Any of These Traitors in our Country?

by Steve Ray on August 26, 2016

CiceroA nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly.

But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.

For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men.

He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist.

A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.

Marcus Tullius Cicero(106-43 B.C.) Roman Statesman, Philosopher and Orator
Speech in the Roman Senate in 58 BC

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Proud of My Quiet Wife Doing Evangelism

by Steve Ray on August 25, 2016

Janet is usually quiet and reserved but today she surprised me. We went to Jimmy John’s to get sub sandwiches for our grandkids. On the sidewalk was sitting a young black man asking for money. I walked into the store but she turned around and went back to talk with him.

She said, “I won’t give you money but if you’d like a sandwich and a drink I’ll buy you one.” I was looking for her inside the store but didn’t see her so I went back out to see where she went. That’s when I got this picture.

imageShe stepped into the shop, bought the sandwich and Coke and took it back out and gave it to him. She said, “I hope you enjoy the sandwich and I want you to know I did this because I’m a Catholic and we like to help people in the name of Jesus.”

He pointed to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church two blocks away. He said, “Do you go to that church?” Janet said, “We do.”

He said, “I go there on Thursdays for their free food.” Janet responded, “Well that’s great; maybe you can start coming on Sunday mornings too!”

Yeah, I was proud of her. And if she can do it so can everybody else reading this :-) It is a good idea that when you do something nice for someone you let them know why by saying something like, “I’m a Catholic and we Christians like to do these kind of things.”

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Steve on Relevant Radio discussing St. Bartholomew with John Harper

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FIVE Radio Shows Tomorrow: Relevant, Spirit Catholic, Mater Dei, Terry & Jesse Show and Drew Mariani

August 23, 2016

I am just home from Poland and they’ve already tracked me down :-) First I will discuss St. Bartholomew, an apostle of Jesus that we know very little about on Relevant Radio at 7:00 AM Eastern, Then join us at 9:10 AM Eastern on Spirit Catholic Radio (listen live) for the Good Book Club as we […]

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Last Day of Poland Pilgrimage: Salt Mines, Fun Farewell Dinner and Good-byes

August 22, 2016

Incredible 200 miles of tunnels under the city of Krakow. We toured the Salt Mines and had Mass 430 below the surface of the earth (homily here). These mines contain 40 Catholic chapels throughout the passageways including a huge underground church were we took this group picture. Also enjoy our fun Farewell Dinner and Good-byes.

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Free Timeline of the 1st Century

August 22, 2016

The past is shrouded in a fog for most people. What was really going on in the 1st century during and after the live of Christ and the birth of the Catholic Church? Here is a simple Timeline of First Century Christianity. I created this to give you an overview on one page. I created the […]

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Mark Shea fired at National Catholic Register

August 22, 2016

UPDATE: Posting link @ Mark Shea because Mark is a friend: this opinion closely reflects mine: http://heroicvirtuecreations.com/2016/08/21/mark-shea-and-catholic-tribalism/ Original Post: The news is that Mark Shea has been removed from National Catholic Register. I have not seen the statement by NCR and if anyone finds it, please let me know. Official Statement: The Register is no longer […]

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Last Day in Kraków and Salt Mines and Dinner Dancing…

August 21, 2016

…it was a late night tonight with the farewell dinner and everyone is getting up early in the morning to get to the airport for their flights. Stay tuned tomorrow for the video. I’ll get it done first thing. When you wake up in the morning in the United States the video should be ready […]

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Differences Between Catholic and Protestant Approaches to the Bible

August 21, 2016

“Bible Christians” (a misnomer, since Catholics are the real and original Bible Christians), based on their recently devised “Reformation” principle of sola Scriptura, study the Bible with the following premises: 1. There is no binding authority but the Bible alone; 2. There is no official binding interpretation or interpreter; each person ultimately is their own […]

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Mass at Krakow Cathedral, Poles AntiCommunist Defiance, Walk thru Auschwitz Concentration Camp

August 20, 2016

Walking through Auschwitz Concentration Camp and visiting the cell where St. Maximilian Kolbe was starved to death. It was a terrifying tour through the death camp for the group but it was good to see and understand. We are quickly losing our freedoms in America (and the West) and it is Christians being targeted for […]

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How Well Do You Know Jesus and His Land? Multiple Choice Questions.

August 20, 2016

Here is a fun quiz to test your knowledge. How much do you know about Jesus and his Land? Answers are below in the Comments but DON’T CHEAT until you give it a hero’s try! 1. We have no record of Jesus visiting which place? a. The Phoenician Coast b. Tiberias c. Egypt d. Nain 2. […]

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JP II Center in Kraków, Divine Mercy Center for the Decade and Mass, Tour of Krakòw

August 19, 2016

Enjoy today’s video. For Fr. Seiker’s excellent homily with an explanation of mercy from the Old Testament, click here.

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Why Protestants Reject 7 Books of the Bible – the Short Answer

August 19, 2016

Gary Michuta is an expert on the canon of Scripture, especially in regards to the Deutero-canonical books, what the Protestants call the Apocrypha. You can read his book Why Catholic Bibles Are Bigger to see what I mean. Recently a friend asked Gary for the short answer as to why the Protestants removed seven books from […]

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Walking in the Footprints of St. Pope John Paul II’s Childhood and much more!

August 18, 2016

Enjoy our packed movie of the misty sunrise over the mountains of Zakopane, the mountain drive to Wadowice the hometown of Pope JP II. We toured the marvelous museum and walked in his childhood footprints. Mass in the Basilica of Our Lady of Kalawia (Fr. Darryl Roman’s homily) as we watched local Poles praying the […]

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Mega-church Mania: One Mom’s Observations (she’s a good writer) and Observations from the Early Church

August 18, 2016

Mr. Ray, My eldest daughter invited me to my grandson’s ‘dedication’ at her new place of worship.  Worship? Sorry. Her new place of…..well, the giant Olympic-sized structure that, after being directed in by police/traffic officers, upon entering, reminded me of a mall.  Oh and by the way, I didn’t witness any worship. My 1st thoughts were…”Wow! […]

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Enjoying St. John Paul II’s Favorite Place – the Mountains of Zakopane Poland

August 17, 2016

Mass where Pope John Paul celebrated in the spectacular wooden church of Our Lady of Fatima in the mountains of Zakopane. For Fr. Mark Seiker’s excellent homily, click here. Much more too! Enjoy!

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