Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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"You are Peter and on this rock..." Exploring Caesarea Philippi

Great day beginning with Mass at the Mount of Beatitudes. This is such a lovely place it’s hard to get people to leave.

Then we drove one hour up to Banias which in the Bible is referred to as Caesarea Philippi. Along the way all three priests on the bus told us their vocations story. Everybody loves location stories!

I gave my talk on Peter and the primacy of Rome while we sat under the huge rock with the cave called the Gates of Hell.

20131120-191423.jpgWe went into the Golan Heights and had a local lunch which everyone enjoyed very much. It was a simple lunch because we have a huge, and elegant dinner tonight. We looked out over the country of Syria and discussed the recent political situation.

We arrived back at the sea of Galilee to view the place where Jesus multiplied the loaves and fish and the place where he fed his disciples early in the morning in John chapter 21. Then back up to Rosh Pina for the elegant dinner at Auberge Shulamit.

On the way home we turned the bus into a comedy club and everyone roared with laughter until we returned back to our hotel.

Msgr. Droll’s homily delivered at Mount of Beatitudes. 713_0024

 

 

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Our new Holy Father makes a lot of people nervous. He is shaking things up and people are still not sure what to do with him. This is not only in the secular world (especially the media) but also inside the Church.

He makes his security team nervous by insisting on being with the people. He makes the media nervous because they are not quite sure how to read him and keep thinking he’s changing Church teaching. He makes Catholics nervous, especially a lot of leaders because they feel he is too unguarded in what he says and does.

Should we be nervous and unsettled? Mayby so, and maybe it is good for everyone to be shaken a bit. Hope you enjoy this article entitled “Has Pope Francis Gone Too Far?

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Five Step Battle Plan to Overcome Pornography

by Steve Ray on November 20, 2013

Matt Fradd and I just met a few weeks ago. He recently worked for Catholic Answers and is now striking out on his own. He is an excellent apologist and has a delightful Australian accent.

He has recently written a book on how men can free themselves from addiction to the scourge of pornography.

Matt has posted parts of his book on-line here:

Part 1: http://mattfradd.com/2013/11/13/breaking-free-from-porn-a-5-step-battleplan/

Part 2: http://mattfradd.com/2013/11/13/breaking-free-from-porn-a-5-step-battle-plan-part-2/

You can visit his website and buy the book for $2 here.

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