We picked everyone up at the Dublin airport and headed out across Ireland with our ultimate destination being Galway.

Because of the fire in the O’Hare airport in Chicago several people got delayed but eventually we collected of our pilgrims. One will be showing up tomorrow morning and catching up with us.

The highlight of today was stopping at Clonmacnoise on the Shannon River and seeing the monastery built by St. Kirian in the fifth century. I think you’ll be impressed with the magnificence and the grandeur of the ruins. St. John Paul II came here in 1979 to pray and we celebrated Mass on that spot.

We are now in the Imperial Hotel in Galloway and all is well. We have another adventurous day tomorrow.

Enjoy the movie. Click here to see it:

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5,000 Year History of Religion in 90 Seconds

by Steve Ray on September 30, 2014

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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“Safe?”  Yup! “But what about Gaza and ISIS?”

Gaza is quiet and ISIS has nothing to do with Israel. Israel is quiet, safe and inviting. Even all the bishops of the Holy Land said last week, “that pilgrims return without fear to the Holy Land. In fact, the pilgrims’ itinerary was always and is still very secure. – See more here.

We just returned with 55 excited pilgrims ten days ago and they all thanked us for not canceling the trip. We leave with another 45 in ten days. We hope you can join us over Christmas break or our upcoming February trip.

We have a delightful one-bus group going over the Christmas break. We leave on December 26 (so you can enjoy Christmas day with your family) and return Sunday, January 4 in time for school or work on Monday. Enjoy the Christmas season where it all happened. 

Mass at the Tomb of Christ, prayer at the Rock of Gethsemane, boat ride on Galilee, camel rides in the desert, meet the Bishop of Jerusalem and some of the best meals you’ve ever eaten.

Let Janet and I guide you through the most holy places in the world! Call Suzanne at 800-727-1999, 121 or write her at sparran@ctscentral.net.

Safe to go? See what these pilgrims say:

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Test Drive It! The Catechism on my Laptop, iPad and iPhone

September 28, 2014

I’ve been waiting for this for over 10 years. I have the fantastic Logos Bible Software is really doing it right and has “gone Catholic” to my great joy and constant prodding. It continues to grow in resources and power. But now the icing is on the cake! The searchable Catechism is on my laptop, [...]

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How the Ancient Hebrews Viewed the Universe

September 28, 2014

This is part of Logos Bible Software. I encourage every Catholic to get this Catholic and Bible Study software. Visit http://www.logos.com/steveray

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We Voted Today!

September 26, 2014

Since Janet and I will be out of the country leading groups through Ireland, Israel and the footprints of St. Paul until mid-November, we voted today by absentee ballot. We picked up our ballot and he asked why we needed to vote early. I told him we were Catholics and led Catholic pilgrimages and would [...]

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Mormons Changing Their Museum to Better Suggest They are “Christian”

September 25, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – “The Mormon Church History museum is closing for one year for a total renovation of the 30-year-old building. “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says the Salt Lake City museum will close on Oct. 6, following the biannual general conference. It is scheduled to reopen in the fall [...]

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Pope Benedict Vindicated in his Lecture on Islam

September 23, 2014

 Excerpt from George Weigel’s article in First Things Magazine. “Benedict XVI, I am sure, takes no pleasure in history’s vindication of his Regensburg Lecture. But his critics in 2006 might well examine their consciences about the opprobrium they heaped on him eight years ago. “Admitting that they got it wrong in 2006 would be a useful [...]

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Iraqi Nuns Slam Media Silence on Middle East Christian Persecution

September 23, 2014

Sometimes it takes a David to defeat a Goliath – or, in this case, unassuming nuns to speak where the media remain silent.  Speaking out for Christians persecuted in the Middle East, Mother Olga Yaqob and Sister Hatune Dogan slammed the American media for keeping silent. The nuns spoke with MRC during the In Defense of [...]

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Mary, Ark of the New Covenant

September 23, 2014

Read my article about Mary, typology and reading the Bible with the Fathers of the Church. It was published in Catholic Answers Magazine. Click on the image or HERE for the whole article.

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Holy Land Bishops Say Israel is and has been Safe for Pilgrims

September 20, 2014

Catholic Bishops of Holy Land Give 6-Point Evaluation of Current Events and Say Pope’s Visit Was a Pastoral and Ecumenical Success BETHLEHEM, September 19, 2014 (Zenit.org) – Here is a statement from the ordinary session of the Assembly of the Catholic Bishops of the Holy Land, which met this week in Bethlehem. The Heads of Catholic [...]

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If There is No Infallible Teacher, What Good is an Infallible Bible?

September 18, 2014

Stan Williams posed the question “What good is an infallible Bible without an infallible teacher? I RESPONDED: The NT never claims infallibly for itself or its Table of Contents. Without an authoritative Church and without the Infallible Interpreter we don’t even have an infallible book. STAN WILLIAMS WROTE: I have this progression written: · Fallible [...]

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Christmas in Bethlehem, Sign up Now, Safe and Quiet in the Holy Land

September 16, 2014

Now that things have quieted down in Israel, many people are again looking for a good trip to the Holy Land. And do we have the trips for you! Work and school schedules a problem — no problem! We have a convenient pilgrimage planned over the Christmas break — from the day after Christmas until [...]

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Our Daughter’s Wedding was Beautiful and Emotional – Pictures and Video

September 15, 2014

Beautiful, artistic pictures of my daughter’s wedding HERE I knew I would cry and I did. My daughter loved it and laughed at me affectionately. When I walked her down the isle it was a bit surreal. My grandson Josh played the piano and all my kids were there in their fine wedding clothes watching [...]

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My Baby Girl Gets Married Today; Already have Tears Thinking of Walking her Down the Isle.

September 13, 2014

Emily is a sweetheart and I thank God that he gave me this beautiful and lovely girl to raise. Now she will let go of my hand to hold that of another man. Sean Regan is his name and he is one lucky man. Janet and I are listening to Daddy-Daughter songs deciding which one [...]

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My Grandson Josh Plays Pachabel – this kid is amazing

September 13, 2014

We don’t know where he got this talent – a gift from God – because I don’t have any musical talent! But from a young age he fell in love with piano and now plays with amazing beauty and grace.

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