Teens don’t want platitudes or to be talked down to. They want a challenge, they want the truth! In this talk, I address a large group of teens and you could hear a pin drop.

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Here you will see the streets of Jerusalem compared a month ago and today. After a gorgeous video showing the inside of the Tomb, watch the closing of the Holy Sepulchre.

Watch the sad moment when the doors are locked and the custodian, my friend Omar, walks away. The movie was taken by my friend Jeries in Jerusalem who manages the church for the Franciscans.

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I was thinking out loud the other day. I wrote a limerick about the possibility we might be taking the wrong course of action by shutting down everything.

My grandkids (son and brother too) jumped in and went on a roll. Proud of these smart and savvy homeschoolers — enjoy!

I started out with this one:
“China started a sickness contagious,
The countries responded outrageous,
They locked us away
so we all lost our pay,
And the cure was disadvantageous.”

My brother Tim:
They say that it started in Wuhan.
On the skin of the rats, it grew on.
They ate them fried,
and most of them died
Now the world has gone to ruin.

Grandson Damian (15 years old):
Corona has wreaked a pandemic,
It causes the countries to panic.
It shortens the breath,
and all men fear death
cause God is not known in the havoc

Grandson Dominic (17 years old)
“Freak out and run for your lives
Only congregate in fives
Buy all the sanitizer,
and you’ll be the wiser”
On these things the media thrives!”

“In the midst of delirium
Bow before the imperium
beg and plead,
hope they’ll concede
To quickly find a serum”

My son Jesse:
“The virus made everyone scared,
except for those who prepared.
But it won’t matter much,
cause we’re all sitting ducks
When those who have less become flared.”

Granddaughter Maria Faustina (15):
What is More Dangerous than Coronavirus?

“Many dangers are written down on this list
let’s cut it short and get to the gist:

When men are afraid
they’ll trade freedom for aid
and that’s when things turn communist.”

“While some fling their hands up in despair,
feeling powerless in the general scare,
there are those who hold strong
though the storm rages on
for they know the Power of Prayer.”

Grandson Joshua (17 years old):
“This catastrophe must be Trump’s fault,
“He screwed up his job” they all cry.
But Trump fights day and night
To secure all our rights,
Fake news can do nothing but lie.”

My conclusion:
“I’ve got the smartest grandkids ever,
Perceptive and wise and exceedingly clever,
The look on the scene
The lines read between
And we stand in the truth altogether!”

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Did Solomon’s Mother Bathsheba Demonstrate Mary is NOT a Good Intercessor?

March 26, 2020

I put up a post a few days ago with a video of my talk in Ephesus about Mary being Queen of Heaven and an Intercessor for the people of God’s kingdom. Someone wrote to object saying, It is interesting Steve, as to what you left out in your reference to 1 Kings 2:19 , Solomon’s Mother […]

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The Dark Side of Luther – by Steve Wood

March 25, 2020

The Dark Side of Luther  (View online version at Steve Woods site here)     This is the last of my newsletters responding to the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. I’m sending you some of the overlooked statements of Luther revealing his thoughts on Catholics, his claim to infallibility, and his hatred of the […]

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Franciscan University of Steubenville provides resources for these tough times

March 24, 2020

With many churches and religious events closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Christian Outreach Office has opened The Upper Room—a website rich in resources for Catholics and anyone hungering for spiritual nourishment. In The Upper Room you will find podcasts, live webinars on a wide range of spiritual themes, daily E-Spirations, […]

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Evangelicals Guide To Catholic View of Justification

March 24, 2020

Steve Wood was a Protestant pastor before converting to Catholicism and starting Dads.org. He has published an excellent book “Grace & Justification: An Evangelicals Guide to Catholics Beliefs.” Steve’s latest newsletter summarizes some of his book and gives good insights — especially in this 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Revolt. This would be a good […]

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Lenten Bundle: “Stations of the Cross” and “Pain of the Crucifixion”

March 23, 2020

Two of Steve’s most popular talks are now in a bundle for $6. Great for family listening and for drives in the car. Very powerful and enthusiastic talks including Scripture, apologetics, medical information, typology, explanation of the real Stations in Jerusalem and the place and manner of crucifixion. Purchase the 2-CD set for a reduced […]

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If God Is Dead, Who Will Replace Him?

March 23, 2020

Malcolm Muggeridge said (@malmuggeridge) “If God is dead, somebody is going to have to take his place. It will be megalomania or erotomania, the drive for power or the drive for pleasure, the clenched fist or the phallus, Hitler or Hugh Hefner.”

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Ray Family Favorite Movies Update (while locked away at home)

March 21, 2020

Janet and I have always loved good movies that are of high quality with good acting. But it must also be entertaining, redemptive, inspiring and challenging us to the good, the beautiful, the human. As St. Paul says, “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, […]

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Free Magnificat to Stay Close to God and the Liturgy

March 20, 2020

SPECIAL UPDATE Please share this email with as many people as you can. Dear MAGNIFICAT Family, During these difficult times, we all continue to look for ways to remain close to Jesus, his Blessed Mother, and his Church. In addition to its online edition, MAGNIFICAT is now offeringcomplimentary access to its iOS and Android Apps throughout […]

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Choirs of Angels in Three Hierarchies

March 20, 2020

We have a pack of dogs, a flock of birds, a forest of trees – the word used for groups of angels is “choir.” Here is a clever little diagram to describe and explain the choirs of angels in all their different categories. (Click on the image for a larger image). According to many theologians, like St. […]

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Coronavirus, Mass, and Catholic Life

March 19, 2020

Coronavirus, Mass, and Catholic Life  by Jimmy Akin First, here is my 15-minute show with John Harper on Relevant Radio discussing how the shutdown is affecting families and what we can do. My segment begins at the 30:00 minute mark. Now to Jimmy Akin’s excellent article: The coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic has produced many questions and controversies, including […]

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Response to a Southern Baptist

March 19, 2020

I received an e-mail from a Southern Baptist and decided to take a few minutes to respond. Thought others might be edifited by it so I have posted it here without using his name. His email is contained in regular text and MY RESPONSE IS IN CAPITAL LETTERS. **************************************************** HELLO FRIEND: I WILL ANSWER BRIEFLY […]

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A Bit of Humor and Sanity about the Virus – Lady in a Grocery Store

March 17, 2020

A little sanity and good humor in the midst of a world gone mad. Janet and I laughed at this 2-minute common sense reaction to hysteria in the grocery store.  

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Excellent Riddle: Can You Discover What God Made?

March 17, 2020

This puzzle was written by a lady in California in 1890 in response to a gentlemen in Philadelphia, who said that he would pay $1,000 to anyone who could write a puzzle that he could not solve. He failed to do so, and paid the lady $1,000 (a great sum at that time). The answer […]

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