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First-hand Report on Safety in Jerusalem

by Steve Ray on December 30, 2017

Steve Ray here. I know a lot of people are watching the mainstream media and seeing protests, fighting and devastation in Israel. Hey folks, it ain’t happening. It’s the media hyping things like they always do. They have to be sensationalists. (See my post from a week or two ago.)

I just took a nice walk through Jerusalem this morning and can assure you it is peaceful and quiet here and there are no incidents or protests.

92126C41-00F5-440C-B3A6-2725BFFF2E0AIf there were to be protests and problems in Jerusalem they would normally happen around the Damascus gate especially on a Friday which is the holy day for Muslims. But there was none of it.

Here is a picture from our hotel window looking down on the whole street including Damascus gate. It is peaceful and quiet with no issues.

If you see news where there are problems it’s usually down in Gaza (far away from us) and they’re using archived video footage from years past.

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From a brilliant, even prophetic, 1933 essay/chapter by Christopher Dawson titled “Christianity and Sex”, published in “Enquiries into Religion and Culture”:

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Leo XIII writes: ‘No human law can abolish the natural and original right of marriage, ordained by God’s authority from the beginning. . . . Hence we have the Family, the society of a man’s house, a society limited in numbers, but no less a true society anterior to every kind of state and nation, invested with rights and duties of its own totally independent of the civil community.’ (Encyclical Rerum Novarum, 1891).

Hence, as Leo XIII pointed out elsewhere, in his encyclical on marriage (Encyclical Arcanum Diuinum, 1880), the alteration by the state of the fundamental laws that govern marriage and family life will ultimately lead to the ruin of society itself. No doubt the state will gain in power and prestige as the family declines, but state and society are not identical.

In fact the state is often most omnipotent and universal in its claims at the moment when society is dying, as we see in the last age of the Roman Empire. As the vital energy of society declined, the machinery of bureaucratic administration grew more vast and more complicated, until the wretched provincial was often glad to abandon his household and take refuge in the desert or among the barbarians in order to escape from the intolerable pressure exercised by the ubiquitous agents of the bureaucracy.

For the whole excellent essay by Christopher Dawson click here. This was first tweeted by Ignatius Insight

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Picture of Morning Walk as Sun Arises

by Steve Ray on December 1, 2017

Out for our morning walk with my girlfriend of 41 years as the sun rises.

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A Father-Son Story

November 16, 2017

By Fr. Joseph Fessio 2018 will be the 40th anniversary of Ignatius Press. There are many stories I could tell about all the blessings God has showered upon us during that time. But one story is especially pertinent because it’s also about the next forty years of Ignatius Press—and it’s one we hope you’ll consider being […]

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Day 4: Lourdes to Loyola to Burgos Spain

October 31, 2017

Early departure from Lourdes and a beautiful drive through the countryside of France and Spain. Four hours at Loyola Spain as we toured the house of St. Ignatius of Loyola and had Mass in the beautiful church there. For Bishop Archbishop Lucas’ homily click here. Enjoy today’s video.

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2 Timothy: St. Paul’s Last Letter before Martyrdom

August 5, 2017

2 Timothy: Last Words of Paul Written from the Mamertine Prison By Steve Ray [NOTE: In my articles on the Pastoral Epistles, I use each one to relay a theme: 1 Timothy emphasizes Timothy; Titus emphasizes Paul’s ecclesiology; 2 Timothy emphasizes the end of Paul’s life.] It was dark and damp. The scurrying feet of […]

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Silence of Bishops in Response to the Pope: “A New – and Encouraging – Form of Collegiality?”

July 27, 2017

An excellent and insightful article by Fr. Mark Pilon on The Catholic Thing website (worth subscribing to). This article accurately, I think, describes and explains the current rift between this Pope and the vast majority of clergy, including bishops and cardinals. A recent article in L’Osservatore Romano by an Italian priest who teaches biblical theology is yet another […]

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Too Many Children Harm the Earth – Correct?

July 17, 2017

I saw this on a response from Jennifer Fulwiler to some nutcase named Amanda Marcotte who loves lots of cats but denounces lots of kids. I developed it a bit further.  Patrick Madrid who has a beautifully large family also responded. Lately in the media people are condemning more than two or three kids per […]

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Arrival in Amman Jordan, Filming Gear Lost, Mass with Local Arab Jordanians

June 18, 2017

Here’s a short video of our first two days in Amman Jordan as we arrive to film our next documentary. The crew arrived two days early to have time to set up all their equipment and get prepared but unhappily all the equipment and luggage stayed in London. It took two days to get it […]

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Taking off to Jordan to begin filming

June 15, 2017

Fighting crowds at airport. Heading to Amman Jordan to begin filming our next Footprints of God documentary on Elijah & Elisha.

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Go with us to Oberammergau in 2020 – Germany, Switzerland & Italy

June 7, 2017

We are now planning two trips to the Passion Play in Oberammergau Germany in 2020. This play is only performed every ten years. Keep an eye on our developing “Oberammergau Page” where you can see the full itinerary, final dates, developments and soon be able to register. Contact Elizabeth for more info or to be put on our […]

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Fatima to Coimbra to Braga to Bon Jesus to Santiago

May 19, 2017

From Fatima Portugal to Mass at Coimbra where Sister Lucia spent the last 50+ years of her life in the Carmelite Monastery. See Fr. Andrew Apostoli’s homily here. Then to Braga for lunch and free time. Stories, prayers and discussions on the buses – fun times! Then to Bon Jesus, one of the most beautiful […]

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“Bible Answer Man” Joins Greek Orthodox Church

April 10, 2017

Karl Keating posted on Facebook: “BIBLE ANSWER MAN” BECOMES EASTERN ORTHODOX Hank Hanegraaf, long-time president of the Christian Research Institute and host of “The Bible Answer Man” radio show, has entered the Greek Orthodox Church, according to one-time associate Rob Bowman. CRI is an Evangelical apologetics group established in 1960 by Walter Martin, who died […]

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We Had a Nice Christmas Present Today :-)

December 25, 2016

Nice Christmas present today. Plane to Israel oversold so they bumped us to Business Class. Nice sleep ahead! Thank the Lord! It pays to stay Diamond!

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Bravo Pope Francis! Reaffirms Ban on Homosexuals in Priesthood

December 8, 2016

With Pope Francis’ approval, the Vatican has restated its ruling that men with “homosexual tendencies” cannot be admitted to Catholic seminaries. In a new document titled “The Gift of the Priestly Vocation,” the Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy offers extensive guidelines for priestly formation including a section devoted to “Persons with Homosexual Tendencies.” The document, dated […]

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Gondola Rides, Folksy Marketplace, Indian Chapel, Exotic Birds at Lunch – our last day

December 6, 2016

Enjoy our last day of Mexico Adventures. Homily in tiny Indian chapel in middle of the marketplace click here.

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