Thursday, September 28, 2006

Visiting Catholic Answers to Make BIG Plans

by Steve Ray on September 28, 2006

Janet and I are leaving before the sun rises to fly to San Diego to meet with Catholic Answers to help plan the details for our May 2007 Mediterranean Cruise. We have a lot of details to work out. We will be back on Monday but I hope to keep up with the blog while we are away.

Vatican.jpgUpdate from San Diego: We have a very productive meeting. We discussed in detail the plans and sites for Rome, Ephesus, Athens & Corinth. These biblical sites will be great fun and educational — lots of sites and teaching packed in. We are renting special buses to take us to places that other people on the cruise do not get to see.

The 2.5 days in Rome are really full of great sites and a General Audience with Pope Benedict. We visit the 4 major churches, the catacombs, the Coliseum and Forum, the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peters and more.

These sites in  Rome, Greece and Turkey are not only biblical but rich in early church history. For example, we will visit the Church of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus where the 3rd Ecumenical Council declared Mary was the "Theotokos", the Mother of God. We will then visit Mary's House where she lived in Ephesus. This will be a great trip.

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Bob Sungenis Hit Hard Again

by Steve Ray on September 28, 2006

Another lengthy critique of Bob Sungenis, especially regarding his character and his view on the Jews. Click here. Provided as a public service.

 Four NEW reviews on Bob Sungenis and the original article Sungenis and the Jews. Here are all the four new comments by Dave Palm here, John Novotny here, Michael Lopez here, and Patrick Morris here. (All are reachable on the original site.) All were former associates of Bob Sungenis.

 And the latest (10-13-06) here.

Looks like Bob is spiraling downward with increasing speed. Too bad. Sometimes people should just stop, apologize, and work at reparation.

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A Family Loss

by Steve Ray on September 28, 2006

Our daughter-in-law Anna knew the baby in her womb was in danger when the doctor spotted a large blood clot in her ueterus. But I will let you read the whole story in my son Jesse's words. The pictures Jesse took of the baby are amazing. On his blog he writes:

JesseFamily.jpgWe are so sad that Anna miscarried our baby boy at around 1:00 am Thursday. We baptised him Anthony Francis. He was so small, yet so perfect. So sad. Anna expressed her sorrow, which I share, that we will never get to know him–we'll never learn his temperment, see his beautiful eyes, or teach him how to read.

There was a great element of suffering that went on tonight. Not only Anna's physical pains, but our child who we saw alive and moving about on Tuesday, went through a great trauma. Anthony had his own little passion of the cross as he suffered as the blood clot contaminated his safe environment. His little body was so perfect, you could see his little bones and arteries through his glossy skin. You could even tell that he shared facial features with our other kids. (click here to see a picture if you so desire)

We know that he has gone straight to God. And we know that he can remain present to us because God created with Anthony a unique and everlasting soul. In some ways we are to envy his situation: our souls were all created to be with God, this child got to skip a grade and go straight to heaven.

(For a larger image of our son's family, click on the picture.)

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