Great day! Enjoy our visit to Our Lady’s apparition in Knock and my speculation on it’s meaning (separate video below).

Also see Cong where Maureen O’Hara and John Wayne film “The Quiet Man” and our drive thru western Ireland.

In a separate video below see Batt at his best – as an old Irish story-teller.

Finally a wonderful walking tour of Galway and an evening on the town.

Day Two:

Steve Explains Apparition at Knock

Batt tells his stories

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http://www.catholic-convert.com/documents/QuestionsforBibleChristians.pdf  (David Palm is the original compiler of the insightful list.) Check out this list of Questions for “Bible Christians” that they cannot answer.

I got a response in the Comments below, but thought I would post it here with my response.

DAVID COMMENTED: It is refreshing to hear a Romanist admit they are not “Bible Christians”.

STEVE RAY RESPONDS:
I fixed a bit of his punctuation and responded: DAVID: I admitted no such thing. We “Romanists” do NOT claim to be “Bible-aloneist-Christians” for that would be unbiblical. However, to your chagrin, we Catholics are the original and genuine Bible Christians — the ones who decided which books belong in your Bible :-) When I put Bible Christians in quotation marks (“Bible Christians “) it was said with tongue in cheek — thought most folks would understand that :-)

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We picked everyone up at the Dublin airport and headed out across Ireland with our ultimate destination being Galway.

Because of the fire in the O’Hare airport in Chicago several people got delayed but eventually we collected of our pilgrims. One will be showing up tomorrow morning and catching up with us.

The highlight of today was stopping at Clonmacnoise on the Shannon River and seeing the monastery built by St. Kirian in the fifth century. I think you’ll be impressed with the magnificence and the grandeur of the ruins. St. John Paul II came here in 1979 to pray and we celebrated Mass on that spot.

We are now in the Imperial Hotel in Galloway and all is well. We have another adventurous day tomorrow.

Enjoy the movie. Click here to see it:

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5,000 Year History of Religion in 90 Seconds

September 30, 2014

Very interesting! Watch the world map as world religions expand and contract over the centuries!

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Safe, Quiet, Beautiful and Deeply Spiritual: Join us in the Holy Land over Christmas Break!

September 29, 2014

“Safe?”  Yup! “But what about Gaza and ISIS?” Gaza is quiet and ISIS has nothing to do with Israel. Israel is quiet, safe and inviting. Even all the bishops of the Holy Land said last week, “that pilgrims return without fear to the Holy Land. In fact, the pilgrims’ itinerary was always and is still [...]

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Test Drive It! The Catechism on my Laptop, iPad and iPhone

September 28, 2014

I’ve been waiting for this for over 10 years. I have the fantastic Logos Bible Software is really doing it right and has “gone Catholic” to my great joy and constant prodding. It continues to grow in resources and power. But now the icing is on the cake! The searchable Catechism is on my laptop, [...]

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How the Ancient Hebrews Viewed the Universe

September 28, 2014

This is part of Logos Bible Software. I encourage every Catholic to get this Catholic and Bible Study software. Visit http://www.logos.com/steveray

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We Voted Today!

September 26, 2014

Since Janet and I will be out of the country leading groups through Ireland, Israel and the footprints of St. Paul until mid-November, we voted today by absentee ballot. We picked up our ballot and he asked why we needed to vote early. I told him we were Catholics and led Catholic pilgrimages and would [...]

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Mormons Changing Their Museum to Better Suggest They are “Christian”

September 25, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – “The Mormon Church History museum is closing for one year for a total renovation of the 30-year-old building. “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says the Salt Lake City museum will close on Oct. 6, following the biannual general conference. It is scheduled to reopen in the fall [...]

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Pope Benedict Vindicated in his Lecture on Islam

September 23, 2014

 Excerpt from George Weigel’s article in First Things Magazine. “Benedict XVI, I am sure, takes no pleasure in history’s vindication of his Regensburg Lecture. But his critics in 2006 might well examine their consciences about the opprobrium they heaped on him eight years ago. “Admitting that they got it wrong in 2006 would be a useful [...]

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Iraqi Nuns Slam Media Silence on Middle East Christian Persecution

September 23, 2014

Sometimes it takes a David to defeat a Goliath – or, in this case, unassuming nuns to speak where the media remain silent.  Speaking out for Christians persecuted in the Middle East, Mother Olga Yaqob and Sister Hatune Dogan slammed the American media for keeping silent. The nuns spoke with MRC during the In Defense of [...]

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Mary, Ark of the New Covenant

September 23, 2014

Read my article about Mary, typology and reading the Bible with the Fathers of the Church. It was published in Catholic Answers Magazine. Click on the image or HERE for the whole article.

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Holy Land Bishops Say Israel is and has been Safe for Pilgrims

September 20, 2014

Catholic Bishops of Holy Land Give 6-Point Evaluation of Current Events and Say Pope’s Visit Was a Pastoral and Ecumenical Success BETHLEHEM, September 19, 2014 (Zenit.org) – Here is a statement from the ordinary session of the Assembly of the Catholic Bishops of the Holy Land, which met this week in Bethlehem. The Heads of Catholic [...]

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If There is No Infallible Teacher, What Good is an Infallible Bible?

September 18, 2014

Stan Williams posed the question “What good is an infallible Bible without an infallible teacher? I RESPONDED: The NT never claims infallibly for itself or its Table of Contents. Without an authoritative Church and without the Infallible Interpreter we don’t even have an infallible book. STAN WILLIAMS WROTE: I have this progression written: · Fallible [...]

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Christmas in Bethlehem, Sign up Now, Safe and Quiet in the Holy Land

September 16, 2014

Now that things have quieted down in Israel, many people are again looking for a good trip to the Holy Land. And do we have the trips for you! Work and school schedules a problem — no problem! We have a convenient pilgrimage planned over the Christmas break — from the day after Christmas until [...]

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Our Daughter’s Wedding was Beautiful and Emotional – Pictures and Video

September 15, 2014

Beautiful, artistic pictures of my daughter’s wedding HERE I knew I would cry and I did. My daughter loved it and laughed at me affectionately. When I walked her down the isle it was a bit surreal. My grandson Josh played the piano and all my kids were there in their fine wedding clothes watching [...]

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