Assumption Of the Blessed Virgin – August 15

by Steve Ray on August 14, 2018

Tomorrow is the Feast of the Assumption of Mary and August 22 is the Queenship of Mary.

The other day a man called to say my argument for the Assumption of Mary from the Old Testament was wrong. I had quoted 1 Kings 2:19 where Solomon had raised his mother to Queen of the Kingdom was the ONLY case of a mother being queen in the Old Testament. He prefaced his comment by saying he knew the Old Testament. Well, it seems he is incorrect.

Devaux.jpgIn the Old Testament, the queens of the Judean kings were their mothers — with one exception of the queen being a grandmother. Solomon had 1,000 wives and concubines — but he only had one mother. Click here to read the section on The Great Lady or Queen Mother in Roland de Vaux’s book Ancient Israel: Its Life and Institution.

The Queen Mothers of the earthly kings of Judah were not always good queens. Many of them were sinners and would make improper intercessions to the king. But, this takes nothing away from the perfect King and Queen –Jesus and his mother Mary.  It is the pattern and the office that is important.

Jesus is a king sitting on the throne of his fathers David and Solomon and all the subsequent kings of Judah. They all had queens and the queens were not their wives, they were their mothers. This is the pattern and ultimately Christianity and the Kingdom of God are based on the Old Testament model.

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Click on Mary or her to see our DVD “Mary, Mother of God” filmed entirely on location

Follow the logic: 1) The kings of Judah, following Solomon who raised his mother to Queenship, had their mothers as queens which became established as an official office; 2) the mothers were referred to as the Queen Mothers or the Great Lady; 3) they sat on a throne near their sons (1 Ki 2:19); 4) Jesus is the quintessential Jewish King with an eternal kingdom; 5) Jesus is the fulfillment of the Israelite offices of Prophet, Priest & King; 6) As the Davidic king, Jesus would honor his mother more than earthy kings honored their mothers; 7) It is biblical, historical, and reasonable to expect the perfect Jewish king to follow in the stead of the kingdom and his fathers by assuming his mother to a throne at his right hand. 8) It is proper and biblical to consider Mary in a position of intercessor.

To see a picture of the Church of the Dormitian, built over the place Mary “fell asleep”, click here and here. To see the grotto below, click here.

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Ireland Day 9 Farewells

by Steve Ray on August 14, 2018

Janet and I were overwhelmed with hugs and prayers and thanks for this beautiful pilgrimage through Ireland. It ran perfectly smoothly without any glitches and we covered all the territory we intended to following the Catholic Heritage of the Emerald Isles.

Today the group all left on various buses and half of them on their own, since they came land only, and everyone is smiles and joyful. Our guides Batt and Deirdre and our drivers were excellent and together with all of the individual pilgrims we had a harmonious and delightful trip together around this historic and Catholic country.

Here’s a short video of the goodbyes and farewells.
Our guides Batt and Deirdre and our drivers were excellent and together with all of the individual pilgrims we had a harmonious and delightful trip together around this historic and Catholic country.

Here’s a short video of the goodbyes and farewells.

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This was our last day in Ireland and we spent a wonderful time in Dublin. We visited the big churches, the Garden of Remembrance and gave everybody a lot of free time.

Mass at St. Teresa’s Carmelite Church. Fr. James Conlon’s final pilgrimage homily here.  A great Mass in a group picture and lots of fun together. Enjoy!

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Who Speaks for God on Morals? Many Choose their Church Like they Choose a Restaurant

August 13, 2018

We have a “church” near our house that is making it comfortable for anyone to join no matter who they are, what they believe or what they practice. They say it is our job to accept and love, to be nice, not to judge. “Celebrate Diversity!” Celebrate Diversity is a slogan of acceptance, multiculturalism, non-judgmental […]

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Ireland Say 7: Dublin Tour, Trinity Collge, Book of Kells, Mass in JH Newman’s Church, Merry Ploughbiys

August 12, 2018

We had pretty good weather today and it was enjoyed by everyone. After a delicious breakfast we took a driving tour of Dublin. We hit all the main sites and some of them that are not main sites but very interesting and instructive. The “Famine Monument“ was very sad and gave a good depiction of […]

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A Tribute to My Father who Died Six Years Ago Today

August 12, 2018

My father died six years ago today. I am who I am today because he was the most excellent of fathers. He not only taught me to be a godly man, but helped me understand God as a loving and forgiving Father. I wrote this as a tribute to him then and thought it appropriate […]

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The Eucharist and the Fathers of the Church: Article by Steve Ray

August 12, 2018

The Eucharist and the Fathers of the Church, by Steve Ray The word “Eucharist” was used early in the Church to describe the Body and Blood of Christ under the forms of bread and wine. Eucharist comes from the Greek word for “thanks” (eucharistia), describing Christ’s actions: “And when he had given thanks, he broke […]

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Bishops, Homosexual Sins and the Law (Church and Civil)

August 12, 2018

For those who want to follow the legal aspect of the homosexual and paedophilia situation with (clergy, especially the case against bishops that are coming out), I would suggest you keep up with Dr. Ed Peters, Canon Lawyer at https://canonlawblog.wordpress.com/ Here is his latest – a critique of Msgr. Guarino’s comments, Msgr. Guarino’s response, and […]

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Ireland Day 6: Kilkenny, Glendalough, St. Kevin’s into Dublin

August 11, 2018

Rainy Irish day which gave us all a sense of what Ireland is often like. Everyone is doing well and having a great time. Today we left Clonmel and drove to Kilkenny to see this fabulous castle and medieval town. From there to Glendalough where we saw a movie about the monastic site, had a […]

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Cardinal Sarah: “How Catholics Can Welcome LGBT Believers”

August 11, 2018

It’s possible to stay faithful to the church’s teachings without turning away millions. By Cardinal Robert Sarah, Wall Street Journal, Aug. 31, 2017 7:10 p.m. ET, 353 COMMENTS Though written a year ago, it applies more now than then… The Catholic Church has been criticized by many, including some of its own followers, for its pastoral response to […]

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Ireland Day 5: Blarney Castle, Rock of Cashel, Holycross, Clonmel, Batt’s Storytelling

August 10, 2018

Kissing the Blarney Stone, St. Patrick and Rock of Cashel, Mass at the 1100 AD Holycross Abbey (Deacon Floyd’s homily here). Delightful evening with storyteller Batt Burns! An 8-minute sampling of Batt Burns and his Irish storytelling here. OUR DAY’S ADVENTURES STEVE’S 5-MINUTE TALK  ON ST. PATRICK WHILE AT THE ROCK OF CASHEL

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

August 10, 2018

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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Ireland Day 4: Killarney, Horse Jaunting, “Ring of Kerry” and Local Pub with Music & Dancing

August 9, 2018

New adventures and excitement in southwest Ireland. Today we left early and headed to the Lillarney National Park with some of the most beautiful landscapes in Ireland. I gave my talk on “Creation Screams of Existence of God” (see below). We visited Muckross House and walked through  The manicured gardens and pathways. Then 2 1/2 […]

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Grilling a Deacon

August 9, 2018

Tomorrow is the Feast Day of Deacon St. Lawrence. Young Deacon Lawrence (only 28 years old when killed) was the treasurer for the Church in Rome and responsible for the care of the poor. When the Emperor called Lawrence to appear before him he demanded that Deacon Lawrence–as the treasurer of the Church of Rome– turn […]

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Ireland Day 3: Bunratty Castle, Mass at Holy Trinity and Arrival in Beautiful Sneem

August 8, 2018

Today it turned out to be great weather and everyone is rested up after two good full nights sleep 🙂 We left Galway and headed south to step back in time by visiting Bunratty Castle and driving past the city of Limerick. We had Holy Mass in the restored church of The Holy Trinity in […]

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Homosexuality in Animals and in Human Genes?

August 8, 2018

Recently I had a heated discussion about homosexuality with some good liberal friends. They contend that since homosexuality is seen among animals and since “God made people homosexual” that it is natural, normal and must be accepted. The discussion was heated though friendly. I thought I would respond and I share the response with you. […]

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