February 2013

Dr. Benjamin Carson Teaches Obama about Economics, Democracy and Sanity

February 14, 2013

It was one of those talks that you sit up and say, “Wow, finally someone is speaking sensibly, someone who understands this country and our founding principles and morality! This guy should run for president!”  It would have been good if he was white, but it was even better that he is an incredibly articulate, [...]

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Entering the Desert of Lent – but with Joy and the Word of God

February 13, 2013

Forty days in the wilderness; forty days of Lent. We are now embarking on the adventure we’ve called Lent since the early centuries of the Church. It may not be fun, but if our spirit is right it can be exciting and rewarding. We may even loose a few pounds.  Jesus left the opulence and [...]

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Another Interesting Picture of Mary – Get it?

February 13, 2013

Question 1 Understand why this is a picture of Mary? (Hint: Catechism paragraph no. 724.) Question 2 Is Moses kneeling to worship the bush?

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The Skull is Talking to Me; Lent is Upon Us!

February 13, 2013

THE SKULL TALKS TO ME EVERY MORNING! It says, “As you are now, I once was; as I am now, you soon shall be — remember your mortality!” No better way to approach Ash Wednesday and 40 days of Lent. Artists have painted St. Jerome with a skull on his desk. Popes were known to keep [...]

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My Statue of Mary

February 12, 2013

Anyone get why?

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My Two Books to Help Understand the Papacy and the Process

February 12, 2013

Ray, a former Evangelical Protestant and Bible teacher, goes through the Scriptures and the first five centuries of the Church to demonstrate that the early Christians had a clear understanding of the primacy of Peter in the see of Rome. (Click on book image to learn more or to purchase) He tackles the tough issues [...]

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What Shall We Now Call Him? His Holiness, Joseph Ratzinger, Papa Emeritus and Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church?

February 11, 2013

Dr. Ed Peters, Canon Lawyer discusses the future of Pope Benedict. Papa Emeritus by Dr. Edward Peters The resignation of Benedict XVI portends no problems for Church governance. “We know exactly when the vacancy in the Apostolic See will occur (2 pm, Eastern time, Thursday, FEB 28) and we know what laws will govern the [...]

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Pope to Resign February 28

February 11, 2013

This comes as a huge surprise. Major news sources have passed on the Vatican’s announcement. The Vatican announcement is here. I am not going to speculate about “deeper motives” for his resignation. We should take him at his words since he is an honest man. I watched my father decline in his later years. His [...]

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Some of my favorite pictures of Benedict XVI

February 11, 2013

Some of my favorite pictures of Cardinal Ratzinger right before he became Pope :-)

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From Womb to Tomb – My Hike from Nativity in Bethlehem to Calvary in Jerusalem

February 8, 2013

Janet and I had a free day so I decided to take an adventure. I called my friend George in Bethlehem and he picked me up and drove me to the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem. I started my walk from the place where Jesus was born. That’s why the title is from “Womb to [...]

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Obama’s New “Concessions” – Worthless

February 6, 2013

Obama mandate concessions useless Faith leaders blast Obama concessions Wesley J. Smith: Analysis of concessions Bishops prepared for prison over mandate

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Wisdom of Pilgrims: Why go to Israel? Is it Safe? What Happened to us Here?

February 5, 2013

Comments and Farewells.

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Carrying our Cross with Jesus to Mass at the Tomb; Mary’s Birthplace; Western Wall

February 5, 2013

Part 1: Part 2:

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Praying 7 Mysteries of the Rosary on Location in 1 Day!

February 4, 2013

Mount of Olives — Jesus walked here, prayed here, taught his disciples to pray here and he sweat blood here. We had Mass at Gethsemane where the sins of the world fell on the holy, holy, holy Son of God. The real pain of the passion happened here. One Mystery here. Caves have great significance [...]

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“Sunday Mornings in Ancient Times” or “Why I Teared up Last Sunday”

February 3, 2013

Tears welled up in my eyes — again — at Mass last Sunday. It was not always so. As a former Baptist I used to think the Catholic Mass was a sacrilege and an abomination. How could anyone worship a piece of bread? Really! However, last Sunday I was overcome with emotion while sitting in [...]

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Walking thru Jesus’ 1st Century Jerusalem; Renewal of Baptismal Vows in the Muddy Jordan; Floating in the Dead Sea, Camel Rides and more

February 3, 2013

(Keep the humor and comments coming below. Everyone loves it when I read them on the bus!) Of all the days on our pilgrimages, today tends to be the fun day. Camel rides, floating in the Dead Sea, visiting the Jordan River where Jesus was actually baptized and loads of fun and laughter along the [...]

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