Mary Tyler Moore Provided Catholic Laughs in Two Classic TV Episodes

Actress Mary Tyler Moore, who could “turn the world on with her smile” (as her TV series’ theme song stated), died today at age 80. There are plenty of wonderful obituaries about her life out there, so I’d like to focus on something a little different: the times her work made us laugh from a [Read More…]

‘We’re All Sick Pilgrims Drifting Toward God, Whether We Realize It or Not’

What do a monk, a high school student, and a tattooed Krav Maga instructor have in common? They’re all sick pilgrims. What exactly is a “sick pilgrim?” The answer lies with Christopher Award-winning author Jessica Mesman Griffith and paranormal fiction writer Jonathan Ryan. Griffith and Ryan are the founders of a Patheos blog called “Sick [Read More…]

Phillip Phillips Sings His Hit “Home” at Steven McDonald’s Wake in Tribute to NYPD Hero

Via Patheos blogger Father Michael Duffy’s Facebook page, I learned today that “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips attended Police Officer Steven McDonald’s wake to sing his hit song “Home,” because it was one of McDonald’s favorites. As his son Conor states in the video below, posted on Youtube by Christine Gravano, he would play the [Read More…]

R.I.P. Officer Steven McDonald: ‘God Has Asked Me to Be a Witness to Do His Will in This World’

(Photo: Police Officer Steven McDonald with the Christopher Award-winning founder of Mychal’s Message, Shannon Hickey) New York City Police Officer Steven McDonald was shot and paralyzed in 1986 by teenager Shavon Jones. From then on, McDonald required a respirator to breathe. However, he didn’t live life feeling sorry for himself. Instead, he became a force [Read More…]