How I Spent My (Sorta, Kinda) Winter Vacation….

Kathy with Lisa Hendey 2

Blogging's been light over at Chez Schiffer in the last week!That's because I've been a bit of an itinerant--not traveling the globe, like fellow Patheosi Lisa Hendey who's recently home from Tanzania and Hawaii, but moving around the South, with stops in Atlanta, Georgia and Greenville, South Carolina. *     *     *     *     * In Atlanta, I visited the set of the upcoming movie "90 Minutes in Heaven" which is scheduled to hit theaters next Fall.  The movie is based on Don Piper's  … [Read more...]

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Ostia Antica: St. Augustine’s Home Town

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On August 28, we celebrate the feast of St. Augustine of Hippo, the North African convert who became one of Catholicism's greatest educators after his conversion.I've posted several articles about St. Augustine (here and here and here).  I thought I’d round out the series with a few pics from some of his favorite hometown haunts.Back in 2003 or 2004, I had the privilege of leading a group of pilgrims to some of the fun spots in and around Rome.   One of my favorite spots, outside of t … [Read more...]

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La Verna: St. Francis’ Hilltop Home-Away-From-Home

All the bells summon the monks to prayer.

St. Francis, after whom our new pope is named, is most often associated with the Italian village  of Assisi.  And fair enough:  Assisi was home base for Francis and the other monks of the Order of Friars Minor.Sometimes, though, he just needed to get away.  That’s what happened when, in August 1224, Francis withdrew to La Verna, about a day’s walk away, for an extended 40-day period of prayer and fasting.Pope Francis has invited the monks of La Verna to attend his inaugural Mass tomorrow … [Read more...]

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