Jews as Proof of God’s Existence & Faithfulness

November 3, 2017

Winston Churchill wrote “Some people like the Jews, and some do not. But no thoughtful man can deny the fact that they are, beyond any question, the most formidable and the most remarkable race which has appeared in the world.“ He is absolutely right! I have often said they are remarkable people –gifted in a […]

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Day 6: All Day Santiago de Compostela with El Camino Pilgrims; Huge Incensor!

November 2, 2017

Joined all the pilgrims arriving from the long El Camino pilgrimage. Many of our group got up early and walked part of the El Camino – the Way of St. James. Mass at the cathedral with the Archbishop presiding. You have to see the huge incensor, called the “botafumero” which takes eight men to operate. […]

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Day 6: Santiago de Compostela all day; Huge Incensor!

November 2, 2017

Joined all the pilgrims arriving from the long El Camino pilgrimage. Many of our group got up early and walked part of the El Camino – the Way of St. James. Mass at the cathedral with the Archbishop presiding. You have to see the huge incensor, called the “botafumero” which takes eight men to operate. […]

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All Souls, Purgatory and Dirty China

November 2, 2017

Gus Llyod’s Reflection on Purgatory Today we celebrate the Feast of All Souls. It is the day we remember all the souls in Purgatory. Purgatory can be a controversial topic, and hard to explain. So, I would like to help you with that. Following is one of the chapters of A Minute in the Church […]

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Day 5: Burgos to Leon to Santiago

November 1, 2017

Fantastic Mass at Burgos Cathedral with our two cantors and glorious art. You can see/hear the homily here. Tour of the majestic church and the museum. Some free time in the piazza. Conversion Stories, Vocation stories, prayer, movies and more on Drive thru Spain. Lunch in the center of Leon Spain was the cathedral towering […]

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Day 5: Burgos to Leon to Santiago de Compostela

November 1, 2017

Fantastic Mass at Burgos Cathedral with our two cantors and glorious art. You can see/hear the homily here. Tour of the majestic church and the museum. Some free time in the piazza. Conversion Stories, Vocation stories, prayer, movies and more on Drive thru Spain. Lunch in the center of Leon Spain was the cathedral towering […]

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Are You Born Again?

November 1, 2017

Since we are all renewing our Baptismal Vows at the Jordan River today, thought this post from a year ago might be appropriate :-) It seems that God is kind of predictable in a way :-) since He always starts new things in the same way — with “water and the Spirit“. Consider the following: 1) The […]

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Day 4: Lourdes to Loyola to Burgos Spain

October 31, 2017

Early departure from Lourdes and a beautiful drive through the countryside of France and Spain. Four hours at Loyola Spain as we toured the house of St. Ignatius of Loyola and had Mass in the beautiful church there. For Bishop Archbishop Lucas’ homily click here. Enjoy today’s video.

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Sherlock Holmes an Idolater – Praying to People?

October 31, 2017

Last night my wife and I were watching an episode of Sherlock Holmes on TV. He has always been one of my favorite characters and I can remember reading all the stories to our kids as they grew up. On TV I think Jeremy Brett does the best portrayal and it is always a delightful […]

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Lourdes Day 3: Mass at St. Bernadette’s Relics, Meeting Head Doctor of Lourdes and more

October 30, 2017

Mass at Immaculate Conception Church at the eRelics of Saint Bernadette. You can see/hear the homily here. We also had an incredible opportunity to meet with the doctor in charge of all of Lourdes. He spent two hours with us explaining the detailed history of Saint Bernadette, the site and how miracles are determined by […]

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Traveling with Paul, John & Mary in Biblical Times was TOUGH!

October 30, 2017

Jostling through the crowds Paul and Luke pushed their way to the ramp. The wooden cargo ship was ready to leave Caesarea and they had gathered the last of their supplies. They pressed the silver denarii into the hands of the sailer at the dock. They were allowed onto the ship. They rushed to the […]

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Lourdes all Day: Mass at the Grotto, Following Footprints of Young Bernadette, Rosary Procession and more

October 29, 2017

Our first full day started with Mass in the Grotto of Lourdes where our Lady appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858. Archbishop Lucas presided at the beautiful and reverent Mass in the “cave.” You can hear/see his excellent homily here. We then gave people free time until 2:30 for going to the baths (though they […]

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Lourdes All Day: Mass at Grotto, Touring Life of Bernadette, Rosary Procession and more

October 29, 2017

Our first full day started with Mass in the Grotto of Lourdes where our Lady appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858. Archbishop Lucas presided at the beautiful and reverent Mass in the “cave.” You can hear/see his excellent homily here. We then gave people free time until 2:30 for going to the baths (though they […]

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Our Conversion Story in Easy-to-Read Format with Lots of Pictures

October 29, 2017

I can still smell the green vinyl of the used couch in our living room as I knelt with my mom, with my face buried in my hands and my nose pressed into the vinyl. She had decided I was old enough — after all I was four years old. She didn’t want to wait […]

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Our 3 Buses Arrive in Lourdes France – All Excited and Ready to Go!

October 28, 2017

Always good on the first day to see everyone excited, happy and ready for spiritual adventures – and other kinds of adventures too. We had our first Mass with Archbishop Lucas from Omaha Nebraska at the St. Joseph Chapel here at the Lourdes Shrine. Hear the first homily here. Enjoy our first day here in France […]

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

October 28, 2017

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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