Friday, August 31, 2007

Virtual Pilgrimage Video – test

by Steve Ray on August 31, 2007

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Greetings from the Holy Land. Israel is very quiet and safe — but it is also very hot. We heard it was over 100 degrees each day over the last week. But it is better now. It can get very hot here, which is why we prefer to bring our groups in the milder months. Last March we had a surprise snow storm!

Janet and I got a good sleep, picked up our new Guide Cards renewed until 2009, saw a lot of friends, met with our agants and made sure everything is ready for the pilgrims to arrive at 2:30 PM Israeli time on Saturday.  Remember that Israel time is 7 hours ahead of Eastern time in the United States. So, if it is 12 noon in Detroit it is 7 PM in Isael.

Here is a short test video to make sure that the "Virtual Pilgrimage by Video" will work. I had some problems saving and uploading the videos at first, but after a few hours I figured it out. Now I think it will work very well and we are excited to share our favorite place in the world, not only with our 55 pilgrims, but also with you!


Should Spouses Go to into Confessional Together?

by Steve Ray on August 31, 2007

I sometimes joke with my wife Janet: "Sweetie, when we go to confession today, I'll confess your sins and you confess mine, OK?" But this priest is taking me seriously – promoting couples confessing together! Counseling yes, but confession? Canon lawyer Ed Peter's wrote:

The practice of spouses jointly celebrating the sacrament of confession recently garnered support from Catholic News Service veteran columnist Fr. John Deitzen. Provided that couples "approve and consider it helpful for their marriage", Deitzen holds that spouses may confess their sins in each other's presence and receive absolution. He notes only that each spouse would be bound by the seal of confession in regard to what he or she learned about the other.

I believe, however, that there are formidable canonical and practical objections to joint sacramental confession, and I set them out for consideration. Read the rest at here at Ed Peter's Canon Law blog. 

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