July 2017

An excellent and insightful article by Fr. Mark Pilon on The Catholic Thing website (worth subscribing to). This article accurately, I think, describes and explains the current rift between this Pope and the vast majority of clergy, including bishops and cardinals.

A recent article in L’Osservatore Romano by an Italian priest who teaches biblical theology is yet another example of the way the present papacy seems to look at priests and bishops who do not join in lockstep with the pope. I’ve never heard of this priest, Giulio Cirignano, but, evidently, he has some standing with the present regime.

The good father is clearly echoing an attitude that is prominent among the closest members of the papal entourage when he says: “The clergy is holding the people back, who instead should be accompanied in this extraordinary moment. . . .The main obstacle . . . is constituted . . . by the attitude of a good part of the clergy, at levels high and low . . . an attitude, at times, of closure if not hostility.”

This has become a frequent refrain in the pope’s own comments, i.e., that many clergy are rigid, closed, and hostile when it comes to his innovative teaching and practice. In my lifetime, I’ve never witnessed this kind of hostility coming from the papal office toward those who are meant to be co-workers in the vineyard of the Lord.

The Drunkenness of Noah by Giovanni Bellini, c. 1515 [Musée des Beaux-Arts et d’archéologie de Besançon, France]

I try to imagine how such badgering of the clergy would have been looked at if it were a so-called “conservative” pope doing this. Suppose Pope John Paul II had been using this kind of language toward priests who were resisting his teaching. That great pope was anything but naïve, and he understood well that many clergy, including some bishops and cardinals, were resistant to the constant teaching of the church on matters like contraception, women priests, and divorce and remarriage.

(Artwork: The Drunkenness of Noah by Giovanni Bellini, c. 1515 Musée des Beaux-Arts et d’archéologie de Besançon, France)

 Yet never – to my knowledge – did he demean clergy who disagreed with him.Or I try to imagine what would have been the response of the world’s press, secular and Catholic, if it had become known, say, that John Paul II had refused an audience to a group of cardinals who rejected his teaching on communion for the divorced and remarried in Familiaris Consortio. Imagine how outraged the secular and liberal Catholic world would have been had that pope treated his own privileged counselors in such a manner.

 

And yet Pope Francis seems to be the “Teflon” pope. No matter what he says or does in relation to his beloved clergy and cardinals, it doesn’t seem to affect his image as the compassionate, merciful, open pope……

For the whole article on The Catholic Thing website, click here.

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John the Baptist ate grasshoppers (Matt 3:4) and it’s likely, if not certain that Elijah and Elisha did too.

When you look at Leviticus 11:22 in the Old Testament you will see that the Israelites were allowed to eat grasshoppers, locusts and crickets. Therefore, it is presumed that they all ate these insects as part of their very limited diet.

In the scenes where I show the correlation between Elijah the Prophet and John the Baptist, I introduced them while flying up a sizzling pan of grasshoppers…

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Safety in Jerusalem- 07/23/17 Update

by Steve Ray on July 23, 2017

UPDATE 07/23/17:

As stated last week I confirm that none of the localized problems in Jerusalem have anything to do with our pilgrimages or itinerary.

Just like gang fighting in localized areas of Chicago or New York have no effect on tourists and businesses in normal areas. Have no fear. If questions, email me at sray@me.com.

ORIGINAL POST:

A few days ago two Israeli police officers were killed in Jerusalem. This was a targeted assassination of police and has nothing to do with tourists or pilgrims. The subsequent closure of Temple Mount and subsequent killing of the attackers took place on Temple Mount an area which we don’t even visit during our regular tours.

Our recent group in Jerusalem at Notre Dame

Bottom line: this has nothing to do with our pilgrimages and should not cause any concern for our trips. These kind of things happen in a very confined area – an area that does not relate to our pilgrimages.

Considering there are more murders and victims of crime in single major cities per year than Israel, one could make the argument it is more dangerous here or in Europe than in Israel. Chicago has more shootings in a month than Israel does in years.

I will repeat what I said so often, I have taken thousands of people to the Holy Land and we have never had a problem and no one has ever felt in danger. Nothing has changed. Same old, same old. I have been to Jerusalem and all over Israel more than 150 times and I can confirm that it is far safer in Israel than in most cities in America.

Last week in the Tomb of Christ in Jerusalem

Don’t believe me? Ask any of our thousands of pilgrims. If you need to contact me about his, or have a phone call, contact me at sray@me.com. Just returned home from Jerusalem!

As of Sunday morning, Temple Mount has been reopened for Muslims to go pray at their mosque. Israel has an unprecedented number of visitors this year and buses are everywhere. Over 3 million pilgrims and tourists will fill the country.

Our next four pilgrimages this year to the Holy Land are already full with a waiting list. Our trips for next year are already filling fast.

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2 Thessalonians: Correcting Wrong Ideas about Christ’s Return

July 21, 2017

The messenger clambered off the ship with mixed emotions: joy and distress. The mission had been successful but new problems had arisen. It was like climbing up a sandy slope: three steps up and sliding two steps back. He had to find Paul quickly. The problems were serious and needed immediate attention. When the Church […]

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Steve on Drew Mariani Show about St. Elijah the Prophet

July 21, 2017

Here is a link to my 1/2 show on the Feast Day of Prophet St. Elijah. http://relevantradio.streamguys.us/MA%20Archive/MA20170720b.mp3

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Questions I Answered On Catholic Answers Live – got a bit feisty at times!

July 20, 2017

Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live Wednesday. Topic: Scripture & Tradition -and Water & Infant Baptism Introductory Questions: Give us an update on filming your new documentary on Elijah and Elisha. What was the authority accepted by the first Christians? How is authority in New Testament based on authority in the Old Testament? Questions […]

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1 Thessalonians: Paul’s 1st Letter, 2nd Coming of Christ

July 18, 2017

He was chased out of the city and barely escaped under the cover of night. Local friends are good to have at times like this—they can find the city gates in the dark. Traveling by the light of the moon Paul and his companions arrived with the morning dew in Berea only twenty miles to […]

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Glimpse into our Next Footprints of God Documentary

July 17, 2017

We are in Phoenix Arizona where it is very hot. We have embarked upon the post-production of our new Footprints of God  documentary “Elijah and Elisha: the Conscience of the Kingdom.” The first is a picture of our Old Testament timeline being prepared in the studio  to set the stage for the prophets and their […]

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I Rebuked a “PornHub” Pervert at the Airport

July 16, 2017

We arrived at the airport to fly to Phoenix to work on the post-production for our new movie “Elijah and Elisha.” I noticed a young man with a hoodie sweatshirt with an insignia boldly printed on the sweatshirt. It said, “PornHub Premium”. I knew what this was since I had recently posted a blog about […]

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Colossians, Christ the Head of the Church

July 9, 2017

Pick your god. They are all worshiped here. Choose your favorite from the pantheon. Greek gods, Roman gods, Hittite and Eastern gods and even the Jewish God. Temples abound. Enter and worship the Ephesian Artemis, the Egyptian Isis or Serapis. Bow down to Zeus, Athena, or a fertility goddesses. Purchase an idol to enshrine in […]

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Terminally Ill Baby Charlie Gard held Prisoner in London Hospital

July 7, 2017

UPDATE 7/7/17  Latest update on Baby Charlie Gard ***************** Here is the whole story about this poor baby and his family and the brutal tyrannical decision taken by the English hospital backed by British and European courts. Pray for this poor baby and his family. From Jimmy Akin’s blog Pray for Terminally Ill Baby Charlie Gard […]

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1st Picture of Grandbaby #14

July 5, 2017

Proud of Charlotte and Wes. As soon as they adopted a baby after years of infertility – – guess what? She’s pregnant :-)

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U.N. Condemns Israel – then Silenced with Lone Voice of Reason

July 5, 2017
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One of My Most Valued Possessions

July 3, 2017

It is the 4th of July and Janet and I are sitting in an airport in Tel Aviv Israel. We were just in Egypt two days ago and were so happy to get back through security into Israel heading back home to America. One of my most valued possessions enables us to travel through all […]

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Trump Body Slams CNN

July 3, 2017

The Left has no sense of humor or perspective. When leftists practice real violence (black hoods, beatings and all) there is no sense of outrage or condemnation.  But when there’s a humorous tweet there’s all kinds of condemnation and outrage, huffing, puffing and sputtering. Most Americans know exactly what Trump’s tweet was saying. Only the […]

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Philippians: Joy and Rejoicing with St. Paul

July 3, 2017

It was the strangest thing they had ever heard. It was not necessarily the singing¾they had heard that before. It was the time of the singing¾midnight¾and it was the place of the singing. This was no temple or amphitheater. The men were down below, where rats scurry over their faces in the darkness and the […]

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