Have you ever heard of the Christopher Movement? Founded by Father James Keller in 1945, it was established in effort to encourage all men and women with Judeo-Christian values to visibly engage themselves in the world in order to preserve the truths that were readily accepted at the founding of our great nation. Specifically, Father Keller encouraged people to seek positions in teaching, government, writing, labor, social services and other areas that directly impacted others. I’m sure today that list would include scientists, doctors, nurses, actors, directors and all those involved in the media, whether news or entertainment.
Here is a fabulous video with Father Keller, Jack Benny, Bob Hope and more. In it they discuss the importance of the Declaration of Independence, its foundation on Almighty God, and the need to promote Truth, particularly in the face of efforts to subvert it. This video gets to the heart of the Christopher movement and should be shared with anyone who is concerned for the future of our country. The falsehoods spread in past eras sound hauntingly similar to the lies being spread today. But we should take up the motto of The Christophers:
“It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.”
The Christophers still exist – I’m sure I’ve seen some of their pamphlets – but I knew nothing of the great purpose of their founding. Interestingly, I have heard Father Morris talk about his book, Light in the Darkness, but had no idea that it was about the teachings of Father Keller. Here Father Morris briefly explains the background of The Christophers and discusses his recent book, which I will be reading ASAP.
I started this blog because I believe the future of this country depends on a resurgence in the willingness to sacrifice for our personal sanctification, for our families, for our communities, and for our country. Father Keller clearly recognized a great danger to our country in the realm of ideas. May each of us pick up the torch today and continue to fight the good fight!
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