Kathy Schiffer

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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...

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Robert Frost's “Prayer in Spring”

The beloved American poet philosopher Robert Frost, four-time Pulitzer Prize winner, had a birthday this month! Frost was born on March 26, 1874. Frost is best known for his sentimental depictions of American rural life. You may remember one of...

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Happy Birthday, St. Teresa of Avila!

St. Teresa of Avila – mystic, writer, reformer, and the founder of the Discalced Carmelites – was born more than 500 years ago, on March 28, 1515. Her feast day is celebrated Oct. 15, the anniversary of her death. St. Teresa was honored in 1970,...

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Mixed Reviews for History Channel's New Lenten Series ‘Jesus: His Life’

First let me say something positive: I like the visuals in the History Channel’s new eight-part Lenten series, Jesus: His Life. The acting is professional; the setting is authentically “Middle Eastern desert.” I am surprised by Jesus – the actor...