Friday, September 20, 2013

Humbling Message for Me from a New Priest

by Steve Ray on September 20, 2013

Dear Steve,

Just a note to thank you for your apostolate and message boards. I first saw you at the very first Fullness of Truth Conference in Houston Texas, with Alex Jones, Scott Hahn, Tim Staples, ect. This conference was the crossroads where I had to face the Truth that Holy Mother Church was who, in fact, she says She Is. The pope’s authority was one of the several key issues I was trying to reconcile. This conference was directly responsible for my re-version back to the faith.

After that conference I spent the next two years using your message boards to understand the faith and become an apologists. At the end of the day, God used you to help me in my reversion and provided a e-community for me to nourish and grow my faith.

Just so you know, at age 37, I was ordained a priest for the Fathers of Mercy on June 2, 2012. I absolutely love being a priest and a minister of God’s Mercy.

Thank you for all you do in Christ!

Fr. Ken Geraci, CPM
Fathers of Mercy

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Arriving in Lourdes

by Steve Ray on September 20, 2013

Today we drove across northern Spain and crossed the border into France. An hour later we arrived at Lourdes.

It was a beautiful journey, we watched movies on the bus, pray the rosary, heard vocation stories and even took naps.

I think you’ll enjoy the video with all the beautiful scenery and interaction with the programs.

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How Old is your Church?

by Steve Ray on September 20, 2013

How Old Is Your Church?

If you are a Lutheran, your religion was founded by Martin Luther, an ex- monk of the Catholic Church, in the year 1517.

If you belong to the Church of England, your religion was founded by King Henry VIII in the year 1534 because the Pope would not grant him a divorce with the right to remarry.

If you are a Presbyterian, your religion was founded by John Knox in Scotland in the year 1560.

If you are a Protestant Episcopalian, your religion was an offshoot of the Church of England founded by Samuel Seabury in the American colonies in the 17th century.

If you are a Congregationalist, your religion was originated by Robert Brown in Holland in 1582.

If you are a Methodist, your religion was launched by John and Charles Wesley in England in 1744.

If you are a Unitarian, Theophilus Lindley founded your church in London in 1774.

If you are a Mormon (Latter Day Saints), Joseph Smith started your religion in Palmyra, N.Y., in 1829.

If you are a Baptist, you owe the tenets of your religion to John Smyth, who launched it in Amsterdam in 1605.

If you are of the Dutch Reformed church, you recognize Michaelis Jones as founder, because he originated your religion in New York in 1628.

If you worship with the Salvation Army, your sect began with William Booth in London in 1865.

If you are a Christian Scientist, you look to 1879 as the year in which your religion was born and to Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy as its founder.

If you belong to one of the religious organizations known as ‘Church of the Nazarene,” “Pentecostal Gospel.” “Holiness Church,” “Pilgrim Holiness Church,” “Jehovah’s Witnesses,” your religion is one of the hundreds of new sects founded by men within the past century.

If you are Catholic, you know that your religion was founded in the year 33 by Jesus Christ the Son of God, and it is still the same Church.

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To Understand Pope Francis

September 20, 2013

From my friend Mark Brumley, President and CEO of Ignatius Press: In case you’re wondering just what’s going on with Pope Francis–and reading the New York Times and some other media outlets are bound to have that effect–I suggest you read the interview in America magazine. Francis is the best commentator on Francis: http://americamagazine.org/pope-interview For [...]

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