Two Cool Timelines for Holy Week

by Steve Ray on March 31, 2015

There are a lot of things that happened in Holy Week.

Do you know what was done when?  Where Jesus was each day?  What the sequence of events were?

These are great tools to accompany you through Holy Week and beyond. Print them out and put them on your refrigerator. Talk about it over dinner with the family. Share it with friends.

The outline timeline was developed by my friend Michael Chamblee. He says it is a “work in progress” so if you have any comments or suggestions, please pass them along.

Enjoy!

Click on the image to download PDF file

Click on image to download timeline

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Steve on Lots of Radio Shows this Week

by Steve Ray on March 30, 2015

Lots of Radio Shows this Week – Join Me!  All times are Eastern Time

All of the “Virtual Tours” came out VERY different, since a few of them were pre-recorded. None of them were alike :-) Each interviewer asked, and will ask different questions which take us in many different directions. It is a topic we could have talked about for hours so each show emphasizes different aspects of the Passion of Christ.

Wed. April 1

Relevant Radio: Morning Air 9 AM “Virtual Tour of the Passion of Christ”

Thurs. April 2  Holy Thursday

Spirit Catholic Radio, Spirit Mornings: 8 AM “Virtual Tour of the Passion, Part 1”

Radio Maria’s Flame of Love: 12 noon – 1 PM  “Eucharist, Upper Room and John 6”

Al Kresta Show on Ave Maria: 4 PM  “Virtual Tour of the Passion”

Friday, April 3  Good Friday

Spirit Catholic Radio, Spirit Mornings: 8:30 AM  “Virtual Tour of the Passion, Part 2”

Teresa Tomeo, Catholic Connections: 9:00-10:00 “Virtual Tour of 

Relevant Radio Morning Air 9 AM “Meditations on the Stations – of the Cross”

Relevant Radio Drew Mariani 5 PM “Virtual Tour of the Passion of Christ”

Two of Steve’s Popular Talks about the Passion of Christ:

Pain of the Crucifixion

 

Meditations on the Stations

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How Many Denominations are Too Many?

by Steve Ray on March 29, 2015

I am rushing to get packed — my wife and I leave next Monday for Portugal (Fatima), Spain (Avila) and France (Lourdes) with a group of 65 excited pilgrims. You will be able to join us by video for a Virtual Pilgrimage right here on this blog. Each night, Lord willing, I will upload video clips from the day.

WorldChristianEncyclopedia.jpgIn the meantime, this morning I post my discussion on the number of denominations in the world today and how sola Scriptura has been a huge factor in causing, or at least, facilitating this scandalous situation. I’ve been accused of “spinning,” the issue of denominationalism and schisms and factions. But there ARE such things and too many as you will see. 

(World Christian Encyclopedia from which Protestant and other groups outside the Catholic Church are listed and numbered in excess of 33,000 denominations. In the attached article I provide links to the pages and numbers in question.)

SheepFlock.jpg Some don’t want to admit that sola Scriptura is an unbiblical and destructive doctrine. Some ignore the fact that Jesus wants Christians to be one, with a visible unity so the world can see it and proclaim, “Ah, see the Christians? Their unity demonstrates visibly that the Father has certainly sent the Son” (John 17:22-23). The opposite then must also be true. If there are divisions and schisms the world has the right to conclude that the Father did not send the Son.

The great number of denominations and factions has done great damage to the reputation and credibility of Christianity. Whether it is 33,000 or whatever large number, it is grossly wrong. Christians ought to fix it by rallying around the shepherd Jesus appointed on the Sea of Galilee after his resurrection (at the exact point where we will visit on the shore this May, September, November and December) (Jn 21:15-17; Matt 16:18-19).

“Do you love Me? Shepherd My sheep, tend My lambs.” If there is a command that the Shepherd lead, there is an implicit command for the sheep to follow and obey.

How many denominations equals more than one. Jesus wants ONE flock (John 10:16). How many does it take to cause Jesus pain?

Sheep scatter easily, I know because I have rented flocks of sheep twice in Bethlehem. And because sheep scatter easily Jesus appointed shepherds and, through apostolic succession they are still pastoring the sheep today with a flock that is larger than all other Christian schisms, sects and factions combined. It is not by chance nor accident. It is by design.

But sheep are still quite willing at times to wander away and gather in little groups outside the fold — to their own detriment. And it is no surprise why many wandering sheep have come back to the fold and many others like me — born outside the true sheepfold of the Catholic Church — have entered the fold with great joy once we discovered it.

Now, one question that comes up. Aren’t there 242 “Catholic denominations” mentioned in the Oxford Dictionary you quote? I am not sure of the actual number, but there are a good number of Catholic schisms that have broke with Rome and set up their own “popes” and continue to call themselves Catholics. So, yes, you can say there are a lot of Catholic schisms, or if you prefer, denominations, along with Orthodox, Copts and others. It is a shame on all counts. 

There are also many rites loyal to Rome which may be considered different “denominations” even though in their case it would be questionable as to whether it would be correct to label them as such. There are groups like the Maronites, Melkites, Greek Catholics, etc. who have separate names but are all Catholic and in union with Rome.

I write this blog and article to encourage the faithful and to defend the faith of the “one holy, Catholic and apostolic Church” and those who love the faith.

FastFoodResaurants.jpgMy paper begins: “The other day I drove through town and on one side of the street there was McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Dairy Queen, Burger King, KFC, Pizza Hut, Macaroni Grill, Arby’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, Big Boy’s and Taco Bell. 

“On the other side of the street I saw church buildings: Presbyterian, Lutheran, Assemblies of God, Nazarene, Methodist, Reformed Baptist, Free Will Baptist, American Baptist, Southern Baptist, Missionary Baptist, Progressive Missionary Baptist and . . . 

“We live in a consumer society and unhappily too many people choose a “church” along Main Street the same way their appetites and tastes dictate which fast food joint they go to. And just like people jump from one restaurant to another, many Christians jump from one church to another. It is often called “church hopping” from the pews, or “sheep stealing” from the pulpit.” . . .

Click here for the rest of the story :-) 

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Rise AGAIN? When Did Jesus Rise the First Time?

March 28, 2015

Since we will soon be again at the very place where Jesus rose again from the dead, there is an interesting question that is often asked. It’s a fair question — one I’ve been asked numerous times. “If Jesus rose AGAIN, when did he rise the first time? He did not die and rise prior to [...]

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My Grandson Josh’s (12 years old) Latest Piano Composition – finished between lunch and dinner :-o

March 27, 2015

He has a gift and it must be from God because it didn’t come from us :-)

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British Priests Speak Out on Marriage and the Sacraments – Chastized by their Bishop

March 26, 2015

Ed Peters, Canon Lawyer, writes in support of British priests who exercised their canonical rights to affirm the Churches teaching on Marriage on the Sacraments. He writes,  There isn’t a word—not one single word—in the short, open letter signed by hundreds of British Catholic priests to the Catholic Herald (London) defending Church teaching on marriage and sacraments that any [...]

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Fast-paced 1-Minute New Video about our Pilgrimages – let us know what you think

March 24, 2015

This is produced by Spirit Juice. Let me know what you think.

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Behind the Scenes of the Christian Genocide in Iraq

March 24, 2015

Irondale, AL (EWTN) – As details of genocide of 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus began leaking out of Rwanda in 1994, the secular media and Hollywood jumped on the story and dozens of films were made, including the award-winning “Hotel Rwanda.” But who is making a film documenting the “religious cleansing” of hundreds of thousands [...]

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NOW SHIPPING: Steve’s Brand New Abraham DVD in the Footprints of God Series

March 24, 2015

After eight years of waiting — ABRAHAM, FATHER OF FAITH & WORKS is now shipping! You can order it HERE! Filmed on location in Iraq, Turkey, Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Learn things you never knew about our Father of Faith.  Camels, donkeys, goats and sheep — sacrifices, typology, flint knives and ancient temples. How [...]

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Emily is an RN and we are Proud of her

March 23, 2015

Our daughter Emily worked hard for this card. It says RN which stands for Registered Nurse. She graduated this year, passed the licensing exam with flying colors and just received this card today. Her mother and I could not be prouder and the people she cares for are the luckiest in the world to have [...]

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Abraham Footprints DVD Premier Showings

March 20, 2015

Abraham, Father of Faith & Works is now for sale!  We have had a great time this week showing it to very different audiences — and to rousing applause and rave reviews.  First, we showed it to the wonderful Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist at their convent in Ann Arbor Michigan. I was [...]

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“Religious Liberty Means More than You May Think,” Says Archbishop Chaput

March 20, 2015

Philadelphia, Pa., Mar 18, 2015 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia warned Tuesday that the United States will face increasing pressure to abandon its traditionally broad protections for religious liberty, though he encouraged Christians never to give up hope in God’s love. Religious liberty, he said, “means much more than the [...]

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

March 19, 2015

Here are the questions I answered on Catholic Answers Live on Monday evening. Not a lot of questions by number – but we spent a lot of time on some of the excellent conversations. Fun show! Here is the link to listen on-line: http://www.catholic.com/audio-player/28639  Here is the link for downloading the podcast: http://www.catholic.com/radio/shows/open-forum-for-non-catholics-28639# **************************** 1 – [...]

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Should We Use the Missalette at Mass?

March 18, 2015

From Jimmy Akin’s blog: Richard Becker, who describes himself as a “God-haunted lunatic,” has an entertaining rant against the use of missalettes at Mass. Being a God-haunted lunatic myself, allow me to counter-rant in the same spirit. In his piece, Becker poses a number of arguments against using missalettes at Mass. Let’s take a look [...]

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Etiquette at Mass: Reasonable Do’s and Don’ts for Polite and Proper Worship

March 17, 2015

20 Things TO DO And NOT DO at Mass. These are not rules that will get you banished from the Church, but things that are mostly common sense — polite conduct to enhance our worship and that of those around us. 1. Fast before Mass. It is required that one fasts for at least 1 [...]

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We Need More Heroes: Archbishop Cordilone’s Letter which Brought him MUCH Grief

March 16, 2015

It is too bad that a letter stating that Catholic schools must teach according to the truth and morals of the Catholic Church should bring condemnation and threats to an archbishop. Welcome to America in the 21st century. *************************************** Dissenting from Catholic Teaching or the Natural Moral Law in a Catholic High School does not [...]

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