A pilgrim who has traveled with us to multiple destinations wrote to thank us for our great trips. I thanked him for his encouragement. He wrote back,

“I guess it is human nature, everyone has their make of car, favorite scotch, etc.  Unless you have experienced another tour, the best in this case, you have no frame of reference.

You may recall our Parish went to the Holy Land last year with  __, only because the organizer always travels with Fr. ________ and ___. 

She and Father asked if we were going to go with them and I explained that if we had never been there before we probably would have gone. But, we have been there with the best and I wouldn’t go back only to be disappointed.  

I asked some of my parishioners when they got back and all loved it until you drilled down into specifics.  

Who was your guide? “Not a Catholic, but a very nice and knowledgeable guy.”

How much time did you spend at various sites? “We felt really rushed.”

Where did you eat? “In the hotels mainly.”

Was it a punctual trip? “They always seemed to be waiting on the same few people.” (They should have been walking with you!)

Mass at, and a good tour of the Holy Sepulchre?  “Stayed a long way from the Holy Sepulchre.”  (What good is that?)

Anyway, I always share our pictures and pilgrimage video you made (which other groups don’t get) with my study group and anyone who is thinking about a trip. To a person, they are blown away by the experiences and you, even the person who arranged our parish’s ____ tour.

I also send many daily pictures to our priest and my other good friend who is an administrator. 

They were especially amazed at the sites we visited on the latest Jordan & Holy land pilgrimage.  Especially the areas in Palestinian-controlled areas. 

Fr. _____ even said, “You have to have the right guides to accomplish something like that.”  AMEN!”

To see our upcoming pilgrimages this year — 3 to the Holy Land, 1 to Ireland, 1 to Lourdes & Fatima and our famous St. Paul Mediterranean Cruise and Seminar at Sea visit www.FootprintsOfGod.com.

To watch videos of all our pilgrimages, visit HERE.

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As our country descends into the quagmire of insanity and ruined lives, moral and gender relativity and chaos, we better gird up our loins. We have a rough road ahead and Christians will become the scapegoats and accused of being “haters” and “bigots” and worse. Dr. Rachel Levine, who identifies as a transgender woman, is the kind of people who Biben is filling his administration and cabinet. Bravo Senator Rand Paul!

Video of the exchange at the end of this article….

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Thursday pressed President Joe Biden’s nominee for assistant secretary of health on whether the government should override a parent’s consent to allow a gender-dysphoric child to begin taking hormones or pursue sex-change surgery.

Paul asked Dr. Rachel Levine, who identifies as a transgender woman, whether minors are capable of making life-altering decisions to undergo irreversible medical procedures that permanently change their bodies. In his question, Paul compared sex-change operations for minors to genital mutilation.

“Genital mutilation has been nearly universally condemned. … Genital mutilation is considered particularly egregious because, as the WHO notes, it is nearly always carried out on minors and is a violation of the rights of children,” Paul said.

“Most genital mutilation is not typically performed by force, but as WHO notes, by social convention. Social norm. The social pressure to conform. To do what others do and have been doing as well as the need to be accepted socially and the fear of being rejected by the community,” he continued.

“American culture is now normalizing the idea that minors can be given hormones to prevent their biological development of their secondary sexual characteristics. Dr. Levine, you have supported both allowing minors to be given hormone blockers to prevent them from going through puberty, as well as surgical destruction of a minor’s genitalia. Like surgical mutilation, hormonal interruption of puberty can permanently alter and prevent secondary sexual characteristics. The American College of Pediatricians reports that 80-95% of prepubertal children with gender dysphoria will experience resolution by late adolescence if not exposed to medical intervention and social affirmation,” he continued.

“Dr. Levine, do you believe minors are capable of making such a life-changing decision as changing one’s sex?” Paul asked.

Levine replied, “Transgender medicine is a very complex and nuanced field with robust research and standards of care that have been developed and if I am fortunate enough to be confirmed as the assistant secretary of health, I’ll look forward to working with you and your office and coming to your office and discussing the particulars of the standards of care for transgender medicine.”

Unsatisfied, Paul accused Levine of evading his question.

“Do you support the government intervening to override the parent’s consent to give a child puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and/or amputation surgery of breasts and genitalia? You have said that you’re willing to accelerate the protocols for street kids. I’m alarmed that poor kids with no parents, who are homeless and distraught — you would just go through this and allow that to happen to a minor,” he said.

Paul shared the story of Keira Bell, a 23-year-old U.K. woman who is taking legal action against the NHS, claiming that she should have been challenged by medical staff on her decision as a teenager to undergo a sex-change operation to appear male. She now regrets that decision.

“What I am alarmed at is that you’re not willing to say absolutely minors shouldn’t be making decisions to amputate their breasts or to amputate their genitalia,” Paul told Levine.

Levine responded that “transgender medicine is a very complex and nuanced field and if confirmed to the position of assistant secretary of health, I would certainly be pleased to come to your office and talk with you and your staff about the standards of care and the complexity of this field.”

Paul again accused Levine of refusing to answer his question.

“You’re willing to let a minor take things that prevent their puberty, and you think they get that back? You give a woman testosterone enough that she grows a beard, do you think she’s going to go back to looking like a woman when she stops the testosterone? You have permanently changed them,” Paul said.

He continued: “Infertility is another problem. None of these drugs have been approved for this, they’re all being used off-label. I find it ironic that the left that went nuts over hydroxychloroquine being used possibly for COVID are not alarmed that these hormones are being used off-label. There’s no long-term studies. We don’t know what happens to them. We do know that there are dozens and dozens of people who’ve been through this who regret that this happened. And a permanent change happened to them. And if you’ve ever been around children, 14-year-olds can’t make this decision.”

“In the gender dysphoria clinic in England, 10% of the kids are between the ages of 3 and 10. We should be outraged that someone’s talking to a 3-year-old about changing their sex!” Paul exclaimed.

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Hang on to your hats (and your kids). We are in for a bumpy ride!

download (1)The LGBT agenda is front-and-center. It pushed in the media, made popular and lovable on TV and in movies and encouraged in the schools — even promoted by whacky priests accepted with extended meetings and handshakes from the Pope. 

What do you expect from impressionable young kids with no North Star, no anchor and little to no clear understanding, teaching and instruction?

A new Gallup poll discovered that 15.9% of people self-identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transsexual in Generation Z, or those born since 1997.

Millennials, or those born from 1981 to 1996, the percentage of those who self-identified as LGBT was 9.1%.

The percentage of people who self-identified as LGBT among Generation X, born 1965 to 1980, was 3.8%, and among Baby Boomers, born from 1946 to 1964, the number was 2.0%.

Read the whole article HERE.

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Update on our pilgrimages and international travel

February 24, 2021

An update on our International Pilgrimages, drastic covid declines, opening of countries, the question of vaccine issues, the positive news and remaining uncertainties. We have trips ready and anxious to fly later this year: 3 to the Holy Land, one each to Ireland, Lourdes & Fatima, and our St. Paul Mediterranean Cruise. We are watching, praying, […]

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My Video Talk: “How can a John Paul II Catholic Survive in a Pope Francis World”

February 23, 2021

At the 20219 investiture of new Knights and Dames into the North Central Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, I was asked to give the keynote talk on Sunday morning with a good number of bishops in attendance and several renowned theologians and radio personalities. (Photo: Janet and I with Patriarch of […]

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Excellent Riddle: Can You Discover What God Made?

February 23, 2021

This puzzle was written by a lady in California in 1890 in response to a gentlemen in Philadelphia, who said that he would pay $1,000 to anyone who could write a puzzle that he could not solve. He failed to do so, and paid the lady $1,000 (a great sum at that time). The answer […]

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Join Me for a Free Conference on Ministering and Teaching through Group Travel

February 22, 2021

      Watch my interview along with other Church leaders who have expanded their ministries through Christian pilgrimages and travel. Emerging Opportunities in Church Leadership: Ministering and teaching through group travel.  With the world shut down for over a year, we are all anxious to get back in the air. Click HERE to join for free this […]

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Steve Ray’s Discussion with Fr. James Altman of the State of the Church and the World

February 21, 2021

My discussion with Fr. James Altman about the state of the Church and the World. It was a lively discussion and hope you find it helpful.

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St. Ignatius of Antioch (my favorite Apostolic Father) and the Star of Bethlehem

February 20, 2021

It is not an understatement to say the St. Ignatius of Antioch, who was eaten by lions in Rome in AD 106 is one of my favorite men of all time. He was a link to help me grasp the Catholic Church. He dragged me in with his seven letters. So it was with interest […]

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On Restoring the Sunday Mass Obligation

February 20, 2021

This article was released Saturday, February 20 at The Catholic Thing. As American Catholics enter Year II of lockdown, a number of dioceses are beginning to roll back the universal dispensation from Sunday Mass.  The Archdiocese of Detroit is the most prominent, announcing that as of March 13, the universal dispensation of the faithful from the […]

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Join me at the world’s largest Men’s Conference along with 50 other speakers

February 18, 2021

Click HERE to register for free or just to learn more. My talk will be on “How to Keep Your Kids Catholic.” I may be the oldest of the speakers with the largest family. We now have 18 great Catholic grandkids. AND, they know and defend the Faith without hesitation. You too can raise such […]

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Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live “Q & A for Non-Catholics”

February 17, 2021

  Questions Covered: 13:54 – Was the historical Reformation a lost cause?  22:00 – If the physical body is a manifestation of your identity, how do intersex people or people with chromosome abnormalities identify? Are gender and sex synonymous in the Catholic faith?  29:42 – If Peter was married and the Eastern Catholics can marry, why do Roman […]

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Worth Reading: “Could Covid-19 disappear next month?”

February 16, 2021

Trends in Number of COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in the US Reported to CDC, by State/Territory “In spite of all the panic that public officials and their acolytes in the mainstream media have created, this one chart from the CDC shows us that the virus is in a rapid decline at a rate pointing toward zero in […]

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Audio CD’s to Celebrate the Year of St. Joseph

February 15, 2021

My new talk on St. Joseph is now ready to ship! It is quite different than any other talks you’ve heard on Joseph. I present him as the manly man he was. Journey to Nazareth with me to discover the real St. Joseph. Also in our sale bundle you will get “A Day in the […]

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Great time with Amer Shehadeh and his wife Omima

February 13, 2021

Most all of you know Amer Shehadeh, my partner, guide and good friend who lives in Nazareth in Israel. Our last trip together was February 2020 before the virus hysteria. We were one of the very last groups to leave Israel before they closed the airport. He was in Houston Texas today where I was […]

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St. Valentine’s Shows: Teresa Tomeo & Catholic Homeschooling Conference

February 12, 2021

I just did a 20-minute radio interview with Teresa Tomeo on Ave Maria Radio and EWTN which will be aired at 9:40 AM Eastern. She asked me to post my Talking Points that I sent to her along with our recent family picture, so here they are. Thanks for the great show, Teresa.   Here […]

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