Thursday, November 11, 2004

Off to Rome!

by Steve Ray on November 11, 2004

The Eternal City keeps calling us and again we respond to the call :-)  Actually, Janet and I are are heading for Rome again to explore and do more research for our “Footprints of God” video/DVD series. The relics of St. Augustine arrive in Rome this week — we will see them. We will continue to discover everything we can about the Fathers and Doctors of the Church that will be emphasized in our series and their relationship to Rome.

The Fathers: Ignatius of Antioch, Clement of Rome, Polycarp of Smyrna, and Justin Martyr. The Doctors: Augustine, Ambrose, Athanasius, and John Chrysostom. It was just announced that the relics of Chrysostom, now in St. Peters in Rome, will be sent to Istanbul. We will visit them one last time in St. Peter’s before they are moved.

We will try to keep up with the blog while away. We will keep our Message Board members and blog readers in our prayers while in the Eternal City and the center of the Church.

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So, Arafat is Dead

by Steve Ray on November 11, 2004

Arafat is dead. Do I miss him? No. I have been to Israel many times. I have traveled in the West Bank as recently as four weeks ago. I have seen the results of his uncompromising rage. Under his regime thousands of innocent people have been killed. Was Arafat a warrior? No, he was a mass murdering terrorist. Warriors kill other warriors in battle. Mass murdering terrorists indiscriminately kill innocent people to vent their rage and to twist the arms of legitimate governments. As many have said: “Arafat never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity.“

Who will pick up the pieces of his failed and miserable life and reign? Who will find the billions of dollars he stole from his people and hoarded in unknown locations? How long will it take his people to recover from his anger and failed policies? How long will it take for them to realize it is better to work with Israel than fighting against it? Israel is not perfect either, but it is a democracy and a land ruled by law not tyrants. It is a modern western country, powerful and determined and not going away. Palestinians have to be realistic and make the best of situation. My Palestinian friends will see this as a significant moment in history with the hopes of a democratic society that learns to cooperate with surrounding countries — not fight them.

My hope is for reasonable men to prevail. It is time to turn the page and start over. The US and Israel are ready to end the bloodshed — so are the average Palestinians who have lived under a bleak cloud of death, self-doubt and confusion. Blood has flowed long enough. It is time to talk, time to reason, time to put reasonable men in power who stop terror and learn to compromise and live in peace with the world.

I am guardedly hopeful, but the change must be dramatic and must be quick. May God bless the Middle East and bring peace to Jerusalem, especially our Christian brothers and sisters that have always been the most alienated in their own land. May God bring them peace and prosperity. 

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Fabulous Book on Life for Children

by Steve Ray on November 11, 2004

Angel in the Waters is a simple, non-confrontational book that will make young children decidedly pro-life long before they ever hear the word “abortion.”

It will convince many mothers contemplating abortion to keep their babies.

In just two minutes, you can read the whole book online.

(Just last week our proofreader, Nora, was proofreading Angel in the Waters online when her three-year-old daughter turned away from a cartoon show, saw a page of this book on the computer screen, and demanded that Nora read the whole book to her right then!)

See for yourself. Buy a copy for the kids in your life. Send this e-mail link to friends and family.

Take two minutes to read Angel in the Waters on-line at
http://www.angelinthewaters.com/onlinebook/coverpage.htm

For more information or for bulk purchases, contact Sophia Press at:
jplourde@sophiainstitute.com

My son, who has made me a grandfather twice now, and who is a pro-lifer and devout Catholic wrote:

“I like it a lot. Particularly two things: The stars that represent the angel make the mother’s womb look like a mysterious galaxy—a very special place. Also, the reference to “another bigger world outside this one” was exciting and a great comparison to the baby’s previous world. Thanks for sharing this with me. I am glad you will be helping promote this book.”

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