India Mission Trip

by Steve Ray on July 21, 2016

It took us two whole days to get here from Detroit to Amsterdam, Amsterdam to Dubai, Dubai to Cochin India. We arrived at the Divine Retreat Center at 10 AM Tuesday.

The Retreat Center in like a small village full of halls, chapels, dorms, paths through palm trees and outdoor shrines. This is a large family retreat so the place is packed with Catholics coming to pray, sing, learn and fellowship.

Last night I spoke to over 4,000 young people in their late teens and early twenties. What a joyful and responsive group. I talked about Mary the Real Girl and the Woman of Mystery. It was fun for me and they seemed very entertained and eager to learn. You’d have to be here to understand the electricity in the air.

Three talks yesterday along with two TV interviews. Another two talks today and a TV interview. Tomorrow we fly to Bangalore to give talks and meet the bishop there before coming back Sunday for four days of talking to 4,000 priests, seminarians, nuns and religious. I am excited and full of joy to serve the Lord in this unique manner.

It is a different world over here on the other side of the earth. We have mosquito netting over our bed, people eat with their hands, everything is flavored with curry and the people are delightful and friendly. It is invigorating to get immersed in a different culture and learn their ways and enjoy their food and way of life.

This is our 4th Missionary Journey to India and we learn new things every time. What a joy to share the Catholic Faith with such devout and holy people. More soon.

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To listen live cut and paste this into your browser http://www.catholic.com/audio-player/39606. (I am now in India with poor wi-fi and it will not let me put a hyperlink for you.

For other listening options like Podcasts, click HERE.

1.  (Pentecostal)  Other churches have the spiritual gifts mentioned in the Bible and speak in tongues. Why doesn’t the Catholic Church believe in that or practice it?

2.  (Buddhist) Do you think the terrorism and slaughter of police is a condition of the human heart or racism and hatred”

3.  (Non-denominational)  Where do you see Catholic doctrine before the Council of Nicea? Your doctrines do not exist in the early Church.

4.  (Non-denominational)  Jesus said to eat the bread and drink the wine; why do many Catholic Church not do this and only eat the bread?

5.  (Non-denominational)  I heard someone say that the Catholic Church is the one true Church and all other churches are inferior. Does that mean I cannot be saved? Does that mean we don’t have the real Eucharist or authority? Where does the Bible ever say “Catholic Church”?

6.  (In RCIA)  How do we know that the Bishop of Rome is Peter’s successor and not someone else?

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“How big was baby Jesus in Mary’s womb when Mary visited Elizabeth?” That is the question I asked myself while visiting the Church of the Visitation in Israel. What I learned was quite revolutionary and amazing. This is one of the best pro-life arguments from Scripture and one I’ve not heard discussed before.

It also says a lot about who Jesus was and the “stranger than fiction” event taking place in space and time in the womb of young girl about 15 years old.

Pictures sometimes show Mary very pregnant — better get to Bethlehem fast! But in reality that is not the case. In scientific terms Jesus was just a blastocyst, a few hundred miniature cells no bigger than a millimeter (0.039 inch).

At the Visitation, Jesus was a “blastcyst” like on the top right

How big was Jesus? Read this article I just wrote and step back in time to the first days of Jesus’ life taking on a human body even though you could have barely seen him with the human eye at the time.

Here is an excerpt from my new article “How Big Was Jesus at the Visitation?”

 “When Mary arrived for the Visitation, as we Catholics refer to the her visit, she was not “showing” yet. Isn’t if funny how we see pictures of a very pregnant Mary as though the baby was ready for Bethlehem. But in reality Jesus—100% God and 100% human — was so small he was practically invisible. 

 Though this blastocyst attached to Mary’s uterus had not seen the light of day He had created with his soon-to-develop eyes, nor breathed fresh air He had created with His still-to-develop lungs, yet He was very alive and very human. The cells were replicating at a rapid rate and they were already developing distinct bodily features. It contained the DNA—the genetic code of Mary.

 The microscopic cells were not just extraneous tissue in the mother’s body—something to be discarded, a disease or something. It was human life with a soul. From conception Every baby shares in the image of God and true humanity with inestimable value long before it takes it’s first breath—right from conception. 

 These replicating cells in Mary’s body were truly human life, God himself taking on human flesh. St. John tells us, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt (literally, “pitched his tent” of flesh) among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father” John 1:14).

 One thing many people do not think about—what was Jesus’ size and the stage of development in the womb when Mary arrived at the house of Zechariah and Elizabeth? And, how did Elizabeth and the unborn baby John the Baptist react upon pregnant Mary’s arrival?” …

 Continue reading the full article, click HERE.

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Join Us in the Holy Land over Christmas Break; only a few seats left

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“A terrific and important piece. If only it were heeded. But the political and media elites are immovable, and will keep repeating their empty gestures after every new jihad attack. “Immovable of themselves — they will have to be moved by free people: replaced by saner, stronger people who are willing to defend free nations […]

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Why don’t these young people hear this? They should have fathers who stay home and teach their boys these things. 

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Pope Chooses Cupich for Key Bishop-choosing Panel

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