If you think 3 buses is cumbersome, think again. If organized and punctual withThe best team it runs as smooth as silk.

We started with a sumptuous breakfast before heading to Cana to renew our wedding vows. Then Mass and Rosary at the Basilica of the Annunciation where 15-year old Mary heard the words, “Hail Full of Grace!” Then my talk “A Day In the Life of the Holy Family” where the Holy Family lived.

Lunch in Nazareth and then to the top of Mount Tabor—the place of the Transfiguration. Free time later in the day to swim and enjoy the Sea of Galilee before dinner and free evening.

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If you think 3 buses is cumbersome, think again. If organized and punctual withThe best team it runs as smooth as silk.

We started with a sumptuous breakfast before heading to Cana to renew our wedding vows. Then Mass and Rosary at the Basilica of the Annunciation where 15-year old Mary heard the words, “Hail Full of Grace!” Then my talk “A Day In the Life of the Holy Family” where the Holy Family lived.

Lunch in Nazareth and then to the top of Mount Tabor—the place of the Transfiguration. Free time later in the day to swim and enjoy the Sea of Galilee before dinner and free evening.

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Should We Use the Missalette at Mass?

by Steve Ray on November 15, 2019

From Jimmy Akin’s blog:

Richard Becker, who describes himself as a “God-haunted lunatic,” has an entertaining rant against the use of missalettes at Mass. Being a God-haunted lunatic myself, allow me to counter-rant in the same spirit.

In his piece, Becker poses a number of arguments against using missalettes at Mass. Let’s take a look at them:

1) The Argument from Van Morrison

Becker’s first argument compares going to Mass to going to a Van Morrison concert, which Becker indicates would be an incredibly thrilling experience for him.

I don’t know Van Morrison’s music myself, but fair enough.  De gustibus non est disputandum (Latin for: “In matters of taste, there can be no disputes”).

Becker then asks whether, upon going to such a concert, he would Google the lyrics and read along with the stage performance. He says:

Noooo, of course not! I’d soak it all in – a total immersion, listening to and watching a great songwriter give voice to his own compositions, himself, in person! They’re songs I mostly know already by heart anyway, but even if I didn’t, why would I waste that exquisite privilege by reading along?

That’s what I think of when I go to church and see folks with their noses in the missalettes – those little booklets in the pew that contain all the readings and parts of the Mass. Worse still is when their eyes are glued to iPhones or other gadgets as they follow along on apps while the lector drones on pointlessly up front.

Allow me to draw your attention to some of Becker’s key words: “They’re songs I mostly know already by heart anyway.” That’s a relevant difference. Most people at Mass don’t mostly know the scripture readings by heart anyway.

And far from diminishing the experience, for many members of the congregation, reading along enhances their experience of the readings.

That’s. Why. They. Do. It.

That’s also why people, including me, sometimes Google song lyrics. I don’t know if Becker ever does that, but I do. It’s one of the ways that I help avoid mondegreens.

So I don’t have a problem if people use missalettes at Mass—or, for that matter, their electronic equivalent.

On the other hand, if someone prefers not to use one, that’s fine, too.

And, if I may ask, why should Becker be dismayed by looking around at other people at Mass and seeing if and what they’re reading? On his theory, shouldn’t his attention be focused the lector, to drink in every detail of his proclamation of the readings?

At a Van Morrison concert, wouldn’t he be watching the stage performance and not the other members of the audience? ….

The Other Arguments Used Against Using Missalettes — and Jimmy Akin’s Response to Each:

2) Argument from College, 3) Argument from the GIRM, 4) The Alter Christus Argument, 5) the Argument from Protestant Services, 6) the Argument from the Annunciation, 7) A Role for Misselettes? 8) “In matters of taste, there can be no disputes”, 9) Implications for the Lector.

For the whole article, click here.

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Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 1 with Spirit Catholic Radio

November 14, 2019

Everyone arrived in good order with no mishaps. Three brand new Mercedes buses with 152 excited pilgrims! Enjoy!

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Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live – Raising Sons

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These are the questions I answered about Raising Sons on Catholic Answers Live. It was a fun show with great questions. We recorded this one a ways back but it is still alive and applicable. In biblical teaching, it is the father’s responsibility to raise, educate and prepare his sons and daughters to be adults. […]

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Updated List of Steve’s Prepared Talks for Parishes and Conferences

November 13, 2019

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Cupich & McElroy Embarrassed at Bishops Council

November 12, 2019

Just received from a friend: Just received this GREAT NEWS from a friend via text: ”Their Eminences Cupich & McElroy got up at the USCCB meeting and took on the Faithful Citizenship document changes stating that it wasn’t true to papal teaching because it says that “abortion is the preeminent issue.” Chaput & Strickland got […]

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From Fundamentalist Baptist to Catholic – Steve Wilson’s Story

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Archbishop Fulton Sheen once wrote: “There are not over a hundred people in the United State who hate the Roman Catholic Church; there are millions, however, who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church.” I was one of those who hated because of what I wrongly believed about the Catholic Church.  The […]

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Turkeys Arrive Early! Happy “Almost” Thanksgiving

November 11, 2019

It snowed a bushel load today at our house before we left for Israel in the afternoon. We were surprised and delighted to see 37 wild turkeys in our backyard even flying up into the crab apple tree. Great fun! Had to share it :-)

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Biblical Measurements and Units

November 11, 2019

Cubits, a spam, and ephah and a bath. What do all of these mean in the Bible? Here is a helpful chart taken from Verbum.

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An Immigrant Woman of Color Explains why she Likes Trump

November 7, 2019

I would add that he is defending Christians here and around the world and strongly Pro-life! Plus, he is installing excellent conservative judges which will be his lasting legacy. 10 Reasons I Like Donald Trump, From A Female, Former-Democrat Immigrant Donald Trump is the perfect president to counter the D.C. swamp and the foreign policy […]

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Fr. Mitch Pacwa SJ of EWTN Condemns the Pachamama Idol

November 6, 2019

On Nov. 5, 2019, Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J., condemned idolatry on his weekly program on EWTN, Scripture and Tradition. He spends about 10 minutes talking about the idols that were praised and blessed at the recent Synod on the Amazon in the Vatican.   He says the introduction of the pachamama idol at the synod on the […]

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Feast Day of Elizabeth and Zechariah: What do they Teach us about Abortion and Prolife?

November 5, 2019

After a talk I gave a while ago a man approached me. He told me to think about the “size  and condition” of Jesus in the womb when John the Baptist recognized the Person and Personhood of Jesus in the womb. Unfortunately some Christians believe in “pro-choice”; i.e., a woman’s right to determine if she will […]

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A Boatload of Pictures from our Poland trip, Thanks to Tom

November 4, 2019

Enjoy all the pictures of our recent trip to Poland!
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Hey Steve: Jesus Taught us to Pray to the Father Alone, not Dead Saints

November 1, 2019

 Barry wrote in my combox today – in response to my post entitled “Where Does the Bible Say We Should Pray to Dead Saints?” – Resources about Communion of the Saints I thought I would respond briefly. Barrry wrote: Would you please read the Lord’s prayer. Jesus prayed it. He was giving an example of how to […]

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All Saints Day: My Show on Catholic Answers Live – “Old Testament Saints”

October 31, 2019

We had a great time on Wednesday discussing Old Testament saints. Where were they before Christ died and rose, did Mary have OT heroes, are Adam and Eve saints and much more. I hope you enjoy this podcast. Click HERE to listen to the show. https://www.catholic.com/audio/cal/old-testament-saints#.Xb6zVgBoWJU.mailto “The patriarchs, prophets, and certain other Old Testament figures have […]

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