Monday, November 22, 2010

Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live

by Steve Ray on November 22, 2010

Tonight the topic was “The Power of Kindness in Apologetics” and the phone lines were hopping! For info on various ways to listen to the archived show, click here. Here is the audio link to the archived show.

First, I promised Sheila I would post a link to my blog on Water Baptism and Becoming Born Again. Her boyfriend has “accepted Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior” which he calls “baptized in the word,” but he has not been baptized in water.

I would suggest Sheila read the blog I wrote as a starting point. You can read it here.

These are the questions I answered tonight:

1. How can I approach my daughter about returning to the Catholic Faith?
2. I haven’t seen my brother in years and he is married to a non-Catholic. How do I bring up the Faith in the short time I am with him?
3. How do I explain the importance of water baptism to my boyfriend and his family?
4. My brother is gay and our conversations always get emotional. Can you offer any advice?
5. My husband is Muslim and our children are favoring his religion; what should I do? (answer short due to time.)


Nuns on Oprah AGAIN!

by Steve Ray on November 22, 2010

From my friend Sister Joseph Andrew:

We’ll be on Oprah’s Show again on Tuesday (Nov. 23) – if you wish to watch!  She could not have been more happy to see us!  God is touching her heart, it certainly appears!! She even mentioned her rosary which the Sisters gave her last time….no idea whether that will make it through the editors!  Please spread the word and beg God to be able to use our efforts for His greater glory!


Did Catholics Invent Pilgrimages?

by Steve Ray on November 22, 2010


No, it was something the Holy Family did at least once a year!

Look what the Catechism says: “[Jesus'] public ministry itself was patterned by his pilgrimages to Jerusalem for the great Jewish feasts” (583). And the Psalmist wrote: “Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage” (Psa 119:54 in RSV-Catholic Edition).

Remember when Jesus was lost in Jerusalem and his parents found him in the Temple? They were on pilgrimage:  “Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the Passover. And when [Jesus] was twelve years old, they went up according to custom” (Luke 2:41-42).

Along the way they sang the Pilgrimage Psalms, the Psalms of Ascent — Psalms 120-134.  Here is one of them:

Psalm 122:1 A Song of Ascents. Of David.

“I was glad when they said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the Lord!”
Our feet have been standing within your gates, O Jerusalem!
Jerusalem, built as a city which is bound firmly together,
to which the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord,
as was decreed for Israel,
to give thanks to the name of the Lord.
There thrones for judgment were set,
the thrones of the house of David.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!
“May they prosper who love you!
Peace be within your walls,
and security within your towers!”
For my brethren and companions’ sake I will say,
“Peace be within you!”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
I will seek your good.

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Pope Benedict Discusses Condoms and the Spread of AIDS

November 22, 2010

What did the Pope Ready Say? Find out the TRUTH before the secular Media spins it into anti-Catholic hype: An excerpt from Light of the World, Peter Seewald’s book-length interview with Pope Benedict XVI From Chapter 11, “The Journeys of a Shepherd,” pages 117-119: The Question the Pope was Asked: “On the occasion of your [...]

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