BC14AE54-16B8-4893-B3AC-83BFE7579737Very few events shaped America like Woodstock 50 years ago this week. Al Kresta was there and he shares his memories and thoughts on this watershed event. Click here to hear his comments.

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e0ca45bb5c502545c5898110d713d35bRecently Al Kresta and I recorded two shows about Poland. You can listen to them here. Since we are leaving for Poland today, I thought it a good idea to re-share them and the commentary below.

In the first, I  tell of our adventures smuggling Bibles, medicine and money into Poland in 1983 when it was still under the Soviet Union. We also discuss what makes Poland such a unique Catholic country. The interview starts at 2:15 into the show.)

In the 2nd of 2 interviews, we discuss Poland’s rich heritage of modern saints in the 20th century including St. John Paul II, St. Maria Faustina and the Divine Mercy, and St. Maximillian Kolbe. And don’t forget Edith Stein who died in the Auschwitz Concentration Camp.

We will walk in the footprints of these great saints and experience their country with all it’s beauty and history (not to mention great food and drink :-)  We have taken pilgrimages to Poland and people are overwhelmed with the beauty, history, Catholicity and friendliness of this country.

 

Want to join us in Poland next time? We will be going again on April 25 – May 3, 2021. For more info, or to get put on the “interested list” contact my associates at Corporate Travel at FootprintsOfGod@ctscentral.net or at 866-468-1420.

 

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Reading the Bible

by Steve Ray on August 18, 2019

A Little Poem about Bible Context

I supposed I knew my Bible,
Reading piecemeal, hit or miss,
Now a bit of John or Matthew,
Now a snatch of Genesis,

Certain chapters of Isaiah,
Certain Psalms (the twenty-third),
Twelfth of Romans, first of Proverbs —
Yes, I thought I knew the Word!

But I found that thorough reading
Was a different thing to do,
And the way was unfamiliar
When I read the Bible through.

You who like to play at Bible,
Dip and dabble, here and there,
Just before you kneel, aweary,
And yawn through a hurried prayer;

You who treat the Crown of Writings
As you treat no other book,
Just a paragraph, disjointed,
Just a crude, impatient look.

Try a worthier procedure,
Try a broad and steady view;
You will kneel in very rapture
When you read the Bible through.

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Writer Amos Wells reflected our need for thorough Bible study in this verse: Leading the Way by Paul Borthwick, Navpress, 1989, p.  139. Galaxie Software. (2002; 2002). 10,000 Sermon Illustrations. Biblical Studies Press.

 

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Solzhenhitsyn on “Group-think Control”

August 17, 2019

This episode is in Alexandr Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago, Vol. 1.  It shows the stupidity and mind control that totalitarian, socialist and intolerant governments and groups can impose upon people. It shows what can happen if we move toward socialism and Communism in our country with the liberals and the Far Left pushing their agenda and […]

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My EWTN Live Show on the Papacy now on YouTube

August 16, 2019

On August 14, I was in Birmingham Alabama to do the EWTN Live show with Fr. Mitch Pacwa. He’s a classy guy, by the way, and I really enjoyed my time with him again. He’s a hunter and outdoorsman and a pleasure to be with — lots of great stories. (Courtesy of EWTN Global Catholic […]

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Wednesday Evening on EWTN Live with Fr. Mitch Pacwa

August 13, 2019

EWTN Live wrote to me a while ago asking if I’d come on the live show with Fr. Mitch this Wednesday, August 14 at 8 PM Eastern. I said, “Yes.” The topic will be my new book “The Papacy: What the Pope Does and Why It Matters.” This is a very pertinent book for our […]

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Mary, Assumed into Heaven as the Queen

August 12, 2019

A while ago a man called in to say my argument for the Assumption of Mary including references from the Old Testament was wrong. I had quoted 1 Kings 2:19 where Solomon had raised his mother up to a throne on his right hand to reign as Queen of the Kingdom. The man arguing with me […]

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While in Ephesus I Gave My Short Talk on the End of Mary’s Life

August 9, 2019

Do you understand the end of Mary’s life or what happened? I hope you enjoy this short talk while I was Ephesus where Mary lived and where the 3rd Ecumenical Council took place proclaiming Mary as the theotokos, the Mother of God. A LOT of people have watched and liked this video, so I thought […]

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In 1521 “Reformers” Disagreed among themselves – was it really THAT bad?

August 8, 2019

A friend named Philip wrote and asked me this question: Christ is Risen. And we with him. I was talking to Evangelical friends who directed me to some historical websites about the Marburg meeting of the Protestant Reformers. You have just finished your Dr. Luther tour of Germany. It seems that the Protestants did agree […]

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Protestant Acknowledges “Five Things We Lost because of the Reformation” – one of the best I’ve read on it

August 7, 2019

This article was published by Nick Page in Premier Christianity Magazine in October 2017. He is trying to help Protestants understand that there were problems created by the Protestant movement. He explains five big loses: 1) Loss of unity, 2) Loss of monasteries, 3) Loss of silence, 4) Loss of “doing things”, and 5) Loss […]

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Evangelism Antennas: A Fun Story of One Woman’s Day and the New Evangelism :-)

August 6, 2019

A while ago I gave a talk in Ann Arbor Michigan. It was about the New Evangelization. As part of my talk I explained how Janet and I have our “evangelism antennas” up first thing in the morning – alertly watching for open doors and ways to share our Catholic Faith throughout the day. And […]

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With Great Friends in Wichita Kansas

August 3, 2019

It is always great being with 4,000 on-fire Catholics who bring their whole families to be recharged and full of life. Catholics are marvelous folks. Love being with old friends like Terry Barber, Fr. Callaway, Dr. Ray Guarendi, Tim Staples and Bishop Kemme. A lot of other great folks too. I was blessed to be […]

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On the Shores of the Jordan: My 10 Minute Talk on Being Born Again

August 2, 2019

I put this up today because I received an email from a young man who said he had left the Catholic Church. He said his mom had sent this video to him and it started his journey back into the Church. I gave this little talk to our pilgrimage group in Jordan where we had […]

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A Page from my New Book on Genesis

July 31, 2019

This book has been on the back burner for quite a few years. But I took five weeks off this summer to finish it. About 12 hours a day since June 28 and I am almost done. Just putting the finishing touches on it this week before leaving for the Family Conference in Wichita, two […]

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Sean Smiddy’s Story: From Pentecostal “Catholics are all going to hell!” to “The One, Holy, Catholic & Apostolic Church”

July 30, 2019

Dear Mr Steve Ray: First, I would like to thank you SO much for your YouTube video about Peter, The keys, seat, etc., that led me to the catholicconvert.com site!!  I learned a TON of cool stuff just from your video, and by participating on the message boards, I am learning more, and gathering many […]

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Joachim & Anna: Nativity and Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

July 26, 2019

The birth and presentation of Mary is described in the early 2nd century document known and loved by the first Christians. It is the source for the names of Mary’s parents Joachim and Anna. It is entitled “The Protoevangelium of James.”  It is fascinating. I have only provided the first 1/3 of the document. The […]

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