Started the day at 4:30 AM but everyone thanked us later ?  We did the Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross) through Jerusalem before the crowds arrived. We touched the top of Calvary where Jesus was crucified, took a full tour of the Holy Sepulchre and then….

…High Mass at the Tomb! When Bishop Kemme brought out the Eucharist from the inner tomb, we all saw Jesus come out of the Tomb again for us today!

After Mass we went back to the Notre Dame for breakfast, then to the Mount of Olives and then to the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu where Peter denied Jesus and where our Lord was kept in prison over Holy Thursday.

Lunch at the Christian Rossini’s Restaurant inside Jaffa Gate and free time to explore and enjoy. Before dinner we had a tour of the Shroud of Turin display. Enjoy!

VIA DOLOROSA, MASS AT TOMB

MOUNT OF OLIVES, PETER IN GALLICANTU AND MORE

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Follow Dustin through the phases of his life including Islam until he finally discovered the Catholic Church.

Maybe you’re like me (aside from being born with Cerebral Palsy and defying doctors’ pronouncements, by the grace of God, that I would be confined to a wheelchair and relegated to a vegetative state). Maybe you grew up in North America and lived a sheltered, comfortable life, and God was—although you would never say it, or consciously think it—there to do your bidding. You want a new pair of shoes? Ask God. Scared of an impending summer storm that could possibly turn into a tornado? Pray to God. Promise Him that, if this storm passes, and you and your family remain unscathed, you will try harder to be a “good person,” get to know Him more intimately, and go to church more often.

Well, those shoes you wanted? You got them. That storm you were afraid of, that could have destroyed your house and taken your family? It passed. Out of thankfulness, you kiss the gold cross around your neck. You go to church on holy days. And you even listen to your grandmother tell you about how Jesus has changed her life, and she couldn’t do life without Him, without His word. It sounds so foreign. If you were around other family members—much less friends—while she would bear witness to Jesus, you just . . . smiled . . . nervously, and tried not to be embarrassed. When I was a child, I reasoned as a child.

Maybe you’re like me. Maybe, when you entered college or university, a couple things happened: One, you were old enough to drink and go to bars with your buddies. Awesome. Two, the things you were taught about, well, everything, growing up—the things you took for granted about religion, history, life itself—began to be challenged. It was at this stage that I began to notice something: I was raised a “Christian.” North America was a “Christian” civilization.

How was it, that I, a Christian in a Christian county (Canada), could go to bars, even strip clubs, with a cross around my neck, with the aim of getting smashed, talking crudely about women, all while having no qualms about bragging that I had been saved. I was heaven-bound because Jesus died for me. I believed that. And that . . . was enough. (Or was it?) …

To listen to his story click here. To read the rest of his story, click here.

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Merry Christmas! All Day in Bethlehem!

by Steve Ray on October 20, 2017

Wonderful, rich and full day in Bethlehem. Mass at Shepherds Field (Bishop Kemme’s homily here) and dancing in the Beduion tent Restaurant. Too much for one 15 minute video so I had to make two. Enjoy!

BETHLEHEM, PART I

BETHLEHEM, PART II

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Abortion: High Schooler Asks; My Daughter-in-Law Answers – Brilliantly and Compassionately

October 20, 2017

A few days ago a high school girl wrote to ask me questions about abortion. She was writing a paper and wanted to “interview” me on the topic. I was busy jumping planes and giving talks so my daughter-in-law Anna graciously — and brilliantly — answered the young lady for me. I think you will […]

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Capernaum “Up to Jerusalem”! Visit with Jerusalem Bishop and Entering the Tomb

October 19, 2017

We started the day by visiting the Ancient Boat from the time of Jesus and then we got on a REAL boat and went for an hour on the Sea of Galilee. I told my story about my night fishing with the Jewish fisherman. From there we went to Capernaum where we had Mass where […]

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Was He Ready to Die?

October 19, 2017

It was just a normal morning — alarm clock, shower, espresso, dress and a saunter down the sidewalk to work. For Paul, it was another day with a whole lifetime ahead of him. But today was different. Someone else got up this morning too. They had their coffee dressed and jumped in the car. They […]

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Transfiguration, Cana, Nazareth and Magdalena

October 18, 2017

Great day. Fr. Voelker’s homily at Transfiguration here. Enjoy our adventures today. Thanks for joining us today.

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Happy Feast Day of St. Luke, Friend of Mary

October 18, 2017

St Luke: Greek Physician, Historian & Friend of Mary (Feast Day October 18) “Her face shone as she related the stories—the words were vibrant, and though older now, her memory was excellent. He sat enraptured as she brought the past into living color. He had traveled a long way to see her and he sat […]

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Bishop Kemme’s Mass at Beatitudes, Caesarea Philippi, Primacy of Peter, Fish Nibbling on Toes and more

October 17, 2017

Enjoy our day with these great Knights and Ladies in Northern Israel….

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Why Do We Call St. Ignatius of Antioch and others APOSTOLIC FATHERS?

October 17, 2017

Today is the feast day of one of my all time favorite heroes. HE made me Catholic. I was on Relevant Radio today talking about him and why I love this guy so much. [For my 90-minute adventure documentary on Ignatius of Antioch along with four other Apostolic Fathers, get Apostolic Fathers, Handing on the Faith. For […]

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Holding Hands at Mass? Fr. John Riccardo’s 4-Minute Answer

October 17, 2017

I hate holding hands at Mass so this 4-minute video sure resonated with me….

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Arrived! 50 Knights and Ladies of the Equestrian Order of The Holy Sepulchre

October 16, 2017

Steve Ray here. I am a Knight. My wife Janet is a Lady. We are proud members of a chivalrous Order with a noble history of 1,000 years. Our mission: to defend and support the Christian presence in the Holy Land. Today fifty fellow Knights and Ladies of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre […]

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The Literacy and Spirituality of a Day Gone By; A Tattered Yellowed Page; A Poem I Found from my Great-Grandmother

October 16, 2017

I never knew my Great Grandmother Frances Picard. She was originally an O’Grady. They had a deep spirituality and she converted to the Catholic Church later in her life. (By the way, this was all new to me since I never knew – in my childhood – that I had several lines of Catholic ancestors.) […]

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Protestant Acknowledges “Five Things We Lost because of the Reformation” – one of the best I’ve read on it

October 15, 2017

This article was published by Nick Page in Premier Christianity Magazine in October 2017. He is trying to help Protestants understand that there were problems created by the Protestant movement. He explains five big loses: 1) Loss of unity, 2) Loss of monasteries, 3) Loss of silence, 4) Loss of “doing things”, and 5) Loss […]

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Evangelicals Guide To Catholic View of Justification

October 14, 2017

Steve Wood was a Protestant pastor before converting to Catholicism and starting Dads.org. He has just published an excellent book “Grace & Justification: An Evangelicals Guide to Catholics Beliefs.” Steve latest newsletter summarizes some of his book and gives good insights — especially in this 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Revolt. Here is his newsletter […]

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My Open Letter to Filipinos

October 13, 2017

[If you know someone from the Philippines ?? please share this letter with them.] We stepped into the church and it was old and a bit dark. Mass had just begun and we sat toward the front. We didn’t know what to expect here in Istanbul Turkey. I guess we expected it to be a […]

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