Thursday, April 18, 2019

Steve Ray describes the events in Jerusalem surrounding Christ’s Passion.

Screen Shot 2019-04-18 at 4.50.37 PMPeople asked 1) How long was Jesus on the Cross? 2)  How long was Jesus in the Tomb? and 3) Was Jesus clothed or naked during the crucifixion? I have written about all three of those topics HERE.

Questions Covered:

  • What was Jerusalem like during the Passion?
  • What was the population of Jerusalem?
  • Who were the enemies of Jesus?
  • What was the political mood?
  • 13:29 – How long was Jesus on the cross for?
  • 18:23 – Do we know where Jesus carried the cross or how far?
  • 23:01 – How likely is it that our Lord was crucified completely naked?
  • 30:01 – I just came back from the Holy Land. Is there a chance that the Temple could have been where the dome of the rock is today?
  • 34:56 – What is the official ruling on Jesus death and the timing of his resurrection? Did he rise after three days or did he rise on the third day?
  • 42:27 – It doesn’t seem like there would have been enough accommodations for that many people in the city. How was the number of 180,000 people reached?
  • 45:57 – The Passion movie shows damage being done to the temple when Jesus died. Is there evidence for this?
  • 47:44 – Was the Seder meal instituted before or after Jesus?
  • 50:13 – In the Passion that Mel Gibson directed, he portrays Satan as lurking around. Did Satan know that Jesus was going to die for our sins or was he unaware?

Resources Mentioned:


Update: Another article along the same vein in the Catholic World Report


Veteran broadcaster Lou Dobbs noted Tuesday that the decision to dismiss any notion that the Notre Dame fire could have been a deliberate act was based on politics, rather than any investigation of the facts.

“One thing authorities are ruling out, however, within just a matter of hours, arson,” Dobbs stated.

“That was a decision made within hours. It sounds like a different kind of decision,”Dobbs added.

“Perhaps a political decision rather than one based on careful investigation of the facts.” he further told viewers.

notre-dame-fallDobbs cited the enormous amount of attacks on Catholic churches in France last year alone as a reason why it is entirely valid for anyone to wonder if the Notre Dame fire was set deliberately.

“Perhaps overlooked since yesterday is 875 Catholic churches in France were vandalized in 2018 — 875! In a single week last month, 12 churches were vandalized, including a fire deliberately set at a church also located in Paris.” Dobbs urged.

“This is context, this is not speculation, this is the situation right now in France and the recent history of what has happened to Catholic churches throughout the nation.” he added.

“Ignored too often by some covering the tragedy, some who have ruled out ‘speculation’ about the cause of the Notre Dame fire as they speculate — taking it as gospel that arson was not the cause.” Dobbs noted.

While many actually celebrated the fire, news networks declared it was a made up conspiracy theory that anyone was happy Notre Dame was burning.

Networks, including Fox News, actively shut down anyone who dared even suggest that arson should be looked into.” Source: Steve Watson | – APRIL 17, 2019


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We went to Mass a while ago and wanted to share it again. We could not understand a word during Mass since it was all in French.

We are celebrating Mass with a church FULL of French-speaking Africans with a white French bishop with an Italian parish priest in a church built by Italians in the heart of Istanbul which is 99.9% Muslim. We are all loyal to the Pope on the Chair of Jewish Peter in Rome.

Yet, we had the same Mass and the same readings as everyone else back home! We followed along with the iMissal on our iPhones. We were home. This was OUR church! The Lord is present in the Eucharist. This is our universal Catholic Church.

We have celebrated Mass around the world in many foreign languages with many nationalities and cultures. But it is the same Mass! We love being Catholic!