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Podcasts discussing each of our Footprints of God documentaries

Check out the hours of discussion on Abraham, Moses, David/Solomon, Elijah/Elisha, Mary, Jesus, Peter, Paul and the Apostolic Fathers. Steve and Charbel have fun discussing the filming, much more detail on each episode.

Click below to access the 9 podcasts and click HERE to purchase the full series (buy 8 and get the 9th one free). Complete study guides included with each DVD.

Natural immunity to covid is powerful. Policymakers seem afraid to say so.

By Marty Makary who is a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health, editor-in-chief of Medpage Today, and author of “The Price We Pay: What Broke American Health Care — and How to Fix It.”

(Note from Steve Ray: I take this very seriously because our whole family had covid in January and we are now naturally immune, but still treated as though we are a threat to society and constantly assaulted by vaccine propoganda that implies vaccines are the only way to save the planet, even for those who have natural immunity. Thankfully some, like Israel, are beginning to discuss the immunity – even to variants – brought about by naturally occurring covid antibodies.)

People making decisions about their health deserve honesty from their leaders

It’s okay to have an incorrect scientific hypothesis. But when new data proves it wrong, you have to adapt. Unfortunately, many elected leaders and public health officials have held on far too long to the hypothesis that natural immunity offers unreliable protection against covid-19 — a contention that is being rapidly debunked by science.

More than 15 studies have demonstrated the power of immunity acquired by previously having the virus. A 700,000-person study from Israel two weeks ago found that those who had experienced prior infectionswere 27 times less likely to get a second symptomatic covid infection than those who were vaccinated. This affirmed a June Cleveland Clinic study of health-care workers (who are often exposed to the virus), in which nonewho had previously tested positive for the coronavirus got reinfected. The study authors concluded that “individuals who have had SARS-CoV-2 infection are unlikely to benefit from covid-19 vaccination.” And in May, a Washington University study found that even a mild covid infection resulted in long-lasting immunity.

So, the emerging science suggests that natural immunity is as good as or better than vaccine-induced immunity. That’s why it’s so frustrating that the Biden administration has repeatedly argued that immunity conferred by vaccines is preferable to immunity caused by natural infection, as NIH director Francis Collins told Fox News host told Bret Baier a few weeks ago. That rigid adherence to an outdated theory is also reflected in President Biden’s recent announcement that large companies must require their employees to get vaccinated or submit to regular testing, regardless of whether they previously had the virus.

Downplaying the power of natural immunity has had deadly consequences. In January, February and March, we wasted scarce vaccine doses on millions of people who previously had covid. If we had asked Americans who were already protected by natural immunity to step aside in the vaccine line, tens of thousands of lives could have been saved. This is not just in hindsight is 20/20; many of us were vehemently arguing and writing at the time for such a rationing strategy.

One reason public health officials may be afraid to acknowledge the effectiveness of natural immunity is that they fear it will lead some to choose getting the infection over vaccination. That’s a legitimate concern. But we can encourage all Americans to get vaccinated while still being honest about the data. In my clinical experience, I have found patients to be extremely forgiving with evolving data if you are honest and transparent with them. Yet, when asked the common question, “I’ve recovered from covid, is it absolutely essential that I get vaccinated?” many public health officials have put aside the data and responded with a synchronized “yes,” even as studies have shown that reinfections are rare and often asymptomatic or mild when they do occur.

The tide may finally be shifting, as pressure has grown on federal officials. Last week on CNN, Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease specialist, hinted that the government may be rethinking its stance on natural immunity, saying, “I think that is something that we need to sit down and discuss seriously.” Some large medical centers, like Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Mich., have already announced they will recognize natural immunity for their vaccine requirements. Some Republican governors have picked up on public frustration over how the scientific guidance is inconsistent with the data, with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis accusing the Biden administration of “not following science” by crafting its vaccine mandate without taking into consideration “infection-conferred immunity.”

For the whole article, click HERE.

Is Mary the Queen of Heaven Condemned by the Prophet Jeremiah?

I received an e-mail from a man considering conversion to the Catholic Church. He wrote:

Now if I could get past Jeremiah, chapter 44, I’d really be a happy camper, (LOL). Stumbled on that passage this morning in my “Quiet Time” (still have SOME residual Protestantism within me I guess), and wondered about the “Queen of Heaven” that the people of Judah were burning incense to. God sure was mad! Who was this “Queen” they were venerating (worshiping? don’t know the Hebrew here)? I wonder if they were putting her ahead of God? The struggles continue….but the Lord is faithful!!

I thought it would be good to think through this passage with him. In Jeremiah 44 the people of Israel were “presenting offerings in worship to the queen of heaven and were pouring out drink offerings to her” and they “made for her sacrificial cakes in her image and poured out drink offerings to her?” (verse 19).

Jeremiah 44:17-21   “We will do everything that we have vowed, make offerings to the queen of heaven and pour out drink offerings to her … And the women said, “When we made offerings to the queen of heaven and poured out drink offerings to her, was it without our husbands’ approval that we made cakes for her bearing her image and poured out drink offerings to her?” 

Then Jeremiah said to all the people, men and women, all the people who had given him this answer:  “As for the offerings that you offered in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem … The Lord could no longer bear your evil deeds and the abominations that you committed. … 

It is because you made offerings and because you sinned against the Lord and did not obey the voice of the Lord or walk in his law and in his statutes and in his testimonies that this disaster has happened to you, as at this day.” …

Jeremiah (right) condemned this idolatry. But Jeremiah 44 is one of those passages that some Protestants confuse and wrongly apply to the Catholic faith.

Just like the discussion of Paul in Romans and Galatians (about faith and works) has NOTHING to do with Catholic vs. Protestant debate—it is about Jew and Gentile—so this passage in Jeremiah has nothing to do with the Christian/Catholic faith and our veneration of Mary.

Israel was forbidden to make offerings to “the queen mother” or to worship her. She was a mythical goddess and the conduct of the Israelites was idolatry. See Jeremiah 7 and Jeremiah 14. This is often used by anti-Catholics against the Catholic veneration of Mary. A few comments are in order…

I then present seven reasons why this has nothing to do with the veneration of Mary. For the full article, click HERE.

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