March 2016

Pope and Catacombs

March 12, 2016

The group was happy today! We arrived early from great seats at the Pope’s General Audience. Lots of great pictures and videos. Perfect weather. Then off to lunch at the always favorite Cicilia Metella Restaurante out on the Via Appia Antica. Then underground into catacombs before Mass at St. Sebastian’s Church, one of the seven […]

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The Trail of Blood or Baptist Successionism

March 12, 2016

The Trail of Blood by Steve Ray What is the history of Baptists? Can they trace their roots back to the 1st century? Many “fundamentalist” Baptists believe they can. Are they correct? There is a booklet that is very popular among this fundamentalist crowd. It is entitled “The Trail of Blood”. The booklet claims that Catholics persecuted the […]

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Mass at Tomb of St. JP II, Tour of St. Peters, Sistine & More, Walking Tour of Rome

March 11, 2016

Today was beautiful with blue skies and great temperatures. Great start with Mass at the most coveted altar in Rome — the Tomb of St. John Paul II. We entered the church through our 4th and final Holy Door for the Year of Mercy here in Rome.  After a tour of the Vatican Museum, the […]

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Two Holy Doors Today in Rome: Mass at the Tomb of Two Apostolic Fathers

March 10, 2016

A lot of walking today visiting magnificent churches, entering two Year of Mercy Holy Doors (St. John Lateran and St. Mary Major). Much more and a lot of fun to boot! Enjoy!

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St. Paul’s Last Days and Martyrdom & Ancient Rome

March 9, 2016

Though it was a bit chilly and rained in the morning it cleared up by lunch and promises to be nice the rest of the week. We visited the site of St. Paul’s martyrdom and I gave a talk on St. Paul, his heroism and the last days of his life. Then we had Mass […]

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Arrival in Rome for Day 1 of Year of Mercy Rome Pilgrimage

March 8, 2016

We are off to a good start picking our group up at the airport and settling in at the hotel. The best part of the day was our first Mass — at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Sassia which is dedicated to the Divine Mercy and St. John Paul II. What a GREAT […]

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Trump?

March 8, 2016

I have received several e-mail blasts from an organization opposing the Trump candidacy. I wrote to them not because I am a Trump supporter — because at this point I am not, though I am certainly watching things very closely during this election cycle. I wrote to them because they asked my advice and because I […]

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Prepare for a New America – Using Detroit as a Model

March 5, 2016

By Frosty Wooldridge. Frosty Wooldridge (born 1947) is a US journalist, writer, environmentalist and traveler. (I ,Steve Ray who is posting his article, was born in Detroit. My ancestors lived there since the 1700’s.) I posted this a while ago but thought it worth revisiting again with Detroit recently in the news.   For 15 […]

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Question I was asked on Relevant Radio today: What Should we Think of the Taize Prayers?

March 4, 2016

In answer to the question I was asked on Morning Air this morning I thought it best to post this article from Crux. http://www.cruxnow.com/faith/2014/12/03/the-quieting-mystical-experience-of-taize-prayer/

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My Talk “Swimming Upstream” now available thru Lighthouse

March 3, 2016

Swimming UpstreamBy Stephen Ray   In this empowering talk, Stephen Ray shares what it means to be a Christian in today’s world.  By examining the lives and martyrdoms of the early Christians and understanding how they transformed the pagan Greco-Roman culture, Stephen gives us a blueprint for the New Evangelization.  Learn from early Christians how to […]

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Easter is Coming! Get to Confession! Five Benefits of Frequent Confession

March 3, 2016

5 Benefits of Frequent Confession It’s Lent! This season provides us as Catholics an opportunity to “repent and believe in the Gospel.” One of the ways we can best do this is by going to Confession, where we have the opportunity to accept the many graces God has in store for us through this beautiful […]

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