The Surviving Audio of C.S. Lewis Talking About Prayer

During World War II, C.S. Lewis gave a series of radio addresses to the British nation.  His words inspired people who were tired of war, and the series was later published as a book titled "Mere Christianity."Unfortunately, most of the BBC reels were recycled; and Lewis' prophetic voice was almost lost to history.  One reel survived, however--a talk about prayer and evolution. … [Read more...]

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Fr. Hubert Schiffer and the Jesuit Priests Who Survived Hiroshima

I wish I could tell you that I'm related to Jesuit Father Hubert Schiffer.  I've asked family members, hoping someone will be able to prove that he's a second cousin twice removed....  But while we know of two priests among my husband's ancestors, Father Schiffer's name doesn't come up. I like to imagine, though, that we have some kind of special link.  Two Schiffers with a common destination. Father Schiffer's story has been on my mind lately for at least two reasons:On July 29 Theodore "Du … [Read more...]

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The Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth: Heroes, Then and Now

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Blessed Martyrs of Nowogródek.  I saw this painting this morning and caught my breath:  I recognized the habit, but what was this story!?In the twelve years I spent under the tutelage of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, I don’t remember ever hearing the story of how eleven of their Sisters died in 1943 in occupied Poland, executed by a Nazi firing squad.  Here is their story. *     *     *     *     * The Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth … [Read more...]

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