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...]

If You’re Complaining that the Blizzard Wasn’t as Bad as Predicted…

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Let’s say you were in a car accident. Your vehicle sustained some minor damage, but you escaped unscathed. Would you complain, “Darn it, that wasn’t as bad as I expected!” – or would you say, “Thank God, it wasn’t that bad.” Most of us would naturally say the latter – and that’s the approach we [Read More...]

The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant as Told by Kids and Acted Out by Adults

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First Baptist Church of Marble Falls, Texas, started a video series in which they record five kids retelling Bible stories as they remember them. Then they have adults act out the kids’ version. Here is the first in the series featuring the parable of the unmerciful servant from Matthew 18:21-34. Note: it’s probably a little [Read More...]

When Terrorism is “A Far Away Reality”

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Over at her Pursued by Truth blog, Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble, FSP, wondered why the recent massacre of thousands in Nigeria didn’t get much attention in the media initially. Compared to the Paris terrorist attacks, the coverage is still minimal. Her post reminded me of a song I heard a few months ago. Though it [Read More...]

Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban Duet on “Beverly Hillbillies” Theme

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Last night’s “American Idol” included an accordion player, a banjo player, yodeling, and Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban dueting on the “Beverly Hillbillies” theme song. In other words, I was in entertainment heaven. The duet made me smile so I’m posting it here just for fun. And here’s the full audition of bluegrass musician [Read More...]

Lisa Hendey on Discerning God’s Will, Comparing Yourself to Others, and the Grace of Yes

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Lisa Hendey admits that she’s been a “control freak and Type A personality” in her past – and still occasionally is today. But when the blogger, author, speaker, and CatholicMom.com founder looked back on her life, she realized that some of her greatest accomplishments came not when everything went according to her plans, but rather [Read More...]

Since It’s Cold and Flu Season, Here’s Some Health Advice from Sheldon

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(Photo property of CBS, Warner Brothers Television, and Chuck Lorre Productions) A few years ago I was watching “The Big Bang Theory” and the clip below was a part of the story.  It features the show’s smart-but-prickly character Sheldon comedically explaining why those air-blowing hand dryers in public rest rooms are actually unsanitary.  After the [Read More...]


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