Wednesday it is exploring sainthood for an Italian-born nun who challenged Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs and helped open New Mexico territory hospitals and schools. Archbishop Michael Sheehan said he has received permission from the Vatican to open the “Sainthood [Read More...]

How Two Sentences from Mark’s Gospel Spread Education, Hope and Purpose Around the World

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When Jim Ziolkowski got word that several inmates at the maximum security prison Sing Sing wanted to meet with him, he wasn’t sure what to expect. It seems they had all read his Christopher Award-winning book “Walk In Their Shoes: Can One Person Change the World?” about his creation of the nonprofit buildOn, and wanted [Read More...]

UPDATE: Thanks, William Devane: A President’s Sacrifice Produces Best Episode of “24″ in Years

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During its regular eight season run, “24″ never shied away from killing main characters – a story element that, when it’s done right, leaves viewers feeling emotionally devastated. Sometimes it worked, as in the case of Jack Bauer’s wife’s murder at the end of season one. Other times, it felt forced and unnatural, as if [Read More...]


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