“Star Wars” Fans Rejoice! “The Force Awakens” Offers Adventure, Humor, and Emotional Depth

At the end of season one of JJ Abrams’ hit TV series “Alias,” a mysterious character tells a captive Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner), “I’ve waited 30 years for this.” “Star Wars” fans like myself who are old enough to have seen the original trilogy in theaters will adapt that timeline to 32 years as we [Read More…]

Finding Comfort and Joy in the Broken Chapters of Our Lives

Dove Award-winning singer-songwriter Laura Story recently released her first Christmas album, “God With Us,” and she’s the perfect person to sing about the joy and light that Jesus brings because she was in desperate need of it several years ago. Her husband Martin was diagnosed with a brain tumor and experienced complications post-surgery that left [Read More…]

VIDEO: Father Jonathan Morris on Imitating the Heroism of Jesus

While Father Jonathan Morris is frequently on television, he made the news not long ago because of an incident that happened in his parish. A man outside his church was attacked by two pitbulls. Other people in the area stepped in to beat the dogs off the victim and, in the process, were injured themselves. [Read More…]

For Monday Mirthiness, Watch Phil Rosenthal in “Jewish Die Hard”

If the Bruce Willis movie “Die Hard” is too violent for your tastes, you might better enjoy this spoof of the movie called “Jewish Die Hard with Phil Rosenthal.” As he’s crawling through air ducts, Rosenthal declares, “Oy, am I schvitzing.” And he even brings a religious dimension to the humor by invoking the story [Read More…]

A Disabled Child Finds Joy & Encouragement Around Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

(All photos property of The International Academy of Hope) I’ve written about The International Academy of Hope (iHope) before on this blog. It’s the first school in New York City that provides children with traumatic brain injuries with an education along with therapies that teach them to walk and talk. Today, the good folks at [Read More…]

Seven Classic TV Christmas Episodes to Boost Your Holiday Spirit

Every December, I rewatch classic TV Christmas episodes either on DVD or via reruns on cable. Series like “Frasier” and “Everybody Loves Raymond,” had multiple Christmas shows over the years, including some great ones such as Raymond’s “Christmas Present,” in which Ray (Ray Romano) hopes to get Debra’s (Patricia Heaton’s) approval to go on a [Read More…]

“An Invisible Thread Christmas Story” Highlights Act of Kindness That Changed Two Lives

“Excuse me, lady. Do you have any spare change? I’m hungry.” Those were the first words that 11-year-old Maurice Mazyck spoke to Laura Schroff as she passed him on a New York City street back in 1986. Schroff, a successful advertising executive, initially said, “No,” but then she reconsidered because the words “I’m hungry” stuck [Read More…]

The Best Christmas Gift You’ll Ever Receive

“If I knew things would no longer be, I would have tried to remember better.” That’s a line from the 1990 movie “Avalon,” which comes to mind every Christmas season because it’s a time of year that prompts me to reflect on the past and the best gift I ever received. It was December 24, [Read More…]

What Would the World Be Like Without Prayer?

In light of all the talk about the power of prayer going on today, I was reminded of my 2012 interview with “Nashville” and “General Hospital” actor Jonathan Jackson, during which I asked him why he thanked the monks of Mount Athos during his Daytime Emmy Award acceptance speech. He explained that he’d never been [Read More…]

Finding Serenity in Silence

The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Finding Serenity in Silence” (which was written by a freelancer). If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post: Silence is a rare commodity these days, and serenity sometimes seems like a long lost dream. In our fast-moving, wired-for-speed society, [Read More…]

Father Jonathan Morris on How You Can Support the Work of The Christophers

Since it’s Giving Tuesday, the day in which people are encouraged to make donations to their favorite charities, I’m posting this video by Father Jonathan Morris on the definition of stewardship and the work of The Christophers. For instance, you may not know that Christopher literature gets sent to diocesan prison ministries free of charge [Read More…]

What “Scandal’s” Olivia Pope Could Learn from Joan of Arcadia

Despite its popularity, I’ve never been tempted to watch an episode of “Scandal” because the show sounds too dark and cynical for my tastes. But I do read about the show. It’s hard not to because it garners so much press coverage and adulation. That’s been especially true recently because last week’s episode ended with [Read More…]


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