January 2016

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” –St. Augustine

Pope Paul VI referred to the Holy Land as the “5th Gospel” implying that a pilgrimage rounds out and compliments the Scripture for fuller understanding. 

“A long procession of people…have gone in search of the ‘footprints’ of God in that land, rightly called ‘holy’, pursuing them as it were in the stones, the hills, the waters which provided the setting for the earthly life of the Son of God.”

We will take pilgrims thru the Holy Door in Rome 4 times this year!

“A long procession of people…have gone in search of the ‘footprints’ of God in that land, rightly called ‘holy’, pursuing them as it were in the stones, the hills, the waters which provided the setting for the earthly life of the Son of God.”   John Paul II

“The practice of pilgrimage has a special place in the Holy Year, because it represents the journey each of us makes in this life. Life itself is a pilgrimage, and the human being is a viator, a pilgrim travelling along the road, making his way to the desired destination.

Join us in the Holy Land for the Year of Mercy

Similarly, to reach the Holy Door in Rome or in any other place in the world, everyone, each according to his or her ability, will have to make a pilgrimage… . May pilgrimage be an impetus to conversion.”  – Pope Francis

Patriarch of Jerusalem Faoud Twal on Christmas 2015, “Archbishop Twal encouraged pilgrimage to the Holy Land during the jubilee year, noting that the patriarchate has Holy Doors in Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Bethlehem. “Pilgrims should not be afraid to come. Despite the tense situation in this land, the pilgrim route is safe and they are respected and appreciated by all sectors in the Holy Land.”

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I applaud Graham for being “politically incorrect” in stating what seems to be the obvious. The two conceptions of God are drastically at odds. The few similarities are far overshadowed by the drastic differences.

The Judeo-Christian God is viewed as a “father” whereas the Muslim god is primarily “master”. The Christian God is “love, personal, and rational.” The god of Islam is “pure will, completely ‘other’ and capricious.”

The article begins: In a series of tweets late Saturday night, Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham, laid out his opposition to the recommendation of the college’s faculty council that the school drop its plans to terminate a professor who published her belief that Islam and Christianity worship the same God, which Graham said was “no minor issue.”

 In December 2015, Larycia Hawkins, who teaches political science at Wheaton College, was put on administrative leave after wearing a hijab to school in solidarity with Muslims. Wheaton is a private evangelical Christian college, which has sometimes been called the “evangelical Harvard” because of its reputation for academic rigor.

Hawkins announced that she would wear the hijab to demonstrate support for Muslims in the aftermath of the shootings in Paris and San Bernardino, California. She also used the gesture as a platform to express her belief that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.

AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

In a separate Facebook post, Graham said both his father and mother attended Wheaton College, where they met for the first time.

“I’m surprised and disappointed that the faculty council there is now recommending the college drop their plans to terminate a professor who published that she believed Islam and Christianity worship the same God in December. This is no minor issue that should be debated,” Graham wrote.

The fundamental issue for Graham is the theological question of the nature of God and therefore the mission of the college.

“Islam denies that God has a Son,” Graham wrote. “They deny that Jesus is God. They do not believe in a Triune God – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. I can tell you – Islam and Christianity clearly do not worship the same God.”

For the whole article and a brief discussion of the difference in Islamic and Christian belief, click here.

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Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live of Friday, January 23, 2016.

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1.  Opened with a discussion of St. Paul life before conversion, his life and radical ministry and the facts and issues surrounding his martyrdom.

2.  In 1 Corinthians St. Paul mentions Jesus’ words, “This is my Body, this is my Blood” from which we get the words of consecration. Where did the rest of the words we hear at Mass come from?

3.  St. Paul was not a Catholic. He was a Christian. The Catholic Church was something created by men.

4.  In 2 Corinthians 12 St. Paul said that he knew a man who was caught up to the third heaven. What does that mean? How many heavens are there?

5.  Why do you have to peg St. Paul into a particular denomination? Why not just say he is a Christian?

6.  Was St. Paul an agent of the Roman Empire when he assisted in Stephen’s martyrdom?

7.  I am what Paul was, a follower of the Nazarene. St. Paul was not and I am not a Christian, just a follower of Jesus. What do you think of that?

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Pilgrimages Selling Out! Check out of Spring Trips

January 26, 2016

–  Sold Out – our Holy Land pilgrimage March 30 – April 8. We will celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday in Jerusalem!  Next Holy Land pilgrimages in Sept, Oct and over Christmas. –  NOW less than 10 seats left on our Rome-Assisi Year of Mercy pilgrimage March 7-15. –  Can’t travel during the academic year? That’s OK. […]

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Are Evangelical Churches Growing?

January 23, 2016

Lenny Alt (lennyalt1@att.net) shared the following: MICHAEL CONTI SAYS in the FACEBOOK group “Roman Catholicism is Apostate”:  “I remember the first time after I got out of prison and went to a Calvary Chapel in North-East Philly, the Pastor was telling us that over 50% of the congregation were ex-Catholics…and this Calvary Chapel had over 12,000 […]

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Pope Decrees That Holy Thursday Foot Washing Ceremony Can Include Women

January 21, 2016

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ISIS Destroys Ancient Christian Monastery of St. Elijah in Northern Iraq

January 21, 2016

It is devastating and infuriating to watch ISIS systematically abolish Christianity in the East while the world watches and does next to nothing! This is where biblical history began and we are watching all traces be obliterated. Two years ago Janet and I visited Iraq to film the early life of Abraham. Here is where […]

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Excellent Journal of all Aspects of our Pilgrimages to the Holy Land

January 19, 2016

If you want to read an excellent journal and recap of one of our Holy Land pilgrimages, you will love reading these insightful well-written entries covering all aspects of the trip. Glenn Juday is a scientist, scholar and writer. He covers things from safety to biblical understandings, from the people he met to sites we […]

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Updated Sacrament Chart – Print and Use Freely

January 19, 2016

In the past I prepared a Sacrament Chart for a class I was teaching. Many found it helpful so I provided it here. Today I updated it, partly to insert some of the revised wording at Mass and to sharpen a few points. I hope you find it helpful… Click on the image to download […]

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How Will You Vote? What Principles will Guide You? Get Ready!

January 17, 2016

From Tim Staples at Catholic Answers: Catholic Answers published its now-famous “Voter’s Guide for Serious Catholics” back in 2004 (updated in 2006) that has now sold millions of copies with millions more having been distributed for free. In that document, for which Catholic Answers has taken a lot of flack by the way, we give guidance to […]

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People watched 4,392,486,580 hours of porn on PornHub in 2015 – and that just ONE site!

January 14, 2016

That is the equivalent of every person on the earth watching 12 porn videos in 2015. And that is not all porn sites – just PornHub. What kind of an effect is this having on men, on families and on women? Just imagine the change our world is going through! Imagine where and what young […]

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Radio Show with Terry and Jesse on EWTN – Discussing Holy Family and Kids on Pilgrimage

January 10, 2016

We are still working on our December 29 – January 9, 2017 Family Holy Land Pilgrimage. This trip is in conjunction with Franciscan University of Steubenville and Terry Barber and his family. I am Steve Ray am bringing two of my kids and my oldest 6 grandkids. Visit our website at www.FootprintsOfGod.com and call my […]

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For Epiphany – Steve stands on the exact spot

January 8, 2016

   For the early church the Baptism of Our Lord is more important than the arrival of the Magi for the feast of epiphany. It was the time when the voice from God was heard from heaven and the Holy Spirit came down on Jesus and the Trinity was manifested. This week we are at […]

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My Daughter’s Upcoming Talk

January 7, 2016

  Very proud of my daughter Cindy. On January 14 she is giving a talk at Christ the King in Ann Arbor Michigan.  The title is “The Formative Power of Music: the Connection Between Music, Virtue…and Your Sins” where she draws from her wealth of philosophical knowledge and personal experience. Limited seating.  For more info visit […]

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Comments and Final Farewells from our Holy Land Pilgrimage

January 5, 2016

Good-bye and safe trips home. It was a marvelous pilgrimage with many friends made, spirituality increased along with love for Our Lord, Our Lady and the Catholic Church.

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Closing Homily by Archbishop Aquila AND Camels, Dead Sea Float and more – Fun Day!

January 5, 2016

Hope you enjoy today’s videos. First, Jerusalem as it was seen by Jesus, wading in the Jordan, lunch in Jericho, Qumran, Dead Sea Floating and riding camels. Second, the excellent closing homily by Archbishop Aquila of Denver. Enjoy! HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY ARCHBISHOP’S CLOSING HOMILY

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