This is eye-candy with some of the finest nature shots with animals and scenery. Published as a promo to a new series on the earth, David Attenborough did a fine job of showing the magnificence of God’s creation. What a Wonderful World. Enjoy!

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Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), was interviewed recently by Raymond Arroyo about his book The Cardinal Müller Report: An Exclusive Interview on the State of the Church.

This was an excellent interview. I would not want this man’s job. But I found him insightful, brilliant and able to parse ideas and the current situations with the Pope to carefully navigate his words to express the truth but not get himself in trouble. And he did it all in English which is not his primary language.

raymond was tactful but blunt and pointed as a great reporter should be  very worth the 30 minutes to view.

Here is the video of that interview:

He said, “It is absolutely impossible that the pope, as the successor of St. Peter, the Vicar of Jesus Christ for the Universal Church, [would] present a doctrine which is plainly against the words of Jesus Christ.”

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Why Our Pilgrimages Sell Out Months in Advance

by Steve Ray on May 27, 2017

Hello Elizabeth

I must tell you dear Elizabeth, Steve Ray’s Holy Land trip was even better than I could have imagined. It could not have been done better!

First, let’s start with the preparation. All the materials sent in advance, the preparations — all functioned flawlessly. I wrote to you about this in a previous email. From the start, we were treated like royalty and it never stopped.

From my experience, Amer was the man-on-the-ground whose job it was to make sure everything happened, and it happened on time without a hitch. If that man or any member of his family showed up in the LA area, I’d take off work if necessary, travel to wherever he was and take him and his travel companions out to a great dinner at a fancy restaurant in an attempt to return the favor for his unbridled hospitality. Wow was he great! A storehouse of knowledge with an intimate connection to the land.

And Stephen and Janet Ray. Where do I start? Steve’s done this so often and so well, he makes the complex seem effortless. Janet made sure we didn’t get lost or separated from the pack. With all the contacts that he and Amer have, we were able to do things that few could do. How many of the pilgrims get to celebrate Latin High Chant Mass at the Tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for 50. Breathtaking. The experience of a lifetime.

And the people from the Food Donation Connection. They were so friendly and pious.

My wife Merle and I will never be the same. I’ve told all my friends about this trip and told them explicitly “You should go”.

So thank you Elizabeth. Thank you Amer and your family, Thank you Steve and Janet Ray. Thank you Bill and Sue for all that you’ve done for Merle and I.

I hear there are plans for a Part II trip in February of 2020. I told Bill — count Merle and I in.

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What is Wrong with this Picture? What is Missing? Is this the “New Normal”?

May 26, 2017

This magazine arrives in our mailbox four times a year; not because we subscribe but because we live in this community. We never sent our kids to public schools, choosing rather to educate them at home. When I grabbed the mail and walked back to the house I had not even reached the front door […]

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Interesting Explanation of Baptism from Protestant Dictionary – “baptism…in itself is unimportant”

May 25, 2017

I was looking up Greek definitions of the word baptism and found this interesting “definition.” This dictionary is usually very good but I found this summary of biblical passages on baptism very intriguing and disingenuous. Take a look at this definition and think about it for yourself. Analyze it and the verses used. Notice how they […]

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Lourdes all Day: Tour Bernadette’s Life and Closing Comments and Farewells

May 24, 2017

Great last day with tour of Bernadette’s home and sites along with two Masses including one for today and the later Mass for the Ascension. You can hear the first excellent “summary” homily by Fr. John here and the second homily by Fr. Andrew Apostoli here. Also a wonderful evening of comments about the trip […]

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Final Lourdes: Tour St. Bernadette’s Life; Farewells & Last Words

May 24, 2017

Great last day with tour of Bernadette’s home and sites along with two Masses including one for the Mass of that’s not the way God bring 2nd Ascension. You can hear the first excellent “summary” homily by Fr. John here in the second homily Fr. Andrew Apostoli here. Also a wonderful evening of comments about […]

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Who is the Hunter? Who is the Hunted?

May 24, 2017

Bible Riddle #1:  The hunter was killed, the prey were set free, the water was the lock and the rod was the key. Who was the hunter? Bible Riddle #2: It walked on earth, It talked on earth, on earth it knew no sin. Its not in hell, Its not on earth And heaven won’t […]

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Lourdes All Day! (Parts 1 and 2)

May 24, 2017

We spent the whole day touring the Lourdes Shrine with a special meeting with the doctor in charge of all the decisions regarding accredited and official healings. We had Mass at the Grotto of Bernadette at which an Irish priest gave an excellent homily (here). After a free afternoon, which many used to go for […]

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A Quick Reply to Question about Cremation and Scattering the Ashes

May 23, 2017

I was asked a question about Catholics, cremation and the scattering of ash. Here is my brief answer: The whole issue of cremation goes back to the Romans. They denied the bodily resurrection so they often burned the body and if they were rich they put the ashes in urns and put them in the […]

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Burgos Spain to Loyola (St.Ignatius) to Lourdes France

May 22, 2017

Wonderful day, great folks, conversion and vocation stories and the highlight – St. Ignatius and Loyola. Delightful and entertaining Homily by Fr. Andrew Apostoli at Loyola basilica.

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The Stones Cry Out: What Does Archaeology Say about the Reliability of the Bible and the Catholic Faith?

May 22, 2017

How do we know the sites related to Jesus are authentic? Didn’t the truth of these places get lost in the mist of history? Is the Bible really historically reliable? Recently I did an interview with Tim Staples of Catholic Answers about the reliability of the Bible, the proof of archaeology and the authenticity of […]

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Driving thru Spain: Santiago to León to Burgos

May 21, 2017

Hope you enjoy joining us as we drive across Catholic and beautiful Spain. Here is Fr. Mark Mary’s Homily at the Cathedral of Burgos.

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Driving thru Spain: Santiago to León to Burgos

May 21, 2017

Hope you enjoy joining us as we drive across Catholic and beautiful Spain. Here is Fr. Mark Mary’s Homily at the Cathedral of Burgos.

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Driving thru Spain: Santiago to León to Burgos

May 21, 2017

Hope you enjoy joining us as we drive across Catholic and beautiful Spain. Here is Fr. Mark Mary’s Homily at the Cathedral of Burgos.

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Purgatory? Doesn’t that Deny the Work of Christ?

May 21, 2017

What’s the Deal with Purgatory? by Steve Ray Isn’t the finished work of Christ sufficient? Didn’t he pay for all my sins? Why the heck do Catholics teach that we have to suffer in Purgatory for our sins? Plus, the Bible never mentions purgatory so it must be an unbiblical doctrine, right. Wow! Sounds like […]

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