Prayer & Spiritual Life

Screen Shot 2021-03-06 at 11.02.30 AMLately at noon Janet and I receive a FaceTime call from James. He is almost 3 years old. He calls because he wants to pray the Angelus with us over the iPhone.

Here he is praying the Angelus with our daughter. This is way to cute. We had to share it.

 

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My Resolve as our World Spins out of Control

by Steve Ray on January 23, 2021

After commenting a bit on our dismal situation in the world, a friend wrote to me this morning saying, “Please keep doing what have been doing for many years to come!”

Screen Shot 2021-01-23 at 9.21.52 AMI responded,

When we got married 44 years ago I told my good wife we had already lost our country, it was just a matter of time how fast we would slide down the hill. I had been a keen observer of philosophy, popular culture, the media and movies, education and the “intellectual” trends.

The trend was already set and I watched the “non-thinkables” quickly become “thinkable” and then accepted, then imposed, then expected, and then we were all required to praise and celebrate the things that even in my younger years were once “unthinkable”.

Abortion was just one of many evils that sprouted like an ugly weed due to this philosophical shift.

external-content.duckduckgoPut a frog in a pan of cold water and turn on the burner. Because the heat increases slowly over time, the frog does not realize the change. He does not respond but slowly is boiled to death. So it is with our country. The changes are just gradual enough that people adapt to the increasing change and in the end….

Every time we smile with a small victory it is like climbing up a sand dune when I was a boy. It seemed like for every step I climbed up I slid back down two steps. 

downloadEven when Trump was elected I viewed it as a small victory, but said to Janet, “It is only a parenthesis — it will only slow down the decline for a while, it won’t stop it.”

It’s not about who’s in or not an office, it’s about the shifting trend of the philosophy and our willingness to except evil and socialism and the denigration of human life and freedom.

Without a spectacular intervention of God (which I pray for) we have already lost our country and the freedoms we have taken for granted. I hope I am proved to be wrong, but…

As for our family, we will fight the good fight and stand our ground. We will educate, castigate, and celebrate. We will live in the life of the Lord and his victory through the cross and resurrection. The truth is the Truth and cannot be forgotten, neglected or silenced.

So, we all do what we must even though I expect it is a losing battle on this battlefield. But knowing that in the end we win the war, Janet and I intend to stay faithful with our eyes set on the last day when “all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment. (Jn 5:28-29).What Grandmas do

C812935F-C875-4206-972B-203FF96112E5-768x576And if we can save the lives of some babies, form the conscience of our own family and a few others, keep the flame burning, bring some souls to heaven with us, die in friendship with God, and even die as martyrs with the Creed on our lips, we will have done our part.

Alas, we are called to be faithful, not successful, as Mother Teresa said.

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People always ask, “What do I say to my husband…?”  or “How do I get my kids back in the Church?  or  “I am getting no where trying to tell my friend about my Faith.”

Well Steve came up with Six Rules to help you deal with non-Catholics – especially family and friends.

To read my article on this topic, click here. I will discuss this on the Terry & Jesse Show at 2 PM Eastern, Tuesday. Listen live or later to the recorded show here.

They are only 2 minutes each! Enjoy!

Rule 1: Don’t Argue!

Rule 2: Love them more than ever before

Rule 3: Study and do your homework

Rule 4: Pray and make sacrifices (not being trite)

Rule 5: Show the Joy of the Lord

Rule 6: Most Important… Listen to find out what it is!

Here is my article Six Rules published in Catholic Answers Magazine

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What if I need to go to confession and can’t because churches are closed?

January 13, 2021

I have been asked this question many times over the last few weeks. With churches closed and sacraments suspended, what can we do if we need to get to confession? Here is how I answered that question for a young man named Jose. ******************************************************* JOSE ASKS: What can I do if I’ve fallen into mortal sin and there […]

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“The Sinner’s Prayer” – All You Need to Get to Heaven?

November 30, 2020

When I was a kid, the “Sinner’s Prayer” was a big deal. It was at the heart of everything we knew about Jesus and getting saved. It was almost used as an incantation. My mom coached me to pray the Sinner’s Prayer when I was 4 years old. We knelt together in front of the […]

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A Charming and Uplifting Look at our Problems and Death for this Thanksgiving

November 25, 2020

Christian Gratitude (posted on The Catholic Thing, to which I highly recommend you subscribe) Stephen P. White. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2020 Some years ago, during a particularly dark and troubling time, an American Jew living abroad wrote to his Catholic friend in the States to commiserate: “Looking across the seas at my native land, I see that […]

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Is God Like a GPS System?

November 13, 2020

There are a million reasons why God is NOT like a GPS system but I am in Australia and I made a wrong turn and my GPS started reprimanding me and saying “Recalculating!” For those who don’t know, GPS stands for Global Positioning System. It is a nifty little device that links up with positional […]

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A Great Campaign of Sabotage!

November 3, 2020

“Enemy-occupied territory: that is what this world is. Christianity is the story of how the rightful king has landed, you might say landed in disguise, and is calling us to take part in a great campaign of sabotage.” — C. S. Lewis

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Paul Prayed for the Dead; we should too

November 2, 2020

Does the Bible record St. Paul praying for a dead man? Does the New Testament relate an incident of prayer for the dead? It seems quite certain that it does. Let’s begin with Onesiphorus—a faithful Christian who cared for St. Paul while he was in prison and who took great personal risk to serve the […]

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Will the Gates of Hell Prevail in the USA?

October 30, 2020

“The gates of hell shall not prevail!” I have heard this affirmation many times in the last year. There seems to be a certainty that we will prevail as a church even as our country spirals into chaos and confusion  pours out of the Vatican. Is the church’s success something that we can take for granted […]

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You can now access our whole completed Rosary Pilgrimage

October 13, 2020

The Rosary Pilgrimage has come to a conclusion but it is all still available with all the extras, the many and numerous speakers and lots of group prayer. You can now for a small fee gain unlimited access to THE WHOLE pilgrimage. CLICK HERE https://bit.ly/2GXV7a3

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Virtual Healing Conference (Free) Sept 25-27, 2020

September 24, 2020

FREE Global Healing Conference REGISTER FOR FREE With all of the changes going on in the world, the Church continues the work of evangelization. This is a great opportunity to experience Christ’s healing and mercy in a profound way — and for free! On this Friday, September 25, Virtual Catholic Conference will be hosting a global […]

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“Be not ashamed of the Cross of Christ; but though another hide it, do thou openly seal it upon thy forehead”

September 14, 2020

On this feast day of the Triumph of the Cross, heed the words of Church Father, St. Cyril, Archbishop of Jerusalem (c. 315–87) in  his “Catechetical Lectures.” 13. All kings when they die have their power extinguished with their life: but Christ crucified is worshipped by the whole world. We proclaim The Crucified, and the devils […]

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Vatican Urges Catholics to Return to Public Sunday Worship

September 14, 2020

You may want to send a copy of Cardinal Sarah’s official Vatican pronouncement to your bishop! It is time we stop this craziness and get back to Mass and worshiping our Lord Jesus Christ and fellowshipping with one another. We have been silent long enough. Now Rome speaks out in support of the churches opening […]

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My 20-Minute Meditation on the Visitation as Part of the Huge Spiritual Rosary Pilgrimage

September 10, 2020

The Spiritual Rosary Pilgrimage of Our Lord and Lady is underway but it is not too late to jump in the caravan and join the pilgrimage. My contribution was the meditation of the 2nd Joyful Mystery of the Rosary, the Visitation. You can listen/watch my segment below, just click on the image. To join this […]

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Why Did God Allow Man to Sin? “O Happy Fault of Adam”

September 9, 2020

This is a question that has puzzled people from the beginning. If God is good and all powerful why didn’t he stop Adam and Eve from sinning? Fair question. Of course we all know that he took the risk of giving us free will so that we could choose to love him. I don’t want […]

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