Candace Cameron Bure Talks Jesus, Santa, Parenting, Priorities and Purpose

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Actress Candace Cameron Bure, who grew up on television playing D.J. Tanner on the hit sitcom “Full House,” knows first-hand that you can create a Christ-centered Christmas for kids, while still enjoying Santa Claus and the commercial aspects of the holiday. That’s exactly what she does with her three children because it reflects how her [Read More...]

A Modern Heir to St. Nicholas

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The following column was written by The Christophers’ Jerry Costello: Father Joseph Marquis, not surprisingly, knows all about Christmas. But–and this is the part that might surprise you a little bit–he knows all about Santa Claus, too. At a time when many in the church downplay the role of Santa and the gifting tradition as [Read More...]

Reflections on the Advent of Christ

Author and theologian Dr. Edward Sri knows we’re all familiar with the Christmas story, but he also thinks we can be so familiar with it that we miss a lot of its important points. That’s why he wrote a book of daily reflections called “The Advent of Christ: Scripture Reflections to Prepare for Christmas.” Dr. [Read More...]

VIDEO: Father Jonathan Morris on Leading with Mercy

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In this week’s video reflection, Father Jonathan Morris reveals the influence of Pope Francis on his thinking recently in the area of leading with mercy. Specifically, he looks at the Biblical stories of Zacchaeus and the woman caught in adultery. Zacchaeus was a tax collector hated by his fellow Jews for working with the Romans [Read More...]

Speaking Hard Truths: A Review of “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”

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Early in his life, South Africa’s Nelson Mandela spoke hard truths to the white European government that was oppressing his people. Many years later, he had to do the same thing to his fellow Africans in order to guide them toward establishing a nation grounded in healing and forgiveness. The new feature film “Mandela: Long [Read More...]

VIDEO: Father Jonathan Morris on Serving the Poor at Thanksgiving & Beyond

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In this week’s reflection, Father Jonathan Morris shares a personal story about the example his parents set every year on Thanksgiving in regard to serving the poor. He then offers three simple pieces of advice on how we can serve the poor in our lives on a regular basis, not just on holidays. [Read more...]

Jim Caviezel: “I Look for Redeemable Stories”

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Yesterday, EWTN’s World Over Live with Raymond Arroyo aired an interview with “Person of Interest” star Jim Caviezel about his work on the hit series, what he thinks about his character John Reese, how his faith influences the characters he chooses, and why he sees high school football coach Bob Ladouceur, who he plays in [Read More...]

Tim Conway’s Hilarious (and Spiritual) Life

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You should always follow your mother’s advice. Well, almost always. Consider this story that actor and comedian Tim Conway shared in his recent “Christopher Closeup” interview and in his new memoir, “What’s So Funny? My Hilarious Life.” During his third year starring in the 1960’s hit sitcom “McHale’s Navy,” Tim got a call from his [Read More...]

VIDEO: Father Jonathan Morris with One Simple Principle to Improve Your Marriage

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In this week’s reflection from Father Jonathan Morris, he notes that he was blessed to perform many weddings while serving as a parish priest at Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral in lower Manhattan. After a year or two, some of these same couples started coming back to him for help in dealing with their first problems. [Read More...]

Meat, Potatoes, Love and Action

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“It gives you meat along with the potatoes.” No, that’s not a comment from a waiter describing a meal. Rather, it’s a compliment I received from a man who enjoys our annual “Three Minutes a Day” book. He called our office a few months ago to say that the stories and reflections in the books [Read More...]

“This is What an Intelligent, Engaged Woman of the Church Looks Like”

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In June 2012, I interviewed Kara Eschbach and Janet Sahm about their start-up venture called “Verily,” a new magazine that promised to introduce fresh conversations for real women. A little over a year later, “Verily” has garnered an impressive amount of mainstream attention, including an endorsement from Queen Latifah on her talk show. Why? Because [Read More...]

Jennifer Lawrence Cuts Through Security Barrier to Talk with Girl in Wheelchair

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Among the most popular posts I’ve written in my nearly two years of blogging here at Patheos are ones about actors Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence. Bale is known for quietly visiting children who are sick to add a little light to their days – and Lawrence remains close to her longtime friend with Down [Read More...]