After a tour of the beautiful Catholic city of Burgos Spain we drove through the lovely countryside filled with fields of wheat and sunflowers. We went up into the mountains in the Basque country and stopped at the shrine and Loyola.
This was a delightful surprise for everyone with the beautiful Jesuit church, visiting the museum of Saint Ignatius of Loyola and having Mass in the room where he was born and later converted by giving his whole life to God. I share a lot of his story in the video. We were able to venerate a relic while we were there.
Another ride to the beautiful countryside up into France brought us to Lourdes. This is always a bustling city full of deeply Catholic people coming to pray, show their devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and ask God for healing. We arrived in time to visit the grotto and have a time of prayer inside the Grotto of Saint Bernadette.

Then a lovely dinner and someone out to join the procession and others went to bed. Hope you enjoy the videos including Monsignor Drolls excellent family in Loyola.        

BURGOS – LOYOLA – LOURDES

HOMILY AT LOURDES

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Have you ever seen a three foot high, 150 pound incensor in a church that takes 8 men to operate? Today we had front row seats for the morning Mass at the Cathedral in Santiago with Msgr. Droll concelebrating.

You won’t believe this “botafumeiro” that flew over our heads at the speed of a rocket. Enjoy day five of our pilgrimage – today from Santiago de Compostela to Burgos Spain.

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Is Scripture Sufficient without the Church?

by Steve Ray on July 26, 2015

Lenny writes to Beau:

Hi Beau, you mention “that Scripture is sufficient to teach us.” There is a problem with your statement is this; it is not in the Bible.  Nowhere does it say that we should follow Scripture alone “Sola Scriptura” or that it is all sufficient.   Isn’t it interesting “Sola Scriptura” (Bible alone), which is believed to be Biblical by many people is not even in the Bible!

The moment someone believes “Bible alone,” they already believe a concept not found in the Bible.  And those who believe “Bible Alone” reject the authority of the Church, a concept found in the Bible.  “Bible alone” is one of three pillars of the Protestant Reformation.   The problem is that it is self-refuting, because the moment you believe it, you already believe something not in the Bible.  And so “Sola Scriptura” crumbles under its own weight.

Let me relate to you a story.  I was talking to a couple of people from the Milwaukee Church of Christ.  He pointed out to me a verse in 2nd Timothy.  “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work” (2nd Tm 3:16).  And so he said the Bible is it and I agreed the Bible is it.  So he said, let’s go on.  And I said fine, but before we do, I think we should also follow the Church.
 
He became a little irritated with me and he said, we just went through this and you agreed the Bible is it.  And so I asked him what he thought the pillar and foundation of truth was.  He said, the Bible!  I informed him, he was incorrect because the Bible says the Church is the pillar and foundation of truth; “You should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the CHURCH OF THE LIVING GOD, the pillar and foundation of truth.  
 
I wasn’t being disingenuous when I said the Bible is it.  I believe this totally so long as we believe it (the Bible) totally.  And the Bible tells us to listen to the Church so it must be included in order to follow the whole Bible.   This is the 2nd reason “Sola Scriptura” is wrong, it ignores all the passages that give the Church real authority.  
 
Again your statement “that Scripture is sufficient to teach us” is not Biblical.  However, had you included the Church in your statement it would have been correct.   The concept of “Sola Scriptura” is a Protestant understanding but it is rejected by many Protestants today because it is not Biblical.

By the way what church do you belong to?  Is it 7th day Baptist or Adventist or say Pentecostal?   Usually it’s like pulling teeth to get an Evangelical to say the name of their Church and where they are coming from.  I get the impression that they are embarrassed.  They make less than complimentary statements about the Catholic Church all the while they are reluctant to mention where they are coming from.  And I might add, there are Evangelicals who are not into the Catholic bashing business.  Some of them are my friends.

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Fiesta of St. James! Celebrating his Feast Day at his Bones in Santiago (which means “St. James”); Walking the El Camino

July 25, 2015

What a mass of people! The Spanish people know how to celebrate and coming to Santiago de Compostela on the feast day of their primary saint, St. James the Greater, is quite an experience! By the way, this is the St. James who was called by Jesus on the shores of Galilee.  We started with [...]

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Driving North from Portugal to Spain; Amazing Day with Profoundly Spiritual and Beautiful Visits along the Way

July 24, 2015

This morning we left Fatima early and drove north through the beautiful countryside of Portugal. We stopped at Coimbra for Mass at the Carmelite Monastery where Sister Lucia lived for 57 years. We also visited the museum of her life which was very interesting especially having just been to Fatima. From there we drove north [...]

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The Media and Selling Baby Parts

July 24, 2015

Ideas for reporters struggling to cover Planned Parenthood -Solutions to the media blackout on the selling of baby body parts.

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Differences Between Catholic and Protestant Approaches to the Bible

July 23, 2015

“Bible Christians” (a misnomer, since Catholics are the real and original Bible Christians), based on their recently devised “Reformation” principle of sola Scriptura, study the Bible with the following premises: 1. There is no binding authority but the Bible alone; 2. There is no official binding interpretation or interpreter; each person ultimately is their own [...]

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Fatima All Day!

July 23, 2015

walking in all the paths of the three children: Lucia, Francesco and Jacinta – biting their homes, their church the apparition sites, the miracles and also their tombs.  Free time to pray and as the sun set we gathered with many from around the world for the Rosary in many languages and the candlelight procession.  [...]

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Touring Lisbon; Eucharistic Miracle; Arriving at Fatima 

July 23, 2015

All the pilgrims arrived safely and in good shape. We boarded the bus and took a marvelous tour of Lisbon Portugal which is a beautiful and historic Catholic city. My favorite thing was a huge statue of Christ the King. After an authentic Potugese lunch on the waterfront we went to see a Eucharistic miracle in [...]

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Steve’s Podcast on Catholic Book Blogger – and maybe win my new Abraham DVD

July 21, 2015

Recently I had a delight time with Pete Socks of the Catholic Book Blogger. We discussed the making our our latest Footprints of God DVD entitled Abraham: Father of Faith and Works. You can visit his site and listen to the interview here or by clicking on the image to the right.  You can get [...]

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Sorry for the inconvenience

July 16, 2015

We have been having server trouble lately. Sorry if you had any trouble getting biblical resources or searching blog posts about grasshoppers.

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Planned Parenthood now Selling Body Parts of Aborted Babies

July 14, 2015

A top executive at Planned Parenthood was caught on tape. And what is revealed is downright horrific.   Warning: Her words are deeply disturbing.   The new undercover footage shows Dr. Deborah Nucatola describing how Planned Parenthood allegedly sells the body parts of aborted children. She admits that they use partial-birth abortions to supply intact body parts.   And [...]

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Questions I Answered On Catholic Answers Live…

July 13, 2015

… with my usual “Open Forum for Non-Catholics.” Here are the questions I answered. Listen on-line here; see other listening options such as podcasts here. ************************************ 1. Why do Catholics think that gay marriage should be illegal but not birth control and fornication? 2. What is meant by grace that Catholics receive in the sacraments? [...]

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The Holy Family Ate those Pesky House Sparrows

July 12, 2015

The Holy Family was not wealthy. When you had a firstborn son in Israel you were required to take a lamb to the Temple for the redemption of your firstborn son but if you were poor you could take to turtledoves instead. Mary and Joseph took the two turtledoves or pigeons which demonstrates they were [...]

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The IRS and MY Millions of Dependents-Deductions

July 12, 2015

  

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Want to Evangelize the Good ‘ole Fashioned Way with Lots of Friends? Want to Learn How? Check this out!

July 11, 2015

St. Paul Street Evangelism is exploding with groups across the country and even the world. Likeminded Catholics tired of silence finally are hitting the streets together, having fun, sharing the Good News of Jesus and changing lives. Tired of just “wanting to evangelize”? Not sure what it is or how to do it? How about [...]

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