Friday, July 14, 2006

Catholic Answers Live: OT & Sacraments

by Steve Ray on July 14, 2006

passoverlamb.jpgSteve joins Jerry Usher from 6-7 PM Eastern time on Catholic Answers Live to discuss The Sacraments Revealed in the Old Testament.

This is really exciting stuff — but sadly hasn't been widely taught recently, though it is part of the Catholic teaching. The Old Testament is full of images, types, and pictures of the sacraments. We will dig around and discover these beautiful treasures and answer questions.

Can you guess what the picture above prefigures? What is it a picture of and what does it represent?

Unhappily, the Old Testament is usually considered "old" and thus ignored. But, we should think of the "Old" Testament as the "Foundational" Testament and the New Testament as the "Fulfillment" Testament. Then we would understand more richly — and be more deeply blessed.

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For an excellent example of sacraments prefigured in the Old Testament, view my blog entry on being Born Again. For my thoughts on the question of "Baptism in the Name of Jesus vs. the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit," click here.

MosesVideo_t.jpgTo listen live over the internet, click here. In a day or two you will also be able to listen to the archived show by clicking here.

Much of this interview is taken from my DVD Moses: Signs, Sacraments & Salvation all filmed on location where many of these things actually took place.

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Situation in Israel Today

by Steve Ray on July 14, 2006

IsraelMapWar2.jpgJanet and I are watching the current situation in Israel very closely and are in constant contact with all our contacts in Israel and the West Bank.

We just returned a week ago from a marvelous pilgrimage and we are taking the Legatus group to the Holy Land in October of this year.

The map shows where we will tour with Legatus (black circles) and the areas where the fighting is taking place now (red circles). The lower red circle is Gaza and the upper red circle is the north border of Israel above which is Lebanon and the Hezbollah.

With the exception of of a few rockets that have landed in Tiberias, the areas we will visit during our October trip are not within the area where the fighting is currently taking place. Between now and then we anticipate the hostilities will subside, but even if they don't, the areas we will visit are not in involved in the current situation.

We will still go on pilgrimage because the areas we visit are safe and because we want to continue supporting Israel and our brothers and sisters in Christ. We expect the fighting will be over long before it is time for us to go in October. We would never take pilgrims to any areas where they would be in danger.

If anyone going on pilgrimage with us has any questions, I keep our Safety page updated on our Pilgrimage website at www.FootprintsOfGodPilgrimages.com and you can write me at sray@me.com.

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