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Christmas in June: Win DVD of “Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas”


Hallmark Movies and Mysteries and Martha Williamson were kind enough to donate DVD copies of their Christopher Award-winning movie “Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas” for our gift bags at the awards ceremony last month. We have a few DVDs left so I wanted to give our blog readers and fans of the show the opportunity [Read More...]

How the Murders in Charleston Reflect Two Ways of Looking at the World


(Photo of Rev. Clementa Pinckney from website of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.) The nine murders that took place at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charles, SC, on Wednesday shocked the country and the world. The fact that they occurred in a house of worship during an hour of prayer and Bible study just [Read More...]

Faith, Redemption, and Survival Highlighted in Trailer for Upcoming Movie “Captive”


When I interviewed writer/producer Brian Bird a few months ago about his Hallmark Channel series “When Calls the Heart,” we also discussed his upcoming feature film “Captive.” Starring Kate Mara and David Oyelowo, it tells the true story of Ashley Smith, a young mother who was taken hostage by escaped murderer Brian Nichols in 2005 [Read More...]

Helping People Live and Die with Dignity: A Look at the Film “The American Nurse”


Inside the Villa Loretto Nursing Home in Mt. Calvary, Wisconsin, Sister Stephen Bloesl gathers the staff in the room of a dying woman whose daughter sits by her side. Everyone, from nurses and administrators to those who mow the lawn and deliver food, circle around her bed and begin singing the hymn “How Great Thou [Read More...]

How an Angry Letter to a Priest Led to a Life-Changing Friendship and Job


Can an angry letter to a priest result in a friendship that also has a positive impact on the world at large? Yes, it can, and it’s part of our history here at The Christophers that I just learned about. This year marks the 70th anniversary of our founding by Maryknoll priest Father James Keller [Read More...]

A Military Family Fights to End Stigma Around Mental Illness & PTSD After Their Son’s Suicide


(Photo of retired Major Gen. Mark Graham property of U.S. Army. Other photos property of the Graham family.) “I knew our son was sad, but I didn’t know he could die from being too sad,” recalled retired Major General Mark Graham about his son Kevin’s suicide on June 21, 2003. Kevin was an ROTC cadet [Read More...]

Real Hope Isn’t Happy Talk; It’s a Force Born Out of Suffering


(Picture courtesy Paul Schneck. l to r: The Christophers COO/VP Mary Ellen Robinson, POV Communications Manager Brian Geldin, Directors/Producers Jason DaSilva and Alice Cook, The Christophers’ Tony Rossi) The word “hope” gets tossed around a lot, and some people may see it as a saccharine sentiment or unrealistic happy talk. In some contexts, that may [Read More...]

“Signed, Sealed, Delivered: From Paris with Love” Brings Romance, Comedy & Wisdom


(Moderate spoilers ahead) On an old episode of “Cheers” in which Sam and Diane consult a relationship counselor before getting married, he tells them to call off the wedding because they’re too different. They respond with the old truism that opposites attract. The counselor, played by John Cleese, responds that the only thing opposites attract [Read More...]

Staying Positive Around Negative People


The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Staying Positive Around Negative People” (which was written by a freelancer). If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post: No matter how hard we try to maintain a positive perspective on life, there’s no getting around negative people. They’re [Read More...]

Three Viewing Suggestions in Case Pope Francis Wants to Start Watching TV Again

The fact that Pope Francis hasn’t watched TV since 1990 made the news yesterday. According to Catholic News Agency, he said it stems from “a promise I made to the Virgin of Carmel on the night of July 15, 1990.” It sounds like there’s a backstory there that, for now, remains untold. Since he’s a [Read More...]

VIDEO: The 2015 Christopher Awards ceremony now on Youtube


For anyone interested in watching segments of the 2015 Christopher Awards ceremony, we now have them posted on Youtube. Click on the category you want to see below and enjoy. Books for Adults category: Books for Young People category: James Keller Award – Patrick Donohue, advocate for children with traumatic brain injuries: Feature Film category: [Read More...]

A Memorial Day Prayer from The Christophers


Heavenly Father, Today we honor those who gave their life for their country on foreign battlefields and here at home. Though they would have preferred peace to war, they responded to the call to serve and made the ultimate sacrifice defending the ideals in which they believed, defending their brothers-and-sisters-in arms, and defending innocents from [Read More...]