These Olympians Remain Grounded in Their Catholic Faith

As a sucker for a good story, I always look forward to the Olympics because they’re full of them. I love watching the joy in athletes’ faces as their tireless efforts pay off in a medal of some sort. Of course, gold is the objective, but there’s no shame in silver or bronze either. The [Read More…]

Enjoy the Wonders of God’s Good Earth

(The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Enjoy the Wonders of God’s Good Earth,” which was written by a freelancer. If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post.) “The entire material universe speaks of God’s love, His boundless affection for us. Soil, water, mountains: everything is, [Read More…]

Sounds of Harmony and Visions of Light Amidst Chicago’s Violence

The murder rate in Chicago has risen 72 percent in 2016. According to USA Today, “Police said the disturbing rise in violence is driven by gangs and mostly contained to a handful of pockets on the city’s South and West sides.” Still, there are glimmers of hope, of young people who resist the dark forces [Read More…]

When Ron Burgundy interviewed Jim Caviezel and Treated Him Like Jesus

In light of all the bad news lately, I’m posting something lighter. It’s a 12-year-old clip of Will Ferrell, playing his dunderhead “Anchorman” character Ron Burgundy, interviewing actor Jim Caviezel, who he believes is really Jesus. It’s an amusing three-and-a-half minutes that was done for the MTV Movie Awards. And Caviezel plays along, displaying he’s [Read More…]

The Day the Nuns Met Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds

(Photo property IMP Features/Ferry de Kok) While shooting a movie called “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” in Amsterdam, Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds appear to have been mobbed by a group of fangirl nuns. The Daily Mail reports: Whether scripted or by chance, a van bearing the [Sacred] Heart on the side pulled up at the [Read More…]

Live Together or Die Alone: Reflecting on an Angry America

(Photo property of Ting Shen/The Dallas Morning News) “Last week most of us were strangers. But we’re all here now. And God knows how long we’re going to be here. But if we can’t live together, we’re going to die alone.” That’s a famous speech from an episode of “Lost,” in which Jack Shephard (Matthew [Read More…]

Behind All Joy Lies the Cross: A Review of the Film “The Innocents”

While the Soviets helped defeat the Nazis to secure a World War II victory for the Allies, they wound up bringing their own brand of vengeance and tyranny to the lands they took over in the ensuing years. That is the starting point for a new inspired-by-a-true-story Polish/French film called “The Innocents,” which is set [Read More…]

Doubting and Stumbling Are Part of the Road to Salvation: An Interview with Sarah Hart

It’s not always easy to wrap our heads or hearts around the concept of God’s unconditional love, His willingness to help us carry our burdens, and His call for us to live lives grounded in faith and joy. But sometimes music can help us better absorb those truths. That’s the kind of music Grammy nominated [Read More…]

Requiem and Redemption: A Review of the “Person of Interest” Series Finale

“We got into this to stop bad things from happening to good people.” That’s how John Reese (Jim Caviezel) summed up his work with Harold Finch (Michael Emerson) during the first season of “Person of Interest,” the CBS TV series which aired its series finale last night (and which I’ll comment on a little further [Read More…]

Reinvent Yourself to Find Success

(The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Reinvent Yourself to Find Success,” which was written by a freelancer. If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post.) We humans are big on planning and control. We want to map out our next move, our next day, our [Read More…]

God and “Person of Interest’s” Harold Finch Seem to Agree on Free Will

(Photos property of CBS) “Why do bad things happen to good people?” is a question that philosophers, theologians, and ordinary people have grappled with for ages. For believers, this can be an especially challenging issue since we insist that a good and loving God created the universe. Part of the answer, at least, is that [Read More…]

Keep Your Strengths from Turning Into Weaknesses

(The following is an entry from volume 50 of The Christophers’ annual book “Three Minutes a Day”): It’s natural for people to emphasize their strong points. But, strengths taken to extremes can turn into weaknesses. Hollywood producer Dore Schary had this to say on the topic: “A person who calls himself frank and candid can [Read More…]