Saints and Fathers

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Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live of Friday, January 23, 2016.

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1.  Opened with a discussion of St. Paul life before conversion, his life and radical ministry and the facts and issues surrounding his martyrdom.

2.  In 1 Corinthians St. Paul mentions Jesus’ words, “This is my Body, this is my Blood” from which we get the words of consecration. Where did the rest of the words we hear at Mass come from?

3.  St. Paul was not a Catholic. He was a Christian. The Catholic Church was something created by men.

4.  In 2 Corinthians 12 St. Paul said that he knew a man who was caught up to the third heaven. What does that mean? How many heavens are there?

5.  Why do you have to peg St. Paul into a particular denomination? Why not just say he is a Christian?

6.  Was St. Paul an agent of the Roman Empire when he assisted in Stephen’s martyrdom?

7.  I am what Paul was, a follower of the Nazarene. St. Paul was not and I am not a Christian, just a follower of Jesus. What do you think of that?

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Call Suzanne at 800-727-1999, ext 121

Today Pope Francis confirmed the second miracle and cleared Mother Teresa for canonization. We have plans all ready to go!

For more information, contact Suzanne at sparran@ctscentral.com or by calling 800-727-1999, ext. 121.

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Brief Overviews of Paul’s Life – from the Place He Was Beheaded – Free Timeline

October 27, 2015

Since we visited these sites today, I thought I would share these two videos: 1) Short Biography of St. Paul from the Place he was Martyred; 2) a Tour of the Sites of St. Paul’s Last Days. Enjoy! A while ago I gave a short biography of St. Paul at Tre Fontone where St. Paul [...]

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Discovering the Place of Paul’s Shipwreck on Island of Malta

October 7, 2015

One of my favorite things is to discover the events and places of the Bible and to share them with others. The Bible is true and the more we learn of it the more we are grounded in the Catholic Faith. Today I went out in search of the place of St. Paul’s Shipwreck in [...]

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Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live from Malta: “Who was St. Paul?”

October 7, 2015

It was great doing the Catholic Answers Live show on St. Paul from the Island of Malta. Here are the questions I answered in a very lively hour. To listen on-line listen here. To download the Podcast click here. **************************************** 1. What are you doing on the Island of Malta and tell us of St. [...]

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Canonization of Mother Teresa! Don’t Miss This – Join Us in Rome Next Year

September 12, 2015

It is happening! Join us for the canonization of Mother Teresa in Rome for a full Rome and Assisi pilgrimage.  We are the first to jump on this event – with hotels, flights, guides, buses and everything else reserved. For more info and to get your name on the list contact Suzanne at sparran@ctscentral.net or [...]

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Join us in Rome for Mother Teresa’s Canonization

September 9, 2015

   We have acquired information that the canonization of Mother Teresa will take place next year. If you’re interested in joining us for the canonization and a full pilgrimage to Rome andAssisi,  SEC, please contact Suzanne at​ sparran@ctscentral.net or 1-800-727-1999, ext.121. 

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Cut off His Head! John the Baptist

August 30, 2015

Beheading of John the Baptist August 29 Why was John so special? He was the last of the Old Testament prophets and the first of the New. He was the first to proclaim the news that Jesus was the Messiah, the Lamb of God. He was 100% from the lineage of Aaron the High Priest. [...]

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The Eucharist and the Fathers of the Church: Article by Steve Ray

August 19, 2015

The Eucharist and the Fathers of the Church, by Steve Ray The word “Eucharist” was used early in the Church to describe the Body and Blood of Christ under the forms of bread and wine. Eucharist comes from the Greek word for “thanks” (eucharistia), describing Christ’s actions: “And when he had given thanks, he broke [...]

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Fiesta of St. James! Celebrating his Feast Day at his Bones in Santiago (which means “St. James”); Walking the El Camino

July 25, 2015

What a mass of people! The Spanish people know how to celebrate and coming to Santiago de Compostela on the feast day of their primary saint, St. James the Greater, is quite an experience! By the way, this is the St. James who was called by Jesus on the shores of Galilee.  We started with [...]

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Apostolic Fathers Timeline – Today is St. Justin Martyr’s Feast Day

June 2, 2015

Feast Day of St. Justin Martyr, June 1 Download a Free copy of the Apostolic Fathers Timeline This amazing Timeline drives home the point of how close these men were to Jesus and the Apostles. It demonstrates how Catholic the first Christians really were! The Apostolic Fathers faced Emperors, heretics and lions but these heroes of [...]

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Assisi to Loreto to Lanciano to San Giovanni Rotundo – Whirlwind Day!

May 26, 2015

Covered a LOT of ground today and people said it was the most powerful Mass – in front of the Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano. The Holy House of Loreto was also an amazing stop. We have now arrived at our Grand Paradiso Hotel in San Giovanni Rotundo and look who was there to greet us [...]

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All Day in Bethlehem and Visiting NEW SAINT’S Convent

May 16, 2015

Great Day of touring Bethlehem and all its glory and fun, including dancing. Enjoy! By the way, Miriam of Jesus Crucified is being canonized in Rome Sunday. She is a Palestinian Christian we all visited her convent today and all wore her cloak and prayed at her relics. WOW! Article on the new Arab saints. [...]

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Kissing Statues

May 11, 2015

We are in Jerusalem today ready to pick up our group of 50 people at the airport in a few hours. When I woke up this morning to the Muslim “call to prayer”, church bells ringing and horns honking I read this email that came from the United Kingdom… It read, “Hi Steve! I know [...]

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Luke’s Gospel: Greek Physician, Historian & Friend of Mary

May 8, 2015

Her face shone as she related the stories—the words were vibrant, and though older now, her memory was excellent. He sat enraptured as she brought the past into living color. He had traveled a long way to see her and he sat motionless, with furled brow, taking careful notes on his parchment. He spent hours [...]

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