When Faith, Determination, & Ingenuity Saved Lives: A Review of “The 33”

I choose to believe we’ll all get out. So says Mario Sepulveda (Antonio Banderas) to his fellow miners in the new movie “The 33,” which was inspired by the true story of the 33 Chileans who became trapped 2,300 feet underground when the mine in which they were working collapsed in 2010. The film takes [Read More…]

Overcoming Envy and Jealousy

The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Overcoming Envy and Jealousy” (which was written by a freelancer). If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post: There’s nothing wrong with desiring good things in life, but you need to make sure that those feelings don’t veer into [Read More…]

How Buying Underwear for Christmas Can Support Adoptive Families

The amount of catalogs and advertisements I get in the mail always increases the closer we get to the holiday season. However, one of the ads I received this past Saturday stood out because of its charitable focus. It was a mailing for Jockey underwear which mentioned that one percent of all purchases would go [Read More…]

Chris Christie: I’m Pro-Life for the 16-Year-Old Girl Addicted to Heroin, Too

While campaigning at a tavern in New Hampshire recently, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie took part in a town hall event in conjunction with the Huffington Post series “’16 and President.” Christie’s comments about the way we approach drug addiction in the United States went viral and, after watching it myself, I can see why. [Read More…]

VIDEO: Father Jonathan Morris on the Importance of the Saints

In light of the fact that we celebrated All Saints Day on November 1st, Father Jonathan Morris offers a look at the role the saints can and should play in all our lives. Even though these holy figures are no longer physically with us because they are now “face-to-face with God in heaven,” the saints [Read More…]

Phil Rosenthal’s PBS Food Show to Feature Ministry Started by Priest to Help At-Risk Youth

While checking my Twitter feed this morning, I saw that “Everybody Loves Raymond” creator Phil Rosenthal mentioned that Jesuit priest Father Greg Boyle would be appearing on his PBS food show “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having” this coming Monday, November 2nd. In case Father Boyle’s name doesn’t ring a bell, he created the Los Angeles-based [Read More…]

On Hoarding, Cruelty, Faith & Finding Love in the Messiness of Life

As an Emmy Award-winning producer for CNN and “Good Morning America,” Mary Pflum Peterson has covered her share of interesting, drama-filled stories. But the most dramatic, perhaps, is the story about her own family that she shares in her new book “White Dresses: A Memoir of Love and Secrets, Mothers and Daughters.” One of those [Read More…]

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…]


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