Mary

The question should not be, why do Catholics honor Mary so much? The question should be why do some Protestants honor Mary so little when in fact, the Bible honors Mary so much. Here is another question. Why do some Protestants honor Mary so little when the early Protestants (especially Martin Luther) honored Mary so much? http://catholicmilwaukee.com/assumptions-of-mary–enoch…—elijah.html

The-AssumptionBelow is that part of John’s letter objecting to the Mary’s Assumption. He gives this as one of the reasons why he left the Catholic Church and joined one of the Lutheran Churches. The rest of the article is Lenny’s response to John’s very pointed objections.

Dear Lenny: 

Perhaps you can share some of your insights. Here’s where things break down for me. Certainly, Mary had to be a great person to be chosen to bear and raise Jesus. Surely, this must be the greatest honor of all time… The Catholic Church reasons, she must have been bodily assumed into heaven. She was just too good to be rotting in the earth like the rest of us. That is quite an assumption!… Tell me, Lenny, what has your research found? When did this belief in the assumption originate? Did a Pope declare it? Which one? Why wouldn’t something of this significance be recorded in the Bible?

1. Mary rotting in her grave.
2. The assumption of Mary is not in the Bible.
3. The Assumption of Mary defined November 1st 1950.
4. The assumptions of Enoch and Elijah.
5. Non-Catholics teach the ascension of Mary.
6. Lutheran minister, why all the fuss about Mary?
7. Where are the Bones of Mary?
8. The mighty one has done great things for me.
9. The oldest records of the assumption of Mary, 100 to 200 A.D.
10. Rapture/Assumption or is it both?
11. Do Catholics worship Mary as a God?
12. Why do Catholics honor Mary so much?
13. Martin Luther exalts Mary his “spiritual mother.”

Dear John:

Mary rotting in her grave: Your statement; She [Mary] was just to good to be left rotting in the earth like the rest of us is not a real objection but a statement of mockery. John, perhaps someone said this to you and not knowing how to respond to it, you simply caved in and concluded that Assumption of Mary is not real. Would you say that Lazarus was to good to be left rotting in his grave when Jesus brought him back to life? The dead man came out (Jn 11:44)?Would you speak this way about the people who came out of their tombs after the death of Jesus? Tombs were opened, and the bodies of many saints who had fallen asleep were raised, And coming forth from their tombs after His resurrection, they entered the holy city and appeared to many (Mt 27:52-53).Were they too good to be rotting in their graves?

You should not mock something you do not believe just because it is not the norm. It is true that Lazarus physical body being brought to life after death is not the norm. And it is also true that people coming out of their tombs and appearing to others is not the norm. They are the exception, but that does not mean that they didn’t happen.

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fatima_childrenMay 13, 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the appearance of Our Lady of Fatima to the three shepherd children.

We will be going to Fatima twice this year with pilgrimage groups and will arrive a few days after May 13th (due to crowds we avoided the actual day).

Bishop James Conley shares his experience of his own consecration to Mary as a convert to the Catholic Faith.

In this short 2-minute video he not only tells his own story but encourages everyone to do the same on this special day – May 13, 2017.

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Power of the Olive Wood, Holy Land Rosaries

by Steve Ray on March 3, 2017

On each of our trips we offer olive wood Rosaries to our groups. These are made by Sisters in Bethlehem. We touch them to all the holy sites, especially all the Rosary sites. They are all blessed in Jerusalem before the pilgrims head back home.

A Mother Superior wrote to me about her experience in Sydney Australia with the Olive Wood Rosary I sent her which had touched all the holy sites.

Greetings in the Lord Jesus Steve and Janet!!! and welcome home from what looked like a thoroughly blessed pilgrimage to the Holy Land!!

I saw your wonderful videos of the entire pilgrimage and it truly felt like we were there! Thank you for sharing this experience – I felt like one of the pilgrims almost!!

I am writing to let you know something I experienced a few months ago when I still in Sydney, Nov 2016. Let me tell you……

downloadWhen I was in Sydney I had been working closely-spiritually speaking- along side with the exorcist of the Diocese, praying for him whenever he had an exorcism to perform etc. There was one particular lady who was possessed by a few demons and she came to our Monastery for an exorcism.( This poor lady suffered unspeakable horrors at the hands of her father and mother).

To cut a long story short, when I was talking with her in our Guest House I wondered if the demons were still within, and so I took out the Holy Land Rosary you gave me last year with other goodies, and knowing the spiritual graces that come with it (according to the Raccolta) and I gently placed the rosary on her lap. What happened next surprised me . ….after a short while she suddenly jerked her leg wincing with pain.

This lady had many rosaries and medals on her- but none from the Holy Land……and so when she saw me place the rosary on her leg – where she is attacked by the demons who stop her from walking properly- she did not think anything of it and continued to talk to me…..then she jerked her leg in pain and she cried- ” Wow that’s some rosary! I can feel the demon trying to push it off my leg! Literally!!”

Amazed I took my rosary back and put it into my pocket….and thanked the Good Lord for granting me such a precious and powerful gift! So thank you Steve and Janet!!! Even the demons know how powerful it is! I have since used it for others who had similar demonic possessions and I can assure you – it is a most powerful in the supernatural realm!!!!

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Mary’s Early & Later Life — The Real Mary on Catholic Answers Live

January 31, 2017

Questions I answered about Mary’s real life on Catholic Answers Live — it was a FUN show! To listen on-line, for podcasts and other listening options, click here.  (Photos: Top photo painted by James Tissot; bottom two pictures are actual photos of girls at the well in Nazareth over 100 years ago.) 1. Did Mary […]

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Steve’s Interview on Guadalupe and Conversion of Human Sacrificing Aztecs

December 14, 2016
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A Baptist Friend Asks: The Bible Says “All have sinned” so how can Mary be Immaculate?

December 8, 2016

A Southern Baptist writes: I am a Southern  Baptist who has a lot of respect for the Catholic faith. The Immaculate Conception is a hard concept for me. Does it also include the belief that Mary never sinned? How does that pass muster with Rom. 3:23 “For all have sinned and come short of the […]

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Joachim & Anna: The Birth and Presentation of Our Lady, from a 2nd Century Document

November 21, 2016

Join us next year on our pilgrimage for the 100th Anniversary of Fatima as we travel through Portugal, Santiago and Loyola in Spain and Lourdes in France. Also to study the Reformation in Germany,  Visit http://www.FootprintsOfGod.com ************************* “The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (as it is known in the West), or The Entry of the […]

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Pictures from Nazareth over 100 Years Ago (see the Virgin Mary :-)

October 7, 2016

Today we are in Nazareth looking for Mary! We are visiting her home cave where the Angel Gabriel brought the announcement from heaven. We will also visit her cave where she lived 30 years with Joseph and Jesus. These pictures are over a hundred years old from Nazareth. Not much changed between then and the […]

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Steve discussing Assumption-Queenship of Mary, St. Bartholomew and Recent trip to Poland

August 25, 2016

Steve on Relevant Radio discussing St. Bartholomew with John Harper

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“Why do you Catholics believe Mary ascended into heaven?”

August 14, 2016

Nice article from LifeTeen: About twelve years ago a teen named Billy asked me this question, “Why do you Catholics believe that Mary ascended into heaven, when it’s not even in the Bible?” He said “you Catholics” because he went to a local Bible Church but had been coming to a Life Teen Summer Bible […]

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Mary, Queen of Heaven

August 11, 2016

A while ago a man called in to say my argument for the Assumption of Mary including references from the Old Testament was wrong. I had quoted 1 Kings 2:19 where Solomon had raised his mother up to a throne on his right hand to reign as Queen of the Kingdom. The man arguing with me […]

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How Big Was Jesus in Mary’s Womb at the Visitation – and what could he do?

July 19, 2016

“How big was baby Jesus in Mary’s womb when Mary visited Elizabeth?” That is the question I asked myself while visiting the Church of the Visitation in Israel. What I learned was quite revolutionary and amazing. This is one of the best pro-life arguments from Scripture and one I’ve not heard discussed before. It also […]

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Meaning of Sacred and Immaculate Hearts – Feast Days are Upon Us!

June 2, 2016

A non-Christian friend found two paintings at an art show and asked me, “What in the world are these? They seem to have pagan elements. What do they have to do with Jesus and Mary?” Here is my explanation. If you readers have anything to add, please post it in the Comments below. Thanks. Thanks. […]

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Mary, Ark of the New Covenant & the Visitation to Elizabeth

May 31, 2016

Read my article about Mary, typology and reading the Bible with the Fathers of the Church and the Visitation. It was published in Catholic Answers Magazine. Click on the image or HERE for the whole article.

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Mary and the Other Body of Christ; How Many People were in the Upper Room and Why?

May 12, 2016

The room was pretty full. It was warm but a gentle breeze was blowing—that would change. There was fear in the room. The Roman army was a thing to be feared, they had just crucified Jesus and it was a dangerous thing to associates of an executed criminal. They were also anxious about the promise. […]

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Speaking Twice on Mary in Florida; Join us if you can…

May 4, 2016

Join us in Ave Maria Florida if you can. I will be giving two talks on Mary, one on Friday, May 20 and Part 2 on Saturday, May 21. We will go through her life from her birth in Jerusalem, her meeting with Gabriel in Nazareth, the Visitation (Ark of the New Covenant), Bethlehem and […]

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