December 2017

It was quite fun celebrating the Feast of the Holy Family in Nazareth where I gave my talk about the Holy Family where they lived for 30 years.

We also renewed our wedding vows in Cana of Galilee and had Mass atop the mountain of Transfiguration. They homily was excellent again. Enjoy!

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Arrival in Israel, Very Safe & Quiet. Enjoy!

by Steve Ray on December 30, 2017

All the pilgrims arrive safely except one priest from Nigeria who missed his flight but will join us tomorrow. Everyone is tired from the long flight but excited and enthusiastic.

We are all appreciating Fr. Dan Long, especially after his first Mass by the shore of Galilee. Here is the first homily which was exceptional.

Enjoy the video of their arrival and our time at the Sea of Gallilee.

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This was very clever. A friend posted it on my site.

“When someone tells me they are non-denominational — I tell them I am pre-denominational.”

For those who don’t get it:  pre-denomination means “before the Protestant Reformation (read: Rebellion).” The Protestants gave birth to the multiplying denominations. Before them there was the pre-denomination — the Catholic Church.

By the way, the term “denomination” derives originally from “taking a new name.”

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First-hand Report on Safety in Jerusalem

December 30, 2017

Steve Ray here. I know a lot of people are watching the mainstream media and seeing protests, fighting and devastation in Israel. Hey folks, it ain’t happening. It’s the media hyping things like they always do. They have to be sensationalists. (See my post from a week or two ago.) I just took a nice […]

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Why Rayla Left Calvary Chapel and Evangelical Protestantism

December 29, 2017

Rayla sent me an email and gave me permission to share it. Calvary Chapel (my wife Janet was associated with them in her younger days) boasts that 80% of their members are “ex-Catholics.” Thanks for sharing Rayla! I came across your blog and am very impressed. After being raised Baptist, them attending Calvary Chapels for […]

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Alexa: Who founded the Baptist Church? the Lutheran Church? … the Catholic Church!

December 28, 2017

This is delightful. Had to share…

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Descriptive Icon – can you figure it out?

December 27, 2017

On one of our last trips to Bethlehem I saw this icon that really caught my eye. What do you think?

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My Show on Catholic Answers Live: “Nativity from Joseph’s Perspective”

December 26, 2017

It was a lot of fun discussing the Nativity from a new angle — from St. Joseph’s perspective. Enjoy! https://www.catholic.com/audio/cal/8331

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Security in Israel: Safe to Travel with Steve & Janet?

December 26, 2017

UPDATE 12/11/17:  Watching the mainstream media today and making a few observations. 1) The images they keep showing are not current events but are pulled from stock video footage from the past. I doubt that any of the images of rock throwing and tear gas is current video. 2) They are making this violence, which is very small at […]

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Christmas Really Started at the Annunciation – my new favorite Annunciation artwork

December 23, 2017

God became Man in Bethlehem, right? Nope, it was in Nazareth. By the time Mary arrived in Bethlehem to deliver Jesus he had already been human for nine months. At the Annunciation those first cells in Mary’s womb, to small to see with the human eye (though Elizabeth and John the Baptist recognized Him), were […]

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Jesus Said His Mother Had Other Sons! Really?

December 22, 2017

I was confronted with an interesting argument against Mary’s perpetual virginity. The man argued that the Bible itself proves that Mary had other children. He claimed that Jesus expressly states in no uncertain terms that his mother had other sons. He said it must have been overlooked by the Catholic Church. To read my whole response, […]

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Mary’s Virginity: How Was Jesus Born?

December 22, 2017

Every time I am on the radio over Advent someone calls and asks if Jesus was born normally and naturally like other babies, or was he a miraculous birth–in other words, arriving in the world by avoiding the birth canal and without “opening the womb.” There are discussions and debates suggesting he miraculously appeared in Mary’s […]

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The State and the Alteration of the Fundamental Laws of Marriage

December 15, 2017

From a brilliant, even prophetic, 1933 essay/chapter by Christopher Dawson titled “Christianity and Sex”, published in “Enquiries into Religion and Culture”: Leo XIII writes: ‘No human law can abolish the natural and original right of marriage, ordained by God’s authority from the beginning. . . . Hence we have the Family, the society of a […]

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Fr. Andrew Apostoli Goes to Meet His Lord

December 13, 2017

A good friend has gone to be with his Lord. Fr. Andrew Apostoli died in the early hours of December 13. Many of us remember him joining us our Lourdes and Fatima pilgrimage in May of this year. He was a great teacher, a joy and a light for a lost world. May God receive […]

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Does God Tempt Us to Sin? Should we Change the Words of the “Our Father” Prayer?

December 11, 2017

There are a lot of discussions this week (Dec. 11, 2017) about the Pope’s comments on the wording of the “Our Father” prayer, especially the line “Lead us not into temptation.” He said it gives the wrong impression — that God Himself leads us into sinful temptations. Of course, taken at face value without understanding […]

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Messy Parenting will be a Big Help to Your Own Messy Family :-)

December 9, 2017

Do any parent out there understand the phrase “messy parenting”? Or is your family all sewed up, perfect and without a disruption? Ah, I thought so. There is an excellent podcast that has now also moved into video called “Messy Parenting.” It is the result of my good friends Michael and Alicia Hernon from Franciscan University of […]

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