Kathy Schiffer

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Chesterton's “The Flying Inn”: A Comedic Window Into Contemporary Culture

I've been traveling – and I love a good novel on a road trip! Sentences rich in imagery and imagination inspire me to abandon my usual fare of sober nonfiction, of politics and spirituality and history, for a week or two and bask in the creative...

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Biking Sister Killed in Hit-and-Run Accident

An early morning bike ride turned deadly for a beloved Religious Sister of Mercy on Thursday, August 17, when she was struck by a car in Alma, Michigan. Sister Joseph Marie Ruessman, 64, was wearing a helmet and reflective clothing when a...

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An Exorcist Talks About ‘Annabelle’ and the Power of Evil

What children read, what they see on the screen, can inspire them toward greater faithfulness. Conversely, Father Robert warns, it can lead them into the sordid world of the occult, even opening them to demonic possession. Father Robert is not...

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Raphael's Greatest Masterpiece: The Transfiguration

Peter, James and John climbed the mountain with Jesus to pray; and there they witnessed an unveiling of the divine glory of Christ. The miracle of the Transfiguration helped to strengthen the Apostles’ faith, revealing that Jesus was really God....

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Chesterton's “Father Brown” Tackles the Decalogue

If you love mysteries, chances are you've encountered Father Brown, the short, stumpy British priest and amateur detective. Father Brown's adventures were told in 53 short stories by English novelist G.K. Chesterton. The author, it's believed,...

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‘Black Jesus’: Sacred Heart Seminary's Symbol of Racial Reconciliation

On Detroit's west side, at the corner of Chicago Boulevard and Linwood Avenue, stands “Black Jesus.” The life-sized statue of Christ was erected on the campus of Sacred Heart Major Seminary in 1957, to commemorate Pope Pius XII's encyclical...

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Could Cardinal Sarah Bring an End to the Liturgy Wars?

In the years since the Second Vatican Council, a rift has grown between the “conservative Catholics” – those who prefer the traditional Latin Mass – and those who attend the post-Vatican II Novus Ordo Mass, often singing robust hymns by the St....

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“Extraordinary” New Film By Kids, For Kids Remembers Fr. Solanus Casey

“Blessed be God in all his designs.” That was the fervent prayer of Father Solanus Casey, the beloved Capuchin friar who provided soup for the hungry, kind words for the troubled, and a healing touch for the sick in Detroit. Father Solanus will...

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St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the Lily of the Mohawks

When I was in elementary school, my parents splurged on a membership to the Catholic Youth Book Club. I was an avid reader, and we lived quite a distance from the library – so each month I’d thrill to tear open the box which arrived in our...

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Three Secrets: Our Lady's Frightening Warning on July 13

July 13, 1917 – one hundred years ago today – was an important day in the life of the Church. On that day in the Cova da Iria near Fatima, an insignificant rural community in the countryside in Ourém in western Portugal (about 110 miles north of...