Tuesday, April 12, 2005

On our Way to the Middle of Nowhere

by Steve Ray on April 12, 2005

Tomorrow we leave for the middle of no where – way out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. This little island is 1,300 miles east of the Philippines and 4,000 miles west of Hawaii.

Besides a few tiny scattered islands there is nothing out there. It has 160,000 people, of which 120,000 are Catholics. Do you know the name of the island yet?

Yup, it is Guam! And they are under assault by the cults and sects swarming onto the island.

Archbishop Apuron has invited Janet and me to the island to help explain and defend the Catholic faith. There are a number of radio interviews planned, conferences for the priests, general public and even for the schools. I will share my conversion story and discuss many things, especially Mary and Peter and why we believe what we believe –  why we know what we know.

So, tomorrow we hop on a plane for a 13 hour direct flight from Detroit to Tokyo — grueling. After a 24 hour layover in Tokyo, we take another 4-5 hour flight to the middle of no where, er, I mean to the tiny island of Guam in the middle of the huge Pacific Ocean.

At the longest point this island is only 30 miles long and at its widest it is only 8 miles across. After living my life in the vast expanses of farmland in Michigan, I might get claustrophobic! They are providing us with a car so we can explore the island during a free day or two.

I will try to keep up with blog while on Guam and give a short journal of our apologetics efforts along with some pictures. Keep us and the Guamarians in your prayers. Long live the Pope; long live the Church!


Expect a Backlash

by Steve Ray on April 12, 2005

Many people have commented “What a week! The Catholic Church was promoted over news stations that usually slander her; the Gospel was proclaimed, and 2 billion people watched the beautiful funeral Mass of a very holy man. What a week for Catholics!“ Yes, it is true, but . . .

. . . Beware! The backlash is on the way. NO ONE would dare be sarcastic or critical during the days of mourning when billions of people honored a man respected by everyone and loved by most.

BUT, the Catholic Church has many enemies and they have laid low over the past days. They are laying in wait for the right time. Expect them to unleash their claws at any moment. They will slash us and criticize us for our moral stands, exaggerate our sins, and pontificate about how bad we are. They will chastize John Paul II for being old fashioned — unwilling to keep up with progressive modern times.

But what is the truth? In reality, the Pope was way ahead — HE is the progressive one. The Culture of Death is not moving forward — it is sliding backwards — backwards into paganism — back to the times when life was cheap, God was mocked, and Christians were persecuted. It is the Pope that was way out in front. He was the one who was modern in the true sense of the word.

So, those who are caught in the backwash of our culture, swooshing back to the paganism of the past, will begin to arise and condemn us and criticize the Church. Be prepared! Hold your head high!

Soon we will have a new pope to move forward again, leaving the neo-pagans and fools in the backwash of history.