June 2012

Obamacare Survives the Supreme Court

by Steve Ray on June 28, 2012

The discussion is still swirling, but the Supreme Court has ruled that Obamacare is constitutional. It is not allowed under the commerce clause, but is viewed as a tax. This is a disaster for our country.

Chief Justice John Roberts is the one who tipped the scales for Obama. This will be how he is remembered in history.

Now we have to move against this indignity and insult to our freedoms. Let’s get a new president with conservatives in Congress to cut it out by the roots.

Many are discouraged and furious. What the court has done is done. What do we do now? Two things: 1) Use it to our advantage this Fall by rallying all those opposed to Obamacare (the majority of Americans) to get out and vote for a new president; 2) Continue to push the religious freedom angle which still has great weight and constitutional implications.

For Catholic Response and actions, click here https://www.stophhs.com/articles/andate-stands/

See the News Release below from the President of Ave Maria University:

Letter from University of Ave Maria's President Towey

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Fortnight for Freedom Resources

by Steve Ray on June 26, 2012

Join the Fortnight for Freedom! (This message copied from www.Maximus Group.com)

After kicking off June 21 with a Mass at the National Shrine of the Assumption in Baltimore, Md., the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Fortnight for Freedom continues through July 4 with Masses and other activities in Catholic Dioceses across the country.

Let’s unite as one Catholic family in prayer and action to stand up for religious freedom!

From Acton Institute:

Are you participating in the Fortnight for Freedom? Would you like to?

Click here for a list of Diocesan activities around the country.

Click here to read articles about the Fortnight for Freedom and religious liberty.

Click here for educational resources.

Click here for prayer resources.

Click here for downloadable graphics and bulletin inserts.

The Fortnight for Freedom concludes on Independence Day – July 4 – with Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington will celebrate the Liturgy, and Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will give the homily.

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Interesting Encounter at the Airport

by Steve Ray on June 26, 2012

My granddaughter Bella asked, “Nana, does Grandpa live at the airport?” she replied, “Kind of, yes.”

Being in airports I keep my antennas up for interesting people and ways to witness for Christ. If I see a priest in collar or a nun in habit I drop my luggage, run over and thank them profusely for serving the Church.

I do the same for military personnel. Today I saw an elderly black man hobbling to a seat in the airport. My antennas picked up on his hat which looked like it might be a military commemorative “ball cap.”

20120626-135414.jpgI got up and walked over. I said, “Hello sir. Does that hat say you served our military?” For the next ten minutes Janet and I heard a remarkable story.

Eighty-seven year old George Taylor was on his way to Washington to receive the Congressional Gold Medal for serving as a Marine in the Pacific arena in WWII. He was in the FIRST Black Marine Corps.

He told us how tough it was in racist America at the time and he recounted stories of their times in war. I announced to everyone sitting nearby that they were in the presence of a hero.

20120626-135441.jpg(Hat says “1942-1947, Congressional Gold Medal) Beyond his military service he worked hard afterwards, even though he only had an 8th grade education. He worked his way up until he eventually built a house next to the mayor and all of his kids have impressive degrees with enviable careers. He is a genuine American success story.

Before I left I said, “I bet you are a Christian too, aren’t you?” he responded, “Yes sir, and I go to church.” he smiled when I told him I’d put his story and pictures on my website – and watch to see him on the news.

 

 

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Atheist Blogger Converts to Catholicism

June 25, 2012

To read the whole story, click HERE. ****************+* Apparently, conversations matter. Former atheist blogger Leah Libresco can tell you. She recently converted to Catholicism, and her story is making waves. One of the main reasons for Libresco’s conversion? The deep connection between the existence of God and the possibility for moral action. As Libresco points [...]

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Fortnight for Freedom

June 23, 2012

All across our country thousands of Catholics and other Christians are gathering to re-kindle strength to defend our God given right to religious freedom. Make no mistake–we are in the midst of a war. The sounds of battle may be muffled by the noises of daily life, but we need to stop and pay attention. [...]

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No Matter How You Slice It

June 22, 2012

Did you know that Tomatoes are Christian? I am not sure if this is real or just a joke that is floating around the internet, but it struck me as funny, and quite likely: Egypt:  A Salafist group called the Popular Egyptian Islamic Association has come under fire after sending out a warning on Facebook [...]

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“Sola Scriptura’s” Achilles Heel

June 22, 2012

The doctrine of Sola Scriptura states that we should believe only what we find clearly taught in the Bible;  the doctrine of Sola Scriptura is found nowhere clearly taught in the Bible;  so…???

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Can Two Men be Just Plain Friends Anymore?

June 21, 2012

As homosexual relationships are being normalized we should consider the effect on friendships. The following article is concise and thought provoking, and the video we found proves the point of the author. BY ANGELA O’BRIEN (LifeSiteNews.com) – When close friends are presented in film or literature today, the conclusion is often: ‘Oh, they are gay.’ [...]

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Cave of Jesus’ Prayer, Mary’s Assumption, Three Sacraments Initiated, Peter Denies

June 20, 2012

Great day in Jerusalem with a wonderful group from Franciscan Pilgrimages – a ministry of Franciscan University of Steubenville. Today we explored the Mount of Olives and Mount Zion. Then we came back to Notre Dame for Mass and blessing of the religious items purchased on the trip. Lots of tears as pilgrims gave recollections [...]

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Don’t Watch this Video; Too Gruesome

June 20, 2012

I do not recommend watching the video. It is brutal. A man being killed in the Muslim country of Tunisia. His crime? He converted to Christianity. I suggest you read the text but not watch the video. But just the picture shows us what we are up against. Where is the outcry against this kind [...]

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Gethsemane, Temple and Baptismal Site of Jesus; Jericho, Qumran, Dead Sea & Camels

June 19, 2012

Great day starting with very moving Mass at Gethsemane – the most powerful site for many pilgrims. Then to Israel Museum to “walk through” the Jerusalem of Jesus. Also we saw the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Shrine of the Book. The Franciscan Pilgrimage group then went down into the rugged Judean Wilderness to visit [...]

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Logos New Catechism Package for under $50

June 18, 2012

Click HERE Enter STEVE in promotion Code Box for 15% discount. Get Catholic Bible, Catechism, Vatican I and II, catechism of Trent and more!

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Bar Mitzvah’s at the Western Wall, Healing at Bethesda and more on Day 6 of Pilgrimage

June 18, 2012

After the Via Dolorosa and Mass in the Tomb of Christ, we have a lot of other adventures and spiritual blessings today.

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Jackie’s Story: Catholic to Methodist, eventually back to Catholic

June 18, 2012

So it was within those Sunday school classes, that I began to feel the stirrings of the Spirit again but still did not recognize it for what it was.  I actually found myself defending various misconceptions with regards to the Catholic faith when someone in class would erroneously make a comment that I knew to [...]

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Link Fixed: CBS’s “60 Minutes” on the Holy Land – Very Well Done!

June 18, 2012

Today we are in Bethlehem. Since we are leading the Franciscan University of Steubenville in the Holy Land – and today we are in Bethlehem, I though many would like to see learn about the Christian situation in the Holy Land. This is well worth watching to understand the plight of the Christians in the [...]

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REAL Stations of the Cross, Mass IN Tomb of Christ

June 18, 2012

Up at 4:15 for early, in disturbed prayer along Via Dolorosa arriving to touch and venerate the top of Calvary where the old rigger cross once stood. Then Mass INSIDE the Tomb with lots of emotion and prayer.

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