Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Our New Radio Ads

by Steve Ray on August 21, 2007

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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 special host going with us — Immaculee Ilibagiza, author of the New York Times best-seller "Left to Tell."

Immaculee is a world-renowned writer, international speaker and Catholic survivor of the genecide in Rwanda. 

Click here for the 4-page brochure. For more information or to register in advance, contact Susan Parran at Corporate Travel at sparran@ctscentral.net, or call her at 313-565-8888, extension 121.

Want to join us?  This pilgrimage will fill up quickly, so act fast. We also have a few seats left for our November 2007 pilgrimage to Israel and Jordan.

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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."

WomanSun.jpgBut now I turn my guns on my old impoverished theology and anti-Catholicism and its lame attack on the Assumption and Queenship of Mary. I just learned too much to stay a member of the Fundamentalist camp with their Fundamentalist tradition. Click here to read my response.

(Picture:"The Woman Clothed with the Sun" – one of my favorites. I took this picture of the mural in the Church of the Visitation in Ein Kerem in Israel)

On August 15th I posted a blog offering some biblical precedent for the Assumption and Queenship of Our Blessed Mother. I was not trying to prove the dogma, only to offer biblical precedent for it. There was some red-faced huffing and puffing and a few websites made hay with it. Naysayers immediately jumped to attention and posted a flurry of opposition with the same old, same old. They demanded I answer them RIGHT NOW!

What I said was not only rational and biblical, it was also easily defensible. My article is somewhat lengthy, though I did cut it back from what it was. I wanted to be somewhat thorough. I was criticized for not answering their flurry of charges and questions last week; now I'll probably be criticized for writing too much :-)  Oh well!

I've never been one to be bullied or pushed into anything, and I certainly feel no obligation to tussle with them every time they step unto the playground with their taunts and jeers. But this topic interested me immensely and I thought I would enjoy delving deeper. I also thought it would be edifying and enjoyable for Catholics to read — to make them proud of their Catholic faith.

So, I had a few days of relative calm (unusual) without deadlines and such. So I wrote a response. You can read it here in PDF format. Enjoy, and if you are a Catholic — rejoice in Our Lord Jesus and in His Catholic Church, and honor His Mother. Under the inspiriation of the Holy Spirit, as recorded in Sacred Scripture, Mary said "All generations will call me blessed!" Be glad to be in the Church that still does that very thing!

Grandpa.jpgBy the way, a quick glance at White's website seems to indicate he is obsessed with me lately. I must be famous or something! Is this my 15 minutes of fame promised by Andy Warhol? Wow, am I really that dangerous or interesting?

Geez, I'm really just a old bald-headed grandpa, for heaven's sake!

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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, or take advantage of their other downloads here.

1) Do Anglicans believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist?
2) Is St. Peter's Basilica in Rome really built over the tomb of St. Peter?
3) I have been reading Jehovah's Witness materials and they say the soul is not immortal. Is it?
4) If there is Apostolic Succession, how can Pope's do bad things like calling men to arms? What is infallibility?
5) A Dutch priest is encouraging Catholic to pray to Allah. Is Allah the same God as our Christian God?
6) Was Martin Luther a full-flegded priest when he broke away from Rome?
7) Why do Catholics make salvation so complicated with all their rituals and sacraments? Baptism is NOT necessary for Salvation – just look at the thief on the cross.
8) Why does the Catholic Church allow Hispanic nations to worship idols and statues?

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