June 2019

IreneeChurch sm.jpgIn honor of the feast day of St. Irenaeus today I have reposted a blog from several years ago when we were filming our documentary on Apostolic Fathers, Handing on the Faith. Here is the story…

“We finished getting all our work done in Lyon for St. Irenaeus. It was very cold and windy — with snow hampering our efforts. We shot video footage for our upcoming DVD in the Footprints of God video series. This installment will be entitled APOSTOLIC FATHERS: HANDING ON THE FAITH.

(Click on pictures for larger images. Church of St. Irenaeus with the remains of his bones; the theatre in Lyon where St. Irenaeus’ parishioners where martyred)

3Gauls sm.jpgWe shot footage at the old and mostly forgotten Church of Irenee on the hillside of Lyons France. Under the church is the tomb of a man that had an incredible influence on me converting to the Catholic Church. Unhappily, in 1527 the Calvinists destroyed his tomb and threw his bones into the river. Only a few fragments remain.

We also found this ancient Roman Amphitheater which was rediscovered only in 1957. You don’t see it now, but in the 2nd century, this arena floor was soaked with the blood of Christians.

Screen Shot 2018-06-15 at 10.01.18 AMIn 177 about 45 of our brothers and sisters in the faith were gruesomely tortured and killed here in front of jeering crowds. A woman named Blandine was publically tortured for two days as the crowds cheered.

The soldiers exhausted themselves with every ingenious torture they could devise. They cut and inflicted and mutilated her naked body for days.

Blandine never caved in. When they jeered “Deny your Christ and live!” she would only say back “I am a Christian!”

(Click on Timeline for a larger copy to print)

Screen Shot 2019-06-28 at 8.37.02 AMThe Christians were placed in a iron chair with a raging fire beneath. The smoke and stench of their burning bodies filled the arena. Yet they never caved in. These Martyrs of Lyons and Vienne were true heroes and champions of the Faith. They wrestled to the death and won crowns of life.

I was extremely moved in this location. You can read the full story in Eusebius’ History of the Church. We are grateful to Eusebius for preserving this story of Christian martyrdom and heroism. Here is our DVD Apostolic Fathers, Handing on the Faith with its 28-page Study Guide. I also have a talk on St. Ireneaus to download as an MP3.

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Last Days of Sts. Peter and Paul in Rome

by Steve Ray on June 28, 2019

crucifixion-of-saint-peter-1601Happy Feast Day of Sts. Peter and Paul….

Join us in Rome, Assisi, Manoppello, and Lanciano the first week of December this year, in preparation for Christmas! (Click here for more info!)

When I take my pilgrims to Rome one of my main objectives is to introduce them to the saints – especially Peter and Paul. We meditate on the last days of the lives, imprisonments, martyrdoms and burials of these two Princes of the Apostles: Peter and Paul. Both of them shed their blood in Rome for Jesus and the Church.

Peter was crucified upside down in Nero’s Circus. We still know the exact spot at the Vatican and the obelisk in the center of St. Peter’s Square witnessed the gory ritual).

(See my documentaries of Peter and Paul all filmed on location here.)

PaulPaul was beheaded on the Ostian Way (I show you the exact spot and the pillar on which his neck was placed).

I love to take pilgrimages to emphasize the utter truth and historicity of Scripture and the tradition of the Catholic Church.

We have a lot to learn and be proud of as Catholics and knowing our history and the price paid by the first Christians is a great starting point.

Enjoy!

STEVE EXPLAINS THE PRISON OF STS. PETER AND PAUL

THE LAST DAYS AND MARTYRDOMS OF STS. PETER AND PAUL ON LOCATION

 

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Screen Shot 2019-06-26 at 4.31.18 PMOur popular St. Paul Mediterranean Pilgrimage Cruise and “Seminar at Sea” is now open for registration. Cabins are limited – first come, first serve.

Register soon because this trip is very popular and there is already a list of interested cruisers. We only do this Mediterranean Cruise every two years.

For an interactive map, a full itinerary of the 10 biblical sites we will visit and a lot more, click HERE or on the image to the right.

Fr. James Conlon and Fr. Chris Alar

We have two of our favorite priests lined up and Mass every day at spectacular sites. We also offer a very affordable Rome post-cruise adventure!

The pricing INCLUDES airfare and the daily biblical excursions ashore. Steve & Janet Ray designed the detailed itinerary themselves to maximize biblical and Catholic learning and fun.

The Ray’s are bringing 2 of their adult children with 8 of their wonderful home-schooled grandkids!

See you on the High Seas and in the footprints of St. Paul!

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Is the Eucharist just a Symbol? Podcast on the Eucharist with Steve Ray

June 26, 2019

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast, I talk to Steve Ray, author, speaker, and Catholic evangelist about the Eucharist. Is it a sign and symbol like Protestants say that it is, or something more? What did the Early Church believe? We unpack Steve’s conversion story to find out how a Bible-believing Baptist of 30 […]

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New Olympic’s Controversy: Should an XY person compete against XX persons?

June 24, 2019

Controversies have always swirled around the Olympics: race, politics and performance-enhancing drugs. The new controversy will be interesting to watch. Can a person with XY chromosomes compete against persons with XX chromosomes? In other words, can men complete against women in women’s sports? It seems crazy, but this is the real debate for Tokyo in […]

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Corpus Christi Sunday: Multiplication of Loaves a Miracle or Just a Lesson in Sharing?

June 23, 2019

When confronted with this at Mass a while ago I wrote a letter to the priest which became an article in Catholic Answers Magazine. Article HERE. The priest said there was no miracle when Jesus multiplied the loaves and fish. All he did was teach selfish people to share and they pulled extra loaves and fish from […]

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Eucharistic Congress & Procession in Atlanta Georgia

June 22, 2019

What is it like to be among 35,000+ enthusiastic Catholics from every conceivable language, skin color, national culture and income level — all gathered to worship Jesus Christ and revel in the beauty of the Universal Catholic Church? You realize you are not alone. You are part of a huge family, an army, a spiritual […]

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Alcohol and Porn to Illness; then Home to the Catholic Church

June 20, 2019

Story About How God has Worked in My Life   By Denny Ok. I was born and raised Catholic. Grew up always attending church with my family and everything seemed fine growing up. Then I got to college and joined a fraternity and I noticed that some of the other guys were skipping Mass. For the […]

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Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live: Q & A for Non-Catholics

June 18, 2019

From those who oppose the Catholic Church to those who are thinking about entering, in this show, we take a break from talking with Catholics to answer questions about the Faith from non-Catholics. Questions Covered: What did you just do in France? What was it like to be at D-Day commemoration at Omaha Beach in […]

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Pope Says Capital Punishment is Inadmissible, Cardinal Dolan Praises the Decision, Ed Peter’s Challenges Both

June 18, 2019

A comment on a cardinal’s tweet re capital punishment, by Canon Lawyer Ed Peters: June 17, 2019 Earlier today Cdl. Dolan of New York tweeted: “With the clear and cogent clarification of the successor of St. Peter, there now exists no loophole to morally justify capital punishment.” The supposedly clear and cogent clarification that Dolan […]

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Steve Ray & Al Kresta Discuss the Amazing Catholic Country whose Modern Saints have changed the world

June 17, 2019

Steve joined Al Kresta on Ave Maria Radio and EWTN to discuss the Catholic country of Poland that has stood strong in the Faith through every kind of trial – including Nazism and Soviet domination. We discuss her modern saints that changed the world: St. John Paul II, St. Maria Faustina and the Divine Mercy […]

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Trinity Sunday: A Comment & a Riddle

June 16, 2019

Happy Trinity Sunday – the essence and meaning of existence. First: Why did the Trinity create us? Not to dominate or judge us. The members of the Trinity love each other so much and have so much fun together it just bubbled over – they created us to share in all their joy and love […]

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Cardinal Cupich’s Rational for not Acting Against Pro-abort Politicians Unconvincing….

June 15, 2019

This article and review is written by Canon Lawyer Ed Peters: Cdl. Cupich’s rationales for not taking canonical action against prominent pro-abortion Catholic politicos are as unconvincing as ever June 14, 2019 by Dr. Ed Peters, Canon Lawyer No one thought that Chicago’s Blase Cdl. Cupich would follow Springfield’s Bp. Thomas Paprocki’s example in calling upon […]

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How Much Can a Camel Drink? – as he bites me!

June 13, 2019

Since we will soon be in Jordan and Israel again riding camels, I thought I would post some fun and interesting facts – and a movie of the camel trying to bite me. I recently wrote the Bible Study on Genesis for www.CatholicScriptureStudy.com. In chapter 24 Abraham sends his unnamed servant to find a bride […]

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Mary a Mediatrix? Isn’t there just One Mediator?

June 12, 2019

The Bible says, “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim 2:5). Yet Catholics refer to Mary as a Mediatrix (feminine form of the word mediator). So, isn’t that prima facie evidence that Catholics make up doctrines, worship Mary and disregard the Bible? […]

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Good-bye Paris! Fairwells & Comments

June 12, 2019

The trip has come to an end and the bus is headed to the airport. It was more successful than we could’ve hoped for and it was a beautiful trip. Combining that D-Day commemorations on Omaha Beach in Normandy France along with all the saints and shrines of France made for a spectacular pilgrimage. Our […]

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