Emily and me

Emily is a sweetheart and I thank God that he gave me this beautiful and lovely girl to raise. Now she will let go of my hand to hold that of another man.

Sean Regan is his name and he is one lucky man. Janet and I are listening to Daddy-Daughter songs deciding which one Emily and I will dance to today. Needless to say I am already crying.

I will add pictures and more of the story after the wedding today.

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My Grandson Josh Plays Pachabel – this kid is amazing

by Steve Ray on September 13, 2014

We don’t know where he got this talent – a gift from God – because I don’t have any musical talent! But from a young age he fell in love with piano and now plays with amazing beauty and grace.

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(From Franciscan University of Steubenville)

After serving 25 years in state and federal prisons, Utah polygamist Addam Swapp was released from parole supervision last week. Incarcerated since 1988—at a time when marriage was defined as a union between one man and one woman—Swapp returns to a country that is now abandoning that definition.    

Convicted of orchestrating the 1988 bombing of the meetinghouse of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Marion, Utah, and implicated in the shooting death of Utah Department of Corrections Lt. Fred House, Swapp claimed that he was acting on a revelation from God to destroy the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because the Church leaders had abandoned their commitment to polygamy.

Using dynamite to blow up the LDS building, Swapp believed his actions would lead to the “resurrection” of his father-in-law, John Singer, a Utah polygamist, who was killed by local law enforcement officers in 1979 when he pointed a loaded weapon at the officers as they entered his property to serve him with a contempt of court citation at his ranch in Marion, Utah. Singer, described by the Salt Lake City News Tribune as a “fundamentalist Mormon,” had been “embroiled in a years-long feud with local officials that began when he and his first wife, Vickie, decided to homeschool their children.”

During the years following Singer’s death, Swapp lived a polygamous lifestyle, having married two of Singer’s daughters.  He began to believe that Singer would be resurrected if he destroyed the LDS Church. After the bombing, which occurred on the ninth anniversary of Singer’s death, Swapp fled to the Singer ranch with 14 members of his extended family and began a 13-day standoff that ended violently with the death of Lt. Fred House. While he did not personally kill Lt. House—who was shot by Swapp’s brother-in-law, John Timothy Singer—Swapp was held responsible because he had created the conditions for the standoff. 

The US government’s opposition to polygamy within Mormonism (which officially rejected polygamy in 1890) was based on the government’s definition of marriage at the time—a union of one man and one woman. Both Swapp and Singer lived as polygamists with the memory of more than a century of opposition to their lifestyle (and that of their ancestors) from the government. Now that the government is sanctioning what it calls “same-sex marriage,” it will permit marriage between same-sex couples on the basis of a legislative negation of the previous definition. This is the same definition that has been used for more than a century to oppose polygamy.

For the whole article, read here: http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Blog/3362/utah_polygamist_returns_to_a_world_without_a_definition_of_marriage.aspx

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Cohabitation, Canonical Form and Marriage

September 12, 2014

Cohabitation and canonical form by Dr. Edward Peters The latest tizzy is over Pope Francis’ plans to preside at the weddings of several Roman couples, including some couples who have been cohabiting for lengthy periods. There are two perspectives from which to look at this news, one canonical, one pastoral. Canonically, this is a non-issue. No [...]

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Raising Daughters: Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live – links added

September 10, 2014

My first comment was: the most important thing for a girl is the love of a strong father and that the father love the girl’s mother. We talked about raising daughters and some of my philosophy after having done raised three daughters and a son — all wonderful. And, my youngest, a daughter is getting [...]

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Bully Gays, St. Patrick’s Parade and Crisis Magazine

September 10, 2014

Read When Catholic Leaders Abandon the Faithful Steve Wood on Cardinal Dolan and the St. Patrick’s Parade  Catholic League will not march after 20 years      

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Is the Holy Land Safe? Depends on who you go with! Here are some opinions LIVE from the Land

September 8, 2014

I will not tell you it is safe to go to the Holy Land. I will let the pilgrims who just went with me tell you. Also, find out how I found Amer our guide and why I know our groups are in the best hands possible in the Holy Land.

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Camels, Dead Sea, Jericho, Qumran, Jesus’ Jerusalem, Authentic Baptismal Site and more

September 8, 2014

Day 8 of our pilgrimage. Always exciting. Enjoy.  

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Joachim & Anna: The Birth of Our Lady, from a 2nd Century Document

September 8, 2014

Join us this year on our Ireland pilgrimage or St. Paul Mediterranean Cruise or next year on a pilgrimage to Fatima in Portugal, Avila in Spain and Lourdes in France or to see the Italy, Rome and the Holy Shroud of Turin. Visit http://www.footprintsofgodpilgrimages.com/upcoming-pilgrimages ************************* This document was written in the early 2nd century and [...]

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Agony in the Garden, Prayer at Western Wall, Kibbutz Lunch, Upper Room, Bishop of Jerusalem and more

September 7, 2014

Another astounding day. We have to admit that we love the emptiness – 90% of groups canceled their trips to the Holy Land so we have no lines, no crowds, no pushing and shoving. My people were smart to trust me. It is quiet and safe and we are having a great time – the [...]

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Gay Bullies, St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Cardinal Dolan

September 7, 2014

Al Kresta writes: (I am out of the country and not up to date on the matter but wanted to provide Al’s response to an objection.) Why the Cardinal was so inarticulate in discussing this change and forfeited a teachable moment puzzles and disappoints me. But that he “caved in” doesn’t. He hasn’t caved in, [...]

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Homosexuality in Animals and in Human Genes?

September 6, 2014

Recently I had a heated discussion about homosexuality with some good liberal friends. They contend that since homosexuality is seen among animals and since “God made people homosexual” that it is natural, normal and must be accepted. The discussion was heated though friendly. I thought I would respond and I share the response with you. [...]

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Carrying our Cross to Calvary and the Tomb for Mass and much more

September 6, 2014

We started at 5:30 AM today to walk the Stations of the Cross before Jerusalem wakes up and the streets are jammed. We also have Mass at the Tomb at 7:30 so this give us time to walk to Calvary, tour the Holy Sepulchre and be seated for the High Mass with the Franciscans at [...]

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Dancing with Young Christian Arabs in Bethlehem

September 5, 2014

Wow, what a fun time!

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All Day in Bethlehem – “The House of Bread”

September 5, 2014

Enjoy today’s video and join us virtually for a pilgrimage through Bethlehem. More dancing to be added later :-)

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From Hindu to Catholic: Gustav’s Story

September 5, 2014

Describing his own religious upbringing, Gaurav said, “My father worked at the World Bank and later was the editor of the Economic Times. My mother was the first woman district collector of Gujarat. While there was an emphasis was on traditional Indian values, they espoused secular humanist ideals and values. However, itwas from my grandmother [...]

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