November 2019

C365C98F-C22A-428F-A715-CE990EF24BF6Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, the former head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, who was recently fired by Pope Francis, recently wrote a magnificent “Manifesto of the Faith.”

This video was written and produced as a response to the unfortunate confusion in the Vatican today. It is an excellent audio-visual presentation of the orthodox doctrine, a manifesto of the Catholic faith. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s worth 22 minutes of your time. Share it with others who may be confused by this Vatican.

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This is always an interesting topic that floods the phone lines. I am posting this again for the Drew Mariani Show today by popular demand discussing how we as Catholics can relate to and influence our family and friends – especially during the upcoming holidays.

Ready to go! Family life can cause tension and strife among those we love most. How can we take the high road and be a positive influence for Jesus and his Catholic Church?

To read my article in Catholic Answers Magazine, click here.

It used to be “Six Rules” but it is now “Seven Rules.”      Here they are: 1) Don’t Argue, 2) Love them more than ever, 3) Pray and make sacrifices, 4) Show the Joy of the Lord, 5) Do your homework, 6) Be patient, 7) Ask God to bring someone else into their lives to influence them because they are not going to listen to you.

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The Tisor’s Come Home – Nice Conversion Story

by Steve Ray on November 24, 2019

Intro: Kim Tisor was reared in a Christian home that emphasized weekly attendance at their Southern Baptist Church. She remained a Baptist well into adulthood and was content to be one, until radio airwaves carrying Catholic teaching reached this Christian, music-playing DJ’s ears. It placed her on a journey of discovery that would ultimately lead her and her husband out of Protestantism and into the Catholic Church, taking their young children with them.

I grew up in south western Kentucky where, not unlike most southern towns, there were more churches than library books.  It just so happens that we attended one of the largest churches located downtown on South Main Street.  First Baptist Church has been standing on the same corner since 1818 and is where my parents wed in 1964. It’s where I first learned about Jesus and his love for me.  It’s where I attended Vacation Bible School.

It’s the church that sent me to my first summer camp where I accepted Christ as my personal Lord and Savior.  It’s also where my husband and I exchanged wedding vows more than 30 years after my parents did.  It’s where my mom still attends and my dad did too, until he passed away in 2014. The people there are like family.  I can assure you there was rarely a Sunday that we missed church while I was a kid and we were members at First Baptist.

The story throughout my teenage, college, and young adult years is fairly uneventful.  No falling away or crisis of faith to mention.  I remained in church and in God’s word and Christ remained in me.  As I see it, I am, and have always been, a pretty blessed gal.  So how did my heart and mind ever shift toward Rome?  It started with a prayer and gained momentum with a bumper sticker.

My husband and I were living in Colorado Springs, CO and looking for a church home.  We visited no fewer than 20.  One thing I discovered was that there were many aspects to various forms of worship that spoke to me.  I liked singing the familiar old hymns.  I liked praise and worship songs.  I liked liturgy. I liked raising my hands (at times) and I liked silence. But then I thought to ask God, “What do you like?”

I began pondering what forms of worship God prefers.  Does He have a preference? Does God like all forms, so long as they’re sincere and from the heart?  I didn’t know the answer, so I asked Him to show me.

A couple years passed, kids came along, and I still had no answer to my question.  Instead, I had other questions.  All of a sudden whether or not to participate in Halloween festivities became an issue due to its pagan undertones.  If we concluded that it was wrong to parade our kids through the neighborhood dressed in costumes searching for candy, then trimming Christmas trees and hunting for Easter eggs would need to be eliminated as well, because they, too, contained traditions with pagan underpinnings.

What to do? I sought the scriptures. I longed for nothing more than to please my Lord. But the verses I found weren’t explicit. Funny, at the time of my dilemma I literally thought it would be easier to be Catholic. At least the Catholics placed their trust in previous Popes’ decisions when designating Christian holidays. These weren’t, in my estimation, concerns that kept Catholics up at night.

Several years passed and my children grew along with my list of questions. Sadly, because of my “on the fence” position regarding holidays, we hadn’t created any family traditions. It didn’t help matters that neither my husband nor I grew up with any traditions of our own from which to draw. But things were about to change.

To continue reading the whole strory, click here.

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If the Barrage of Bad News from Rome causes Anxiety…

November 24, 2019

If following the problems in Rome is causing you to stumble, be depressed or anxious— just turn it off and live your Catholic life locally and be holy. This is what all Catholics did before the prevalence of the mass media.

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Interview with an Unborn Child Ready to be Aborted – Wow!

November 23, 2019

Only for the strong and engaged…  Click on the image to watch the 4-minute video and hear the interview. Realize now that a baby can be killed even after live birth.

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Did Catholics Invent Pilgrimages?

November 22, 2019

No, it was something the Holy Family and all Jews did at least once a year! Look what the Catechism says: “[Jesus’] public ministry itself was patterned by his pilgrimages to Jerusalem for the great Jewish feasts” (583). And the Psalmist wrote: “Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage” (Psa […]

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Pilgrimage Farewells & Comments from Spirit Catholic Radio Pilgrims

November 22, 2019

The pilgrimage is finally coming to an end and what a fabulous pilgrimage it was! Jim Carroll and his family, staff, Board members and volunteers were marvelous and we enjoyed everyone of them. The people were very punctual and disciplined which made for very smooth traveling. This video is the end of our pilgrimage with […]

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Day 8: Via Dolorosa, Holy Sepulchre, Western Wall and more with Spirit Catholic Radio

November 22, 2019

It’s awful early when your alarm rings at 4 AM but everyone thanked us later. We arrived at Herod’s Gate and started the Via Dolorosa at 4:45. It’s the best time when there are no crowds in the streets. We had Mass in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in the Holy Sepulchre Church then walked to […]

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Cartoon on Protestantism and the Bible

November 21, 2019

When I look back on my experience I find this cartoon has a ring of truth. There were many verses of the Bible that I either didn’t realize existed (though that may seem strange) or that we just ignored. Other verses did not fit our Protestant theology so we kind of set them aside or […]

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Day 7: Museum, Jordan River, Jericho, Qumran, Dead Sea & Camels

November 21, 2019

Today is always a favorite. Some people stay behind to rest or visit friends, pray or visit sites they have their heart set on. But most of the folks join our optional excursion where we have a lot of fun. Enjoy!

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Gay Totalitarianism and the Coming Persecution of Christians

November 20, 2019

I have been telling my wife and kids and others — that the big persecution coming to Christians will be from the militant Gay Totalitarianism. I am not hateful of gays — to the contrary, I love them like everyone else. Do I oppose the Gay Lifestyle? Yes. I also oppose other aberrant and perverted […]

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Day 6: Gethsemane, Mt. of Olives, Mount Zion, Upper Room & more

November 19, 2019

Moving 3 buses around is always a challenge but it’s going as smooth as silk and everyone is very happy. We are covering all the bases and doing it was great organization and joy! Today we started out with Mass and talks at Gethsemane. This is always a very moving place for people. From there […]

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Superpowers Rise and Fall: Where Is America on the Rise and Fall Spectrum?

November 19, 2019

By Susan Wills: George Santayana’s famous statement — “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” — would be a great subtitle for a little known essay called “The Fate of Empires” (1976) by the little known British general and historian Sir John Bagot Glubb. He explains that we generally fail to learn vital lessons […]

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Don’t You Wish this Sign was on Every Church Door in the USA?

November 19, 2019

This sign confronts everyone entering the Carmelite Monastery Church of St. Joseph. This was the 1st convent started by St. Teresa of Avila. Don’t you wish it was on every church door in America?   :-)

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Day 5 Bethlehem All Day with Spirit Catholic Radio

November 18, 2019

Two videos today to cover all the evening dancing. Today we leave Israel and enter the Palestinian territory and spend the day in Bethlehem. We start at the Olivewood Store where we hear the Our Father Prayer sung in the language of Our Lord. We had our Mass at St. Catherine’s at 11 AM. This […]

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The Truth That Dare Not Speak Its Name — Catholic Teachings on Homosexuality? Archbishop Chaput on Catholics Living in a Gay Culture

November 18, 2019

This is the hot-button issue of our times and the one most likely to bring persecution to Christians in America. It is not enough that you “approve” of the gay agenda, you have to celebrate it or you will be considered a bigot. In response, most Christians just remain silent or slide along with the […]

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