“Dudley and I met and married after we had both gone through divorces. We blended a family of eight children, so our life was full of excitement and difficulties.

“We had both been raised in Protestant churches and have families who serve the Lord according to their understanding of scriptural truth. We had little disagreement over our beliefs. Even though he was taught the doctrine “once-saved-always-saved” and I wasn’t, we studied the doctrine and concluded this was not the truth.

“We were both taught that miracles were not for today, that God never used supernatural gifts or events, and that there was a “great gulf” between the living saints and the dead saints.

“We were both taught that Catholics were doctrinally off base and to be pitied because they were generally not “born-again.”

“We went to several different churches and studied many other denominations, including Mormon, Jehovah’s Witness and a few splinter spin-offs of the charismatic non-denominational movement. Each time, after a great deal of study, I rejected these churches……”

For the whole story, click HERE

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We are flying to Israel today and wanted to let you know of an exciting new trip we added to our list.

There are lots of people who have visited the Holy Land and seen the regular sites in Nazareth, Cana, Jerusalem and more. BUT do you know that this biblical land is full of riches you never saw on that first trip. 

Now we are taking a small group – of less than 25 people – to go back to the Holy Land to dig deeper – to see new things that very few people see. The only site we will repeat is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Everything else is new and exciting.

We will have all our Masses with the local Christians. We have a Mass with the Bishop of Jerusalem and other very interesting local Masses. Meals are exceptional including one at the home of our guide Amer and his wife.

Take a look at the brochure and itinerary here and register quickly since we can only take the first 25 people who register. The dates are January 26 – February 5, 2016.

For more info, contact my associate Suzanne at Corporate Travel at sparran@ctscentral.net or at 800-727-1999, 121.

Tom Govern writes: “I was on the first Holy Land II trip and it was an amazing experience. This is for those who have been to the Holy Land or who want a different experience that the normal pilgrimage. Steve and Janet make it exceptional. You will see sites that large groups cannot get into ands special sites that first time visitors just do not have time for.”

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Italy Pilgrimage Ends: Comments and Farewells

by Steve Ray on June 2, 2015

Always sad for new friends to say Good-bye. Enjoy.

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Apostolic Fathers Timeline – Today is St. Justin Martyr’s Feast Day

June 2, 2015

Feast Day of St. Justin Martyr, June 1 Download a Free copy of the Apostolic Fathers Timeline This amazing Timeline drives home the point of how close these men were to Jesus and the Apostles. It demonstrates how Catholic the first Christians really were! The Apostolic Fathers faced Emperors, heretics and lions but these heroes of [...]

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Final Day in Rome: Mass at St. Monica’s Bones; Ignatius’ Foot on Luther’s Neck and more

June 1, 2015

What a great day with great weather, great folks and great sites. Growing closer to Jesus Christ and his Church is the whole point. Enjoy! FR. COURTNEY’S FAREWELL HOMILY AT THE CHURCH OF ST. AGOSTINO (AUGUSTINE)

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The Protestant and his Three Huts

June 1, 2015

The Protestant’s Three Huts A Protestant was stranded all alone on an island. He begins sending smoke signals, hoping that somebody will find him. Ten years pass, and a boat is sailing by. The captain notices the smoke signals, and decides to pull into the island. When he docks, he sees three huts. The Protestant [...]

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Steve and Liz in Roman Forum Discussing Ancient Rome and the First Christians – and Biblical Literacy

May 31, 2015

I have provided two short 6 minute video clips of me (Steve Ray) and Liz Lev as we talked to my group in the Ancient Rome Forum today.  First, Liz spoke about the clash of empires: the Roman Empire and the Kingdom of God. The key line is this: Rome had just claimed that the [...]

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Steve’s Talk on Martyrdom at Martyrdom Church in Rome; Tour of Roman Forum, Coliseum and more

May 31, 2015

We went to the Church of San Stefano Rotundo in Rome – the martyrdom church with the graphic images of early Christians and their suffering for Jesus Christ. I gave a short talk on martyrdom and faithfulness to Christ. We also toured St. Peter in Chains, San Clemente and first century Rome, the Roman Forum [...]

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Mary, Ark of the New Covenant & the Visitation to Elizabeth

May 31, 2015

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

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Touring Sistine; Mass with the Saints; Tour of the Shroud and more. Day 9 in Italy.

May 30, 2015

Today many pilgrims returned home to the USA. But 58 who stayed for the Extension trip had a great day. Beautiful blue skies with 70 degrees and breezy. Very enjoyable! We toured the Vatican Museum, Mass with the Saints (many relics) is San Salvatore, free time in Piazza Navona and a tour of the Shroud [...]

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Crap, Castration & Two Creations – Colorful New Testament Wording

May 30, 2015

We miss a lot when reading the English Bible. We’re at a great disadvantage. The early Christians read the writings of the apostles in the original language – they understood the words and expressions must better than we do. The original language of the Bible is full of rich imagery, stark reality, and colorful terminology. [...]

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Sts. Peter and Paul Day in Rome; Steve’s Talk on St. Paul at his Tomb

May 29, 2015

Enjoy our day in Rome visiting Peter and Paul.   Steve Ray’s Talk on St. Paul at his Tomb

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Mega-church Mania: One Mom’s Observations (she’s a good writer) and Observations from the Early Church

May 29, 2015

Mr. Ray, My eldest daughter invited me to my grandson’s ‘dedication’ at her new place of worship.  Worship? Sorry. Her new place of…..well, the giant Olympic-sized structure that, after being directed in by police/traffic officers, upon entering, reminded me of a mall.  Oh and by the way, I didn’t witness any worship. My 1st thoughts were…”Wow! [...]

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The Facecloth of Christ – He is Looking Right Through You! Day 7

May 28, 2015

Today we said Good-bye to Padre Pio and the Archangel Michael and left San Giovanni Rotundo. We drove through the beautiful mountains to Manoppello to see the Facecloth of Christ. It was that which was found in the Tomb in John 20. Everyone was stunned by the relic and we had Mass in front of [...]

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Reading the Bible

May 28, 2015

A Little Poem about Bible Context I supposed I knew my Bible, Reading piecemeal, hit or miss, Now a bit of John or Matthew, Now a snatch of Genesis, Certain chapters of Isaiah, Certain Psalms (the twenty-third), Twelfth of Romans, first of Proverbs — Yes, I thought I knew the Word! But I found that [...]

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We are Going to Mother Teresa’s Canonization- Join Us!

May 27, 2015

On September 4, 2016, Mother Theresa will be canonized as a saint by Pope Francis. We already have everything reserved for a pilgrimage to Rome for the canonization! Join us the first part of September 2016 for a full Rome and Assisi Pilgrimage. More details soon! Contact Suzanne at Sparran@ctscentral.net or (313) 744-2530 or toll-free [...]

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