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...]

A Great Catholic Oscar Put-Down

Best Tweet on Oscars

I spotted this over on Reddit, and it's too good not to share.Make fun of the Oscars?  Check. Nudge Catholics to really live their faith?  Check. Make me laugh:  Check. … [Read more...]

Everybody Dies. Lent Reminds Us of That.

By Ken Lund [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

It seems the news lately has been full of death:  We've lost Hollywood idols like Robin Williams and Joan Rivers, '60s rock stars like Leslie Gore, politicians like Mario Cuomo.  "60 Minutes" host Bob Simon, and 21 Coptic martyrs. The New York Times' David Carr entered eternity on the same day as Ahmad Givens, star of VH1's "Real Chance of Love.".Every day, souls are propelled off this planet, separated from the twisted bodies which had been their flimsy wrapper for fifty, sixty, ninety y … [Read more...]

Rest In Peace, Dr. Jack Willke, Father of the Pro-Life Movement

Dr. John C. Willkie

Yesterday Dr. John Willke, known worldwide as the Father of the Pro-Life Movement, passed away unexpectedly at his home at the age of 89. *     *     *     *     * I was in college in about 1970, when I first learned of the pro-life work of Dr. John Willke.  One winter's evening, a spokesperson for Dr. Willke's recently founded organization Right To Life was invited to address my undergrad sociology class.  He brought with him a slide show which explained several ways that pregnancies could be … [Read more...]

Archbishop Cordileone Defends Teacher Morality Clause in Open Letter to Legislators

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Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, archbishop of San Francisco, has issued a measured, respectful, yet strong response to an open letter from eight California legislators.  The legislators had demanded that the archbishop revoke an archdiocesan policy which requires teachers in Catholic schools to be respectful of Church teachings.Archbishop Cordileone is known as a lover of the Church, and a staunch defender of Catholic teaching.  In his role as chairman of the United States Conference of Cath … [Read more...]

Some Guys Just Won’t Take ‘No’ for an Answer! Obama Seeks Emergency Ruling to Advance His Immigration Plan

The Obama Administration just will not take "No" for an answer.On Monday evening, February 16, a Texas judge stopped the President's plan to issue work permits and legal protections to undocumented immigrants.  The plan, which has been decried by conservatives as an overreach of executive authority, would have granted protections and benefits to hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants.  But Texas Judge Andrew S. Hanen, in a 123-page ruling, argued that Obama had broken the law by failing … [Read more...]

Make Your Mardi “Gras”!

Mardi Gras catseyes mask

A Guest Post by Monsignor Richard Soseman Hilaire Belloc was French born of an English mother, and he maintained dual citizenship throughout his life.  Although he lived at a time in England when there was still a very anti Catholic atmosphere throughout society, he remained a fervent Catholic as he lived his many faceted career as a serious writer and scholar, satirist, Member of Parliament, and mentor and friend to many of the other writers of that period, people like G.K. Chesterton and … [Read more...]

Saint Homobonus, Patron of Businesspeople and Tailors. His Name Means “Good Guy”

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Have you ever heard of Saint Homobonus? Omobono  Tucenghi (also called "Homobonus") was a 12th century tailor from the town of Cremona, on the bank of the Po River in northern Italy.  He inherited a large estate from his father, a successful tailor and merchant; but he was humble and generous.  He believed that God had permitted him to be successful in business, in order that he might donate a large proportion of his income to help the poor. Homobonus was devout, and he attended Mass and re … [Read more...]

40 Days, 40 Ways to Grow Closer to God

40 Days 40 Ways

Are you ready for Lent?If you, like me, have been stalling about "getting ready for Lent," with the expectation that all the prayers and sacrifices and stuff will just fall into place come Ash Wednesday, you might like to take a look at Marcellino D'Ambrosio's new book, 40 Days, 40 Ways:  A New Look at Lent.It works like this:  On each day of Lent, Marcellino suggests one way that you can observe the season.  Here's an example, the first entry for Ash Wednesday: Day 1.  Ashes are a sign … [Read more...]

Four 19th Century Nuns, Representing Three Nations and Four Unique Charisms, to Become Saints

They came from France, from Italy and from Palestine.  They founded new religious orders; and their orders worked with the elderly and small children, operated a monastery, established missions in many lands, and operated 50 Catholic colleges, providing an education to 35,000 new students per year. On Saturday, February 14, at the close of the Consistory, Pope Francis announced that he will elevate four holy women to sainthood in May.  The new soon-to-be-saints are: Marie-Alphonsine Danil Gh … [Read more...]