Fun Bible Riddles :-)

by Steve Ray on June 22, 2018

1-lazarus-arise-james-andersonWhat biblical saint died twice and was buried twice?

Who was the first man that broke all Ten Commandments?

What biblical character killed one-quarter of the population?

What prophet anointed two kings who lived simultaneously?

Born once, die twice; born twice, die once. What does it mean?

I can be carried but not touched
I have two things on the outside and three on the inside
Everyone wants to catch a sight of me
But I’m kept out of sight
I was lost and found; then found but now I am lost
I prefigure a woman and am now in heaven
I’m in the Bible – what am I?
(HINT: Exodus 25:10 – 22; 1 Samuel 4; Heb 9:4; Rev 11:19-12:1)

I am one of 5, chosen by 1 of 8
I am mighty small but by me the Mighty fall
Drawn up from the depths, I am aimed at the heights
I was found where I had sunk and I sank where I was flung
I’m in the Bible – what am I?
(Hint: 1 Samuel 17) 

DON’T LOOK AT THE COMMENTS WITH THE ANSWERS UNTIL YOU’VE TRIED :-)
DON’T GIVE UP TOO EASILY!

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Day 2: Transfiguration, Cana & Nazareth

by Steve Ray on June 21, 2018

Great first full day in Israel! Enjoy!

Fr. Sean Sheridan’s Homily on the Mountain of Transfiguration.

Steve Ray’s Talk in Cana here.

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Is it possible for a sinful, fallible man to give an infallible interpretation of Scripture or an infallible definition of doctrine? If he is fallible and sinful, doesn’t that preclude his ability to be infallible when it comes to things of God?

No. In fact while many Protestants would say the Pope cannot be infallible in faith and morals because he is a sinner himself, they at the same time must agree that he can do something much more difficult.

What is more difficult: to pick up 10 pounds or to pick up 100 pounds? What is more difficult: to write the very words of God — infallible and inspired text — or to simply give them an infallible interpretation?

Peter and Paul were both fallible, weak and sinful men. There should be no argument here. Yet both did the harder of the two. Both wrote the very words of God inspired and authoritative. Their human weakness did not keep them from being used by God to write inspired Scripture.

We have at least 12 of Paul’s infallible, innerant, inspired writings and two from the pen of Peter. Peter lumps Paul’s writings in with “the other Scriptures,” attesting to their quality as “scripture.”

So Peter and Paul wrote infallible writings by the assistance of God, why would it be impossible for them to do the lesser — to provide an infallible interpretation of the writings, by the assistance of the same God.

Peter’s words were considered infallible even in Acts 15 when James quotes Peter along with the Old Testament Scriptures as his two authorities in making a dogmatic interpretation binding upon the Gentiles. The letter written in Acts 15 is actually called “dogma,” (Greek word used in Acts 16:4).

Peter and the apostled infallibly defined “dogma” in AD 49 at the First Council of the Church held in Jerusalem — long before we had a New Testament.

So, Peter and the apostles CAN give infallible interpretation. This was demonstrated in Acts 15 and in all of Scripture (written by men) and has continued to be demonstrated through the history of the Church with the Popes and the bishops and the councils of the Church.

Remember, Peter demonstrated his fallibility and weakness when he attempted to walk on water and sank. But remember this, Jesus is the one that makes Peter infallible. Jesus reached down and held Peter by the hand and with Jesus’ assistance, Peter did walk on water — all the way back to the boat. It was Jesus who gave Peter the ability to walk on water. It is Jesus who gives the Church, through her pastors and the Pope, the charism of infallibly to lead and teach the Church  — within the guidelines of infallibility (CCC 890-892).

The argument from the greater to the lesser certainly works here. Peter wrote divinely inspired Scripture — which is the harder task, and under the protection of the Holy Spirit he can also provide an infallible interpretation — which is the lesser task.

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Our Sold-out Group Arrives in Israel

June 20, 2018

Everyone arrived in good order and ready to go. No luggage lost and we got up to Galilee in good time. However, it was one of our latest arrivals ever since the plane arrived over three hours late. But we’re all settled in and ready for a big day tomorrow starting with the Mass at […]

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Jesus Was A Jew – So What is That To You?

June 20, 2018

Jesus was a Jew… This fact may escape the casual reader of the New Testament, but it is crucial to understanding Jesus and the book written about him—the Bible. Unhappily, in 21st century America we are far removed from the land of Israel and the ancient culture and religion of Judaism followed by Jesus and […]

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Free Sacraments Chart

June 19, 2018

Free Sacraments Chart by Steve Ray  Want to know all about the Sacraments in a handy, short reference format? Download this link and print out your own 2-page chart — Seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church. It gives you references from the Bible and the Catechism. This chart was made to go with my 7 talk series […]

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Catholics Bishops Gear Up to Defeat Trump in 2020

June 19, 2018

Deal Hudson provides a good preparation for the political battles ahead, even with our bishops. Cardinal Blase Cupich speaks at an end of school year peace rally on June 15, 2018, in Chicago, Illinois. (Scott Olson/Getty Images) By Deal W. Hudson Monday, 18 Jun 2018 12:28 PM The Catholic bishops met in Fort Lauderdale a […]

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“Braco the Gazer” Stares at You! World’s Gone Mad!

June 18, 2018

There is the old saying that, “If your mind is too open your brain may fall out.” Or stated another way, “If you don’t stand in something, you’ll fall for anything.” St. Augustine said that we were created with an emptiness in our soul that only God could fill. But for people who have rejected […]

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Great Little Reminder of What’s Important in Life

June 18, 2018
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Speaking on Islam at Steubenville

June 18, 2018

In July I’m speaking at the Defending the Faith Conference at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. My main topic is VERY politically incorrect. “Islam: What Every Infidel Should Know.” I will also be giving my talk “Swimming Upstream, Living a Catholic Life in a Non-Christian World.” I’m sharing what I’ve learned from many years in […]

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Did St. Paul Pray for the Dead? Yes!

June 18, 2018

I posted an article I wrote about St. Paul praying for the dead HERE. But I thought you would appreciate Dave Armstrong’s recent article about the same passage with confirmation and a new set of eyes on the text and the reasons for many Protestants to reject the claim… St. Paul Prayed for Onesiphorus, Who […]

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Did St. Paul Pray for the Dead? Yes!

June 17, 2018

St. Paul wrote 2 Timothy shortly before his martyrdom. He spent the last days of his life in the Mammertine Prison in Rome, north of the Roman Forum. While in that prison he wrote to Timothy and says a prayer for a man dead man. “It seems apparent that St. Paul DOES pray for the dead. […]

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New Grandbaby, New Books and In the Air to Israel

June 16, 2018

“Do Nana and Papa live at the airport?” That’s what some of our grandchildren have asked. And I guess it’s a justified question since were always heading to the airport. We just boarded another plan for Israel for a pilgrimage that we are leading in conjunction with Franciscan University of Steubenville with the president of […]

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Hey Steve: Jesus Taught us to Pray to the Father Alone, not Dead Saints

June 16, 2018

 Barry wrote in my combox today – in response to my post entitled “Where Does the Bible Say We Should Pray to Dead Saints?” – Resources about Communion of the Saints I thought I would respond briefly. Barrry wrote: Would you please read the Lord’s prayer. Jesus prayed it. He was giving an example of how to […]

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“Where Does the Bible Say We Should Pray to Dead Saints?” – Resources about Communion of the Saints

June 15, 2018

I compiled a list of Catechism, Scripture and quotes from the early Church Fathers and even archaeology to assist in understanding the Communion of Saints. You can download the source material here. Sample: Who should carry the most weight—Protestant pastors protesting Catholic theology today or pastors from the early Church who have the words of […]

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Hi-speed Video of Building our Elijah and Elisha Set

June 14, 2018

Watch this time-lapse movie of the crew at Skyline Video building the set we used for our Elijah and Elisha. Very cool! Click on image to the right to see purchase the finished product. June 14 is the Feast Day of St. Elisha the Prophet! Password: SKYLINE

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