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After a talk I gave at the Cathedral in Gaylord Michigan a while ago, an insightful man named Richard Grammens and his wife Mary Jean approached me. He told me to think about the “size  and condition” of Jesus in the womb when John the Baptist recognized the Person and Personhood of Jesus in hte womb.

But I will share Richard’s own words with you:

“Unfortunately some Christian men and women believe in “pro-choice”; i.e., a woman’s right to determine if she will have an abortion or not.  Under a Supreme Court decision, a woman has the legal right to have an abortion; however, it is still morally wrong.  As St. Peter proclaimed when testifying before the Jewish High Priest and the Council (Acts 5:29), “We must obey God, not men”.  

“Some will argue that the fetus is not a human until it is born.  The Catholic Church teaches that from the moment of conception, an embryo has the right to life and that it is morally wrong to terminate that life.  In addition, the following narrative from the Gospel according to Luke (1:26-56) is worth pondering. 

 “In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to a young woman in Nazareth named Mary.  The angel greeted Mary and announced that she would become pregnant and bear a child to be called “Son of the Most High God”.  Mary consented and the angel Gabriel told Mary of Elizabeth’s pregnancy.  Soon afterward, Mary proceeded with haste to visit Elizabeth in a town in the hill country.  When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby (John the Baptist) leaped within her. 

“Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, said in a loud voice, “You are the most blessed of all women, and blessed is the child that you will bear.  Why should this great thing happen to me, that my Lord’s mother comes to visit me?   For as soon as I heard your greeting, the baby within me jumped with gladness”.   

“Consider that after the annunciation by the angel Gabriel, Mary proceeded with haste to visit her cousin Elizabeth.  Assuming that Mary reached Elizabeth within a short period of say around 10 days after conception, the baby Jesus was still an embryo*; i.e., just a mass of unrecognizable cells.  Yet even though he could not see from within the womb of Elizabeth, 

John the Baptist recognized the person of Jesus, the Son of God, within Mary.  Mary was pregnant with a human person; even a sixth month old fetus, without the benefit of eyesight, was able to make that determination. 

“Footnote:  From a medical standpoint, a child is not considered a “fetus” until after the eighth (8th) week of pregnancy.  Prior to that time, the child is considered an ’embryo’.”

Richard G. Grammens, August 21, 2015

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Cover of the "mythical" booklet "Trail of Blood"

What is the history of Baptists? Can they trace their roots back to the 1st century? Many ”fundamentalist” Baptists believe they can. Are they correct?

There is a booklet that is very popular among this fundamentalist crowd. It is entitled “The Trail of Blood”. The booklet claims that Catholics persecuted the true Christians — the Baptists — leaving behind a trail of blood.

I used to believe this premise and now that I have looked more carefully I wrote an article about this booklet and this the idea Baptists are the true Christians that have survived Catholic attempts to destroy them. Here is how my article begins:

“When Baptists attempt to discover the origins of their tradition they are faced with a historical dilemma. The search for Baptists roots hits a dead end in the sixteenth century. Most acknowledge that Baptist tradition is a tributary flowing out of the Protestant Reformation, but others attempt to discover a line of historical continuity, of doctrine and practice, back to Jesus and even John the Baptist. These Baptists are commonly referred to as “Baptist Successionists”. . . “

-For my full article on the Trail of Blood, click here (pdf).
-For other articles and references, click here.
-For more such articles and letters, click here.

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Did St. Paul Pray for the Dead? Yes!

March 21, 2017

I posted an article I wrote about St. Paul praying for the dead HERE. But I thought you would appreciate Dave Armstrong’s recent article about the same passage with confirmation and a new set of eyes on the text and the reasons for many Protestants to reject the claim… St. Paul Prayed for Onesiphorus, Who […]

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In the 1850’s – “Pro-slavery” or “Pro-Choice”?

March 20, 2017

“Many in the 1850’s also considered themselves “pro-choice” rather than “pro-slavery”. History repeats itself…”  (Obianuju Ekeocha  Twitter@obianuju) In other words, I am personally against slavery, but I think people (or the states) should have the freedom to choose.

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Devastation of Christian Towns In Iraq by ISIS – Short Video

March 20, 2017

A visit to the Chaldean Christian town of Karemlash, 9 miles from Mosul, liberated from ISIS by Iraqi and Kurdish forces in November 2016. I sure hope and pray the world wakes up and stops this carnage. I am glad President Trump has promised – and is doing something already to end this.

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ANNOUNCING: Saints & Shrines of Italy: One of a kind Pilgrimage!

March 17, 2017

We have just finalized the plans for a new and one of a kind pilgrimage through arguably the most beautiful country in the world – Italy. We will be joined by Teresa Tomeo of Catholic Connections. It is called the Saints & Shrines of Italy and start in Milan and slowly works down through magnificent […]

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Was Joseph the Father of Jesus? Video of Going to Work with Jesus and Joseph near Nazareth!

March 17, 2017

Since March 19 is the Solemnity of St. Joseph, I thought I would share a few things on this great saint!  First, a discussion of whether it is correct to call St. Joseph the father of Jesus. Second, I recently ran from Nazareth to the worksite of these two guys and I invite you by […]

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For Those Following the Arguments Debunking of Geocentrism

March 14, 2017

Dave Palm’s latest. Please enjoy some fresh content on Geocentrism Debunked: “Getting on the Wrong Wavelength: More Basic Physics Blunders by the Geocentrists”:  Geocentrist leader Robert Sungenis answered our last slate of articles in part by insisting that by “using the parameters of modern science”, “it turns out that the Earth is the heaviest object in […]

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Restoration at Tomb of Holy Sepulchre coming to and end!

March 11, 2017

During our last five trips to Jerusalem the Tomb of Jesus in the Holy Sepulchre has been going through much needed restoration – but it sure was a hassle and and eyesore. But this month it is finally coming to completion. On our next trip in April (sold out) we will see the Tomb in […]

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Forty Frozen Martyrs – we honor them today March 10

March 9, 2017

In my talk Swimming Upstream I usually tell the story of 40 Roman soldiers who chose to freeze naked on a frozen lake in 320 AD rather than deny Jesus Christ. St. Basil, Doctor of the Church, told of the heroic martyrdom of 40 soldiers in a homily. They had been executed fifty years before […]

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The Plot Against the Pope

March 9, 2017

By Damian Thompson    March 11, 2017 in The Spectator Magazine It is no secret in Rome that several cardinal want Francis to step down On the first Saturday in February, the people of Rome awoke to find the city covered in peculiar posters depicting a scowling Pope Francis. Underneath were written the words: Ah, Francis, […]

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Eloquent Thanks for Holy Land Pilgrimage

March 9, 2017

Steve and Janet, We would like to thank you and Janet for a once in a lifetime experience in the Holy Land. From day one, this journey has been the work of God.  Our last minute addition to the trip was no accident and truly the work of God. The trip itself was well organized and […]

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Bishops Should Not Play into the Hands of Immigration Hysteria

March 9, 2017

From The Christian Review (when it was still seven countries banned): The troubling, knee-jerk reactions to the recent presidential executive order temporarily suspending the issuance of visas to nationals of seven “countries of particular concern” seem to have preempted the steady moral reasoning that characterizes the best of Catholic analysis. Unfortunately, members of the U.S. […]

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Met a Friend in Greenville SC : Fr. Dwight Longenecker

March 5, 2017

We’ve corresponded and known about each other but yesterday we met at the South Carolina Men’s Conference. I love converts and his story is especially interesting, converting from an Anglican priest in England to a Catholic priest in South Carolina. He’s finishing up a book and the Magi and we discussed plans for a pilgrimage […]

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Power of the Olive Wood, Holy Land Rosaries

March 3, 2017

On each of our trips we offer olive wood Rosaries to our groups. These are made by Sisters in Bethlehem. We touch them to all the holy sites, especially all the Rosary sites. They are all blessed in Jerusalem before the pilgrims head back home. A Mother Superior wrote to me about her experience in […]

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