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A Most Stunning Apse and Altar – thanks Fr. John Riccardo!

I visited my daughter Emily‘s parish today with my wife Janet and Emily’s three grandkids and her husband Sean. I was again moved by the profound and beautiful altar area in Our Lady of Good Counsel in Plymouth Michigan. So, I prepared a 2 1/2 minute video for you to enjoy it as well. God […]

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

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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“Call No Man Your Father”

“Call No Man Your Father” By Steve Ray I received several questions recently and will post my answers separately over the next few days. Here is the first question which I received and answered. 1.) In Matthew 23:9 Jesus says: ” And call no man your father upon earth: for one is your Father which […]

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The Number 40 in the Bible – and Lent

Forty is no insiginficant number in the Bible! That is why we have the liturgical season of Lent for forty days which begins with Ash Wednesday and ends with Easter. Lent is the primary penitential season in the Church’s liturgical year, reflecting the forty days Jesus spent in the desert in fasting and prayer ( […]

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Vatican Further Represses the Latin Mass and Sacramental Rites

I am not a devotee of the Latin Mass, though we have frequently attended and found the people loyal to this form of the Mass devout and obedient with division and schism the last thing on their mind. I tend to be a “Novus Ordo” guy who appreciates understanding the language though I love the […]

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Thoughts on the Pope’s Restriction of the Latin Mass

I tend to avoid liturgy debates since I am not an expert on such matters. But I’ve been reading and watching the fallout from the Pope’s radical and drastic choice to limit and even eliminate the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. I expressed my thoughts on the Latin Mass in an earlier blog, and share […]

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Is This What the Church Needs Just Now?

Whatever your thoughts are about the popes new declaration about banning the Latin Mass, this article I think puts it in perspective, especially for those who believe there should be the freedom for the Latin mass within the Roman right of the church. As I said earlier on my blog, I’m not a Latin Mass […]

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On Restoring the Sunday Mass Obligation

This article was released Saturday, February 20 at The Catholic Thing. As American Catholics enter Year II of lockdown, a number of dioceses are beginning to roll back the universal dispensation from Sunday Mass.  The Archdiocese of Detroit is the most prominent, announcing that as of March 13, the universal dispensation of the faithful from the […]

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Vatican Urges Catholics to Return to Public Sunday Worship

You may want to send a copy of Cardinal Sarah’s official Vatican pronouncement to your bishop! It is time we stop this craziness and get back to Mass and worshiping our Lord Jesus Christ and fellowshipping with one another. We have been silent long enough. Now Rome speaks out in support of the churches opening […]

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Finally, some bishops push back on the lockdown of churches!!

Fox News reports that the Minnesota archdiocese and all the bishops of Minnesota have defied the state’s coronavirus limits on religious gatherings. Civil disobedience in the face of blatant religious repression. Bravo to the bishops of Minnesota — and may all the bishops in the US have the courage to do the same. “In defiance of limits […]

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