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Footprints of God DVD Series Update

The 10th documentary in our “Footprints of God: the Story of Salvation from Abraham to Augustine” series will not be produced. It was projected to be on the Doctors of the Church.

We currently have the first nine done, which is a full continuity from creation and Abraham through the Apostolic Fathers.

The decision was made in collaboration between Janet and I and Ignatius Press, our financial backer and executive producer. The cost of producing the final video would have been at least $300,000 and there’s no way we could recoup those costs since DVDs are being phased out — everything is now live streaming.

These movies were all filmed on location from Iraq to Jordan, Israel to Syria and all over Europe. Each one is 90-minutes divided into four chapters. Each one has a comprehensive Study Guide.

Abraham: Father of Faith and Works
Moses: Signs, Sacraments and Salvation
David & Solomon: Expanding the Kingdom
Elijah & Elisha: Conscience of the Kingdom
Mary: Mother of God
Jesus: Word Became Flesh
Peter: Keeper of the Keys
Paul: Contending for the Faith
Apostolic Fathers: Passing on the Faith

Two Fun Things from Monday’s OT Mass Reading

Two fun things in Monday’s Old Testament readings, 1) Naaman’s skin is restored like that of a little child; and 2) he takes a load of dirt back to Syria.

A reading from the second Book of Kings 5:14-17:
“Naaman went down and plunged into the Jordan seven times at the word of Elisha, the man of God. His flesh became again like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean of his leprosy.
Naaman returned with his whole retinue to the man of God. On his arrival he stood before Elisha and said, “Now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel. Please accept a gift from your servant.”
Elisha replied, “As the Lord lives whom I serve, I will not take it”; and despite Naaman’s urging, he still refused.
Naaman said: “If you will not accept, please let me, your servant, have two mule-loads of earth, for I will no longer offer holocaust or sacrifice to any other god except to the Lord.”
The word of the Lord.

This dipping in the Jordan River is a prefiguring of water baptism—dipping in the Jordan for cleansing. And what do we hear about water baptism from Jesus? After he had gone into the Jordan River—into the water when the Spirit came down, he talked to Nicodemus about being born again.

It is the way we become born again—water and Spirit—and when we’re born again we’re like a newborn child. That’s why this dipping in the Jordan River is a prefiguring of water baptism. That’s why it’s interesting. Naaman’s flesh became like that of a newborn baby because it pictures the new birth we receive in water baptism that will come with the New Covenant.

And the dirt? Here we see the biblical view of holy ground. Naaman will take two mule’s load of land; rather dirt, from Israel back home to Syria. He asked for permission to take two mule loads of dirt home with him.

From this point on, Naaman will spread that dirt out where he worships, and he will stand on the holy ground of the Lord to worship. YHWH is the only God of all the earth and on his earth Naaman will worship.

One of the interesting first mentions of “holy ground”. Also it can be seen as a precursor to holy relics.

Contraception Regret at Red Lobster

Janet and I had four children, but we started out our married life as Evangelical Protestants who fell for the lie of contraception and regret it now, but we were also open to life and wanted at least four kids to break the mold of the world that plans to have none or at the most 1.3. We discovered the beauty of the Catholic Church at 39 years old.

But now all of our four children have taken to the truth of life and the Catholic Church like fish to water. Between the four of them we have 20 grandchildren. Nothing I love more than marching into a restaurant with all or most of them — with a big smile on my face.

You should see the whole restaurant stop and stare, especially when we all cross ourselves and in unison say, “Bless us O Lord, and these thy gifts…”

There is a delightful article today in Crisis Magazine about a family who went to Red Lobster with their 6 children. It is sad and good to read at the same time. Worth a read. And is you see a large family at a restaurant, at church or elsewhere, make sure to congratulate them.

One last thing, and I am not saying this to toot my own horn or boast, but sharing it as an example. Last Sunday a family sat a few pews in front of us with six young children. They were a handful but the older ones helped with the younger. After the Mass I slipped the father $100 and told him he had a beautiful family, that he was a great dad and please take them all out for ice cream this afternoon. I smiled with joy the rest of the day. Try it!

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The 10th documentary in our “Footprints of God: the Story of Salvation from Abraham to Augustine” series will not be produced. It was projected to be on the Doctors of the Church. We currently have the first nine done, which is a full continuity from creation and Abraham through…

Two fun things in Monday's Old Testament readings, 1) Naaman’s skin is restored like that of a little child; and 2) he takes a load of dirt back to Syria.

A reading from the second Book of Kings 5:14-17:
“Naaman went down and plunged into the Jordan seven times at the word…

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