Tuesday, October 25, 2016

We stepped into the Delta lounge to await our flight to Greece where we will meet our group of 95 excited pilgrims for our St. Paul cruise.

A guy sat down next to me and said, “How you doing?” I said, “Great, we just voted for Trump and we are on our way to lead Catholics on the footprints of St. Paul through biblical lands. We are converts to the Catholic Church.”

He said, “Really, I’m a convert to the Catholic Church too…”

You can imagine the conversation we had for the next half hour :-)

The moral of the story is — don’t be shy and embarrassed about your faith and what you believe in.

You may be amazed to discover that more than 50% of the people in the room agree with you and they will be all smiles and excited to find out that someone has the courage to say what they also believe but are too shy to say!

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We stepped into the Delta lounge to await our flight to Greece where we will meet our group of 95 excited pilgrims for a St. Paul cruise.

A guy sat down next to me and said, “How you doing?” I said, “Great, we just voted for Trump and we are on our way to lead Catholics on the footprints of St. Paul through biblical lands.”

He said, “Really, I’m a convert to the Catholic Church too…”

And you can imagine the conversation we had for the next half hour :-)

The moral of the story is — don’t be shy and embarrassed about your faith and what you believe in.

You may be amazed to discover that more than 50% of the people in the room agree with you and will be all smiles and excited to find out that someone has the courage to say what they also believe but are too shy to say!

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Screen Shot 2016-10-25 at 8.30.15 AMI remember handing out those cartoon Chick Tracts when I was a Protestant. As uninformed as I was, I liked the simplicity and brashness of the little booklets. Now I know how crude and deceptive they were. Jack Chick just died and Jimmy Akin wrote a bit about it.  

First Jimmy writes about Nine Things To Know About Jack Chick, and second he wrote of his meeting with Chick. You can read that story below. Jimmy wrote, 

Anti-Catholic comic book writer/artist Jack Chick passed away on Sunday, October 23, 2016.

Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him.

Screen Shot 2016-10-25 at 8.33.58 AMAs far as I know, I’m the only Catholic apologist ever to meet him.

Below is an account of that meeting, originally published in the March, 2004 issue of This Rock (now Catholic Answers Magazine).

For decades the cartoon tracts of Jack T. Chick have fascinated and horrified. Their pages contain the most extreme, paranoid conspiracy theories imaginable. Among other things, Chick publications will tell you that:

  • the Catholic Church keeps “the name of every Protestant church member in the world” in a “big computer” in the Vatican for use in future persecutions (see his tract My Name . . . In the Vatican? );
  • through the Jesuits, the Vatican runs an extensive conspiracy that includes the Illuminati, the Council on Foreign Relations, international bankers, the Mafia, the Club of Rome, the Masons, and the New Age movement, among others (Four Horsemen);
  • the Catholic conspiracy also includes creating venomously anti-Catholic movements such as Communism, the Ku Klux Klan, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormonism, and Islam (The Big BetrayalThe Godfathers: Alberto Part ThreeThe Force: Alberto Part FourThe Prophet: Alberto Part Six).

Screen Shot 2016-10-25 at 8.30.32 AMChick’s material is weirdly compelling. It is amateurish, lurid, ham-fisted, and viciously hateful at times. But it is intense, and something about that intensity makes people want to read it. His tracts generate a kind of bizarre fascination. Since he first began publishing them, Chick has distributed over half a billion, making him the most published comic book author in the world.

Yet little is known of him. The seventy-nine-year-old Chick is a recluse. His office does not give tours, he never allows his photo to be taken, and he never, ever gives interviews. Little is known about him beyond what is revealed in the biography on his web site, www.chick.com.

For the rest of Jimmy’s story, click here.

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Peter & the Primacy in the New Testament

October 25, 2016

St. Peter in the New Testament What Do We Know About Him?   Peter is the big rugged fisherman who became the humble servant of the servants of God. Jesus chose him from among the Twelve to be the leader and the visible head of the Church. What do we know about Peter from the […]

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