October 2008

Are You Prepared to Witness for Christ?

October 17, 2008

One of the talks I will give on the Catholic Answers Cruise now that we are in Rome today is about the Apostolic Fathers and Suffering for the Faith. It is dear to my heart since we just traveled all over following the footprints of St. Paul and the Apostolic Fathers. I will be speaking on [...]

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Update on Abortion and the Election

October 16, 2008

Can Catholics justify support for pro-abortion candidates? Weigel, Bishop Finn say No http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=794 In a Newsweek column on prominent Catholics supporters of Barack Obama, theologian George Weigel notes that the American bishops have become insistent on the political duties of Catholics. “It seems unlikely that the bishops, having found their voices after discovering the limits [...]

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Putting Us to Shame

October 15, 2008

He is uttering muffled chants under his breath and bobbing up and down. His gray beard is waggig under his serious eyes and his black yalmulka. His black suitcoat covers his prayer shawl with the many knotted tassles dangling below. His Hebrew Prayer Book is open as he stands facing Jerusalem. Which way is Jerusalem? [...]

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Great Maps of St. Paul’s Journeys

October 14, 2008

Since this is the Year of St. Paul, I am on a St. Paul Cruise, I thought I would share this wonderful website with multiple maps from the life of St. Paul. They help tie things together with his letters, and his missionary journeys. Click here to access this helpful site. You can also download [...]

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US Bishop’s President on Abortions and Politics

October 14, 2008

Bp. Kicanas on Catholic pro-abortion politicians (provided by my Canon Lawyer friend Ed Peters): Bp. Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, now vice-president of the USCCB, gave an interview to the National Catholic Reporter’s John Allen on, among other things, the situation of pro-abortion Catholic politicians. While I hesitate to read too much into Kicanas’ answers (they [...]

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It’s Time for Some Campaigning – fun video on politics

October 13, 2008

There’s a lot of truth in this video. If you have a funny bone, prepare to laugh – at least a little bit :-)

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Mary’s House for Marie

October 11, 2008

Marie wanted to join us on this trip but her husband has cancer and she was unable to travel. She sent me an e-mail with a special request. Having a devotion to the Blessed Mary she asked me to take a picture of Mary’s House when we are in Ephesus — where the Blessed Mother [...]

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St. Paul Passes the Brothal

October 10, 2008

Today we are touring Ephesus and I am showing the tour group my favorite  things in this ancient city. We filmed here for our Paul and Mary DVDs and have brought groups here on numerous occasions. One of my favorite things to show people in Ephesus is the Billboard for the Brothel that is carved [...]

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What My Grandpa Said about the Pope: A Story

October 10, 2008

What My Grandpa Said About The Pope: A Story My grandpa is a nice old gentleman, with gray hair, and gold spectacles, and very fond of his little grandson Billy—that’s me. Grandpa and I often go out to walk together, that is, on fine days, because on cloudy days he never goes out of the [...]

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Quotations on Mary, Ark of the New Covenant

October 9, 2008

Since we will be celebrating Mass tomorrow in Ephesus, at Mary’s House, I thought this would be appropriate. A while ago I compiled over 7 pages of quotations from the Fathers of the Church about Mary, the Ark of the New Covenant Here is a sample from the great St. Athanasius (c. 296-373) who defended [...]

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Women Priests, a Canon Lawyer Speaks

October 8, 2008

My friend and Canon Lawyer Ed Peters on a recent priest’s comment on Women’s Ordination: Fr. Theodore Hesburgh’s recent interview with the Wall Street Journal is getting some attention in the Catholic blogosphere, and it should: the WSJ article presents a casus classicus of how priestly ministry disappeared under the allure of social activism for [...]

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On a Ship with St. Paul

October 7, 2008

Well, not really, but we are on a ship following many of his travels. Right now we are plowing across the Mediterranean between Israel and Turkey. I stood on the deck of the ship last night after dark looking down at the waves. I imagined what it would be like to be in the middle [...]

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E-Priest on “Re-energizing Parishioners with Life-changing Pilgrimage

October 7, 2008

E-priest is the largest e-mail for priests across the country. In this e-letter they talk about energizing priests, parishes and young people. You can read the article here. Would you like to go on a pilgrimage for free? Consider organizing a pilgrimage with your parish or organization. Read Reenergize Parishioners with Life-Changing Pilgrimage, then contact Steve [...]

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Priestless Sundays and the Sunday Obligation

October 6, 2008

From Canon Lawyer Ed Peters: A news story out of the Diocese of Fairbanks in Alaska describes an upcoming “priestless Sunday” wherein priests will be away from their parishes to serve remote missions, leaving their parishioners without Sunday Mass that weekend. I can see arguments for and against this unusual action and I don’t think [...]

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For Homeschoolers Only!

October 6, 2008

We starting homeschooling our kids in the early 80′s when it was still illegal in Michigan. We moved to the country, bought an old farm house and laid low. We could have had our kids taken away but we fought the fight and they turned out all right! Now homeschooling is as popular as frappuccinos and double cheese pizzas. [...]

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Catholic Voters Guide – now on video

October 4, 2008
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