Monday, September 11, 2017

He said, “You know you’re going to hell, right!”

by Steve Ray on September 11, 2017

As we entered the Luther Museum in Luther’s childhood hometown of Mansfeld a group of American Lutherans were leaving. They were all excited at first to meet Americans and asked where we were from. I said we were from all across the country.

He then asked what Lutheran Synod we were from and I told him we were not Lutherans but Catholics. He acted shocked as did his people.

I told him that many of us had been Protestants and we are now Catholics. He looked me in the eye and said, “You know you’re going to hell, right?”

I said that he was incorrect and when I was Protestant I used to think the same way about Catholics. I said most of us were Protestant and we had converted to the Catholic Church. He was angry and walked away.

But a lady with their group snidely said, “Maybe after you visit all these places you’ll become Lutheran.” I said, “Give me 1/2 hour with your group outside and I’ll convince you all to become Catholics.”

Our group could not believe how rude they had been but I understood their mentality completely because I used to bo one of them.

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Luther’s Young Years, Monastery and Birth & Death

by Steve Ray on September 11, 2017

Eisleben: birth and baptism of Luther. Also where he preach his last sermons and died. This was also the town of St. Gertrude the Great. We has Mass at St. Gertrude’s with another fantastic homily.

Mansfeld: Luther’s childhood home and church where he sang in the choir and served as an altar boy. He was beaten by his mother and never excepted are loved by his father. His father was angry and rejected him for going to the monastery. It seems that his relationship with his father seriously skewed his view of acceptance and love from God.

He was beaten by his mother and never excepted are loved by his father. His father was angry and rejected him for going to the monastery. It seems that his relationship with his father seriously skewed his view of acceptance and love from God.

Erfurt: The Augustinian Monastery where he lived from 1505-1511 and where he was ordained and received his doctorate. Our Radisson Blu Hotel is also in Erfurt.

Along the way Ken Hensley, Fr. Steve and I gave Seminars on Luther, his early life, indulgences, purgatory and salvation.

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9/11/2001 “Lest We Forget (or forgot)”

by Steve Ray on September 11, 2017

No need to upset anyone, but you won’t see this on TV.

But lest we forget – or for those who’ve never seen it – here is the video of the planes hitting the World Trade Center. I remember exactly where I was – and with all America we were glued to the TV screens. Don’t forget what caused this America.

We sadly remember that horrible event on it’s anniversary today. We remember the many people who died and those who were heroes. We remember also that it was Islam – is as much a political agenda as it is a religion.

You may want to read my article Prepare for the Skyline of the Future.

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