Exploring the Choice for Life & Single Motherhood on NBC’s “Parenthood”

The NBC TV series “Parenthood” is one of those shows that looks good, but I simply haven’t found time to watch. However, writer Kate O’Hare has a piece up today at CatholicVote about how one character’s unplanned pregnancy played out in a choice for life. Here’s an excerpt: It’s one thing when the Church urges [Read More...]

Listening When God Speaks

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The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Listening When God Speaks” (which was written by a freelancer). If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post: “Oh that today you would listen to His voice! Do not harden not your hearts.” These words from Psalm 95 offer [Read More...]

An Air Force Major’s Legacy of Heroism

The following column was written by The Christophers’ Jerry Costello: The nice thing about Veterans Day is that it has a very democratic base for those it honors. All you have to do is serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. They don’t ask when you did, what you did, or how you did it. You [Read More...]

VIDEO: Father Jonathan Morris with Three Steps to Discern God’s Will in Your Life

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Do you ever struggle to figure out what the best decision is in a certain situation, the decision that you believe God wants you to make? The “figuring out” part is the process of discernment, and it’s the topic of Father Jonathan’s video reflection this week. He points out that discernment doesn’t just apply to [Read More...]

When Adam and Eve Met “Dancing with the Stars”

Seventeen-year-old Sadie Robertson from the Duck Dynasty clan has been a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars” this season, and she has charmed both the viewers and judges with her talent, innocence, and sense of humor. She also hasn’t been shy about revealing that her Christian faith is a guiding principle in her life. Last [Read More...]

Teaching Kids About Their Bodies, Their Souls, and the Concept of Forgiveness

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“If you save her life, I promise to dedicate my life to You.” At age 19, Nicole Lataif made that promise to God while riding in the elevator at Boston Children’s Hospital where her 12-year-old sister was a few hours away from succumbing to cancer. Then, an instant later, Nicole changed her mind. Speaking out [Read More...]

VIDEO: Father Jonathan Morris on Freedom in the Moral Life

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“Master, what good must I do to possess eternal life?” the rich young man asked Jesus in Matthew 19. That’s a question each of us should ask today so we can find the best path to loving God the way He loves us. In this week’s video reflection, Father Jonathan Morris explores the meaning of [Read More...]

Growing in Understanding of God’s Will: Father Jonathan Morris on #Synod14

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Christopher contributor Father Jonathan Morris spent last week in Rome while the Extraordinary Synod for the Family took place. Now that it’s over, he took some time to answer a few questions via an email interview: TR: In brief layman’s terms, what is the purpose of having a synod on the family? Father Jonathan: The [Read More...]

How “New York Catholics” Built a Better Church and Society

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What do Regis Philbin, Dorothy Day, Deacon Greg Kandra, Archbishop Fulton Sheen, and I have in common? We’re among the 76 people profiled in author, historian and fellow Patheos blogger Pat McNamara’s book “New York Catholics: Faith, Attitude, and the Works.” I’m not in that illustrious company because of anything I’ve done, but rather because [Read More...]

Overcoming Loneliness with the Help of God and Others

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The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Overcoming Loneliness” (which was written by a freelancer). If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post: Loneliness is a problem we all face. It is a feeling that can occur even when we are surrounded by other people. Nothing [Read More...]

A Cancer Survivor Brings Attention to God’s Divine Interventions

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It was 2002 when 27-year-old Daniel Fazzina was diagnosed with a “lymphatic cancerous tumor” in his chest. Located right above his heart – and actually larger than his heart – it was crushing his pulmonary artery, suffocating him. Doctors said the tumor was inoperable in its current condition, so they would try to treat it [Read More...]

Texas Nurse with Ebola Described as “Grounded by Her Catholic Faith”

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Biographical details about Nina Pham, the Texas nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for patient Thomas Eric Duncan, are slowly emerging. Today’s New York Times reveals some of her religious background. Since local officials announced Ms. Pham’s positive test early on Sunday, the news has resonated through circles of friends who worked with Ms. Pham [Read More...]


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