Comments and Final Farewells from our Holy Land Pilgrimage

January 5, 2016

Good-bye and safe trips home. It was a marvelous pilgrimage with many friends made, spirituality increased along with love for Our Lord, Our Lady and the Catholic Church.

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Closing Homily by Archbishop Aquila AND Camels, Dead Sea Float and more – Fun Day!

January 5, 2016

Hope you enjoy today’s videos. First, Jerusalem as it was seen by Jesus, wading in the Jordan, lunch in Jericho, Qumran, Dead Sea Floating and riding camels. Second, the excellent closing homily by Archbishop Aquila of Denver. Enjoy! HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY ARCHBISHOP’S CLOSING HOMILY

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Are You Born Again?

January 5, 2016

 Since we are all renewing our Baptismal Vows at the Jordan River today, thought this post from a year ago might be appropriate :-) It seems that God is kind of predictable in a way :-) since He always starts new things in the same way – with “water and the Spirit“. Consider the following: 1) The [...]

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Stations of the Cross, Calvary and Mass in the Tomb of Christ with Archbishop Aquila and much more

January 4, 2016

Today was rich! It took two videos to show you the highlights. First, the Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross), touching the top of Calvary and Mass in the Tomb of Christ. I caught much of the action in the tomb and Archbishop Aquila’s homily. The second video is also rich. Pater Noster Church, the [...]

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Is there Evidence for Jesus outside the Bible?

January 4, 2016

Some people think Jesus is a mythical figure like Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny. Others think Jesus might be historical but only mentioned in the Bible is the only source of information on the existence of Jesus. They question whether Jesus really existed as a real historical figure. Is the Bible the only source [...]

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Gethsemane Mass with Homily by Archbishop Aquila of Denver; Mount Zion, Tomb and more

January 3, 2016

Another banner day! Visit to St. Ann’s (birthplace of Mary), Mass at Gethsemane, praying at the Western Wall… …panoramic view of Jerusalem with Salvation Story, lunch at kibbutz, Church of Mary’s dormition, the Upper Room and visit to the Tomb. Enjoy! HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY IN JERUSALEM ARCHBISHOP AQUILA’S HOMILY AT GETHSEMANE

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Response to an Ex-Catholic, now Baptist

January 3, 2016

A while ago I received an e-mail from a Southern Baptist and decided to take a few minutes to respond. Thought others might be edified by it so I have posted it here without using his name. His e-mail is contained in regular text and my response is in CAPITAL LETTERS. **************************************************** HELLO FRIEND: I [...]

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Bethlehem with the FULL Experience from Mass in a Cave to Dancing in a Tent

January 2, 2016

Enjoy the videos for today with our group joined by Archbishop Samuel Aquila from Denver, Jerry Usher from EWTN and a load of clergy, religious and families. Video 1 is highlights of our day; Video 2 is the homily from Shepherds Field and Video 3 is a wild evening of feasting, smoking argeelas and dancing [...]

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Is DOGMA an Oppressive Catholic Word?

January 2, 2016

When I was an Evangelical Protestant, I thought DOGMA was a dirty word. It had bad connotations. It represented unbiblical teaching forced down people’s throats by the hierarchy of the Catholic Church. They invented new doctrines not found in the Bible and then called them dogmas and told Christians if they didn’t believe them — [...]

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Archbishop Aquila’s Homily on Feast of Mother of God at Capernaum and more

January 1, 2016

Too much to write about. Watch the videos and be blessed as you join us on this remarkable pilgrimage through the Holy Land – arriving today in Jerusalem. HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY IN CAPERNAUM, VISITATION, JERUSALEM AND MORE ARCHBISHOP AQUILA OF DENVER: HOMILY FOR MARY MOTHER OF GOD

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Starting the New Year! You Want to Rent – God Wants to Move In and OWN

January 1, 2016

The Father knocks on my door, seeking a home for his Son. “Rent is cheap,” I say. “I don’t want to rent, I want to buy,” says God. “I’m not sure I want to sell, but please come in to look around.“ “I think I will,” says God. “I might let you have a room [...]

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Boat Ride on Galilee, Vocation Stories, Dinner at Auberge – Happy New Year from Israel!

December 31, 2015

Happy New Year — from Israel! We had a great day and celebrated at our favorite restaurant — one of the finest in the Holy Land. FRIENDS FROM DENVER AND THOSE WHO APPRECIATE ARCHBISHOP AQUILA – SEND GREETINGS AND COMMENTS I CAN SHARE WITH THE WHOLE BUS. HAPPY NEW YEAR! Boat ride on Galilee, Primacy [...]

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How Long Will You Live? A Longevity Calculator

December 31, 2015

Watch your age in the upper right corner! Kinda’ fun to watch your age go up and down as you answer the questions. It’s interesting, so give it a try….  How long will you live? This is a calculator that estimates your life expectancy. It was developed by Northwestern Mutual Life. There are only 13 [...]

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Archbishop Aquila’s Excellent Homily at Mount of Transfiguration and Highlights of Adventures in Galilee

December 30, 2015

Today we visited the mountain of Transfiguration for Mass, then Cana of Galilee to renew wedding vows, lunch in Nazareth and then a tour of the city of Nazareth and the full experience at the Church of the Annunciation. Archbishop Aquila’s homilies are excellent and we have the full video of his homily at the [...]

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My Updated Article on Infant Baptism

December 30, 2015

Even among Evangelical Protestants there is much debate about Infant Baptism. My old Baptist tradition rejected it as a Catholic tradition of men. Dr. Francis Schaeffer, my favorite Evangelical Presbyterian theologian wrote a booklet entitled Infant Baptism in favor of the practice – my wife Janet was raised Presbyterian and baptized as an infant. It [...]

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Starting out in Israel! Is it safe? Heck yes!

December 29, 2015

Steve and Janet Ray here with a full bus of excited pilgrims, albeit tired from a flight across the seas. But excited and ready to go… Jerry Usher is with us. Archbishop Samuel Aquila from Denver Colorado is with us along with four priests, two transitional deacons, two seminarians and three religious sisters in beautiful [...]

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