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…]

Hugh Jackman Says He Dedicates His Performances to God

(Photo property of Parade magazine) In this week’s issue of “Parade” magazine, actor Hugh Jackman offers a variety of fascinating insights about his life while promoting his latest movie, “Pan.” He discusses his mother leaving his family when he was eight, the Wolverine-type anger that produced inside him, the peace that acting provides, and why [Read More…]

St. Thérèse and the Rose-Tinted Glasses of Grace

(All images property of the Society of the Little Flower) 2014 was a dark and difficult year for Father Bob Colaresi, O. Carm., Director of the Society of the Little Flower which honors the life of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. In the Society’s newsletter “Between Friends,” he explained, “I had many losses, deaths, disappointments, and [Read More…]

Girl in Wheelchair Blessed by Pope Francis Believes She’s On the Road to Healing

(Photo property of WCBS TV) When Pope Francis arrived at Kennedy Airport last week, 12-year-old Julia Bruzzese of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, waited on the tarmac with many other spectators, hoping to get a blessing from the beloved pontiff. Actually, Julie was hoping for a miracle because doctors couldn’t determine the cause of her paralysis and therefore [Read More…]

When a 92-Year-Old Woman Met The New Great-Grandchild She Was Praying For

Ninety-two-year-old Millie Martin is confined to her bed due to congestive heart failure, but her mind is still sharp so she spends the time praying for her family, especially the new great-granddaughter her son Scott was expecting with his wife Jennifer. That granddaughter, named Penelope, was born recently and, at two days old, was introduced [Read More…]

Four New Nicknames for Pope Francis in the Aftermath of His U.S. Visit

(Photo courtesy of The Tablet) Before the euphoria fades from the visit of the People’s Pope to the United States, I’d like to suggest some new nicknames for Francis based on what I observed while he was here. 1. The Confounding Pope. Following his speech to Congress, some conservatives took to social media to criticize [Read More…]


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