May 2017

?We are going to Oberammergau Germany in 2020 for the Passion Play with visits to Munich, Dachau, sites in Switzerland (Zurich and St. Galen with Swiss Guards) across the Alps into Milan Italy, meeting with Gianna Molla w/ extension to Rome and much more. Exciting additions. More soon.?

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Ignatius Press’s Joey Zarate took some amazing pictures of our latest pilgrimage to the Marian Shrines and more through Portugal, Spain and France. These photos are 100% professional and a delight to the eyes. We hope you enjoy them all. Thanks Joey!

We still have 15 seats open for the same trip in Oct-Nov.

Day 1: Arrival in Fatima
Day 2: Fatima, tours on the Basilica, Hamlets of the children, Valinhos
Day 3: Carmelite Convent, Coimbra, Bom Jesus de Monte
Day 4: Santiago de Compostela
Day 5: City of Leon and Burgos
Day 6: Loyola, St Ignatius of Loyola
Day 7: Lourdes, first day
Day 8: Lourdes, last day of the pilgrimage

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By Phil Lawler (bio – articles – email) | May 31, 2017

1951236_ArticoloIn his homily at Mass on Wednesday morning, commenting on St. Paul’s farewell to the Church at Ephesus, Pope Francis said:

A shepherd must be ready to step down completely from his church, rather than leave in a partial manner….

All shepherds have to step down. There comes a moment where the Lord says ‘go to another place, come here, go there, come to me.’ And it’s one of the steps that a shepherd must take; be prepared to step down in the correct way, not still hanging on to his position. The shepherd who doesn’t learn how to do this because he still has some links with his sheep that are not good, links that are not purified by the Cross of Jesus.

The homily as a whole focused on the role of a bishop, with the Pope insisting that a bishop must recognize that he is not “the center of history,” but a servant of his people and their Lord. Still those words about stepping down—and the emphasis on stepping down completely—caught the attention of many Vatican-watchers. Was Pope Francis speaking in general terms about the proper duties of bishops and pastors? Or did he have something more specific in mind?

If the latter, was he hinting that he might be considering resignation?

Or was he sending an oblique message to Benedict XVI, who seemed to be breaking his silence last week?

I don’t have the answers. But I am not alone in raising the questions.

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Two of my Books 1/2 off on Verbum until Wednesday (links fixed)

May 30, 2017

The banner says, How influential can Verbum be? Steve Ray used to have a library 20,000 physical books, but after immersing himself in the usefulness of Verbum, he made the decision to downsize his collection to 10,000 physical books. If you are using the software regularly, you understand how amazing is the ability to search deeply […]

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What a Shot Off Our Porch on Memorial Day

May 29, 2017

God bless America and thanks to all of those brave and heroic men and women who have made our freedom possible. May God richly bless them and their families. I love being an American!

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Stunningly Beautiful and Well-shot Nature Commercial – “What a Wonderful World”

May 28, 2017

This is eye-candy with some of the finest nature shots with animals and scenery. Published as a promo to a new series on the earth, David Attenborough did a fine job of showing the magnificence of God’s creation. What a Wonderful World. Enjoy!

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Cardinal Müller Discusses Islam, “Amoris Laetitia”, Liturgy, Pope Firing People and more

May 27, 2017

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), was interviewed recently by Raymond Arroyo about his book The Cardinal Müller Report: An Exclusive Interview on the State of the Church. This was an excellent interview. I would not want this man’s job. But I found him insightful, brilliant and […]

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Why Our Pilgrimages Sell Out Months in Advance

May 27, 2017

Hello Elizabeth I must tell you dear Elizabeth, Steve Ray’s Holy Land trip was even better than I could have imagined. It could not have been done better! First, let’s start with the preparation. All the materials sent in advance, the preparations — all functioned flawlessly. I wrote to you about this in a previous […]

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What is Wrong with this Picture? What is Missing? Is this the “New Normal”?

May 26, 2017

This magazine arrives in our mailbox four times a year; not because we subscribe but because we live in this community. We never sent our kids to public schools, choosing rather to educate them at home. When I grabbed the mail and walked back to the house I had not even reached the front door […]

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Interesting Explanation of Baptism from Protestant Dictionary – “baptism…in itself is unimportant”

May 25, 2017

I was looking up Greek definitions of the word baptism and found this interesting “definition.” This dictionary is usually very good but I found this summary of biblical passages on baptism very intriguing and disingenuous. Take a look at this definition and think about it for yourself. Analyze it and the verses used. Notice how they […]

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Lourdes all Day: Tour Bernadette’s Life and Closing Comments and Farewells

May 24, 2017

Great last day with tour of Bernadette’s home and sites along with two Masses including one for today and the later Mass for the Ascension. You can hear the first excellent “summary” homily by Fr. John here and the second homily by Fr. Andrew Apostoli here. Also a wonderful evening of comments about the trip […]

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Final Lourdes: Tour St. Bernadette’s Life; Farewells & Last Words

May 24, 2017

Great last day with tour of Bernadette’s home and sites along with two Masses including one for the Mass of that’s not the way God bring 2nd Ascension. You can hear the first excellent “summary” homily by Fr. John here in the second homily Fr. Andrew Apostoli here. Also a wonderful evening of comments about […]

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Who is the Hunter? Who is the Hunted?

May 24, 2017

Bible Riddle #1:  The hunter was killed, the prey were set free, the water was the lock and the rod was the key. Who was the hunter? Bible Riddle #2: It walked on earth, It talked on earth, on earth it knew no sin. Its not in hell, Its not on earth And heaven won’t […]

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Lourdes All Day! (Parts 1 and 2)

May 24, 2017

We spent the whole day touring the Lourdes Shrine with a special meeting with the doctor in charge of all the decisions regarding accredited and official healings. We had Mass at the Grotto of Bernadette at which an Irish priest gave an excellent homily (here). After a free afternoon, which many used to go for […]

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Lourdes All Day!! (Parts 1 and 2)

May 23, 2017

We spent the whole day touring the Lourdes Shrine with a special meeting with the doctor in charge of all the decisions regarding accredited and official healings. We had Mass at the Grotto of Bernadette at which an Irish priest gave an excellent homily (here). After a free afternoon, which many used to go for […]

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A Quick Reply to Question about Cremation and Scattering the Ashes

May 23, 2017

I was asked a question about Catholics, cremation and the scattering of ash. Here is my brief answer: The whole issue of cremation goes back to the Romans. They denied the bodily resurrection so they often burned the body and if they were rich they put the ashes in urns and put them in the […]

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