Kathy Schiffer

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Mattie Stepanek — Child Poet and Peacemaker

Mattie Stepanek accrued some mighty endorsements in his short life. The child poet and peace advocate suffered from a rare neuromuscular condition, dysautonomic mytochondrial myopathy, which claimed his life in 2004 when he was only 13 years old....

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On Trinity Sunday: The Mystery of the Three-in-One

Sunday is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. It’s so easy to take that for granted — to listen to Jesus in the Gospel, speaking about the Spirit and about his Father, with the ears of someone who has heard that old story s-o-o-o many times...

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Record-Breaking NJ Great-Grandmother Has 171 Direct Descendants

“I will indeed bless you, and I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore.” —Genesis 22:17   God spoke those words of covenant to Abraham in the Old Testament; and today a Hightstown,...

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Martin Luther’s Problem With the “Epistle of Straw”

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm,...

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What About the Brothers and Sisters of Jesus?

“Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are his sisters here with us?” (Mark 6:3)   Did Jesus have brothers and sisters? The Gospel of Mark would seem to say so. And not only in...

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Good Friday: “Praying the Steps” is a Cincinnati Tradition

Atop Mount Adams, the highest point in Cincinnati, Ohio, stands Holy Cross Immaculata Church. Overlooking the downtown area and the Ohio River, it is a beacon of faith to local Catholics. And each year on Good Friday, pilgrims from the local...

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The Sudarium of Oviedo: The “Other Shroud” of Jesus

“And so Simon Peter also came, following him, and entered the tomb; and he saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the face-cloth which had been on His head, not lying with the linen wrappings, but rolled up in a place by itself.” (John...

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Abe Lincoln’s Letter to His ‘Great and Good Friend,’ Pope Pius IX

An original copy of the Gutenberg Bible. Parchment documents, with red ribbons and wax seals affirming their veracity. Henry VIII's Bill of Divorcement from Catherine of Aragon, and his subsequent petition for annulment. Boxes and binders and...

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From Tragedy to Triumph in ‘Breakthrough’

Boys will be boys – and Joyce Smith's adopted son John and his friends seemed determined to prove that with their dangerous horseplay. John and his friends defied the warnings of a concerned neighbor when they ventured onto a frozen lake to, as...

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Science Without God: Researchers’ Bold Usurpation of Divine Authority

Scientific inquiry – that intellectual activity by which, through observation and experiment, we come to understand the physical and natural world in which we live – is a great gift from God. Through the use of our minds (which are also a great...