July 2017

[NOTE: In my articles on the Pastoral epistles, I use each one to relay a theme: 1 Timothy emphasizes the life of Timothy; Titus emphasizes Paul’s ecclesiology; 2 Timothy emphasizes the end of Paul’s life.]

He was a young man with a past and because of this letter, many were now aware of his past. It was not a sordid life he had lived—but it was unusual. He stood out from the crowd, not in a loud or brash manner, but in a quiet and calm manner. He was not like the rest.

Coming from a mixed marriage in fluctuating times, he was amazingly focused and steady on his path. He was a loyal friend and companion which also caused him to stand out from the rest. Humility and gentle quietness enhanced his image as he stood at the right hand of the great apostle.

His Jewish mother Eunice gave him the name Timothy—“honoring God”—because she had high hopes for her young son, as did his grandmother Lois (2 Tim 1:5). We know nothing about his father other than Scripture says we was a Greek, implying that he had died. It also leads us to conclude that was not a believer (Acts 16:1).

But the two women in Timothy’s life taught him by word and example, passing the sincere faith on to this third generation (2 Tim 3:14-15). A son born to a Greek father and Jewish mother was Jewish by birth—he had learned the sacred Jewish scriptures from childhood.

One day a Jewish rabbi appeared in his city of Lystra (in modern day Turkey) preaching about the promised Jewish Messiah, the same Messiah Timothy had heard about in the scriptures (Acts 14:5-7).

It seems apparent that the young teenager Timothy listened intently to the Apostle Paul, and believed—especially after seeing the man lame from birth miraculously healed in the center of town (Acts 15:8-10). Even though young, he made a momentous decision and joined the small group who believed in Jesus.

Several years later Paul returned to Lystra and found that young Timothy had made quite an impression and was very well spoken of—he stood out from the crowd. Paul chose him to join him in his apostolic travels (Acts 16:1-3) and Paul became a father to him, a father in the faith (1 Tim 1:2).

Timothy was circumcised (Acts 16:3), ordained by the laying on of hands (1 Tim 4:14) and from that point on he was Paul’s most loyal and ever-present companion, even suffering persecution and prison for the name of Christ and for his loyalty to Paul.

His legacy is forever sealed in the New Testament since two of Paul’s letters were addressed to Timothy—and something most people don’t realize, Paul includes Timothy as co-author of six of his epistles.

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An excellent and insightful article by Fr. Mark Pilon on The Catholic Thing website (worth subscribing to). This article accurately, I think, describes and explains the current rift between this Pope and the vast majority of clergy, including bishops and cardinals.

A recent article in L’Osservatore Romano by an Italian priest who teaches biblical theology is yet another example of the way the present papacy seems to look at priests and bishops who do not join in lockstep with the pope. I’ve never heard of this priest, Giulio Cirignano, but, evidently, he has some standing with the present regime.

The good father is clearly echoing an attitude that is prominent among the closest members of the papal entourage when he says: “The clergy is holding the people back, who instead should be accompanied in this extraordinary moment. . . .The main obstacle . . . is constituted . . . by the attitude of a good part of the clergy, at levels high and low . . . an attitude, at times, of closure if not hostility.”

This has become a frequent refrain in the pope’s own comments, i.e., that many clergy are rigid, closed, and hostile when it comes to his innovative teaching and practice. In my lifetime, I’ve never witnessed this kind of hostility coming from the papal office toward those who are meant to be co-workers in the vineyard of the Lord.

The Drunkenness of Noah by Giovanni Bellini, c. 1515 [Musée des Beaux-Arts et d’archéologie de Besançon, France]

I try to imagine how such badgering of the clergy would have been looked at if it were a so-called “conservative” pope doing this. Suppose Pope John Paul II had been using this kind of language toward priests who were resisting his teaching. That great pope was anything but naïve, and he understood well that many clergy, including some bishops and cardinals, were resistant to the constant teaching of the church on matters like contraception, women priests, and divorce and remarriage.

(Artwork: The Drunkenness of Noah by Giovanni Bellini, c. 1515 Musée des Beaux-Arts et d’archéologie de Besançon, France)

 Yet never – to my knowledge – did he demean clergy who disagreed with him.Or I try to imagine what would have been the response of the world’s press, secular and Catholic, if it had become known, say, that John Paul II had refused an audience to a group of cardinals who rejected his teaching on communion for the divorced and remarried in Familiaris Consortio. Imagine how outraged the secular and liberal Catholic world would have been had that pope treated his own privileged counselors in such a manner.

 

And yet Pope Francis seems to be the “Teflon” pope. No matter what he says or does in relation to his beloved clergy and cardinals, it doesn’t seem to affect his image as the compassionate, merciful, open pope……

For the whole article on The Catholic Thing website, click here.

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John the Baptist ate grasshoppers (Matt 3:4) and it’s likely, if not certain that Elijah and Elisha did too.

When you look at Leviticus 11:22 in the Old Testament you will see that the Israelites were allowed to eat grasshoppers, locusts and crickets. Therefore, it is presumed that they all ate these insects as part of their very limited diet.

In the scenes where I show the correlation between Elijah the Prophet and John the Baptist, I introduced them while flying up a sizzling pan of grasshoppers…

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Safety in Jerusalem- 07/23/17 Update

July 23, 2017

UPDATE 07/23/17: As stated last week I confirm that none of the localized problems in Jerusalem have anything to do with our pilgrimages or itinerary. Just like gang fighting in localized areas of Chicago or New York have no effect on tourists and businesses in normal areas. Have no fear. If questions, email me at […]

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2 Thessalonians: Correcting Wrong Ideas about Christ’s Return

July 21, 2017

The messenger clambered off the ship with mixed emotions: joy and distress. The mission had been successful but new problems had arisen. It was like climbing up a sandy slope: three steps up and sliding two steps back. He had to find Paul quickly. The problems were serious and needed immediate attention. When the Church […]

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Steve on Drew Mariani Show about St. Elijah the Prophet

July 21, 2017

Here is a link to my 1/2 show on the Feast Day of Prophet St. Elijah. http://relevantradio.streamguys.us/MA%20Archive/MA20170720b.mp3

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Questions I Answered On Catholic Answers Live – got a bit feisty at times!

July 20, 2017

Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live Wednesday. Topic: Scripture & Tradition -and Water & Infant Baptism Introductory Questions: Give us an update on filming your new documentary on Elijah and Elisha. What was the authority accepted by the first Christians? How is authority in New Testament based on authority in the Old Testament? Questions […]

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1 Thessalonians: Paul’s 1st Letter, 2nd Coming of Christ

July 18, 2017

He was chased out of the city and barely escaped under the cover of night. Local friends are good to have at times like this—they can find the city gates in the dark. Traveling by the light of the moon Paul and his companions arrived with the morning dew in Berea only twenty miles to […]

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Glimpse into our Next Footprints of God Documentary

July 17, 2017

We are in Phoenix Arizona where it is very hot. We have embarked upon the post-production of our new Footprints of God  documentary “Elijah and Elisha: the Conscience of the Kingdom.” The first is a picture of our Old Testament timeline being prepared in the studio  to set the stage for the prophets and their […]

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Too Many Children Harm the Earth – Correct?

July 17, 2017

I saw this on a response from Jennifer Fulwiler to some nutcase named Amanda Marcotte who loves lots of cats but denounces lots of kids. I developed it a bit further.  Patrick Madrid who has a beautifully large family also responded. Lately in the media people are condemning more than two or three kids per […]

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I Rebuked a “PornHub” Pervert at the Airport

July 16, 2017

We arrived at the airport to fly to Phoenix to work on the post-production for our new movie “Elijah and Elisha.” I noticed a young man with a hoodie sweatshirt with an insignia boldly printed on the sweatshirt. It said, “PornHub Premium”. I knew what this was since I had recently posted a blog about […]

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Triumph & Tragedy: Jimmy Akins Conversion Story and Loss of his Wife

July 13, 2017

 Get a cup of coffee, turn off the TV and settle in for a great story. Not just gut-wrenching and edifying, but also a Introductory Course in Apologetics. Enjoy the conversion story of the man I now call “The Godfather of Apologetics.” A TRIUMPH AND A TRAGEDY James Akin I broke off a piece of […]

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Why Do I Love Logos (Verbum) So Much? Watch this…

July 13, 2017

This is only ONE way to use Logo’s Verbum for Catholics. After watching this you can visit the site to learn more at www.Verbum.com/SteveRay, Use Promo Code STEVERAY10 for a 10% discount. You will LOVE this program for computers, laptops, tablets, smart phones or even just on the internet. Nothing else on the planet like […]

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Eight Ways to Pray During Adoration

July 12, 2017

For a lot of us prayer is difficult – mind goes blank, mind wanders, not sure quite what to do. When we sit in front of the Blessed Sacrament — OK, now what? This is an excellent little diagram to give us direction and options. Next thing you know, time flies and you look forward […]

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Seven Rules for Dealing with Non-Catholic Family and Friends

July 12, 2017

This is always an interesting topic that floods the phone lines. I was on Son Rise Morning Show today on this topic so I reposted by popular request discussing how we as Catholics can relate to and influence our family and friends. Ready to go! Family life can cause tension and strife among families. How […]

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Colossians, Christ the Head of the Church

July 9, 2017

Pick your god. They are all worshiped here. Choose your favorite from the pantheon. Greek gods, Roman gods, Hittite and Eastern gods and even the Jewish God. Temples abound. Enter and worship the Ephesian Artemis, the Egyptian Isis or Serapis. Bow down to Zeus, Athena, or a fertility goddesses. Purchase an idol to enshrine in […]

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