One of my favorite things is to discover the events and places of the Bible and to share them with others. The Bible is true and the more we learn of it the more we are grounded in the Catholic Faith.
Today I went out in search of the place of St. Paul’s Shipwreck in Acts 27-28. It was great fun and I thought I would share this adventure with you.
Much to do on this Catholic Island and this is only one adventure on video. Hopefully I will have time to share more. This weekend I am the speaker at a big Catholic conference here — an conference to help keep this Catholic island Catholic! Please pray for me.
Over 100 adult converts to the Catholic faith, most of them Americans, have signed an open letter calling upon the Synod of Bishops to affirm Catholic teaching on the indissolubility of marriage.
The signatories include an Australian bishop (Bishop Peter Elliott), the head of the ordinariate for former Anglicans in the United States (Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson), and dozens of laity, many of them associated with universities. In a letter published by Aleteia on October 5, they expressed their
concerns about certain proposals to change the Church’s discipline regarding communion for Catholics who are divorced and civilly remarried. We are frankly surprised by the opinion of some who are proposing a “way of penance” that would tolerate what the Church has never allowed.
In our judgment such proposals fail to do justice to the irrevocability of the marriage bond, either by writing off the “first” marriage as if it were somehow “dead,” or, worse, by recognizing its continued existence but then doing violence to it. We do not see how these proposals can do anything other than contradict the Christian doctrine of marriage itself. But we also fail to see how such innovations can be, as they claim, either pastoral or merciful.
On Malta where St. Paul had a shipwreck. On Relevant Radio in one hour to share my adventures here. I found the fire tip of St. Paul’s Bay where tradition says the ship crashed and they scramble to shore. Lots of other things to share soon about this island and all her adventures here. Starting Friday I [...]
Synod 15 – Pope Francis’ Address to First General Congregation “Let us remember, however, that the Synod will be able to be a space of action of the Holy Spirit only if we, the participants, are clothed with apostolic courage, evangelical humility and confident prayer.” By Staff Reporter Vatican City, October 05, 2015 (ZENIT.org) Here [...]
Sorry the link did not work. Here is the correct link to the interview http://americamagazine.org/content/all-things/hes-disruptor-interview-first-things-editor-rr-reno-pope-francis-us-visit Right before he left New York for Philadelphia, “First Things” editor R. R. Reno discussed the Pope as a “disrupter” and discusses his visit to the USA. I found particularly interesting the section about how being a Jesuit has shaped [...]
STEVE RAY HERE: After meeting with the Bishop of Jerusalem and talking to many people here in the Middle East I conclude that this bishop is absolutely correct. The United States is on the wrong side of this conflict and Russia is on the right side. President Asad has always protected the Christians and toppling [...]
Winston Churchill wrote “Some people like the Jews, and some do not. But no thoughtful man can deny the fact that they are, beyond any question, the most formidable and the most remarkable race which has appeared in the world.“ He is absolutely right! I have often said they are remarkable people –gifted in a [...]
Fr. Sean’s homilies have been insightful, joyful and challenging. He is a class act and the perfect man to be president of Franciscan University of Steubenville. We have planned to more trips with Franciscan University – A Family Holy Land Pilgrimage for kids, young people and young adults and Holy Land Part II in 2017. [...]
This is one great group of pilgrims and another great day. I will post the homily and comments and farewells soon. But here is the main part of the day as we went to the Israel Museum, Jordan River where Jesus was baptized, Jericho, Qumran, Dead Sea swimming and camel riding. Enjoy!
Fr. Lombardi Affirms Meeting With Kentucky County Clerk Took Place in WashingtonBy Deborah Castellano Lubov, Vatican City, September 30, 2015 (ZENIT.org) The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis has met with Kentucky county clerk, Kim Davis, but did not elaborate. In a statement released by the Holy See Press Office this afternoon, its director, Father [...]
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 [...]
The alarm went off at 4:30 AM. Oh my! But everyone thanked us later. It allowed us to pray the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa without crowds or interruption. It also allowed us to enter the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, touch the top of Calvary with a prayer on our lips [...]
What’s the Deal with Purgatory? by Steve Ray Isn’t the finished work of Christ sufficient? Didn’t he pay for all my sins? Why the heck do Catholics teach that we have to suffer in Purgatory for our sins? Plus, the Bible never mentions purgatory so it must be an unbiblical doctrine, right. Wow! Sounds like [...]
Click to see our discovery of Paul's shipwreck site
St. Paul Cruise this Fall; Join Steve Ray and Fr. Larry Richards
Fr. Sean Sheridan Comments on Jordan River
Riding Camels in Jericho
Join us for a Seminar at Sea with St. Paul
Pope Francis (R) stands next to US President Barack Obama during a private audience on March 27, 2014 at the Vatican. The meeting at the Vatican comes as a welcome rest-stop for Obama during a six-day European tour dominated by the crisis over Crimea, and the US leader will doubtless be hoping some of the pope's overwhelming popularity will rub off on him. AFP PHOTO POOL / GABRIEL BOUYS
At Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City
Our group meets with the Bishop of Jerusalem
My 95 year old Mom's 1st Motorcycle ride with my brother
With guide Roberto before I climbed the Pyramid of the Sun in Mexico
Planning our pilgrimage to Biblical Turkey (Click to see video)
Turn up the volume - Hold on to your hats!
Instant Catholic Library!
St. Francis helping souls out of Purgatory (always a bishop portrayed in Purgatory)
The Church preserves many beliefs and practices that generally are accepted or publicly commanded. Some are taken from written teaching; others have been passed on to us “in a mystery” by the tradition of the apostles. In relation to true religion, both of these have the same force. — St. Basil the Great, Father of Eastern monasticism