March 2019

The Skull is Talking to Me; Lent is Upon Us!

by Steve Ray on March 31, 2019

THE SKULL TALKS TO ME EVERY MORNING!

SKULLIt says, “As you are now, I once was; as I am now, you soon shall be — remember your mortality!”

No better way to approach Ash Wednesday and 40 days of Lent.

Artists have painted St. Jerome with a skull on his desk. Popes were known to keep skulls in their libraries.  I now have a real human skull sitting next to me in my home office.

Durer-jeromeThe famous Capuchin Church in Rome has a labyrinth of rooms filled with bone which are not just stacked in piles, but are used to decorate. The lamps are made of human bones, designs on the walls, altars, everything is made of bones of the monks who have died there over the centuries. The sign above the entrance says the same thing the skull pictured above is saying to me.

Are Catholics morbid, obsessed with bones and relics, consumed with the thought of death. Yes and  no. We are concerned about these matters, but we are not morbid. We are realistic. We know that life is short and we need to keep things in perspective and our priorities straight.

5126259069_786db5ddb6We also know that life is full of vanities. Much of what vies for our time, energy and money is like a puff of smoke that detracts us from what is really important. Notice the skull to the right, look closely. It is entitled “All is Vanity.” If you look closely you can see a picture inside the skull. (You can click on the image for a larger picture.)

I wanted to buy my coffin in advance–one to my liking and made of carved oak–to use as a coffee table in our living room. I wanted it there to remind me that someday my body would spend a lot of time in there–under the ground. But my good wife nixed my plans. She said I could get one to stand upright as a bookshelf, but not to set on the floor looking like a funeral parlor.

My goal is to pour out my life for the Savior in this life and to remind myself every day that from dust I came and to dust I will go. The skull reminds me every moment that “it is appointed for men once to die, and after that the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). I want to be ready.

What is the Chocolate Connection with Lent? Nice article here.

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First, read from the top down. Then, read from the bottom up…

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New Talk presented by Saint Joseph Communications, Stations of the Cross

 


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“If you want to know about Jesus and the Crucifixion, you not only read the four Gospels, but you go back in history, and you study the land, and you study the culture at the time. And it fleshes it all out, and black and white becomes a colored picture. That’s why I love to go and discover these things in the places where they took place.”

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Dialog about Islam with New Zealander who Considers Islam A Religion of Peace

March 26, 2019

Brian responded to my blog of the dangers of Islam  entitled Prepare for the Skyline of the Future. Here is his email and my response. This was stimulated it seems by the senseless an insane slaughter of Muslims in New Zealand by a hateful nutcase. ******************** Thanks Steve Respectfully I have to disagree with a lot […]

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Update on Safety in Israel

March 25, 2019

Some people have been concerned regarding missiles that have been shot from Gaza into Israel. These kind of things happen periodically in Israel. (Our March group in Israel). Israel doesn’t allow it to happen for very long and the vast majority of the missiles land out in the desert without doing any damage. One hit […]

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2nd Interview with Al Kresta about Saints & Sites of Poland

March 24, 2019

Here is the 2nd of 2 interviews between Steve Ray and Al Kresta on the amazing Catholic country of Poland. She has the richest heritage of modern saints in the 20th century including St. John Paul II, St. Maria Faustina and the Divine Mercy and St. Maximillian Kolbe. And don’t forget Edith Stein who died […]

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Powerful Movie: Pass the Word, Watch the Movie, Support Life, Shut Down Abortions

March 22, 2019

This is a powerful movie that should have all Christians and people of goodwill behind it 100%. Please go see the movie, take a friend, pass the word and let shut down Planned Parenthood and their whole Evil Empire.

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Socialism Fails Every Time – A 5-minute Primer

March 21, 2019
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(Link fixed) Podcast: On Al Kresta Live to Discuss Poland and the Footprints of St. Pope JPII and St. Faustina

March 20, 2019

On Al @KrestaAfternoon radio show at 5 PM Eastern to discuss Poland and an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of John Paul II.  You can listen by clicking the audio link above.. I will be telling of our adventures smuggling Bibles, medicine and money into Poland in 1983 when it was still under the […]

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Freedom for Catholics to Interpret the Bible

March 20, 2019

The Freedom of the Catholic Biblical Exegete / Interpreter DECEMBER 2, 2017 BY DAVE ARMSTRONG Bible Passages that the Church has Definitively Interpreted Contrary to the bogus claims of some anti-Catholic Protestant polemicists I have run across, Catholics are not at all obliged to read the New American Bible translation (nor the revised English Vulgate, such […]

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Fun Noah Jokes and a few others

March 19, 2019
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The Passion of Jesus: Via Dolorosa, Calvary, High Mass at the Tomb and more

March 18, 2019

We had to start very early this morning because the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is full like sardines during the day. Smart like a fox! We walked the Via Dolorosa praying the Stations Of the Cross, climbed Mount Calvary and touched the cross where the blood dropped, took a tour of the church and […]

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Our Group after Mass at the Tomb!

March 18, 2019

Our group in Jerusalem on our last day after Mass at the Tomb!

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Temple Sizes Compared – bigger than a football field

March 18, 2019

Since we are at the Western Wall today, seeing all this with our own eyes, I thought I would share again this blog about the size of temples of Israel. The 1) Tabernacle in the wilderness, the 2) Temple of Solomon, 3) Herod’s Temple at the time of Christ and 4) Ezekiel’s Temple are compared. The […]

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Fun Day: Israel Museum, Jordan River, Jericho, Wumran, Dead Sea Float & Camel Rides!

March 17, 2019

This is the fun day. Mass at Notre Dame (homily here), museum, Jordan River… …culminating with camel rides, floating in the Dead Sea and dinner on the rooftop of Jerusalem . Enjoy!

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The World’s 50 Most Anti-Christian Countries

March 17, 2019

Is anyone surprised that the majority of these anti-Christian countries are Islamic? Click on map below for larger image. This was published by Ignatius Press’ Catholic World Report. Washington D.C., Jan 15, 2018 / 11:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- There are more than 215 million persecuted Christians worldwide according to the 2018 World Watch List, Open […]

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