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Click for info on our March 2016 Year of Mercy Pilgrimage to Rome-Assisi

We have four pilgrimages to Rome this year AND LIZ IS OUR GUIDE FOR ALL OF THEM!

Take a look at this video to see Liz’s amazing knowledge, passion for the Catholic Faith and eloquence. Enjoy this amazing video.

To join our upcoming Year of Mercy Rome-Assisi pilgrimages, visit FootprintsOfGod.com. Our first trip is in March and we have fewer than 10 seats left on the bus!

Also pilgrimages to Rome-Assisi in June, September and part of our Mediterranean cruise in November.

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Steve on steps of Abram's ziggurat in ancient Ur in Iraq

It is devastating and infuriating to watch ISIS systematically abolish Christianity in the East while the world watches and does next to nothing! This is where biblical history began and we are watching all traces be obliterated.

Two years ago Janet and I visited Iraq to film the early life of Abraham. Here is where God began his covenant to establish the people of Israel – descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This began 4,000 years ago and takes us back to the beginning of the Bible. 

We visited the oldest biblical landmark which is called the Ziggurat of Ur where Abram and his family before him worship pagan gods before the God of Glory called him. 

Now the Muslim hordes under the name ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) have swept in to establish a Caliphate (theocracy under the rule of Allah).

In their wake they are raping and murdering the Christians (People of the Cross) and destroying every remnant of Christianity. Their savage, insane  and inhumane razing of this ancient Christian land is maddening and painful to watch.

Why do they destroy these Christian sites and history? As one Iraqi priests in exile says, “We see it as an attempt to expel us from Iraq, eliminating and finishing our existence in this land,” said Father Paul Thabit Habib, who now lives in Kurdish-administered Irbil. They are claiming the land for their radical view of Allah an wiping out any remaining Christian memory or claim to the land.

Where is the world? Where are all the supposed humanists so concerned for culture and freedom? Why are Christians and their history not protected and preserved?

Before and after aerial views of the destruction of 1,600 years of Christian history

 But this is the ripe fruit of Islam. Don’t be misled into thinking this is a religion of peace.

Ask anyone who lives among them in the Middle East – they will freely tell you the truth of Islam without the political correctness of the West which has not lived under the cloud of Islam. Wake up America!

Image above: Satellite images showing the site of St Elijah’s Monastery in March 2011 and September 2014. Image below (from Wikipedia): Sects and branches of Islam.

Sects of Islam

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What Does the Word Catholic Mean? A History of the Word “Catholic”

November 17, 2015

As a Protestant, I went to an Evangelical church that changed an important and historical word in the  Apostles Creed. Instead of the “holy, catholic Church,” we were the “holy, Christian church.” At the time, I thought nothing of it. There was certainly no evil intent, just a loathing of the Catholic Church and a [...]

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Are Mormons Right on Total Apostasy of the Church?

November 14, 2015

The basis for Mormon theology is the concept of the Great Apostasy. Is the history of the Catholic Church a train wreck? Or, is the Mormon foundation a train wreck? This theory states that the Church fell off the tracks and rolled down the hill as soon as it shot out of the first century. [...]

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Baptists at the Council of Nicea?

November 12, 2015

Nicea, August 24, A.D. 325, 7:41 p.m.    “That was powerful preaching, Brother Athanasius. Powerful! Amen! I want to invite any of you folks in the back to approach the altar here and receive the Lord into your hearts. Just come on up. We’ve got brothers and sisters up here who can lead you through [...]

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Brief Overviews of Paul’s Life – from the Place He Was Beheaded – Free Timeline

October 27, 2015

Since we visited these sites today, I thought I would share these two videos: 1) Short Biography of St. Paul from the Place he was Martyred; 2) a Tour of the Sites of St. Paul’s Last Days. Enjoy! A while ago I gave a short biography of St. Paul at Tre Fontone where St. Paul [...]

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If Divorce and Remarriage are OK …

October 20, 2015

  If divorce and remarriage becomes acceptable (or gay marriage) then did St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher die for nothing? Was John the Baptist beheaded for nothing? King Henry VIII was right after all? Reas excellent article by Archbishop Samuel Aquila

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The Sign of the Cross: It’s History, Meaning and Biblical Basis

September 1, 2015

SIGN OF THE CROSS By Steve Ray The Sign of the Cross is a ritual gesture by which we confess two important mysteries: the Trinity and the centrality of the Cross. It is the most common and visible means by which we confess our faith. The Sign of the Cross is made by touching the [...]

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The Eucharist and the Fathers of the Church: Article by Steve Ray

August 19, 2015

The Eucharist and the Fathers of the Church, by Steve Ray The word “Eucharist” was used early in the Church to describe the Body and Blood of Christ under the forms of bread and wine. Eucharist comes from the Greek word for “thanks” (eucharistia), describing Christ’s actions: “And when he had given thanks, he broke [...]

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Countdown to Persecution in America

August 17, 2015

Two excellent articles (Part I and Part II and Part III). There is no doubt our society is rapidly moving away from it foundations and turning into an intolerant, secular society. When that happens Christians are the first to suffer. Over the last few years I have been giving a talk entitled “Swimming Upstream: Living a [...]

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Mega-church Mania: One Mom’s Observations (she’s a good writer) and Observations from the Early Church

May 29, 2015

Mr. Ray, My eldest daughter invited me to my grandson’s ‘dedication’ at her new place of worship.  Worship? Sorry. Her new place of…..well, the giant Olympic-sized structure that, after being directed in by police/traffic officers, upon entering, reminded me of a mall.  Oh and by the way, I didn’t witness any worship. My 1st thoughts were…”Wow! [...]

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Trail of Blood: Do Baptists Have a Claim to the Original Church?

March 6, 2015

What is the history of Baptists? Can they trace their roots back to the 1st century? Many ”fundamentalist” Baptists believe they can. Are they correct? There is a booklet that is very popular among this fundamentalist crowd. It is entitled “The Trail of Blood”. The booklet claims that Catholics persecuted the true Christians — the Baptists — leaving [...]

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“Sunday Mornings in Ancient Times” or “Why I Teared up Last Sunday”

December 22, 2014

Tears welled up in my eyes — again — at Mass last Sunday. It was not always so. As a former Baptist I used to think the Catholic Mass was a sacrilege and an abomination. How could anyone worship a piece of bread? Really! However, last Sunday I was overcome with emotion while sitting in [...]

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“11 Must-see Churches in Rome” Steve Ray quoted in Fox News Article

October 24, 2014

Since we leave for Rome today to pick up our 80 pilgrims for a pilgrimage through Italy, Greece and Turkey, I thought I would post this article so you can see some of the churches we will visit.  Here is the portion of the article in which I contributed. Teresa Tomeo also shares her favorite [...]

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Questions for “Bible Christians” that they can’t answer

October 1, 2014

http://www.catholic-convert.com/documents/QuestionsforBibleChristians.pdf  (David Palm is the original compiler of the insightful list.) Check out this list of Questions for “Bible Christians” that they cannot answer. I got a response in the Comments below, but thought I would post it here with my response. DAVID COMMENTED: It is refreshing to hear a Romanist admit they are not [...]

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