Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 1.32.48 PMThe 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Schism is upon us. Protestants are celebrating 500 years from Martin Luther nailing his 95 Thesis on the Wittenburg Church door. His actions divided Christendom and caused untold problems. Protestants of course consider this revolt as the restoration of the biblical Christianity and salvation by “faith alone.”

Steve and Janet Ray, in conjunction with Lutheran scholar Ken Hensley of Coming Home Network and Fr. Steven Thomlison from Lincoln NE (convert from Lutheranism), will be leading a tour through Germany – following Martin Luther and his schism with the Catholic Church.

IMG_3470-1-300x300We will visit all the primary locations of the Reformation: Luther’s hometown, Wittenburg where he nailed his 95 Thesis, the tower where he translated his copy of the Bible, Marburg to see the castle where the Reformers argued and left in disaccord.

IMG_3469Not only will we study Luther and the problems of the Reformation, but we will also enjoy the beauty and culture of Germany. Great food and wine (and German beer!), a river dinner cruise, famous ancient biblical archaeology in Berlin Museum, touring the famous sites such as Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie and much more.

Catholics should be prepared to understand Martin Luther and the schism that he started. This will be more than just a tour, it will also be a seminar on the differences and similarities with our Protestant brothers and sisters. With a view to dialog and understanding, this seminar tour will help us work with ecumenical zeal to heal the wounds and separations in the Church.

Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 1.36.14 PMWe will end with an Optional Post-Germany tour of Rome to visit the key sites related related to the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation. We will join the Pope for his Angelus in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, visit St. Peter’s Basilica and tour the Sistine Chapel. Enjoying Steve & Janet’s favorite restaurants are frosting on the cake.

Prices, full brochure and more information soon. For the Interactive Map and Itinerary, click HERE. Contact Elizabeth for more information and to be put on the list at emarkey@ctscentral.net or (313) 744-2530 or toll-free 1-800-727-1999, ext.150.

This trip is already generating a lot of interest so act soon.

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St. James, Slayer of Muslims (Moors)

by Steve Ray on August 10, 2016

apostolSure sounds politically incorrect, eh?

But in Spain – especially at Santiago de Compostela – a city dedicated to St. James – that is a popular title of St. James, one of Our Lord’s twelve apostles.

Spain has had a rough history with Muslims invading their land. They fought back and eventually pushed the Muslim Moors back into northern Africa. The tradition states that he appeared to help in the battle and was thus called the “Slayer of Moors (Muslims)

james2As the patron saint of Spain, St. James was given the title: Slayer of Muslims. Maybe they know something that we have forgotten, or maybe they know something we should learn?  Remember the battle of Lepanto ?

You will enjoy this article on Catholic World Report:

Europe, Islam, and St James the Moor-slayer

and this one by the Hungarian Archbishop:

Hungarian Archbishop warns Europe Migration Crisis Fueled by Muslims Will to Conquer

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