So much to-do about a lion killed and justification for babies killed and their part sold. Here they discuss getting caught and the exclamation as they cut the baby up, “Oh, this was a boy!”

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Salvation by Faith Alone?

by Steve Ray on July 30, 2015

Since the days of Martin Luther it has been popular to reduce salvation to a sound bite. Salvation is not by works but by “faith alone.”

However, the Bible seems to have another idea. In my book CROSSING THE TIBER I mention a few passages from Scripture to give a more biblical perspective.

Here is a section from page 100 in my book:

“One last comment, even though it will be discussed in more detail later: there is no attempt here to pit baptism against faith, or belief against baptism.  Things are rarely that simple.  Faith and baptism are two sides of the same coin.  Are we saved by faith or by baptism?  Are we saved by believing or by the Spirit?  These are false dichotomies that should have no place in our thinking.

screen-capture“How does one receive salvation, justification, new birth and eternal life?

By believing in Christ (Jn 3:16; Acts 16:31)?
By repentance (Acts 2:38; 2 Pet 3:9)?
By baptism (Jn 3:5; 1 Pet 3:21; Titus 3:5)?
By the work of the Spirit (Jn 3:5; 2 Cor 3:6)?
By declaring with our mouths (Lu 12:8; Rom 10:9)?
By coming to a knowledge of the Truth (1 Tim 2:4; Heb 10:26)?

By maintaining the faith (Col 1:22-23; Mt 24:13)?
By works (John 5:28-29; Rom 2:6, 7; James 2:24)?
By grace (Acts 15:11; Eph 2:8)?
By his blood (Rom 5:9; Heb 9:22)?
By His righteousness (Rom 5:17; 2 Pet 1:1)?
By His cross (Eph 2:16; Col 2:14)?

“Can we cut any one of these out of the list and proclaim it alone as the means of salvation?  Can we be saved without faith? without God?s grace? without repentance? without baptism? without the Spirit?  These are all involved and necessary; not one of them can be dismissed as a means of obtaining eternal life.  Neither can one be emphasized to the exclusion of another.  They are all involved in salvation and entry into the Church.  The Catholic Church does not divide these various elements of salvation up, overemphasizing some while ignoring others; rather she holds them all in their fullness.

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Leaving Lourdes: Final Comments and Farewells 

by Steve Ray on July 30, 2015

It was a wonderful trip and these are all great folks. Everyone was sad to leave early in the morning but lasting friendships are formed and lives are changed.

I certainly appreciated Msgr. Droll’s closing comments. 

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A Powerful Story of Conversion and the Rosary

July 30, 2015

A lady named Leah shared this story: Throughout my abusive childhood, my mother dragged my siblings and I through every possible religion, Church, alternative spiritual groups/cults and was so thoroughly confused by my teenage years, I firmly believed in “nothing”. When I was around 18 and taking my usual walk after dinner one evening, I [...]

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Full Day at Lourdes; Meeting with President of Medical Bureau and more

July 29, 2015

How can you not have a great day at Lourdes? The weather has cooperated magnificently. After Mass in St. Ann’Chapel and a guided tour through the Lourdes’ Museum, everyone had free time today to again explore, pray at the very shrines and churches, go into the baths, shop and more. In the afternoon we went [...]

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Mass at Lourdes Grotto; Toured Bernadette’s Life ; Two Huge Processions

July 28, 2015

Amazing day at Lourdes – enjoy! First video is our mass and exploration of the Grado and a tour of Bernadette’s life.  The second video is made up of two huge processions the first Eucharistic benediction in one of the biggest churches on earth underground and the second one was a Rosery per session around [...]

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New Planned Parent Video – They Just Keep Coming; Where is Obama?

July 28, 2015
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Glad my Son Earned the Honor of Eagle Scout before BS (Boy Scout) Collapse

July 28, 2015

My grandkids all switched from Boy Scouts to Catholic Scouts. NEVER would my family be members after gay scouts and leaders are approved!!  What has happened to our country?  Christians, we are now a despised subculture – get used to it and prepare for persecution. If you’re afraid of persecution and want to stay mainline [...]

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Can You Believe our Destructive  President? His Justice Department Ordered to Investigate…

July 28, 2015

…the undercover film crew exposing the selling of aborted baby parts RATHER THAN investigating Planned Parenthood that is illegally selling murdered baby’s part.  “The U.S. Department of Justice announced plans to investigate the group that produced undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood employees admitting that they harvest and sell organs ripped from the bodies aborted babies. Politico [...]

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Mass in the Room St. Ignatius Loyola was Born and Later Converted; Bugos to Loyola to Lourdes

July 27, 2015

After a tour of the beautiful Catholic city of Burgos Spain we drove through the lovely countryside filled with fields of wheat and sunflowers. We went up into the mountains in the Basque country and stopped at the shrine and Loyola. This was a delightful surprise for everyone with the beautiful Jesuit church, visiting the [...]

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One hundred and fifty pound incensor that takes 8 men to operate: from Santiago to Burgos

July 26, 2015

Have you ever seen a three foot high, 150 pound incensor in a church that takes 8 men to operate? Today we had front row seats for the morning Mass at the Cathedral in Santiago with Msgr. Droll concelebrating. You won’t believe this “botafumeiro” that flew over our heads at the speed of a rocket. [...]

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Is Scripture Sufficient without the Church?

July 26, 2015

Lenny writes to Beau: Hi Beau, you mention “that Scripture is sufficient to teach us.” There is a problem with your statement is this; it is not in the Bible.  Nowhere does it say that we should follow Scripture alone “Sola Scriptura” or that it is all sufficient.   Isn’t it interesting “Sola Scriptura” (Bible alone), [...]

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Fiesta of St. James! Celebrating his Feast Day at his Bones in Santiago (which means “St. James”); Walking the El Camino

July 25, 2015

What a mass of people! The Spanish people know how to celebrate and coming to Santiago de Compostela on the feast day of their primary saint, St. James the Greater, is quite an experience! By the way, this is the St. James who was called by Jesus on the shores of Galilee.  We started with [...]

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Driving North from Portugal to Spain; Amazing Day with Profoundly Spiritual and Beautiful Visits along the Way

July 24, 2015

This morning we left Fatima early and drove north through the beautiful countryside of Portugal. We stopped at Coimbra for Mass at the Carmelite Monastery where Sister Lucia lived for 57 years. We also visited the museum of her life which was very interesting especially having just been to Fatima. From there we drove north [...]

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The Media and Selling Baby Parts

July 24, 2015

Ideas for reporters struggling to cover Planned Parenthood -Solutions to the media blackout on the selling of baby body parts.

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Differences Between Catholic and Protestant Approaches to the Bible

July 23, 2015

“Bible Christians” (a misnomer, since Catholics are the real and original Bible Christians), based on their recently devised “Reformation” principle of sola Scriptura, study the Bible with the following premises: 1. There is no binding authority but the Bible alone; 2. There is no official binding interpretation or interpreter; each person ultimately is their own [...]

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