January 2016

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” –St. Augustine

Pope Paul VI referred to the Holy Land as the “5th Gospel” implying that a pilgrimage rounds out and compliments the Scripture for fuller understanding. 

“A long procession of people…have gone in search of the ‘footprints’ of God in that land, rightly called ‘holy’, pursuing them as it were in the stones, the hills, the waters which provided the setting for the earthly life of the Son of God.”

We will take pilgrims thru the Holy Door in Rome 4 times this year!

“A long procession of people…have gone in search of the ‘footprints’ of God in that land, rightly called ‘holy’, pursuing them as it were in the stones, the hills, the waters which provided the setting for the earthly life of the Son of God.”   John Paul II

“The practice of pilgrimage has a special place in the Holy Year, because it represents the journey each of us makes in this life. Life itself is a pilgrimage, and the human being is a viator, a pilgrim travelling along the road, making his way to the desired destination.

Join us in the Holy Land for the Year of Mercy

Similarly, to reach the Holy Door in Rome or in any other place in the world, everyone, each according to his or her ability, will have to make a pilgrimage… . May pilgrimage be an impetus to conversion.”  – Pope Francis

Patriarch of Jerusalem Faoud Twal on Christmas 2015, “Archbishop Twal encouraged pilgrimage to the Holy Land during the jubilee year, noting that the patriarchate has Holy Doors in Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Bethlehem. “Pilgrims should not be afraid to come. Despite the tense situation in this land, the pilgrim route is safe and they are respected and appreciated by all sectors in the Holy Land.”

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Plants and Trees of the Bible – What a Fun Show!

by Steve Ray on January 28, 2016

You may not realize how often plants and trees play a part in Scripture! To understand the land and culture of the Bible is to open your eyes to the whole story of salvation.

Recently I did a fun show on Relevant Radio about the Trees & Plants in the Bible. Hope you enjoy it. Starts at 1:00 minute into the show.

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St. Thomas Aquinas on Mohammad and Islam

by Steve Ray on January 26, 2016

St. Thomas Aquinas’ Teaching Against the Infidel Mohammed, The Prince of Theologians, St. Thomas Aquinas

“He (Mohammed) seduced the people by promises of carnal pleasure to which the concupiscence of the flesh urges us. His teaching also contained precepts that were in conformity with his promises, and he gave free rein to carnal pleasure. In all this, as is not unexpected; he was obeyed by carnal men. 

As for proofs of the truth of his doctrine, he brought forward only such as could be grasped by the natural ability of anyone with a very modest wisdom. Indeed, the truths that he taught he mingled with many fables and with doctrines of the greatest falsity.

He did not bring forth any signs produced in a supernatural way, which alone fittingly gives witness to divine inspiration; for a visible action that can be only divine reveals an invisibly inspired teacher of truth. On the Contrary, Mohammed said that he was sent in the power of his arms – which are signs not lacking even to robbers and tyrants. 

What is more, no wise men, men trained in things divine and human, believed in him from the beginning (1). Those who believed in him were brutal men and desert wanderers, utterly ignorant of all divine teaching, through whose numbers Mohammed forced others to become his follower’s by the violence of his arms. 

Nor do divine pronouncements on part of preceding prophets offer him any witness. On the contrary, he perverts almost all the testimony of the Old and the New Testaments by making them into a fabrication of his own, as can be seen by anyone who examines his law.

It was, therefore, a shrewd decision on his part to forbid his followers to read the Old and New Testaments, lest these books convict him of falsity. 

It is thus clear that those who place faith in his words believe foolishly.”

Summa Contra Gentiles, Book 1, Chapter 16, Art. 4. Footnote: 1. Sura 21:5, Sura 44:14; Sura 16:103, Sura 37:36

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Bravo Franklin Graham! “Islam and Christianity Clearly Do NOT Worship the Same God!”

January 26, 2016

I applaud Graham for being “politically incorrect” in stating what seems to be the obvious. The two conceptions of God are drastically at odds. The few similarities are far overshadowed by the drastic differences. The Judeo-Christian God is viewed as a “father” whereas the Muslim god is primarily “master”. The Christian God is “love, personal, […]

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“Was St. Paul a Catholic?” – Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live

January 26, 2016

Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live of Friday, January 23, 2016. Click here to listen on-line; for podcast or more listening options click here. 1.  Opened with a discussion of St. Paul life before conversion, his life and radical ministry and the facts and issues surrounding his martyrdom. 2.  In 1 Corinthians St. Paul […]

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Pilgrimages Selling Out! Check out of Spring Trips

January 26, 2016

–  Sold Out – our Holy Land pilgrimage March 30 – April 8. We will celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday in Jerusalem!  Next Holy Land pilgrimages in Sept, Oct and over Christmas. –  NOW less than 10 seats left on our Rome-Assisi Year of Mercy pilgrimage March 7-15. –  Can’t travel during the academic year? That’s OK. […]

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Wow! Sistine Chapel Explained; Now You See Why We Only Use Liz as our Guide in Rome!

January 25, 2016

We have four pilgrimages to Rome this year AND LIZ IS OUR GUIDE FOR ALL OF THEM! Take a look at this video to see Liz’s amazing knowledge, passion for the Catholic Faith and eloquence. Enjoy this amazing video. To join our upcoming Year of Mercy Rome-Assisi pilgrimages, visit FootprintsOfGod.com. Our first trip is in […]

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Are Evangelical Churches Growing?

January 23, 2016

Lenny Alt (lennyalt1@att.net) shared the following: MICHAEL CONTI SAYS in the FACEBOOK group “Roman Catholicism is Apostate”:  “I remember the first time after I got out of prison and went to a Calvary Chapel in North-East Philly, the Pastor was telling us that over 50% of the congregation were ex-Catholics…and this Calvary Chapel had over 12,000 […]

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Tiffany’s Conversion Story: Miracle of Life, Love and Light – link fixed

January 22, 2016

Mother was raised Methodist and my father was raised Catholic but neither were religious when they were married.  They were married by the Justice of the Peace and by God’s grace my sister and I were baptized in a American-Danish Lutheran Church in Minneapolis Minnesota as infants.  My guess is the decision was more about […]

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Pope Decrees That Holy Thursday Foot Washing Ceremony Can Include Women

January 21, 2016

See story here

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ISIS Destroys Ancient Christian Monastery of St. Elijah in Northern Iraq

January 21, 2016

It is devastating and infuriating to watch ISIS systematically abolish Christianity in the East while the world watches and does next to nothing! This is where biblical history began and we are watching all traces be obliterated. Two years ago Janet and I visited Iraq to film the early life of Abraham. Here is where […]

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Excellent Journal of all Aspects of our Pilgrimages to the Holy Land

January 19, 2016

If you want to read an excellent journal and recap of one of our Holy Land pilgrimages, you will love reading these insightful well-written entries covering all aspects of the trip. Glenn Juday is a scientist, scholar and writer. He covers things from safety to biblical understandings, from the people he met to sites we […]

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Updated Sacrament Chart – Print and Use Freely

January 19, 2016

In the past I prepared a Sacrament Chart for a class I was teaching. Many found it helpful so I provided it here. Today I updated it, partly to insert some of the revised wording at Mass and to sharpen a few points. I hope you find it helpful… Click on the image to download […]

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How Will You Vote? What Principles will Guide You? Get Ready!

January 17, 2016

From Tim Staples at Catholic Answers: Catholic Answers published its now-famous “Voter’s Guide for Serious Catholics” back in 2004 (updated in 2006) that has now sold millions of copies with millions more having been distributed for free. In that document, for which Catholic Answers has taken a lot of flack by the way, we give guidance to […]

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People watched 4,392,486,580 hours of porn on PornHub in 2015 – and that just ONE site!

January 14, 2016

That is the equivalent of every person on the earth watching 12 porn videos in 2015. And that is not all porn sites – just PornHub. What kind of an effect is this having on men, on families and on women? Just imagine the change our world is going through! Imagine where and what young […]

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Atheism Rationally Explained :-)

January 12, 2016

ATHEISM: The belief that there was absolutely nothing and nothing happened to nothing and then nothing magically exploded for no reason, creating everything and then a bunch of everything magically rearranged itself for no reason whatsoever into self-replicating bits of random stuff thrown together by chance which then turned into dinosaurs who crawled out of […]

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