Monday, November 26, 2018

First Surprising Day in Mexico!

by Steve Ray on November 26, 2018

I say “surprising” because most people in the United States consider Mexico to be dangerous, dirty, unfriendly and they might even get kinapped or acquire Montezuma’s revenge.

This is old thinking because Mexico, at least the places were visiting, is clean, safe, friendly, very Catholic and has some of the best hotels and restaurants that we use on any of our pilgrimages. And no one has ever gotten Montezuma’s revenge on our trips here because we’re careful.

Enjoy the movie of today all the way from the airplane up to Querétaro. We ended our day at the Hacienda Americana Galindo.

After a great dinner we celebrated Mass in the chapel here and Fr. James Conlon gave one of his excellent homilies, this time on what a pilgrimage is and how people should prepare for one. You can hear/watch that homily here.

Good night from  Mexico!


Cover of the “mythical” booklet “Trail of Blood”

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 true Christians — the Baptists — leaving behind a trail of blood.

I used to believe this premise and now that I have looked more carefully I wrote an article about this booklet and this the idea Baptists are the true Christians that have survived Catholic attempts to destroy them. Here is how my article begins:

“When Baptists attempt to discover the origins of their tradition they are faced with a historical dilemma. The search for Baptists roots hits a dead end in the sixteenth century. Most acknowledge that Baptist tradition is a tributary flowing out of the Protestant Reformation, but others attempt to discover a line of historical continuity, of doctrine and practice, back to Jesus and even John the Baptist. These Baptists are commonly referred to as “Baptist Successionists”. . . “

-For my full article on the Trail of Blood, click here (pdf).
-For other articles and references, click here.
-For more such articles and letters, click here.