Kathy Schiffer

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On the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, a Theology Quiz

On Feb. 11, Catholics celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. We remember that on Feb. 11, 1858, Mary appeared to a young peasant girl, Bernadette Soubirous, in a cave at Massabielle, just a mile from the French town of Lourdes. Young...

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For Mothers Everywhere: Scrubbing Toilets and the Challenger Disaster

Thirty-four years ago, on Jan. 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, disintegrating over the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of central Florida. All seven of its crew were killed, including the “Teacher in...

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Trump to Pro-Lifers: “Together, We Are the Voice of the Voiceless”

A massive crowd gathered at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., today for the annual March for Life – and this year, the marchers drew special encouragement from a visit by President Donald Trump. Trump made an appearance last year via video,...

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Benedict XVI and Cardinal Sarah Defend Priestly Celibacy

The Catholic internet erupted last week after news broke of a new book on priestly celibacy, with sections written by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Cardinal Robert Sarah. From the Depths of Our Hearts was released first in France by the French...

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Martin Luther King Quotes St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas

One may well ask: “How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?” The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but a...

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A Modern-Day Michelangelo: Canadian Sculptor Presents the Gospel in Bronze

“Harmony and peace – that’s another side of Christianity. The faith challenges you, to be sure; but you also have the comfort and the absolute beauty.” Timothy Schmalz, renowned Canadian sculptor, is talking about the meaning of his art. Schmalz...

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Parents Beware: These New Satanic Books for Kids Are No Laughing Matter

The devil is a copycat. While most children's books have a noble goal – to teach, to inspire, to entertain – Satan himself seems to have guided the writing of some new books which are flying off the shelves, encouraging young children to pursue...

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Mary is Truly the Holy Mother of God

Imagine this: Young Jesus, perhaps seven years of age, has been playing with his friends—skipping stones across the creek, tossing a stick for the dog to retrieve. Ready for lunch, he heads home and bounds through the door of his modest home; but...

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God’s Friends are My Friends

In a series of talks in 2011, Pope Benedict XVI spoke about the efficacy of intercessory prayer. He used the biblical patriarch Abraham as an example — reminding us of how Abraham prayed to God for the people of Sodom and Gomorrah. “Not so!” cry...

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The O Antiphons, the Beatles and the Bible Code

First, I mean no disrespect—but if you are a theologian or a historian or a liturgist, please pop in here to explain something for me. I’ve been reading about the O Antiphons, those profound anticipatory verses from Isaiah which, in the Catholic...