Thursday, October 2, 2014

One day gets better than the next. Today we started at Bunratty castle and stepped back 600 years in history. Bunratty village takes a while to wander through as you place yourself in a village in medieval Ireland. Watch the animals, smell the smoke from peat burning in the fireplaces and enjoy the magnificent Irish food.

Then to Adare one of the most beautiful towns in Ireland. We had Mass at the Trinitarian church where the Trinitarian monks used to purchase Christians from the Muslims during the Crusades after the Christians have been turned into slaves. That was their ministry. Seems like we need some Trinitarian monks today!

Then we drove south through Ireland past the city of Limerick where we told limericks on the bus. I told two of my favorite limericks.

Here is one of them for my questioning grandson:

Was there really a man named Jesus?
Or do the Catholics just try to tease us?
I went to the places,
Studied books for all traces,
And discovered he’s real which should please us.

Along the way we had great fun with Patrick Coffin and myself who set up a Catholic Answers Live show on the bus. He was the host and people asked questions and myself and Fr. Conlon answer them. We will do more of this tomorrow and the next day :-)

Then we arrived in Sneem in the far southwest corner of Ireland. It is austere and beautiful land with lochs and lakes and beautiful mountains. Heather and Gorse color the hillsides. This is the hometown of Batt Burns and he is proud to share it with us.

Our hotel is light and spacious and marvelous. It overlooks the bay and the dinner was exceptional and wonderful fellowship was had by all and Patrick often shared his gift of magic dazzling everyone.

Tomorrow we drive around the Ring of Kerryand have dinner in the local pub where the local folks will play their music and teach us how to dance while we eat their home cooked foods.

Enjoy the movie of today…

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From Baptist to Catholic

by Steve Ray on October 2, 2014

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Stacy Trasancos

Stacy is a Catholic convert from the Baptist tradition. A former chemist, Stacy is now a stay at home mom pursuing a MA in Theology at Holy Apostle’s College and Seminary.

I am Catholic, simply, because I am alive. I began conversion in 2004 and entered into Communion with the Catholic Church in 2006. That I know of, I have a full decade of children to remember when I pray the Rosary, seven whom I am raising and three whom I never held in my arms. My life these 42 years has been full of self-induced pain. Today I know deep joy and peace because I am accepting the abundances of Truth and Love. I’m telling my story because as shameful as it is, it is real and needs to be told so others will know the dangers of life without a moral compass.

I grew up as the oldest of three in Texas with a loving family and wonderful parents. Some people say that babies are born atheists because they can’t believe in God, but my first memories were naturally of God, of being awed by the world and my ability to do new things, and of loving my family with all my heart. I spent a lot of time outdoors and on my paternal grandparents’ farm with their young daughter who was like a big sister to me. There was never any doubt that I was loved and that I could make people happy. Those are my first memories.

I was a naturally shy child. The first time I remember fear is not from a dangerous or physically painful situation, but at my second birthday party surrounded by so many people. I didn’t know what they expected of me, and I remember hiding in my room with my maternal grandmother. She is the one who later taught me to read my Bible daily and write down my prayers. I still have them because my mother saved them for me.

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