Met Governor Huckabee in Israel

February 18, 2017

We met this good man in Israel today and he took some with us. Gov. Mike Huckabee does much to help steer our country in ways of morality and conservatism. We thanked him for all the good work that he does for our country – and to keep up the good work. We all applauded […]

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Transfigured, Renewed Marital Vows and Met the Holy Family in Nazareth

February 17, 2017

Great day in Galilee. Started with wild taxi ride up Mount Tabor for Mass and for teaching on the Transfiguration. Another great homily here. Many people very moved. Then to Cana for Renewal of Wedding Vows and Steve’s teaching on John 2. Lunch in Nazareth before arriving at the Church of Annunciation at the cave […]

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Bet You’ve Never Heard of this Heroic, Selfless Woman

February 17, 2017

Remember this lady?Irena Sendler Died: May 12, 2008 (aged 98) in Warsaw, Poland During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist. She had an ulterior motive. Irena smuggled Jewish infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried. She also carried a burlap sack in the back of her […]

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Difference between “Sexual Relations” and “Conjugal Relations” in Relation to Amoris Laetitia

February 16, 2017

Canon Lawyer Ed Peters writes, “Among the fault lines revealed by the ecclesiastical earthquakes erupting after Pope Francis’ Amoris laetitia, we can see, I suggest, how some high-ranking ecclesiastics seem inadequately to understand the differences between “sexual relations” and “conjugal relations”. Most any man and any woman can have sexual relations, of course, but only […]

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Jordan Group at Jesus’ Baptismal Site and Crossing into Israel; Group 2’s Arrival in Israel

February 16, 2017

Today the Jordan group left them on and we drove down to the Jordan River and had Mass on the shores of the river where Jesus was baptized. You can watch/listen to the homily and watch the renewal of baptisms here. Today the Jordan group left them on and we drove down to the Jordan River […]

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Bible Riddle: What Am I?

February 16, 2017

Since we will be here today, I thought this riddle appropriate! But, before you click the link, see if you can figure out this riddle :-) Write to me if you need help; click here to see the answer. Three times I have been divided doing what God had decided. Twice a garment was the […]

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Amazing Petra: World Heritage Site of Stunning Beauty – Full Tour!

February 15, 2017

Colorful gorges, galloping horses, Bedouins and Camel drivers, the Treasury of Indiana Jones’ fame, rock caves and tombs, hot mint tea, multi-colored sandstone corridors 300 feet high – great experience. Many people said they were happy to scratch this one off their “Bucket List.” We also had Mass in one in one of my favorite […]

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Salvation by Faith Alone?

February 15, 2017

Since the days of Martin Luther it has been popular to reduce salvation to a sound bite. Salvation is not by works but by “faith alone.” However, the Bible seems to have another idea. In my book CROSSING THE TIBER I mention a few passages from Scripture to give a more biblical perspective. Here is […]

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Amman to Mt. Nebo to Madaba to Petra Jordan

February 14, 2017

Third day in Jordan seeing so much! Mass at Mount Nebo where Moses looked across the Jordan Valley into the Promised Land (excellent homily here).

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Amoris Laetitia and Divorced-Remarried: the Wounds Get Deeper

February 14, 2017

Canon Lawyer Ed Peters writes (excerpts), “[Regarding] some excerpts translated from Francesco Cdl. Coccopalmerio’s new, short book on Pope Francis’ Amoris laetitia. If the excerpts I read are accurate, the President of the Pontifical Council of Legislative Texts (the body charged with issuing binding interpretations of ecclesiastical legal texts, notably the Code of Canon Law), comes […]

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Marriage in Heaven? Will We Know and Love Our Spouses in Heaven?

February 14, 2017

Happy St. Valentine’s Day. This is for my mom. My dad died almost six years ago. Mom misses Dad and was discouraged about Mark 12:25 which her paraphrased Living Bible improperly rendered “will not be married” in heaven. I wrote the following to comfort my Mom… Mom, I know it is important to you since […]

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Birthplace of Elijah, Mass at Miracle of Mary, Jerash, Wrestling Angels: 2nd Day innJordan

February 13, 2017

A great first full day in Jordan. We started by visiting the birthplace of Elijah, then Mass at a church that just experienced a miracle of Mary (Fr. Conlon’s Homily), then a great authentic Jordanian lunch. In the afternoon we visited to the exquisite Roman ruins of Jerash. Then we visited the Jabbok River where […]

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St. Mark: Very Important; Very Little Known

February 13, 2017

St. Mark: Very Important Biblical Guy, Yet Relatively Unknown Let me introduce you to him… “His voice boomed over the crowds in Rome as they had all around the Empire. The large fisherman was aging but his voice was still filled with intensity and conviction. The thronging crowds listened with curiosity.       “Rome was the hub […]

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Arrival of our Group in Amman Jordan

February 12, 2017

Today everyone arrived on Air France safely and excitedly in Amman Jordan. We took them to our hotel for a great dinner and Mass and then to bed for a big day tomorrow. Here you can see all your loved ones arriving and see some good views of the beginning of the pilgrimage and our […]

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Finding Elijah’s Brook Cherith in Gilead Jordan

February 12, 2017

Today we embarked on an adventure to find the place where Elijah was fed by ravens at Brook Cherith. You can read 1 King’s 17:1-7 for the story. In Arabic the river is named Wadi el-Yubis. It is up north in Jordan in the Gilead mountains not far from Elijah’s hometown of Tishbe (which we […]

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“Ecumenical” Bible Studies

February 12, 2017

Without a teaching authority or the tradition of the historic Church, this cartoon shows what many Bible studies are really like. I remember Bible Studies that started out with “What does this passage mean to you?”  To keep from arguing or fighting, many just avoid difficult passages. There are many studies that exclude Catholic ideas […]

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