5,000 Year History of Religion in 90 Seconds

by Steve Ray on February 26, 2017

Very interesting! Watch the world map as world religions expand and contract over the centuries!

Click here for video of World Religions

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IMG_8578 Today my wife and I traveled through the Palestinian West Bank discovering the birthplace and the tomb of the Prophet Elisha.

We are scouting and preparing for our next Footprints of God DVD on Elijah-Elisha. Hope you enjoy the video of our adventures today.

Do you remember the story in 2 Kings 13:21 where a dead man was thrown into a shallow grave and his body touch the bones of the light show the prophet? As soon as the corpse touched the bones it came back to life. Elisha did miracles during his life and even in his death (Sirach 48:13-14).

We found the tomb in Sebaste Samaria that was even mentioned by Saint Jerome in the late 300s. Miracles took place here according to his account. Eventually the bones were moved to Alexandria Egypt and then out to St. Macarius Monastery.

Tomorrow morning we leave for Egypt to discover the final resting place of the bones of John the Baptist and Elisha. I  will post a video of that too so you can join and share our adventures.

I just love being the Catholic adventurer, the Indiana Jones of the Catholic Church and the Crocodile Hunter for the Faith :-)

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Bible Riddle: What Am I?

by Steve Ray on February 25, 2017

(Answer Key Below :-)

God made Adam out of the dust,
But thought it best to make me first.

So I was made before the man,
according to God’s Holy plan.

My whole body God made complete,
without arms, or hands, or feet.

My ways and acts did God control,
but in my body He placed no soul.

A living being I became,
and Adam gave to me a name.

Then from his presence I withdrew,
for this man Adam I never knew.

All my Maker’s laws I do obey,
and from these laws I never stray.

Thousands of me go in fear,
but seldom on the earth appear.

Later, for a purpose God did see,
He placed a living soul in me.

But that soul of mine God had to claim,
and from me took it back again.

And when this soul from me had fled,
I was the same as when first made;

without arms, legs, feet, or soul,
I travel on from pole to pole.

My labors are from day to night,
and to men I once furnished light.

Thousands of people both young and old,
did by my death bright lights behold.

No right or wrong can I conceive;
the Bible and it’s teachings I can’t believe.

The fear of death doesn’t trouble me;
pure happiness I will never see.

And up in Heaven I can never go,
nor in the grave or hell below.

So get your Bible and read with care;
you’ll find my name recorded there.

This puzzle was written by a lady in California in 1890 in response to a gentlemen in Philadelphia, who said that he would pay $1,000 to anyone who could write a puzzle that he could not solve. He failed to do so, and paid the lady $1,000 (a great sum at that time). The answer is one word, five letters long, and appears only four times in the King James version of the Bible. An eight-year-old boy figured out the puzzle. Can you? Happy hunting.

Answer Key: Check out Genesis 1:21; Job 7:12; Ezekiel 32:2; Matthew 12:40.

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Is God Like a GPS System?

February 24, 2017

There are a million reasons why God is NOT like a GPS system but I am in Australia and I made a wrong turn and my GPS started reprimanding me and saying “Recalculating!” For those who don’t know, GPS stands for Global Positioning System. It is a nifty little device that links up with positional […]

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Did the Pope Change Doctrine with Amoris Laetitia?

February 24, 2017

I AM A LAWYER, NOT A MIND-READER February 23, 2017 By Canon Lawyer Ed Peters, Cardinal Vincent Nichols’ echoing of claims that Amoris laetitia changed no doctrines occasioned a question for me: Am I the only (or among the few) Amoris critics who agrees with Amoris defenders that Pope Francis made no doctrinal changes in […]

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Via Dolorosa to Mass at Calvary and Discovering Empty Tomb

February 23, 2017

Starting your day at 4:00 AM we went on the Via Dolorosa to Mass at Calvary and then entering the tomb. Enjoy! Farewells $ Comments

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St. Polycarp’s name does not mean “many fish”

February 23, 2017

Today is the Feast Day of the Great Bishop and Saint Polycarp on February 23. When we converted to the Catholic Church my son Jesse chose St. Polycarp as his patron saint because of his great heroism. We filmed the whole life of St. Polycarp on location. I feel like I know him. The name Polycarp […]

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Western Wall, Gethsemane, Mounts of Olives and Zion and more

February 22, 2017

Western Wall, Gethsemane (Fr. James’ wonderful homily), Mount of Olives, Church of Mary’s Dormition, Upper Room, St. Peter in GAllicantu, Bishop of Jerusalem and dinner on the roof of Jerusalem.

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Feast of Chair of St. Peter: “Chair of Moses, Chair of Peter” Steve’s Article, YouTube Video and Resources

February 22, 2017

St. Cyprian of Carthage (beheaded 257 AD) one hundred and fifty years before the New Testament writings were collected into one book called “The Bible”: “The Lord says to Peter: ‘I say to you,’ He says, ‘that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell will […]

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Jerusalem of Jesus’ Time, Camels, Dead Sea Swim, Jericho and more…

February 21, 2017

Day full of fun with swimming in the Dead Sea and riding camels. We also renewed our baptismal vows in the Jordan River and toured Qumran. Lunch in Jericho and Israel Museum. Mass at Notre Dame (homily here). Enjoy.

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

February 21, 2017

A while ago I wrote the Study Guide for Catholic Scripture Study — on Genesis. 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 […]

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Bethlehem All Day! Christmas! Mass in a Cave! Saints bones. Dancing!

February 20, 2017

All day in Bethlehem. Enjoy! Fr. James’ excellent Christmas homily in a Cave here.

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Was Jesus Nice?

February 20, 2017

I wish I had a dollar for every time someone has said to me. “That was not very Christ-like.” This response usually comes after being honest to the point of making someone upset.  The implication is that Jesus was a cuddly little nice guy who was always smiling, always accepting with kind words – in […]

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Sailing with Jesus, Capernaum (Hometown of Jesus), Eating St. Peter’s Fish, Visitation, Jerusalem

February 19, 2017

We started the day with Peter, James, Andrew and John on a boat going across the sea of Galilee he. It was a little windy and choppy but a genuine experience. The Mass at Capernaum was especially meaningful today. Knowing that Jesus had healed thousands of people there we had a special healing Mass with […]

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Incredible New Video “From Conception to Birth”

February 19, 2017

Make sure everyone sees this because it is a marvelous argument against abortion. This is new technology that won its inventors the Nobel Prize. It pulls back the curtain on the developing baby and the mystery inside the womb. Hang in there for the first three minutes while he is explaining the technology — the […]

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Mass at Beatitudes, Steve’s Talk on Peter, Druze Lunch, Fr. Jame’s Story and more

February 18, 2017

We started with Mass at Beatitudes overlooking the Sea of Galilee. The excellent homily is <a href=”http://www.yorutube.com/watch?v=mO1MQJJHw4A” target=”_blank”>here</a>. A nice hour drive north to the Lebonese border with Fr. James Conlon telling his vocation story. <img src=”http://www.footprintsofgodpilgrimages.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/IMG_7648-169×300.png” alt=”” width=”169″ height=”300″ class=”alignright size-medium wp-image-1591484″ /> We arrived at Caesarea Philippi where Steve gave his talk and […]

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