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Our 30th Anniversary into the Church – 1994-2024

It was 30 years ago today on Pentecost Sunday that our family of six was received into the Catholic Church along with our friend Rob Corzine.

Today we gathered again at the same parish with the same priest to celebrate our 30th anniversary. We are no longer 6 but now 30!

Unhappily our daughter Charlotte and family were unable to join us because of logistics and distance, but some of those who sponsored us into the church were there to celebrate as well.

Here is a picture we took with Fr. Ed Fride who received us at Christ the King in Ann Arbor, Michigan. And a few from 30 years ago.

Vatican’s New Rules on Apparitions and Supernatural Phenomena

This last week the Vatican published new rules for dealing with alleged apparitions and other supernatural events like locutions, weeping statues, visions, Eucharistic miracles, Marian apparitions, etc.

Are they supernatural, from God, to be believed or rejected, and if so, how long will it take before the Church let us know, and who in the Church has the authority to make these decisions? And what if there are good things about the event, but serious questions still to be investigated? Must we wait decades for some guidance?

This is why the Vatican has come up with a list of six rules that can be applied to such events in a quicker and more appropriate manner. The hope is for quicker and clearer guidance and direction for the faithful on these issues.

Jimmy Akin has done a fine job of breaking it down in a simple and understandable manner. I tend to agree with him on the rules and think (and hope) it will add clarity in the future.

He ends the article with speculations that Rule 3 was created to cover Medjugorje. I tend to agree with him on that as well.

You can read Jimmy’s whole article here: What You Need to Know About the New Vatican Rules on Supernatural Phenomena

Why Do We Call St. Ignatius of Antioch and others APOSTOLIC FATHERS?

Today I am pre-recording a podcast with William Albrecht on the Apostolic Fathers. So I am p0sting this timeline and a link to my documentary of the Apostolic Fathers. These guys MADE ME CATHOLIC!

[For my 90-minute adventure documentary on Ignatius of Antioch along with four other Apostolic Fathers, get Apostolic Fathers, Handing on the Faith. For more info see below.]

There are Apostolic Fathers and Fathers of the Church. What is the difference? Fathers of the Church are those bishops, priests, and theologians of the first eight centuries who taught and wrote and who helped define the doctrine of the Catholic Church.

Apostolic Fathers fit into that category but they have a subcategory of their own – the KNEW the Apostles. They did not have New Testaments under their arms but they did have the voice of the Apostles ringing in their ears. They learned personally from the Apostles.

Look at this chart below to see how close they are to the time of Jesus Christ and the Apostles. These are the guys who made me Catholic. If you haven’t read their writings, you should. (I don’t know who made the chart but would love to give him credit if I find out.)

Here is a chart I made for our documentary Apostolic Fathers: Handing on the Faith.

Download a Free copy of the Apostolic Fathers Timeline

 

This amazing Timeline drives home the point of how close these men were to Jesus and the Apostles. It demonstrates how Catholic the first Christians really were!

 


 This Apostolic Fathers faced Emperors, heretics and lions but these brave heroes of the Catholic Faith never lost courage. Chains, prisons and blood-soaked arenas did not stop the early Christians from witnessing for Christ and handing on the Apostolic Tradition.

Strap on your sandals and step back in time to discover the “Apostolic Fathers, Handing on the Faith”

Comprehensive 28-Page Study Guide
Behind the Scenes: The Making of Apostolic Fathers, Handing on the Faith
Bloopers and Outtakes
Conversation with Steve Ray and Fr. Benedict Groeschel

English and Spanish subtitles
Feature running time: 90 minutes, extras 30 minutes

Buy it HERE

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This is the original, uncensored version of Israel’s Eurovision entry: “October Rain.” Judge for yourself whether “never again” and other lyrics were so offensive it was disqualified from competing and rewritten as “Hurricane.”

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