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Saving Society’s “Disposable” Kids: Filmmaker Brian Ivie Discusses “The Drop Box”

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(All photos property of The Drop Box Film/Focus on the Family) On June 20, 2011, USC filmmaking student Brian Ivie was eating his breakfast cereal and reading the Los Angeles Times when he came across a story titled “South Korean Pastor Tends an Unwanted Flock.” It shared the actions of Pastor Jong-rak Lee, who had [Read More...]

EXCLUSIVE: Father Jonathan Morris on the Upcoming Mini-Series “A.D. The Bible Continues”

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(Graphic property of NBC) Father Jonathan Morris recently visited Morocco and the set of the upcoming NBC mini-series “A.D. The Bible Continues” on which he served as a theological consultant. In an email interview, he shared with me some exclusive observations about the production which will give life to the Bible’s “Acts of the Apostles.” [Read More...]

VIDEO: Father Jonathan Morris on Moving Past Resentment

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Are you walking around carrying resentment toward some person or situation in your life? Maybe you even feel resentment toward God. Whether you realize it or not, that resentment is a burden that’s keeping you from living a happy life. In the following video reflection, Father Jonathan Morris explores that issue by analyzing the story [Read More...]

Lent is More Than the Catholic Version of a Self-Help Program

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Here’s some wisdom from Kerry Weber in a short video entitled “What is Lent?” [Read more...]

Christopher Award-winning CBS News Veteran Bob Simon Killed in Car Crash

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(From l to r) Kevin Tedesco (Publicist, “60 Minutes”), Producer Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson (Winner, “60 Minutes: Joy in the Congo”), NBC News correspondent Bob Dotson (Presenter of the Books for Adults category), Correspondent Bob Simon (Winner, “60 Minutes: Joy in the Congo”) Photo credit: Paul Schneck Today we send our condolences to the colleagues, friends and [Read More...]

Why Getting Hit Over the Head by God Turned PJ Anderson Into a Troubadour of Hope

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“No more fun.” That’s what singer-songwriter PJ Anderson thought it meant to give his life to God when he was in high school. A priest was giving him some spiritual direction and encouraged him to pray more and integrate God into his daily life. PJ interpreted that to mean, “I’ve got to give up basketball [Read More...]

I Find God in Suffering: The Fate and Faith of ISIS Captive Kayla Mueller

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(Photo property of The Mueller family) The heartbroken parents of Kayla Mueller, the American humanitarian worker held hostage by ISIS, confirmed today that their daughter was indeed dead – though how exactly she was killed remains a mystery. Hopefully, the Muellers find some comfort in their faith and the prayers of people around the world [Read More...]

VIDEO: Father Jonathan Morris on Creating a Business Plan For Your Soul

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Even though we’re a little over one month into the new year, there’s still time to make a resolution.. In the video below, Father Jonathan Morris encourages viewers to improve their spiritual lives by seeking out a spiritual director of some kind. Finding an official “spiritual director” isn’t possible for everyone, but Father Jonathan believes [Read More...]

Marriage Isn’t DJs, Chocolate Fountains, and Fancy Dresses. Marriage is Like Chicken Soup.

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, here are a couple of entries from Volume 49 of The Christophers’ “Three Minutes a Day” book about making love last a lifetime: On the occasion of her 10th wedding anniversary, singer-songwriter Brooke White recalled the day she married “Dave Ray, CPA” (as she jokingly calls her husband). Though their [Read More...]

Man Forced to Choose Between His Wife and His Newborn Baby with Down Syndrome

From ABC News: When Samuel Forrest of Armenia heard a baby crying from outside his wife’s hospital room, he knew his life would change forever. Not only had he become a father, but he would soon receive some unexpected news about his newborn son. “This pediatrician walks out of the room with a little bundle [Read More...]

Pope Francis: The Roots of a Humble Leader

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The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Pope Francis: The Roots of a Humble Leader” (which was written by a freelancer). If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post: Pope Francis has demonstrated a way of humble leadership from the outset of his papacy through his [Read More...]

“In People with Intellectual Disabilities, I Found a School of the Heart”

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Throughout history, people with intellectual disabilities like Down Syndrome have often been shunned by society and even violently abused. But Special Olympics’ Chairman Tim Shriver has found that the young people he’s worked with have been his greatest teachers because of their kindness, wisdom, determination, and inherent dignity. His interest in intellectual disabilities stems partly [Read More...]


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