How to Build an Active Prayer Life

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The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Building an Active Prayer Life.” If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post: Prayer seems like it should be easy. We say some tried-and-true words, and voilà, we’re praying. But as anyone who tries to pray with regularity knows, [Read More...]

VIDEO: Father Jonathan Morris on Humility, Part One

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As Father Jonathan Morris acknowledges in this video reflection, people often misunderstand what the virtue of humility is all about. “It’s not about weakness,” he says. “It’s not about being quiet and over in the corner. It has to do with living in the truth of who we are in relationship to God and to [Read More...]

Five Quick Reasons to See “When the Game Stands Tall”

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Opening today is Jim Caviezel’s new movie “When the Game Stands Tall,” the true story of Coach Bob Ladouceur who led his high school football team – the De La Salle Spartans – on an unprecedented 151-game winning streak, only to see them struggle when the streak finally came to an end. Caviezel and I [Read More...]

After Grim Prenatal Diagnosis, Couple Takes Unborn Child on Bucket List of Adventures

Today’s Daily News features the story of Jenna Gassew and Dan Haley, a Pennsylvania couple who are expecting their first child on October 12. The bad news is that their baby boy, named Shane, was diagnosed with anencephaly, a birth defect that results in babies missing the front parts of their brain and sometimes not [Read More...]

Advice for the Spiritual Sons and Daughters of Mary

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A few months ago, The Christophers recognized Father David T. Link with our James Keller Award at the annual Christopher Awards ceremony. Father Link became a priest late in life, and now serves as chaplain for several Indiana State prisons. In a book about his life entitled “Camerado, I Give You My Hand,” author Maura [Read More...]

Jim Caviezel’s Role as High School Football Coach Reflects Jesus, Jimmy Stewart, & John Paul II

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Jesus, Jimmy Stewart, and John Paul II. Actor Jim Caviezel believes that all three of those men are reflected in Coach Bob Ladouceur, the character he plays in the new film “When the Game Stands Tall” (opening August 22nd). Inspired by actual events, “When the Game Stands Tall” shares the story of Concord, California’s De [Read More...]

VIDEO: Father Jonathan Morris on Dealing with Suffering

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Father Jonathan Morris realizes that when we’re in the midst of suffering or when someone we love is enduring hard times, “our faith in God can be tested.” So how should we approach our faith during these experiences – and how can we unite our suffering with what Jesus endured on the cross, thereby growing [Read More...]

UPDATE: Tears of a Clown: Robin Williams Dead at Age 63 of Apparent Suicide

The news that actor and comedian Robin Williams has died of an apparent suicide is naturally going viral. Reports say that he has been struggling with depression for some time now. Whether that had anything to do with the cancellation of his last TV series – “The Crazy Ones” with Sarah Michelle Gellar – is [Read More...]

VIDEO: Father Jonathan Morris on the Last Judgment

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Father Jonathan Morris admits that the title of this week’s video reflection – The Last Judgment – sounds scary, but he doesn’t think it should be if we’ve come to know God as a merciful and loving Father who wants only the best for us. Father Morris goes on to explore Matthew 25 in which [Read More...]

Taylor Swift’s New Duet Partner is Six-Year-Old with Leukemia

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In what qualifies as the celebrity good deed of the week, Grammy Award-winning singer Taylor Swift paid a surprise visit to an elated six-year-old fan, Jordan Lee Nickerson, who is undergoing chemotherapy at Boston Children’s Hospital for leukemia and other related issues. The two chatted about Spider-Man, among other things, and even dueted on Swift’s [Read More...]

UPDATE: Michael Johns Brought Soul to “American Idol.” Now May His Soul Rest in Peace

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There’s no shortage of stories that make you realize how fragile life is. That fact was brought home to longtime “American Idol” fans this weekend with the announcement that season seven contestant, 35-year-old Michael Johns, had died from a blood clot in his ankle. There are few details at this point, but TMZ reports that [Read More...]

Actor Kelsey Grammer Offers Forgiveness to His Sister’s Killer

Actor Kelsey Grammer is best-known for his comedic role as Frasier Crane on the TV series “Cheers” and “Frasier.” But the actor also has a troubled past including multiple marriages and drug abuse. In light of some of the tragedies in Grammer’s life (the rape and murder of his sister, the shooting death of his [Read More...]


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