Teach Yourself to Think More Clearly

(The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Teach Yourself to Think More Clearly.” If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post.) Solutions to problems large and small, from international relations to conditions in your own community, should not be oversimplified. Neither should they be needlessly complicated. [Read More…]

Author Explores Adoption, Autism, & Win-At-All-Costs Culture in Novel for Young People

It was just a few weeks ago when the world marveled at the sportsmanship of Olympic runners Abbey D’Agostino and Nikki Hamblin as they tripped and fell during the qualifying round of the women’s 5000-meter race, but supported and encouraged each other to finish anyway. For a while, at least, everyone realized that winning isn’t [Read More…]

Gymnast Laurie Hernandez Wants God’s Light to Shine Through Her

One of the joys of the Rio Olympics has been seeing the joy on the face of gymnast Laurie Hernandez, who has been dubbed “the human emoji” because of her bright smile and easy display of emotion. That joy wasn’t just there when she, Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Madison Kocian, and Gabby Douglas won gold [Read More…]

Mary, the Mother of Jesus, was the Original Christopher (Christ-bearer)

It appears that my friend Abby Fuhrmann has something in common with the late screen legend Maureen O’Hara: they both found (and find) spiritual consolation in saying the “Hail Mary” before going to bed. On this day, Catholics celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary into heaven. Abby reflects on the reasons for this [Read More…]