Last night we took dinner over to my son Jesse’s house. Anna is our daughter-in-law who is a most remarkable mother. No TV in this home but lots of books and fun. I couldn’t help but make a short video of our evening together along with some excerpts of my grandson Joshua’s piano playing. The last few minutes is a piece he composed in one day. He is 11 years old.

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Here is a link to listen on-line to Steve’s Open Line for Non-Catholics: Click here 

For other options like podcasts, click here

Here are the questions Steve answered:

1) Some on Catholic radio said there must be a God because people who do not believe in God can’t prove the he doesn’t exist. How come Catholic (mostly Catholics) use the argument that because you can’t prove he doesn’t exist you assume he does? (This was a fun call and got a bit feisty at times)

 2) Why do Catholics believe Mary is the Queen of Heaven and that Jesus is the King of Justice and Mary has to protect them from him. 

 3) Why did they take the word cannabis out of the Old Testament? (Very strange question)

 4) I was raised Catholic but I am not Catholic any more. Why do Catholic priests and bishops remain single when the Bible says that Catholic bishops must be the a husband above all. Can you explain that since something is wrong.

 5) How can you explain the existence of God to someone who does not believe?

 6) Why do Catholic say Jesus descended to hell in their creed? 

 7) How can you ask someone to wait until marriage for sex when it says on WebMD that it you don’t use it, you will lose it?

 8) In the Bible it says that if anyone added to or deleted from Scripture that then are damned for eternity; will movie makers be guilty of making movies that alter and change the Bible?

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Joint us on a pilgrimage. Visit FootprintsOfGod.com.

Today I was on Relevant Radio with John Harper discussing my Six Rules for dealing with family and friends who disagree with us, oppose us, want to argue and are against the Catholic Church and our morals.

For my Catholic Answers show two months ago on this, click here.

Cover story on Catholic Answers Magazine

Steve Ray’s Six Rules:

1) Never argue with them, it will only push them further away.

2) Love them more than ever before, especially between spouses

3) Pray seriously and constantly and make sacrifices

4) Show the Joy of the Lord in your life so they see the result of the fullness of the Faith

5) Study apologetics and do biblical homework so you are ready when they finally ask questions

6) Ask God to bring someone else into their lives to influence them since they won’t listen to you

Read the whole article in this month’s Catholic Answers Magazine

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See below for upcoming pilgrimages:

We are taking reservations for a pilgrimage to see the Shroud of Turin.

We have only a few seats left for our Holy Land pilgrimage leaving in May 2014 and in September.

Lourdes/Avila/Fatima and an affordable St. Paul Cruise on the Mediterranean next fall, Guadalupe next December

More trips at Visit www.FootprintsOfGod.com or contact Suzanne at sparran@ctscentral.net or at 800-727-1999, ext. 121

 

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Personal Letter from Jerusalem Patriarch Twal; What WE do on Pilgrimage

December 14, 2014

Since Christians are only 1.5% of the population in the Holy Land, don’t you think we should support them when we visit Israel? YES! If not, we fail to do our moral duty. Right: Personal Letter from Patriarch Twal Christians are leaving the land in droves due to lack of opportunity, persecution and tremendous pressure [...]

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I’ve Been Bitten by Camels, but Never Quite Like This Guy!

December 12, 2014

 I’ve been bitten by a camel more than once (first video)… …but never quite like the guy who got bitten in the second video.

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What is the Earliest a Mass can Start on the Preceding Day to Fulfill the Obligation for a Sunday or Holy Day Obligation?

December 10, 2014

A question on Mass-start times that warrants attention by Dr. Edward Peters Recalling, in the wake of a some recent discussions of Mass obligations, that I had promised some time ago to set out some materials for use in reasoning through another Mass attendance question, I offer some of that now. This question concerns, What is the [...]

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Pope Gives his Take on Divisive Family Meeting

December 10, 2014

Notice a good friends comments below :-) VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope Francis says bishops spoke their minds, and may have even fought among themselves during a divisive church meeting on family issues. But he says no one questioned church teaching on marriage. Francis gave his first complete assessment of the October synod during his [...]

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Join Us in the Holy Land! Ah, but is it Safe?

December 10, 2014

December 26-January 4, 2015,   May 2015,   September 2015,   December 2015 We are leaving for the Holy Land on December 26th. We will be spending the rest of the Christmas Season there — with Mass and a day in Bethlehem where it all got started. We are expecting it to be a glorious [...]

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Mary and the Apostles are Dead! Only Jesus can Mediate for Us

December 8, 2014

 Confusion of Many Protestants  Too often well-meaning Protestants get confused and accuse of things that are outright nonsense if not lies. It is usually because they never take the time to really understand what the Catholic Church actually teaches and practices.  Below is a good example of a kind and well-meaning Protestant pastor who wrote [...]

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Eastern Orthodox Challenges the Immaculate Conception

December 8, 2014

An Eastern Orthodox Christian wrote to complain about, or to see how we Catholics explain the Immaculate Conception. He said he had asked many Catholics and none could answer. I find that hard to believe. After I answered his long and slightly edgy e-mail, I received his response – “Thanks.” Picture One: Statue of Mary [...]

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Great Christmas Present: Test Drive It! A Catholic Library on my Laptop, iPad and iPhone

December 6, 2014

I’ve waited 20 years for this. I have the fantastic Verbum Catholic and Bible Software. They are doing it right! It is thoroughly Catholic — to my great joy. It continues to grow in resources and power. It is on my computer 24 hours a day! But now the icing is on the cake! They [...]

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Legatus Magazine about our recent Holy Land Pilgrimage in October

December 4, 2014

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Today I Have Been Married to Janet for 38 Years

December 4, 2014

It was the best thing I ever did — marrying that girl! I couldn’t have found a better friend, partner, lover, or mother for our children. I thank God for her. I have always written her parents on our anniversary to thank them for letting me marry their incredible daughter. She reminds me of the [...]

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New YouTube Video Link: Steve’s Talk in Corinth about Biblical Accuracy – with proof before our eyes

December 1, 2014

When I take my groups to Corinth in Greece, I love taking them off the beaten track to see the Erastus Stone. One of our pilgrims made a video of my talk I gave here this year. Hope you enjoy it.  Robin DySard was the videographer. The video is only 8 minutes. To see the [...]

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Did the Wise Men Meet the Shepherds?

December 1, 2014

With upon us, I thought I would post my article this Christmas season with bits of interesting information and details about Christmas, the Gospels and Epiphany. Join us in Bethlehem for Christmas this year from December 26-January 4 or any of six times in 2015. Visit www.SteveGoes.com. Did the Wise Men Meet the Shepherds?  A [...]

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Joint Statement by Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew (Peter and Andrew)

November 30, 2014

On Sunday Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew signed a joint declaration affirming their common commitment to full Christian unity as well as their support for suffering Christians in the Middle East. “We cannot resign ourselves to a Middle East without Christians, who have professed the name of Jesus there for two thousand years,” the joint statement reads. [...]

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