We have added three new pilgrimages for 2021. 

Do you know where the Catholic Church first started in the USA? The first Mass, the first Shrine and more? It was in St. Augustine Florida. Join us for a very historical pilgrimage, renewal of baptismal vows, some great meals and an afternoon to enjoy the Atlantic Ocean.

Where is the only approved Marian Apparition in the USA? It is in Wisconsin. Join us for the Shrines of Wisconsin and celebrate the Year of St. Joseph at his national shrine where we will have a consecration to St. Joseph. Cardinal Raymond Burke will join us.

What country can be called the 2nd Holy Land? It’s where Paul did much of his missionary work, St. John was bishop and Mary lived there. The 1st Eight Ecumenical Councils took place here. It is Turkey which is now open for American tourists. This is our first time to do this extensive trip. It is marvelous!

Visit our Pilgrimages page or contact our Reservations Team at 866-557-2364, or write them at FootprintsOfGod@ctscentral.net.

 

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How do I defend the Catholic Faith on issues such as abortion, same sex marriage or LGBT when some claim it’s acceptable because Jesus never mentioned those particular issues by name?

First, silence does not imply consent. We have very FEW words of Jesus over his 3 years of ministry. He is “silent” on a lot of things which does not mean he he condones certain conduct or would not have said something if the issue was presented to him.

Second, we know how a good Jewish rabbi of the first century would address the issues of LGBT, abortion, gay marriage, etc. It would be based on “the Law and the Prophets” and on the collective moral tradition of the Jewish people. The Law of Moses is unambiguous on matters of sexuality and life.

Third, as an example, let a contemporary 1st century Jewish rabbi speak to the issue in a wider context and not just the Jews in Judea and Galilee. Rabbi St. Paul was out among the pagan Romans and did confront these issues, and therefore he addresses them. He writes, 

“For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.” (Rom 1:26–27)

“Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality … will inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9)   

Fourth, Jesus DID speak out against sins practiced in his own Jewish milieu such as adultery, divorce and remarriage. He did tell the adulterous woman to go and sin no more. He did say  “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her, and if she divorces her husband and marries another.” (Mk 10:11–12). Notice he uses male and female pronouns.

He mentioned a list of sins and evil conduct concurrent with his times. He did criticize “evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.” (Matt 15:19)

Summary, Jesus did not mention a lot of modern sins and vices. He was addressing his own particular society and would not have confronted things unfamiliar with the religious Jews of his time. Remember, he said he came to his own people and they were his target audience. 

There was no need to mention homosexuality, abortion, contraception or gender dysphoria since in the Jewish society at the time, there were no such practices, or at least it was not a prevalent problem that needed addressing.

Stop trying to justify sinful conduct by a supposed and ignorant claim that Jesus condoned them by his “silence”.

For my longer article on this read, 

Why Didn’t Jesus Condemn Homosexuality?

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Listening to God Conference: Join for Free

April 12, 2021

I will be joining Teresa Tomeo and about 50 others in this unique conference on how to listen to God. I will be sharing in a live discussion with Teresa and Jeff Cavins on how to listen to God in Scripture. Also, I give a talk on how to hear God’s voice in Scripture, how […]

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Get out of the House; Go on a Local Pilgrimage; St. Augustine Florida!!

April 8, 2021

People are ready to get out of the house. Go to a warm state that is open to tourists. Florida is warm and inviting. Join us in St. Augustine Florida where Catholicism first came to America. Enjoy the history, the spirituality, the fellowship — and swimming in the ocean! Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for […]

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Mary and the Apostles are Dead! Only Jesus can Mediate for Us! Really?

April 8, 2021

 Confusion of Many Protestants Too often well-meaning Protestants get confused and accuse of things that are outright nonsense if not lies. It is usually because they never take the time to really understand what the Catholic Church actually teaches and practices. Below is a good example of a kind and well-meaning Protestant pastor who wrote […]

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What Kind of Music Did Abraham Listen To?

April 6, 2021

One of our DVDs in the Footprints of God series is entitled “Abraham, Father of Faith & Works.” We filmed the first chapter it in Iraq — in Ur of Chaldees — which is the home of Abraham, just south of Baghdad (Gen 11:28-31). Thanks to the Biblical Archaeology Society to which I subscribe, we can now listen to […]

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Resurrection Appearances: Places & People

April 3, 2021

Here is the list of the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus. Click here for the document: https://catholicconvert.com/wp-content/uploads/Resurrection-People-who-witnessed.pdf For the podcast of my show with Drew Mariani — the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus and the institution and need for Confession, click ? below  or click this link: https://relevantradio.com/2020/04/the-importance-of-sacrament-of-confession/ My segment begins at 06:45 minutes into the show.

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Sharing the Story and Glory of Holy Thursday and Good Friday

April 2, 2021

A bunch of international young people asked me to share with them the story of Holy Thursday and Good Friday – to take them on a virtual, biblical, typological and geographical tour.

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Two Helpful Timelines for Easter Week

March 30, 2021

A lot is going on this week leading up to Easter. Here are two timelines that will help you navigate.  

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The Story of Oberammergau – Join us in June or August 2022

March 29, 2021

Oberammergau: The Passion of a Vow Michele Malia McAloon If you don’t subscribe yet to The Catholic Thing, click here. SATURDAY, MARCH 27, 2021 In 1633, halfway into the brutal conflict between Protestants and Catholics known as the Thirty Years War, a small Bavarian village made a plea for God’s mercy and protection against a […]

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“Why Be Catholic?” In Person Conference in Keller TX – or Live Streamed

March 29, 2021

WHY BE CATHOLIC?: When You Could Be Anything Else! KELLER, TX    June 11th – 12th, 2021 Space is limited for LIVE in-person attendees. Get your tickets today! VIRTUAL “LIVE-STREAM” option available Click Here to Register!  This Summer, on June 11th & 12th at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Keller (Ft. Worth), TX, Fullness […]

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Palm Sunday in Jerusalem 2021: My Friend in Jerusalem Shares Videos

March 28, 2021

My good friend Jeries made some videos and took some pictures of the procession for Palm Sunday today. They processed with bagpipes down the Mount of Olives across the Kidron Valley and into the Old City of Jerusalem to the Holy Sepulchre and the Tomb. We will be going back there in the fall and […]

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Love Cruz all the more…”No I won’t wear a mask”

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Mary in the Old Testament: Typology and Titles of the Blessed Virgin

March 26, 2021

William Albrecht and I had a one-hour discussion on Mary in the Old Testament. I told him that in my conversion process I learned about Mary more from the Old Testament than the New. Typology opened up a whole new vista in understanding God’s amazing plan of salvation. Sad that I missed it all as a […]

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