August 2007

Virtual Pilgrimage Video – test

by Steve Ray on August 31, 2007

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Greetings from the Holy Land. Israel is very quiet and safe — but it is also very hot. We heard it was over 100 degrees each day over the last week. But it is better now. It can get very hot here, which is why we prefer to bring our groups in the milder months. Last March we had a surprise snow storm!

Janet and I got a good sleep, picked up our new Guide Cards renewed until 2009, saw a lot of friends, met with our agants and made sure everything is ready for the pilgrims to arrive at 2:30 PM Israeli time on Saturday.  Remember that Israel time is 7 hours ahead of Eastern time in the United States. So, if it is 12 noon in Detroit it is 7 PM in Isael.

Here is a short test video to make sure that the "Virtual Pilgrimage by Video" will work. I had some problems saving and uploading the videos at first, but after a few hours I figured it out. Now I think it will work very well and we are excited to share our favorite place in the world, not only with our 55 pilgrims, but also with you!

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Should Spouses Go to into Confessional Together?

by Steve Ray on August 31, 2007

I sometimes joke with my wife Janet: "Sweetie, when we go to confession today, I'll confess your sins and you confess mine, OK?" But this priest is taking me seriously – promoting couples confessing together! Counseling yes, but confession? Canon lawyer Ed Peter's wrote:

The practice of spouses jointly celebrating the sacrament of confession recently garnered support from Catholic News Service veteran columnist Fr. John Deitzen. Provided that couples "approve and consider it helpful for their marriage", Deitzen holds that spouses may confess their sins in each other's presence and receive absolution. He notes only that each spouse would be bound by the seal of confession in regard to what he or she learned about the other.

I believe, however, that there are formidable canonical and practical objections to joint sacramental confession, and I set them out for consideration. Read the rest at here at Ed Peter's Canon Law blog. 

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Israel & Egypt – Here We Come!

by Steve Ray on August 30, 2007

When this pops up on my blog, Janet and I will be in the air. 50 Pilgrims will follow us in two day for an adventurous pilgrimage following the footprints of Jesus and Mary — but also Moses and Elijah! We will spend 3 days in Galilee, 1 day in Bethlehem, 4 days in Jerusalem, 2 days in Sinai and 2 days in Cairo.

Northwest.jpgJanet and I always leave a few days in advance to make sure everything is set and ready — we also need to be rested when the group arrives. So, pray for us and our pilgrims that this will be a great time of learning and spiritual growth.

Join us for a Virtual Pilgrimage! Every evening (Lord willing) we will be uploading videos of our day. Stay tuned and join us as we journey through the Holy Land. You can leave comments and encouragement and prayers on my Blog by using the "Comments" feature right here at the bottom of each blog entry. We look forward to sharing this trip with you — and hearing from YOU as well.

To see video clips from our last pilgrimage, click here.

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Another Apologist’s Study of 33,000 Denominations

August 28, 2007

PhilVaz has provided a nice and colorful study of denominations in PartsĀ I and II. You can see his nicely laid out study by clicking on the title, which is “The Facts and Stats on ’33,000 Denominations‘” . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvxpM3r7KxY

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It’s Fun to be Catholic – New Radio Production!

August 27, 2007

I wanted to let you know about a new music/comedy Catholic radio special we produced by some friends of mine at Ave Maria Radio. The show is called IT'S FUN TO BE CATHOLIC, and it will be broadcast seven times over five days this week… – Wednesday, August 29, 7:00 p.m.- Friday, August 31, 7:00 [...]

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33,000 Denominations – Steve’s Apology :-)

August 27, 2007

Before I apologize    let's first look at the data from the source in question. It may be the way one wants to read the data, but to call people liars because they read the data the way it is presented by the source is quite disingenuous. There may be a difference of opinion with [...]

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How Many Denominations are Too Many for James White?

August 27, 2007

I am rushing to get packed — my wife and I leave Wednesday for Israel and Egypt with a group fo 55 excited pilgrims. You will be able to join us by video for a Virtual Pilgrimage right here on this blog. Each night, Lord willing, I will upload video clips from the day. In [...]

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“Price of all the divisions among Christians today is high. Too high.”

August 26, 2007

Here is an interesting review of a new book published by Smithsonian Institute — which is neither Catholic nor Protestant, Muslim nor Jewish. I just ordered a rush copy of the book. Enjoy this article as a preface to my upcoming response to the charge that all of us Catholic apologists are liars and deceivers who [...]

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Where’s Waldo – opps, I mean where’s Steve

August 24, 2007

We spent the evening with angels! Well, not really angels in the strict biblical sense, but certainly in the more popular sense. Just listen to them sing and laugh and pray; watch them glide across the floor, smile with joy, and demonstrate the love of Christ and tell me they don't sound  and appear as angels. [...]

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“The ‘Myth’ of the 33,000″ Coming Soon to a Blog Near You

August 24, 2007

And also — what happens when someone "swallows the Holy Spirit, feathers and all" as Martin Luther said. Stay tuned! I have been told by some that I am wasting my time arguing with the man, or that it is not good to get animated and argue. I beg to differ. I would NEVER waste [...]

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Get Ready for Good Catholic Education

August 24, 2007

The School Year is here again.. Are you looking for good Catholic materials for teaching?  Don't forget the offerings at Ignatius Press. They are trying to turn the tide — getting solid Catholic material back in schools, parishes, and homes. They have a load of great new materials. Check it out here (www.IPReligiousEd.com) on click on [...]

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Our New Radio Ads

August 21, 2007

Holy Land Pilgrimage with Steve & Janet Ray, Teresa Tomeo AND Immaculee Ilibagiza! Hear our new radio advertisements for this pilgrimage, click here for English and here for Spanish. From April 1- 10, 2008 Teresa Tomeo (Catholic Connections Radio Show) and I will lead a group of pilgrims to the Holy Land. We have a [...]

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My Response: Defending the Assumption & Queenship of Mary

August 21, 2007

The Assumption of Mary always ruffles the feathers of anti-Catholics. I understand why. I used to be in their camp — I joined them in lockstep chanting the same slogans and mantras against "Catholic Tradition" and "man-made dogmas." But now I turn my guns on my old impoverished theology and anti-Catholicism and its lame attack on [...]

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Questions I Answered Monday on “Catholic Answers Live”

August 21, 2007

It is always a great pleasure to work with Catholic Answers. They are a class-act organization. Monday I was the guest for the monthly "Tough Questions from Non-Catholics." We had some great calls and it seemed everyone was real honest and had good questions. You can listen to the show on RealAudio by clicking here, [...]

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Two Wolves at War

August 19, 2007

One evening an old priest told about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, "My son, the battle is between two 'wolves' inside us all. One is Evil.  It is lust, anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is Good. It [...]

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Trolls & Spam: Moderating Comments on my Blog

August 18, 2007

For the time being I will moderate "Comments" on this Blog. That means that any "Comment" posted will be approved before showing up on the site. Too much spam and too many long-winded posts from anti-Catholic trollers who think they are so important everyone should drop what they're doing, study  their  private interpretation of Scripture [...]

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