Maureen O’Hara Said Secret to Her Longevity was Saying a ‘Hail Mary’ Every Night

After seeing “Miracle on 34th Street” and “The Quiet Man” umpteen times in my life, it was an honor meeting Maureen O’Hara twice in the last 20 years. This picture is from a charity event for a Catholic hospital in the late 1990s – and she also appeared as a guest on “Christopher Closeup” during [Read More…]

‘A House Divided Against Itself Makes the Devil Smile His Great Grinchy Grin’

Singer-songwriter and frequent “Christopher Closeup” guest Sarah Hart got a bit perturbed at the incessant negativity she’s been reading online lately – and she teed off on the negativity on her Facebook page in a post titled: All That’s Wrong With “All That’s Wrong With” Blogs. Her comments get to the heart of our complaining [Read More…]

Why Patricia Heaton Traveled to Africa to Make Soy Milk and Build Bicycles

When Emmy Award-winning actress Patricia Heaton got time off from filming her hit sitcom “The Middle” last month, she traveled to Africa, built bicycles, and made soy milk. In fact, this is a picture of her grinding soybeans on a contraption that looks like an exercise bike. Granted, that’s not all she did there, but [Read More…]

Writer/Director Randall Wallace on Living a Braveheart Life, Faithful Suffering, & Loving God

“I felt that God was right in my face.” That was one girl’s reaction after a pre-release screening of the movie “Heaven Is For Real” a few years ago – and the film’s writer/director Randall Wallace was so moved by her statement that he mentioned her in the dedication of his new book “Living the [Read More…]

Instead of Breeding an Anti-TV Culture, Christians Should See It as a Mission Field

The website Aleteia ran an anti-television article by David Mills today titled “Turn it Off, Tune Out, Save Your Soul: Guard against exposure to bad ideas –they’re everywhere.” The article begins: Except for the occasional football or baseball game, I don’t miss having a television and think other people should get rid of theirs the [Read More…]

VIDEO: Father Jonathan Morris on Being a Light in the Darkness

When Father Jonathan Morris started doing some work on behalf of The Christophers, he noted that he was a longtime fan of our message and mission encouraging individuals to light a candle rather than curse the darkness. That mission, of course, was started by Father James Keller, M.M. in 1945. Father Keller wrote a lot [Read More…]

An Ideal Book for the Overly Busy, Those with Spiritual ADD, and Everyone Else, Too

Three minutes a day. That’s the minimum amount of time that The Christophers’ founder, Maryknoll Father James Keller, encouraged people to spend on their spiritual lives. No matter how busy you are, he thought, you’ve got to be able to squeeze in three minutes, right? And to help people along, Father Keller created a book [Read More…]

Phil Rosenthal Finds Beauty & Friendship on Food/Travel Show “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having”

Can a taste of homemade gelato in Tuscany produce a transcendent moment of beauty? It did for Phil Rosenthal, the comedy writer and creator of “Everybody Love’s Raymond,” in his new PBS food/travel series “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having.” While Phil admits that he’s not a religious man, he actually tears up a little because [Read More…]

Inviting High School & College Students to Get Creative & Win Prizes

NEW YORK, Oct. 7, 2015 – The Christophers are once again offering high school and college students the opportunity to win cash prizes in their annual contests for young people. The Christophers’ annual Poster Contest for High School Students invites young people in grades 9 through 12 to interpret the theme “You can make a [Read More…]

Building a Relationship with Jesus

The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Building a Relationship with Jesus” (which was written by a freelancer). If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may [Read More…]

A Catholic In Recovery from Addiction and Hopelessness Begins New Ministry

Scott Weeman started drinking as part of a social routine. Ironically, that routine drove him to a life of isolation because it developed into drug and alcohol addiction. Now, he has started a website and ministry called CatholicInRecovery.com to help others going through similar struggles. During an interview on “Christopher Closeup,” Weeman explained that, in [Read More…]

Oregon Shooting Survivor Prayed That Her Family Would Find Peace If She Died

(Photo property of ABC News) Last week, 18-year-old freshman Anastasia Boylan was shot by the deranged murderer (whose name I will not use) at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College, but survived to tell her tale by playing dead. ABC News got an exclusive interview with Boylan, who is now recovering. “Last thing I remembered praying was [Read More…]


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