Saturday, May 22, 2010

Last Day a Great One

by Steve Ray on May 22, 2010

P1020234I will be posting the two videos from today soon. We had a great day with beeeautiful weather for a walking tour through Rome. We gave people some exercise today and everyone did well.

We started out with a tour of San Clemente with Liz. This is an ancient church with archaeological discoveries below that take us down to first century Rome and a 4th century basilica. Amazing.

While one group did that I took another group to the Martyrdom Church named Santo Stephano Rotundo with all the walls covered with vivid depictions of early martyrs tortured for the faith. A wedding started and I took the next group to the sacred stairs of the Church of Scala Sancta.

Then we had several hours free for lunch and exploring in the old city near the Piazza Navona. Then a walking tour to see the Trevi Fountain, the monument to the Immaculate Conception and the Spanish Steps.

We had a moving Pentecost Mass at Santa Maria in Sopra Minerva — in front of the tomb of St. Catherine of Sienna. It was our family’s 16th anniversary into the Catholic Church!

See the second video below (up soon) to join our amazing Farewell Dinner.

Farewell Dinner

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16th Anniversay as Catholics

by Steve Ray on May 22, 2010

Celebrating Pentecost Mass at Santa Maria in Sopra Minerva in Rome. It’s our family’s 16th anniversary as Catholics. LOVE being home!

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Help with Pornography

by Steve Ray on May 22, 2010

Help for Achieving and Maintaining Sexual Purity (by Steve Wood)

  • Did you know that there is an entire section of our website with resources to help those struggling with pornography? Take advantage of these resources and familiarize yourself with them so that you can recommend them to your friends. http://dads.org/strugglewithporn.asp
  • For information on forming a St. Joseph’s Freedom Group to assist men in living a pure life in our X-Rated world: http://dads.org/mens-groups.asp. We recommend that a man who has never had a pornography addiction take the visible leadership for the Freedom Groups. (Note: all the information that we offer on these groups are posted at this section of www.dads.org.)
  • Q. What can you do if you can’t get a big Freedom Group started? A. Start a Mini-Freedom Group: http://dads.org/mens-MiniFreedomGroups.asp
  • For an outline of a Father & Son Freedom Night, or a Campus Freedom Night: http://dads.org/mens-father_son.asp
  • We offer a brief weekly Freedom Letter to encourage purity for all men ages 16 to 99. What man in today’s world doesn’t need encouragement for remaining pure, or recovering his purity? Free subscriptions at http://dads.org/freedom-subscribe.asp.
  • Our Breaking Free booklet is currently being offered free of charge to priests to use in Confession. The only charge is the cost of postage. http://dads.org/article.asp?artId=231
  • Also check out “Porn No More” by clicking here.

If you know of other good sources of help for men, please add the information in the Comments below. Thanks.

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Vatican Day and Shroud Display

May 22, 2010

Early start to catch Mass at the St. Joseph chapel inside St. Peters Basilica. There are 44 chapels in this largest church in the world. We were right next to the Peter’s Crucifixion chapel — the exact geographical location where Peter was crucified upside down in Nero’s Circus. And GUESS what the readings were? (Picture: [...]

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Phoenix Abortion Case

May 22, 2010

My friend and canon lawyer Ed Peters, writes: The irony (no, make that, the hubris and hypocrisy) of “Catholics for Free Choice”, a group notoriously dedicated to disregarding the right to life of pre-born babies, criticizing a Catholic bishop for allegedly disregarding a hospital administrator’s right to a good reputation after she admitted her cooperation [...]

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