Join us in Ave Maria Florida if you can. I will be giving two talks on Mary, one on Friday, May 20 and Part 2 on Saturday, May 21.

We will go through her life from her birth in Jerusalem, her meeting with Gabriel in Nazareth, the Visitation (Ark of the New Covenant), Bethlehem and a “Day in the Life of the Holy Family” in Nazareth.

Then to the wedding in Cana, the crucifixion in Jerusalem, the Upper Room, Ephesus with St. John her new “son,” and then back to Jerusalem and eventually heaven where she is the Queen and Mother of the Church.

Hope you can join us — but if not, I have a part of this presentation on CD or MP3 here. I also have a DVD documentary “Mary, Mother of God” which was filmed on location following the life of the Blessed Virgin.

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20130213-061925.jpgQuestion 1

Do you understand why this is a picture of Mary? (Hint: Catechism paragraph no. 724.)

Question 2

Is Moses kneeling to worship the bush?

Question 3

Why is the picture to the left a “statue of Mary” (Hint: Heb 9:4)?

Question 4

What is in the womb of Mary? (Hint: Jn. 6:48-50; Jn. 1:1, 14) See also Catechism 2676 where it talks about the Ark of the Covenant. For my article on this visit Responding to a Protestant’s Objection to Mary Ark of the New Covenant

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Two things profoundly touched me at Mass today. These things are shared not for my sake but to encourage and inspire the reader — you. 

First, the Mass was full and people were standing in the back. This is a “poor parish” but Fr. Bob and a team of young people have reached out to the community. It has worked. The church is full for all the weekend Masses. 

What is particularly moving is the blend of people — a great snapshot of the universal Church. Lots of whites, yes, but black singles and families too. Orientals, Middle-eastern, Hispanics…  And I made a mental calculate yesterday and concluded that more than half of the people were under the age of thirty. 

And they were participating, singing praying and visibly enjoying the Mass. What a joy for me! The Church is very much alive.

The second thing that touched me was a young black girl with her baby. She was nicely dressed and took good care of her baby boy. She looked uncomfortable, didn’t go up for holy communion and stayed to herself.  

Sometimes the Lord puts something in our mind or heart and hopes we will follow through. Usually we are too shy, timid or hesitant. “How do I know that is really the Lord asking me to do that?” 

Yesterday the Lord nudged me and I felt compelled to give the girl some money. I didn’t want to insult her or be condescending so I almost didn’t do it. But I pulled out my wallet and grabbed a $50 bill. After Mass I walked over to her and patted the boy not the head and said, “Beautiful baby you have.” She said “Thanks.”

Reaching out I handed her the $50 and said, “Use this to do something nice for him.” She looked surprised, I smiled and continued toward the door. A moment later she caught us before we left and said, “How did you know?” I said, “How did I know what?” She looked at me curiously for a moment and said, “How did you know that we are in a very tough financial position right now? How did you know?”

I said, “I didn’t know. The Lord told me to give you $50 and so I did.” She thanked me again and with a still incredulous look on her face she gathered up her baby and diaper bag and I was grabbed by another couple and didn’t see where the young mother went. I have a call in to the pastor to see if I can find out who she was so we can maybe help her some more.

After that event I thanked the Lord a hundred times and laid in bed full of joy that God had used me to do — who knows what? Was that her first time to church feeling lonely and not sure what to do? Did that small act of kindness pay a bill or allow her to buy food much needed that day? Will it encourage her to come back to Mass? Will that small act of generosity inspired by God lead that young boy to be a priest someday? 

I don’t know, but I am very happy this morning. The Lord is correct, “It is better to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). Try it!

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Interview with German Philosopher and Friend of St. JP II: Robert Spaemann on Pope Francis’ “Amoris Laetitia”

April 30, 2016

Stuttgart, Germany, Apr 29, 2016 / 10:49 am (CNA).- Greatly valued as an advisor by Saint John Paul II, a friend of Benedict XVI, and widely held to be the most important German Catholic philosopher of recent decades, Robert Spaemann, emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Munich, expressed a distinctly critical interpretation of Amoris [...]

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Jesus Said His Mother Had Other Sons! Really?

April 29, 2016

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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Watch this Potpourri of Photos of our Upcoming St. Paul Pilgrimage Cruise

April 27, 2016

Click on the image below for a visual potpourri of our St. Paul cruises. Join us! For more info, visit our Travel Site at www.FootprintsOfGod.com or contact:  Susan Reinhardt (313) 565-8888, ext. 161, or by e-mail at SReinhardt@CTSCentral.net                 

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Did John the Baptist Doubt that Jesus was the Messiah?

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I get asked this question a lot and thought others would find my answer helpful. Not that I claim to have discovered this myself but reading and gleaning has brought me to this conclusion. In Luke 7:19-28, John the Baptist was in prison and sent two of his disciples to Galilee to ask Jesus a [...]

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Grandson Josh Improvises Piano for his Great Grandma’s Retirement Home – incredible kid!

April 23, 2016

Josh loves to share his gift and here you get to enjoy it too.

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What Happens when a Transgender Guy Enters Women’s Restrooms and Targeting Target and Joining the Boycott

April 21, 2016

For video, see below…    Sign Petition: HERE. This whole transgender bathroom issue is ridiculous. I wonder how long it’ll take our country to realize how stupid it really is.  Anyway, we used to shop at target for a number of things but those days are over.    I just posted this on the target Facebook [...]

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Trevi Fountain to be Turned Red…

April 20, 2016

Catholic News Agency Trevi Fountain in Rome to be dyed red for Christian martyrsRome, Italy, Apr 20, 2016 / 03:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On April 29, the Trevi Fountain, one of the most popular and emblematic tourist spots in Rome, will be dyed red in recognition of all Christians who even today give their life [...]

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Can You Ever Achieve Total Security Traveling or at Home? What Are the Risks?

April 16, 2016

Debunking the Myth of Total Security Last week, someone asked me whether I thought it was safe to travel to Izmir, Turkey. Thanks to my line of work, these kinds of questions no longer surprise me. People have been asking me such things for almost as long as I can remember. And since I have [...]

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Why Muslims, Pope Francis?

April 16, 2016

It is announced today the Pope Francis will bring back 12 Syrian refugees from Greece to the Vatican — all Muslims. Why Muslims Pope Francis, why not Christians?  Imagine you are a Christian family who has suffered in a Muslim country, suffered horribly for Jesus Christ and the Church. The Pope comes to your refugee [...]

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How Large is the New Jerusalem mentioned in Revelation

April 14, 2016

Revelation 21:10-27 describes the New Jerusalem at the end of time. It is exquisite and the writer of Revelation struggles with words to describe it’s glory and magnitude.  So, how large will the New Jerusalem be? Here is a diagram superimposed on a map of the United States. Many people, especially the Orthodox Jews, discuss [...]

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Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live: Open Line for Non-Catholics

April 14, 2016

Topic: Open Forum Q & A for Non-Catholics You can listen on-line here, for podcast and other info click here. 1.  How can you say the Church is one and visible when Christians make up so many different denominations? 2.  Evangelical (I think):  How does the Catholic Church come to believe in the Immaculate Conception? [...]

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Sunrise over Jesus’ Sea of Galilee

April 13, 2016

Every morning it is different and puts on a new face. I watch the fishing boats coming in and imagine Jesus walking across these waves. He left heaven and came to earth – the “scandal of the Incarnation.”  The angels must have been astounded. But Jesus had to enjoy his handiwork, watching sunrises like this [...]

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My Final Post on Pope’s Exhortation: A Catholic World Report Symposium with Links Galore

April 13, 2016

From Catholic World Report: Pope Francis’ post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, “On love in the family,” has been one of the most widely anticipated papal documents in recent years, following the closely watched and sometimes controversial Extraordinary Synod of Bishops in 2014 and the Ordinary Synod of Bishops in 2015. It is also one of the [...]

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