Why Saint Thomas Aquinas Opposed Open Borders

January 4, 2020

Every nation has the right to distinguish, by country of origin, who can migrate to it and apply appropriate immigration policies, according to the great medieval scholar and saint Thomas Aquinas. by THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D. In a surprisingly contemporary passage of his Summa Theologica, Aquinas noted that the Jewish people of Old Testament times […]

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“O Little Town of Bethlehem” all day and dancing

January 3, 2020

Yes, there is a 30 foot high wall that surrounds Bethlehem and the Christians are secluded behind the wall along with the Muslims, even though the Christians have never caused a problem. So today we spent the day driving through that wall into Bethlehem to visit the place of Jesus’s birth but also to support […]

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Bob Dylan’s “Neighborhood Bully” song about Israel – I Like it!

January 3, 2020

Lyrics to “Neighborhood Bully” by Bob Dylan Well, the neighborhood bully, he’s just one man His enemies say he’s on their land They got him outnumbered about a million to one He got no place to escape to, no place to run He’s the neighborhood bully. The neighborhood bully he just lives to survive He’s […]

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Boat Ride on Galilee, 1st Communion at Capernaum; Visitation and Jerusalem

January 2, 2020

After our boat ride on the Sea of Galilee we had a young lady with us named Nina who had her first communion at the church in Capernaum where Jesus said the words, “Eat My Flesh and Drink My Blood.” What a great experience for young Nina and her family (<a href=”https://youtu.be/r5nPpz2tCMo” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>homily […]

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Mary, Mother of God’s Early & Later Life – The Real Mary

January 1, 2020

Questions I answered about Mary’s real life on Catholic Answers Live — it was a FUN show! To listen on-line, for podcasts and other listening options, click here.  (Photos: Top photo painted by James Tissot; bottom two pictures are actual photos of girls at the well in Nazareth over 100 years ago.) 1. Did Mary […]

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Mount Tabor, Cana & Nazareth; Dinner at Magdelena

December 31, 2019

Third day started early to beat the crowds to Mount Tabor. Taxi vans up the mountain for Mass at the site of the Transfiguration (homily here). Renewal of wedding vows at Cana and my talk on St. John chapter 2 (Watch talk here). Lunch in Nazareth before visiting Church of Annunciation and praying the First […]

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Wow, did everyone look better today after a good nights sleep in Galilee!

December 31, 2019

After arriving in Tel Aviv and spending the first night in Tiberias, the group sure looked more refreshed and ready to go this morning. We took off for Mass at the Mount of Beatitudes before heading north to the upper tip of Israel, driving along the border with Lebanon. We went to Caesarea Philippi, which […]

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Starting the New Year! You Want to Rent – God Wants to Move In and OWN

December 31, 2019

The Father knocks on my door, seeking a home for his Son. “Rent is cheap,” I say. “I don’t want to rent, I want to buy,” says God. “I’m not sure I want to sell, but please come in to look around.” “I think I will,” says God. “I might let you have a room […]

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Two Buses of Families Arrive in Tel Aviv

December 30, 2019

This is our annual Holy Land Pilgrimage for families over Christmas break. It’s very smart to bring young people here and immerse them in the land of Jesus to have experiences they will never forget. We do teaching for the young people to help ground them in the Catholic faith. We want the Bible to […]

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Ironic Twist to a Devastating Story; Why Did God Allow Sin?

December 30, 2019

I just finished writing my book on Genesis to be published by Ignatius Press. This section I wrote was so exciting and ironic I had to share it, especially since this is Christmas when God became Man. Here is a small section of what I wrote: But why didn’t God prevent Adam and Eve from sinning? […]

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What Kind of Music Did Abraham Listen To?

December 29, 2019

One of our DVDs in the Footprints of God series is entitled “Abraham, Father of Faith & Works.” We filmed the first chapter it in Iraq — in Ur of Chaldees — which is the home of Abraham, just south of Baghdad (Gen 11:28-31). Thanks to the Biblical Archaeology Society to which I subscribe, we can now listen to […]

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Reflecting on Turning 65 Today

December 29, 2019

I used to think someone 50 years old was really old — then I turned 50. If that was really old, what now the I turn 65 today? Inside I still feel mid-30’s but my body keeps reminding me it ain’t so. (Picture: Janet and I with baby Cindy in 1978) Five years ago at […]

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Enjoying Christmas Walking Around Jerusalem’s Old City

December 29, 2019
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The Protestant and his Three Huts

December 28, 2019

The Protestant’s Three Huts A Protestant was stranded all alone on an island. He begins sending smoke signals, hoping that somebody will find him. Ten years pass, and a boat is sailing by. The captain notices the smoke signals, and decides to pull into the island. When he docks, he sees three huts. The Protestant […]

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Pictures from Christmas in Jerusalem

December 27, 2019

Janet and I arrived a few days before our group of families arrive for our Christmas Family Holy Land Pilgrimage. We took a few pictures while walking around today and thought you might enjoy them.

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Ready to Start Studying the Bible in 2020? It’s Time to Prepare Now!

December 27, 2019

Since I was 17 years old, studying the Bible has been my passion. Now as a Catholic it has increased 100%. Back in my youth, I could never have anticipated the wealth of materials for study that I now have at my fingertips. I recommend two great Catholic resources: FIRST, Catholic Scripture Study International. I […]

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