Steve Ray describes the events in Jerusalem surrounding Christ’s Passion.

Screen Shot 2019-04-18 at 4.50.37 PMPeople asked 1) How long was Jesus on the Cross? 2)  How long was Jesus in the Tomb? and 3) Was Jesus clothed or naked during the crucifixion? I have written about all three of those topics HERE.

Questions Covered:

  • What was Jerusalem like during the Passion?
  • What was the population of Jerusalem?
  • Who were the enemies of Jesus?
  • What was the political mood?
  • 13:29 – How long was Jesus on the cross for?
  • 18:23 – Do we know where Jesus carried the cross or how far?
  • 23:01 – How likely is it that our Lord was crucified completely naked?
  • 30:01 – I just came back from the Holy Land. Is there a chance that the Temple could have been where the dome of the rock is today?
  • 34:56 – What is the official ruling on Jesus death and the timing of his resurrection? Did he rise after three days or did he rise on the third day?
  • 42:27 – It doesn’t seem like there would have been enough accommodations for that many people in the city. How was the number of 180,000 people reached?
  • 45:57 – The Passion movie shows damage being done to the temple when Jesus died. Is there evidence for this?
  • 47:44 – Was the Seder meal instituted before or after Jesus?
  • 50:13 – In the Passion that Mel Gibson directed, he portrays Satan as lurking around. Did Satan know that Jesus was going to die for our sins or was he unaware?

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Veteran broadcaster Lou Dobbs noted Tuesday that the decision to dismiss any notion that the Notre Dame fire could have been a deliberate act was based on politics, rather than any investigation of the facts.

“One thing authorities are ruling out, however, within just a matter of hours, arson,” Dobbs stated.

“That was a decision made within hours. It sounds like a different kind of decision,”Dobbs added.

“Perhaps a political decision rather than one based on careful investigation of the facts.” he further told viewers.

notre-dame-fallDobbs cited the enormous amount of attacks on Catholic churches in France last year alone as a reason why it is entirely valid for anyone to wonder if the Notre Dame fire was set deliberately.

“Perhaps overlooked since yesterday is 875 Catholic churches in France were vandalized in 2018 — 875! In a single week last month, 12 churches were vandalized, including a fire deliberately set at a church also located in Paris.” Dobbs urged.

“This is context, this is not speculation, this is the situation right now in France and the recent history of what has happened to Catholic churches throughout the nation.” he added.

“Ignored too often by some covering the tragedy, some who have ruled out ‘speculation’ about the cause of the Notre Dame fire as they speculate — taking it as gospel that arson was not the cause.” Dobbs noted.

While many actually celebrated the fire, news networks declared it was a made up conspiracy theory that anyone was happy Notre Dame was burning.

Networks, including Fox News, actively shut down anyone who dared even suggest that arson should be looked into.” Source: Steve Watson | Infowars.com – APRIL 17, 2019

ANOTHER INTERESTING AND MORE DETAILED ANALYSIS

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We went to Mass a while ago and wanted to share it again. We could not understand a word during Mass since it was all in French.

We are celebrating Mass with a church FULL of French-speaking Africans with a white French bishop with an Italian parish priest in a church built by Italians in the heart of Istanbul which is 99.9% Muslim. We are all loyal to the Pope on the Chair of Jewish Peter in Rome.

Yet, we had the same Mass and the same readings as everyone else back home! We followed along with the iMissal on our iPhones. We were home. This was OUR church! The Lord is present in the Eucharist. This is our universal Catholic Church.

We have celebrated Mass around the world in many foreign languages with many nationalities and cultures. But it is the same Mass! We love being Catholic!

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Welcoming New People at Mass this Easter – They May Be an Answer to Someone’s Prayers

April 16, 2019

We get busy on during the Easter Season. We don’t have a lot of respect for people who go to church only on Christmas and Easter. We may be irritated that seats are taken and the church is noisy. But, you are praying for your family and friends to come back to church and MAYBE these […]

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My Past Articles for Holy Week; Current Radio Shows this Week

April 15, 2019

Above is one of my all time favorite paintings — Peter and John running to the empty tomb by Eugene Burnand. Over the last few years I’ve answered some questions and commented on the events of Holy Week. Here are links to those articles: How long was Jesus on the Cross? How long was Jesus […]

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Grandson Josh Plays One of his New Piano Compositions

April 13, 2019

We are visiting my son Jesse Ray this weekend. We asked our grandson Joshua what he’s been playing on the piano lately. He asked, “ Do you want to hear one of my new compositions?” We said, “Of course!“ So, here is what he played for us. He also has his driving permit so he […]

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Announcing our Popular Family Christmas Holy Land Pilgrimage

April 12, 2019

Our Family Christmas Holy Land Pilgrimage has become very popular!  It is amazing to watch the kids interact over these eight days and the impact on their spirituality is tremendous. Check out our trip this year! Convenient to have the dates over Christmas break! The dates are December 29 – January 7, 2020. Our priest […]

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Passover Lamb: A True Story

April 12, 2019

Contributed by my son Jesse Ray a while ago but worthy of reposting… I arrived on the scene with my gun and stoically loaded in some self-defense rounds (although I was clearly not in danger). I did not lavish the idea of slaughtering a lamb, but my friend and new-farmer, Pat, called and sheepishly asked for […]

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Great Evening with Guadalupe Radio in San Antonio Texas

April 10, 2019

It was a marvelous fundraising dinner last night with Guadalupe Radio at San Antonio Texas. What a great group of energized, authentic Catholics who are working hard to make an impact on our culture. I am grateful to Richard Reyna, the general manager, and Toya Hall for the invitation. I gave my talk “Swimming Upstream“ […]

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How To Read & Interpret the Bible Figuratively: So Impressed with this Article I’m posting the whole thing

April 6, 2019

If you do not subscribe to The Catholic Thing, I suggest you do. Every day a short article about theology, the world, the family, politics, the Church. Such a wide swath of conservative, biblical and Catholic thought. It helps clear the head each day. Thanks to James Matthew Wilson for this delightful article “Go Figure!” […]

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Is Paganism Making a Comeback? Steve on The Catholic Current with Fr. McTeigue SJ

April 5, 2019

Based on my talk “Swimming Upstream: Living a Catholic Life in a Pagan World,” Steve and Fr. Robert McTeigue, SJ discussed how paganism is coming back in a big way in the Western World. Christianity is being abandoned and alternative “spiritualities” are filling the void. It was a lively discussion about what paganism is, why the West […]

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Real Stations of the Cross discussed on Relevant Radio

April 2, 2019

Steve Ray joined John Harper on Morning Air (Relevant Radio) to discuss the origin and the meaning of the Stations. Also insightful comments on each individual Station. Join the 20-minute discussion with the link provided. Steve’s discussion starts at the 26:00 minute mark.

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Why Would Someone Visit Poland?

April 1, 2019

Why would someone want to visit Poland? Janet and I visited Poland in 1985 when it was still communist. We smuggled Bibles, money and medicine into the Christians behind the Iron Curtain. Driving through the infamous Checkpoint Charlie into East Germany was a little bit hair-raising. While crossing between East Germany into Poland we held […]

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My New Book “Papacy”: National Catholic Register’s Nice Review (and my response to 2 points)

April 1, 2019

First, I want to thank John Grodelski and National Catholic Register for deeming my new book worthy of a book review. It was fair and balanced review for which I am grateful. You can read his review and my response below or here on my website documents page. ****************************************** An Introduction to the History of […]

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The Skull is Talking to Me; Lent is Upon Us!

March 31, 2019

THE SKULL TALKS TO ME EVERY MORNING! It says, “As you are now, I once was; as I am now, you soon shall be — remember your mortality!” No better way to approach Ash Wednesday and 40 days of Lent. Artists have painted St. Jerome with a skull on his desk. Popes were known to keep […]

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Clever! World’s View of Marriage vs. Catholic View of Marriage

March 28, 2019

First, read from the top down. Then, read from the bottom up… By Jennifer Flanders

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