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Recently, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten made public remarks likening school choice to, among other things, “the polite cousin of segregation.” Unfortunately, Ms. … more
This will be my final column for The Christophers. As a matter of fact, this will be my final column, period. It’s not easy to write those words, but the time has come. I’m 85 now (it’s not … more
So I just call them?” “Yes, that’s what they’re praying for!” This was the short conversation I had with a friend just before calling the vocation director to apply to the seminary. I … more
A few months ago, I was having dinner with several of those I am working with who are discerning the priesthood. These gatherings are great opportunities for me to get to know the men and give … more
“I’ve heard it said That people come into our lives for a reason, Bringing something we must learn, And we are led to those who help us most to grow, if we let them. And we help them … more
So I just call them?” “Yes, that’s what they’re praying for!” This was the short conversation I had with a friend just before calling the vocation director to apply to the seminary. I … more
Last month, the Catholic New York community lost a great spirit of Vatican II: Jeannie Stapleton Smith, longtime director of development at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Dunwoodie, special patron of seminarians and priests, and dynamic promoter of all things Catholic in this corner of the global church. Her death must not pass unremarked. more
People always have the same wrenching emotional reactions—“crazy,” “scary,” “unbelievable”—when they are asked about this political season. Reason and … more
We have heard how hunger and thirst abound in our world. And there are different kinds of hunger and thirst. The Lord said, “Happy are they who hunger and thirst for what is right.” We also know that there are huge numbers of people who hunger for love – to have friends. Dale Carnegie wrote “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” and sold millions of copies. more
A few years ago, The Christophers published a News Note entitled “Building Spiritual Friendships,” and I still get emails from people asking for a copy whenever we mention it on our “Christopher Closeup” radio show. more
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