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

December 29, 2015

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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Read the Bible or Catechism in One Year

December 28, 2015

  I am finishing up read the Catechism of the Catholic Church in one year. Great experience!  Next year it is the Catholic Bible in one year.  Here is a good website to get you started, with lots of options and advice.  http://brandonvogt.com/how-to-easily-read-the-whole-bible/

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The Stones Cry Out: What Does Archaeology Say about the Reliability of the Bible and the Catholic Faith?

December 28, 2015

How do we know the sites related to Jesus are authentic? Didn’t the truth of these places get lost in the mist of history? Is the Bible really historically reliable? Recently I did an interview with Tim Staples of Catholic Answers about the reliability of the Bible, the proof of archaeology and the authenticity of [...]

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Excellent Talk by Rev. Billy Graham – A Message for Our Time and a Blast from My Past (video fixed)

December 27, 2015

I have a soft spot in my heart for this man because he has had a PROFOUND impact on our family. It was his message over the airwaves in 1953 that first brought my mom to Christ and my mom and dad then brought us boys to a living and vibrant knowledge of Jesus Christ.  [...]

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Womb 2 Tomb; Bethlehem 2 Jerusalem; Biking on Christmas thru the Holy Land

December 26, 2015

I am back in Israel now! Greetings from the Land! I posted this blog a year ago — but I am posting it again so you can see Bethlehem from a unique perspective, from my bike. I think you will enjoy this fun and educational adventure riding through Bethlehem and Jerusalem today. We are in [...]

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Questions about Christmas I Answered Wednesday on Catholic Answers Live

December 24, 2015

Fun, fun, fun! I love doing the Catholic Answers Live call-in show. Wednesday the topic was Bethlehem and the Nativity. We started out with my description of what it was like for Mary and Joseph to arrive in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago.  You can listen on-line HERE; for other listening options like podcast, click HERE. [...]

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Was Jesus Really Born at THAT Place in Bethlehem?

December 23, 2015

Today we are having Mass at Gethsemane on the western slope of the Mount of Olives. How do we know this is really Gethsemane? And yesterday we had Mass at Tomb of Christ in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Really? How do we know? Two days ago we venerated the place Jesus was born [...]

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“Seven Rules for Dealing with Non-Catholic Family and Friends over the Holidays” on Morning Air, Monday

December 21, 2015

This is always an interesting topic that floods the phone lines. I will be on Relevant Radio’s Morning Air on Monday discussing how we as Catholics can relate to and influence our family and friends.  Ready to go! Holidays often caused tension and strife among families. How can we take the high road and be a positive [...]

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Mother Teresa to be Canonized! Confirmed Today! Join us for the event in ROME!

December 18, 2015

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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Four Generations and another Musical Composition by Grandson Josh

December 18, 2015

One day my son Jesse (with the hat like mine!) said to his son Josh – in jest, “I am disappointed in you Josh. You only compose music for one instrument — the piano. Too bad you can’t compose for more instruments.” Well… …when Jesse returned from work that night Josh said, “Dad, I had [...]

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Christmas Piano – a Performance by my 12-year old Grandson Josh – Wow!

December 17, 2015

We are not quite sure what to think of this boy. One day at our house he started playing the piano at eight years old. The next thing we know it’s difficult to find a teacher for him because he is so talented. I know it didn’t come from Janet or I, or other ancestors [...]

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“Year of Mercy” Logo Explained

December 15, 2015

I have to admit I was first repelled by the “modern-looking” logo for the Year of Mercy. But now that I read this and took the time to understand, I am quite intrigued. This comes from the Gaylord Michigan diocesan website. Their bishop Raica is a friend and a stalwart man of God and a [...]

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Welcoming New People at Mass this Christmas – They May Be an Answer to Someone’s Prayers

December 15, 2015

We get busy on during the Christmas Season. We don’t have a lot of respect for people who go to church only on Christmas and Easter. We may be irritated that seats are taken and the church is noisy.  But, you are praying for your family and friends to come back to church and MAYBE [...]

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