12 Reasons why Sports Fans don’t to to the Game; Why Catholics don’t go to Mass :-)

January 4, 2018

This is very clever. Sure rings of the truth – enjoy!

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All Day Bethlehem from Mass to Dance!

January 3, 2018

Fantastic day. Join us. Homily at Shepherds Field, touching birthplace of Christ, dancing… All the sites… Dancing…

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“The Sinner’s Prayer” – All You Need to Get to Heaven?

January 3, 2018

When I was a kid, the “Sinner’s Prayer” was a big deal. It was at the heart of everything we knew about Jesus and getting saved. It was almost used as an incantation. My mom coached me to pray the Sinner’s Prayer when I was 4 years old. We knelt together in front of the […]

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Day 4: Beatitudes, Multiplication of Loaves, Capernaum,Visitation and more

January 2, 2018

Another great day in Galilee visiting the Mount of Beatitudes, Multiplication of Loaves and Fish and Mass at Capernaum (Watch the homily here). Then we ate St. Peter’s Fish before driving south toward Jerusalem. Before arriving in Jerusalem we stopped to visit the Visitation were Mary had walked 100 miles to visit her relative Elizabeth. […]

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Day 4: Beatitudes, Multiplication of Loaves, Capernaum,Visitation and more

January 2, 2018

Another great day in Galilee visiting the Mount of Beatitudes, Multiplication of Loaves and Fish and Mass at Capernaum (Watch the homily here). Then we ate St. Peter’s Fish before driving south toward Jerusalem. Before arriving in Jerusalem we stopped to visit the Visitation were Mary had walked 100 miles to visit her relative Elizabeth. […]

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Absent from the Body = Present with the Lord?

January 2, 2018

I realize now — that as a Protestant — I misquoted the Bible when challenging Catholics about Purgatory. Catholics taught that there was a “transition” between earth and heaven—a place or state of final purification called Purgatory. “But how can there be a Purgatory?” I asked. “Doesn’t St. Paul teach that ‘to be absent from the body is to […]

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Day 3: Primacy of Peter, Golan Heights, “You are Rock,” Seagulls on Galilee…

January 1, 2018

Great day in northern Galilee driving along the Lebanese and Syrian border. We have a lot of kids with us on this family pilgrimage and they are unbelievably wonderful. We celebrated Mass at the Primacy of Peter Church on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. This Is where Jesus asked Peter if he loved […]

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My Defiant and Proud Declaration for My Few Remaining Years

January 1, 2018

I just turned 63 years old. At 60 it is a time to examine what I’ve done and what I will do if God grants me a few more decades. It is sobering to hit a milestone and realize that – at best – I will have about twenty strong years left, maybe thirty. What […]

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Feast of the Holy Family at House of Holy Family in Nazareth

December 31, 2017

It was quite fun celebrating the Feast of the Holy Family in Nazareth where I gave my talk about the Holy Family where they lived for 30 years.
We also renewed our wedding vows in Cana of Galilee and had Mass atop the mountain of Transfiguration. They…

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New Year Choice – the Narrow Gate

December 31, 2017

Jesus said, “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” (Matthew 7:13–14)

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Arrival in Israel, Very Safe & Quiet. Enjoy!

December 30, 2017

All the pilgrims arrive safely except one priest from Nigeria who missed his flight but will join us tomorrow. Everyone is tired from the long flight but excited and enthusiastic. We are all appreciating Fr. Dan Long, especially after his first Mass by the shore of Galilee. Here is the first homily which was exceptional. […]

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How to Answer Someone who says “I am a Non-Denominational”

December 30, 2017

This was very clever. A friend posted it on my site. “When someone tells me they are non-denominational — I tell them I am pre-denominational.” For those who don’t get it:  pre-denomination means “before the Protestant Reformation (read: Rebellion).” The Protestants gave birth to the multiplying denominations. Before them there was the pre-denomination — the […]

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First-hand Report on Safety in Jerusalem

December 30, 2017

Steve Ray here. I know a lot of people are watching the mainstream media and seeing protests, fighting and devastation in Israel. Hey folks, it ain’t happening. It’s the media hyping things like they always do. They have to be sensationalists. (See my post from a week or two ago.) I just took a nice […]

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Why Rayla Left Calvary Chapel and Evangelical Protestantism

December 29, 2017

Rayla sent me an email and gave me permission to share it. Calvary Chapel (my wife Janet was associated with them in her younger days) boasts that 80% of their members are “ex-Catholics.” Thanks for sharing Rayla! I came across your blog and am very impressed. After being raised Baptist, them attending Calvary Chapels for […]

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Alexa: Who founded the Baptist Church? the Lutheran Church? … the Catholic Church!

December 28, 2017

This is delightful. Had to share…

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Baptists at the Council of Nicea?

December 28, 2017

Nicea, August 24, A.D. 325, 7:41 p.m.    “That was powerful preaching, Brother Athanasius. Powerful! Amen! I want to invite any of you folks in the back to approach the altar here and receive the Lord into your hearts. Just come on up. We’ve got brothers and sisters up here who can lead you through […]

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