Encouraging Word from a New Convert

by Steve Ray on October 26, 2014

Mr Ray.

I know you are a very busy man, so I will try to keep this brief. My name is Joshua Shearer. I’ve been a baptist all my life, but in this last year I have started to discern the Catholic faith. I am fully convinced that Catholicism holds the truth and am planning on joining the Church very very soon. Praise be to God for pulling me out of that place of ignorance by showing me the light!

I just wanted to give you a word of encouragement by saying that I love what you are doing. Stay in the light, and may God watch over you in all that you do.

I pray that someday all Christians here on earth will be united under one roof. I have already started my journey to this end by sharing with anyone who will listen to the truth that has been revealed to me. Perhaps we will see a revival in our lifetime. After all, if fundamentalist baptists like you and me can be reached, maybe this is a dawn of a new beginning, the end of a 500 year long struggle.


Synod Surprise

by Steve Ray on October 22, 2014

Posted by MARK BRUMLEY on Tuesday Oct 21st, 2014 at 5:23 PM


Those expecting big changes in Catholic teaching in the final report of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family just encountered the “God of surprises,” to use Pope Francis’ expression. No big changes.

Of course, the interim report surprised people, too. Apparently, someone “adjusted” it to fit a certain approach to issues concerning homosexual persons, civilly remarried Catholics, and Communion and cohabitation. This approach wasn’t generally shared by the synod fathers, despite everyone’s desire to be inclusive and merciful. That made the report a misrepresentation. Surprise.

Media “spun” the story, essentially saying that the Catholic Church had “caved in,” to use George Weigel’s expression. The Church is changing her teaching, they said. The story was wrong. No surprise.

What surprised many was the bishops’ pushback. Many openly criticized the interim report. They began taking more responsibility for their own “messaging.” Even some of the so-called “progressive” voices severely qualified things:

Mercy, inclusivity and respect for human dignity doesn’t mean anything goes, many bishops noted. Human dignity isn’t a blank check to do as we please. Disapproving of certain things doesn’t mean we don’t know that people do other, praiseworthy things. Even bad actions sometimes have positive elements, which don’t, of course, make the bad things good. None of this needs to compromise Catholic teaching. We should praise faithful Catholic families. And so on.

Told by synod leadership that the bishops’ small-group reports wouldn’t be available to the public, the bishops balked. The small-group reports were published.

The final report of the synod aligns with Catholic teaching.

Some observers compared the synod’s discussion to Vatican II. Good comparison. The Roman Curial leadership at the Second Vatican Council wanted the bishops to “rubber stamp” the prepackaged documents. The bishops said, “No.” Similarly, some synod fathers tried to get a “rubber stamp” on a misrepresentative interim report. The bishops said, “No.”


The African bishops, who a few European participants seemed to want to marginalize, spoke out. Why shouldn’t their contributions to the universal Church be considered? The Pope added South African Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, one of the most outspoken critics of the interim report, to the final report’s writing team.


The synod upheld Catholic teaching but was eager to find new ways to present it. Call that groundbreaking if you want — it seems more like “Let’s do better.” The hot-button issues were there — holy Communion for civilly remarried Catholics, cohabitation and how to reach out to same-sex attracted people — but the final report addressed them in a more coherently Catholic way.


The evangelical thrust of Pope Francis (and his predecessors) permeated the final report. The Church should reach out to struggling families, not wait for them to come to her. What’s more, the Church is to cure wounds, not just bandage them and pretend they aren’t there. The Church must “meet people where they are” — going to the highways and byways. Yet we mustn’t “leave them where they are.”

Sounds like the New Evangelization….

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Others Good Related Articles:

The Synod and the Media: Culpable Naïveté or Shrewd Calculation?

Development of Doctrine or Change in Teaching?

Tyranny of “Mercy”

An Extraordinary Synod in More ways than One


Legatus Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 7

by Steve Ray on October 15, 2014

Mass at Gethsemane is always moving. Mount Zion, Tour of the Holy Shroud exhibit, entrance to the Tomb and much more. Enjoy!

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Carrying our Cross with Christ, Mass at Tomb, Visitation and more

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Join us for Via Dolorosa and Mass the Tomb and … … Visitation, Western Wall, meeting with Bishop of Jerusalem and more.

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Video Fixed – Legatus Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 4: Capernaum, Up to Jerusalem

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Sorry the wrong video uploaded last night. It was only 50 seconds, just a segment of our dinner. Now we have the whole video up – almost 15 minutes of the entire day including Capernaum and the Sea of Galilee and the drive up to Jerusalem. Enjoy today’s video.

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Legatus Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 2

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What a magnificent first full day on this pilgrimage. Legatus is wonderfully organized, prompt, interested and a very impressive group – the full bus of them! We enjoy having Tom Monahan of Domino’s Pizza and Ave Maria University with us on this trip. Today we visited the Mount of Transfiguration where we celebrated Mass, then [...]

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Ireland Day 8: Grand Finale!

October 7, 2014

Our last day was happy and sad. It’s always sorrowful to say goodbye to all her new friends and new friends they are. We started out today going to Trinity College in Dublin. The main attraction here is the Book of Kells. These glorious illustrated Gospels were written and designed over 1000 years ago which [...]

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Ireland Day 7: Tour of Dublin; Patrick Coffin’s Magic

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Ireland Day 6: Tipperary to Dublin, great fun along the way

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Today was Sunday and we left our hotel in Tipperary and drove through beautiful landscape that reminded us of Switzerland. Cows and sheep in beautiful stone fenced hillsides. We had some great stories along the way as well: Janet’s story of her experience with the prayers of St. John Paul II, Fr. James’ story of [...]

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Ireland Day 5: Blarny Stone, St. Patrick’s Stone of Cashel and more

October 4, 2014

We were all sad to leave the beautiful hotel and Sneem in the southwest corner of Ireland. But it was a beautiful day full of sunshine and puffy clouds and we drove east towards County Cork. Our first stop was a castle and Blarney where everyone wanted to kiss the Blarney Stone. Good pictures and [...]

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Ireland Day 4: Ring of Kerry, Music and Dance

October 3, 2014

Another wonderful day. Very late but I wanted to get these two videos up before crashing into bed. The Ring of Kerry was spectacular with scenery the best in Ireland. Mountains, rushing rivers, lakes, gorst bushes and heather, and the kindest and the friendliest, kindest and wittiest folks in the world. Enjoy! Samples of some [...]

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Ireland Day 3: Bunratty Castle, Limericks in Limerick, Mass in Adare, Arrival in Sneem

October 2, 2014

One day gets better than the next. Today we started at Bunratty castle and stepped back 600 years in history. Bunratty village takes a while to wander through as you place yourself in a village in medieval Ireland. Watch the animals, smell the smoke from peat burning in the fireplaces and enjoy the magnificent Irish [...]

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Ireland Day 2: Our Lady of Knock, Steve’s Explanations, Batt’s Story, Evening in Galway and more

October 1, 2014

Great day! Enjoy our visit to Our Lady’s apparition in Knock and my speculation on it’s meaning (separate video below). Also see Cong where Maureen O’Hara and John Wayne film “The Quiet Man” and our drive thru western Ireland. In a separate video below see Batt at his best – as an old Irish story-teller. [...]

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“Top of the Morning to You” – First Great Day in Ireland

September 30, 2014

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