Arrival in Milan; tour of the city and Mass at the 5th largest church in the world – and amazing Gothic construction.

Fr. Scott Courtney’s homily in the fantastic Duomo.

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Mary, Queen of Heaven

by Steve Ray on May 22, 2015

A while ago a man called in to say my argument for the Assumption of Mary including references from the Old Testament was wrong.

Bathsheba takes care of young King Solomon; she later became his queen

I had quoted 1 Kings 2:19 where Solomon had raised his mother up to a throne to be Queen of the Kingdom. He said that was the ONLY case of a mother being a queen in the Old Testament.

He prefaced his comment by saying that he knew the Old Testament well and it does not support what I had asserted.

Well, if he knew his Old Testament as well as he said, he would realize I was correct.

In the Old Testament, the kings of Judah had queens but the queens were not their wives — but their mothers — with one exception of the queen being a grandmother.

AncientIsrael.jpgSolomon had 1,000 wives and concubines — but he only had one mother. Click here to read the section on The Great Lady or Queen Mother in Roland de Vaux’s book Ancient Israel: Its Life and Institution.

The Queen Mothers of earthly kings of Judah were not always good examples or godly queens. Many of them were egregious sinners and would intercede for the people with improper requests to the king. But, this takes nothing away from the fact that the mother was the queen and intercessor. It only confirms that many of the Old Testament kings and queens were disobedient to God.

But there is a perfect King and a perfect Queen — Jesus and his mother Mary. They follow the pattern of protocol and the royal institution. It is the royal protocol and the historical precedent and the office that is important in the analogy. Kings of Israel DO what Kings of Israel do and always have done. Jesus is THE king of Israel and would follow the protocol.

Jesus is a king sitting on the throne of his fathers David and Solomon (Luke 1:30-33; Daniel 7:13-14; Rev 5:5; 19:16) and all the subsequent kings of Judah. Solomon was called the son of David because that’s what he was. But the phrase “Son of David” became a title of the Messiah. Jesus is referred to as THE Son of David (Matt 1:1; 21:9) and is therefore the ultimate and true king.

The kings of Judah all had queens but the queens were not their wives — they were their mothers. This is the royal protocol of the Old Testament and the kings of Judah. It is ultimately fulfilled in Christianity and the Kingdom of God which, obviously, is based on the Old Testament model. Jesus is our king and obviously his mother is the queen. It is proper and justly so.

Remember, the kings of Israel do what the kings of Israel do. Jesus is the ultimate King of Israel, so…

…let’s follow the logic:
GB_king_solomon1) Solomon and subsequent kings of Judah raised their mothers to Queenship which became established as an official office;
2)
the mothers were referred to as the Queen Mothers or the Great Lady;
3)
they sat on a throne near their sons (1 Ki 2:19);
4) The kings of Israel do what the kings of Israel do;
5) Jesus is the quintessential Jewish King with an eternal kingdom;
6)
Jesus is the fulfillment of the Israelite offices of Prophet, Priest & King;
7)
As the Davidic king, Jesus who obeyed the Law perfectly, would honor his mother more than earthy kings honored their mothers;
8) It is biblical, historical, and reasonable to expect the perfect Jewish king to follow the protocol of the kingdom and his fathers by assuming his mother to a throne at his right hand.
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It is proper and biblical to consider Mary in a position of intercessor as the Queen of Heaven.
10) Mary is seen as the Queen of Heaven in Revelation 12:1.

Queen of HeavenIs it impossible or unlikely that God would assume someone into heaven body and soul? All of us will be taken us some day (1 Cor 15:52). In the Bible there are at least two clear examples of humans taken up to heaven body and soul. Both Enoch (Gen 5:24; Heb 11:5) and Elijah (2 Kings 2:1-11) were taken up into heaven body and soul. Mary was not the first! There was already precedent set!

Queenship of Mary is a Marian feast day in the liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic Church,established by Pope Pius XII. On 11 October 1954, the Pontiff pronounced the new feast in his encyclical Ad caeli reginam. The feast was celebrated on May 31, the last day of the Marian month. In 1969, Pope Paul VI moved the feast day to August 22.

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One question was asked today about the Queen in Psalm 45. If the queen was the bride marrying the king, then how can we say the queen was always the mother and that it was a pattern by which we could see Jesus, like other Jewish kings, appointing his mother as his queen. I speculate a bit on the matter here.

For a response to the argument that Jeremiah condemns those who worship the Queen of Heaven, click here.

For more on Mary, get my documentary filmed on location. It is entitled Mary, Mother of God. You can learn more about it and order it here. My talk Mary: Real Girl & Woman of Mystery here.

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Cartoon on Protestantism and the Bible

by Steve Ray on May 21, 2015

20140207-183446.jpgWhen I look back on my experience I find this cartoon has a ring of truth.

There were many verses of the Bible that I either didn’t realize existed (though that may seem strange) or that we just ignored. We virtually cut them out of the Bible in the sense that we ignored or reasoned them away.

Other verses I just read with my “Baptist glasses” on and twisted them to fit my old tradition. One person told me, “There are some verses that don’t fit my theology so I just set them on the shelf.

Looking back it makes me happier than ever to be a Catholic.

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A Limerick for a Questioning Grandson – Did Jesus Really Exist?

May 21, 2015

My grandson Josh asked, “Did Jesus really live? Maybe he didn’t and it was just a good story someone made up.” So I sat down and wrote him this limerick and gave him a stack of books from my library. The topic has not come up again since. Was there really a man named Jesus? [...]

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Interesting Explanation of Baptism from Protestant Dictionary – “baptism…in itself is unimportant”

May 20, 2015

I was looking up Greek definitions of the word baptism and found this interesting “definition.” This dictionary is usually very good but I found this summary of biblical passages on baptism very intriguing and disingenuous. Take a look at this definition and think about it for yourself. Analyze it and the verses used. Notice how they [...]

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From Israel to Italy Today; Troublesome Muslims there too; Urinating on Mary; Wake up America!

May 20, 2015

On Sunday, May 10, after church mass, a group of young Muslim immigrants interrupted a Catholic procession in honor of the Virgin Mary.  They hurled verbal insults, shouts, and threats as the group passed in front of the Islamic Cultural Center in Conselice, a small town in lower Romagna. Approximately 100 Catholic Christians, including several small children, were preparing [...]

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Last Day of Pilgrimage: Comments, Fun and Farewells

May 19, 2015

Hope you enjoy all the fun and farewells at the end of the trip. Always sad to say Good-bye!

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Last Day of Pilgrimage: Camels, Dead Sea Floating, Stepping into Jesus’ Jerusalem, Trinity Homily and much more

May 19, 2015

Just watch. How can I explain this marvelous day. Even a blessing from the Cardinal of Seoul Korea at the Jordan River. From Mass in Jerusalem to the Temple Model at the Israel Museum, from Jericho to the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized. Oh, yeah, floating in the Dead Sea and riding camels too. [...]

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Are You Born Again?

May 19, 2015

 Since we are all renewing our Baptismal Vows at the Jordan River today, thought this post from a year ago might be appropriate :-) It seems that God is kind of predictable in a way :-) since He always starts new things in the same way – with “water and the Spirit“. Consider the following: 1) The [...]

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Steve’s Fun Podcast Show on “Catholic Vitamins” with Deacon Tom Fox

May 18, 2015

Greetings and Graces. Just a note to let you know we posted the (awesome) interview with Steve Ray on our Catholic Vitamins Podcast today. Our time centered on the new ABRAHAM DVD but we covered so much more.   The show can be downloaded via iTunes for play on an iPod or similar MP3 device. Or, [...]

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10 Pro-Abortion Myths That Need to Be Completely Debunked

May 18, 2015

1. Abortion is Safe 2. Abortion does not kill a Person 3. “Pro-abortion” and “Pro-choice are Different 4. It’s okay if you are opposed to abortion, but don’t enforce that on anyone else! 5. Guys don’t have a say on abortion. 6. Birth control doesn’t cause abortion or hurt women. 7. Abortion is a basic human right 8. If [...]

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Wow! Mass in the Tomb; Praying for Priests where they Began and more; Day 7 Parts 1 & 2

May 18, 2015

The highlight of the whole pilgrimage is praying the Via Dolorosa, touching the top of Mount Calvary where the Blood of Jesus flowed and having Mass inside the Tomb. I tell people that when the priest brings us the Body of Christ in the Tomb that Jesus comes out of the tomb for us again [...]

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Was Jesus Really Born at THAT Place in Bethlehem?

May 17, 2015

Today we are having Mass at Gethsemane on the western slope of the Mount of Olives. How do we know this is really Gethsemane? And yesterday we had Mass at Tomb of Christ in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Really? How do we know? Two days ago we venerated the place Jesus was born [...]

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Where Was Mary Born? Where Did Jesus Sweat Blood (hematridrosis)? What was Fr. Chris Alar Wearing? Holy Land Day 6

May 17, 2015

The pilgrims learned a lot today and there were many tears. Gethsemane for Mass and a biblical description. St. Anne’s where Mary was born and the Western (Wailing) Wall. Enjoy as you join us for Day 6 of our Holy Land Pilgrimage with Steve and Janet Ray — and Fr. Chris Alar and Deacon Thaddeus [...]

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All Day in Bethlehem and Visiting NEW SAINT’S Convent

May 16, 2015

Great Day of touring Bethlehem and all its glory and fun, including dancing. Enjoy! By the way, Miriam of Jesus Crucified is being canonized in Rome Sunday. She is a Palestinian Christian we all visited her convent today and all wore her cloak and prayed at her relics. WOW! Article on the new Arab saints. [...]

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ISIS is the Ripe Fruit of Islam… don’t be fooled

May 16, 2015

Today I am in Israel, in fact we are in the Palestinian West Bank. I have a lot of Arab friends here — friends who are Christians and Muslims. All the Christians and many of the Muslims in private will tell you that this is true — while politically-correct Americans will deny it. BY ROBERT [...]

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