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…]

Christian History (and Heresy) Make It Into the 2016 National Spelling Bee

(Logo property of Scripps National Spelling Bee) Last Thursday’s Scripps National Spelling Bee finals were another nail-biter that once again ended in co-champions, Jairam Hathwar and Nihar Janga. The knowledge these kids possess was amazing to watch on words most people have never even heard of. A couple of the words they spelled even had [Read More…]

A Day Without Death: A Brief Review of the Movie “Risen”

The movie “Risen” was released on DVD this week, so I want to give it a brief review. In a nutshell, it’s the story of a Roman tribune named Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), who oversees the crucifixion of Jesus and then is tasked with finding his body after it disappears. Of course, anyone familiar with the [Read More…]

‘There Has Been No Finer Act of Unselfish Heroism in Military History’

What kind of man intentionally crashes his airplane behind enemy lines during wartime to save a friend? That’s the question that New York Times best-selling author Adam Makos set out to answer in his book “Devotion,” about the bond between two Navy pilots during the Korean War: Tom Hudner, a white New Englander from the [Read More…]

And the Greatest of These is Love: Videos and Reactions to the 2016 Christopher Awards

This was the first year that we promoted the hashtag #ChristopherAwards at the ceremony and more extensively online, and it was a success. While we didn’t trend on Twitter, we got to the point where you typed in #chri – and #ChristopherAwards was the second option under #ChrisBrown. So, yay us. Part of our Twitter [Read More…]

Pictures Galore from the 2016 Christopher Awards, Where Stories of Heart and Courage Dominated

After months of preparation, the 67th annual Christopher Awards took place in New York City last night to honor storytellers who highlight the better angels of our nature. Based on what guests told me afterwards, a wonderful time was had by all and the food was excellent as well. (Some day, I’m actually going to [Read More…]

‘Stand in the Light of God’s Grace and Show People Who You Really Are’

When it aired on NBC in December 2015, “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” turned out to be the highest rated TV movie since 2011. Much of its appeal had to do with the fact that it told a compelling story grounded in love of God and family. It was, of course, inspired by Dolly’s [Read More…]

How Sports Can Help You Win at Life

(The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “How Sports Can Help You Win at Life” [which was written by a freelancer]. If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post.) “Give thanks to God for the gift of sport, in which the human person exercises his body, [Read More…]

Never Call Yourself a ‘Bad Person,’ but Rather ‘a Saint-in-Training’

Never call yourself a bad person, but rather “a saint-in-training.” That’s the advice of former Director of The Christophers Father John Catoir, and it’s a truth he learned from his years counseling people as part of his priestly ministry. Father Catoir led The Christophers from the late 1970s to the mid-1990s, and the job was [Read More…]

When a Homeless Man Says He Will Pray For You

The following letter was sent to The Christophers by Jeff Daws in response to a request for stories that could be used for our “Leadership in Mercy” initiative: My wife had a medical conference in Philadelphia in February, 2015. I tagged along with her and while she was attending the conference one day, I was [Read More…]

John Schlimm on “Five Years in Heaven,” Doing God’s Work, & the Smile That Changed the World

I interviewed John Schlimm one year ago about his memoir “Five Years in Heaven.” It was inspired by his friendship with an 87-year-old nun named Sister Augustine and the ways in which she changed his life. Since that time, The Christophers have honored the book with a Christopher Award; “Five Years in Heaven” has just [Read More…]